The Cup Cafe

4.9
1147 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!

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch at the Cup

    $55.00 per person

    May 9, 2021 only

    Treat Mom to a delicious 4-course prix fixe brunch at the Cup Cafe! Find out why the Cup is rated 4.9 on OpenTable, with a safe and comfortable ambience, top-notch food and service with heart. Start with croissants, scones and jam for the table, then enjoy either a chilled melon soup with shrimp or a fresh beet and arugula salad; choose from a pappardelle a la primavera; a roasted chicken breast with sweet potato; pan-seared scallops with coffee-roasted carrots; a spinach, butternut squash and feta frittata or a blueberry Dutch baby pancake; finish with a Neapolitan cheesecake trifle. $55 for adults, $25 for children; drink specials, complimentary tea, coffee and soda will be offered. Regular menu unavailable. Happy Mother's Day!

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 1147 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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4.7
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DLevy
Central Coast
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Had resv for 9:30 inside, showed up at 9:15, asked about outside seating, said it would be 1.45 hour wait. We decided to go inside even though there were 5 open tables outside, of course all 4 tops, in the business so understood. Manager was less than responsive, sour face and grumpy. Ordered breakfast, had a great server. Food came out wrong, ordered the peppered bacon, came out so over cooked it crumbled as I picked up, ordered pancakes no fruit and came out with strawberries. Dropped bacon on my plate and I guess the manager saw and come over, could tell I was upset and actually said “is everything alright” you have to be kidding me.! He saw the bacon, so I explained what had happened. Never apologized, just told the server to get me the bacon and potatoes. Took the pancakes back, and brought the same ones, now cold and the butter wouldn’t even melt. Manager came by 15 minutes later and asked if all ok, I was to tired to deal with. He discounted $4, told the server to add it back, that was not what I wanted, I didn’t want anything but what I ordered. Here’s the kicker, was there a total of 1 1/2 hours, two of the same empty tables outside were still empty, as I watched throughout our breakfast. What a shame, waiting on only a 4 top. Will not get our business, manager needs to be retrained and we canceled our MD reservations. Such a shame, good service, great location but that manager was terrible, if he didn’t want to work weekends, he should not be in the business.
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Judy
Tucson
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We loved the old menu! Bring it back as soon as you can.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for great food, libations, and ambiance! Highly recommend!!

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None
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place remains one of the best dining experiences in Tucson.

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SusanH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very nice experience, sitting outside was so relaxing. Food was good.

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KellyH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful historical hotel w beautiful seating a d excellent food! A must when in town!

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RitaJ
Tucson
12 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely Sunday outdoor brunch. Nice menu, drinks, entertainment.

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jackf
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love the Cup. it was a beautiful Sunday April morning so we chose to sit outside.

Our server was excellent, food was delicious and the Mimosas cold. Perfect.

My only somewhat negative was the live music. It made it difficult at time to have a conversation, and also to hear the server.

One note- MAKE A RESERVATION. We did, but several patrons were told that it would be an hour as they didnt have a reservation.

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vipbatso57
Tucson
123 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for 40 years, starting in 1981. We always had great service and great food. This past visit was GREAT! The staff keep everyone safe during this Pandemic period. The food and service was fantastic. We even had a little bit of music with our dinner. It was a great evening out. Thank you.

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vipGarp
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Cup Cafe. Really enjoyed the ambiance and the food. The mojito was probably one of the best. Our only complaint was the noise level of the band. We should have said something to our waiter, but didn't.

We will definitely come back!

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ScotB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back at The Cup since pandemic restrictions had been loosened. The food was just as good if not better than ever. Although some of our favorites had disappeared from the menu, the new dishes were excellent. Other menu entries had been zipped up. The presentation was excellent, our server was friendly and prompt. Another classic Cup meal.

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BruceR
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite. Glad to help with reopening back to normal!

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Murph
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The flank steak was fabulous!!!! Great menu and very affordable. A new favorite of ours now!

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Kingfish
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and pleasant outdoor patio with plenty of shade. Ate there twice during our stay in Tuscan.

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DanielleA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always enjoyed everything I’ve eaten at the Cup, so have my fellow diners. Kayla was a great server. The Easter Brunch was top notch.

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GeorgeF
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, good food and excellent service

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Tortuga
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor patio, cool and pleasant in spite of the 96 degee day. The food is innovative, fresh and the menu offers something for everyone. Attentive but not intrusive service with covid safety protocal clearly in place.

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vipKirkL
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attended Easter brunch, food was excellent. Seated on patio, very nice live music and outstanding service.

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LindaM
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very prompt courteous staff... we always enjoy the atmosphere, food & service at The Cup.

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vipDiner
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous prix fix Easter brunch, great options and great service. Patio was perfect for a spring brunch. Cup always does a great job.

