Maynards Market + Kitchen

4.5
1286 reviews
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Contemporary French
Instantly transporting yet comfortably familiar, imagination and authenticity meld into the French-inspired American food at Maynards Kitchen. Described in the New York Times as "dark and handsome", and voted "Best Romantic Setting" by Tucson Weekly, Maynards Kitchen will consistently delight you with wonderful food & wine, its hip, spirited bar, and evocative, elegant atmosphere.

Downtown Tucson’s Historic East End is both a destination and a hub for those seeking the heart of urban Tucson.

Across the breezeway from Maynards Kitchen is Maynards Market, a fast-casual cafe concept serving "gourmet market cuisine" for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beautiful fresh baked pastries, a beer and wine counter, and local hand-scooped ice cream are highlights of the bright and airy eatery. With a large community table, outdoor seating on the spacious plaza, and free WiFi, Maynards Market is the perfect place to explore or relax with a latte, pastry, and your favorite read.
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MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was way too salty to finish.
Such a disapointment.

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CJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding! We had brunch poutine, cast iron pancake, bean toast, beignets, and peach bellinis. All of it was delicious! The service was amazing and the atmosphere was adorable.

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MR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The environment was warm and welcoming. The service was amazing, although the noise level could be high for some. The menu was creative and tasted great! Highly recommend.

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K
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with out of town friends and had a lovely dinner. Service was prompt, pleasant and efficient. My husband and I had the Scottish Salmon Special which was perfectly prepared, delicious and attractively presented. Our friends had the artichoke appetizer special with caviar and a fantastic sauce!! Excellent dinner, creative menu selections, fresh ingredients! We will be back.

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is cozy and romantic. It's also fun to watch the trains pass by the window. The service was very good and our waiter had been with the restaurant for many years. The entrees were good but not fabulous last night, although the appetizer was excellent. I would definitely return, as it is one of our favorite spots in Tucson. We also enjoyed being downtown, where the atmosphere was lively and cosmopolitan.

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LL
New England
36 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu selection has shrunk to the point of it being difficult to chose anything. I don't remember the options being so few in the past - I won't be returning for awhile until they expand the menu. The service is always great, and I love the ambience of the place, but food, in restaurants, is important too!

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TM
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! I would recommend highly. Thank you

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KG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Special New Year's Eve dinner menu. Ordered the "Atlantic lobster tail" for $32 dollars. Dish came out with 1/4 of the meat from a lobster tail over risotto. Server forgot things, but in fairness to her she had too many tables. We were sat next to the live jazz band and couldn't hear each other. Medium steak was rare. Will not return. Food and service did not match the price.

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s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favourite restaurant when we wish to have a special dining experience.

The food , the service and the ambience are all exceptional.

We do eat here often, but when we do, it is always well worth it.

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EM
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Over price but pretty good food. Desserts are fare but roasted chicken was great!

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LM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maynards is one of our favorite spots in Tucson. We come back each year multiple times per visit. We're impressed with the menu - but even more impressed with the chef's ability to accommodate allergies and making substitutions for customers with food restrictions. The server took down the list of food restrictions back to the chef. The chef came back with recommendations based on what would taste good and fit in my son's dietary allowances. Wow! We didn't expect this at all, as we initially just requested to simply remove the problematic foods- and keep things plain. This extra service was such a surprise. It's amazing that they did this extra step to make the meal special for everyone - even on a busy Friday night.

We will be back soon!

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G
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We got a last minute reservation on a Friday night and were welcomed warmly by the host. Our waiter was very patient explaining menu items. We both enjoyed our meals, stuffed quail and their special hamburger. Really liked the bread and house made butter.

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OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Well, the service was okay. Party of 2. It felt like we were checked on every 15 minutes or so, maybe longer each time. We were expecting a little more attention from a restaurant at this price point and with a note in our reservation stating we were celebrating our anniversary. Maybe the latter could have been better communicated to our server by the host. As far as food, the New York is a bit overpriced at 39 for 9 oz, with a small relish and mushroom side. Speaking of which, we had asked for med rare, and it came out med well. TWICE. (Gray outer closing in on a light pink color closer to the middle). The second time around we had to eat because as great as the carrot soup and market salad we had to start with and scallops to go with the New York were, we needed more to finish off our meal for the night. Of course, we happily accepted the managers offer on dessert. We’re happy he offered to try to do some recovery by comping our dessert and my cappuccino. Overall, we enjoyed each others company and wine, as we should, but the value wasn’t there tonight. Maybe some other time. We were a bit disappointed because it was both of our first time there.

