The Cup Cafe

4.8
1088 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Cup Cafe is an established downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, creative and eclectic fare, alive with flavor. A full-service, historic modern bistro, The Cup Cafe appeals to locals and visitors alike.

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

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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1088 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great waitress, amazing food!!

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Akiko
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great socially distanced spot for live music and good food!

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missyh
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal outside on the patio. Great menu with something for everyone!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review, missyh! We are so happy that you enjoyed our lovely patio and our delicious menu. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Piper
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food with the greatest staff. 20/10 would recommend :)

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review, Piper! We are delighted that you enjoyed the food and staff at the Cup Cafe, what a great recommendation. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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MaybeImPicky
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Our waiter forgot to bring our drinks, so after 20 minutes, we asked again. "They are being made right now!," he said. We ordered a diet soda and an iced tea.

The food must've sat under a heat lamp forever. We got our soups first, then it took another 20 minutes to bring the food.

Finally, when we asked for our checks (plural), he brought us one and it took him another 15 minutes to separate them so we could pay.

The food was fine. The service was awful!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review, MaybeImPicky. We are so sorry to hear that we missed the mark when it comes to service during your visit. Our GM has sent you a private message in hopes of getting more information about your experience. We would love to use your feedback as a coaching tool, and we hope to regain your trust with better service on your next visit. Thank you!

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MikeV
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Great food. Good-sized portions. Unique recipes for many of their items

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, MikeV! Wow, it looks like we checked many of the boxes for you, so happy to hear you enjoyed the food, service, portions and recipes at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Swinginamiss54
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I've only been to the Hotel Congress on a Sunday for the Blues venue. Last Sunday was the first time I had eaten a meal from the Cup Cafe, it was very good and our waiter was a total "Gem".

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you for your review, Swinginamiss54! We are delighted that you came to the Cup after enjoying Blues and BBQ, and happy to hear that you enjoyed the service. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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sandras
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable lunch! The fish and chops is excellent!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you for your review, sandras! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch; we use Crooked Tooth in the batter for our fish and chips, so it's tasty while supporting local. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, ambiance and service!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food, ambiance and service with us. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipbatso57
Tucson
118 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cup Cafe has done a great job keeping us safe during the pandemic, everybody was masked and kept their distance. The service and food was fantastic, as always. We have been coming here for over 30 years, this is our favorite place in town. A Big Thank You to the staff at Club Congress and the Cup Cafe.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 9, 2021

Thank you for your review, batso57! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the food and service with us. Especially since we put much thought and effort into operating safely, it is wonderful to hear that felt comfortable in our space. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Maria
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed eating at the cup cafe. Service was attentive yet not overwhelming, and they have plenty of heating lamps which is a huge plus.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you for your review, Maria! We are so happy that you enjoyed the service and heated patio at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite place to eat in Tucson.

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vipFoodieCutie23
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Love the historical building.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, FoodieCutie23! We are happy to hear you love the historic building here at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Maxima
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! My favorite brunch place in Tucson.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2021

Thank you for your review, Maxima! With all the great places in Tucson, we are honored to be your favorite brunch spot. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 9, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipBdowgiallo
Chicago
124 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to be able to celebrate NYE at a special location. We sat outside and despite a chill in the air, with the propane heaters on, we were very comfortable. The fixed price menu for this evening had many options and the dessert was the best! Both of our entrees (halibut and fillet) were excellent.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 3, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, Bdowgiallo! We are so happy that you enjoyed spending New Year's Eve with us and that you felt comfortable on our patio. With the challenges of this year, we have been placing a special emphasis on quality over quantity for special events, so it is great to hear that you loved the food. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipRachel
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing breakfast food and customer service! I come here whenever I am just Tucson.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

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

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JeffB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't say enough about how great the food and atmosphere are at The Cup. Great food in a very comfortable outdoor, open-air setting. Highly recommend!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, JeffB! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the food and ambience at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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ChelseaB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the only places I feel comfortable dining at right now.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, ChelseaB! We put a lot of thought and effort into providing a safe and comfortable dining space for the community, we are delighted that we hit the mark in your opinion. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas dinner! Service was quick and attentive. Food was amazing! Truly! I had the short ribs and polenta on the Christmas menu and loved it!! It’s not a “fancy” environment.. but as Cup Cafe name indicates, there is a artsy “coffee shop” vibe.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Tucson!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Wow, thanks so much for your review! We take much pride in being local, sustainable, delicious and consistent; if that makes us one of the best, then we are hitting our goals. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner… Very nice patio

