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About The Cup Cafe

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.

311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
5th Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(520) 798-1618

Website:
http://www.hotelcongress.com/food

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.

Parking Details:
We offer free parking to our dining guests in our hotel parking lot Sunday through Thursday. Other options include valet parking across at Maynard's Market and Kitchen Friday and Saturday evening for only $5, Street metered parking is available, and the 5th Street Parking garage located on 5th Street directly across from the Hotel Congress is another option.

Executive Chef:
Justin Murdock

Private Party Facilities:
The Copper Hall is the premier event facility at the Hotel Congress. It combines modern flare with classic elegance. From holiday parties, to mixers, to weddings, we are more than happy to help organize your next event.

Other locations at Hotel Congress and Maynards Market and Kitchen are available as well. Please inquire for more information.

Weddings

The Copper Hall is the perfect location for wedding ceremonies and receptions, combining classic elegance with a downtown vibe. The room is the ideal size for an intimate affair amongst friends and family. Dance the night away beneath wrought iron chandeliers as the copper walls glow.

Conference Dinners

Welcome your conference guests to town with dinner in one of Tucson's landmarks. We can provide it all- gourmet meals, bar service and a built in speaker system.

Holiday Parties

Celebrate your holidays with Hotel Congress! The Copper Hall can host your business or family holiday party.

Private Party Contact:
Melissa Matriss: (520) 622-8848 ext. 201

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

The Cup Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.3

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4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

Top notch! Great happy hour! Food is outstanding! We are going back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 12, 2018

I adore the Cup Cafe and enjoyed a lovely meal there before a concert across the street at the Rialto. I love all of the locally-sourced menu items (we always get Barrio bread as a starter) and the thoughtfully-curated wine and beer lists, not to mention the amazing craft cocktails. On this particular visit, my partner ordered the ribeye special, which was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I ordered my favorite dish, the Depot Salad. (The cherry tomatoes were especially crisp, flavorful, and satisfying to eat!)

As always, the service was prompt, attentive, and professional, in spite of the fact that it was clearly a busy evening. The only drawback was the grouchy couple seated at the table next to us who couldn't seem to find a single thing to like about their meal -- but that's not the Cup Cafe's fault! Some people just love to be critical. (I noticed that even though the woman loudly pronounced their food as "just ok" to their server, they'd still somehow managed to eat every bite. Passive-aggressive much?)

As for me and my partner, we're looking forward to many more wonderful meals at the Cup Cafe!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We started the evening being seated inside, but it was so loud we could not have a
conversation. The table outside was much better, but smoking is allowed on the
patio, and that was not comfortable.

The food was fantastic! Artichoke bisque, seared tuna. My husband had the Thai fish
stew, cooked to perfection. We will be back with visitors next month. We love being
able to dine outside, so will ask to be seated away from smokers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The Cup Cafe inside the Hotel Congress has delicious food and great service. In particular, I was particularly grateful to the staff who held our table. We were flying into Tucson from Los Angeles and our flight was delayed and I contacted them to let them know we would be an hour late and they made a concerted effort to hold our table which I really appreciate. The service was attentive and the food and drinks were interesting and delicious. There is a fun and active bar scene in the hotel which caters to every desire and whim. I really like this place.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Busy spot. Served a really tasty skinny margarita. Fish tacos were above average. Soup and salad were just average. Table settings are tight.

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 (Tucson)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Delightful outdoor dining with delicious food & great service—

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tucson)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Fun historical place to enjoy in downtown Tucson. It has a wonderful history and great food

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Tucson)·Dined on February 3, 2018

When I made the reservation, I said it was a birthday celebration. Even when someone phoned an hour before our reservation time, they were asking about the birthday celebration and I said it was our Daughter's birthday the next day. Nothing happened to recognize the occasion so I went to the girls at the desk and asked about what was supposed to happen. I might as well have been talking to the wall. They didn't know and told me to ask my server. Well we had already paid the bill so I told them to forget about it. My meal was really good but my daughter's and husband's were only fair. Would like to have sat outside but didn't know that there was seating outside so would have been helpful if that would have been a question when I was making the reservation. We did go back for breakfast the next morning. A better experience and we didn't mention it was the actual day for the birthday. Who wants to eat cake @ 9 in the morning?

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved it! Great food and fun atmosphere.
Service was spot on!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The Cup Café is my go-to restaurant for out-of-town guests. It provides the atmosphere of Old Tucson with delicious food. This visit did not disappoint. My guests were very pleased with the steelhead special, the Southwest salad, the mesquite smoked ribs and the fish and chips. Everybody looked smug and happy, convinced they had ordered the very best thing. Service was friendly and helpful. Great local craft beers on draft!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food and ambience. A jewel in Tucson. Reasonable prices and good service. Live entertainment on the weekends. I recommend.

Tags: Live Music, Disabled Access
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Had to make it to a concert but unfortunately, we did not get our food in time to eat (one hour).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We've always enjoyed Cup. Whether it's breakfast or dinner, the food is creative, tasty, and served with skill. We often recommend this place because it is hip and friendly, offering great fare for diners of all ages. On days when the Hot Club of Tucson is playing, there is nowhere in Arizona I'd rather be. We also admire the relationship between local farms and the kitchen. Great place!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great evening. We’ll be back.

