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GRINGO grill + cantina

3.8
3.8
82 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
Named one of USA Today’s Top Ten Southwestern Restaurants in Tucson, GRINGO grill + cantina takes the best of locally sourced ingredients to create Southwestern comfort food. Come try our GRINGO burger – Sonoran flavors accent an American Classic with mesquite smoked bacon and jalapeno jam. Enjoy over 100 different tequilas and gorgeous views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Open Monday through Saturday for Lunch and Dinner. Daily Happy Hour Specials

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Spanish, American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 887-3777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andy Ceron

  • Private party facilities

    Spectacular outdoor venues with panoramic views of the city, serving 20-300 guests. This poolside or garden venue is the perfect setting for fine dining under the stars, or a casual family gathering. GRINGO grill + cantina offers a unique and inviting setting for your special occasion. The Santa Fe Salon offers 2,000 square feet of celebration space. The adjacent patio offers an additional 1,500 to 5,000 square feet of covered and uncovered outdoor space. Whether you are looking for a casual luncheon or a sophisticated dinner, GRINGO grill + cantina is proud to offer an extensive selection of menus to choose from or let us create a custom menu for you.

  • Private party contact

    LeeAnn Perry Walker : (520) 618-8045

  • Neighborhood

    Casas Adobes

  • Cross street

    Rudasill

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

What 82 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RJ

    RonJ

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Margaritas were very tasty. So was the food. Good service. Nice view from the outdoor area.
  2. PV

    PersnicketyVirgo

    Tucson

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Open Table allowed booking, even tho this restaurant NOT open before 4 pm. Many time slots avail for lunch, what a shame to find doors locked
  3. AB

    AnaB

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Restaurant was so hot we had to seat outside. Waitress did not know anything about the bar menu. She didn’t know what Prosecco was, No ambiance. No one there
  4. LS

    LaurieS

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The service was understandably slow as there were not enough staff. The food was horrendous. I ordered the quesadillas and they had dumped Parmesan cheese over all of it. Every plate had the cheese dumped on it including the guacamole appetizer which came after we had been served dinner. Will never return.
  5. TW

    TimW

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This needs to be taken off line at open table. Menu is not the same, management is gone, restaurant is horrible and open table is misrepresenting it. We drove for 30 minutes to this place. This is nothing more than a hotel bar that serves tacos now.
  6. CB

    CB21

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Didn't realize how much this place has changed. Only about 10 things on the menu, basic stuff, nothing great. Wouldn't go there again. It might be just enough for someone who is staying at the hotel but I would not go out of my way to go there.
  7. f

    foodnfun

    Tucson

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Food was decent, but restaurant was significantly understaffed which resulted in poor service.
  8. MJ

    MatthewJ

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The ceviche was pretty good; I would rather order the ceviche here than go to Villa Peru and overpay for their ceviche. The marinade on their carne asada was pretty good as well and better than the normal Sonoran flavor (maybe that is why this placed is called Gringo). The shrimp wrapped in bacon was really good and better than other restaurants in Tucson. Service was slow only because they were understaffed and we were told to seat ourselves since there was not host on duty. Once food was ordered, however, the food came out fast and fresh.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    No staff equals poor service.
  10. B

    Bats057

    Tucson

    170 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    170 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is a very nice restaurant, it has great food and a very nice atmosphere. A great veiw from the back of the restaurant. The Taco's are Fantastic!
  11. o

    oregon

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2017

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    I visit frequently. Lovely Mexican decor with a Mexican flavor menu. Food is not typical Mexican and is varied and very good. Calamari is terrific! Chef is vary hands on and can customize a meal for you. Wait staff is usually friendly, but service can be slow.
  12. N

