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The Cup Cafe, Tucson, AZ

The Cup Cafe

4.7
4.7
2034 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

10:00 PM


Booked 19 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

  • Mother's Day at Cup Café

    $45.00 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    Delight in our Mother's Day Decadence! 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 for mom's special day! Check out our pictures to see our menu options! Or call 520-798-1618 for more details! 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! ***We charge a $10/person fee for reservations cancelled within 72 hours of the reservation. A credit card must be submitted at time of booking. Thank you!***

What 2,034 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Healthy

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Neighborhood gem

  • Tucson

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tucson

    Lively

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Healthy

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Neighborhood gem

  • Tucson

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tucson

    Lively

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

2,034 Reviews
  1. ScotB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Cup never fails to please. There is a wide variety of dishes on the menu and they are all deliciously prepared. We especially like outside under the trees in the early evening.

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  2. Jake

    Phoenix

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First but definitely not our last. Grey food and fun outdoor dining. Great meal and evening.

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  3. DickC

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love ding here. This time the Dillinger stew and BBQ Ribs, Stew was great, ribs just OK. Great Old fashioned and service with Emory

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  4. PamelaN

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attending a concert after dinner, so it was convenient. I do not eat at the Cup Cafe often, but the service was great and food quality was over-the-top!

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  5. Marriedfolks

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite place. It's the 'date night' location of choice for us!

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  6. AnneR

    Tucson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We generally had a good experience. The patio looked beautiful, but it was a bit chilly and windy so we chose to eat indoors. Service was great and they accommodated a table move. My food and wine were great. My husband felt like his chicken was a little overdone, but overall good. We would definitely return and hopefully it will be patio weather.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from start to finish was excellent. Server was Jo - she stayed on top of every detail. The food was cravable and beautiful. Desserts were so good

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! We had a great food and good time. We’ll be back.

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  9. KathleenH

    Indiana

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Easter brunch menu horrible- no breakfast items offered for 9:30 am reservation while platters of bacon, bread pudding, and other good looking breakfast items taken to another room, presumably for hotel guests. Refused all requests for anything breakfast that we saw and smelled; forced to eat Brie soup, fish and other limited items at fixed price. Could not accommodate food allergy which limited even more their limited menu. No other options around. Service excellent and would try again when good menu options available; never for a holiday again.

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  10. Linda

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great meals! Duck stew, bbq ribs and flank steak salad. Dessert outstanding! We really enjoyed ourselves.

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  11. Snowbird

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was excellent. The food was excellent. It just needs better acoustics if that’s at all possible.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined outside at the patio. It has a wonderful feel, even when there’s no live music. The food is consistently great, which is why it’s one of our local favorites. 

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  13. Wanda

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place inside the iconic downtown Tuscon historic Congress Hotel. We were greeted promptly, and service/food were great. The cocktails were unique and tasty. Parking was in a garage conveniently located near the restaurant for a nominal fee. Downtown Tuscon is crazy busy this time of year (Spring) so reservations are recommended.

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  14. eggypann

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Always a good experience at The Cup!

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  15. Willy

    Vancouver

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined inside as was pretty windy. Somewhat noisy but conversation possible. Food was close to good. Chicken/gnocchi was delicious but slightly overcooked. Short rib Osso buco was delicious but whole plate smothered in tasteless gravy, including the beets. Interestingly, our server was doubling as bar tender. He did a good job of keeping touch with us. Noticibly there multiple wait staff wandering back and forth doing nothing. Overall, worth a try. Pretty good food, reasonable pricing, variable service.

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  16. HeidiG

    Tucson

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about it, plan to return, and will highly recommend.

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  17. emkirk

    St. Louis

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute patio with nice service. Flour tortillas - not the greatest. Great clam chowder.

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  18. Bdowgiallo

    Chicago

    188 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and Cup Cafe did not disappoint. We had the night’s special, corned beef and cabbage along with Guiness beers. The Bailey’s cupcake was out but we had the peanut butter cheese which was out of this world! Nice to eat outside and hear the live entertainment from the stage!

