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The Cup Cafe

553 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(520) 798-1618
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Justin Murdock
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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.


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.
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Private party contact
Melissa Matriss: (520) 622-8848 ext. 201
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Cross street
5th Ave.
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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.
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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.
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
What 553 People Are Saying
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NativeToTucson (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Old favorite. Always delightful.

NinaD (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We had one night in Tucson on our x country trip. The Cup Cafe was recommended by a friend. It was definitely worth the trip. The Happy Hour lasts till 7! We had appetizers rather than a meal all were delicious. I highly recommend the chorizo filled dates rolled in bacon. The salad was also good. We did take a slice of key lime pie back to the hotel. It was big enough to share and a perfect balance of tart to sweet.

vipwcblake51 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

Jeanne (Charleston)
5.0  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!

TucsonWestVa (Phoenix)
4.0  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.

vipharlemo25 (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipDavidHRC (Birmingham)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Delightful outdoor dining with delicious food & great service—

davidm (Tucson)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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

SharonF (Tucson)
3.0  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?

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

vipKathys (San Francisco)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  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).

PaulN (San Francisco)
5.0  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!