The Cup Cafe

4.8
1104 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Cup Cafe is an established downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, creative and eclectic 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, creative and classic sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

The Cup also proudly features impeccable homemade desserts, baked in-house, as well as a comfortable and expansive outdoor patio, full-service bar, unique signature cocktails, and intriguing wine selections.
Reservations are highly recommended due to limited indoor seating and high demand for patio seating. Thank you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1104 people are saying
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KarenC
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must visit The Cup every visit to Tucson! Amazing large outdoor courtyard with well distanced tables and lots of shade. A smoked brisket sandwich you'll never forget. Relaxed atmosphere with a bit of urban noise in the background. Hard to do better!

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MegS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside in a lovely courtyard. Perfect weather. The food was exactly as we expected. Very tasty. Staff most polite. Would definitely eat there again.

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Lolaphet
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Made reservation and was seated at a table in the lobby with 2 chairs and a couch. We asked if we could get two chairs in place of the couch as it was seated very low. The hostess said no, no chairs available. The table was also situated right outside the nightclub entrance which made for heavy traffic of bar backs and bar patrons. No exactly the nice Sunday brunch we had in mind. The food was good but the atmosphere was lacking. I understand it's COVID but we are still paying $80 for breakfast and should at least be provided with the right seating.

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BaileyM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friend and I ate at The Cup Cafe for his birthday and had the most incredible time! Our server was a young woman named Shay, she did an exceptional job! We ordered the barrio bread as a started and devoured it, the pesto was especially delicious. I ordered the pesto pasta and my partner ordered the ribs, the portions were very generous so we were able to take some home! They were definitely Covid safe, and the live music was lovely. Can’t wait to go back again!

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RitaF
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music by the Pete Swan Trio was superb! Also delicious mushroom soup.

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MaryF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baked eggs dish was lovely and my husband and I loved sharing the coconut cream pie. Fast and courteous service.

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TimH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Your coffee for years was one of the best in town .. my wife and I and our 2 guest were disappointed with the coffee. Just not the same. My omelet was good by on the dry side. Everyone else was very pleased ...

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vipbatso57
Tucson
119 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for almost 40 years. Tis is our favorite place to dine, Great Food and Service. This is the place to take family and out of town guest. This is Truly Tucson. Thank you.

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MichaelL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emory was most accommodating and always at the ready. We were a party of four and all of us enjoyed the meals we were served. We definitely will go back. Covid-19 prevention measures were strict without inconveniencing the diners.

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KellyJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and great food. I wish their breakfast menu was a little bigger.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 11, 2021

Thank you for your review, KellyJ! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service at the Cup Cafe. Since we safely reopened in October, we have seen some improvements in the food supply chain, so we hope to expand our menu offerings in the coming months. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipalanl
Tucson
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todd and his staff did a great job taking care of us!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 11, 2021

Thank you for your review, alanl! We are so happy that you felt taken care of by our team. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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NateW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cup Cafe has done a great job in the pandemic era. Utilizing the entire patio of Congress, the tables were spaced out appropriately. As always, the service, food and live music made for a great atmosphere. Was glad to be back.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 11, 2021

Thank you for your review, NateW! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the food, service and ambience at the Cup Cafe. We have put much thought and effort into creating a space that makes people feel comfortable and safe, it is so good to hear that you felt that way. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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RogerC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fast friendly service and great Food/Drinks. We plan to return for coffee and dessert, they look wonderful.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 11, 2021

Thank you for your review, RogerC! We are delighted that you enjoyed the food, drinks and service with us. We look forward to taking care of you again soon when you return for dessert!

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VHall
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Breakfast in Tucson. As always great service. They had the heaters AND the umbrellas out in the patio. Ready for any weather. So relaxing, so beautiful. I recommend for tourists and locals.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you for your review, VHall! Wow, thanks for the praise, we are honored you consider us the best breakfast in Tucson. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the service and ambience, as well, we worked very hard to create a safe and comfortable outdoor dining space. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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EdwardS
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our table was some distance from the kitchen door, nevertheless we felt neglected during our time there. Food was great. Had to go looking for a coffee refill, eventually saw your carafe and did it ourselves.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you for your review, EdwardS. I'm so sorry to hear you felt neglected during your time with us. We are glad you enjoyed the food, and will work hard to make sure that we do better when it comes to attentive service. Thank you for your feedback, we will use it as an opportunity to make sure we hit the mark on your next visit.

