About El Cisne

4717 E Sunrise Dr
Tucson, AZ 85718
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At El Cisne Restaurant you will find exceptional variations of fine Mexican food with influences from abroad as well as favorite traditional Mexican dishes. We specialize in wonderfully prepared seafood and steaks. El Cisne also carries a wide variety of beers, wines and liquors including exceptionally prepared specialty drinks. Beer and wine were also brought by immigrants to Mexico. Many of these are now favorites in the United States and several other countries.

This multi-cultural Mexican heritage is the heart and soul of El Cisne Restaurant. Each dish and drink is prepared and served by our highly experienced staff in a modern contemporary setting that is both elegant and relaxed. We hope you enjoy your experience and thank you for visiting us!

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern, Latin / Spanish, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:00 pm

Cross Street:
Swan

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(520) 638-6160

Website:
http://www.elcisnerestaurant.com/

Catering:
We often socialize around food

Executive Chef:
Alicia De Rivas

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

El Cisne Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4

ambience

3.8

noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

neighborhood gem (12)
good for groups (11)
special occasion (7)
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fit for foodies (6)
great for lunch (5)
kid-friendly (1)
great for outdoor dining (1)
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food5
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service5
value5

Great service, yummy food.

Dined on April 17, 2016

We went for my wife's birthday and we all had a great meal, fast , friendly service and a free birthday desert to end it all up. We all want to get back there soon.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent Foothills restaurant

Dined on April 17, 2016

Everything was great; the food, the service and the location. Will definitely return.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Great Meal!

Dined on April 9, 2016

We were in town to visit my father. The mussel appetizer was terrific along with the Cadillac margarita and complementary chips. We all had different entres and all we excellent. Will definitely be back!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Delicious and authentic

vip
Dined on April 5, 2016

My husband and I had a delicious dinner. The quesadilla and fajitas were very good. The portions are large. Gluten free friendly too.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great meal, wonderful service. Always ou ...

Dined on March 23, 2016

Great meal, wonderful service. Always our favorite place to bring out of town guests.

food5
ambience5
service5

Outstanding authentic Mexican food.!

Dined on March 12, 2016

Outstanding authentic Mexican food.!

food5
ambience5
service5

Great food, excellent service. Made our ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

Great food, excellent service. Made our family gathering wonderful. Comments from all at table were all positive. Our new favorite when visitors are in town.

food4
ambience4
service1

The food was good but service was horrib ...

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

The food was good but service was horrible. Took 20 minutes for us, after tracking a server down, to get water and a menu. An hour and 40 minutes later we got our dinner (2 tacos with meat nothing else. They forgot the lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro).

food3
ambience3
service2

Service was slow and food cold

Dined on February 14, 2016

Service was slow and food cold

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent Service!

Dined on February 11, 2016

After living in New York for 5 years, we have a tendency to compare our dining experiences to our past memorable experiences spent with friends enjoying meals in NYC and in Brooklyn. My husband and I had the pleasure of taking NY friends to dinner here in Tucson recently and we were not disappointed. El Cisne provided a wonderful ambience with good lighting and minimal noise and a delightful menu that included a nice choice of delicious appetizers, entrees, Margaritas, desserts and aperitifs. The prices were comparable to many restaurants around the city and the meal could be created mild to spicy upon request. We enjoyed the Salsa and Chips as well, and the frijoles were authentic (another stickler for me). The service was excellent and I am one person who places great emphasis on this one important detail as it can lead to an unfavorable dining experience. Our server was Deanna and she was very attentive; the bartender was very friendly as well (failed to get his name). I would definitely recommend El Cisne to friends and family. We plan on returning to the restaurant in the near future in order to try their Happy Hour menu that includes Tequila Flights and appetizers including live music on Tuesday and Fridays.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
food2
ambience1
service1
value1

customer service was inauthentic.

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

While several tables were available, we were offered a table by the entrance. When I asked for a recommended drink, the most expensive drink on the menu was suggested. Chips and salsa were brought to the table but we did not have any water and we were not warned that the salsa was a spicy. We canceled part of the order because it go too late and we were still waiting for the food to come ...

