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The Cup Cafe

4.7
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1013 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Cup Cafe is an established downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, creative and eclectic fare, alive with flavor. A full-service, historic modern bistro, The Cup Cafe appeals to locals and visitors alike.

Enjoy the variety of The Cup’s three menus and the fresh, delectable and ever-changing daily features. Selections include build-your-own omelets, unique salads, great appetizers, full-coursed entrees, creative and classic sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

The Cup also proudly features impeccable homemade desserts, baked in-house, as well as a comfortable outdoor patio, full-service bar, smart signature cocktails and intriguing wine selections.
Reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner are highly recommended due to limited indoor seating and high demand for patio seating. Thank you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1013 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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vipJenniferH
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful lunch we had at The Cup!. Outdoor seating felt very safe. The baked eggs were DIVINE! The service was beyond compare and we loved the jazz duo. Thanks Cup for rocking it!!! So glad you are back!

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cup is my favorite downtown restaurant. Food and staff never disappoint. Order your drinks from Alex.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive, friendly service, and outstanding food for every palate.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great! Love the extended patio seating. And some of the best service ever!!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review! We are delighted that you love the food, ambience and service here at the Cup Cafe! We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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Ocotillo
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely to sit outside socially distanced now that mornings are cool again in Tucson. Staff all wore masks. Food — ordered an omelet with potatoes and toast — and coffee were excellent. Felt so wonderful to eat at a local restaurant without risking my health.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 8 hours ago

Thank you for your review, Ocotillo! We are delighted that you felt safe with all of our precautions and happy that you enjoyed the food. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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PatriciaV
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The one and only complaint three out of four of us had was that each of our beverages from the bar tasted as though they had forgotten to add the alcohol...that included two overpriced bloody mary's and one vodka martini...I for one could not even finish one drink as it was pretty tasteless even though I had ordered extra spicy!

Other than that everything was excellent, service impeccable and a lovely atmosphere.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review, PatriciaV! We are so glad you loved the service and atmosphere. We appreciate the feedback on your drinks, so sorry we missed the mark during your visit. Please ask for Jon, the GM, if you have another disappointing round of drinks next time. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipaznomad7
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and the outdoor patio was charming for brunch, ESPECIALLY during COVID. They did a great job using the space for safety but without compromising a pleasant ambiance and relaxed environment

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for your review, aznomad7! We put a lot of thought into creating a safe and comfortable space, so we are overjoyed that you enjoyed the environment. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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JodieW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails to deliver!
Excellent food, great staff, cozy and charming location. It's a must go to!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for your review, JodieW. We are delighted that you enjoyed the food, staff and ambience. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipSchultz
Tucson
65 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a lovely morning to brunch outside. Our server was very friendly. Food was great..

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for your review, Schultz! The weather sure has been beautiful to enjoy our outdoor space for brunch. We are happy that you enjoyed the food and service, we look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Ellie
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic! Finally open again! Beautiful setting, great food and service. Not to be missed in Tuscon!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you for your review, Ellie! We are so excited to be open again and we are delighted that you enjoyed the setting, food and service. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was ok. Food was amazing and the venue was perfect ! Live music Saturday night was perfect. Outdoor seating was awesome. Will return again

The Cup Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review! We are so delighted you enjoyed the food and atmosphere! Hopefully we can take your service experience from ok to great on your next visit. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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TeresaT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to sit on the patio, listen to music and enjoy a delicious dinner. Tables were socially distanced and masks were worn when walking around . Looking forward to returning soon.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review, TeresaT! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the ambience, and were able to appreciate the precautions we are taking to keep our community and staff safe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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PhilS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice live music, and wonderful environment.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 17, 2020

Thank you for your review, PhilS! We are delighted that you enjoyed the food, music and environment at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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SamO
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, good food. Good location. Recommended

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, SamO! We are delighted that you love the service, food and location of our restaurant. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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SmartDiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always bring my out-of-town guests to the Cup Cafe for brunch or lunch. Great food in a wonderful historic hotel.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, SmartDiner! We are so pleased that you enjoy our food and thank you for bringing out-of-town guests to the Cup Cafe! We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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RobertM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was well prepared and service was excellent. We were there on a Sunday noon. The unfortunate part was the live music, while good, was a little strong. It didn't help that we were seated in front of the musician and a couple of trains passed by.
Atmosphere, otherwise, is very nice.
Definitely a nice option for a meal on the weekends.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, RobertM! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the food and service, please accept our apologies for the music being too loud. We appreciate the feedback and will adjust the volume levels in the future. Thanks again, and we hope to take care of you again soon!

