Maynards Market + Kitchen
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.
The food was way too salty to finish.
Such a disapointment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Excellent service! I would recommend highly. Thank you
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.
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.
Over price but pretty good food. Desserts are fare but roasted chicken was great!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Menu did not have enough variety of choices to please most palletes.
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.
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.
Dinner before the theater. Excellent food and service
Always an exceptional menu, knowledgeable and considerate staff, and cozy intimate environment. I highly recommend it for date night.
Awesome spot for a special occasion. Delicious cocktails, cheeseboard, and entrees were on point.
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.
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.
terrific food and service. Creative chef and wonderful wine selection.
didnt really want to spend 30 for entree but just had a burger the day before . so had to ?
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.
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.
Great service; moderate prices; food was very good. I recommend especially for late night fare Fri./Sat.
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.
Well done french menu with excellent service. One of the best places in Tucson.
My wife and I each really enjoyed our entrees. Very convenient to music venues downtown. Nice, quite atmosphere. Would definitely return.
Excellent all around: service timely, friendly and professional... menu interesting, food flavorful
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.
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.
Great food & service
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.
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!
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.