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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Casual (19)
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Good for a Date (18)
People Watching (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Fun (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Live Music (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Authentic (10)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Romantic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great Beer (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tapas (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined on December 2, 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 2, 2017

The service is impeccable and the food is wonderful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Tasty food in a fun and historic setting inside the Hotel Congress. Ordered a Mai Tai...not sure what I got - definitely not like any Mai Tai I'd had before - but still a tasty concoction and reasonably priced. Friendly and attentive staff. Small bathroom. A delightful experience overall and I'd definitely return!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Cup never disappoints. The food is wonderful & the atmosphere is relaxed & fun!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always as good, always as satisfying, we love the Cup Cafe.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Fun, Live Music, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We enjoyed an exceptional early evening with friends visiting from the East. It was perfect enjoying cocktails on the outside patio and a delicious meal in the dining room. Service was outstanding. Friends loved the aura of the historic hotel.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was our first time but it won’t be our last. Service was great, server was very attentive and the food was amazing, servings were generous. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the live music. I ordered a margarita (had originally ordered a Mojito but the bartender was unable to make it) which I almost sent back but decided against it. There was no salted rim, it was served in a tall glass vs a margarita glass, not blended and tasted blah. My suggestion: Go for the food and live music, avoid the bar.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had wonderful service and energetic atmosphere!!!
Music was great

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was excellent. Our table was tiny and cramped—we kept getting bumped into and tripped over. Service was friendly and attentive, but very, very slow.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Ive always loved Congress Hotel. so historical
Lovely outdoor space Great breakfast and coffee. Delicious dinners

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food and drinks in a delightful fun venue. Staff very friendly and place is very accepting of dogs. The was an event so live music added to the experience. Overall can't fault it

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our waiter was fabulous. He provided great recommendations and accommodations for dietary needs. The restaurant was very cute and intimate. The Congress Hotel vibe is fun and eclectic.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our server was friendly but had tables both inside and outside so could not be very attentive. Two of the meals at our table were tasty and two were subpar.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

it was great although my fiancee ordered the nicoice salad and it was alright at best. Our waiter was great and friendly. The bartender had given us a tour of the hotel a few nights before and he was great also .

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great happy hour and awesome fish/chips! Just a couple of things could have made the night a little better however. Our dinner arrived, our wine was gone and so was our server. The disappearance coincided with the last 15 min of happy hour, perhaps a coincidence, the restaurant was not busy so it was a tad annoying. The music was very loud and made any conversation difficult. We love the Cup and outdoor dining this time of year is outstanding.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have eaten here before for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the food was good-nothing special but fine. I think there may be a new chef there now as both my husband's meal and mine were poor. He had the salmon. I don't eat fish so can't comment on that, but he was not overjoyed. I had the beef bourguignon which tasted like a bad, tasteless beef stew with no vegetables. The portions were very small for the cost,but in the case of the beef dish, just as well! Won't be going back.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent - our first time. We were celebrating my wife's birthday. We will be back. Also want to say great job on decorating for Halloween. We thought the skeletons on the outside trying to get in were great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was fair the service not so great. We sat on the patio not realizing that they allow smoking . If we had known that, we would have asked for indoor seating.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was excellent and our server was delightful!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Not great..food was fair and ambiance reminded me of a small diner.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The salmon entree and the barrio bread were wonderful, and the service was excellent. Enjoy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Good food, excellent service, friendly staff and pet friendly patio seating. Worth the drive from Sierra Vista.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service and wine were great. The beef in the beef bourgignon was not as tender as it should have been although the sauce that it came in was very tasty. Other than that, it was a great experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tucson)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We ate on the patio. The weather was perfect. Service was slow; otherwise, everything was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I am a local patron who visits the Hotel Congress often for their Happy Hour but not a frequent diner at the Cup Cafe. Their service is excellent and the ambience is as good as any in Tucson. The menu has evolved a lot since their sister location Maynards opened across the street but it has finally settled upon offerings which are both tasty and well prepared. I consider the Hotel Congress the epicenter of Tucson's downtown scene for music & the Hotel rooms are really cool and affordable if a bit noisy on weekends due to bands playing after midnight.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The steak salad was delicious. The pork schnitzel was also delicious but the side dishes left much to be desired. If you LOVE rich pies and cheesecake this is the place to go.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Our only complaint is what seems to be the norm these days, dogs with their owners in the patio dining area. Not all of us enjoy sharing meals with animals!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The Cup Cafe always has an interesting menu, ample servings, and generally something for everyone. They seat you on time, the service is prompt, and the food great. The Best of downtown Tucson.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tucson)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Always such a treat to go to the Dish! The menu, bar & dessert selections are divine.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 21, 2017

It was a good evening with 6 friends before a concert at The Rialto. Our waiter was very responsive and honored happy hour since we were seated before 7 pm. The only complaint was the fish & chips were a bit too bready and the French fries not quite hot. We love the cup for its authenticity and casual feel.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great atmosphere. Love option of outdoor seating. Looking forward to fall menu

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

The Pork Schnitzel is outstanding. I make my own spätzle and the pretzel spätzle is spot on.
Remember this as it is Oktoberfest Season!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Service was excellent. Hate feeling rushed and that didn't happen here. Server was attentive, pleasant and professional. Calamari appetizer was great, fries with fish and chips were not crisp. A little too much batter on fish, but at least not overlooked. Cocktails were original and during happy hour, half price. Will go back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, People Watching
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 11, 2017

My husband and I had dinner at The Cup recently to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our first date—which was at The Cup. We told the story to our delightful server and were touched when the bill came and management had comped our dessert. This is one of the reasons we come back—The Cup exemplifies the best of local businesses that care about their customers. Great food, terrific service, a cool vibe. We love it!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Never disappointed by the Cup! Great food and great service. Quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We had a wonderful early evening at The Cup Cafe at the Congress Hotel in Tucson. The menu is creative, yet approachable with dishes that people will recognize. The preparation and ingredients, though give every dish their uniqueness. I ordered a Caesar Salad and the calamari appetizer which was prepared with a kick of local peppers. The setting is historic yet chic. The wall of "wisdom sayings" in the restaurant was intriguing. Foodies and history buffs will love this place!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Authentic, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Made reservations for dinner before HOCO music festival. First time eating at The Cup. We were seated promptly when we arrived. Our server, Sophia, was very pleasant and gave us excellent recommendations from the menu. Prices were reasonable and the food was excellent, well-prepared and flavorful. I recommend eating at The Cup. I will eat there again soon!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good appetizers, bad dinner food. We will go for appetizers not for dinner. Fried gnocchi?!!! And the stroganoff was not even edible, I had to send it back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Spicy, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Cup Cafe is a wonderful experience. We enjoyed a superb meal before a show downtown. Food was excellent & service was terrific. Only drawback was a man at next table with a laugh from Hee Haw😫

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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