Poppy Kitchen
Poppy Kitchen

Poppy Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.poppykitchentucson.com/
  • Phone: 5202191235x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm.
    Weekend Brunch: Saturday: 10:30am - 2:30pm.
    Happy Hour: Daily: 3:30pm - 6:30pm.
    Closed on Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Virginia Wooters - Chef de Cuisine Pete Davis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Metzger Family Restaurants are a fully functioning restaurant group that offers second to none catering. Please contact us: catering@jaxkitchen.com and let us know about your needs!
  • Private Party Facilities: We have numerous areas that work for large groups. We have a beautiful patio with spectacular views that we have done a cocktail party for 50, sit down dinner for 75 or a PROM! Let us know about your needs, we will make it happen!
  • Private Party Contact: Anne Davis 5202191235x
  • Special Events: Every SUNDAY = 1/2 off ALL bottles of WINE 5pm - close
    Every SATURDAY = BAR happy hour ALL DAY 10am-6:30pm & BRUNCH

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Via Palomita
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: You are able to valet at the Westin, and walk down... or openly park in the huge parking lot!
A word from Poppy Kitchen
Poppy Kitchen is the next chapter of the Metzger family story where love is expressed through their passion for food. Brian Metzger's poppy was one of the most kind and loving man he's ever known. If ever a restaurant could authentically represent kindness, love and strength from a culinary perspective, it’s Poppy Kitchen.

Poppy Kitchen is located at the newly beautiful Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. This iconic La Paloma resort is nestled on 250 acres in the high Sonoran Desert foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and features picturesque mountain, city and Tucson golf course views amidst stunning desert landscape and wildlife.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Poppy Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (32)fit for foodies (31)great for outdoor dining (23)special occasion (20)great for brunch (18)good for groups (17)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (8)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Fun Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Enjoyable brunch with great variety. Good quality food with wonderful choices and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great service!
    Djean
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food, drinks and atmosphere make Poppy Kitchen one of my favorite places to eat and visit with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the food, the view
    Kelle
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I definitely had the best seat in the restaurant during my recent visit! I was on the patio and had a spectacular view of the city lights! The great view went very well with the great service and the great food I've come to expect from the Metzger restaurants. I had the swordfish special and my friend had the veal pasta. Both were delicious and perfectly cooked. We also discovered a new wine we love which was "Brian's choice" on the menu - a delightful Super Tuscan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    justme
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had a wonderful birthday dinner. All the food and wine was delicious. Desserts were especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, took too long to get
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great restaurant if you want to wait 1 1/2 hours to get your food. The food was very good though. We just didn't expect it to take so long. Server, bussers, rarely came to the table during that time, to ask how things were or to explain why everyone else was starting to be served, except us.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It Was Okay
    SouthwestLady
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It was very hard to find Poppy with no signs directing visitors to the location. We were not seated where we could view scenery, despite the fact that the place was nearly empty on a Saturday night. The white house wine was fantastic. The quesidilla appetizer was kind of greasy and a lot spicier than we thought it would be. My duck and snap peas were very good, but the rice was extremely salty. My companion's fish and accompanying veggies were quite good. The carrot cake for dessert was very tasty. Service was exceptional and friendly. The food was inconsistent in quality, and someone needs to lay off the salt shaker. For the price I expected exceptional, but it was just a tad above average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grateful
    dinelocal
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Loved my vegan surprise -- so delicious. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hand crafted food
    Vinomike
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A foodie paradise. Unique dishes well presented and flavorful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and even better food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at Poppy's Kitchen. The service was excellent as well as the food. I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a stellar dining experience. I have nothing negative to say about this restaurant other than I wish it had better signage as it was difficult to find from the main street. I most definitely plan on dining there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    ISheen19
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Came here for the first time with a friend a few nights ago. Very pleased with the service--waitstaff was very attentive, friendly, and prompt. I wasn't extremely hungry so I just ordered the board, which was decent--I've had better, and my friend had the pasta, I believe it was a veal Milanese. She said it was really good (and it looked good!). We shared the made-to-order carrot cake--very rich, very delicious! Friend and I lost track of time chatting and didn't realize we were last ones in the restaurant until 40 min after closing time. Felt bad, but appreciate that the waitstaff was never pushy about getting us out the door! Will definitely return--albeit for a special occasion, as prices are just a tad bit on the higher side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal, good service
    zimbo
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Enjoyed a very nice meal, with good service. Great location, just be careful of table location at sunset, as there are spots with no method of shades
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Silverfox
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    we went with another couple who had eaten there before and they loved it so we decided to give it a try. The service was very good and the food was delicious and nicely presented. A small but varied menu with a nice blend of flavors. Both parties would return sometime in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Music was too loud outside
    Cantafordit
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food & service great. Happy hour prices appreciated. The music was too loud on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Kaylee
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We utterly enjoyed ourselves! The food was amazing! It's a perfect date spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great foot but a bit rushed.