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  19. AmyO

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful music and delicious food. Cup Cafe never disappoints

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  20. LyndaG

    Minneapolis

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Even though we had a reservation, they had to make sure our server was ready (!) - then tried to give us a table right by the door…but they then gave us our choice of table. The food was great! Salmon fresh and tasty. Service was not very attentive, but perhaps they have a shortage of servers. We love eating on their patio for brunch!

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  21. TomAs

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Cup and things are almost always excellent. Tonight, the salmon was definitely overcooked, dry and crispy on the edges. We would have asked for another piece that was not overcooked, but our server never really checked in with us after the food got there (the server team was understaffed I believe, and working hard, walking fast). We opted to sit on the patio and had the table for two at the near end, closest to the doors. This table was great in that a couple of our friends spotted us and came by to say hello, but because there was an aisle to the back tables right next to us lots of people walked right by our table, nearly bumping or brushing my elbow while I was eating. That got old quickly.

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  22. HollyF

    Tucson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered the pasta pesto. Main dish good, garlic bread burned beyond edibility. Ordered the heartbreaker starter to share among five people. Not enough baguette for the amount of artichoke hearts, butter, goat cheese, roasted garlic etc to put on it. Wanted to order more bread, could not get waiter's attention, should have stood on table and yelled I guess. Husband ordered flank steak. Way too burned on surface, was part charcoal. No bussing of table to remove appetizer plates before main dishes arrived so had to scramble to make room. Love the Cup anyway.

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  23. DeeVee

    Cleveland

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Cup is always on on our list of favorite places to show off Tucson to guests, especially the foodie friends. The cocktail list is notable, creative. It was hard to choose among the offerings. The gin&tonic with saffron syrup was a standout! The pumpkin soup was a bit spicy for some tastes. Entrees -- smoky ribs and an osso buco -- stopped conversation at our table. Succulent, done to perfection. We continued our tradition of sharing slices of coconut cream pie, although any of the desserts would have satisfied the sweet tooth. We are proud to show off The Cup Cafe!

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  24. ChrisT

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for happy hour with friends. Loved everything about it. Great service, nice table, good vegan options, and the happy hour specials were excellent. Really like that any cocktail or other beverage of your choice is 2.00 off from 4-6. Can’t wait to return!

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  25. Steven

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Apparently, the Cup’s kitchen is too small to accommodate large parties simultaneously. We ordered an appetizer which took 25 minutes to arrive. Since the Cup Cafe has been a staple in the area for years in being a part of the famed Hotel Congress, having the short-sightedness of a limited amount of room to maneuver in the kitchen is a true cardinal sin. There does seem to be room to reformat the kitchen via a construction renovation but if this doesn’t happen soon, customers will obviously be seeking a better experience elsewhere in the same neighborhood. This is not the fault of poor service in any way but rather a lack of intuition on the part of the cafe’s management. This does not bode well for our future return.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    First time at this restaurant. The menu is quite varied with several vegetarian options, which I appreciate it. Food was delicious but service was horrible. We had asked for plates because we were sharing and they never came, water, never refilled, nor could we get a second glass of wine.

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  27. Desertgirl

    Tucson

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is so uniquely “old Tucson”. The service is always great. They have one of the best dessert selections in town. We always opt for a patio table because it’s behind the hotel and most often there’s live music in the adjacent venue. That attributes to the noise level. Check out the different menu’s to see what you prefer. We love their breakfast/lunch menu! They have great coffee! We’ve eaten there at dinner also and enjoy the salads and pasta dishes.

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  28. ReginaW

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    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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  29. CoDe

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was courteous, food came out timely, patio was refreshing, food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Seating is comfortable server attended to us well without being too intrusive. All in all a wonderful experience.

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  30. MaryK

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    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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  31. BeatriceK

    Tucson

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to The Cup Cafe before a show at the Fox Theater. The food was very good as 3 of us had the fish and chips. The inside seating at the restaurant does get noisy and it's hard to carry on a conversation. This time I noticed on the check they are asking for an additional $2.00 for the cooks. Of course this is voluntary, but I found it to be unusual.

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  32. OVTom

    Phoenix

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    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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  33. MistyMay

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    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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  34. hwpbkr

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    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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  35. kentg

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    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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  36. mcmf

    Tucson

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

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

The Cup Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 2034 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 19 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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