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Lodge on the Desert

306 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711
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Ranked #86 of 1,684 restaurants in Tucson
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Price range: $20 - $30
Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern, Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Alvernon and Broadway
Transit: A SunTran stop is conveniently located less than one block from the Lodge's main entrance.
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182 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
El Paso, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We stayed at the hotel and when we went to the restaurant for breakfast we expected a buffet, which is standard at most hotels (even the "nice ones"). We were surprised that is was an actual restaurant that did not just include the standard "bacon and eggs" fare. Our meals were genuinely top notch (I recommend the tamales), and the... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I had friends visit from Austin who wanted appetizers and to eat outside. The Lodge more than exceeded their expectations, the food was delicious. We sat on the covered patio in the middle of a monsoon storm , and had an enjoyable experience. I asked some friends to join me last night thinking we would once again sit outside and... More

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Tucson, Arizona
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We dined here recently and were pretty much the only people in the restaurant. The service was mediocre. The staff was neither welcoming nor friendly. I got the feeling they wished we hadn't come! We waited a long time for our food and it was just ok. The positions were very small. The fish of the day was maybe half... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was our second visit to The Lodge for dinner, and the first time since the departure of chef Ryan. We found the salads to be ordinary and the entrees to be pleasing but not memorable. Although dinner was good, the wait service was slow, erratic and left a lot to be desired. We were only one of four tables... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Breakfast, lunch or dinner- consistently top notch- or just cocktails on the beautiful patio with outdoor fireplace.

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Green Valley, Arizona
5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Hearing various rumors regarding changes at Lodge on the Desert, my girlfriends and I decided to sample the fares of the new chef Marcus. After Iron Chef winner Ryan left to start his own restaurant, the ambience/innovation at the Lodge was initially missing. I am delighted to report, The Lodge is back! Service was superb: wait staff including Katy, Martin,... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The chef is great! 10 of us enjoyed many different menu items with no disappointments. The staff were great.

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Oakland, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Margaritas were $5, lamb sliders $10, great nachos. Excellent food - could make a dinner, as we did, just on happy hour food.

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Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Wonderful dinner this evening at Lodge on the Desert. Soup was dee-lish -- chicken broth with rice and vegetables might not sound too exciting -- but it was seasoned really well, with the addition of fresh, perfectly cooked brussel sprouts as well as the celery, carrots, and other veggies you'd expect in a good broth. My partner had the beet-goat... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I generally dont like hotel restaurants, except in some parts of Europe. This restaurant had that same Eurpean grace, and the staff were like cafe owners in the Greek islands, ready to share the private magic they experience as tuscon.

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