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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Tucson

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 (2054)
$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!
Top review
SharonM
Dined 5 days ago
I had the stuffed chicken breast with pumpkin gnocchi. My husband had flank steak. Both dishes were delicious and very nicely presented. Our waiter, Keith, was wonderful.
A photo of Nook - Tucson restaurant
4.7
4.7 (271)
$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 Contigo Latin Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2133)
$30 and under
Latin American
Foothills
About the restaurant
Contigo Latin Kitchen presents an innovative take on Latin cuisine. Located in the Tucson foothills at the Westin La Paloma Resort, the menu features an array of unique dishes from Latin America and Spain using the freshest seasonal products.

When we opened Contigo in 2010, we wanted to create the kind of restaurant that we would like to have in our neighborhood. We included tapas dishes that are perfect for sharing plus amazing Latin dishes, spectacular cocktails and wine. Today, at the Westin La Paloma, Contigo also now features stunning city views, a beautiful and inviting space, great music and a friendly and attentive team dedicated to keeping our customers happy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We went for a birthday and it was absolutely lovely, the ambience in Contigo never fails it’s always calming and classy. Our waiter was amazing and always there for us, the food (we had the Paella) was so delicious it was our first time thing this dish and we will be back for more!
A photo of Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar – Tucson River restaurant
4.6
4.6 (763)
$30 and under
Burgers
Midtown
About the restaurant
When it comes to a great meal, there’s nothing better than biting into a perfectly grilled, juicy burger, and sipping on a cold, creamy milkshake between every mouthwatering bite. At Zinburger, we create the perfect balance of comfort, flavor, and high quality ingredients in each of our menu items. Elevate your all-American burger experience with a Samburger and a side of truffle fries or hand-cut zucchini fries. Our vast selection of beer and wine is carefully picked to complement every delicious style of burger on our menu. Come over and treat yourself to a Zinfully indulgent experience at Zinburger.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
amazing love it every time. food is great and staff is the best
A photo of The Grill at Quail Creek restaurant
4.6
4.6 (23)
$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
marting
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
I had the grilled pork chops and my partner had the catfish. Both were delicious. Service was excellent.
A photo of Cayton’s at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain restaurant
4.5
4.5 (661)
$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
mike
Dined 6 days ago
I had the cayton burger cooked perfectly with frites. The dessert was carrot cake which is probably the best Ive had. The overall experience was great
A photo of Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Tucson restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1342)
$30 and under
Mexican
Foothills
About the restaurant
Blanco is more than your typical Mexican restaurant, it‘s an escape from the ordinary, a happy hour hang out, a place to sit back, recharge and party. It’s a vacation in your neighborhood that helps you relax with your favorite people. For food, margaritas, and good times, Blanco is the perfect place to find your bliss.

What could be better than street-style tacos, premium tequila, and a panoramic view of the Tucson valley? Blanco in Tucson features a modern take on classic Mexican fare, such as our award-winning Slow-Cooked BBQ Pork Tacos, as well as signature drinks made with seasonal fruits like our Pomegranate Grapefruit Margarita!
Top review
LadyDi
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Wow the short rib tacos were amazing. As were the pork chile verde enchiladas! Great service, clean modern hip artsy space. Nice to see a full dining room (lunch) even in mid June.
A photo of Jojo's Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (69)
$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
DaniN
Dined 3 days ago
The food was fantastic! Drinks were top notch. The price for 5 people with drinks and food was super reasonable for the high quality. The music was amazing! The ambiance is the best in town. Tucson gem for sure.
A photo of Agustin Kitchen restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2361)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
New American Cuisine.
Happy Hour Drinks Every Day from 3-5!
Top review
LeeBvip
Dined on May 31, 2024
Food and service is what you come to expect and appreciate here.
A photo of Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
3.9
3.9 (577)
$30 and under
Southwest
Oro Valley
About the restaurant
A new dining experience at the Hilton El Conquistador. Literally translated as "Mexican Tea", Epazote is prominently used in Southwest cuisine to add spicy yet earthy flavor somewhat reminiscent of fennel. Inspired by this flavor and the traditions of the Southwest.

Enjoy Southwestern dishes featuring locally sourced specialties such as Poblano Peppers for Rellenos, Arizona raised Free-Range Chicken, selected cheeses and Arizona grown produce. Along with your meal, you will enjoy some of the most spectacular views of Pusch Ridge, on the outdoor patio.

Featuring a wide selection of tequilas, locally brewed beers and Arizona Wines. Those looking to sample a taste of the Southwest will be able to select from a bar menu of delectable options ideal for a shared dinner or snack.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The service was excellent. Food was good. The menu had a variety
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