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The Cup Cafe, Tucson, AZ

The Cup Cafe

4.7
4.7
2044 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Recently awarded "Top 100 Neighborhood Gems in America" by OpenTable!

Reservations are highly recommended for dinner due to limited indoor seating and high demand for patio seating. For breakfast and lunch we are first-come, first-serve, no reservations.

The Cup Cafe is a downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, inspired fare, alive with flavor. A full-service, historic modern bistro, The Cup Cafe appeals to locals and visitors alike.

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

The Cup also proudly features homemade desserts, baked in-house, as well as a comfortable and expansive outdoor patio, full-service bar, unique signature cocktails, and intriguing wine selections.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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

What 2,044 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tucson

    Lively

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tucson

    Lively

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

2,044 Reviews
  1. MarkyC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the ambiance were really cool and fun. My grandmother and mother really enjoyed the food and the experience!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to the Mother’s Day brunch experience for a table of 6. Sat inside and had a wonderful experience. Mimosas were delicious and the chocolate mouse cake was delightful

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  3. SirE

    Tucson

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of nine and received efficient service without a problem. As usual, food and drinks were awesome!

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  4. Lisa

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Cup Cafe twice and had the salmon farro both times because it was so excellent! My husband and I went last night and we found the staff to be attentive and polite. Jo (Joanne?) our waitress was particularly good. Many thanks to all for a lovely dining experience.

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  5. bhuffer

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we really enjoy the cup cafe and have been there many times. however, this time, we found the prices to be too high, especially the $4 for one scoop of ice cream and $4.50 for coffee.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Lovely outdoor space… loud DJ music adjacent this visit , so ambience was missing.

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  7. EdwardS

    Tucson

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious mesquite smoked ribs, tasty Penasco cocktail. Convenient to a concert across the street at Rialto Theater.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The meal and service were great. We were enjoying a wonderful evening until musicians for a concert later in the evening started an extended and extremely loud sound check. For about 30 mi, the noise level outdoors, just outside the cafe (not in the seating area for the concert), was so loud it was painful (I put in earplugs), and conversation became impossible. It was NOT PLEASANT, although the music at a lower volume would have been very nice.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not 1 but 2 Vegan deserts! The only omnivore's place in town that serves a range of food for Everyone. Those of you who can't digest dairy anymore, or ever, know the sadness of having one option in amenu and no desserts. Cup Cafe caters to us and provides several options and two desserts. It's a little bit of heaven. We go early, to keep the noise levels down (yeah, we're Oldsters).

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  10. Sierra

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined outside The Cup early on a week night. It was quiet when we arrived, but there was an event in the garden and it was fun to watch participants arrive. We split the Barrio bread and the calamari for appetizers. Both were good and just the bread would have been plenty. Our main courses were the duck stew and the gnocchi stuffed chicken. Both portions were generous and tasty. The chicken was indeed stuffed, but the gnocchi seemed to be more on the side than inside. Good, just not what I had pictured. Service was fine, although our server seemed a little inexperienced. We have eaten at The Cup many times and always enjoy it. Also, a good place to bring out of town guests as the hotel provides a taste of the Wild West of days gone by.

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  11. ScotB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    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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  12. Jake

    Phoenix

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. KathleenH

    Indiana

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. HeidiG

    Tucson

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. DeeVee

    Cleveland

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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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 2044 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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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