The Cup Cafe
The Cup Cafe

The Cup Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hotelcongress.com/cup/
  • Phone: 5207981618x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 4:00pm
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Byrer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Copper Hall is the premier event facility at the Hotel Congress. It combines modern flare with classic elegance. From holiday parties, to mixers, to weddings, we are more than happy to help organize your next event.

    Other locations at Hotel Congress and Maynards Market and Kitchen are available as well. Please inquire for more information.

    Weddings

    The Copper Hall is the perfect location for wedding ceremonies and receptions, combining classic elegance with a downtown vibe. The room is the ideal size for an intimate affair amongst friends and family. Dance the night away beneath wrought iron chandeliers as the copper walls glow.

    Conference Dinners

    Welcome your conference guests to town with dinner in one of Tucson's landmarks. We can provide it all- gourmet meals, bar service and a built in speaker system.

    Holiday Parties

    Celebrate your holidays with Hotel Congress! The Copper Hall can host your business or family holiday party.
  • Entertainment: Entertainment on the patio or in the nearby club on most nights.

    Reservation Confirmation Message Thank you for choosing The Cup Cafe. We will be happy to hold your reservation for 15 minutes past the requested time. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Ave.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer free parking to our dining guests in our hotel parking lot. Other options include valet parking across at Maynard's Market and Kitchen for only $5, Street metered parking available, and the Pennington Parking garage located on Pennington Street between Toole and Congress.
A word from The Cup Cafe
The Cup Cafe is an established downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, creative and eclectic fare, alive with flavor. A full-service, historic modern bistro, The Cup Cafe appeals to locals and visitors alike.

Enjoy the variety of The Cup’s three menus and the fresh, delectable and ever-changing daily features. Selections include build-your-own omelets, unique salads, great appetizers, full-coursed entrees, creative and classic sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

