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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Tucson

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Tucson? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Cup Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2044)
$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. 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!

Top review
Lisa
Dined on May 10, 2024
I have been to Cup Cafe twice and had the salmon farro both times because it was so excellent! My husband and I went last night and we found the staff to be attentive and polite. Jo (Joanne?) our waitress was particularly good. Many thanks to all for a lovely dining experience.
A photo of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink - Downtown restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1259)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
REILLY offers modern Italian food in a casual urban setting. Our menu features smalls, salads, craft pizzas, fresh house-made pastas, desserts and craft drinks. If you are looking for outdoor dining, check out our Beer Garden and rooftop-now open! Rooftop and Beer Garden dining are open seating, order at the counter.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
Loved our dinner! Seated quickly, despite arriving early for our reservation. Although it was loud and lively, the atmosphere was welcoming. Our pizzas were delicious and the salad was amazing. We loved watching the pizza chefs and enjoyed the music. Definitely worth a visit!
A photo of Villa Peru Modern Peruvian Cuisine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (480)
$31 to $50
Latin American
Midtown
About the restaurant
Coming from Perú, our family wanted a way to share our cuisine with our Arizona neighbors. This dream led us to open our restaurant, Villa Perú. Every meal here is a way for us to share Peruvian culture with you, and our dishes, design, and architecture were all chosen to capture the authentic experience of our first home. Allow our selection of sophisticated Peruvian dishes and traditionally made Pisco-themed cocktails to take you on a vicarious adventure you wont soon forget.
Top review
CherylS
Dined 1 day ago
The food is always amazing and the service is outstanding. We had another wonderful experience there.
A photo of Bata restaurant
4.6
4.6 (946)
$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.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Loved the restaurant! Food was over the top! Our waiter could not have been nicer! It was very busy and service was a bit slow. Not our waiters fault! He was wonderful! I would definitely go there again!
A photo of Doughbird Pizza & Chicken - Tucson restaurant
4.6
4.6 (330)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Midtown
About the restaurant
Doughbird brings you a crave-worthy menu with an unexpected yet perfect duo: Pizza and Rotisserie. Yep, you heard right...Pizza and Rotisserie. A neighborhood spot where you can get spicy with eclectic combinations like our BBQ Chicken Pizza adorned with melted cheddar, jalapeño pesto and charred corn or try our juicy Red Bird Chicken with an array of comforting sides and flavorful sauces. At Doughbird, you'll discover a new irresistible favorite. So, savor a fun family dinner any night of the week, or grab a bite & sip on a cocktail at happy hour daily, any which way, you will always find your flavor.
Top review
dbtucsonvip
Dined 1 day ago
Doughbird has really good food that is served quickly while it's still hot. That matters. Service was friendly and attentive.
A photo of The Grill at Quail Creek restaurant
4.6
4.6 (16)
$30 and under
Grill
Sahuarita
About the restaurant
The Grill at Quail Creek is truly a delightful centerpiece, a gathering place where neighbors come to catch up on conversation or plan that next big adventure. With the renovation and expansion complete, it now features larger indoor & outdoor dining areas, board room with fireplace for private parties, and a U-shaped bar for enjoying happy hours with friends.
Top review
jrl69
Dined on May 10, 2024
Great lunch at a beautiful outdoor setting. Excellent service.
A photo of Culinary Dropout - Tucson restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2670)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Midtown
About the restaurant
At Culinary Dropout, raise your glass to friends coming together. A place where food and music are life. Join us at happy hour for ice cold beer and our famous soft pretzels with provolone fondue. At dinner, a signature cocktail and slow braised 36-hour pork ribs are a perfect pair. While you and your crew enjoy damn good food and drinks, a local band plays live for great vibes. Come hang out and stay a while.
Top review
JoeK
Dined 3 days ago
Always an awesome experience and Taylor is the best server. Very attentive! Food never disappoints!
A photo of Jojo's Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (67)
$30 and under
Southwest
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the Historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson and tucked inside the walls of Old Town Artisans, you will find the beautiful courtyard restaurant Jojo's (formerly LaCo and Tallboys).

Boasting al fresco dining, a rustic Cantina, and live music under the stars this gem certainly offers something for everyone.

Named Best Outdoor Dining in the Best of Tucson

Top review
JohnB
Dined 3 days ago
We had a table of 6 3 couples Our server Kealy B was outstanding We give her a 5 moonstone
A photo of OBON + Sushi + Bar + Ramen - Tucson restaurant
4.4
4.4 (538)
$31 to $50
Asian
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
Nestled in the cross section of Downtown Tucson and Historic 4th Avenue, OBON Tucson is located in the heart of Tucson’s entertainment district on Congress Street. With a polished casual approach, OBON is the spot for an unconventional and memorable dining experience. The menu features an array of starters, steamed buns, ramen and sushi, as well as an expansive list of inventive and thoughtful cocktails.
Top review
RustyC
Dined 7 days ago
Food was amazing as always, as was our service. I love the food options at OBON! I was disappointed by the bar though, in terms of selections and I felt whoever manages that area was not performing as well as they could have. It was BOTH Mother's Day and UA graduation weekend; and they were out of Woodford Reserve, Jameson and only had 3 white wines to choose from (2 of which were sweet wines). A Chardonnay should be available on every menu, and not a Reisling or Chenin Blanc. The bar should be fully stocked going into a weekend such as this.
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A photo of RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Tucson, AZ restaurant
3.9
3.9 (773)
$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
Everyone has an adventurous side and RA Sushi is the place to explore and find yours. At RA, we're all about lively music, an energetic atmosphere, inventive cocktails and out-of-this-world sushi. Where else can you enjoy happy hour every day of the week? You know when you're in the RA because there's no other place like it. Order up the best sushi in town and prepare to be blown away by our signature rolls and amazing Japanese cuisine. Whether you're a sushi aficionado or just looking to explore new flavors, RA is your go-to destination. So bring your friends and grab a table or hit up our patio, either way, you're in for a great time.
Top review
KarenS
Dined on May 6, 2024
Monday is happy hour All Day at RA!!! We had a fabulous assortment of food with tasty Cocktails. Wonderful server too!
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