Tito and Pep

4.7
701 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
Tito & Pep is a bright new venue in midtown Tucson providing exceptional service, quality food and beverage, in a convivial, relaxed atmosphere.

We hope to establish ourselves as a true hub, woven into the fabric of one of Tucson's most vibrant areas. The focus of the experience at Tito and Pep is mesquite-fired cuisine, as well as a full-service beverage menu featuring quality beer, wine, & cocktails.

Applying over 20 years of experience gained across the U.S. and abroad, Chef & Owner John Martinez draws influence from the multi-cultural history of the region and from his travels, to create a cuisine that is vibrant and delicious.
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Misha
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tito & Pep is my favorite restaurant in Tucson. I've been four or five times and every time has been excellent. I lived in NYC for a long time, so I've been to some very good restaurants. Tito & Pep is very, very good. The food and cocktails are interesting, inventive, unique, and, most importantly, really delicious. Highly, highly recommended.

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Lynn
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit thoroughly, the food, host, waitress, and music.

Best dining in a long time.

Lynn

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MAJRN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is now my favorite restaurant. Please increase menu selections soon because I go often thanks

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Pete
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was a nice place, but not great. nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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vipVandra
Tucson
246 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was great, except our waitress didn't pay much attention to us. She told us she had been there since Day 1, but she must have slipped in service skills since she started.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and value.

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LillianM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it was a great experience. I had roasted chicken with butternut squash and my friend had trout. Both were delicious as was our appetizer salad. Our server was very attentive and food was served quickly. We both can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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Elsie
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Tito and Pep! The food is so fresh and tasty, with a unique twist on classic foods. Our server suggested a fantastic Cabernet and we enjoyed a few appetizers in delightful ambience. Love the retro, vintage, bohemian decor with live plants and big windows. One of our new favorite local spots. Great for a casual outing or special occasion.

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GayeB
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is as good as it was before Covid. We ordered take out throughout the shut down and it is very good too. Sitting at the restaurant allows a broader menu. Like the trout! We have been twice since they reopened.

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alexanderHAMILTON
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef/Owner, John Martinez is absolutely brilliant and creative. Tito and Pep is our favorite restaurant which is why it's so worth the drive for us

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SandraD
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really cool trendy little spot. Service was great and we enjoyed the food. I strongly recommend the Hamachi starter. It's light, flavors are spot on. Some good options on the wine list as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy T&P is open again. Fabulous restaurant week menu. Great service and lovely food as usual! Not noisy is the upside if social distancing measures

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vipBiztravelfoodie
Seattle
109 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our of our favorites. Restaurant week menu outstanding. Carna Asada tartare tostada app spicy goodness. Pork shoulder well seasoned. Buttermilk pancake panna cotta unique desert. Always unique layered flavors in every dish. Highly recommend. Our 6th visit and never disappointed.
Plenty of room between tables. Felt very comfortable and safe.

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DavidS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service and the best drinks in Tucson

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MiriamS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tito and Pep is a must, their food is always well presented, fresh, innovative and delicious.
I highly recommend this restaurant.
Miriam

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WilliamC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere was excellent. Will definitely be going back.

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IkeA
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, superb all around. Brunch is a tremendous value.

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LorraineM
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Best restaurant in town. Definitely coming back.

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Walter
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again great food, fine service and a good time! It keeps us coming back...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tito and Pep has been and will be one of my favorite Tucson Restaurants if not for the grilled octopus alone.

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vipMichaelG
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has to be a Tucson Top 5 restaurant!

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Superb food. Excellent Manhattan. Trout entree the nicest I have had, as was the calamari. The place is waaay to noisy, however.

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration locale! Fantastic food, great, casual no-pressure service, and did I mention amazing food? Just glad we were off to the side so we could hear each other- it was rockin’ on a Monday night!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow great food ! Was in Tucson for 3 nights ate here 2 had to go back this restaurant is so fantastic. Really special and unexpected flavors.