The Cup also proudly features impeccable homemade desserts, baked in-house, as well as a comfortable outdoor patio, full-service bar, smart signature cocktails and intriguing wine selections.
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The Cup Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (30)neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (17)great for lunch (13)special occasion (12)great for brunch (12)hot spot (11)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (6)romantic (5)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Unique experience
    Evmeister
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We chose The Cup for a special dinner because on the hopping bars, understated but fantastic restaurant and great music. The best place in Tucson!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wife's Birthday
    ConfluentialBen
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The Cup Cafe was a great spot to celebrate my wife's birthday. Excellent food, stellar desserts, and fun and lively atmosphere while sitting outside was great for all of us, including the kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Cup Spilleth Over
    DoctorSparky
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Two couples enjoyed a great meal at the Cup Cafe in downtown Tucson prior to an Irish music concert elsewhere. Our table was ready for us at the reservation time. The Cup's menu is limited but the selections are various, with just about something for everyone. I had the fish and chips - probably the best I've had in Tucson since 1978! The soup-of-the-day was fantastic, even the bread and butter was memorable. Wines are reasonably priced and the servings are not skimpy. We had to leave by 7:30 to make our concert without rushing, and thanks to our waiter Roger, we were done, desert and all, by exactly 7:30. The bill was $40 pp, which is reasonable considering our bar bill, appetizers, and deserts along with four great entrees. Great place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    NiceNightOut
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Enjoyed the food very much. Great menu and food was outstanding. It got a little noisy sitting inside but they had a band outside that was very nice too. Other than a little loud, great night and would recommend. Again, food was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • orovalleydiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wanted a quick bite before a show at ATC and this more than filled the bill. Street taco appetizers were an ample portion -- could have gone without the side salad I ordered to make it a meal, though I enjoyed the pomegranate dressing that the waitress brought, after she keenly spotted that her helper had served the wrong one (the red wine vinaigrette was good too). My husband liked his jambalaya and had enough to bring home, with plans to add some grilled salmon leftovers to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I booked the Cup Cafe for our group of senior ladies -some of them had never been there. We were all pleased with our lunches, toured the facilities and will definitely return.Such a treasure right in our own back yard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best seat in the house
    Hjheinz
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had dinner during the HoCo Festival. As wristband-wearing admittees to the concert, we postponed milling around with other concertgoers to have a dinner of jambalaya (mine) and chicken breast salad (my wife's). Local mariachis performed right in front of the patio diners. Delicious food too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food! Great service! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuppa
    BearsLady215
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The table was ready for us when we arrived. The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. I will definitely recommend The Cup.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Cup cafe is a fantastic place to fine. I love that they had happy hour. Desserts are great too! Our waiter, Alex, was very nice as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pickyeater
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Nice atmosphere, good service and good selection for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucson favorite
    Candida
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Tucson. Consistently great food, service and ambience.
    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 LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cup Cafe on Our "Most Wanted" List
    Nisi
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    If the Cup Cafe was in operation in the ’30’s, it’s no wonder John Dillinger holed up there. Greeted by name, service was impeccable and we were addressed by name more than once by different waitstaff. My husband had the Real Thing - it's criminal to call this delight a hamburger - accompanied by Papas Fritas. We almost arm-wrestled. Fortunately, the Chicken & Gnocchi I ordered were equally delicious so we just split both plates. Their speciality cocktail, a Hurricane, made the 104-degree weather a distant memory. Parking is plentiful across the street, there is outside seating, and the prices are fair for the fabulous food. There are vegan offerings. We plan to return with friends in tow. At this cafe, their “Cup runneth over."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 206 reviews are from the The Cup Cafe reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    we had really good appitizers & drinks and our friends from out of town fell in love with Cup Cafe so I know we will all be back and our waiter Harold was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I loved the food at the Cup Cafe. I got the Jambalaya, excellent and my husband the beef bourgenion (spelling). I couldn't stop picking off his plate. The cocktails were nice too. Great pies and cakes for desert. Fun, trendy place with phenomenal food and menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise !
    cdct
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Having lived in Tucson for 28 years I'm sorry to say that this was our very first visit. It truly is a gem in the middle of a growing downtown. We definitely will come again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a dining treasure -
    rancholosrobles1
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Bravo- an ode to days of a by-gone era when restaurant dining was a real pleasure!! Top notch service, delicious food, great atmosphere - and appropriately priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barb
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We love The Cup. Have for many years. They do it all right so we will continue to patronize The Cup.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great night out!
    Bobbiegirl
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The Ahi Tuna salad was great. Delicious hot sourdough bread baked with olives and served with whipped butter. My husband had the jambalaya and it was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We wanted to sit outside but there was too much cigarette smoke, so we moved inside. The food was great. Absolutely delicious. We had the steak special and the trout. Deserts were coconut cream pie and carrot cake. Wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    Wayne
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to The Cup Cafe three times in the last three week. Ordered something different each time. Everything is very good. Makes it hard to order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love The Cup
    lovinspoonful
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Food really good, good options for vegan, vegetarian. Beautiful Dessert display, didn't try but looked very enticing! Downtown Tucson inside the Hotel Congress. Love the Location!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot
    mamadee
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We chose the Cup for our girls day out lunch and the food was excellent. However, we saw a Quiche special on the board and verified that was what we wanted with the waitress. Well, that is not what we were served. The special had changed and our waitress was not aware. She also was asked twice to bring me a slice of lemon which I never did get. The other servers at other tables appeared more well informed (I overheard one describing the quiche that we were served). Overall I would come back for the food and hope the service improved next time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Wayne
