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Bata, Tucson, AZ

Bata

4.7
4.7
320 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bata is a restaurant designed to celebrate the best our region has to offer. We cook over a live oak fire, on our custom fabricated hearth. Our menu changes daily. We mill AZ grown grain in house, daily. We focus on whole animal butchery, done in house. We have an extensive fermentation program. Our bar program largely focuses on wines that are organic, biodynamic, and produced with minimal intervention. The cocktail list highlights the best products of the season, with a carefully curated list of spirits from across the globe. We believe that our hospitality is just as important as the food and beverages we put on the table.

We do not encourage our restaurant for young children. We do not have any highchairs in house and ask that you please bring your own if it is required.

We do not offer any outdoor seating. Private dining, kitchen counter and large party seating available. Email hello@batatucson.com for inquiries.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 367-4718

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tyler Fenton

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Tucson

  • Cross street

    Toole Ave and Stone Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 320 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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    Fit for Foodies

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    Notable Wine List

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    Contemporary American

  • Tucson

    Best Service

  • Tucson

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    Fit for Foodies

  • Tucson

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    Notable Wine List

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  1. JG

    JonathanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, and an equally amazing atmosphere. Top 50 new restaurant in the US, and I believe it!
  2. 1

    1at40

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food but a bit salty tonight and im a big fan of salt in general. Perhaps we came too hungry, more of a tapas restaurant. I would return knowing that it is “light” portions general
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, Tucson needed a restaurant as intricate and farm to table like this. Lot of attention to detail, definitely recommend the tomato salad, a dish to remember 👌
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Everything was so delicious. Service was so great (thank you, Abby).
  5. R

    Rach

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I could give this restaurant 6 stars out of 5 I would! Best food in Tucson!!
  6. JD

    JulieD

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Bata was beyond superb. The food was glorious, the service smooth and knowledgeable, the atmosphere trendy and welcoming. The menu is constantly changing so I can't recommend specific dishes, BUT if you see Malawach offered in the first batch of offerings, definitely make it one of your choices. We were there for a special birthday, and everything was perfect.
  7. H

    Heather

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Wonderful flavors. Comfortable ambience. Deliberately small portions of very high quality food meant that my family of five went out for a second dinner after spending $40 a head here. If the portions were doubled in size then we'd happily give the restaurant four out of five stars.
  8. RJ

    RangerJane

    Phoenix

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    innovative cuisine --creative pairings of food. Small plates to share. Not the typical meat and potatoes menu. Convenient valet parking.Excellent service -- attentive but not overbearing. Many options for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-tolerance, special programs. Celebrated birthday there -- was given celebratory dessert.
  9. e

    erict

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great experience. Server was awesome!
  10. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and service were exceptional, only exceeded by the dishes we ordered. They were extraordinary; entirely new taste sensations created by deft combining of ingredients in unexpected yet balanced ways. Kudos to the chef and the entire enterprise. Our waiter was top notch—great at explaining the menu. Even excellent Negroni cocktails! Thank you, John
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The atmosphere is very nice. The smaller plates are great, we like that they keep changing. Valet parking was a plus.
  12. GM

    GaryM

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The portions are way too small. Especially the items on the top part of the menu. Very pricey for the amount of food.
  13. J

    Joeseph

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the burgundy wine dinner and it was phenomenal. The halibut and dry aged beef were the stand-out dishes, and everything paired perfectly with the wines!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4 of us went in for the wine pairing event and it was outstanding. Amazing wine but even more amazing food. The staff are so amazing and friendly, the chef is a genius. Can’t wait for the next one!
  15. G

    Guido

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderfully inventive and unique flavors. Best dinner out in years. Not inexpensive, but the staff earns every penny. Highly recommend.
  16. AT

    AneTaL

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went early for an absolutely fantastic tasting experience. Love the small bites! It was fairly quiet, but I imagine the noise level would increase with more tables being served. The wait staff was great, and the food was the best I've had in town!
  17. PL

    PhylLim

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food had many unusual ingredients and interesting combinations of flavors. I was very impressed by the chef's creativity in developing a nightly menu that keeps you guessing but never disappoints. We appreciated our server's patience with our questions about a number of unfamiliar ingredients . The decor is industrial but the lighting makes the ambiance feel cosy and romantic. Noise levels are low to moderate and tables are well spaced. Since we found the prices a bit high for the portion sizes; we only ordered 3 of the recommended 6 plates for 2 persons. The potato bread was especially outstanding and a good value for the price. Highly recommended as a restaurant for special occasions.
  18. SW

