1745 East River Road, #165
Tucson, AZ 85718Neighborhood:
Latin / SpanishPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.eatatcontigo.com/
- Phone: (520) 299-1730
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Latin American, Latin / Spanish, Brazilian
- Executive Chef: Dana Elyse Montenegro
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Contigo Restaurant
Contigo Latin Kitchen is a restaurant with both Latin heart and soul. With only 45 seats, it is one of the most intimate dining spaces in Tucson. Whether for an extended happy hour or a relaxed family dinner, Contigo is the place to meet old friends and make new ones and enjoy the best in modern Latin cuisine.Continued
Stop in to experience unforgettable hospitality, soulful Latin cuisine and refreshing drinks in a hip, urban space.
Stop in to experience unforgettable hospitality, soulful Latin cuisine and refreshing drinks in a hip, urban space.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
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Contigo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (47)neighborhood gem (33)special occasion (25)romantic (22)notable wine list (11)good for groups (7)late-night find (4)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
- Birthday dinner was a failuretravelguy100Dined on 11/22/2014I booked the reservation with comments. When we were greeted after waiting for the hostess to finish here socializing with one of the servers. I felt they weren't expecting us when I said we had a reservation. After being seated we placed our drink order and orded the Tapas sampler, chef's choice. Don't expect the sever to point out any of the selected Tapas, she will however Sing " sampler" drop the plat and run off. We played " let's guess what we're eating". Nice touch Contigo. This went on during the entire dining experience. Sure they checked on how the food was tasting, as soon as you say fine, great or what ever your verbiage used they all run off. I felt they were the least interested, just going through the motions of serving. We were planning on havimg a couple of glasses of wine after dinner however, that all changed after thinking about any additional spending on my Birthday dinner. We went to an other restaurant for the after dinner wine and deserts. All the restaurants in town I could have chosen, I chose Contigo. as I noted above, inputting a few comments in the reservation, one was that I was celebrating my birthday. Nothing was said, this confirms they don't care about the little details. Including being seated with an empty salt shaker and missing table settings, we had to take them from the table next to us.Special Features:
- sdvisitorsVIPDined on 11/1/2014Don't know if it was an off night but the food was undercooked and the wait for entrees was nearly an hour after ordering. Reputation outweighed our one night experience. Thirty percent discount was applied for our inconvenience with profuse apologies which helped.
- A tucson gem!AZJSVIPDined on 11/1/2014Contigo has the whole package - food, service, atmosphere. It never misses to deliver a wonderful dining experience!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Innovative and outstanding foodMontyDined on 10/31/2014Contigo has a wonderful South American menu. A few tapas to start, very creative main courses--the duck with mole was a taste experience that blended two of my favorites! Service is friendly and efficient. Wine list is nice, small, but just right for the food and excellent South American choices. It is a small place, which for our group made it just perfect.Special Features:
- ScrumptiousOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 10/28/2014We've eaten a few times before and the food has always been fantastic. This night we both specials and the chorizo stuffed date wrapped with bacon. One of the specials was Duck Confit tacos w/fruit salsa, black beans, and rice. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I ate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ContigojohnnygreatDined on 10/25/2014Great Spanish dishes - not Mexican. The wines from Spain were unique but appropriate. Check out the tasty and filling appetizers. We shared the tres leches cake for desert - huge and delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great spotAzboltsDined on 10/24/2014Unique flavors, awesome cocktails...always a good spotSpecial Features:
- A Bit NoisygodangusVIPDined on 10/18/2014The noise level makes it a bit difficult to converse easily.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/27/2014The food and service were very good, but he noise level was loud. It was hard to talk across the table with out talking very loud your selfSpecial Features:
- Has been betterSandalDined on 9/25/2014We took friends there because we like this restaurant. The food was good as usual, but they seemed to be understaffed that night. Good cocktails!Special Features:
- Best Restaurant in Tucson!TheFoodDudeDined on 9/20/2014I've been twice and both times I've had some of the most amazing food I've ever put to my mouth. If you're a first timer, the tapas sampler is the way to go for your app. You get five or six bite size wonders that really get the taste buds energized and ready for more Contigo flavors. Although each portion is bite sized, they were easy enough to cut in half and share. We then shared the beat salad. Words are honestly not enough for the complex flavors that are made up in this salad. The beets are cooked perfectly and the accompanying sauce and chevre style cheese made this hands down the best beet salad I've ever had, by far. The wife enjoyed the blackened cod and I the rack of lamb. I highly recommend this place. Casual gourmet.Special Features:
- Latin FusionTucsonGourmetDined on 9/13/2014Great menu with an interesting mix of dishes from different Latin American countries. Innovative drinks and good selection of wines. Owner was very attentive and answered questions regarding the various dishes. Will need to go back to try the paella and cochino.Special Features:
- GoldilocksDined on 9/13/2014service was great... mango mojitos - amazing... salads were awesome.... ribeye - tough.... scallops - sandy/gritty atmosphere - busy near front of restaurant - not relaxing
- Great sampling of Latin cuisineFoodie2Dined on 9/4/2014I was in town for a few days and looking for a place between downtown and the Skyline area to meet a friend. We liked too many items on the menu so never made it to the main course dishes. We both wish we had been hungrier. I am putting this on my dining list for future trips to Tucson. Also enjoyed the wine by the glass list!Special Features:
- TapasFoodie4lifeDined on 8/31/2014Go for the cocktails. Stay for the tapas! The entrees weren't that impressive to be honest, but the tapas more than made up for that! The Ribeye was really touch and poorly trimmed. It had lots of gristle. The corn sliders were bland and dry. The cocktails, however are made with skill and are very tasty. We had the chef's choice tapa sampler. It is 6 off menu bites. All were amazing. The bacon wrapped dates are also amazing. The mushrooms where really good after we dumped the chimichurri from the bread onto them.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Latin American Cusinebw0812VIPDined on 8/22/2014Superb menu with great tasting food. Dined here the night before our trip to Spain because we had heard so many great things about it. It did not disappoint. Wonder service to go along with a wonderful meal..Special Features:
- Always a pleasureAZJSVIPDined on 8/19/2014Contigo is one of our favorite restaurants - the food is unique, well prepared, and delicious. It a special experience that deserves to be repeated over and over again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food. GreAt serviceDiningjunkieDined on 8/16/2014Nice and different selection of appetizers salads and mains. Interesting selection of cocktails Service was attentive and friendly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First Time WOW!jeffDined on 8/15/2014Intimate setting wonderful food... I had the lamb chops. Definitely going again.Special Features:
- Check it outTable42PleaseDined on 8/15/2014Delicious food and drinks. Healthy but not huge portions. Great service. A great date place!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best food in TucsonbleuDined on 8/9/2014Every time I've eaten here the food and service have been outstanding. I can't say enough good things about Contigo. It is Tucson's best-kept secret. It is by far the best food in town. It's absolutely fabulous!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved it!LuckyDined on 8/9/2014Fun food choices with lots of flavor! Enjoyed sampling a variety of items on the menu. Excellent choices of cocktails to pair with all the variety of Tapas.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- new favoriteswmcDined on 8/6/2014My mom and came in on a quiet weeknight and had a lovely, relaxed dinner. We especially liked the cod and the arepas. It was nice that the music wasn't too loud. Service was excellent. This is the second time we've eaten here and we'll definitely be back!Special Features:
- ContigoFoodie1Dined on 8/5/2014Small gem of a place. Great for a romantic evening or for celebrating with a few friends. The staff is friendly and efficient but not overbearing. The open kitchen is fun to watch if you sit in that area. While not having an extensive wine list the ones offered are varied and not what is found in every other restaurant. Lamb Chops and Ribeye are our most favorite and the Elote is so yummy. Save room for dessert, they are so good!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Paella SpecialArizonavisitorDined on 8/5/2014We went for the Tuesday night Paella special and it was excellent. Very pleasant staff, good sangria and paella. Quieter than on weekends. This was our fourth visit, enjoyed them all. Try the small dishes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- over ratedlike2dineDined on 8/1/2014Saw review in foothills magazine, food was ok, at best. service was horrible. slow to get drinks & everything. we won't be back.
- The following 18 reviews are from the Contigo Restaurant reviews archive.
- YumSusanVIPDined on 7/26/2014I had one of the best meals ever. Dinner of seared black cod was so delicious. And, something that seems to be hard to achieve...the meal was was hot! Also the food all looked good on the plate. The chard and corn were very good and went well with the fish.Special Features:
- luvRpupsDined on 7/23/2014Unique menu-fresh herbed drinks vibrant tastes. Looking for quality in a quaint upscale setting-this is it. We liked everything we ordered- the portions were large and we took extra home. We will be back with friends...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- bmeleEATSDined on 7/19/2014Contigo is a well run restaurant with fun finds on the menu, as well as great sangria! A must see.Special Features:
- Amazing food!TUSKIDLuvs2dineinAZDined on 7/17/2014Love this restaurant! Walked in, was greeted by the owner Deborah, immediately felt welcomed!! Selected a variety of tapas, a great way to sample some of the amazing creations! The ceviche, THE BEST either of us ever had even on the beaches in Mex or CA! The Sangria was awesome! Contiqo's food continues to get better with the menu changing each time I am there. Our server, though pleasant wasn't as attentive as we felt she should have been. Also when we asked to take the leftovers the small bit of ceviche left was not included, bummer. Highly recommend Contigo for full dining or late night appetizers/drinks. This place is small yet MIGHTY & should not be the best kept secret!!!Special Features:
- Disappointing paellaNicknameVIPDined on 7/15/2014We had a fabulous meal a few evenings ago at Contigo so we invited friends to join us to go again. It was paella evening and we all enthusiastically ordered it. There were very few shellfish in it and the rice was pretty bland, have had much tastier paellas.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Anniversary Dinnergsquare12Dined on 7/12/2014WE were met at the door with a "Happy Anniversary" and served a complimentary champagne when seated. The service was excellent. Many options for food and all that we tried were excellent. Noise level is high but adds to an exciting atmosphere. We will definitely return and recommend Contigo.Special Features:
- Good, Good FoodLuvgoodfoodDined on 7/12/2014As always our dinner at Contigo was fantastic. I never have the same thing because there are so many good things to have. We always have a great time here.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Interesting and well-prepared menuNicknameVIPDined on 7/12/2014We were very impressed with the unique menu items including drinks. We enjoyed every sip and every bite. It is a small, intimate space so reservations might be a good idea!Special Features:
- Under the RadarGourmetGhettoGoerVIPDined on 7/10/2014Contigo could be the best but least known restaurant in Tucson. It should definitely be in every foodie's rotation. The food is gourmet Latin American cuisine. Every dish is extremely flavory and lovingly prepared and presented. I cannot tell you how good the Aji tequilla marinated crispy black cod with choclo corn, swiss chard and chili oil was. It is simply one of the best fish dishes I have ever had. Everything is first rate from the appetizers (we had the tapas sampler) to the dessert (I had the chocolate/cinnamon cake that had a kick) to the beverages (the creative cocktails we had are top shelf as was the cabernet/malbec wine-by-the-glass). Hopefully now that Contigo is on Open Table it will attract more diners.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just ok1starVIPDined on 7/2/2014it was really loud, service was spotty - no pepper, forgot to bring silverwear with the meal, had to ask a 2nd time for knife, no desert menu, hard to understand the waiter with all the noise. Long drive for middle of the road.Special Features:
- A Tucson Gem!AZJSVIPDined on 7/1/2014Contigo is a special place - it is a small restaurant with big food. The cuisine is latin fusion and everything is wonderful. You can make an entire meal out of the appetizer tapas. The entrees are varied and well prepared. We had the summer paella and wine special which is a fabulous deal and delicious - we added the excellent tomatillo poblano gazpacho and the unbelievable dulce de leche sundae - a perfect meal!Special Features:
- Interesting Menu!DesertjoDined on 6/26/2014Another great meal at Contigo! Terrific menu. The tapas were outstanding, especially the ceviche. The mixed drinks we excellent. Service was attentive without hovering. All four entrees were enjoyed by all! Wonderful evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mostly hits but one missJimSDined on 6/24/2014My wife and I went on the spur of the moment after having read a positive revue in a local paper. We started with mojitos and the appetizer plate of five separate tastes. Both of there were excellent but sadly we selected the paella special with a bottle of sangria. First the good, the sangria was excellent. But then came the paella which suffered from dry overcooked chicken breast rather than the skin-on thigh which I have had in other paellas. The shrimp were a little bit overcooked as well and the sausage such as there was did not have the spicy taste I would have expected. The service and deserts were excellent but the paella did not measure up. I give them four stars but it could have easily been two or three. I liked the room.Special Features:
- Mixed bagagoodeaterVIPDined on 6/20/2014We really wanted to like this restaurant, and with some tweaks, it could really be outstanding. Loved the grilled romaine salad, but half of it was over-dressed while the other half was naked. The sangria was only a half-full glass' worth, and almost all ice - for $8, there should have been more than 5 sips. We've had tapas in Spain, and croutons do NOT count as a tapa (making up 20% of the appetizer plate). The duck tacos dish was mostly rice, beans, and cabbage. It was interesting for a first time, but we won't be back.Special Features: