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Cielos at Lodge on the Desert offers one of the best dining options in Southern Arizona. Dine on contemporary seasonal cuisine that pays tribute to Southwest ingredients, crafted by Executive Chef David Solorzano. Complemented by classic craft cocktails featuring local spirits and a delectable wine list, Cielos is the perfect place for a romantic night out or a casual happy hour with friends.
The intimate space is framed with floor-to-ceiling windows and overlooks a spacious secluded Saltillo-tiled outdoor private patio featuring bistro string lighting, a four-sided, tiled fireplace for optimal year-round al fresco dining. Cielos and its bar both reflect a genuine, richly authentic Southern Arizona historic charm and ambience including rough-hewn artist-design hand-painted wood beams, Mexican tin chandeliers, floating potted plants and shade sails.
Tucson, AZ 85711
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Southwest
Hours of Operation:
Complimentary Sonoran Hot Breakfast for In-House Guests: 7:00am – 10:00am
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Live music from 6:30pm - 8:30pm on Fridays for our Date Night special! Classical guitar played by Dr. Eduardo Minozzi Costa will play in the air!
For meeting and event planners from mid-size conferences to seminars; class reunion to family reunion; awards dinner to recognition lunch to civic breakfast; Lodge on the Desert's location is convenient and accessible. For banquets or catering of any sort, let Lodge on the Desert staff help facilitate a memorable event. To check event guest room or event room availability for your retreat, reunion, conference, or corporate meeting, please contact us.
Lodge on the Desert offers its guests and diners ample, dedicated, private, complimentary, lighted parking lot.
A SunTran stop is conveniently located less than one block from the Lodge's main entrance.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Friday is now Date night while Sunday is Brunch. For menus, pricing, and additional details visit www.lodgeonthedesert.com/en-us/dining/cielos-specials
Cielos Ratings and Reviews
Lovely ambiance. We ate inside, but I'd love to go back in better weather and eat al fresco. Shaved Brussels sprouts Caesar salad was exceptional, as was the beet salad. Short ribs entree was excellent but not phenomenal. Husband said his grass-fed steak was good but not amazing. No desserts at our table. Service was good. Overall a great meal. We will definitely go back.
The 2 male waiters were on que. The 3 female waiters were not. We got the adjacent tables 2nd course as our first course. We also got the adjacent tables main course which was not what we ordered. Last year we went to Cielos and upon seeing the special menu for the evening...had a drink and left. We knew to ask about the special menu prior to arriving this year and decided to see what the "popcorn lobster" was about. We expected something other than popcorn spread over the lobster dish. Appetizer was not inspiring. Soup was cold. Ice tea was great. From my years of dining at Lodge on the Desert I expected the place to be very busy...it was not. Which tells me the chef needs to go. Lodge on the Desert is a very romantic place...but the fare in the dining room needs a change in hopes to bring back the clientele it once had and a wonderful hotel and dining room ambience are not lost.
Visiting Tucson and looked for a quiet, non-chain restaurant near our hotel. What a great find. We loved the ambiance of Cielos. Was escorted to a table near the roaring fire on their lovely patio setting. Enjoyed surveying their eclectic menu of choices. Service was great and the best of the night was the Spanish guitar player who came to the tables and played relaxing music while we ate. What a pleasant surprise and wonderful experience. We plan to visit again the next time we are in Tucson
On the plus side, they were open on Christmas, and the outdoor dining is lovely. On the negative side, almost all the food in the buffet was terrible. We tried the beef roast, ham, goose, omelet, Mexican rice, potatoes, green beans, fresh fruit, and olives. The beef roast, potatoes, and olives were good, the rest were just bad. The rice was nearly inedible. The goose half grisle. The beans nearly puree they were so overcooked. They only offered the buffet for Christmas, so we didn't have a chance to try their freshly prepared food - maybe that would have been better. All-in-all, for $70/plate, I really expected better. We ate the previous day (Christmas Eve) at a restaurant where the food cost half as much and was delicious, so good holiday dining options are available in Tucson. My suggestion is to try somewhere else (particularly if Cielos is serving the buffet).
Went to Cielos for Thanksgiving dinner. There was nothing online saying it was a Buffett with a fixed price. Most of the dishes were tasty, but the turkey was dry.
The worst part was the bill came with a 20% tip added to the bill. The fact that wasn't stated up front was worse than paying that percent at a Buffett. The courtyard was beautiful, but the side dining rooms were dated and poorly laid out.
We had the Thanksgiving buffet. Good selection of side dishes. We came in the later part of the afternoon and some of the dark turkey was dry. Initially no helped us but once our team came, we got good service. We are going to go back in 2 weeks for dinner with a friend and give it another try.