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

A Pleasant Evening

Dined on February 3, 2016

This was our first time dining here. We had a party of 7. There was no wait on our reservation. The first great surprise was the live guitarist... Contemporary popular Spanish favorites.... And on a Tuesday night. The menus had all the traditional dishes plus some others. The snapper Veracruz was excellent. Everyone in our party was pleased and even with the collection of tequilas we sampled, the meal was relatively inexpensive. I'll be eating there again for sure.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food.

Dined on February 2, 2016

Great food.

food1
ambience4
service4
value1

Drink here, but don't eat

Dined on January 31, 2016

Facilities and staff are excellent. Food is poor unfortunately, and very pricey for what you (don't) get. Sea bass was a total disaster, one of the least pleasant fish dishes I have ever had.

food4
ambience2
service2
value3

Good food, not so good service

vip
Dined on January 23, 2016

Fortunately, the food was quite good or this review would not have any positive comments. We had a reservation for 6:30 PM and arrived on time. Although there were several empty tables, we had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated while there was some discussion at the back of the restaurant. After being seated we waited another nearly 14 minutes before being even offered a glass of water. Another minute and we would have left without eating. Our glass of wine was brought rather quickly. But, we waited a good half hour for our meal. We were told that things were running a little slow. However, people at the next table were seated after us and received their food well before we did. It does seem to be quite a neighborhood place and perhaps you get better service if you are "in the know".

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Jon98

Dined on January 21, 2016

Good food. Very personable waiter. A bit too noisy. Excellent coconut flan!!

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Great spot, worth a visit

Dined on January 4, 2016

Extensive menu, should meet anyone's gastronomic needs ... reasonable prices

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Some of the best Mexican food around! W ...

Dined on December 18, 2015

Some of the best Mexican food around! Wow!

food5
ambience5
service5

Great Spot

Dined on December 3, 2015

Always enjoy the food and neighborhood feel... Try it....

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

The carne asada enchiladas were deliciou ...

vip
Dined on November 11, 2015

The carne asada enchiladas were delicious. The server was very attentive. Would recommend to anyone.

food4
ambience4
service4

What I like most about El Cisne is the s ...

vip
Dined on October 3, 2015

What I like most about El Cisne is the service. I've never had to wait long for beverages, salsa, & chips. The food is very good. We've tried a few dishes so far and have not been disappointed. Refried beans and rice are yummy. Hope you enjoy!!

food5
ambience4
service4

Pleasant service, not rushed. Food was g ...

vip
Dined on September 26, 2015

Pleasant service, not rushed. Food was great and the live music was very entertaining.

food5
ambience4
service5

Best Mexican Restaurant in the Foothills

Dined on August 23, 2015

Great food and wonderful service. Love that fact that it's right around the corner.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3

Nice experience very friendly atmosphere

Dined on August 4, 2015

Would definitely go back and recommend to friends and family

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Great Happy Hour!

vip
Dined on August 3, 2015

This was our first visit to El Cisne, arrived @ 4pm for Happy Hour. If I see ceviche or birria on the menu, I always order it - love both but am often disappointed. El Cisne has the best ceviche that I have eaten in Tucson, fresh fish and shrimp marinated in just the right blend of marinade and spices, served with pico de gallo. It was superb! And the birria was outstanding - so tender and moist, served with warm flour tortillas, just melted in the mouth. And the staff was very accomodating and friendly, very attentive to our needs. All in all, it was a great first experience and we will be back!

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

We had a great dinner and great service!

vip
Dined on May 24, 2015

We went there on a Saturday night, the hostess sat us right away. It is a very nice place, an upscale Mexican restaurant. Fast service, the waiter made sure we had time to get Happy Hour prices.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience2
service5

Great Fish

Dined on May 3, 2015

My friends and I have dined here several times. It has never disappointed us. Sometimes it can be a bit noisy but ultimately worth it. We love the fish. The seabass is outstanding

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service3

An off night for El Cisne

vip
Dined on April 13, 2015

I have been to El Cisne a few times now and always enjoyed the food. This last time was no exception. Although the food was good they did have a few problems. We did have to send a cheese enchilada back that was totally over cooked. El Cisne took care of it quickly and with no problem. When checking out my friend and I decided to split the bill. Checking the bill I was surprised to see that we both had been charged almost the full amount of the bill. Again after this was pointed out, it was taken care of with no problem,

food5
ambience3
service4

Seafood excellent

Dined on April 11, 2015

We had a scallop dish and shrimp dish. Both excellent. The usual tacos, burritos, enchiladas. We were happy to see such seafood selections. The waiter and help sang happy birthday and presented flan with a single candle. A nice touch