    Next

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food was excellent. The service was slow when there was service. Considering that the restaurant was less than 1/2 full on a Saturday night, we were quite surprised that it took over 10 minutes before we even received water. The hostess said that the waitress was busy in the kitchen. Service did not improve throughout the meal. We chose this restaurant because I read that this was a top 10 place for a SouthWestern meal. In hindsight the reviews I ready were based on the food, not the service. There are too many restaurant choices to go back. Too bad.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The food was not that good, the service was pretty terrible. It was Valentine's Day and the restaurant was not busy, yet, upon arrival, we were not offered even water for approximately 10 minutes. I had to ask twice for a water refill before getting one towards the end of the meal. We ordered drinks and they took another 15 minutes to come out. The server blamed the delay on the bar, claiming that they were swamped, but they obviously were not. We were never approached regarding a second round of drinks. The queso fundido was pretty good, but the guacamole was very bland. I had the pollo asado and was very under-impressed by the quality and taste. Overall, not a good experience, I won't be back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Jeff never disappoints, the Valentine's menu was phenomenal, but we expected nothing less. Our server Jose was awesome and the manager Cassandra stopped by to make sure everything was spot on.
  15. S

    Santafesue

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    As we sat there, enjoying the open air and city view, a full moon rose over the Catalinas. What a treat. Although you might not be able to replicate that, you can enjoy a city view from the patio and delicious food. My husband's chile relleno was unusual - not battered nor fried. He reported that it was excellent. I chose the taco trio. Carne asada ws my favorite. Although this spot is a long drive from home for us, it was certainly worth the trip.
  16. SB

    SusanB

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    This is really a motel restaurant. Menu is very limited . food was okay -- tacos and enciladas. MAny things on the advertised menu were no longer offered .
  17. LA

    LARRY

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had the chille relleno. Was very good. Service very friendly and timely. Would definitely go back. Sat outside and they had heaters which kept us cozy warm.
  18. j

    jojomamaweaver

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very good, nice patio. Had to pay for chips and salsa which is not the norm for Mexican rest. The portion size was very small almost like appetizer size so very pricey for the small portions.
  19. EO

    EvaO

    Phoenix

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did an overnight trip to tucson and stayed at the hotel attached to the restaurant. Great margaritas! Best Ive had!!! The food was delicious , chips with the ceviche where amazing!! I would come back again when in town.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2017

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    If you have the time, it is a worthwhile place to eat. Service was just incredibly slow. But the meal was delicious.
  21. m

    ming

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the restaurant so much we went back the evening before we left, again was not disappointed had tacos, quesadillas salad and the table made guacamole. And again Dominique assisted with our service. High marks, plan to go back in about 3 months
  22. m

    ming

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice local southwest / Mexican style, great service.
  23. CH

    ClayH

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2016

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    New menu not a success Seats inbooth ripped Service was satisfactory
  24. R

    Rose

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, friendly staff, nice decor. Definitely would return to eat there. We went on a week night so it wasn't very busy. It was nice to be able to converse and hear the conversation. I ordered the quesadillas which were very different but also delicious. Presentation of the meals was very nice.
  25. D

    Doug

    Tucson

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went there for a business dinner meeting. I appreciated the staff for facilitating a successful meeting!
  26. F

    Freser

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We dined here last Saturday with another couple. Three of us ordered the Gringo Paella which according to the the menu contains Whitefish, Shrimp, Clams, Fideo Noodles, Tomato Saffron Broth, Roasted Garlic Citrus Aioli, Toasted Bread. While it was quite tasty, this $24 entree contained only 3 small shrimp, 2 clams and a few tiny pieces of whitefish in each of our platters. The dish consisted almost entirely of a bowl of noodles with a large amount of corn, an item not listed in the description. When the manager came over to check if everything was ok, I mentioned the shortage of seafood. The manager sent the executive chef to our table. He confirmed that the amount of seafood we received is correct and offered to send some additional seafood. He sent 1 shrimp, 1 clam and a piece of fish, but only for me - nothing for the other 2 people who also ordered this dish. I cannot complain about the taste of my meal, but I do feel that the price charged for what we received was excessive, and that will prevent me from returning.
  27. JN

    JohnN

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2016

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    The table was sticky my shirt got stuck to the table...:-0 the food was overcooked and was very salty!! Not my kind of food...
  28. S