The booking and seating process was excellent with indoor and outdoor seating available. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Once seated we were guided to the Thanksgiving buffet which was the reason for choosing the restaurant. We live in another city over an hour away and had made plans to stay the evening.
The salads and choices from the self serve buffet were well prepared and the turkey was available in separate, covered warming pans for light and dark meat. The meat was moist and flavorful. An outside patio carving station was adjacent to the indoor seating and the beef was well cooked with generous portions. I enjoyed the roasted vegetables as well. The atmosphere was pleasant with a low noise level allowing for normal conversations. The southwestern decor wasn't overbearing and was a good fit. I think some live, soft piano music in the background would have added a nice touch.
My only surprise was the bill. I had no idea I was paying over $160 for two people for a self serve buffet. I wanted to enjoy a meal in a unique setting as opposed to going to a standard restaurant which is why I searched for this through OpenTable. I suppose I should have done some more homework on the pricing but for that kind of money, they should have been carving the bird at my table and bringing the selections to us. Other than that, an overall good experience.
We were able to make a last-minute reservation for Thanksgiving Brunch. The food was well-prepared and the buffet kept items hot. Dessert selection was skimpy and the drinks were quite expensive. The ambience could be improved: inside seating was dark and seemed dingy; outside, however, was quite nice.
Cielos is wonderful for its romantic scenery, the warm atmosphere and the friendly staff. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We went there for our anniversary. We are from Florida and had a difficult time finding the restaurant because there is no signage on the roadside, but what a find it was.
The restaurant is in a lovely setting with a nice outdoor area including fireplace and fountain. The food is nicely prepared and presented, but quality varies. We had the date night menu. The salads were both very tasty with fresh ingredients and were well seasoned. The steak main course had a very well prepared delicious steak and excellent mashed potatoes. However, the broccolini was over seasoned with touch stems and the sauce was very heavy for my taste. The chocolate cake dessert was well done, but would have been better at room temperature rather than heavily chilled.
We made reservations at Cielo's mainly because it was close to where we happened to be that evening.
All 5 of us were a bit surprised as to how delightful the outdoor setting was, the really good service, and best of all, the nicely prepared and tasty meals we all had. The outdoor setting was calm and comfortable. At this point in our dining experience we all like the quiet conversational setting, not the places where you are unable hear the person next to you.
We will certainly be back.
The lodge on the desert has always been a beautiful historic location in tucson. The charming restaurant has always struggled to have a menu that brings customers back often. Wine choices not great and dinners were tasty but small portions for over $25. We may give it another visit in the future for happy hour and smaller plate choices.
Had dinner with family- 2 children, one a vegetarian. All were very happy with the food. I loved my chicken dish, and the hazelnuts and figs really added a lot! Daughter ordered 2 appetizers- one as an appetizer, and the other as dinner, and her second appetizer (cold!) did not arrive until we were well into our meals. The very high noise level from the bar made it difficult to hear one another, as there are few sound dampening materials. (Had I realized the bar could be closed off, which did happen eventually, I would have asked, but was sitting with my back to it). The staff is well trained, and tries very hard to be helpful. LOVED the food, and would come back!
Took over 30 minutes for our salads to be served. Once they were, they were wonderful! Heirloom Beet and Garden Salads are what we ordered.
The veal Saltimbocca was extremely salty (could hardly eat it) making everything on the plate taste very salty as well. Asparagus was over cooked and carrot puree had no flavor except salt. The duck was delicious as were the sides that were served with it.
Dessert left a little to be desired. basic chocolate cake (what looked to be what I could have made from a box) with a simple mousse on top.
We were there to use a gift certificate. We will come back when the weather cools down to enjoy the patio.
As usual, food and service was very good. One of our party was very specific in how she wanted her meal prepared. Not only did it come out just as she wanted it, the chef or manager came out to check and see if she was satisfied.
My only quibble is that the summer menu is slightly on the skimpy side. I would have preferred a few more choices.
Went for Mother's Day brunch. Overall, the food was good. The carving station and desserts were the best. Very limited selection, especially in the salad area, for a brunch in the $50-$70 per person range.
The service was weird. Not good, not bad, but weird. When we sat, it took a little while to get drink order, but then no explanation was offered for the layout of the brunch, etc. Therefore, we ended up with our main courses first, which were displayed in the courtyard, before we even knew there was a separate room with the very limited salad bar and a decent dessert table. After that, our plates were cleared before we were done eating, conversations were interrupted to fill drinks or explain the bill or something(without me asking, btw) and so on. The servers just seemed to be attentive when they shouldn't have been, but when you wanted something, there was no one to be found.
The cookies, tri-tip and pork loin were excellent, but I think for the money, there are many better options in Tucson these days.
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