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Only problem I see with this restaurant is the noise level. Every thing else is great.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Wayne
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is the second time we have been there and will not be the last.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nostalgic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Four friends from Sahuarita/Tubac join monthly for lunch. We decided to discover "DownTown Tucson". Our first discovery was The Cup Cafe and we all enjoyed it very much. Loved that we could get breakfast until 4pm and will be bringing our husbands up to explore that menu. Two of us ordered Fish & Chips that were tasty but decided we should have ventured into one of the salads or sandwiches which got "thumbs up" from the others of us. Loved the atmosphere, the history and our service while dining...overall a very worthwhile trip up North!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    My partner David and I had dinner before going to a show at the Rialto. The food and drinks were wonderful. Our server Joe was very helpful with deciding what kind of cocktail to have before dinner. He was very pleasing to the eye too. Kudos to the Cup Café for a wonderful meal and drinks.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    SeaGuy
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I ordered the "Special", the steak with onion rings, asparegus spears, and garlic smashed potatoes. As usual, everything was great except the steak. The meat was so fatty, I could hardly eat a bite that did not contain a significant amount of fat. I'm a semi regular and had ordered this dish before. They must have gotten a deal on the meat but it was barely suitable for human comsumption.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perrfect before the Theater
    JimMfromTucson
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We selected The Cup Café because we could walk to the Fox Theater for our 7:00 show. We arrived at 5:30 p.m. The menu presented a variety of choices with tasty sounding descriptions. We decided on salads because the dessert display case led us in that directions. I had the house salad with orange slices and pecans - GREAT! My partner had a larger salad with grilled chicken. The seasoning on the chicken had a nice seasoned bite. We split the Tres Leches cake which was moist with a hint of citrus. I'm looking forward to my next visit and trying the grilled Portobello mushroom or the short ribs. This place is a repeater!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Right where you want to be
    Markyz
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The old Congress Hotel is in a vibrant area of downtown Tucson. Friday night the street was packed with people. The restaurant has a limited seating area indoors and a large outdoor area. Our drinks were a generous size and tasty. Dinners also a large size and well prepared. Fish tacos particularity good. Carrot cake for desert very good. Be sure to check out the floor.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific
    Marcia
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    There was only one negative. I made our reservation online 6 days earlier and specifically asked to be seated in Greg's section but when we arrived we were told it was unavailable. After some discussion with Greg and the hostesses we were able to sit in his section after all. He and the great food made for a very good time, however, what is the point of making a reservation and specifically asking for a certain server if it isn't going to be acknowledged?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our party of four was new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Our party of four was new to The Cup and enjoyed it immensely. The food was excellent, as was the service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful surprise
    TCJohn
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Our first visit to the Cup Cafe was a pleasant surprise. It truly lived up to it's reviews, particularly the food and service. If the weather is questionable for outdoor dining, ask for a window table. We found noise to be an issue in the inside seating area on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice before a concert
    DeeVee
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We are visitors to Tucson and needed a place for dinner before a jazz concert at the Fox Theater. The Cup was that and more! Service was attentive, pleasant, helpful. The menu offered interesting and varied selections, including steaks and vegan choices.We decided on dinner salads (one with steak and avocado, the other with chicken). Both were generous and delicious. We shared dessert, an enormous piece of coconut cream pie that fully lived up to the hype about the desserts here. Altogether, an unexpectedly fine meal in this historical hotel. Don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so hot
    Troyo
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The Cup was a pre Fox Theater find, but was disappointing. Our server had the oddest fake voice and was virtually non existent. The tables are so close together that we had a conversation with some strangers at the next table. It was very warm and humid in the restaurant. Overall, just ok. Not a likely re-do!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Return
    CLJAKOVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had not dined at the Cup Café in over 2 years and were pleasantly surprised at how much the restaurant had improved since our last visit. There were many and varied menu choices, both appetizers and entrees -- and they were different than the standard fare found throughout Tucson. Their fresh desserts still excel and the choices make you want to skip everything else and just eat dessert! Our appetizer and entree choices were superb and the carrot cake was one of the best we have had in Tucson. Our waiter, Greg, was one of the best we have seen in Tucson. As you can see, there were a lot of "bests". The only drawback is the extremely small dining area which elevated the noise level and makes seating a bit too close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place to Go Before the Show
    rkinSA
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Cup Café is a good spot for dinner before a show in downtown Tucson. People watching is fun sitting at the outdoor tables, the food was good, with a nice selection and the service came with a smile. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Evening Eats
    ClarityAnn
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Great spot to get together with friends and enjoy the downtown evening ambience. We can make a meal of the various starters (Mission Street Tacos and Fish Tacos are my favorites) and yet the entrees are generous, tasty and amazing. Fun selection of Arizona beers!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine Day Dinner
    BdowgialloVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    we had brunch here a few weeks ago (sat outside) and thought we would make reservations for Valentine's day and the special dinner menu. I ordered off the regular menu and my wife had a dinner special. Both were very good and the waitress was very accomodtaing. We sat inside and the table are limited and close together, but that adds to the charm of this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, Plenty of outdoor seati
    cmlvngstn
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were delightfully surprised at the range of dishes that were offered and all really, really good. It took us quite a while to get a waiter to our table to order and to get more drinks. That was discouraging. It caused us to miss the Happy Hour prices on the drinks. The Nicoise Salad was very good, cooked to perfection. The Pork Loin Ragout was also very good and the homemade fries were some of the best I have ever had. We will definitely return. Top on our list
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic