I was disappointed. We've been at least 4 times over the last few years and didn't find some our favorite entrees that we were looking forward to trying again. Unfortunately, none of the newer items were attractive to us. We settled on the brussel sprouts with shrimp. The sprouts were great, but not actually an item you would tell someone to go and try, or look forward to having the next time as your entree.
As we were attending an Arizona Theatre Company matinee, we decided to once again enjoy the wonderful brunch food at Agustin's Kitchen. As before, the food was terrific. Their huevos rancheros hit all my husband's buttons as he loves when it is made with black beans. I enjoyed the lightness of asparagus with hollandaise and a poached egg. Unfortunately my food was tepid, perhaps because the serving plate was cold. Our waitperson offered to have it reheated but the poached egg was barely runny so I demurred as I preferred lukewarm to overcooked. The calamari appetizer was stupendous as always... I crave this dish... happily a portion came home with us to enjoy later. We shared a piece of cake that we selected as the menu mentioned dates and pecans: it was quite enjoyable, but the pecans were really walnuts, so a slight disappointment (but walnuts are said to be quite good for one's health). One slightly off note was that our coffee refills were slow in coming as the restaurant filled up, but it was great coffee and we still managed to a lot of it. In summary, a couple small missteps kept this experience from being outstanding, but we'll return to AK again as we know it's in them.
We just arrived in Tucson and wanted to eat before we started touring the city. This was a very fortunate stop! The huevos rancheros were excellent! It was a very comfortable space in a happening corner of town.
Creative menu, fantastic service, a great experience!
Excellent Service, Outstanding Food! Tried Mussels, Buffalo, Calamari, Soup, Salads, and Steak.
Everyone in the party thought the meals were Fantastic.
Had out of town relatives visiting and wanted a nice meal in pleasant surroundings. Agustin Kitchen was a perfect choice. My sister devoured the herb garlic frites and the Barrio bread with pesto was fantastic. The wine selection was excellent and everyone enjoyed the selection. When it came to entrees the Midwest group was concerned with unfamiliar choices. Our server answered all their questions and altered the preparation to meet their requests. Although everyone said they were full the dessert plates were empty at the end of the meal. Our server recommended the beignets and it was excellent. As you can tell it was one of those nights where everything comes together for a perfect evening. I'll be back.
A wonderful brunch! Unique and delicious dishes. I highly recommend it.
Had an awesome brunch at Agustin Kitchen! Eggs Benedict with crispy pork belly, arugula salad with sundried tomatoes, perfectly poached eggs and excellent hollandaise! Bloody Mary was nicely spiced but not too much, and husband's Michelada was put together well too! Close by where we live and easy to reserve online. Table on the patio was great, lots of activity on Sunday and a chance to stop at our favorite tortilleria in the Mercado was a bonus.
I had never been to the restaurant and went at the recommendation of my date who had only been there previously for happy hour and appetizers. The appetizer we shared, Spicy Pumpkin Curry Croquettes, was the best of our three items but only average. We next shared a Nopales Salad that contained prepared prickly pear cactus strips that were fried and very salty. The salad was disappointing. Finally we shared Vegetable Fettuccine Alfredo that was dry and the sauce seemed to be overdone with parmesan. I have had fettucine alfredo far better at about half the price. Luckily we added shrimp to the dish as the grilled shrimp was the best part of the entire meal. The pinot grigio we ordered by the glass was ok but not great. I will not be returning
We were visiting Tucson for a week and had a wonderful lunch at Augustin so decided to go back for our farewell dinner. Lunch was excellent. Dinner was disappointing. For lunch I had two appetizers, oysters and brussels sprouts. Loved the dipping sauce for the baked oysters and the sprouts were outstanding. My friend had the pasta with chicken and was very pleased. Sparkling flavor.
For dinner I ordered a grilled artichoke which arrived too tough to pull of the leaves. Without asking him, our waiter offered to exchange the appetizer which was appreciated. I had the shrimp and grits in exchange which was tasty. My entree was the short ribs which was certainly good but not as exciting as the dishes we had for lunch. My friend had the sprouts with rabbit and found the rabbit too dry.