    Robert
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed the food immensely. Went for a romantic evening but felt rushed. Staff was attentive but... Appetizers to desert in less than an hour was too quick for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Lovediningout
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Four of us went for dinner and all agreed this place is a little "quirky." Sat at a booth in the bar which had way too good a view of part of the kitchen - a very ugly view, not the usual "open kitchen" view. Why this area doesn't have a door is beyond comprehension. Some rather odd menu items and some disappointing food. After tasting, only two of the four would eat the octopus salad but French fries were excellent. Steak tartare was acceptable. Chicken was returned to the kitchen because it was horribly overcooked. Quesadillas were mediocre. Not a place that warrants a return visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold trout
    HearthstoneCat
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The trout came room temperature on a very hot plate after it was sent back to the kitchen it returned, well, shriveled. By that time everyone else had finished eating. The Kobe beef cheeseburger ordered medium rare came out well-done. When I asked for some bread to accompany the soup it took 10' to arrive by which time the soup was long gone. And we got charged $1 for a small serving of bread. The wait staff seemed to have no clue. A thoroughly unpleasant experience. We have no intention to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not far from home but getting away!
    Happyweekenders
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a hectic week and just wanted to get away on a mini-vacation even though it was just 10 miles away . (real mini because we had so much to do on the weekend) Poppy's was perfect. We had a great brunch and Spicy Bloody Mary with a great view and were transported out of our hectic week and weekend. Thank you so much. The waiter and new bus boy were great as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent menu, inventive dishes
    Diner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent menu with inventive dishes, great service and great view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd TIME at Poppy Kitchen
    KANIKE
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Well, this 2nd time seemed that the NOISE level was better, even tho it still can be LOUD........not all of the menu items are favorites, so I pick and choose. I wouldn't come here on a regular basis, I feel the prices are on the higher side, but it is good for when you want to eat lighter. The DESSERT was excellent, we ordered 2 dessert for our party of 4, the carrot cake, and the strawberry ice-cream....both very very good! It is also a place to come for dessert too! Would like to try the brunch on Saturday. This was our second choice for dining Friday night, as our first choice was booked, so we ended up at Poppy's......mmmmmmm
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okay
    okayVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    they tried... but didn't quite get there .... food was salty
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Saturday Brunch
    anoldyoungcouple
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Sunday brunches are so cliche, so finding a Saturday midmorning breakfast was fabulous. The menu was diverse, the food choices were appealing, and the quality was above average. great find and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our food was delicious. Our waiter was excellent. I loved the muffins and the bacon. Yum! I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday brunch. My family and I will definitely be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Must try restaurant
    AZfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Been here 3 times and has been a great experience during all of them. Keep up the good work and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning view in Tucson Foothills
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We dined on the porch and it could not have been more beautiful. The menu is solid with changing specials that keep it interesting. We especially love the daily fish offering and the Sunday wine specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for brunch
    brunchanmunch
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was excellent. It was nice to find a place that serves a brunch on Saturday. The food choices were a nice selection. Full muffins per person would have been nice instead of cut in half. My steak was made exactly to my specifications. Our reservation was right on time. We will be coming back for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Miss Jax but Poppy was good!
    TeamLeaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Service alittle uneven but nice staff. Had mussels and then the salmon and short ribs, excellent! Love the bread and Brian's pick for wines.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Night Spot
    Meghan
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    we had dinner at Poppy kitchen using a groupon....it was great! We started our meal with two glasses of wine and the goat cheese appetizer, then followed it up with the crispy salmon, and fish number two (which was trout). Both entrees were outstanding.I love the mix of the baby beet greens and the beet puree on the plate, it added a great pop of color! To finish the evening we had the made to order carrot cake. What a concept!! warm carrot cake in a skillet, cold ice cream, and crispy carrots, yum yum!! We will be back Thank you for a great night :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AZfoodie
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Been to Poppy Kitchen before but went this time to use a Groupon. Wait staff was very nice and their specials for the day were fantastic. The 1/2 dozen oysters appetizer was DELICIOUS. Been there 3 times and satisfied every single visit. Love you guys!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Loud Restaurant
    ArizonaTravelGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    2nd visit. This visit we were seated in the lower front section. It was VERY loud. I do not recommend this area. Sit outside or in the back!! The computers were having issues & our waiter forgot to turn in our drink order, app order, & dessert order. He also forgot to bring our coffee, ever. It was kind of a wrecked evening to be honest, as it took forever to get our meal. I like the restaurant, the food is pretty good, but I don't expect to go back much, especially if they will not give points for open table anymore. I like to stick with restaurants who have quieter surroundings, and work with open table for points. Makes me sad because I really used to like this family of restaurants, but lately they are kind of slacking off a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Service was terrible, and the staff seemed either unorganized or very mismanaged. Would not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible experience
    datenight1503
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This was a terrible dining experience. Food was terrible (risotto was cold, gummy and hard) and service was NON-EXISTENT. Will never eat here again, and would definitely not recommend it to anyone. I could go on and on, but it is not even worth taking the time to write it out.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 41 reviews are from the Poppy Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Too noisy!
    NomNom
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Immediately the level of noise was apparent, even the waiter admitted to the problem. I could not enjoy the company of my friends as we were not able to carry on a conversation with out yelling. The food was great... so good that I cleared my plate. All 6 of us in my party thought the food was excellent, but the atmosphere was so irritating that we would not return. Unfortunate for us and the restaurant. So much potential...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Up to Jax
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Metzger opened this restaurant at the same time they closed Jax, which was always one of my favorites. I was hoping it would be a replica. While they carried over some of the menu items (the crispy salmon, for instance), most of the menu is new. We were disappointed with the two fish entrees we ordered. Both were overcooked (this never happened at Jax). The dessert was lifeless. We'll have to try this again to see if maybe the chef was having a bad night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dessert
    Luv2dineintucson
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I have always like Panacotta for dessert so ordered it. It came topped with "tomato jam". Did not like it, would not order it again nor would I recommend it to anyone else. It was the tomato jam that ruined it for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The advertised happy hour is only available in the bar. We weren't told this until after we sat down and ordered. They also claim to be gluten free and kid friendly, but there were no gluten free options on the kid menu. We asked if they could make something simple for our young kids. We settled on a small hamburger patty and French fries. When the bill came we realized we were charged for the adult portion Kobe beef burgers. I love my kids, but they don't need adult-sized $15 burgers. This wouldn't have bothered me if they didn't clearly indicate they were kid and gluten friendly on their website. Finally, the meals that all the adults ordered were pretty marginal, especially for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot
    DeborahVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food and service were terrific! Even the house wine was outstanding. Many fun choices for cocktails, food and wine. We shall return often. We are big fans of the Abbey, and Poppy Kitchen lives up to its big sister easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    One of the nosiest restaurants we have been too. Food was good. Wait staff brought us the wrong dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pleasant Experience
    sasabetom
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Having been a "Jax" we wondered if it would be worth the drive from Oro Valley... it was worth it and we will return. I had the best grouper dish I have ever had in Tucson! The house wines, red and white were both good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • close door
    diner
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We sat near the back of the restaurant and they opened the door and it became very uncomfortable. We asked to be seated inside to avoid the 105 temp.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.