The Cup Cafe
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Fish 'N' Chips
Crooked Tooth beer-battered cod, pepper slaw, spicy tartar sauce, lemon, papas fritas
Cast Iron Baked Eggs
two poached eggs*, ham, leeks, shallots, gruyère cheese, cream, fines herbes, breakfast potatoes, toast
Santa Cruz Flank Steak
grilled 8 oz Santa Cruz chile and local honey marinated flank steak*, chimichurri, calabacitas, breakfast potatoes
Very pleasant and accomodating. The food was excellent.
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.
Always good meal, good value, great place to meet up with friends
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.
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!
The food was amazing as well as the service. We will be back!
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!
Service was spectacular and the food was great! Good time to come to listen to blues by the Black Cat Bones. Good times.
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!
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.
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!
Delicious fish and chips, ribs with mac and cheese and lovely cocktails
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!
Lovely variety of excellent food and fabulous deserts. Lovely service and the urban outdoor setting. Wonderful experience at the historic Congress Hotel.
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!
Always fantastic! Perfect place to meet up with friends. Delicious food - We’re especially a fan of the Depot Salad and the tasty cocktails!
Thanks so much, JulieB! So happy to hear you love our food and cocktails. Come visit with friends anytime!
We really appreciated being able to sit inside, even with our large group. The food and service was fantastic!
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!
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.
We love the food here, especially the stuffed chicken with gnocchi! Great intimate atmosphere perfect for a date or a small group.
The patio was perfect. Our servers were great. The food was excellent. I had a great time.
Good food and great service!
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.
Lovely setting, food is always good, service wonderful!
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.
Always love coming here! Wonderful way to spend Christmas Day too!
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!!
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
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.
I had the Deposition, the cinnamon pancakes and maple syrup were delicious. My husband had Chilquiles Verde, he enjoyed every bite. Service was excellent.
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.
The patio on Christmas Eve was lovely! Great cocktails, delicious food, and a wonderful experience!
Love the place one of the best kitchens in Tucson
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!
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.
The food is always great with a diverse selection. Sat outside in Dec. with heaters galore. By chance, great live music on Sunday night.
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!
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!
We were early and the Cafe was not busy inside. A very loud band was playing outside.
We love eating here! The decor is a blend of vintage and modern with a nice atmosphere. Even better, they offer a few vegan options, which keeps us coming back.
Thanks for your review, ScottO! We are so pleased you enjoy our unique ambience and it's great to hear you appreciate the thoughtfulness of our vegan options. We hope to see you again soon!
Fish and chips were so so. Bar service slow
Thank you for your review, LiesbethG, sorry we missed the mark with our fish and chips and speed of service on your last visit. We appreciate the feedback and will work hard to make sure your next visit lives up to our high standards of food and service. Thank you for your patience
Great food...awesome setting! Highly recommended!
Thanks so much, RobertD! We appreciate the shout out and recommendation, hopefully we will take care of you again soon!
Always have a wonderful experience at The Cup, food, drinks and service are always exceptional.
Great, thanks so much for the awesome review! Looking forward to seeing you again soon
Dinner was fun and delicious. The food was incredible and the service attentive. We loved sitting on the patio. The blues band was wonderful though the volume made it difficult to have a conversation. But the whole urban vibe was great so we didn’t really mind. We look forward to returning soon.
Thank you for your review, AZJS! So happy you loved the food and service. Sorry the band was on the louder side, we are continuously trying to fine tune the balance between our dining and concert areas, so we appreciate the feedback. Hope to take care of you again soon!
The pasta carbonara was a little salty but otherwise good.
The band made conversation a little difficult but we enjoyed the music.
Thanks for your review, ThomasM. Sorry about the salty pasta, we appreciate the feedback. Also, you weren't the only one to find the music a bit loud, we will make some adjustments. We appreciate you supporting local and hopefully next time we can hit the mark on all fronts. Take care!
Great variety of food on the menu from the small plates to entrees. Super selection of wines by the glass. All staff members friendly and accommodating. I have never been disappointed at Cup Cafe!
What a nice review, DeniseB, thank you! So happy to hear you love the food and wine menu, and our team is one of the kindest and most competent in town. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
First time there. Food was very good, 3 of us had the flank steak which was perfectly cooked to order and 1 had the fish and chips which were very good. Inside, not much on ambience. For sure, when we go again, we will request patio seating.
Thanks for the feedback, DebSaulsbu. Sounds like we have some work to do when it comes to our inside ambience. The patio is popular, for sure, and we have plants, heaters and umbrellas to provide a beautiful atmosphere any time of year. Outside seating fills up fast, so we recommend a reservation if you are joining us for dinner. Hope to see you again soon!
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 1470 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.