    Sueaz

    Phoenix

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Four of us decided to try out Gringo Grill and enjoyed ourselves very much. It is located next to the La Posada hotel in Tucson, and so is large enough to hold hotel groups. However, it also works for those who are not hotel guests. The food leans toward Southwestern/upscale Mexican. Three of us ordered one of the specials, lobster enchiladas, which were really good, and QUITE filling. Our fourth ordered a taco trio, with Mahi Mahi (2) and carnitas (1). He liked the fish tacos a lot, though thought the carnitas were dry--unfortunately, a common issue with carnitas. Three of us ordered beers on tap and one ordered the special martini. She really enjoyed the drink, even though it was sweet and she usually orders them dry. Our wait staff members were very attentive and sensitive to our needs; and we Left feeling that we had had a good dinner experience. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Gringos says it all, it's not Mexican food, it's been "Gringoized", beautiful view!
  30. AB

    AnneB

    Tucson

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem ... The food and service was wonderful.
  31. CD

    CDP2017

    Palm Springs

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    The restaurant has great views from the outdoor patio and some of the booths near the rear. Very few people on 5/5 and a loud band detracted from the atmosphere. The inside was too warm and felt as if the A/C wasn't on. The food was just average. I loved this restaurant before it changed owners and became Gringo Grill. I doubt I'd return as nothing was noteworthy.
  32. JJ

    JJPLAP

    Tucson

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our entrees were very flavorful and much more interesting than typical Mexican fare. However, the margaritas were almost tasteless and were mostly ice. Possibly the worst margarita in Tucson. The service was prompt. We will probably return but never order a margarita there again.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2016

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    The service was horrible. The restaurant was empty. Our server spent time schmoozing with other tables while we could see our entrees were ready for at least five minutes.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    49 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2016

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Hardest working bartender in Tucson Empty restaurant, 415pm Could not get anything out of the kitchen I was in the business and glad I left The food was good when we could get it
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2016

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Dinner was for 5 and we all got our food at the same time. All enjoyed what we ordered the Amazing hambergers. we had plenty of food 3 of us took home boxes.
  36. F

    Fran

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I ordered the fish tacos which had a very generous portion of fish and it was moist and tasted very good. I also enjoyed a Margarita.
  37. LG

    LocalGal

    Phoenix

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined here on New Year's Eve and the service was friendly and very attentive. I had the quesadilla with chicken and a side of the Mac & cheese which was delicious. My husband had the ribeye, also perfect. The fry bread for dessert was so good! We will be back for sure!
  38. S

    Shollings

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2015

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    More people should visit Gringos for lunch. We all enjoyed our meals, but we were the only party in the restaurant at 12:45 on Wednesday. Possibly due to being Christmas week?
  39. L

    Lash

    Phoenix

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of 4 dined on their scenic patio and all enjoyed great meals and drinks. Service was a little spotty-but that was due to a large group from AARP dining at the same time.We were not in a hurry, so that was not a major issue. All in all, the staff did a superb job in preparation of our food and drinks. Highly recommend this restaurant for good food.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2015

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The food was excellent, although the menu was limited. The wait staff was often in the weeds. The place had the feel of being shopworn, the naugahyde seats were split.

FAQs

GRINGO grill + cantina is rated 3.8 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for GRINGO grill + cantina

5900 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704-3816

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rudasill

  • Neighborhood

    Casas Adobes

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Spanish, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andy Ceron

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (520) 887-3777

  • Private party facilities

    Spectacular outdoor venues with panoramic views of the city, serving 20-300 guests. This poolside or garden venue is the perfect setting for fine dining under the stars, or a casual family gathering. GRINGO grill + cantina offers a unique and inviting setting for your special occasion. The Santa Fe Salon offers 2,000 square feet of celebration space. The adjacent patio offers an additional 1,500 to 5,000 square feet of covered and uncovered outdoor space. Whether you are looking for a casual luncheon or a sophisticated dinner, GRINGO grill + cantina is proud to offer an extensive selection of menus to choose from or let us create a custom menu for you.

  • Private party contact

    LeeAnn Perry Walker : (520) 618-8045

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