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review! We appreciate you supporting local and joining us on Christmas Eve. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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SteveK
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seating was good and we were seated promptly on arrival. Tables were separated for social distancing. The food was tasty and served well. Dessert was very good. Except for some loud mouths at the neighboring table, the ambience was good. Don't understand why people fell it's necessary to shout at each other when seated in a group.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, SteveK! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, service and ambience at the Cup Cafe (despite your rowdy neighbors, so sorry about that). We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is great but dinner options are too limited. Alex, our waiter, is awesome, always.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed Alex's service, and we are in the process of building recipes to enhance our dinner options. Thanks for the feedback and we look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Wisconsinite
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor on Christmas eve was our first time here. Felt very safe with Covid protical. Service was swift, drinks were good, lamb and short ribs were excelent. Deserts were average. Heater at each table made for a warm evening. Quiet patio setting was almost romantic.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, Wisconsinite! We are so happy that you enjoyed the food, service and ambience at the Cup Cafe, thank you for joining us on Christmas Eve. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipDeborahS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice Christmas Eve dinner. Would recommend for outside dining.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, DeborahS! We are honored that you chose to spend Christmas Eve with us and so pleased that you enjoyed your dinner. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food...second to none. Service is WAY above what is expected and the atmosphere is amazing. Prices are on the high side, but you get so much in return.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, MarkD! We are delighted that you enjoyed the food and service at the Cup Cafe. Joe Young has been with us for over a decade, it's wonderful to hear that his hospitality improved your visit. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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DonnaB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Host brought a heater immediately for my 90 year old mother. Service was good but the food was great. We have eaten at Cup Cafe 7-8 times and we are so glad that the outdoor patio is available and feels secure and distances are much more than 6 feet from other diners. Thank you for keeping Tucson fed during this time

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, DonnaB! We are pleased that you enjoyed the food, service and safe ambience that we aim to provide at the Cup Cafe. Thank you for supporting local, and we look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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IselaB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, excellent patio!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 2, 2021

Thank you for your review, IselaB! We are happy that you enjoyed the food and our beautiful patio at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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PoachedEgg
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance, and fantastic service. We felt very safe with outdoor tables spaciously laid out and snuggly warm with our own space heater.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 24, 2020

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

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DavidM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are always exceptional at the Cup. I've never been disappointed.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 18, 2020

Thank you for your review, DavidM! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and service at the Cup Cafe, thanks for praising our consistency. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Judytoxic
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was served water immediately. I received refills at convenient times. My drinks were delicious. I had the FLEUR DE CONGRESS and the TIGER COLLINS. This was my first visit so I requested what was recommended. I did not eat food but I did have dessert. I went with my servers favorite, the cookies and cream cheese cake. It was amazing! So amazing that I ate it all. There was a live performance from Casey Ryan. The seating was outdoor and heaters were available.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 18, 2020

Thank you for your detailed review, Judytoxic! We are delighted that you enjoyed the drinks, service, dessert and ambience at the Cup Cafe! Especially in these challenging times, we greatly appreciate you supporting a local restaurant. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipTravelingDuo
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor dining experience. The live music was superb. We thoroughly enjoyed the Parmesan crusted mussels and the mouthwatering barbecue ribs. The coconut cream pie also was delicious. Great service throughout. Overall, we had a marvelous time and great meal. We will return soon!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 17, 2020

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

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CarlD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. 3rd time we have been there I a month.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 13, 2020

Thank you for your review, CarlD! We are delighted that you enjoy it here so much to keep coming back, thank you for supporting local. We hope to take care of you again soon!

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Marka
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!
The atmosphere in the Hotel Congress always makes for a great evening out. Service is attentive yet laid back and the menu will make everyone happy. Can you say breakfast served all day?
My suggestion is to get there early to enjoy a Manhattan (made by Eddie) and then order the Maynards Mussels w fries.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 13, 2020

Thank you for your review, Marka! We are so happy that you enjoyed the food, service and ambience at the Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress. Great suggestions with the Manhattan and Maynards mussels with fries! We hope to take care of you again soon.

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ChristopherB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere were excellent as usual. Service was slightly lacking but still decent overall!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 17, 2020

Thank you for your review, ChristopherB! We are very happy you enjoyed the food and atmosphere, and we are so sorry that that service you experienced missed the high mark we set for ourselves. We hope to wow you on your next visit!

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and desert was amazing. We always have a good time . When eating there.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 6, 2020

Thank you for your review, Alyssa! We are delighted that you loved the food and dessert we have to offer at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipMarkB
Tucson
47 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another good brunch spot in Tucson. Good variety of brunch food options.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 30, 2020

Thank you for your review, MarkB! We are happy to be your go to brunch spot and are glad to hear you like the selection of our food options. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner and cocktails. I had the flank steak. We also had a steak salad, huevos rancheros, mussels, and I can’t remember what else. But all was very good. Great service and delicious drinks. A lot of space between tables.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on December 5, 2020

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

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food and atmosphere was relaxing but service was slow. It took us over an hour to veto it food with reservations.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 30, 2020

Thank you for your review and feedback, StephanieB. I am so sorry to hear that we missed the mark with slow service on your visit. If you have a moment, please drop me a line with details of your experience and I will use this as a coaching tool to improve our operations. We hope to make it up to you on your next visit. Thank you, Jon Powers Cup Cafe GM

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FAQs

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

The Cup Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 1088 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.