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Cielos

3.5
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Southwest
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Hours of operation
Complimentary Sonoran Hot Breakfast for In-House Guests: 7:00am – 10:00am
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(520) 320-2014
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Solorzano
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Catering
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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broadway
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Parking details
Lodge on the Desert offers its guests and diners ample, dedicated, private, complimentary, lighted parking lot.
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Public transit
A SunTran stop is conveniently located less than one block from the Lodge's main entrance.
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Entertainment
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!
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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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 593 People Are Saying
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3.5
service
3.8
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3.5
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I had my first meal with the new chef. The meal was great. Salmon cooked just right, and the veggies were outstanding!

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Terrible. They were overwhelmed! I would like my money back. Everyone I talked to was disappointed. What a bad Easter brunch.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The worst Easter brunch ever. Food was sparse and cold on the buffet. No egg station, no sausage, no bacon, things you normally find at a brunch buffet. Only cookies on the dessert table. I asked what time brunch was over and was told 4pm. We arrived at 1pm and the buffet looked like they were about to close it. We had to scrap together a plate. Very few if any vegetarian options, both salads had bacon in them. Food was not labeled. My husband is vegetarian. No drinks were included, and they charged a 20% service change. Will not go back, will not recommend.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was average. Food choices were limited. Pre-dinner menu said "assorted desserts",
which consisted of some small colored cookies, a banana-type quick bread , and jelly beans.
I couldn't believe it - jelly beans!!!! No pieces of pie or cake or muffins or donuts.
In comparison to other brunches of that same price, we've had TWICE the food choices and which included at least one mimosa.
I would never come to Cielos again. I feel we were way overcharged for what we got.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch. Slow on keeping dishes filled, but food was good. Preferred the fresh oysters; shrimp; smoked salmon and bagels with cream cheese, onions and capers; waffles with multiple toppings; and cookies. Ham and roast beef OK, as were eggs and other hot foods kept in warmers. We also had an agreeable bottle of white wine with our meal.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

For a Holiday Easter brunch this was a very disappointing experience. We were one of the first to arrive, the food was luke warm and they were not ready as some warmers had no food. There were several times that the food warmers were empty of food during our hour and a half visit. The so called desert table had raisin bread and cookies. What a joke. The server was not attentive as we sat without a drink refill for a long time. I finally asked another server to assist us.
When in came time for the bill, my card was taken before I saw the bill. I was charged for 6 brunches, there were 3 of us. She not only gave us the wrong bill but also the table next to us. The new chef needs to rethink his holiday brunch menu. No omelet station? Lacking deserts and lacking food for the crowd.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Went to celebrate my husband's birthday and it was such a pleasant surprise. The decor was lovely, the staff pleasant, and food delicious -- highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We were seated and no one brought bread to a table for at least 45 minutes to one hour. Service was confused slow and chaotic. Although the servers were very friendly and try to be accommodating. Seems like the progression of food from the kitchen to the table was excruciatingly slow and confused. Food itself was tasty yet on remarkable any sense of gourmet food.Could not recommend this restaurant to anyone that I liked.

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1.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Terrible, waitress never came to our table after 20 minutes, we just left

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The heirloom beets are a very special treat. The place is a hidden oasis in Alvernon in Tucson. This is a must dinning experience. We will come back again before returning home to California.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Very nice food, creative and fun. Good service and pretty place

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Quiet restaurant with a short but varied menu and attentive service.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We've dined here in the past and have been pleased with the food and service. However, this recent visit was an exception. Even though we had reservations, we had to wait to be seated. After we were seated we waited a LOOOOOONG time and had to go find a server/hostess before our order was taken. (The couple at the nest table had waitted over 40 m inutes after ordering to be served.

This was a bad experience. I kn ow they can do better.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

my husband and I have been dining there for Valentine's Day for the past 7 years or so. We've always enjoyed the pre-selected menu with accompanying alcoholic beverage selections. The food has always been excellent. This time although the food was delicious, I had to send back my scallops, the most expensive entrée, for being barely room temperature--not even warm. they were also dry as though they had been sitting under the warming light too long. The service was frenetic with young women actually running. They were lovely young ladies but running is for the school yard. Sedate, adult service was missing. No refresher water, no bread until we asked for it, no one seemed in charge. The dessert was dry, crusty and difficult to cut. And it was cake! So sorry that we had a negative visit. No charge for the scallops per staff, but would gladly have paid had the dinner been up to par. We wish the chef well as we do want success for your beautiful restaurant.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I love the restaurant. I've been here before. The only negative comment is that we came for a Valentines Day dinner reservation and only found out that the advertised V-Day special was cancelled after we were seated and handed the regular daily menu. At that point I thought it was a little too late to change our minds (and reservations). I'll be back for dinner again however I will always question the next time a special is advertised.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice experience but was disappointed we had made the reservation for a special menu and told when we got there it was not being offered

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I picked Cielo's because they advertised a special Valentine's Day menu. We arrived early and were seated promptly, but it was a long time before a server came to our table. I asked about the Valentine's Day menu and was told it was not being offered because "they were short handed" - huh? How does being short handed cause a menu deletion? All of the staff seemed disorganized and confused. The service and food were both mediocre. I don't recommend Cielo's and I don't plan to return.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had lunch before an afternoon movie. Very quiet as there was only two other couples having lunch. The lunch menu was a bit limited but the bahn bin sandwich was delicious. The waitress was very attentive and accommodating. We have found our afternoon destination and will most certainly will return. The covered patio, next to fire, was very nice.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was good! Service was awful! We waited 30 minutes until we got our drinks. Waitress kept leaving in the middle of our order. Usually service is excellent at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

We were not aware that this was a $75 per person buffet. Granted mimosas were included, but neither of us drink.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

A great Christmas dinner next to the fire outside <3

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2017

If I've had a worse meal in 2017 I can't think of it. I wish I had opted for MacDonald's, which would have been fresher, tastier, and one-tenth the cost.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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).

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

What a find ! Delighted that this restaurant was at our hotel. Excellent waitstaff. Creative menu.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2017

Always a pleasant time at Cielos. Nice selection of food at brunch.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
It was open so we were very thankful for that.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

My only negative was the automatic service charge of 20% for a buffet and then applying the full sales tax on the total including the service charge. Thanksgiving buffet for 4 adults,1 three year old, no alcoholic drinks, $340.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful Sunday Brunch. Food was varied and excellent.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

The ambiance was terrific. Although the food was good- I thought it was overpriced.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

The food is some of the best in Tucson. Mina is the greatest server!!!

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