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Poppy Kitchen
Poppy Kitchen

Poppy Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.poppykitchentucson.com
  • Phone: (520) 219-1235
  • 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: Comfort Food, American, 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 (520) 219-1235
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent menu with inventive dishes, great service and great view"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "they tried... but didn't quite get there .... food was salty"
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Been here 3 times and has been a great experience during all of them. Keep up the good work and great food!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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 :)"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Service was terrible, and the staff seemed either unorganized or very mismanaged. Would not return."
    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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "One of the nosiest restaurants we have been too. Food was good. Wait staff brought us the wrong dessert."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My husband and I purchased a Groupon to try out Poppy Kitchen. We've been to The Abbey several times and have enjoyed it. Poppy Kitchen reminds me of an upscales Abbey. I had the Crispy Salmon, which was very delicious. My husband has the Seafood Gumbo. The only thing missing from that was a starch, like rice. Otherwise, the meal and service was excellent. I can see ourselves going back!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Ordered the Steak Tartare and asked for an entree size, but did not receive. The appetizer was shockingly disappointing. Five very thin slices of french bread (Ficelle size--so about 2-1/2" in diameter) and grayish steak tartare of minute proportion...can't believe that they actually charge $13 for this. Since the meat was so 'gray'--it definitely did not look fresh or high quality. However, the rest of our dishes were very good...wish we had sent this one back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed the table, view and patio. The margaritas were as described and very tasty. The only disappointment was the rib eye steak which had been so highly recommended. My husband is a BBQ person and knows how to cook a steak very nicely so he likes to check out restaurants that brag about their steaks. This steak was not cooked as he would have liked and it had a too much fat on it. But overall, the rest of the meal, salad, chicken pita with homemade chips were great. We will go again and give this restaurant a second try."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I recently decided to celebrate a birthday at Poppy Kitchen. We wereDal thrilled with the wonderful and diverse menu, the stellar service, and a beautiful environment in which to enjoy a fabulous meal. I would return in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The space is very cool looking and the vibe is similar to their sister restaurant The Abbey. They have a bunch daily specials which is nice. The meat and cheese plate was very good, our entrees were ok, and their ice cream sandwich was awesome."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food was very good, both the salmon and the pork porterhouse as main courses, and an excellent carrot cake desert. My companion is allergic to garlic and the waiter was very attentive in asking the kitchen and advising about which courses to avoid. We sat indoors and the noise level was very high, forcing us to repeat almost everything we said to each other. It didn't help that an infant was constantly screaming several tables away. There were a considerable number of children at other tables."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Sadly it is not Jacks Kitchen of old. Was sorry to see most of the best employees are gone and a lot of very young servers have replaced them. The food was good but not as much of a great experience as prior. We had a party of 4 and with the Ribeye Steaks for all - we all had to say it was not the Ribeye for 2 (which was a much better steak), No red-velvet cake and the carrot cake is no match--skillet much like my daughters play size and taste more like spice cake with ice cream. For years we raved about the prior restaurant but we will not be able to do the same for Poppy Kitchen. What is with popcorn for a small starter ? Jacks was smart and reminded us of New York/LA."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food...The Brussels sprout topping on the pork chop....AMAZING!!!!...Brians pick on the white....Phenomenal!!!!! you are missing a great treat if you have not been....ask for Regina ....amazing menu knowledge and prompt personal service."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My wife and I had heard mix reviews but frequented Jax's often and knew the caliber of food there was great and expected the same at Poppy's we were not disappointed! All was great! We started with the Oysters, then My wife had the Pasta with Lamb meatballs, I had the Sammy, that was a fun spin on chicken piccata. We had the carrot cake, which was awesome and highly recommended! We look forward to going back soon!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We've been going to The Abbey regularly since we moved to Tucson a year and a half ago. We liked Poppy Kitchen just as much. The cocktails are creative and fun, and the food is delicious. And both restaurants have been very accommodating to my very restrictive diet."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Jax Kitchen lives on! Relocated and renamed, the menu at the new Metzger restaurant will look very familiar. Same for the wine list. But then Jax didn't close because people didn't like it. So just go east a ways and experience it again. A lovely patio setting and the inside is spacious and airy as well. The parking lot view from inside leaves something to be desired but the staff is attentive and easy going. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I liked Poppy Kitchen. It was a nice place to go. the only problem I had is I was expecting Jax, and it is not Jax. but It is good."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The service was great and the food was most delicious. A bit loud inside but nice out on the patio. Looking forward to them opening the patio bigger for the fantastic view!!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I've been to Jax and loved it! This brings the memories of Jax with the power of being at the Westin (a great move). Server/busser very attentive, especially the busser, Ryan. I would like to see him serve next time I go. Noticed a few minor things with the servers that would take Poppy to the 5star or "fit for foodies" category like fingers touching the tops of plates and glasses (serving and bussing) and uniforms or at least synchronized clothing so you know who works there. My wife and I took longer than average to be done with the appetizer so our dinners were barely warm when served but I take some responsibility for futzin' around with the chopping block for too long. The view...gorgeous at night. Chef Pete came to the table A+"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Arrived at 6 p, Very Noisy, Busy on a Wed eve. 3rd visit, Goat Cheese & Short Ribs Exquisite, Brownies frozen so solid couldn't get a fork into them.Our Waiter rushed us &, tried to pick·up bill as we were in the middle of eating dessert. Don't mind Servers in Street Clothes, but would much prefer they wear a long Apron with their outfit, don' want to feel like I'm at a picnic when eating nice food. Popcorn snack does absolutely nothing to and does nothing to enhance the dining experience. service should be paying attention to their tables, rather than running around refilling popcorn snacks. Won't be going back except for HappybHour"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and ambience. Great outdoor area with wonderful view. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Mussels were tough and overwhelmed by sauce. Swordfish cooked well but putting it on cold gazpacho salad with a bun didn't work. Chocolate tres leches more like a brownie with ice-cream. They had popcorn on the table and charged us for bread!!! Wish Janos was still there."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We miss Jax - but we now have Poppy Kitchen! Good food with an attentive wait staff. Thanks for a great evening with our family. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014