DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails
DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.downtownkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (520) 623-7700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday 5:00-9:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:00pm - Close,
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Happy Hour:
    Everyday 4:00pm-6:00pm

    Late Night
    Friday-Saturday 10:00pm-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Janos Wilder
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: BROADWAY + 6TH AVE
  • Public Transit: If you are arriving on the public bus system you can stop at the Rondstat Center downtown and walk 1 1/2 blocks south on 6th Ave. to 135 S. 6th ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: DOWNTOWN Kitchen+Cocktails has a share lot on the north side of the building.
A word from DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails
DOWNTOWN Kitchen+Cocktails is a New American restaurant. The menu is influenced by local seasonal produce combined with worldly cultural food that has influenced American cuisine. We also feature a creative wine list and a progressive cocktail menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (109)neighborhood gem (71)special occasion (57)great for outdoor dining (52)good for groups (38)vibrant bar scene (34)hot spot (32)romantic (30)notable wine list (19)late-night find (13)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • What a Great Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Our group of four really enjoyed dinner at the DK ... We'll be back. The menu was unique. We found many items that we intend to try in future visits. The entire dining experience was friendly and thoughtful. The food and its presentation was great. What a find!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Menu unusual, Brussel sprouts for veggie. Service was good. Seating not comfortable
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A grand night out
    QueenBun
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    It was good to be back to experience the imaginative menu offerings here. Of special interest is the Sense of Place menu. We had the Lamb from this menu plus the Jerked Pork. Both were succulent, full of flavor, and plentiful. Perhaps an extra tortilla or two would have been nice. The server was extra helpful; knowing that we wanted to share, he prepared separate plates for us. We started with the Mushroom Bread--to die for. In this case, the server almost carted the leftover sauce away too early. He understood when we protested. No dinner is complete without dark-chocolate-jalapeño ice cream. Scrumptious, and a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cold mashes potatoes.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Mashed potatoes were cold as ice. They took for ever to bring the hot potatoes to my wife, by that time she had already finished her meal. Bad vibes.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slower Food, Please
    GourmetGhettoGoerVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had an excellent dinner recently. To start, we ordered our favorite Tucson cocktail, the Cuban Sunset. We were glad to see that the Jerked Pork of J-Bar fame is back, and that there are several new additions to the menu. We particularly recommend the octopus bruschetta appetizer. The service was excellent. We had a knowledgeable and affable server. The only demerit of the evening was the rushed service between the appetizer and the main.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night
    Nelle
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our food was disappointing on a visit with out of town guests on Saturday. My husband had the lamb which seemed like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for a while: it was over cooked and served with beans and heavy corn dumplings that were not particularly yummy. My soft white trout was served with soft white squash and soft white potatoes...nothing to stimulate the senses or excite the palette. We were surprised and did not take leftovers home.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Possibly Tucson's best
    TucsonNewbie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Took my wife and daughter to Downtown for my wife's birthday. All around excellent experience: great atmosphere, great food and outstanding drinks...the Oaxacan Dream tequila based cocktail with habanero was fantastic...but not for the faint of heart. Looking forward to our next visit...we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susal
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My friends and I ate well all over Tucson during All Souls Procession week, but we agreed that Downtown Kitchen was exceptional--way up at the top of the list. The whole menu was outstanding, the staff were genuinely great (adorable, even), and the art on the walls was gorgeous. It makes Tucson a destination for travelers. My best restaurant experience in the U.S.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    CoraYvetteVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We ate outside on the patio. The weather was perfect to sit outside. My Lamb barbecue was delicious. The menu is interesting melding southwestern cuisine & ingredients with classic cooking techniques. Always delicious, never boring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Good friendly service but Janos should employ an extra waiter/waitress because on the night we were there our waitress was stretched between too many tables
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Like others have said, calamari was amazing. Ordered the bistro steak. Thought it would be plain steak with mushroom sauce, but no, it was so good! I like how they let you taste the wine even when you order just a glass. Hope to be back soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    Ricky
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The Sense of Place three-course meal was absolutely perfect and only $38. Beautiful place and food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great selection of food.