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vipBiztravelfoodie
Seattle
109 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

So happy downtown restaurants are beginning to reopen. With large outdoor space and live music, Cup Cafe was a must stop for Restaurant week. Nice evening. Influence of Maynards chef resulted in some menu items magically making the cross street transfer to the Cup. Hopefully Maynards also opens soon. Service pacing was good, vegetarian sopes spicy and somewhat unique entree. Roasted pork loin was very flavorful and well prepared...not overdone or dry. Perfect Martini was just that...perfect.
Adding Live Jazz Friday, BBQ and blues night on Sunday means we will be back at least 2 more times! Really trying to support local restaurants and music scene.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, Biztravelfoodie! We are pleased that you enjoyed your food, service and ambience as we reopened our patio space and, as you noted, added some Maynards flavor to the menu. We look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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BaileyM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing birthday dinner there with my friend. Our server was super awesome and everything came out in a timely manner

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, BaileyM! We are so happy that you enjoyed your birthday dinner and the service you received. We look forward to taking care of you again soon, hopefully before your next birthday!

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GabrielaT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I asked for a table outside and at the time I got there, they told me that any of the outside tables were available

The Cup Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review, GabrielaT! We are glad you were able to enjoy our outside tables and ambience. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipJenniferH
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back to The Cup! We all felt really safe, food was awesome!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, JenniferH! We are so happy to be back and we love that you felt safe and enjoyed the food! We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the music lovely, the atmosphere safe, and the service was outstanding. I had only been there pre pandemic for brunch. This was for Friday night dinner and Jazz. Highly recommend, but not too highly because I want to be able to get a table in the future. :)

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the food, service, music and you felt comfortable with our outdoor atmosphere. We look forward to taking care of you again soon. And don't fret, you can always make a reservation to dine with us morning or night, usually 24 hour notice is enough to assure your spot. Thanks again!

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St8wrkr
Tucson
37 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good, but not memorable. We expect Sonoran Restaurant Week prix fixe menus to showcase special items that you will want to return for. Not so for our dinner at The Cup. The main course (pork loin) lacked spices, pizaz, presentation, etc. Not to mention that our server (Max) stopped at our table (twice) to apologize for the slowness of the kitchen to produce the main course. We dined outside. Spacing between tables was good, but the flys were relentless (8-12 at a time).
On the bright side, seating (at 5:00pm) was quick, and cocktails were of high quality. I highly recommend the Maynards Manhattan. First and second course were tasteful. The crab cake was delicious. Max did a great job attending to us.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio socially distance set up was yet. Atmosphere was great. Food was wonderful as always. Safe choice for Covid dining.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, LisaS! We are very pleased to hear you felt comfortable in our outdoor setup and that you enjoyed the food! We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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BDivine
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, Love, Love The Cup Cafe!

Outside dining mid-morning is as good as it gets. Shaded patio with well spaced Covid awareness. The ambiance is peaceful, inviting, soothing. There is some street noise such as nearby railroad tracks and city streets. But on a 1 - 10 scale the issue is a 1. A non-issue.

Of course the main reason we love The Cup is the food. My huevos rancheos came with potatoes on the side that almost became the star. The rancheros however had two eggs done perfectly and the salsa was not hot but delicious. My wife had the Avacado Toast which she loves from prior dining here. She was nice enough to share one bite with me and the savory taste complete with a hint of lime was great.

