The Cup Cafe

4.6
1478 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 have returned to our previous model of first-come, first-serve, no reservations.

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, 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.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1478 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loving evening dining outside at the Cup. Both service and food were very good and the ambiance was excellent.

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RandyP
Tucson
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great, and customer service was amazing. We had reservations, and our table was ready and waiting when we arrived.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review, RandyP! Running a high volume restaurant has been especially challenging these last few years, so it's especially nice to hear someone appreciate a smooth and timely dining experience. Hope to see you again soon!

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MHLreview
New England
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience during jazz festival, and the food and service were quite amazing given the crowds. Had one of the best "fish and chips" dishes I've had out here (not quite London, but great!) Plenty of good drinks on the menu, and some outstanding local brews. A terrific and well run eatery.

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DawnC
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Cup never disappoints us, it was cold outside on the patio but heaters were running at each table. Food was great, service by Bunny also good!

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JoelL
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to the cup for at least dozen years. Since COVID they have REALLY picked up their game in the courtyard. It’s gone from a good place we like to go - to GREAT!

The Cup Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Wow, JoelL, this review really means a lot to me. I started as GM right before Covid hit and my team has put all their heart and soul into making the Cup exceptional. The plaza space is especially unique and I'm so happy to hear that our efforts are being recognized. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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RichardG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always impressive. Loved lettuce wrap appetizer, the salmon caprese, and the ribs! Their drink menu is also a great find - very creative drinks to try out.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks so much, RichardG! Our culinary team is pretty special, so glad to hear you love our food. See you again soon!

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Drea
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitress!! So sweet attentive and wonderful...forget her name but had short purple hair in a pixie cut ...

The Cup Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much, Drea! I told Sophia about your kind compliment, so glad you enjoyed the service!

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MartinW
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The outdoor courtyard has heaters at each table so it is comfortable at night.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review, MartinW! We put a lot of effort and energy into creating a warm and hospitable space, so glad you enjoyed it, along with the food and service!

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Bob11th
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant and accomodating. The food was excellent.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks, Bob11th! We hope to see you again soon!

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JasonY
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambience was great, as well as the service. The food however left much to be desired. The flank steak was chewy. The rack of lamb was overcooked. The cognac sauce tasted a little bit burnt. It did not much the price. Overall, an okay experience because of service and ambience.

The Cup Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review, JasonY. I'm so sorry we missed the mark with our food on your visit. We appreciate the feedback and will keep working to make sure the value of the food matches the value of our service and ambience. Hopefully we can make it up to you on your next visit!

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BarbaraC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good meal, good value, great place to meet up with friends

The Cup Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review, BarbaraC! Hope to see you again soon with your friends

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richardb
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Have tried a few places we went to pre-pandemic and disappointed, so it was so nice to go again to cup cafe outside and have a pleasant experience. Will be our go to place. Great service, portions and atmosphere. Parking was so easy.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you for a great review, richardb! It has been a challenging last couple years for the industry but we are so happy to hear that we were able to meet (or hopefully exceed) your expectations of food, service and ambience. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Mancha
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday!!!

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Shellycombers
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing as well as the service. We will be back!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you for your review, Shellycombers! We take a lot of pride in our food and service, happy to hear you enjoyed it. See you again soon!

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vipJeanValJeanNAZ
Tucson
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was spectacular and the food was great! Good time to come to listen to blues by the Black Cat Bones. Good times.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you for another kind review, JeanValJeanNAZ! Victor Hugo would probably enjoy the outdoor plaza, too :) Looking forward to taking care of you again soon!

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KateG
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spicy margarita and melt in your mouth salmon. Don’t forget the turtle cheesecake. 🤤 Had a great band playing outside and loved how they create seating vignettes that let you decide how close to the show you want to be.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thank you, KateG! The salmon caprese dish is relatively new, so glad you enjoyed it. We put a lot of thought into our outdoor seating space, glad you loved it!

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vipLizG
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fish and chips, ribs with mac and cheese and lovely cocktails

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 16, 2022

Thanks so much, LizG! The fish and chips and ribs with mac and cheese are very popular here, so glad you loved them. Hope to serve you more delicious cocktails soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely variety of excellent food and fabulous deserts. Lovely service and the urban outdoor setting. Wonderful experience at the historic Congress Hotel.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2022

Thank you so much for your positive review. We are very proud of our beautiful outdoor space, so happy to hear you loved the food and service. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipJulieB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! Perfect place to meet up with friends. Delicious food - We’re especially a fan of the Depot Salad and the tasty cocktails!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2022

Thanks so much, JulieB! So happy to hear you love our food and cocktails. Come visit with friends anytime!

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Julie
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really appreciated being able to sit inside, even with our large group. The food and service was fantastic!

