The Cup Cafe

4.6
658 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 three menus and the fresh, delectable and ever-changing daily features. Selections include build-your-own omelets, unique salads, great appetizers, full-coursed 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 outdoor patio, full-service bar, smart signature cocktails and intriguing wine selections.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(520) 798-1618
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Decker
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Private party facilities
The Copper Hall is the premier event facility at the Hotel Congress. It combines modern flare with classic elegance. From holiday parties, to mixers, to weddings, we are more than happy to help organize your next event.

Other locations at Hotel Congress and Maynards Market and Kitchen are available as well. Please inquire for more information.

Weddings

The Copper Hall is the perfect location for wedding ceremonies and receptions, combining classic elegance with a downtown vibe. The room is the ideal size for an intimate affair amongst friends and family. Dance the night away beneath wrought iron chandeliers as the copper walls glow.

Conference Dinners

Welcome your conference guests to town with dinner in one of Tucson's landmarks. We can provide it all- gourmet meals, bar service and a built in speaker system.

Holiday Parties

Celebrate your holidays with Hotel Congress! The Copper Hall can host your business or family holiday party.
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Private party contact
Melissa Matriss: (520) 622-8848 ext. 201
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Toole Ave.
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Parking details
Valet parking across at Maynard's Market and Kitchen Friday and Saturday evening for only $5, Street metered parking is available, and the 5th Street Parking garage located on 5th Street directly across from the Hotel Congress is another option.
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Entertainment
Entertainment on the patio or in the nearby club on most nights.

Reservation Confirmation Message Thank you for choosing The Cup Cafe. We will be happy to hold your reservation for 15 minutes past the requested time. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 658 People Are Saying
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MG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We are glad that we came to The Cup to celebrate on a double special occasion. The food, service and experience was very good, as we expected. It is well worth the "effort" of coming into town to dine here.

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CP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very neat place with a neat selection of food. The bread was awesome as well as my ribs with Mac n cheese. Enjoyed a little comedy after dinner then made our way outside to some live music. Had a great time and hope to come back and stay in one of the hotel rooms one day.

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B
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love dining at The Cup Cafe. The menu has unique farm to table dining experience with local flair that is Tucson.

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D
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great dinner @ The Cup! Was hoping for a night on the patio but rain got in the way. Turned out to be perfect regardless. Thanks!

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CH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Street tacos (pictured) were delicious. And hearty for an appetizer. I had it for my meal! Cocktails on Mondays are great! They focus on local Whiskey Del Bac. The staff is amazing too!

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a
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Decent food, good service, not too expensive, portions generous.

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AK
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thai Seafood Stew was excellent. Attentive and pleasant service.

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would go back. We are from Austn Tx and this restaurant was awesome!

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PB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Was exceptional service from Keith the ambience however was much too now there was a group behind us That could be heard thruout the facility.

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d
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as always. Beautiful creative drinks. Had to get to the Rialto for a show. I never knew they could also be fast!!

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JS
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was good. Service was pretty slow at best. Patio looks amazing, I wish we would have sat outside.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there even though I have lived in Tucson for 50 years ! Always have been curious about the Congress Hotel and dining there, but was concerned about where to park. Found out could park directly across the street in Maynard's parking lot. Easy ! We regularly go to the TSO and ATC performances and decided to find a place to eat downtown before the performances. It worked out perfectly and we will definitely do it again. The food was very good, served nicely and reasonably priced. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed it very much.

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J
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Been to Cup Cafe many times and always great. Tonight was off. The main salmon sauce was tangy or too citrusy and did not taste as I remembered. The sweet potato purée was cold and my salmon was not cooked as asked. Our dessert was absolutely delicious. Service was excellent. Wine was great too. All in all very lovely but salmon was disappointing and pricey

We gave this restaurant another try after having a very bad experience a month ago with a metal object in my food, which was truly a mishap that was due to malfunction on the fyer for my calamari BanMi sandwich. The taste was fabulous until I felt a sharp item in my bite. But please note cup cafe restaurant did everything a fine restaurant would do and took care of our bill. They apologized over and over agin. I like The Cup Cafe. The food usually had been very good since I have eaten here 5 times already. Will I go back? possibly yes, but not got a very long time.
Overall given situations they are nice people. Great desserts!

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With its excellent service, inventive menu and friendly atmosphere, Cup Cafe never disappoints!

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MJ
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Tucson. The food is always excellent and the service is always great.

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S
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quick or dinner with friends - the food is outstanding

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JA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Every minute was just perfect. We arrived 15 minutes early for a cocktail at the bar. The bartender was friendly and informative. We were seated on time. The service was fantastic and the food was better. We are not dessert people but the server was convincing. Again, delicious. Thank you for using recyclable and biodegradable to go stuff. Every wee bit helps.

