The Cup Cafe

4.8
1354 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!

Experiences

  • Sonoran Restaurant Week

    $35.00 per person

    Sep 10 - Sep 19, 2021

    We're excited to participate in Sonoran Restaurant Week, September 10th through the 19th. We have an irresistible three-course menu waiting for 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 1354 people are saying
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EREH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately disappointed. There were both positive and negatives, and my thoughts do take into account resource shortages due to Covid.
Good:
Drinks
Desert
Cuban sandwich
Potato Leak soup

Not good:
Restaurant week menu was sold out even though we were there at 730; I think an experienced restaurant would be able to have manage expectations, especially because when I made reservations they specifically asked if we planned to go with restaurant week menu.
- drinks were not delivered until after we finished appetizer; overall services was disjointed.
- calamari
- ribs

I’ll give it another try for breakfast or lunch, but don’t plan to revisit for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful breakfast on the patio at Cup Cafe. The hostess found the perfect spot for our party of 3. The server was attentive and pleasant. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The noise was a bit much at times, but certainly out of the restaurant’s control as the nearby Amtrak train sounded off loud & long and a few of the patio pets barked. Overall, it was a lovely experience and we plan to return soon!

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BenjaminStacey
Tucson
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good service was awesome.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review BenjaminStacey! We look forward to taking care of you in the future!

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LinMo
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say I’ve ever had a bad experience at The Cup. Delicious food, great wait staff, wonderful building/patio. Classic Tucson dining and a downtown original. What’s not to love?!

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Roseb
Tucson
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were comfortable in the outdoor setting. We were able to have a powerful meeting in a pleasant setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Flank Steak was excellent. Well prepared and delicious. The desserts , Chocolate Mousse and Vegan cupcake were great.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for your review! The Khalua Mousse cake and the vegan chocolate cupcake are crowd pleasers for sure! We hope to see you again soon.

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JANE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the shaded, was 97 out and no problems, of course humidity was very low. Staff was very good, prompt. Food was very good too.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Hi JANE, thanks so much for your review! We're so glad even during these warmer months our patio is still something to enjoy. We hope to take care of you again soon!

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vipKimS
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio! Food and service excellent. Reservations are helpful.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Hi KimS, thanks so much for your review! See you again soon!

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MelanieM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, dining area was adequately spaced, and food and cocktails were out-of-this-world!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Hi MelanieM, thanks so much for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed everything. The spacing of tables is something we're still heavily considering during these times. Glad you could appreciate it! We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor sitting. Lovely brunch with live music.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed the live jazz on the patio during brunch. See you again real soon!

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Tari
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun with good food!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Tari, thank you for your review! Glad you had a fun time, see you again soon!

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Felicia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had brunch outdoors on the patio and it was lovely.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Felicia, thank you for your review! We hope to take care of you again soon! So glad you enjoyed everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sonoran Restaurant week, excellent choices, excellent food. Great service as we we not rushed and able to just enjoy

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you were able to come in and enjoy Sonoran Restaurant Week! Glad to hear you were able to thoroughly enjoy your experience. See you again soon!

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second year for the Sonoran Restaurant Week at the Cup and it was as wonderful as last year's dinner. Love The Cup and really love their Sonoran Week menu--highly recommend!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your review, Kathleen! We're so glad you've been able to dine with us for Sonoran Restaurant Week two years in a row now, wow! Can't wait to take great care of you in the future.

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RibMonkey1
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and location. Service was impeccable!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review, RibMonkey1! So glad you dined with us. See you again soon!

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never lets me down when it comes to food. The food is fresh, the drinks are amazing, and the desserts are to die for. We were the second one to order off the Sonoran menu that started yesterday. I can’t tell you every bite just melted in your mouth. The flavors were so amazing. We go once a month and will continue to enjoy everything the cup café has to offer. Big thank you to the servers and especially the cooks!!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your review, MichaelR! We truly appreciate your review. We hope to continue to deliver a consistent, amazing experience. I'm sure we'll see you here again real soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic dining experience!

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ArthurD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Great service! Exquisite food!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for your review, ArthurD! We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipCarmenH
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The signature baked eggs were wonderful, the potatoes not so much. Need to be in smaller bite sized pieces!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on September 12, 2021

Hi CarmenH! We're so glad you enjoyed the baked eggs! We're sorry you didn't enjoy our potatoes. We hope the next time you come in we can wow you elsewhere! See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Cup and have been going to Hotel Congress for years. I live in the Barrio and it’s very handy for me but I wouldn’t go if it wasn’t very very good. Oh and our server Daily was exceptional. I highly recommend the Cup Cafe

The Cup Cafe
Responded on September 12, 2021

Thanks for your review! We're so glad Daly took such great care of you. We hope to keep you coming back time and time again!

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RandyP
Tucson
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating was available, and social distancing was observed. Setting was clean, and staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious, and live music started at 0930. Overall, it was a great experience, and we will return.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on September 12, 2021

Hi RandyP, thanks so much for your review! We're glad you can still appreciate the efforts we're still taking to keep a safe, distanced and clean environment for not only our guests, but our staff as well! See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

It took 20 minutes to get my dirty martini and then it was somehow weak. Slow apologetic service. Food was good. Not happy with the Salmon for the price.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thanks for your feedback. Twenty minutes for a drink to get to you is not our standard, and thank you for making us aware of it. We hope you give us the opportunity to make all these things right, since we pride ourselves on great service, tasty food and drinks.