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vipjulie
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. Tables were outside and distanced. Food was excellent.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you for your review, julie! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and ambience with us. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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FreddyG
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service was excellent and the food delicious.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you for your review, FreddyG! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service while dining with us. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great waitress, amazing food!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 29, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the service, we are fortunate to have some of the best servers in town. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Akiko
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great socially distanced spot for live music and good food!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 29, 2021

Thank you for your review, Akiko! We are so pleased you felt safe in our space and that you enjoyed the live music and food. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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missyh
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal outside on the patio. Great menu with something for everyone!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 24, 2021

Thank you for your review, missyh! We are so happy that you enjoyed our lovely patio and our delicious menu. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Piper
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food with the greatest staff. 20/10 would recommend :)

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 24, 2021

Thank you for your review, Piper! We are delighted that you enjoyed the food and staff at the Cup Cafe, what a great recommendation. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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MaybeImPicky
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Our waiter forgot to bring our drinks, so after 20 minutes, we asked again. "They are being made right now!," he said. We ordered a diet soda and an iced tea.

The food must've sat under a heat lamp forever. We got our soups first, then it took another 20 minutes to bring the food.

Finally, when we asked for our checks (plural), he brought us one and it took him another 15 minutes to separate them so we could pay.

The food was fine. The service was awful!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 24, 2021

Thank you for your review, MaybeImPicky. We are so sorry to hear that we missed the mark when it comes to service during your visit. Our GM has sent you a private message in hopes of getting more information about your experience. We would love to use your feedback as a coaching tool, and we hope to regain your trust with better service on your next visit. Thank you!

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MikeV
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Great food. Good-sized portions. Unique recipes for many of their items

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, MikeV! Wow, it looks like we checked many of the boxes for you, so happy to hear you enjoyed the food, service, portions and recipes at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Swinginamiss54
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I've only been to the Hotel Congress on a Sunday for the Blues venue. Last Sunday was the first time I had eaten a meal from the Cup Cafe, it was very good and our waiter was a total "Gem".

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you for your review, Swinginamiss54! We are delighted that you came to the Cup after enjoying Blues and BBQ, and happy to hear that you enjoyed the service. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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sandras
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable lunch! The fish and chops is excellent!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you for your review, sandras! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch; we use Crooked Tooth in the batter for our fish and chips, so it's tasty while supporting local. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, ambiance and service!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food, ambiance and service with us. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipbatso57
Tucson
120 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cup Cafe has done a great job keeping us safe during the pandemic, everybody was masked and kept their distance. The service and food was fantastic, as always. We have been coming here for over 30 years, this is our favorite place in town. A Big Thank You to the staff at Club Congress and the Cup Cafe.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 9, 2021

Thank you for your review, batso57! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the food and service with us. Especially since we put much thought and effort into operating safely, it is wonderful to hear that felt comfortable in our space. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Maria
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed eating at the cup cafe. Service was attentive yet not overwhelming, and they have plenty of heating lamps which is a huge plus.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you for your review, Maria! We are so happy that you enjoyed the service and heated patio at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite place to eat in Tucson.

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vipFoodieCutie23
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Love the historical building.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, FoodieCutie23! We are happy to hear you love the historic building here at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Maxima
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! My favorite brunch place in Tucson.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2021

Thank you for your review, Maxima! With all the great places in Tucson, we are honored to be your favorite brunch spot. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 9, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipBdowgiallo
Chicago
127 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to be able to celebrate NYE at a special location. We sat outside and despite a chill in the air, with the propane heaters on, we were very comfortable. The fixed price menu for this evening had many options and the dessert was the best! Both of our entrees (halibut and fillet) were excellent.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, Bdowgiallo! We are so happy that you enjoyed spending New Year's Eve with us and that you felt comfortable on our patio. With the challenges of this year, we have been placing a special emphasis on quality over quantity for special events, so it is great to hear that you loved the food. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipRachel
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing breakfast food and customer service! I come here whenever I am just Tucson.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, Rachel! We are happy to hear that you enjoy the food and service at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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JeffB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't say enough about how great the food and atmosphere are at The Cup. Great food in a very comfortable outdoor, open-air setting. Highly recommend!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, JeffB! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the food and ambience at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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ChelseaB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the only places I feel comfortable dining at right now.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, ChelseaB! We put a lot of thought and effort into providing a safe and comfortable dining space for the community, we are delighted that we hit the mark in your opinion. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas dinner! Service was quick and attentive. Food was amazing! Truly! I had the short ribs and polenta on the Christmas menu and loved it!! It’s not a “fancy” environment.. but as Cup Cafe name indicates, there is a artsy “coffee shop” vibe.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are delighted that you loved the food, service and vibe at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Tucson!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Wow, thanks so much for your review! We take much pride in being local, sustainable, delicious and consistent; if that makes us one of the best, then we are hitting our goals. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner… Very nice patio

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review! We appreciate you supporting local and joining us on Christmas Eve. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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SteveK
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seating was good and we were seated promptly on arrival. Tables were separated for social distancing. The food was tasty and served well. Dessert was very good. Except for some loud mouths at the neighboring table, the ambience was good. Don't understand why people fell it's necessary to shout at each other when seated in a group.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, SteveK! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, service and ambience at the Cup Cafe (despite your rowdy neighbors, so sorry about that). We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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FAQs

The Cup Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 798-1618.

The Cup Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 1104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.