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The Cup Cafe, Tucson, AZ

The Cup Cafe

4.6
4.6
1674 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Recently awarded "Top 100 Neighborhood Gems in America" by OpenTable!

Reservations are highly recommended for dinner due to limited indoor seating and high demand for patio seating. For breakfast and lunch we are first-come, first-serve, no reservations.

The Cup Cafe is a downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, inspired fare, alive with flavor. A full-service, historic modern bistro, The Cup Cafe appeals to locals and visitors alike.

Enjoy the variety of The Cup’s all-day menu and the fresh, delectable, and ever-changing daily features. Selections include build-your-own omelets, unique salads, great appetizers, full-course entrees, classic sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

The Cup also proudly features homemade desserts, baked in-house, as well as a comfortable and expansive outdoor patio, full-service bar, unique signature cocktails, and intriguing wine selections.

Thank you!

***EVENING ENTERTAINMENT ON OUR PATIO IS OFTEN LOUD***

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 22 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 7:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 798-1618

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joe Decker

  • Private party contact

    Melissa Matriss: (520) 622-8848 ext. 201

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Tucson

  • Cross street

    Toole Ave.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking across at Maynard's Market and Kitchen Friday and Saturday evening for only $5, Street metered parking is available, and the 5th Street Parking garage located on 5th Street directly across from the Hotel Congress is another option.

  • Public transit

    Just a short walk from tram stops along Congress St. and only about a block from the Ronstadt Transit Center

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment on the patio or in the nearby club on most nights. Reservation Confirmation Message Thank you for choosing The Cup Cafe. We will be happy to hold your reservation for 15 minutes past the requested time. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,674 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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Loved For

  • Tucson

    Great for Brunch

  • Tucson

    Hot Spot

  • Tucson

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tucson

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

  • Tucson

    Great for Brunch

  • Tucson

    Hot Spot

  • Tucson

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tucson

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sitting outside, got to hear music played on soundstage. Good food coupled with good music is always a plus!
  2. JD

    JamesD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In iconic and special venue with great food, service, and music!
  3. JA

    JustACustomer

    Tucson

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Thanksgiving dinner — service and ambience, both very good. But, the food was disappointing compared to last year’s experience. Turkey dinner was quite overcooked and the entire meal had an overall sugar overload. Definitely not what we’ve come to expect from Cup Cafe. Probably better to stick with their regular menu on non-holidays. That’s always fun.
  4. LW

    LaurieW

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous. Very creative in making the standard Thanksgiving dishes delicious and over the top. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. We've had Easter brunch there and it was wonderful. Well worth going.
  5. GD

    GeorginaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving meal. Very good and plentiful. The service was very good and all we came into contact with was very friendly. Would do it again. Highly recommend.
  6. DB

    DianeB

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Thanksgiving, dinner at the Cup Cafe was excellent. Our server, Sam, was extremely attentive, and we enjoyed speaking with him. The food was delicious and we enjoyed it very much. We definitely would recommend the Cup Cafe for a lunch, brunch, or dinner!
  7. SC

    SherriC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first experience having Thanksgiving Dinner out. It was just so great and would return to the Cup in a heartbeat next year! Thank you so much! It really was so nice and so much fun!
  8. LP

    LindseyP

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pork schnitzel was tender and delicious, steak salad also perfectly cooked and wonderful. Peanut butter cheesecake delicious. Cream of broccoli soup great. Service great. Always consistently good here.
  9. JJ

    JenniferJ

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was a wonderful dinner in an amazing location--the 100-year-old Congress Hotel. The noise was "energetic' because on the outdoor patio there was a dynamite concert going on so every time the door opened we heard the music. My husband had a very good Caesar salad, I had a surprising "Lettuce Wrap". Neither of these were main course but both of them more than satisfied. I say 'surprising' about the wrap because in fact there was only 1 lettuce leaf per bundle of marinated veggies nestled in a bed of, essentially, falafel. It was quite yummy. I'd been warned that the dish was quite spicy so had the sauce on the side. A good choice for me. We had a vegan brownie for dessert that was delicious. Clearly, looking at the other desserts, proudly displayed in a glass case, their baker is outstanding. Each dessert was perfectly finished. All in all a wonderful way to say goodby to southern Arizona before getting on the train north at the 100-year old train station across the street.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and good service !
  11. J

    James

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The schnitzel was fabulous even by European standards. What a surprise!
  12. w

    wannabejulia

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love The Cup. The food is great and it’s always great, every time.
  13. WT

    WillT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The hotel Congress is a fine place to eat. The staff is friendly , ambiance amazing & the food is quit good.
  14. L

    Luke

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has had its ups and downs over the years, but our experience this evening indicated a solid "up."
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, friendly staff, food excellent
  16. GR

    GailR

    Tucson

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Brought visitors here to experience the Tucson vibe and Hotel Congress Cup Cafe delivered!! We sat outside and a terrific band serenaded us with the blues. Sometimes it was difficult to carry on a conversation, but the music was so good. We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to accommodate us. The front staff and wait staff were excellent - professional and friendly. The one sour note is two of our table of four ordered salmon dishes and were told the kitchen ran out of salmon(?) Our guests ordered something else. Overall, the food was delicious - we were very pleased.
  17. L

