The Cup Cafe

4.8
1040 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 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!

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Special menus

  • 3-course Thanksgiving Menu

    Nov 26, 2020 only
    Enjoy our 3-course Thanksgiving Menu at the Cup Cafe! First course includes choice of: roasted butternut bisque or an autumn chopped salad. Second course is choice of turkey breast, short ribs, salmon or squash and tofu; all are served with roasted whipped potatoes and pan gravy, collard greens, brioche stuffing, sweet potato brulee, green beans and cranberry sauce upon request. Third course is your choice of pumpkin pie or apple-berry crumble.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 1040 people are saying
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miriam
Portland
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone was great!!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded a day ago

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

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ChelseaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything The Cup Cafe has done to be accommodating in these uncertain times. I was so happy to get to have my favorite dish (baked eggs) again! I felt safe dining on their patio, which they have taken care to have tables far enough apart from each other, and the host stand is outside as well so you don't have to go inside if you are uncomfortable.

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MissyC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable afternoon as a group of friends from all over the world.

The Cup Cafe
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for your review, MissyC! We are delighted that you and your visiting friends enjoyed the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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LorraineD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have very much enjoyed our visits to the Cup Cafe. Lunch and dinner in the courtyard was lovely. Beautiful location, excellent service, nice menu, and delicious food.

The Cup has done a wonderful job of coping with the COVID19 restrictions. Tables were well spaced, all wait staff wore masks. The environment felt safe and comfortable.

We always recommend the Cup Cafe to family and friends.

The Cup Cafe
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review, LorraineD! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, service and ambience at the Cup Cafe. We have put much thought and effort into providing a safe and sustainable experience for our guests, thank you for letting us know we hit the mark! We look forward to taking care of you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful! Awesome experience. Great anniversary lunch!

The Cup Cafe
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your anniversary lunch at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you soon!

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MarisolK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor seating. Music on Saturdays is very nice. Food always great.

The Cup Cafe
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review, MarisolK! We are so happy that you enjoyed our outdoor plaza, yummy food and live weekend music at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipRette
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great outdoor space & food was really great!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

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

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DonnaC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Cup is always great. The music was a nice addition.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review, DonnaC! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the live music on our plaza. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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David520
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new GreatGrandson came into town to meet us in person (almost 4 months old now). The patio at the Cup is our “goto” place for special times in our lives. This was yet another.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review, David520! We are honored that the Cup Cafe is your 'goto' place. We look forward to taking care of you again soon for your next special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hotel Congress is always fun. The Cup has interesting and delicious food, and cheerful and professional staff.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 13, 2020

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

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MarkK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great staff, service and ambiance.
A Tucson classic that everybody should experience.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thank you for your review, MarkK! We are pleased you enjoyed the staff, service and ambience at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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PhilS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A real Tucson treasure - great food; nice people; great vibe...

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 13, 2020

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

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TammyL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were both great! It was nice to get out and sit on the patio for a relaxing breakfast.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thank you for your review, TammyL! We are delighted that you enjoyed the service and food with us on our beautiful patio. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible staff, excellent food. Can’t wait to go back next time we are in Tucson!!

The Cup Cafe
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the food and service with us. We look forward to taking care of you again the next time you are in town!

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KarenC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Courtyard dining...distanced...at its best. Enjoyed it so much we went back the next day. 4 of us agreed the smoked brisket sandwich with dipping sauce was the best sandwich we'd ever had.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thank you for your review, KarenC! We are so happy that you loved the smoked brisket, we smoke it here onsite and it is one of our favorite dishes. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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CarlD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, a little expensive drinks.
Nice outdoor seating. Waitress was really nice.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2020

Thank you for your review, CarlD! We are delighted that you enjoyed the service and ambience. We appreciate the feedback on our drink pricing and will take that into consideration moving forward. Looking forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Jeanne
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I love Cup Cafe but our server neglected us a bit on this most recent visit. We asked for a moment to look at the drink menu and he didn't return to take drink orders until a good while later, despite repeated attempts to signal him. At one point he came over to refill our water glasses and got distracted by the fact that our tables were wobbly. I appreciated that he took the time to solve that problem, but our water glasses didn't get refilled again until much later.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for your review, Jeanne! I am very sorry to hear that we missed the service mark during your visit. It can be very frustrating waiting for your drink order and water refill, I will address these issues with the team and take your feedback as a crucial learning opportunity. We look forward to taking care of you again soon and we will do our best to provide the high level of service you are accustomed to at the Cup Cafe

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LunchDiner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food, service, ambience was great. Until the end of our meal when we smelled the cigarette smoke. Ugh. Left a bad taste in our mouths. Since when do restaurants allow smoking???

