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The Cup Cafe, Tucson, AZ

The Cup Cafe

4.6
4.6
1995 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.

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
    Congress St. & Toole Ave.
  • Parking details
    Parking across the street at Maynards Kitchen and Bottle Shop is $6 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 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

Experiences

  • Easter Brunch at the Cup!

    $45.00 per person

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Enjoy our fabulous Easter Brunch Menu on our lush and spacious patio or our quaint café packed with history! There is no better place to dine and celebrate the holiday. Returning long-time Chefs Joe Decker and Carlos Mendoza along with our amazing world-traveled and trained pastry chef Michelle Morales, have created an indulgent and satisfying menu! Check our website at hotelcongress.com for menu specifics (coming in soon!). You can expect the same delicious, scratch-made culinary delights that have made The Cup Café one of America's Top 100 Neighborhood Gems according to OpenTable. Make your reservation online or by phone today. We hope to see you there!
    Easter Brunch at the Cup! Photo

What 1,995 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

1,995 Reviews
  1. ReginaW

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This time we sat inside. Had nice ambiance and much quieter than last time when we ate outside. Both areas are enjoyable but sit inside if you want conversations with your guests. The Paloma drink is so tasty! The fish and chips are good!

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  2. MaryK

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Just what we were looking for. Lots of options and a fun place.

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  3. OVTom

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Cup Cafe is a true Tucson gem. The ambiance is like stepping back in history. But despite its age, it's not "shabby". It's very well maintained. The menu is varied enough to appeal to almost any palate. If the weather allows, its patio area is one of the best in town.

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  4. MistyMay

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, excellent margaritas and good service. This cafe was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint.

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  5. hwpbkr

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    server attentive at first then forgot a drink order & it seems lied about why. also disappeared for long periods of time and was seen laughing and hanging out with inside staff- never looking to see if we needed anything. cheesecake was served frozen. blank look from server when this was mentioned. drinks we good and some food. other food pretty plebian and one salad was missing a major ingredient. we had to track down server to get it taken care of

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  6. kentg

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It's been several years since I've eaten here, and all four of us really enjoyed our meals. I'll be back sooner next time!

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  7. mcmf

    Tucson

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and atmosphere were good as usual. However, our server was not up to par. She seemed to be rushing us, hardy check back with to see if we need anything. But I must complement the bus servers' staff, they fill in for her short comings.

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  8. Rick

    Tucson

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, fairly priced. Attentive and accommodating service. Surprisingly quiet - actually expected sound to bounce all over inside. We'll be back.

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  9. MarilynC

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. I ordered the fish and chips. That part of my dinner was fine, and portions were generous, but the coleslaw left something to be desired. It had little flavor.

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  10. AZSunshinelover

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently good food expertly and imaginatively prepared. We had a wonderful service with a waiter, who was attentive, but not overbearing.

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  11. JohnL

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Too noisy Extra tip included for cooks on form was rude...I thought wait staff shared a portion of their tips with kitchen staff. The Oserans should revisit that arrangement.

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  12. RICHARDK

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I like Cup Cafe a lot and have been going there for years. They have ramped up the menu to a high level.

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  13. mike

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    it took more than 10 mins to get the attention of the wait staff even though our eventual waitress passed within the range of our table 4 times. i ordered The Real Thing burger w/no onions & lettuce. i wanted cheese & avacado instead. when our food arrived my burger had onions/lettuce & no avacado or cheese. while cooked perfectly i had to use the ketchup from my fries as a condiment. while the waitress was personable & nice her attention to the details was sorely lacking

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yum! Thanks for a great dinner. Service was excellent!

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  15. MichaelP

    Tucson

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Delicious food but very slow service and exceedingly noisy.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The coconut cream pie was amazing. The ribs and macaroni and cheese not so much…dry mac and overly charred and dried ribs.

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  17. JeanValJeanNAZ

    Tucson

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding … as always. Great food and great service!