Wine selection was very limited, inexpensive and my Merlot was below average in flavor.
So a mixed review.
The restaurant is very attractive and thee outdoor areas are pleasant. If you order correctly this restaurant can be excellent.
The food is inventive and delicious. Our best meal in Tucson and we are foodies from the East Coast who visit every year.
The food is very good. While the band was good , it was too loud and made talking very difficult. We would appreciate more background music or no music at all in such a small space. Perhaps the band could play on the patio.
Refreshing Change. I love going to a new restaurant finding menu items that I have never seen before. There were so many intriguing things to choose from that I had a hard time picking out what to eat. The waitstaff are knowledgable and attentive. Very noisy. Nice ambiance. If I am ever in Tucson again, I will definitely return to this place.
Overall, it was just OK and probably not somewhere I’d rush back to. We started with an order of the barrio bread and artichokes, both of which were disappointing, especially for the price. There was barely any edible flesh on the artichokes and the bread would have been OK for free, but not for $5. Our entrees were better. We had the elk short ribs and the Puerto Rican sancocho. Both dishes were good, but not great. Our server, while pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu, seemed to be stretched a bit thin, as a result, we didn’t see him very often and when we did it took a long time to get anything we asked for. I will say though that the ambiance here was top notch.
A good meal is not fun when the noise level is so high that everyone is shouting at each other. The room needs some noise deadening modifications to tone down the noise.
Michael was the best!
The food was good. They need to rework their service. I had to wave someone down 3x to ask to order, wine, get small plates, bread. Really not acceptable for this kind of “fine dining”. Very disappointed. Our waiter was very attentive to his friends or patrons at the other tables and completely ignored us. The other assistants tried to help.
The French Pinot Noir is delightful. Don't fear the pork jowls....the dinner was delicious.
Great, truly creative food and excellent service once we were seated in the dining area. A local Tucson gem to which I always introduce out-of-town visitors.
Great service and atmosphere as always. First time disappointed in assistance with the menu despite having called ahead. Someone in the kitchen forgot what nightshade plants are, which was disappointing after calling ahead and discussing it with the server in detail.
Best dinner ever in Tucson, no way this can be topped by any other restaurant. Excellent wine selection available as well. Definitely going back!
The brunch options are excellent in Agustin Kitchen and everything tastes so good. The food always meets our expectations!!
This was my first experience dining at the Agustin Kitchen, most enjoyable and pleasant. We sat outside, a heater made it very comfortable. The service was pleasant, but a little on the slow side...a little understaffed I think. The food was excellent, but I will choose a different entree next time. We will definitely return.
There were three couples who went there for the Happy Hour menu after we got out of the T. Symphony, as many dining rooms don't open until 5. I had requested a table for 6 in the bar ahead of time, and we were accommodated. You may order off the Happy Hour menu, but we were given regular menus as well, so I assume you could order from that before 5 pm. My husband and I shared the calamari and the large plate of mussels. The calamari came with lightly breaded fried veggies and not many calamari, and it was all tossed in a lot of red sauce that was much too sweet. We'd much rather have lightly breaded calamari with dipping sauces on the side. The mussels were mostly small in a garlic sauce and not really many there for two people. The service was good, especially since our server was very busy. There was a small band that played, with a good vocalist, but they were so close to the tables that it was impossible to carry on a conversation.
We recently discovered AK, and now we enjoy introducing others to this unique venue. Our last trip, with friends who had not yet tried AK, were as delighted as we were. We love the Penn Cove mussels and the fact that they are (a) about the best in North America and (b) flown in fresh for AK. My eggs benedict were truly mouthwatering.
We went for Sunday brunch. Our 11am reservation was honored as we were seated at 11:01am. After coming to our table several times (and giving us a bear claw pastry for our wait), our food was first delivered to our table at 11:51am. My meal was fine...my wife's meal was cold and not complete...she ordered eggs benedict...it came with only one egg (which was cold)...several minutes later, a second benedict was delivered without explanation...we both thought someone had observed the fact that she was not eating her breakfast...it turns out, that the "normal" benedict comes with two eggs. This is normally a nice restaurant...we have been several times for dinner...never again for brunch.
