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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Tucson

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Updated May 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 Portal Cocktails at Ermanos Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (63)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Downtown Tucson
About the restaurant
Upscale cocktail bar with a craft menu featuring fun and creative drinks on Tuscon's 4th Ave.
Top review
PhxArtGuy
Dined 4 days ago
A great experience, as always. The ambiance and architecture are Stella, and the drinks sublime
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 Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar – Tucson River restaurant
4.6
4.6 (758)
$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 on May 12, 2024
We enjoyed our date night experience. It was great meeting Alfred, David was his usual friendly and attentive server. Seeing Olivia, Leah and Kayla was great too. Josh and Angel are always great to see.
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 3 days ago
The food is always amazing and the service is outstanding. We had another wonderful experience there.
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 5 days ago
Always an awesome experience and Taylor is the best server. Very attentive! Food never disappoints!
A photo of OBON + Sushi + Bar + Ramen - Tucson restaurant
4.4
4.4 (539)
$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
DonnaG
Dined 1 day ago
This is a busy place especially at happy hour, but our server (Caitlin??) took care of us quickly and very well. My husband was pleased with his spicy tuna and spicy yellowtail makis and cucumber salad. I opted for the hot pork belly with a side of rice. Eh--not something I'd ever order again. The atmosphere is quite loud and filled with 20s and 30s. My husband and I are in our late 60s and were definitely the oldest customers there. Had trouble hearing each other above the lively din. There is a patio out front that overlooks the road. There are cooling misters to make the hot temps more comfortable, but you have to not mind having the moisture falling down on you.
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A photo of Dante's Fire Cocktails and Cuisine restaurant
4.2
4.2 (385)
$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
ginochivip
Dined on May 9, 2024
Great service. Delicious entrees. Escargot appetizer wonderful. Bread service a nice touch.
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!
A photo of St Cruz at the Leo Kent restaurant
3.9
3.9 (19)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
It was our first time being there and I can definitely say we will be back. The food was fantastic and the service was great.
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