Reservations at this American-inspired bistro book out weeks in advance—even during the low season—and if you think driving out midweek will help your chances, it won’t. Here’s the good news: the bar area is walk-in only and that’s where you’ll want to sit anyway. The entire menu is offered here (get the slightly sweet pork chop, it’ll ruin all other versions you’ve eaten), plus you can chat up the bartenders about all the original art on the walls while they pour you a smokey Old Fashioned. Bar Cecil is one of those places that’s sexy and chic without feeling like “sexy and chic” is the theme—it just naturally is. If you’re looking for date night in the desert, Bar Cecil is where you go.
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