The Cup Cafe

4.6
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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.
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DianneS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, plant based options, lovely patio, good wine!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 19, 2020

Hello DianneS. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable evening dining on our patio. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again soon.

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michg
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We celebrated our anniversary at Cup Cafe and loved it. Friendly, very helpful server who ID'd vegan options for me. I enjoyed the tender sopes with black beans, avo and pico de gallo, while my spouse enjoyed the tomato soup and delicious pesto pasta with salmon. Generous portions, desserts were yummy. Chocolate pudding pots de creme and mini vegan cheesecake, enough to take home for breakfast (-' We look forward to returning at our next visit to Tucson.

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EdeeC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very yummy food and atmosphere. Service was very good except none person in our party asked for another wine and it never came. Had to get it ourselves at the bar.

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PaulL
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Some delicious classics, like the ribs, and lemony kraut, w/ Mac & cheese. Service was excellent. Ambience is rather dark and needs refreshing.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 15, 2020

Hello PaulL. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the your meal and service while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome . Great experience

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you had a great experience while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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BarbK
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food drinks and service were all excellent. Went there for an early dinner and caught tail end of happy hour. Specialty cocktails were amazing.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 7, 2020

Hello BarbK. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, drinks, and service while you dined with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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JudyM
Tucson
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was fabulous.. we had a wonderful server named Taylor who kept us supplied with wonderful food and beverages.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

Hello JudyM. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your dinner and that Taylor provided you excellent service. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was impeccable. My only complaint was the noise level. We had to shout at each other during dinner. But, that's the way the restaurant is. Still an excellent experience.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hello ChristineM. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable time while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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WilliamL
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent waitress. Always a favorite

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 4, 2020

Hello WilliamL. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and service while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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Dave
Fargo
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We really enjoyed our previous meal at The Cup Cafe, but this time the food wasn't great . Not sure if we just hit a bad night or if they are generally inconsistent.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 4, 2020

Hello Dave. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We would like to apologize that you did not enjoy your meals while you dined with us the other evening. We always hope that our guests have a great time while dining with us. We do appreciate the feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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JeanValJeanNAZ
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food + great service = great time!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 1, 2020

Hello JeanValJeanNAZ. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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TracyJ
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The pecan salad w pomegranate dressing w trout is amazing! Free dessert on birthday or anniversary. Always our favorite!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 29, 2020

Hello TracyJ. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating . we are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable time while dining with us and that you enjoyed the pecan salad with trout. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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Brit
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ate before going to a concert downtown. Location very handy, service was timely,will go back.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 29, 2020

Hello Brit. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and service when you dined with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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MamaB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cakes in town and it is always a treat to sit out on the patio in February!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on March 1, 2020

Hello MamaB. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the crab cakes on our patio. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a very nice place with good food and service. It is a well known rather small place with nice atmosphere.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 26, 2020

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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CarlP
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Wish we lived nearby and could eat here more often.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 27, 2020

Hello CarlP. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for the five star rating. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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JimL
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, well prepared, and our server Keith was very professional.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 21, 2020

Hello JimL. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service while you dined with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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BenA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, decent service, decent food, good deals on happy hour cocktails, yummy desserts

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 21, 2020

Hello BenA. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service while you dined with us the other evening. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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JaneK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The tartar sauce was very spicy as was the cole slaw.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 21, 2020

Hello JaneK. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was the first time the wife and I have gone out on Valentine’s Day in 15 years of marriage. The meal was phenomenal, we were a little disappointed in the frozen shrimp with the short ribs and not the fresh head on shrimp as described. We were also disappointed that we missed the show after sitting at 6:45, when 7:30 was said to be enough time. Are meal had about 30 minutes in between courses, and I understand it was busy and valentines, but 2 hours is a bit much. Food was fantastic, and we will be back, just wish we could have made the show.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service and we apologize that we were not able to get you to the show on time. We can definitely use this as a training opportunity and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We do appreciate your feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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KenC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I cannot imagine being in Tucson and not going to The Cup. Cafe it is everything you expect an eating place to be. Thanks for another great night.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 15, 2020