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ChaCha1ElPasoTexas
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast!!! Thanks! Can’t wait to come back!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thanks for your review, ChaCha1ElPasoTexas! Cant wait to have you back!

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vipToddR
Tucson
19 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the cast iron baked eggs!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thanks for your review ToddR! We're so glad you enjoyed The Baked Eggs! See you again soon!

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MarthaT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It's very loud and even with a reservation you wait 30 minutes.

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Too many flies but that is due to the weather!! It was rather disturbing and unhealthy.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place to eat except bad time of year for flies and other insects if you sit outdoors.

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JaneS
Tucson
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enchanting! The vibe was great incredibly fun for a date night. Music so good we were doing karaoke in our seats.

The pies! Holly the cream pie. I regret not ordering chocolate as well.

Life-changing calamari and refreshing limeade.

Fabulous customer service!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thank you for your review, JaneS! We're so glad you were able to enjoy the live music on the patio during your dinner service. One of the perks of being a scratch kitchen, is definitely the desserts. Our Pastry chef does a pretty remarkable job with them! We look forward to taking care of you again!

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vipTwinCitiesJerseyGirl
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE The Cup / Congress!!! Our favorite place to dine in Tucson especially when there’s music playing on the patio. Great food, drinks, service, ambience. It’s a “do not miss” type of place!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thanks for your review TwinCitiesJerseyGirl! We're glad we hit all the marks on being a "do not miss" type of place. We can't wait to serve you again!

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Tartie
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love stopping here when I’m in Tucson. The food is fabulous. Desserts are special. It has the feel of the old time dining experience with it being in a hotel that was built in 1919.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks Tartie for your review! We appreciate you taking the time to consider mentioning our historic building. The ambience wouldn't be the same without it. Glad it adds a little something extra to your dining experience. Looking forward to taking care of you in the future!

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LilianaJ
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chilaquiles Verdes are to die for!!
We are regulars, my husband and I are there every Sunday morning after our bike ride, and once a week for dinner when they have a jazz band, which is often. The staff is friendly and already know our likes.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for your review, LilianaJ! The Chilaquiles are a crowd pleaser! We appreciate you and hope to keep you coming back in for more!

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Darlene
Tucson
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The menu has delicious options for all appetites and dietary needs. And so many drink and dessert choices! My husband and I love sitting on the spacious, well-shaded patio.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for your review, Darlene! We're so glad you're enjoying the array of choices on our menus. We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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alchemist
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect setting for brunch. inventive menu. quality ingredients.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for your review, Alchemist! Thanks for appreciating the thoughtfulness that went into creating the menu. We're ecstatic that you noticed the quality of our ingredients. Majority of what we cook up are from local farmers and distributors, so we appreciate it being noticed. Look forward to taking care of you in the future!

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vipMxmcc
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for your review, Mxmcc! We have some of the kindest and hardest working servers in Tucson here at the Cup Cafe, I'm so happy that you enjoyed the service! We look forward to taking care of you again soon. Thanks, Jon

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LisaG
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating - nice mister & fan breeze kept it cool and kept mosquitos away!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for your review, LisaG! It's been a challenge with so much heat and rain this summer, I am happy to hear the fans and misters helped you enjoy your time with us. We look forward to taking care of you again soon! Thanks, Jon

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JeramiahD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean and cozy dining area, rapid responding server and great tasting food.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for your review, JeramiahD! We are so happy you enjoyed the food, service and ambience at the cup Cafe. Looking forward to taking care of you again soon! Thanks, Jon

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CaseyM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to go when downtown. Excellent service, good food, and a great value. Good Covid protocols as well.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for your review, CaseyM! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the food, value and service at the Cup Cafe. It's good to know our Covid precautions are appreciated as well. We look forward to taking care of you again soon! -Jon

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We planned an early dinner at the Cup Cafe so we could attend a concert afterward at the Fox Theater. We chose to eat outside because of the new misting system they installed. Unfortunately, one bad side effect of our generous monsoon season is an abundance of assertive flies. Our fabulous server, Geoff, noticed our frustration and promptly arranged to pick up our meals and transfer our party to an inside table. No flies! The meals were delicious, but the service was exceptional!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that Geoff took great care of you, and we appreciate your patience with the fly situation - Tucson is experiencing one of the hottest, wettest summers on record and all around town outdoor dining is feeling the effects. Glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service, we look forward to taking care of you again soon! Thanks, Jon

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HalC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Server failed to bring flatware or napkins. Soda was flat. Flies everywhere.

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EliseS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem of a place, great live music and wonderful service. One of my favorite places in town!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on August 17, 2021

Thanks for your review, EliseS! We are so honored to be one of your favorite places in town. Sounds like we hit the mark on your last visit, that's so great! Looking forward to taking care of you again soon. -Jon

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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 1354 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.