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WS
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Not worth the money. We dined for a special event. Steak overcooked. Fish overcooked. Bouillabaisse tepid, and way over priced. Risotto flavorless and utterly forgettable. Salad with winter squash was ok, but the squash itself was watery and flavorless. Waited for coffee until dessert was eaten. An expensive, meh kind of experience. We won't be back.

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CB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu did not have enough variety of choices to please most palletes.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Theater night

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S
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at Maynards Kitchen before and enjoyed the ambiance and food. It is a bit more formal than other high end restaurants without being stuffy. The food on this trip was not up to it's usual standard. We found two of the dishes we ordered quite salty. The steak tartare was very flavorful, but the cracker served with it was very salty. We ordered some bread to use instead of the crackers. I ordered one of the specials, ink squid pasta and clams and found that dish to also be way too salty with too much bacon. My husband had the shortribs with mashed potatoes and enjoyed his meal. I tasted the potatoes that had lemon in them and they were delicious. The chocolate mint torte, also a special for the evening, was disappointing. It was dry and hard to cut into. We have had much better desserts on previous visits. We were looking forward to trying the restaurant since they changed chefs and were also celebrating our anniversary. We were asked on Open Table if we were celebrating a special occasion, but nothing was done at the restaurant to acknowledge our celebration. Overall our experience was disappointing.

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AZ
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Dinner at Maynards on Christmas Eve was delightful. It was very busy and somewhat noisy, but service was pretty good, and the food was delicious. Lovely ambiance.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before the theater. Excellent food and service

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D
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an exceptional menu, knowledgeable and considerate staff, and cozy intimate environment. I highly recommend it for date night.

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B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome spot for a special occasion. Delicious cocktails, cheeseboard, and entrees were on point.

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N
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The 2 top tables adjacent to the big set of windows downstairs are too small. We had no where to put our big menus during drinks and appetizer course so I finally put them on the floor. This could have been avoided if the server took them out of our way sooner , or if the table was big enough to House more than two drinks , salt /pepper and a small plate.

Later I asked if thr server “I eat gluten free so maybe you can help me navigate the menu a little bit?”

His reply was “well our menu has gluten in mind so let me know what you want And we will go from there. He didn’t have any upfront suggestions.

That being said, he did muster up some gluten free bread from the market which made up for the initial disappointment of not really getting to fully understanding the menu. He didn’t educate us about anything at all. We just had to wing it.

Positives include: love the crayons and butcher paper. We had fun doing that! The bartender made me really nice Manhattan martinis and thanks for having non alcoholic beer ! That selection is very thoughtful for non drinkers.

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F
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We had made a reservation for 3 but they had us down for 2. So they brought us upstairs to an empty room where the hostess told us we would soon have company. Another threesome promptly arrived as did their waiter. We inquired as to our wait person and he told us that he was not ours. Meanwhile the hostess came by and I told her that we still had not seen our waitress. She (Kendall) came up and nastily told the waiter that she could not take care of us. The two wait people went to see the manager. Talk about making us feel unwelcome! A nice busboy saw the entire exchange and offered to take our order. We have it to him and back came the waiter who told us that he would be our waiter after all. He verified our order with us. A few minutes later, the two managers came up to rearrange some tables. I approached the manager and told him of our experience. He reassured me that he would fix things. We were checked on repeatedly after that. However, the damage of making us feel unwelcome at this very expensive restaurant had been done. Nothing was taken off the bill, and we were not offered dessert. My husband liked his gnocchi and my son liked his burger. My burger was just fair for the price. We will not return.

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JW
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

terrific food and service. Creative chef and wonderful wine selection.

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KP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

didnt really want to spend 30 for entree but just had a burger the day before . so had to ?