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  18. Diner

    Denver

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Cup continues to be a downtown gem with vibrant atmosphere, great service, and interesting menu.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Cups at The Hotel Congress many times. The food is always terrific and on point no matter what you order. The energy is always high and so much fun. Loved our waiter Sam. Great with recommendations and attention. All the staff and ambience at the hotel is amazing. Will ALWAYS go back when we are in Tucson.

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  20. DeniseB

    Tucson

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique environment...intriguing for out of state visitors. Always enjoy the great service.

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  21. SosoBoo

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paramount ingredients makes great food when coupled with a knowledgeable chef, it fusses homogenously at Cup. Salud

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  22. EllenTH

    Tucson

    175 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved he fish tacos! Great service. Very nice place prior to going to The Century Room.

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  23. James

    Vancouver

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a special place in downtown Tucson. The atmosphere is vibrant and fun. Happy hour cocktails well mixed and reasonably priced. Service was really fabulous. Only slight concern. Was that the burger ordered medium was very definitely well done.

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  24. jpAZNH

    Tucson

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impressed by the all of the dinner entree choices. It was hard to choose, so we'll be back soon to try more. In particular, outstanding presentation of short rib osso bucco style--I, for one had never had it that way. My wife was very pleased by her flank steak. Service was attentive and personable.

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  25. Bobbiegirl

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Marijuana and cigarette smoke from the outdoor tables on the band side drifting over to dining where we were seated made it unpleasant from time to time. We reserved indoor seating at a set time but were told there would be a 15 to 30 minute wait. Since we had to drive two hours to get home we opted for immediate seating outdoors as it was getting late after a long day in Tucson.

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  26. DL1968

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were sat on time per our reservation and our server was very nice but the overall service was slow. It took forever for our food to come out and the quality was not very good. We both had a pasta dish and the flavor was bland. This is the second time in a row this has occurred with the food and length of time to get served.

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  27. LeslieF

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been frequenting The Cup for years and have never been disappointed.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute restaurant with delicious food and attentive servers.

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  29. HollyT

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love cup cafe for date night! Amazing food and great service, always!

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  30. LindaF

    Tucson

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    love the fish tacos with all the trimmmings! great restaurant!

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  31. MelindaL

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food and service. Epic location. Excellent specialty cocktails.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy bringing my snow-country friends to The Cup to enjoy an outdoor dinner in Jan/Feb, except I should’ve factored in the live music – which was great – but a little hard to connect in conversation. Next time I’ll be sure to ask.

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  33. LindaL

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love The Cup but you might consider booking background music bands, lower volume music before 7 or 8 pm

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  34. ClaireP

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed dinner on the patio on Sunday with a great band playing. The music was loud but good, and there were enough breaks to enjoy conversation with our friends!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always, always wonderful. Every dish we’ve ever had has been a great example of what it should be! We love the casual atmosphere along with the first-class tastiness!

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  36. T1517

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner with friends at the Cup Cafe. The food was delicious and each of us had a different dish. The service was great, warm and engaging, Eddie was fabulous. Great food, great vibe and a great experience. Thank you to everyone on the Cup Cafe team

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  37. WillT

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a wonderful evening meal at the Cup Cafe. Our waiter Sam was very busy but was very courteous and always had a smile on his face.

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  38. FreddyG

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience. Food is delicious and the service amazing!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Jeff took care of us nicely. 2 of us had the stuffed chicken breast entrees, which were delicious. One of the others had the duck stew--good flavor, could have used a little more duck, though. The final diner in our party had fish & chips. The appetizer bread from Barrio Bread came with yummy herbed butter or olive oil & balsamic vinegar & a chimichurri sauce for dipping.Well-mixed drinks & local craft beers completed a satisfying meal. The only down side was that as the restaurant got busier, the sound level went way up, making conversation at the table a little difficult.

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  40. DavidA

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an out of town guest with us. We all loved the service, the food, and the ambience!

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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
    • Contactless payment available

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 1995 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 35 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Congress St. & 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
    Parking across the street at Maynards Kitchen and Bottle Shop is $6 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 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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