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Tito and Pep, Tucson, AZ

Tito and Pep

4.8
4.8
1179 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
Tito & Pep is a bright 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southwest

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 207-0116

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    John Martinez

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown

  • Cross street

    Speedway and Alvernon

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,179 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my second visit. I brought a colleague who hasn’t been there. I’m looking forward to a 3rd visit. Love what you’re doing.
  2. HF

    HansF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great place in the middle of town. loved everything about this. will add to my places to enjoy in Tucson.
  3. L

    Lynn

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An unassuming spot for great cocktails and food. Retro-esque and cozy ambiance. This is a small restaurant so I can see why they recommend reservations! We tried various cocktails and each one was excellent. The food is unique and delicious: we tried the calamari (loved!), the grilled octopus (cooked to perfection), Sea of Cortez shrimp (meh, nothing special), and the Mesquite pork chop (yummy!). The dark chocolate ganache dessert is decadent yet light. So worth it. Will definitely come back!
  4. CB

    CharlieB

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food is very creative, although the menu is a little limited. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and capable. This is not the first time we have gone there, nor will it be the last.
  5. T

    Tisntom

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 4th time coming back here. We love everything about this restaurant. The staff are extremely professional, attentive, knowledgeable and efficient. The food is always so fresh, creative and the combinations of different flavors makes it so much fun to try and figure out what they are. You will not be surprised to learn that the owner/chef John Martinez was nominated for a James Beard Award for best southwest chef. His food says it all, as delicious as it is beautiful. We shared the Heirloom Tomato Salad with charred summer corn, queso fresco, pickled onion and lime and those flavors together made for a party in your mouth. A nice cool and refreshing summer dish. Next we shared the charred bean salad with Lebne, snap peas, pistachio, lemon and fresh herbs. Every mouthful tastes of heaven. Next was the hard part. We have eaten the Mesquite Grilled Pork Chop every single time we have visited here. We swear we are going to try something else but the thought of that melt in your mouth, flavor filled Pork Chop sucks us in each time as it is outstanding. We did not have desert this time, but when we do, the Buttermilk Panna Cotta is what sweet dreams are made of. It's the kind of meal you wake up thinking about the next morning as you savor the thoughts of all those interesting flavors. We would never attempt to go there without a reservation.
  6. H

    Henry

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent dining experience. Excellent food preparation. Excellent mezcal list. We will be back.
  7. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic menu and interesting specials. I love the fact that this is really a "Tucson" restaurant with a combination of flavors that are so local.
  8. RK

    RichK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing flavors and will be coming back again. Best food we’ve ever had in Tucson.
  9. s

    sandye

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our service from arrival until departure was terrific. Food was excellent like the grilled octopus and calamari and tomato salad!!! Our server Caitlin was well experienced and it showed! The only suggestion I have is to have upholstered chairs.
  10. GH

    GeoffreyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic - it was a little loud, but the music was great and all patrons were enjoying themselves.
  11. AH

    AnnH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish on the menu at Tito and Pep is creative, beautifully-balanced, and delicious! The restaurant is comfortable and the service is wonderful!
  12. M

    Musiclovers

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were disappointed. The entrees we ordered were not as described and were very bland. The cocktails we ordered ( one per person) were OK.
  13. BA

    BethA

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose to celebrate our 32nd anniversary at Tito and Pep because of the cuisine and excellent service. A wonderful restaurant. Make any meal a great celebration by dining here.
  14. d

    dorothy

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was many mixed flavors; terrific!! Meryl fresh and lovely presentation. Will definitely be back!
  15. S

    Scott

    Tucson

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was very good, from drinks to appetizers to entrees. There was unfortunately some 'attitude' from the server as well as the host when seating us - why can't people just be kind, professional and normal? At least the women helping deliver food and clear the table was warm and friendly. We'll be back for the creative and tasty dishes but will cautiously manage our expectations with regard to staff interactions.
  16. SF