This was my second time visiting this restaurant. This time, it was for my Birthday brunch with 8 of my friends. I had called earlier in the morning and requested to sit outside; the person who answered the phone was friendly and very helpful! We were seated outside at a nice table. The menu can be tricky to choose from; a few basic options, and a lot of "fussy" brunch foods. Many people like that, others view it as an obstacle in choosing something that they'll enjoy. I ordered the benedict with sundried tomatoes and pork belly. The hollandaise sauce could be more savory and less tart. I also ordered a side of fruit for $5 which consisted of a few strawberry slices, a couple blackberries, a few cubes of melon and a couple slices of apple. I was expecting a bowl of fruit for $5, when I received a fruit garnish instead :(
As for the service; our server was incredibly personable and made me feel cared for. He was friendly to my guests and catered to me on my birthday. However, he initially asked us if we were in a rush, because there was a 25-top ahead of us. Being in the restaurant industry myself, I said that we were not in a rush- as to not stress the server. Two of our guests arrived later than the rest of us; only by about 15 minutes. The majority of our drink orders were taken at the time when we ordered. I ordered a mimosa, which didn't come until after I received my food, when I reminded the server about it. The whole process of ordering drinks, ordering food, and receiving our food and drinks took about an hour. Our reservation was at 12:15, and I remember checking my phone at 1:11, wondering when we would get our food.
Overall, I was not unhappy, however, I would have enjoyed faster service, a better brunch menu with less "fussy" options, and more attention to detail.
I believe in the potential of this restaurant; my first visit was perfect; this second visit could have been better. This experience will not keep me from coming back in the future.
Very disappointed with the food for Valentines dinner. We have attended at this restaurant a number of times but were extremely disappointed in this menu.
Way Over-Priced! Despite it being fine dining, the food, nor the atmosphere, honestly, wasn’t worth the price. It was good.... but not that good. I’ve had more food, that tasted better, for cheaper. Can’t complain about the service, however. 👌🏻 The atmosphere is unique!
The food & wine were fantastic, I would definitely come back for another special date. Our server was attentive & very knowledgeable about the menu & wines. Great pairings with the special Valentines Day menu, too.
It was a Valentine’s Day price fix menu. Each coarse had small bits and reflected a Chef trying to appeal to Foodies but missed the mark.
The artichoke was over charred. The Langostino came out raw the first time and the chef made a new dish. The melon and ham had marinated melon that was too spicy. The soup was too thick.
My wife is allergic to Garlic and asked the Garlic to be left off and it was served with Garlic on the side.
We made the reservation because we had lunch there and it was great. However the Dinner was disappointing and expensive.
Our server “Tati” was excellent & fun. We enjoyed our time at AK !
One of my favorite restaurants in Tucson. I recommend this place for special occasions or “not so special occasions” and for a great lunch or dinner. Food, ambiance, service, value ... it’s got it all!
Server, food and patio table were great for brunch. My corned beef was truly special.
Scallops were the absolutely best ever!! So flavorful and sooo very impressed!!!
Food was awesome. Although the server was very friendly, he was gone quite a bit and we needed to ask for refills.
Exxxcellent as usual... special attention trying to find a Wine, to mention a time crunch for 3 of us in order to make a show at TCC. Fabulous Service... D-licious dinner. Thank You!! I (already) keep coming back. ~e.
Excellent ambience for good food, fine wine, delightful waitressing by Andrea, support staff were always available. Did their to accommodate for the ideal moment.
We've been to AK a number of times and enjoy it. This time, we went during the Gem Show--big mistake. I had made a reservation for a quiet table for 5, and confirmed it when the restaurant called that afternoon. When we got there our 3 friends were squished into a table for 4. The manager and hostess were very nice, but we only had other choices of outside on a cool night or sharing a large table with another group in the bar. We chose the latter. It was incredibly noisy for the first 1 1/2 hours. It was almost impossible to talk with one another. Our waitress was good, but I got my entree about 5 minutes after the other 4 at our table--perhaps the problem was the kitchen. The calamari special was outstanding and the beignets delicious. I would just recommend that they manage their reservations better, especially during the Gem Show!