    dining2e
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Their were of four of us dining and everyone chose something different. We had a difficult time deciding as all the choices sounded wonderful. This is not a meat and potatoes kind of dining, but a great place for something different and wonderful. We all enjoyed our choices and will gladly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Tucson Favorite
    RegularVisitorToDKVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    One of our favorite downtown restaurants, Downtown Kitchen can always be counted on for offering excellent food from an electric menu and regularly updated menu. Every appetite and every entree ordered by the four of us was excellent. That said, please bring back the mussels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service; interesting flavors
    EJVW4
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    From the hostesses, to our initial server, and thru the person who helped us for the remainder of our stay, the service was truly excellent: friendly, attentive, quick, careful. Each of my cocktails was vibrant, lush, and perfectly mixed. My wife's cocktail was liquid fire (being made from pepper-infused vodka). Similarly, my meal was fantastic. Contrastingly, my wife and (teenaged) son had a tough time finding something to like about their meals. Upon reflection, we three understand that this is a eatery designed for discerning palettes. That said, there's certainly something to be said about having an entree or two that aren't so she-she-poo-poo. Accordingly, I wouldn't recommend this establishment to any of my friends with kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    NattyO
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had a wonderful expereince once again at Downtown Kitchen. Great food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish we had chosen differently
    1thinmint
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were two couples. Three had a berrata pasta dish, I had the meatloaf. berrata was very salty, uncomplicated. My meatloaf tasted gamey and the bacon around its girth was raw. We were celebrating a birthday. The waitress came out with a special birthday dessert: an empty plate with a candle affixed to the center...make a wish the waitress said...wish we never came we all miraculously wished. The food was not to our liking but the birthday plate was cheap and insulting. Better to have done nothing as a restaurant policy than to make your clients the butt of an unfunny joke.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun spot for outdoor dining
    Matt
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    this was our first visit to Downtown Kitchen, though we really used to enjoy the original Janos restaurant at La Paloma. The inside of the restaurant was only about 1/3 full on arrival but was very loud inside. We opted for patio dining instead, which was perfect. Our server was brusque, and lacked the ability or willingness to pause before interrupting our conversations to give us a moment to wrap up a point. She would start barking questions at us even as she was still taking her last steps towards the table. It happened repeatedly and our guests noted & commented about it too. The other staff were great, so hopefully she was just having a bad night. The food was solidly good, though not great. We may try it again sometime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Play dinning Good spot to have
    goldensue
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    a lovely meal prior to downtown entertainment. Reservations are a must on Friday or Saturday nights.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will Never Return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was ok, but didn't surpass the fact that the service SUCKED. We had a waiter who may have spent a total of 3 minutes at our table over the period of 1.5hrs. Drinks were 15 mins from when ordered. All food came at same time without a question of how we wanted it (soup & salad first, shouldn't have had to say that). And to top it off at the end after we'd complained the waiter came out saying "I hear someone is celebrating an Anniversary" with 2 candles on a plate. Just 2 lit candles and NOTHING ELSE. It was definitely his way of saying please don't come back so we won't. Hands down one of the worst services I've ever experienced. The only highlight was Priscilla our busser - she was very attentive!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • marindiner
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went during happy hour where certain drinks were half price and appetizers were reduced price. We had the fish tacos which were excellent but spicy. Also had the calamari which was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food OK, service OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I heard this restaurant was good, but my experience this restaurant is just OK. We came early and we had to sit outside waiting for our dinner reservation time. The hostess did not even give us an option to sit inside. We sat at the front corner of the restaurant, there were bugs and flies. The food was OK. When the food came, it was just lukewarm. They were probably sitting inside for a while before the waiter brought it to us. The taste was pretty good, but since it wasn't hot, it was only OK. The dessert was not good. For the price, I expected better service and better food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    swdweller
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We chose to sit in the streetside section, which naturally was a little mouser but this did not interfere with the great dining experience. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. Two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • irish1