    ShirleyW

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is a new Tucson treasure. We need such a quality fine dining big experience in this town. If I had one bit of constructive criticism, I would suggest that the wait staff taste every entrée so that they could render their opinion if asked. With so many creative and imaginative ingredients, clients are sure to want more information which can only come from the servers personal experience tasting the food. Ever since Janos closed, I have waited for someone to believe in the need for hi quality dining experiences in Tucson. Tucson has a very sophisticated palate but we’ve been ignored for too long. Welcome to the local scene BATA. You are a breath of fresh air.
  19. JT

    JulieT

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. There were 4 of us and sharing the small plates worked out well and the our waitress made great recommendations
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bata was an awesome experience. The team seems to love what they do and the region they are located. Both passions represented well in the Bata concept. The space is beautiful and calming. Wife and I ordered 4 or 5 dishes and I loved them all expect the Pork Carnitas dish. The pork was pretty dry and the dish felt incomplete over all. But I get it that not every dish is going to stick at a restaurant like this were things evolve and change often. I really only bring it up in review for the staff to maybe take note of. Will totally recommend to others and will be back when I’m back in Tucson. Cheers Bata team, well done!
  21. I

    Ivana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food and ambience. the staff was all friendly and knew the menu front and back.
  22. RN

    RebeccaNJ

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was incredible. Food was fantastic. Each dish was crafted with such care. Highly recommend.
  23. DC

    DonnaC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We could not have enjoyed our experience more. The food was terrific, the flavors were unique without being pretentious. The wine we had was absolutely delicious. WHAT A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO TUCSON’s RESTAURANT SCENE!
  24. S

    Ses535

    Tucson

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful interior design with creative menu that frequently changes. The malawach bread is a favorite as is the beef tartare.
  25. RD

    RobertD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful flavors abound in a classy atmosphere with excellent service!
  26. s

    sparky

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable food and super service. We loved it!
  27. JS

    JonSwift

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    BATA is a lovely dining spot with an ambitious concept based on Japanese Robata style food. The food is very good, but I think the chef tones down the fire and smoke to appeal to Tucson preferences. Out of the nine dishes we tried, one had definite smoke and char notes. In regard to service, it was mostly attentive, although the flatware could have been changed out between some of the dishes- maybe they were saving water. Overall, this is one of the better restaurants in Tucson and I will definitely return.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Highly recommend for a more upscale Tucson dinner experience. I see why Bon Appetite magazine loved it.
  29. L

    Lexi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome. A little dark and loud-ish but not too bad.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable on all levels. This is a can’t miss experience.
  31. CR

    ChrisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dining experience. The food was creative and very well executed. My wife and I have enjoyed several high end restaurants but this was next level. I can't wait to come back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    The atmosphere was amazing. The tomato salad and potato bread were outstanding!! The cod, potatoes, and eggplant were horrible. We couldn’t eat them they were so bad. I don’t know how some dishes can be absolutely amazing and others completely miss the mark.
  33. LC

    LuzC

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BATA is our new favorite restaurant in town. The ambience is beautiful, simple, and elegant. The service provided by Grace was really nice. The food was brilliant. The wine selection is interesting. Going back to try the Sagrantino. Highly recommended!
  34. M

    Michael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you want a different take on food and the food is excellent this is definitely a place to go.
  35. T

    Tony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was amazing, especially Matt our server. Awesome food and wine recommendations. Great ambiance even better food!
  36. AC

    AnnemarieC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Thoughtful, delicious, Beautiful space
  37. J

    Joseph

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were visiting Tucson for a wedding and I knew this was a best new restaurant for 2022 so we had to try it. We had no preconceptions about the food but love to try new spots. This was an excellent meal from start to finish. We had 2 small plates, three medium plates and 2 large plates and that enough food, but the two small plates were so good we got one more of each. And dessert. I highly recommend this place!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Why does the website say "Our menu is largely vegetable focused" when the vegetable selection is super minimal? There are so many different local veggies available right now! Do not brag about your menu when it comes up so very short! Tomato tartlet crust was like bark. My eggplant had so many RAW onions I had to remove 1/3 cup worth. My husband's did not have as many, only 1 Tab, so now you know there are inconsistencies in the kitchen. Matt didn't know which pronouns he wanted to use and then insulted and condescended me about the food choices. Why did they put an anniversary card on our table? No one (neither host nor waiter) noticed it or said anything. We had a nice evening once we left.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary Dinner
  40. ML

    MichaelL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    A beautiful space, friendly staff. SALT is their main ingredient; seriously, everything is over salted. The food is "unusual," but not necessarily good. Very, very overpriced.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bata is rated 4.7 stars by 320 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 28 times today
Google Map for Bata

35 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-1209

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Toole Ave and Stone Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Tucson

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tyler Fenton

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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