This local cafe is in the heart of downtown Tucson. Parking is easy as across the street to the east is dedicated lot for Cup Cafe patrons.

The Manager, Todd, took a minute to chat with us as we dined. Class. We learned from him a little of his passion for being in business during the pandemic. He takes it serious to keep his staff and his customers safe.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you so, so much for a wonderfully glowing review, BDivine! We are delighted to hear you felt comfortable with out outdoor setup, loved our food and were touched by our proprietor's passion! We put a lot of heart and thought into our reopen, and it's responses like yours that give us fuel to continue striving to be the top hospitality destination in Tucson. We look forward to seeing you again soon and taking care of you many times in the future.

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vipRickW
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, RickW! We are so happy to hear you loved the service and food at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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DannyG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place always hits the spot! The cast iron baked eggs are hands down my favorite breakfast in all of Tucson.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, DannyG! The baked eggs are definitely one of our most popular breakfasts, so happy to hear they hit the spot! We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, excellent food and service. Very attuned to safely being open.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, JamesM! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the ambience, food and service. We put a lot of thought into reopening safely, glad to hear you felt comfortable. We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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JosieG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time here and was just as good as the other two times. The food is of high quality and fresh. Professional staff and nice atmosphere.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, JosieG! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the food, staff and atmosphere. We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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rebbi
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were waiting for the Cup Cafe to re-open and it did not disappoint us!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, rebbi! We are so excited to be open again and we are so happy you were not disappointed! We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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MarilynnM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good precautions being taken not many people there social distancing occurring

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you for your review, MarilynnM! We are pleased to hear you felt comfortable with our social distancing precautions. We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
320 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to restaurant for our family and whenever visitors come. The food is predictably good, and the service is always friendly and attentive. I particularly love the hash for breakfast and ribs for dinner; my husband always orders the crab cakes which are very good. On this visit, the flank steak was fairly bland despite the chimichurri, but the accompanying potatoes and calabacitas were unbelievably delicious - I had to hurry and eat them while my husband kept stealing them off my plate!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We love that you enjoyed the food and service, thanks for making us your go-to restaurant! We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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TimothyO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad the Cup Cafe is back open! Wonderful food and service!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, TimothyO! We appreciate you joining us since our reopen and we look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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BrianP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been to the cup Cafe over 385 timesin 22 years period never have we been disappointed and this breakfast was as awesome as all the others. Braveheart and the Congressional omelette. great potatoes in the cowboy coffee is still the best in town.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 16, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, BrianP! We appreciate you joining us since our reopen and we look forward to taking care of you again for another 385 times!

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alittlebrit
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. This place is a gem. They had spaced out the al fresco tables under the trees, and the smoked salmon quiche was amazing.

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Charley
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here dozens of times over the years, although not in the past couple. It was as great as ever. I had the 'braveheart'; easily the best breakfast on the menu.
We will go back when we are in town.

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RubiR
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. The food was great and mimosas were even better! The only downside is having to sit outside with this heat but with the current situation I understand. Overall I will definitely be back and recommend to my friends

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MarcellaN
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We are regulars for breakfast. Best in town in my opinion

The Cup Cafe
Responded on June 29, 2020

Hello MarcellaN. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us. We appreciate having you join us for breakfast on a regular basis. Hopefully we will see you in again soon.

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johnB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful breezy Sunday morning. No need for the loud fans blowing.

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RebeccaC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Such a great treat to have some place to go during these trying times for good food, good music, and good atmosphere. Seriously grateful The Cup is committed to staying open and serving the Tucson community in the best way possible. Thank you!!!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on June 28, 2020

Hello RebeccaC. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience with us and for giving us a five star rating. We are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable time while dining on our patio. We appreciate our guests feedback and we look forward to seeing in again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
320 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We eat here regularly because the food is dependably good, and good value, and the servers are always friendly. We particularly like the burgers (medium rare as requested), antipasto platter (wonderful roasted garlic), crab cakes (large, crusty, and tasty). All of the breakfasts we've had have been terrific, too, especially the hash and the bennies.

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 1013 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.