Hello Ken C. Thank you for taking the time t write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable experience while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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Dancingspirit9
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If a bunch of hippies got together in 1923 and built a restaurant, it would look like this. if their descendants hired a fantastic chef and went fine dining more recently, it would serve food like this. Seriously, the food is top notch and the décor charming. It is a bit tightly packed inside, but overall, it is one of the best restaurants in Tucson.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 12, 2020

Hello Dancingspirit9. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable time while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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vipDebra
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I think the romaine lettuce was a little old. Very brown on the edges.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hello Debra. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We appreciate your feedback and will share this information with our chef. Hopefully we will see you in again soon.

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Hawggolfer
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. Celeste was our server and was also very good. We had a two-person table in/near the walkway to/from the kitchen. This detracted from our enjoyment. Happy Hour drink prices are very good.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hello Hawggolfer. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you join us again sometime soon.

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SusanH
Tucson
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The plant burger with fries was great! Unfortunately, the fish tacos were heavily fried and had more breading than fish.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on February 6, 2020

Hello SusanH. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the Beyond Burger and thank you for letting us know about the fish tacos. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Food was excellent. The coconut pie was to die for. Three of us shared it.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal while dining with us. The coconut cream pie is one of our guests favorites and it is made here daily in our bake shop. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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EdieH
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Had tofu and bean cakes. Delicious. And lemon meringue pie for dessert. Wow!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hello EdieH. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience and also for the five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal while you dined with us. The lemon meringue pie is fantastic and is only offered on the weekends. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cool café with an excellent menu

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 26, 2020

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable time dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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Nellie
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Beer selection needs to be updated. They are always out of what we order..

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 26, 2020

Hello Nellie. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We would like to apologize about our lists not being updated when you come in to dine with us. We are in the process of switching out some of our beers and the lists have not been consistent with the product that we have on property. We hope to get this fixed this week and hopefully it does not impact you the next time that you visit.

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RyanF
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, atmosphere and fun on the Patio.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 23, 2020

Hello RyanF. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable time dining on our patio. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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RichardC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food in a casual setting, easy beer and wine list

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hello RichardC. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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BenjaminStacey
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Ordered the pork and beans but the beans were not to my liking they were to hard. Other than that all was good.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 19, 2020

Hello BenjaminStacey. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable time while you dined with us. We appreciate your feedback about our beans and we can share this with our chefs. Hopefully we will get the chance to see you in again sometime soon.

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Vickie
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Already recommended it to friends. Loved the food, great desserts, kind and helpful servers..

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hello Vickie. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and for also giving us a five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and service when you dined with us the other evening. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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vipMxmcc
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waited 35 minutes for our main course.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hello Mxmcc. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We would like to apologize for your wait on your entrees when you dined with us the other night. We do appreciate our guests feedback and we can use this information as a training opportunity. Hopefully we will get the chance to see you in again sometime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 12, 2020

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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CharlieE
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food from a very diverse menu. Good service and enjoyable atmosphere. We'll be back.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 12, 2020

Hello CharlieE. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable time while you dined with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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Tonymp
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience. Great food in a lovely atmosphere.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 8, 2020

Hello Tonymp. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for the five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable time while dining with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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SusanG
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The crab cakes were delicious. The manager stopped by our table to see how everything was and he told us the history of Cup Cafe and Hotel Congress. It was very interesting and we appreciated him taking time to talk with us.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hello SusanG. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable meal while dining with us. We always enjoy our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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PeterG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Festive atmosphere eating on the patio

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 22, 2019

Hello PeterG. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal here with us. We always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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Stephy
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I greatly underestimated the time I needed to park and walk to The Cup Cafe. Give yourself extra time for downtown traffic. Once there I was seated in 5 minutes and the service and food was outstanding. We had dinner before the show at the Fox Theater, it was a wonderful evening out.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hello Stephy. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and also for giving us a five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service while dining with us. we always appreciate our guests feedback and we hope to see you in again sometime soon.

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

The Cup Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 921 OpenTable diners.

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