Tags: special occasion
food2
ambience3
service2

Valentine's Day

vip
Dined on February 15, 2015

We went on Valentine's Day, and the restaurant had a fixed price limited menu, including alcohol. We had strawberry mojitos wiTh only a trace of strawberries. Appetizers were OK, and the chicken mole main course was poor. The other mains seemed to be too pedestrian for a special dinner. There were three listed desserts, but two were sold out before 8:00 pm. The service was very uneven, and we felt rushed. This was a disappointment.

food2
ambience4
service2

The restaurant did not handle Valentine's Day well

Dined on February 15, 2015

There were only four choices and they were obviously prepared in advance. We were served the wrong meals. The perfect fix Chilean wine was very good but the rest of the meal was disappointing.

food4
ambience4
service4

When visiting restaurant, good to meet the owner.

Dined on February 15, 2015

Enjoyed the experience, owner very courteous, food selection for celebration good.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food1
ambience2
service3

Very little choices at expensive prices.

Dined on February 9, 2015

The hostess was rude and unfriendly. The food was not truly Mexican... Many of the dinner choices on the menu were not available. Including, avocados ... The steaks had to be made over twice... One of them was so rubbery, it was inedible... A waste of money!!!! The only saving grace was our waitress, who was sweet and very apologetic... No recommendation!

food5
ambience4
service4

Nice dinner, with a couple of flaws

Dined on January 28, 2015

We went to El Cisne Tuesday evening with visitors from Washington, DC. DC has a wealth of great restaurants, but we thought that they might not have Mexican food as good as El Cisne serves. We all enjoyed our food thoroughly. The service was attentive and friendly, but too prompt in one instance - the server brought our main dishes well before we had finished our appetizers. The ambiance was quiet and pleasant when we arrived about 5:15 PM. That continued for most of our meal, until the musician who started playing about 6:00 started to crank up his volume to the point where it interfered with our conversation. Both of those small problems are easy to fix if the management wishes to do so. We've been to El Cisne many times, starting soon after it first opened, and look forward to going back on future occasions.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3

Jan 23rd Visit

vip
Dined on January 24, 2015

Very nice restaurant and the food is very good and if they are not busy, the service is good, but when they fill up, the service is slower that normal and you can wait for service and getting your drinks if you ordered any.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food1
ambience3
service3

Not what it used to be

Dined on January 22, 2015

This used to be an excellent restaurant. Not so these days. The food was tasty, but both the pork tenderloin and the chicken that our party ordered was tough, stringy, and overcooked. My wife's seafood enchiladas were lacking in seafood. And the prices were way too high for the poor quality of the meat. Sadly, we won't return as there are far better Mexican restaurants that know how to cut and prepare meat.

food2
ambience3
service2

Blah

Dined on January 15, 2015

Food was bland and our server was inattentive, although other servers seemed better. As much as we like to support local businesses we will not return to El Cisne nor recommend it to others.

food5
ambience4
service5

El Cisne Gets an A+ From Us

Dined on October 23, 2014

The 4 of us enjoyed our appetizers, entrees, and drinks thoroughly. This restaurant has many more seafood entrée choices than most Mexican eateries, and everything was prepared exactly right. We are on a low-carb regimen and they were happy to substitute a delicious blend of veggies for the usual rice and beans. Our ceviche appetizer was delicious, with just a hint of spice. The scallops and sea bass were both excellent, and perfectly cooked. The ambience is delightful, more subdued than the typical Mexican restaurant. Overall, we give El Cisne an A+!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5

el cisne shines

vip
Dined on October 21, 2014

E l cisne (the swan) on corner of Swan and Skyline is nicely decorated with mostly standard Mexican food . I had a dish of Shrimp Adobados which was wonderful while my husband enjoyed his beef enchiladas. Too bad its so far from home.

food4
ambience5
service5

Great evening

Dined on October 15, 2014

Awesome food at reasonable price. Searched hard for excellent enchiladas and found them here

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem

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