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R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We had an early 5:30 reservation for 2 and were seated at a table that was right up against the railing separating the bar and the dining room. The bar is a couple steps higher than the dining room. Even though it was early, the bar was busy and LOUD. People from the bar were leaning up against the railing right above our table, meaning that we had people practically leaning over our table and talking loudly. This was not a pleasant experience at all. We asked to be moved and were moved one table further down. A little better but not much. We made our displeasure apparent but the staff clearly didn't care. I had to shout all throughout dinner just to be heard. The food itself was good (I had the butternut squash risotto and my husband had the short rib. Both were excellent, but the service was severely lacking. Our waiter was awkward and not at all friendly. Both he and a manager stopped once to see how the food was, but neither asked if I wanted another glass of wine even though my glass was empty throughout the whole dinner. It was just an unpleasant experience all the way around and I would not return.

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P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My second time having brunch at Maynard’s. It is a great brunch choice: good selection, friendly and efficient service, reasonably priced. My only criticism is that their Bloody Mary — a brunch essential in my book — is very weak and overpriced for what it is.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service; moderate prices; food was very good. I recommend especially for late night fare Fri./Sat.

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy dining room. Our server was very attentive but not overly so. Cocktails, apps, dinner and dessert were all excellent. The swordfish special was perfectly cooked and the sauce very flavorful. The beef steak special was also quite tasty! Great finish to our day of exploring the 4th Street festival and also attending an excellent musical, "Waitress", at the AU Centennial Hall theater.

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CP
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well done french menu with excellent service. One of the best places in Tucson.

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GF
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I each really enjoyed our entrees. Very convenient to music venues downtown. Nice, quite atmosphere. Would definitely return.

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JT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around: service timely, friendly and professional... menu interesting, food flavorful

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MH
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We like this place, BUT on the Sunday after Thanksgiving the service was very lacking. It took 15 minutes to be provided with water, another 15 to get a drink and another 15 to be served.

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p
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great value!

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D
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Ok, so this place use to be amazing, but my recent experience has left a lot to be desired. A $28 entree should not be served in a bowl. I’m not sure if the new chef has had something to do with the quality of the meals, but this was a very disappointing experience. Lastly, our server was quite disappointing as well.

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a
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service

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MC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Pros: The food is amazing and has been every time I have come to the restaurant. I recommend Maynard's to all my friends who live in Tucson or who visit the area. The ambiance is fantastic as well. We sat in the wine room and the atmosphere and views were great. Our initial reservation of 4 changed to 5 and the restaurant didn't hesitate to accommodate the change and placed us in the wine room.

Cons: To put it simply, the waiter. The server was extremely rude at the outset of our dinner and didn't improve much as we stayed. When he first approached our table, he did not introduce himself. As he was pouring water for the table, one of the guests (who happens to be my Mom) asked him what the fish was for the day. He very curtly and quite rudely told her if she would let him finish pouring water for everyone, he would be happy to tell us all the specials. This reaction and attitude was completely uncalled for and unacceptable. While we were ordering drinks, a few of the guests (there were 5 of us total) were deciding on whether to have wine with dinner. He impatiently kept pushing us to order a bottle of his favorite Cabernet. The hard sell was unnecessary and made for a very awkward moment at the table. The waiter's mood lightened somewhat as we dined but all in all, he was not very pleasant.

I would still highly recommend Maynard's despite a bad service experience.

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D
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great burger!

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V
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us enjoyed a remarkable dining experience at Maynard’s. Between us we enjoyed the Pork Belly on tepary beans, the quail on lentils, and the butternut squash risotto with scallops. We each tasted all, and we all agreed that every dish was outstanding. The subtle mix of flavors was masterful.

Our server, Jeff, was terrific. He was knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent suggestions. He was attentive but not obtrusive. He made our experience very special.

The atmosphere in Maynard’s is classy and a little retro. For me it evoked a 1940’s supper club vibe. Loved it!

I live in Tempe, about 125 miles from Tucson. I will make a trip just to go back to Maynard’s. Loved it that much!

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DI
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for the thanksgiving dinner special, since we don’t like turkey, they were serving other things, they were open on thanksgiving and the ratings were good.

The food quality was very good. Everything tasted good. Everything was presented well. They accommodated one of our group with dairy allergies without problems.

$100 a head for the 4 course meal, wine and coffee. The price is consistent with the experience.

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