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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Tucson

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 (2056)
$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
KevinH
Dined 4 days ago
Cup Cafe at the Hotel Congress never disappoints. We went there on Father’s Day and had the most delicious NY Strip steak. After dinner they had a large assortment of deserts. I had the peach cheesecake, which was perfect. The cost was a bit pricy but well worth it. I definitely recommend Cup Cafe to locals or visitors.
A photo of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink - Downtown restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1263)
$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 Jun 12, 2024
Awesome experience! The pizza was wonderful and the staff were friendly!
A photo of Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar – Tucson River restaurant
4.6
4.6 (764)
$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
AZNativevip
Dined 4 days ago
Enjoyed our meal. El Diablo was outstanding, cooked to perfection. See you next time
A photo of OBON + Sushi + Bar + Ramen - Tucson restaurant
4.6
4.6 (544)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had the happy hour menu. Which there was plenty to choose from. The actual menu prices looked a bit steep
A photo of Villa Peru Modern Peruvian Cuisine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (488)
$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
OperaGirl
Dined 6 days ago
Great selection of ceviches and Peruvian specialties not readily available elsewhere. Friendly and efficient service.
A photo of Culinary Dropout - Tucson restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2675)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
Amazing service and good quality food! I especially love the chopped chicken salad and I get it every time I come. Definitely one of my favorite places to dine.
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 6 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 Commoner & Co. restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1346)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Foothills
About the restaurant
Discover Tucson's Culinary Jewel: Commoner & Co - a fine dining oasis nestled in the heart of Tucson, Arizona, Commoner & Co stands as a true culinary gem, blending the art of fine dining with the allure of a world-class wine bar. This exquisite establishment has earned its reputation as a gastronomic sanctuary, where every dish and glass of wine tells a story of culinary mastery and vinicultural expertise. Elevate Your Senses with Exquisite Fine Dining Commoner & Co redefines fine dining in Tucson, offering a unique and unforgettable experience for food connoisseurs and wine enthusiasts alike. With its meticulously crafted menu, each dish is a culinary masterpiece, a harmonious fusion of flavors and textures that transcend the ordinary. From delectable appetizers to sumptuous entrees, every bite is an exploration of taste, meticulously curated to tantalize your palate. Unparalleled Wine Selection At Commoner & Co, the wine bar takes center stage, showcasing an unparalleled selection of wines from around the globe. Whether you're a novice wine lover or a seasoned sommelier, our expertly curated wine list will enchant you. Sip on rare vintages or discover new favorites, all in an ambiance designed to enhance your appreciation of the wine. Aesthetic Ambiance for Unforgettable Moments The ambiance at Commoner & Co is nothing short of enchanting. The elegant decor, warm lighting, and inviting atmosphere create the perfect setting for an intimate dinner, special celebration, or a romantic evening out. Our attentive staff ensures that every moment you spend here is filled with sophistication and delight. Award-Winning Culinary Team Our culinary team at Commoner & Co is driven by passion and innovation, consistently pushing the boundaries of flavor and presentation. Each dish is a work of art, crafted with the freshest ingredients and a commitment to culinary excellence that sets us apart as Tucson's premier fine dining destination. Unwind in Style Commoner & Co isn't just a restaurant; it's a destination for relaxation and indulgence. Our wine bar offers an array of carefully selected wines, craft cocktails, and artisanal beverages to complement your dining experience. It's the perfect place to unwind with friends, celebrate life's milestones, or simply savor a moment of tranquility. Reserve Your Table Today Don't miss your chance to experience Tucson's finest culinary establishment. Whether you're a local looking for a new dining adventure or a visitor seeking a taste of Tucson's gastronomic scene, Commoner & Co awaits. Reserve your table now and embark on a journey of exquisite flavors and memorable moments. Commoner & Co: Where Fine Dining Meets Unforgettable Memories
Top review
ChelseaC
Dined 5 days ago
We had a wonderful dinner and Alex was great! Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Tucson, AZ restaurant
3.9
3.9 (779)
$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
RangerJanevip
Dined 5 days ago
Interesting menu with Asian inspired cuisine. Lots of food choices -- from small to larger plates. Very helpful staff.
A photo of St Cruz at the Leo Kent restaurant
3.7
3.7 (21)
$31 to $50
American
South Tucson
About the restaurant
St. Cruz restaurant inside The Leo Kent sources many local ingredients for the menu and features local beers, wines, and liquor in the bar. It is inspired by the Santa Cruz River, which ran through Tucson and gave sustenance to generations of Tucsonans.
Top review
BrianEvip
Dined on May 25, 2024
Great food beautiful space and excellent service Can wait to go back very reasonable priced
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