    Lulu

    Phoenix

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the very first time we dined at Cup Cafe. We chose it for our anniversary celebration with our daughters and our best friends. We were sitting on the patio which at first I was worried I would be cold but they were prepared with heaters at each table. Made it very nice and comfortable to enjoy the patio. Our reservation was 5pm and the band would start at 7 but we enjoyed their warm ups while we dined. We had the chili calamari and the charcuterie board. Both were excellent. I shared the cup cafe salad which was also very good. We all had amazing dinners from the pesto pasta to the stuffed chicken breast with butternut gnocchi. Salmon was perfectly cooked. My husband had the steak but he said he should have ordered it medium rare because he felt his medium was overdone. The service was spot on. We were pleasantly surprised about this place. It is hard to impress us:). We will definitely return.
  18. RB

    RichB18

    Phoenix

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect historical place to take out of towners and the ambiance, food, service just adds to the experience and the reasons I keep returning.
  19. d

    dave1

    Tucson

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place on Sunday afternoon. Band playing on the patio. Our server Steve was excellent!
  20. GR

    GailR

    Tucson

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite historic locations in Tucson. The menu is eclectic with lots of local flavor. Serving staff are attentive, friendly, and professional. We went at "Happy Hour" and took advantage of the great prices. We ate inside, but the patio is newly refurbished and looks very nice.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fun, great food and drinks!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been eating at Cup for over 20 years - when it was one of the few choices downtown. It has NEVER disappointed. The food is always delicious, and the menu changes often enough for variety. But what puts Cup over the top is the service. Every visit, we have a wait person who is genuinely friendly and professional, and who makes us feel as though our experience was important to them personally. They also seem to enjoy working there. Cup Cafe started as a favorite and 20-plus year's later, it is STILL a favorite.
  23. RL

    RLinda

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. We arrived at 4:50 pm. The woman at the hostess stand seemed to have trouble finding our reservation. Although there were vacant tables on the patio, we were told we would have to wait or go in the bar. We came back at 5 pm and she again didn’t seem to know where to put us.
  24. w

    wannabejulia

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love it here. Great music, consistently good food and wonderful ambience.
  25. JV

    JeanValJeanNAZ

    Tucson

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat! Ask for Alex for your server. Heck, they’re all good!
  26. NB

    NancyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and our waiter was very attentive. It was a little loud but then it was Halloween so what are you going to expect ha ha
  27. l

    lettyb

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate there dinner and breakfast while staying at the Hotel Congress over night. Dinner was great and breakfast was fabulous. Definitely will be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Attentive service, casual but nice atmosphere, beautiful space. My girlfriends and I had a lovely friend’s date.
  29. GF

    GeoF

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Food was excellent as usual but the band warming up on the patio was so loud you couldn’t hear the person seated next to you. Went early to avoid the music that was to begin at 7:00 but had not counted on them spending 30 minutes doing mike checks and playing whole songs. Very disappointed. Probably won’t go again unless we sit inside.
  30. MN

    MarshaN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter Emory was very pleasant and did a fabulous job! Food was tasty along with our wine. The only negative comment is there was a band doing a sound check at 5:30 and was very loud. It kind of spoiled the dinner and you couldn’t have a conversation with your friends.
  31. K

    Kelly

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great evening. Think server forgot about us - had to ask about order - then it came 5 minutes. Several others who came after us were served 20 minutes before us.
  32. F

    Foodqueen

    Tucson

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner last night inside at The Cup! A girl friend and I shared the Heartbreaker app and could’ve just stopped there. It was absolutely incredible, but would’ve been great to have more bread. We each had a salad and shared the Heath, chocolate chip cookie, which was perfectly crisp outside and soft and yummy inside. Emory was super attentive and had great advice about choices. Highly recommend this great restaurant!
  33. R

    Rick43

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good value for the food, Great service. Fun place to be.
  34. T

    Tisntom

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We love the Cup Cafe and think the food is very good. We have eaten there at least 5 times. When you are able to dine outdoors, it's just a lovely experience and the wait staff we have had have always been fantastic. Nice people, great venue
  35. JD

    JodyD

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great spot for tasty casual service. One of our favorite go-to places when we are in downtown Tucson or to take friends. The patio is ample which makes it perfect for most of the year in the old pueblo.
  36. S

    Sharon

    Tucson

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Other than a smelly cigar smoking inconsiderate guest, everything was okay! None of the six of us had any complaints! Overall very good!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. Our waiter, Sam, was especially a positive integral part of our enjoyment. We enjoyed the food and service!
  38. CC

    CarlC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our visit was very pleasant with outside seating. Noise level was moderate but it was Thursday evening. The food was absolutely delicious. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating throughout the evening.
  39. DM

    DreaM

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The Flank Steak was tough and the fries are limp, not crispy.
  40. OV

    OritV

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    I was looking forward to eating here. The spot is cool and there was live blues music, which was great. Sadly, they were out of the ribs and every salmon dish. Which is weird because it was 6pm. The waiter said they had a busy weekend and ran out. So why didn’t they go buy more??? I wound up ordering a salad with steak and requested medium, specifying that I wanted pink, not red meat. They brought me undercooked steak, and when I asked them to cook it a little more, it still came back too red. So, can’t really say I was happy with that. Which is a shame because the place was fun and the waiter was good. Oh well.

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

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Cup Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 798-1618.

The Cup Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1674 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for The Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Toole Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Tucson

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 7:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking across at Maynard's Market and Kitchen Friday and Saturday evening for only $5, Street metered parking is available, and the 5th Street Parking garage located on 5th Street directly across from the Hotel Congress is another option.

  • Public transit

    Just a short walk from tram stops along Congress St. and only about a block from the Ronstadt Transit Center

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joe Decker

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment on the patio or in the nearby club on most nights. Reservation Confirmation Message Thank you for choosing The Cup Cafe. We will be happy to hold your reservation for 15 minutes past the requested time. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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