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Kyle
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the pre-fixed Easter Brunch and it was amazing - Chef Brian is so talented! Our waiter, Keith, was attentive and accommodating, and the music was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We sat outside to hear music and be Covid safe. The ambience was nice but the music was bad. We listened to this bad music the entire time we are. Luckily the band took a small break so we could talk without yelling. The menu and food was mediocre. It’s sad because this used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Tucson.

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JonG
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I made reservations almost a month in advance, it was for my wife’s birthday. They sat us down and we ordered appetizers they were out, didn’t have fish of the day nor steak. The waiter was embarrassed to even tell us. I was embarrassed because it was my wife 52 birthday. Couldn’t get reservations any place else due to after 7 at night. Not returning again

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Kate
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always take out of town guests here. Lots of spread out outdoor tables

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FreddyG
Tucson
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great service, delicious food and very cool atmosphere

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Dolphinwit
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Have been here many times in the past. We live in Phoenix, but always look forward to coming here when we are in town. The prices have gone up, I would expect that post pandemic. The service was good. The patio greatly appreciated. Really appreciated that we were still able to have a conversation even with the jazz band playing in the background. The band's volume was Perfect...not to loud, or soft just right. The drinks were excellent. The food was....inconsistent and meh. The Pesto chicken sandwich was flavorless, the smoked brisket burned and dry on the egg dish. Asked for the eggs soft poached...they were hard. The breakfast potatoes and fries were excellent, as was the sausage gravy that I asked for on the side. The spinach was bitter, way too much vinegar. the tomato meely and overcooked and the cheese on the sourdough just doesn't work, it was soggy from very wet spinach and tomato. And to top it all off, besides the sausage gravy...all of the food was luke warm....not what I would expect from the Cup, in short disappointed. My wife got the vegan brownie, would've been tolerable warmed up...without eggs and milk vegan desserts get hard...hers was like a chocolate brick. The crust on the coconut cream pie, tasted like prebaked from the grocery. Will come back but hoping the kitchen improves greatly....for the price, not worth it

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BillO
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had the mussel appetizer and they were outstanding. The waitress seemed pretty disjointed. Atmosphere on the patio was so enjoyable.

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patrick
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I went on a Friday night and sat outside on the patio. I would highly recommend getting a reservation. We both got the fried tofu sandwich- it was so good! We also split a slice of the hummingbird cake, which was equally fantastic.

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EasterDisaster
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

We made a reservation for two the patio. When we checked in with the hostess we were seated inside in the bar area. I queried about the patio and was told twice it was unavailable. 25 minutes later I receive a text to proceed to the hostess stand my table was ready. I spoke to an employee and informed them I thought a mistake had been made. He said he would look into it and then heard nothing back. I then received an email stating I missed my reservation. When I called the restaurant after the weekend, I was told "yes - sorry there WAS a mistake made, my reservation WAS for the patio; sorry but I hope you still enjoyed your meal". For a special night out to spend with my son - being stuck up against a wall in a bar instead of outside in the fresh air - NO the night was not nice.

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DebraG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone can get what they want. Consistently good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband’s birthday. Food was delicious, ambiance was so fun, and service was great!

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Annie
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host promptly sat us. there was no waiting at all. The wait staff also attended us promptly. He was friendly but not overly familiar. He explained the specials clearly. The food was delicious, steak perfectly cooked and tender. The tofu sandwich was unique and tastly especially the special sauce. And the music was perfect!!

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MartiV
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food selection for anytime of day is excellent and it is delicious. Highly recommend The Cup.

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None
Tucson
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The hostess and bartender were great. Our server was nice, and my food was good. We sat outside so it was noisy because it’s right on the street, but that can’t be helped. The only thing that wasn’t great was that my companions’s omelette was overdone. Brown and crunchy on the outside. If that’s your preference all good, it just isn’t mine. :)

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CherreR
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome
Back to real life. It’s been a long time since we have had such a lovely food and ambiance experience. It’s nice to feel normal and welcome

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JenniferL
Tucson
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, fun, and inviting. Love going to this place.

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vipEdwardM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really good food on a lovely outdoor patio with good music. Overall, a lovely evening.

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MiraM
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Baked eggs were awesome! We split the portion and also each got a Bloody Mary. Very tasty and good value to share the entree. Bloody Mary was a little pricey but worth it for all the fixings you get! We left full and satisfied.

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RikkiL
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and first time visiting since social distancing precautions. Everything was smooth and they were very attentive. Always a great experience.

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vipmlNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kim, our server, was above and beyond. The restaurant had great and novel food, amazing desserts and a cool vibe with an outdoor area with a band in stage but the the staff, in particular our superhuman waitress, made it an experience to remember

FAQs

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

The Cup Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 1147 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.