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The Cup Cafe, Tucson, AZ

The Cup Cafe

4.6
4.6
1921 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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!

***EVENING ENTERTAINMENT ON OUR PATIO IS OFTEN LOUD***

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (520) 798-1618
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Joe Decker
  • Private party contact
    Melissa Matriss: (520) 622-8848 ext. 201
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Tucson
  • Cross street
    Toole Ave.
  • 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.
  • Public transit
    Just a short walk from tram stops along Congress St. and only about a block from the Ronstadt Transit Center
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,921 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

1,921 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner before the concert on the plaza. Loved the food and setting.

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  2. Sheri

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a great place and a step back in time, but with an updated menu. We decided to go with a number of the appetizers and got the Barrio Bread, fish and cauliflower tacos, tofu and shrimp lettuce wraps and fries. Each got a different drink to try, as well. Everything was great. We will definitely return.

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  3. betsy

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our meals at The Cup. A convenient place to stop before attending the theater as well. Thank you!

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  4. FrankF

    Tucson

    151 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    151 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal with some friends at this Cup this past Sunday night. The “Pistol Grip Pasta” was super yummy! Sat outside on the lovely patio, nice heaters on both sides of the table, and got to listen to some great music by Connie Brannock’s band playing in the adjacent Plaza. Perfect!

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  5. jessawyer

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    If I could give 0 stars, I would. I was really excited to try this place, I'd heard good things about their food. I made a reservation for 5:30 for our wedding anniversary dinner and we were seated pretty quickly. It was busy but there will still some empty tables. My husband and I were placed at a very small table in a dark corner. There was an electric cord just hanging along side my chair away from the wall and my coat kept catching on it. But whatever, I could have dealt with that. After sitting at our table for a very long time, still no server showed up. Finally a server showed up and took our drink orders. She came back and said that what my husband ordered wasn't on tap anymore, so would he be okay with a bottle, which my husband said yes. The server left again and never came back. We're waiting and waiting and no one came by. Finally the server came out and went to a different table and ended up just chit chatting with that table for a bit. At this point, it's too long of a wait that would be reasonable to come back and take an appetizer order, let alone the fact that my husband never got his drink. I was still willing to give the server the benefit of the doubt if she would come to us next, but after finishing up with the other table, she walked away again instead of coming over to us. We waited five more minutes and she still never showed, so we got up and walked out. We've never just walked out of a restaurant before, it was the first time. We did tell the hostess on our way out that we were leaving because we weren't receiving service. Definitely won't be trying this place again.

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  6. PatriciaS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always enjoy eating at the Cup Cafe. We like the looks and the food has always been very good and so has the service.

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  7. MiriamM

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We were disappointed with the Thanksgiving dinner. We both ordered the turkey dinner; the turkey was very dry and barely edible. The mashed potatoes and dressing were good but not a lot of gravy (half of my mashed potatoes consisted of an un-mashed potato; the waitress however did bring me more). Green bean casserole was stringy and hard to eat. The sweet potatoes were OK, nothing special and could have done without the marshmallows that looked like they were barely toasted with a kitchen torch. The clam chowder and desserts were all very good though. The service was very good, and we wished the dinner was just as good.

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  8. CharlotteK

    New Mexico

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    We were expecting a more traditional meal. Although the food was good, it was very expensive and really not as “tasty” as I had hoped. For us it was too many items on each plate. Plus we are old and no way we can eat like that. Although we enjoyed our holiday meal there several years ago, it was much more traditional and what I expected and wanted for my holiday meal. We may dine there again, but it won’t be at Thanksgiving. Service was excellent and all staff were quite helpful

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  9. westside

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    There was barely any turkey on the plate. Two small chunks of white meat barely bigger than my thumb and a tablespoon of shredded dark meat. Very disappointing amount of protein for the $65 plate of well seasoned stuffing sweet potatoes and white mashed potatoes. Perhaps I should’ve spoken up at the time hard to believe they let the dishes go out that way. I wouldn’t go back for Thanksgiving, but in general the restaurant is wonderful.

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  10. AnnMarieW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Love the Cup Cafe for the atmosphere and service. Thanksgiving meal was so-so. The presentation was haphazard on the plate. It looked thrown together in a hurry. Cranberry lemon cheesecake desert was excellent!! Not my favorite thanksgiving meal but the people are so nice there it made up for the messy plating.

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  11. JDJD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have been eating at the Cup for many years. It's one of our favorite Tucson restaurants and we love sitting on the patio. The food, drinks, and service, and ambience is always great. I recommend it to anyone who wants an enjoyable meal in a great atmosphere.

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  12. JeanValJeanNAZ

    Tucson

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Keith, did a superb job under extreme circumstances. We sat outside during a benefit to raise money for the Phoenix Children’s Heart Hospital, which is totally cool. Unfortunately, the first two (2) made it extremely difficult to tolerate the noise. Yep, they were that bad. However, the third group — Tonight’s Sunshine — did a phenomenal job and made an instant fan of me. So many ways to love the Cup Cafe.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Life music nearby for those sitting outside. Great chicken gnocchi. Kind service. Lovely experience.

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  14. Alicia

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had to ask a couple of times for someone to please ask our waiter to come to the table. He may have had too many tables to wait on. Overall I found the experience was very good. The bathrooms were a bit dirty, but the outside dining area was clean. The food was AMAZING! I would come back again just for that.

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  15. Ktraveler

    Tucson

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went before a concert at the Fox, so made Happy Hour. We Like sitting outside although if one goes during a plaza concert, can be very loud there. Had lettuce wraps with shrimp which were very good but messy to eat. My husband had the fish tacos also very good. Our server/ service was excellent! Enjoyed our dinner very much.

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  16. NancyT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We totally enjoyed our meal at The Cup We were seated and served promptly by pleasant wait staff Nicely paced meal with delicious food Desserts were excellent especially carrot cake Thanks!

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  17. Madtown

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Interesting setting. Will come back again.

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  18. Racer

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our food was very good and the suggested pairings in the menu were good choices. The server was very helpful and friendly. Enjoyed our meal

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  19. MarkB

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Had 6:45 reservations before an 8:00 concert across the street. By the time we hat our food we had 10 minutes to eat. Server never checked on us during the hour we were waiting for food and food seemed like it might have sat for a while before coming out. We will probably stay with this place as a breakfast option but likely not again in the evening.

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  20. Becca

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It’s unfortunate that the food is so expensive now. After dining here for nearly 40 years, I have to admit it had become a bit pretentious. It’s sad that many local people have been priced out the experience of dining here. The food is good. But not that $$$$$ good! The wait staff are always very professional and friendly. That has been consistent. It took nearly an hour for us to get our food last night. The waiter informed us there were only three people working in the kitchen. Not really acceptable as we had a concert to attend and nearly missed the start because of that. 

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  21. DianeD

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was very good and our waitress tried her best. However they were at capacity and do not have enough staff. We waited 50 minutes for our food and then had to track down our waitress to pay the bill. They need to hire more staff.

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  22. LocalGal

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Our server was great, but probably not a good idea to go on the Day of the Dead parade, very noisy but that was fine. The patio is very inviting and everyone had a good time. The food was just okay nothing outstanding. We did not have desserts which looked amazing.

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  23. Melo

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyed sitting outside, fun ambiance. Love the barrio bread boards!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative cocktails matched by culinary delights. Enjoy the patio on any evening.

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  25. RichardG

    Tucson

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great food and service. This is a favorite place to go to in Downtown Tucson. We enjoyed their new Fall menu - very creative and well executed dishes.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    354 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    354 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All six of the tacos I ordered were cold but delicious enough so that I didn't send them back (besides, we had a show to make). My husband loved the cheese board and the black bean "meatballs." Server was very nice but overworked -- this place is really busy before showtime.

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  27. MiaS

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Server Auggie was terrific! And the Dillinger's Duck Stew was a hit!

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  28. CaroleM

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the food was great, especially the Barrio Bread and the Old Pueblo Pesto Pasta. It’s a great place for an early dinner before attending a musical performance downtown. Reservations are a must for dinner.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has long been my “go to” from 2004 on and it’s excellent. The service is great and the food is fabulous! It’s Tucson’s best.

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  30. Bigsprinter

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can never go wrong here. Always good food and service in a perfect setting

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  31. HopeH

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The only reason for a 4 score is that my husband commented his burger had lots more bun than burger...

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Everything great except we were outside and bands playing we’re way too loud

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  33. MaureenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My friend and I had the fish tacos and they were very good. We ate inside and there wasn't much noise. We had a early dinner at 6 pm. When we returned later in the evening there was a lively group of dinners on the outside patio. The patio was beautifully lit and it seemed like everyone was enjoying themselves.

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  34. DebC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The patio is a lovely place to dine. Even on a hot day (high 90s), at 5 pm we were nicely shaded and weren’t bothered by the heat. Food was great and atmosphere was casual. Prices accommodated a range of budgets. The occasional train would pass and we’d stop talking for a minute, but they were infrequent enough that we barely noticed it. Would eat there again!

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  35. KathyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The ambience at The Cup is great, pleasant and comfortable. Service was great. The food to my taste is a bit bland. I don’t eat the meat dishes so cannot speak to those.

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  36. AndreaE

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice outdoor patio. Food good but would like more vegan options. Service was great, but sorry, can't remember server's name.

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  37. ConcertMeal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were friendly and efficient with a good knowledge of the food and drink menu. Good choice of quality food with some interesting options.

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  38. Diner

    Denver

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Cup remains a Tucson mainstay for great food, atmosphere, and music

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  39. KimberlyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was tasty, and the portion size was adequate. The waiter was fairly attentive. I was surprised about the automatic 20% gratuity that we were not informed about before hand. We are all good tippers having been in the business, but don’t like it being automatically added.

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  40. DavidM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    The flank steak was too tough and chewy. It was tasty but required too much effort to eat. When prepared at home, I always start with the flank steak having been put through a tenderizer. The server offered me an alternate, no cost entree which I accepted. The grilled asparagus and fries were very good. I received a discount on my bill because of the tough flank steak.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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 1921 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Toole Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Tucson
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Public transit
    Just a short walk from tram stops along Congress St. and only about a block from the Ronstadt Transit Center
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Joe Decker
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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