Fred and I will be back. And, like always, I will refer The Cup Cafe to friends.

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RC
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sorry, this time or dinner just wasn't as great as in the past. Service was good and drinks were fine. The food just wasn't up to the prior standard. The Santa Cruz flank steak with calabacitas and the Fish and Chips were both a bit disappointing. We'll be back though. We've enjoyed many excellent meals at the Cup!

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DB
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wonderful service. However the hard surfaced walls and ceiling make for quite a noisy venue.

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. It got a little hard to carry on a conversation as the restaurant filled with customers. I might try to gather with friends a little earlier in the future.

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CC
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The only comment I would have is the slaw, and fries portion on the Fish and Chips Order was to large.
Fish was great, desert was great.

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BF
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Been to the Cup Cafe at the Hotel Congress many times, never disappointed. The staff is friendly yet professional. If you are downtown well worth stopping by.

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We have recently discovered this wonderful restaurant. We've done Saturday and Sunday brunch, the food was delicious and the cocktails are amazing. We also did the Sunday dinner with half price bottled wine, great deal! Highly recommend.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food, lousy service. Our server was obviously in the weeds. Took forever for our drinks to arrive and when they did, they came out one at a time. How does that happen when the bartenders are standing around chatting? Four of us ordered different salads which were all tasty. Once the food was delivered we didn't see the waitress again until she arrived to clear the table. Where was management?

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CH
Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This was our second visit to The Cup. I wasn't impressed the first time, and was even less impressed on this visit. The food is just mediocre at best - nothing at all to write home about. The fish fry had absolutely no taste whatsoever. Even the coleslaw had no flavor. We had chosen The Cup to celebrate two birthdays, but no one recognized them even though we noted the special occasion on our Open Table reservation.

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JS
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food in the old Congress Hotel. Service was excellent. We will be back.

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EM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First Time to Tucson and tried this restaurant based on a suggestion from a friend. Food was delicious. Great atmosphere. Would definitely come back again.

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PG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

shortly after making the reservation through OpenTable, the Cup Cafe called to confirm our reservation and to find out if we had any food allergies and if it was a special occasion. When we arrived the staff ensured our experience by phoning when our table was ready, moving us under an umbrella when it started to rain, and checking on us periodically to ensure everything met our satisfaction. This is my 4th time to the restaurant and they are always spot on!

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TB
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The menu is one of the more interesting in Tucson. There are many items that are not the among the same 6 things you find in higher end restaurants in town. Had an excellent appetizer and tasty entrees. The Heartbreaker appetizer was wonderful.

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B
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One of Tucson's Historic Gems, excellent food albeit a limited menu, good wine list and very nice atmosphere .

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b
Tucson
88 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a GREAT PLACE! Always great service and great food. Good place to people watch. And if you are lucky, there is live music outside sometimes.

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J
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Spent $100 for 2 orders of tacos a Cesar salad and 2 drinks each. The Salad was fresh but the dressing was not up to standards and the croutons were like plain toast. The tacos didn’t have enough crema sauce for a fried fish taco and they only provided hot sauce with no salsa. The cabbage for ur tacos was very dry and should have been more like slaw in my opinion. Oh well..... live and learn.

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OT
Tucson
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service was good, plus setting/ambiance in the historic Hotel Congress is awesome. Definitely a great experience.

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DS
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was super cool and took the time to share the history of the hotel and restaurant with our kids who were visiting from NJ. The specialty cocktails were a lot of fun and delicious! And the Caprese salad was unique and spot on! Overall, a very fun experience!

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VO
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually went here twice on the same night. Had an great early dinner and then went back for dessert after the concert.

The service was quick and we ate inside since it was a little too warm for us to be outside. I like the decor inside.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location, and a very charming atmosphere. The food is new and exciting not your normal dinner meal .

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FH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Cup Cafe in the historic Hotel Congress is a wonderful selection for out-of-town guests or locals alike.
This was a Saturday night in the middle of summer which is usually dead quiet in Tucson, but they were very busy! The noise level was a little loud but tolerable. However, the service was terrific - friendly and attentive without being overbearing.

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CW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great the food was delicious (except the french fries were soft and chewy) The schnitzel was amazing and the local bread appetizer was delicious

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LO
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the happy hour that goes until 7 pm. The food and service are excellent as is the atmosphere.
The prices are just right, too, and the portions are ample. All in all, a perfect bistro in Tucson.

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LG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our ‘date night’ dinner at The Cup. Our server Lauren was attentive and efficient. We highly recommend the Dillinger Side Car cocktail! The food was delicious, too!

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