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Jessica
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious!! Everything was plated so beautifully!!

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Walter
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I took another couple to Tito & Peps (our 4 or 5th visit). Outstanding food and service, yet again

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vipAndy
Tucson
38 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We visited Tito & Pep a few months ago for lunch, and were not terribly impressed. Encouraged by the positive reviews, we went back - this time for dinner. Everything was fantastic. A delicious cocktail, and mesquite-grilled appetizer (octopus) and entrees (lamb chops and a mahi mahi daily special) as well as small side salads.

My only gripe is that the service could have been quicker, but overall a very good experience and a restaurant we will go back to.

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randib
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Calamari crust not attached to calamari. Octopus came with sauce on too not on side. Pork chop chewy.

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JackieL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used a gift card for brunch and not disappointed. We had the French toast and definitely will go back again.

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JetWS
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my sixth visit to Tito and Pep and it did not fail to satisfy. As always, the service, the food (I had the special albondigas) and the cocktails were excellent. And I hope Chef John never changes the dessert menu, because all three - we ordered one of each and shared as a table (highly recommended) - are excellent and I am not normally a dessert person. Be sure to save room.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was creative and very tasty. We had appetizers and salad for dinner. We left very satisfied.

JB
vipJBLMDMBA
Phoenix
100 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great neighborhood find with a limited menu if perhaps 20ish offerings. The options are more than adequate esp considering the actual results: fantastic flavors of ideal portions with fun flavors and presentations. Do not seem to have specials as I think the times I have managed to try almost half of the items that are all special?
Definitely try the trout!??

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vipCheers1
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

People who want original and authentic flavors in a casual setting rarely think of midtown Tucson. But something great is going on here. Not quite Mexican , not quite anything else. Yet, flavors of the region done imaginatively.

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SebastienR
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

The place is well-decorated, and the staff competent and qualified. However, food is far too expensive for what it is.

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MegE
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire meal from drinks to dessert was just perfect. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlative food (oh, those roasted carrots) and inventive cocktails. Warm and attentive care while we waited for our table. And a great playlist on a mellow Monday night. What’s not to love?

JB
vipJBLMDMBA
Phoenix
100 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A wonderful find midtown with a tapas type menu with servings more generous by item and order listed on the menu. Open atmosphere at times noisy but bright. Wonderful service and ample parking beside the building.
The upper half menu is basically starter type items and the lower half more substantial. Separate wine list, specialty cocktails and a full bar.
I’ve been twice so far and tried the sea bass Crudo (excellent mixed small bits with avocado and great sauce), lamb chops perfectly cooked though only 2 in a servicing but great flavor, and this trip their famous grilled octopus and posed chop - both fabulous and the octopus esp spicy.

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JamesZ
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Went there on a Friday night. Had reservations at 7:15. Was seated and ordered the grilled Pork chops. My wife ordered the salmon. Waited for 50 minutes to get served. Unbelievably noisy and loud. They have a small dining space, so they pack in the customers like sardines, so the ambience is poor. I could barely hear my wife talking across the table from where I was seated. Our meals finally arrived and we’re underwhelming to say the least. The salmon was especially poorly prepared, it was sitting in some sort of liquid bath and was soggy. Could not identity what is was. The pork chops were good. We also orders a radicchio salad with pears and apples. All leaves, with a couple slivers of fruit and a few walnuts. Not impressed. To add insult to injury, there is no place to park at the restaurant.

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JayDub
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The octopus appetizer was incredible...in fact, we ordered a second one! Mischa the bartender was fantastic ( we actually prefer to eat at the bar). It is well worth navigating the rather small parking lot...better yet, just Uber there. All of our meal was fantastic and we didn’t really mind the noise volume (due to the cool, polished concrete floor). We did not realize what we were missing out by not making this one of our regular restaurants.

FAQs

Tito and Pep offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 207-0116.

Tito and Pep is rated 4.7 stars by 701 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.