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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.
Tucson, AZ 85701
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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