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 (Tucson)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Cup Cafe is a great place to relax with friends during our annual visit to the Gem shows. Service was exceptionally good! The only minor criticism was that right at the end of the meal, a DJ started blasting loud music which destroyed our ability to converse. We'll check this out next year so we can avoid similar events.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We sat outside. Great atmosphere and food. The waitress was super friendly and patient answering all our questions. Our food was delicious and we would definitely go again.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was delicious. But unfortunately, the service started out great then became very slow - to the point of seeming to have forgotten about our table of 6. We saw our dinners come out and start to go to the wrong table, then watched them return to the kitchen for a few minutes before arriving at our table.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 28, 2018

As usual, The Cup provided an outstanding dining experience. We like to go there for an early dinner after a play at The Arizona Theatre Company. Our outdoor dinner was 5-star in all categories.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tucson)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The cup cafe food and drink did not disappoint. We each ordered something different and we quite pleased with our selections. The staff were friendly and attended to our needs right up until we were served our food. Then they forgot about us. Our water was not refilled and we never got the dressing we asked for. The inside was loud and it was difficult to hear each other. We will give it another chance and try eating outside next time and request a pitcher of water.

Tags: People Watching, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (Tucson)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This was our first visit to the Cup Café and we'll definitely return. The vintage hotel ambiance is lively and funky. Our dinners were both very good as was the service. There were a number of other menu items that looked interesting. Great place to meet friends or bring guests!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tucson)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Good place. Fast attentive service. I miss the duck taco appetizer but squid appetizer was done correctly. 2 Good burger were cooked to temperature. Really good ribeye special. The thai hot soup was not real Thai hot, but better thai places around. Good coffee. For reliably good Americana cuisine, you can't go wrong with The Cup.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food, location, and best of all great service!!! Good gluten free options. The wait staff doesn’t look at you sideways when you ask for a low sugar rum cocktail - just delivers w/ classic straight up daiquiri. Good GF tacos and excellent food overall. Outdoor dining. We liked it. Quality food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Our waitress was fantastic!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food & service. Not fancy but worth the experience if you are in downtown Tucson. We had pretzel encrusted pork and split it and a salad. Excellent!

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Unpretentious, friendly, cozy, good atmosphere, good happy hour menu, great drinks, great service, in a historic hotel so fun to look at the old things and learn about local history. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Nice atmosphere and the food is consistently good. The downtown area is fun to walk around before and after dinner.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Tucson)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Historical hotel with a cool restaurant. Very retro with a lobby area decorated with quite a few telephone type relics. Food was great! Service was great! Definitely worth stopping in.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was decent but the hotel is more about ambience:maybe the coolest place in downtown Tucson-yeah not that big of a challenge,but really the place has a vibe and genuine-ness that doesn't come that easily here.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Nice restaurant in a historic hotel. We noticed the outdoor patio area but it was too cold so had dinner inside. Food and service was good. Next time we are in Tucson we will definitely stop by again and sit on the patio.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Absolutely fantastic. From appetizer to entree everything tasted great and was well prepared.

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The hostesses this morning, the two ladies were absolutely amazing. I wanted to eat breakfast in a hurry, so I could catch my flight and they watched out for the bar for us. They had great customer service and was very friendly! Thank you again!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The service was slow and our food order was messed up twice. The bill was almost $100 for a breakfast for 4. Overall, very dissapointing.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Often busy. Use Open Table to book when you want to go to avoid the wait.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Casual, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I have eaten here for many years and for all different meals of the day. It never disappoints! The atmosphere is very cool; especially the penny floor! Great historical significance of the accompanying hotel and the patio is awesome! The food is always well prepared and the portions are good! I have worked my way through most dishes, over the years and they are all delicious! The desserts are amazing and made on site! While the service isn’t slow, it is not fast either. This is not at all a drawback, as you should take your time when dining here. Enjoy an appetizer, then a salad and a main course and finish with dessert! Take in the eclectic and historical space! The staff is fantastic! They are well versed on the menu, daily specials and the huge wine and alcohol selections! A true Tucson gem!

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, People Watching, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tucson)·Dined on December 23, 2017

amazing food ,awesome staff supper cool down town place to eat .food was of the highest quality, it was our first time but not our last . thankyou guys for making our date night perfect.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Healthy, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Vegan, Cozy, Happy Hour, Authentic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The Christmas atmosphere was beautiful, the kids loved the switchboard and the food was very good. Thank you for a memorable pre-Christmas dinner for our small family who was unable to get together on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food, great service. The calamari appetizer was incredible, mr burger was a perfect medium rare, and the seafood stew wonderful and not over cooked. Great server who got us out in time for our play. We had a wrong entree delivered, which they quickly corrected and even comped us a dessert. Now that’s service!

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Have been on the fence with this restaurant for over two (2) years now because the service has been so erratic and “hit or miss.” Not any more as long as Holly and Matthew work there. Holly was and is among the best servers I have ever seen at “Cup Cafe” or any restaurant for that matter. Phenomenal job. Present when you need her and skillfully absent when you don’t. She seems to have this server’s intuition about her which will serves her exceptionally well. The same can be said of Matthew who works the earlier shift as a breakfast/brunch/lunch server. He is “the Bomb.”

The food the night the four (4) of us ate there was incredibly good, too. I had the NY strip with mushrooms and red wine reduction sauce. Fine cut of beef with an exceptionally well done sauce.

Go for it!

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch
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 (Tucson)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Had planned to meet friends for dinner for a birthday celebration, didn't realize there was a benefit going on and it was brutally noisy and really disrupted our meal. I wish we had known when we made reservations that there was an event going on, our heads were ringing by the time we got home. but our waitress was incredible and made up for it with her great service. The food was incredible the bacon crusted steak special they had was one of the better steaks I've ever had.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The service is impeccable and the food is wonderful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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