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GRINGO grill + cantina

78 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies

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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Southwest, Spanish, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Service 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Happy Hour 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dinner Service 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Reverse Happy Hour 9:00 pm - Close

Lunch Service 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Happy Hour 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dinner Service 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Reverse Happy Hour 9:00 pm - Close

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Phone number
(520) 887-3777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Andy Ceron
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Cross street
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Special events & promotions
Please join us with your special someone for Valentine's Day. We are offering a prix fixe menu - 3 courses with drink specials. Live music of contemporary Latin from 6pm until 8pm sets the mood.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
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viporegon (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
3.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2017

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.

Santafesue (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2017

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.

SusanB (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2017

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 .

vipLarr (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

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.

jojomamaweaver (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

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.

vipEvaO (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2017

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

vipming (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

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

vipming (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Very nice local southwest / Mexican style, great service.

ClayH (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

New menu not a success
Seats inbooth ripped
Service was satisfactory

Rose (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2016

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.

Doug (Tucson)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2016

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