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Overall, everyone liked their meals. I had the seafood stew and I thought it needed to have more seafood for the price. It was a slight meal. I appreciated being honoring my seating request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as Usual
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Downtown Kitchen is always a great spot! Food, drinks and service are always wonderful. They are very aware if you have a show to attend after dinner and will keep you on time. Janos (the owner and head chef) is usually always in attendance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maggie
    Maggie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Dinners are delicious of course.. And are served in a reasonable portion. I ordered the pasta and it was served in a rather small bowl and I still took home leftovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent overall
    russfour
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The crispy calamari was amazing! Perfectly cooked with a very complex, delicate sauce. The catfish with cheesy bacon grits was OK. A little too heavy for my tastes. And I didn't care for this white sauce (tartar-like sauce) that came with it. But it was rescued by desert. The chocolate pyramid with salted caramel ice cream didn't disappoint. Not overly sweet. Perfect paired with a cup of coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local dining
    travelinman1981
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My girlfriend and I visited Downtown on a Sunday night for an early dinner before seeing a show at the Fox Theater. The restaurant was relatively busy for 5:30pm, but we got right in with a reservation. She had one of the pasta dishes, and I had the Sunday night special fried chicken and mac&cheese. Both meals were great. If anything, the service was almost too good (e.g., water refills with the glasses more than half full). I would not suggest this if you're looking for a quiet, private evening, but it is not over-the-top noisy, either. It's good food, with a strong local focus, close to downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always something new
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Janos keeps the menu changing and fresh every week. Janos is always very attentive to his guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, good food!
    Erin032903
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The normal Janos service-fantastic. The food was very good. Only issue- menu does not describe all ingredients, dishes came with ingredients I am unable to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Foodcritic79VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I think that they need a better dessert menu . We had the jalapeño icecream was not for my taste how ever their food was very good and tasty with every bite
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • donna
    donna
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    we had a very enjoyable experience at downtown kitchen...four of us each ordered something and each one of us were very satisfied with our choices...the restaurant is very loud and does have a decent happy hour menu which we plan to come back to try..we were on a time schedule due to theater arrangements and our waitor got us out exactly on time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    wildrad
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Downtown Kitchen is one of our favorites. Consistent may sound boring, but it's not meant that way. The food, cocktails and service are always terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmet delight
    outoftownfoodies
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Excellent service, creative Peruvian menu. Every one's meal was a gastronomic feast. Presentation was colorful, flavors rich, quantities adequate. Would return in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special !!!
    bolennik
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was excellent if you like exotic and very spicy one ... but only Peruvian dishes don't make your guest always happy !!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had high expectations knowing that this was a Janos restaurant but was extremely disappointed. The food was mediocre, nothing special at all, just passable. I had the meatloaf wrapped in bacon and mashed potatoes. I am from LA which has many similar restaurants with much better food. The ambiance is fun and the downtown scene is happening, but come on, they need to up their food game.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    FabSDWeekend
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service was fantastic. Very attentive, personable, and professional. Food was just ok to us. But a very nice restaurant that we would try again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the Hype
    QECFoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We are new to Tucson and had heard wonderful things about the Downtown Kitchen. We were not disappointed! From the cocktails and appetizers to the main courses and desserts it was a fabulous experience! The server was knowledgable and helpful! I can't wait to go back and see what is on their menu next!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Count on an innovative menu; as usual, I had a difficult choice to make but was quite pleased with the duck entree. The somen noodles were fine but not more than that; the dessert, however, was outstanding, not only in concept but in richness and pure chocolate decadence. Can't go wrong at this restaurant, and with the ever-changing focus of the menu, can't get bored.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Quality
    Z4Alex
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always very good and well worth eating here when in Tucson
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.