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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Tucson

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Tucson? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Nook - Tucson restaurant
4.8
4.8 (270)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
Enjoy exceptional service and a friendly atmosphere at Nook. It's a wonderful spot for enjoying a delicious meal while catching up with old acquaintances over lunch. Nook is located just south of the Prima County Public Library on East Congress Street. It opened in 2015 and has become a trendy eatery that serves up New American cuisine. Owners Nikki and Matt Thompson along with Todd Anderson are fellow Tucsonans who love their community. Local artists have work showcased throughout this contemporary restaurant. Nook also prides itself on serving up locally sourced food. Try the Godfather Benedict with prosciutto, arugula, poached egg hollandaise and balsamic drizzle for breakfast, or come down during lunch for a green corn tamale pie with cabbage salad. It offers take-out service and is open for breakfast and lunch during the week. This restaurant also serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 14, 2024
Lovely spot and amazing food Griddlecakes are delicious
A photo of Wildflower - Tucson restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6434)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Casas Adobes
About the restaurant
Wildflower, flagship restaurant for Fox Restaurant Concepts, raised the culinary bar when it opened in Tucson in 1998. To this day, it continues to set the standard for innovative New American Cuisine featuring a melting pot of American classics with European and Asian influences. If that’s not enough, the restaurant offers 80 wines by the bottle and 25 by the glass – an excellent range for both the wine connoisseur and the novice.
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MarcoH
Dined 1 day ago
A great experience for everybody in my party Thanks
A photo of The Cup Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2047)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
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.
During breakfast and lunch we do not accept reservations, *EXCEPT* on these holidays: Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The Cup Café is a downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, inspired fare, alive with flavor. A full-service, historic modern bistro, The Cup Café 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!

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AmbrosiaL
Dined 3 days ago
Food was amazing for the price. SERVICE was outstanding. Found our new favorite restaurant!
A photo of Bata restaurant
4.6
4.6 (951)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
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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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
It’s a small bites experience. Flavor is the focus. Sharing plates among foodies is the best approach. It was a lovely birthday celebration experience. The food was amazing.
A photo of Maynards restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2298)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
Nestled in the historic train depot, Maynards offers an authentic dining experience featuring locally-inspired dishes, an award-winning wine list, and hand-crafted cocktails. Market-driven and fueled by a passion for the Southwest, Maynards delights guests with ephemeral seasonal dishes that celebrate the harvests of the Sonoran Desert in an elegant, romantic atmosphere.

Downtown Tucson’s Historic East End is both a destination and a hub for those seeking the heart of urban Tucson.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Fabulous food and service. The pollo asado was the best I have ever had. Scrumptious desserts too!
A photo of Cielos restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1252)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Midtown
About the restaurant
Cielos at Lodge on the Desert offers one of the best dining options in Southern Arizona. Dine on contemporary seasonal cuisine that pays tribute to Southwest ingredients. Complemented by classic craft cocktails featuring local spirits and a delectable wine list, Cielos is the perfect place for a romantic night out or a casual happy hour with friends.
The intimate space is framed with floor-to-ceiling windows and overlooks a spacious secluded Saltillo-tiled outdoor private patio featuring bistro string lighting, a four-sided, tiled fireplace for optimal year-round al fresco dining. Cielos and its Bar both reflect a genuine, richly authentic Southern Arizona historic charm and ambience including rough-hewn artist-design hand-painted wood beams, Mexican tin chandeliers, floating potted plants and shade sails.

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Alex
Dined 2 days ago
Fabulous dinner for 4 outdoors!! We had the octopus and guacamole for appetizers and the salmon, scallops, pork and beef for our main entrees. Everything was perfect. Plan to return soon!!!
A photo of Core Kitchen and Wine Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain restaurant
4.5
4.5 (720)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Marana
About the restaurant
True American cuisine that is approachable, innovative and inspired by Sonoran and regional influences. The menu is complemented by an extensive wine list in an elegant, yet casual atmosphere. The open kitchen highlights the culinary team creating á la carte offerings with plenty of interaction. The private dining room provides an option to entertain larger parties and family gatherings with a personalized chef menu. The chef’s table sets the tone for a world-class interactive, personalized gourmet dining experience.
CORE serves breakfast and dinner.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 15, 2024
Amazing experience, food was excellent, service was beyond personable and amazing! 
A photo of Agustin Kitchen restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2356)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
New American Cuisine.
Happy Hour Drinks Every Day from 3-5!

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OVTomvip
Dined 1 day ago
We took advantage of the few remaining temperate evenings to enjoy Agustin Kitchen's outdoor space. The courtyard setting is particularly inviting. Most restaurant patios face parking lots or streets. Agustin Kitchen is unique. As usual, the food was delicious, and the service spot-on. Couldn't ask for a better experience.
A photo of Cayton’s at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain restaurant
4.5
4.5 (656)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Marana
About the restaurant
Cayton’s Restaurant at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, serves rustic and refined cuisine rooted in Southern Tradition. The casually elegant ambiance of the clubhouse restaurant is the perfect setting to enjoy signature entrées and an extensive selection of regional craft beers. The views of Tucson from Cayton’s patio enhance the experience. Cayton’s is open to the public, members and guests and is available for private dining events.
Top review
Lisa
Dined on May 19, 2024
The prices increased again. They also changed the menu a bit.
A photo of Dante's Fire Cocktails and Cuisine restaurant
4.3
4.3 (386)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Midtown
About the restaurant
Dante's Fire, Cocktails & Cuisine has a simple philosophy - Food made from food. Executive Chef & Owner Ken Foy's vision of a scratch kitchen creating Fine Food For Everyone.

Dante’s Fire has been voted Best Late Night eatery by the Community in Tucson, received multiple articles from The Tucson Foodie, and Best Margarita & Food by the Judges & Crowd at the 2022 & 2023 World Margarita Championship, respectively. In July of 2022, Chef Kenneth Foy was crowned the Iron Chef of Tucson. In July of 2023, Chef Kenneth Foy was challenged for his title of Iron Chef of Tucson. Through a tough battle, Chef Kenneth Foy emerged victorious and still holds his title as the Reining Iron Chef of Tucson.

We've created a fine food, casual atmosphere that caters to well, everyone. Start with our daily Happy Hour and feel welcome to hang out all night long.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
The food was delicious, the Araceli was great. They checked with us regularly to see if we needed anything. I have already recommended them to many friends.
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