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2022

Thank you for your review, Julie! So glad we were able to accommodate your group, thank you for praising our food and service. We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was serviceable but wouldn't call it amazing. However the bathroom had paper towels spilling out of the trash and there was no toilet paper in the stall. I notified the host at the desk about this but nothing was done. It was early in the evening when I did this and hours later it was the same.

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BenLb
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We love the food here, especially the stuffed chicken with gnocchi! Great intimate atmosphere perfect for a date or a small group.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was perfect. Our servers were great. The food was excellent. I had a great time.

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KanikaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and great service!

DB
DuaneB
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

So it is Christmas Day! We have looked forward to a return to the Cup Cafe after some time. They contacted us a couple of times to insure that we were coming for our 3:45 reservation. Oh, yes! We arrived early and waited anxiously--many people seemed to be enjoying. Got our table and sat. Menus? were delivered. Why do we need menus? We are here for the Christmas specials. Guess what! The Christmas specials were long sold out. Order from the menu. But it only consisted of breakfast and lunch items. Don't want pancakes or salad for Christmas Dinner. Why didn't they contact us and let us know that. We wouldn't have driven 1 hour to get there. The waiter was rather surly when discussing the situation with us. He'd probably heard it all before. No question about it--we stood and vacated the premises quickly. Of course, no other restaurants were available without a reservation. So home we headed for a terrifically delicious Cajun seafood gumbo that my husband had made the day before. This was a huge failure by The Cup Cafe--ok maybe they had not received enough of their order of supplies for the specials. But they could have prepared a quick substitute of some other variety.

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LoArizona
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, food is always good, service wonderful!

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persephoneskitchen
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Some of my food never arrived. It was never put in on my ticket, so it was never sent to the kitchen. The food that did arrive was subpar with onions in my French toast and bacon drier than a bone that was impossible to chew. They ran out of their Christmas specials before closing and the soup was described as having pomegranate and showed up with cheese instead of pomegranate. Overall not worth the money. Very kind and apologetic waitress who was trying her hardest and I understand Christmas is an incredibly difficult time for the kitchen, but when I only order 5 things, 3 of them are incorrect or disgusting and 2 of them don't show up; that's a larger issue than a Christmas rush. Not worth wasting my holiday or my money on. Patio was freezing cold because they didn't put enough heaters on it but I guess it was pretty.

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MadelineH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here! Wonderful way to spend Christmas Day too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lucky to get Christmas Day reservation at noon. Knew nothing about the restaurant as we were from out of town. Pleasantly surprised……..loved the location and the food was excellent. Would not hesitate to recommend The Cup Cafe!!

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vipJeanValJeanNAZ
Tucson
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in downtown Tucson. Not just a dining experience, but a culture of gastronomy and gaiety uncommon in most places in town

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ElleDee
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Please don’t go for weekend brunch, I’ve had a really hard time getting reservations…so, if some of you would not go, it would be easier for me to score a table, an amazing Bloody Mary, and my ultimate comfort breakfast - cast iron eggs and potatoes. Thank you.

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PamelaB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the Deposition, the cinnamon pancakes and maple syrup were delicious. My husband had Chilquiles Verde, he enjoyed every bite. Service was excellent.

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DeniseB
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Service was quite slow. But, it was crowded and Xmas Eve. Our waitress was sweet, but had an order incorrect. 2 of us ordered the scallops special. Another guest ordered salmon. Waitress delivered 3 scallop platters. She was willing to take it back, but we already waited almost 45 min for the food. The food was great, but only 3 scallops per plate for $36 was somewhat exorbitant. I have always enjoyed Cup Cafe, but this time was a bit disappointing.

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vipFoodieMom
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio on Christmas Eve was lovely! Great cocktails, delicious food, and a wonderful experience!

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DinorahL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place one of the best kitchens in Tucson

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Darlene
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the best and largest patios in Tucson! Enough food choices to please everyone... Music is often playing. The tables are spread out from each other, and the servers are masked. We continue returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I came here for our anniversary and were thrilled with everything! Our waitress enhanced our whole experience and made great recommendations. We loved the White Orchid cocktail and enjoyed the venison, fish tacos and flank steak. All delicious! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice evening out.

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TerryF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great with a diverse selection. Sat outside in Dec. with heaters galore. By chance, great live music on Sunday night.

The Cup Cafe
Responded on January 15, 2022

Thanks so much, TerryF! We did our best to get heaters for all the tables, glad you enjoyed it. Appreciate the compliment on our food, as well. Looking forward to taking care of you again soon, come see us and enjoy more live music!

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Serenity
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We couldn't have asked for a better environment in which to each a delicious meal; music, lights, outdoors with a heater, and excellent service!

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were early and the Cafe was not busy inside. A very loud band was playing outside.

FAQs

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

The Cup Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1478 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.