DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails
DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.downtownkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 5206237700x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (114)special occasion (69)neighborhood gem (68)great for outdoor dining (57)vibrant bar scene (41)hot spot (40)good for groups (39)romantic (38)late-night find (21)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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.
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • Going down hill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were there November of last year, with a group of people for my birthday. It was a great experience. Service was great & so was ambience! This last visit was a bit different. It went from a higher standard to mediocre. The staff was in t-shirts, which made us feel over dressed! Second, we were a table of 4 & were celebrating a birthday & anniversary. Our server did acknowledge, which was great. However, in celebration for our events, she brought us two plates with a single candle on it. For goodness sake, decorate it a little. I'm not even asking for a piece of cake, but perhaps, a little presentation. Use a little chocolate syrup & write Happy Birthday. Take a little time to show you care! Unfortunately we won't be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eccelctic
    LisaDVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Interesting mix of food available. We chose a limited time menu from Jerusalem - nice to try something we wouldn't have otherwise. Food was obviously fresh and homemade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent restaurant in Tucson
    rsx2VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Completely enjoyed this restaurant in Downtown Tucson. The menu is creative and the food is amazing! The chef was very agreeable to making some of the entrees vegetarian to accommodate our needs. The service was excellent! We will be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible
    MissSouthCarolina923
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We moved here from South Carolina. We had the She Crab soup....simply horrible... Who puts citrus zest in it? The catfish was drowning in a myriad of overpowering sauces. The food was awful, the "hipsters" that served and/or worked were cliche. HORRIBLE food. Horrible restaurant. They were trying too hard to be unique. Don't do Low Country food unless it's done right. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • World Menu
    J2zona
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The special offerings on the Jerusalem menu were delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Loved the entire experience. Great food, great service and no need to yell to be heard. Love it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Before the show dining.
    Early2dine
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Service was outstanding. The best calamari in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner and service
    Tucsonfoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've dined here numerous times and have never been disappointed. The food was delicious.. this menu featured specialties from Jerusalem and the lamb was excellent. The service is always friendly, well informed and well thought out. This restaurant should not be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing Special.
    MrMeeps
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was decent enough but not worth the cost, and not notable. The one thing that stood out about the restaurant was the attentive servers. While the menu did have some unique items the dishes my friend and I had were nothing very good. I was very excited to see a calamari dish, but was greatly disappointed by it (perhaps that is my fault for ordering it in the desert). If the food were less money it would be worth it, but only go here if you want average food at a great food cost.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little pretentious
    Ncareybrad
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great concept to feature regional foods (different countries featured) but regular menu is a bit pricey and the food is good but not great. Service was exceptional and it has great ambience so if you want to try something new that you probably haven't seen in Tucson before and don't mind paying for different then go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eatery
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We selected the Jerusalem menu and all ordered the chicken. The blending of flavors was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.