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 8, 2020

Thank you for your review, LunchDiner. I apologize that the outdoor smoke understandably left a bad taste in your mouth. Our Taproom Patio is a smoking area for hotel guests but we usually ask everyone to be mindful of guests sitting in our adjacent restaurant patio. Your feedback is an important reminder that we need to do a better job ensuring our diners are not exposed to smoke and we will reevaluate our smoking area designation. We hope you enjoy our food and service again soon!

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julieE
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with friendly and attentive staff. Outdoor seating area has plenty of space between tables to minimize the risk of coming into contact with the virus. Loved the ability to scan a QR code at the table in order to view the menus on my phone, rather than handling a paper menu.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for your review, julieE! We are very pleased to hear you felt safe and appreciated the contactless options we have in place, and that you enjoyed the food and service here. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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JonathanL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!! Food was way better then I thought!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 2, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were seated outside at the end of the patio and there was a foul odor that would come and go throughout our dinner.
The food was much smaller in portion and more expensive.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 1, 2020

Thank you for your review. I am very sorry that your experience with us did not meet the high standards we hold for ourselves at the Cup Cafe. I have sent you a message with my email so we can discuss the details of your visit and address the smell and portion sizes. I hope to use this feedback to improve our restaurant and make your next visit more positive. Thank you - Jon Powers, Cup Cafe GM

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JillC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was EXCELLENT! Food was well prepared and delicious, outdoor seating had a great ambiance. It was a great meal and experience.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 2, 2020

Thank you for your review, JillC! We are delighted to hear that you found the food to be excellent and you enjoyed our ambience. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipRickW
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambience! Thats why The Cup is one of our favorites!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for your review, RickW! We are so delighted to be one of you favorites, and happy to hear that you loved the food, service and ambience with us. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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Kimberly
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always an amazing meal at the Cup Cafe. Thank you for giving us a sense of normalcy during this uncertain time. We really enjoyed ourselves and the delicious food. A big thank you to the staff for an incredible experience.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for your review, Kimberly! We are so happy to hear that you felt a sense of 'normal' in these times and that you enjoyed the food and service at the Cup Cafe. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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emsig
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an excellent brunch spot. The patio is lovely, the service was great, and the food and cocktails were delectable. Will absolutely return.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on November 2, 2020

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

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David520
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even Covid Dining was a pleasant experience. Our annual tradition is to eat on the patio before the All Souls Procession. This year, with things not even close to normal, our Cup Cafe experience came prior to our Ghost Tour at the Fox Theatre. Food was great, service outstanding.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 31, 2020

Thank you for your review, David520! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the food and service at the Cup Cafe. We hope to take care of you again soon!

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vipJenniferH
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
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!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 30, 2020

Thank you for your review, JenniferH! We are delighted that you loved the baked eggs, service and ambience. So glad to hear you felt safe dining with us. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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vipbatso57
Tucson
118 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone one was practicing social distancing. The area was clean and safe. The food, like always was great. The staff was fantastic and cared about our safety during this lock down. Thank you, again.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 30, 2020

Thank you for your review, batso57! We are so happy that you felt safe and enjoyed your food and service with us. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 30, 2020

Thank you for your review, JessicaB! Alex is one of our best ambassadors, we are delighted that you enjoyed his service and the food. Thank you for helping us remain the heartbeat of downtown dining, we look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 30, 2020

Thank you for your review, DavidM! We take a lot of pride in our hospitality and service, we are so pleased you enjoyed it along with our food. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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

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

The Cup Cafe
Responded on October 25, 2020

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 on October 24, 2020
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 on October 26, 2020

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 on October 23, 2020

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
3 reviews
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
24 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 on October 23, 2020

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 on October 23, 2020

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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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 1040 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.