    SarahF

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. They were super busy so the food order took awhile to come out. Great decor. Fun spot with good drink choices, non alcoholic as well as alcoholic ones, which is always nice.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my colleague who has always wanted to go.
  18. CR

    CarolR

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server ( Carly ) was outstanding! Calamari & Steak Skewers were awesome, and the main dishes of Posole Verde and Scallop special were outstanding. Cant wait to go back and try other things on the menu.
  19. JS

    JanetS

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated right away. Very friendly and helpful staff. The place was packed when we arrived at 7:30. Definitely need a reservation. Had the charred broccoli and calamari appetizers, octopus and striped bass as entrees. Terrific drinks. I love a good mule and this one didn't disappoint. Would recommend.
  20. H

    Happy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adriana, our server, was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would definitely recommend and return.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Great food. Great service. Our favorite restaurant.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food, thoughtful service and great vibe. The only problem is that the salmon is so exquisite that I’ve never ordered anything else. Truly an exceptional bistro.
  23. JG

    JGandMCfromTus

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Tito and Pep is one of my favorites. Really enjoy this restaurant. The food and service is consistently excellent.
  24. ST

    STST

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We’ve eaten several times at Tito and Pep, and like it very much. Creative, interesting food, usually well-prepared. Last night we dined there with friends and the food and service get a point off. The chicken special was tasty but had to be cut with the steak knife that was provide (usually good chicken is really tender), and our friend’s steak was hard to cut and chew. The server was mostly fine, but when I asked if they had shades because the sun was very bright, right in my eyes, she somewhat snapped at me and said, “just wait a few minutes.” The noise level when full is very high, if it’s busy, I recommend going somewhere else for a quiet conversation. Wee will go back, but this was a tad disappointing.
  25. C

    Charlie

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our group tried six different dishes plus dessert. The food is amazingly and uniformly great. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. The place is a little noise and somewhat unattractive, but tables are set up far enough apart. We will return for sure.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails and food
  27. BA

    BonitaA

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Too loud, no ambiance, our dinners were uneditable But our server was amazing. We didn’t have to pay for our meals but we left her a $50 tip.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always wonderful food and service. And with prices going through the roof it is such a pleasure to see reasonable and affordable prices, especially for food that is some of the best in all of Tucson. Keep up the great work!!
  29. R

    Robroy

    Denver

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great room and ambiance. Excellent food. Our server was amazing. Bartender and Front Desk staff were just so so.
  30. CP

    CarrieP

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful first time experience and we will for sure be back!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tito & Pep is my favorite restaurant in Tucson and never disappoints! Delicious drinks & food with a great ambiance!
  32. DN

    DavidN

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great waitress. Friendly service. Just wished they would have offered us bread with delicious sauce in shrimp dish.
  33. EG

    ElGato

    Tucson

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. We were in a booth near the back and still very loud. Perhaps some carpeting, etc.
  34. PC

    PeterC

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Open, tasteful space. Efficient and helpful staff. Food superbly prepared with the sauces enhancing but not overpowering the food. Lovely vegetables - so fresh and crisp.
  35. l

    lvfoodie

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible flavors, presentation. Great service. Definitely will be back.
  36. CN

    ChrisN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food is above average….service was good…not great.
  37. MC

    MattC

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is phenomenal! Go!
  38. TC

    TonyC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, great food. Pork chop was outstanding. Lots of flavor. Panacata for dessert was so delish. Love thus place.
  39. MR

    MaraR

    Montana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant, the grilled Octopus and Sea bass were delicious, service was excellent as well!!
  40. NR

    NatashaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The flavors were exciting! My husband and I can’t wait to go back and try something new!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Tito and Pep is rated 4.8 stars by 1179 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


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Tito and Pep

4122 E Speedway Blvd Tucson, AZ 85712

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Speedway and Alvernon

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southwest

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Martinez

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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