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The Cup Cafe, Tucson, AZ

The Cup Cafe

4.6
4.6
1594 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Recently awarded "Top 100 Neighborhood Gems in America" by OpenTable!

Reservations are highly recommended for dinner due to limited indoor seating and high demand for patio seating. For breakfast and lunch, we have returned to our previous model of first-come, first-serve, no reservations.

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, classic sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

The Cup also proudly features homemade desserts, baked in-house, as well as a comfortable and expansive outdoor patio, full-service bar, unique signature cocktails, and intriguing wine selections.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 798-1618

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Karl de la Ossa

  • Private party contact

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

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Tucson

  • Cross street

    Toole Ave.

  • Parking details

    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.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,594 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Great for Brunch

  • Tucson

    Healthy

  • Tucson

    Hot Spot

  • Tucson

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Tucson

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tucson

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

  • Tucson

    Great for Brunch

  • Tucson

    Healthy

  • Tucson

    Hot Spot

  • Tucson

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Tucson

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tucson

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

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  1. c

    chapmanw

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    The food was overcook and service very slow, for the moment I would not be back and would not recommend this place to anyone, the only thing good was the ambience!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great outdoor patio attentive service and yummy food-patio could use more lights and a good wipe down
  3. WR

    WilliamR

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    A fun, funky gathering place with an interesting menu of very good food.
  4. A

    Adrienne

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Inside was noisy when we arrived, Asked hostess if there was going to be music on the plaza, and if not (wanted quiet with friends) could we have an outside table. She read off the evening's entertainment and said nothing on the plaza, so we moved outside. An our later there was music - quite loud and 'tinny/harsh' sound, so we had to move back inside.
  5. A

    Andrea

    Tucson

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked early dinner in order to go to Century Room for jazz concert. Neither disappointed!
  6. CB

    ConradB

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had heard good things about the Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson, so I made a dinner reservation. We were not disappointed. Sara, our server, did a great job making us feel welcome and discussing the menu. Both of our meals were absolutely delicious. The chef blended the flavors wonderfully. And the bartender knows how to make a proper Old Fashioned. Then fun to walk around and check out the hotel.
  7. KH

    KevinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate there July 16, I had the special of the day, ribeye steak, my brother had the chicken. I am very picky about my steak, but was incredibly happy with the perfectly cooked and prepared ribeye. Can’t wait to go back again soon.
  8. B

    Bats057

    Tucson

    160 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Again, I have to say, this is our favorite place to eat downtown. We have been going here for 40 years. The service is always great, the staff are very professional and polite. The food is served hot and fast. A great place to eat before a show, we have never been late to a show. We will be back again and again.Thank you very much.
  9. GM

    GeoM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The charred Cesar salad might as well have been iceberg salad. Yes, the romaine was charred, but it was also ice cold. At the very least it should have been warm. It would have been so much better. And honestly, I fully understand that whipping two previously-charred halves of romaine out of the fridge reduces prep time, but warming on the grill would make it so much better. And, I should also mention that steak add-on was far better that the (four!?) shrimp add-on for the $2 surcharge. Just not quite up the past performances.
  10. JM

    JMFT

    Seattle

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    This is the second or third time where the service hasn’t been good. We waited at least 10-15 minutes before the server even came by the table for the first time. You have to ask for everything. You’ll waste at least 20-30 minutes due to the lack of service. We love the atmosphere and I love the food and drink, but the service isn’t good. I love the Dillinger Sidecar cocktail and the Chicken Gnocchi. The cheese and bread tray were good as well. The fried Brussel sprouts were also very good. Maynard’s is way better with the service.
  11. KF

    KevinF

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Cup is always reliable. But the new item, Ahi Tuna Stacks, is wonderfully amazing! I have never seen anything resembling this creative, delicious, satisfying composition. Consider it!!!
  12. S

    Supereater

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love eating at The Cup, this time I had there flank steak salad it was delicious
  13. D

    Diner

    Denver

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great varied menu in a historic hotel setting. Great cocktails and service, with indoor or outdoor seating, often with live music.
  14. PA

    PamA

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers Day
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a good experience.
  16. T

    Tritone

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I was disappointed that macaroni and cheese was no longer a side to the BBQ ribs. I had the fish and chips instead. The portions were generous, a little too browned, but the fish was nicely done. We ordered two draft beers. The server came back to tell us that they were out, and we ordered two others. Unfortunately, he neglected to remove them from the bill. We were in a hurry to get to a concert at the Century Room so I went ahead and paid the extra amount.
  17. T

    Tucsonfoodie

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Service was terrible. Waited 15 minutes before the waitress took our drink order. Than another 15 minutes for our drinks. 30 minutes sitting at our table with nothing but water. Waitress ignored us. No explanation for the wait. They had one bartender for a restaurant with about 70 patrons. So many other better places to dine in Tucson. Definitely my last meal at the Cup Cafe.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The mesquite wings were amazing! Nice flavor and not too spicy. I had the fish and chips and my boyfriend had the burger. My dish was good, it was simple but tasty. The burger was okay, it was a good size but lacked flavor. The veggies were very fresh though. The fries were the best part of both dishes, just the perfect amount of crispy and flavor. We sat outside, which would have been nice if we weren’t in the middle of a heat wave lol. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend this place!
  19. JV

    JohnV

    Tucson

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Wonderful food. great friends. Server's tables were scattered in and out so service was not great. Fairly loud.
  20. k

    katt

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As per my ratings, all was great. We will return!
  21. B

    Becca

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I have been going to The Cup Cafe for over 30 years. Sat. night, we were taken aback by how expensive the menu has become. Other locals who were there also looked bewildered and were commenting on the price and menu. Our waiter said it's the "Summer Menu". We are vegetarian, so our choices are limited. We loved the lettuce wraps, but found the brussel sprouts dish with burrata cheese to be a strange and unappealing combo. We did not finish that dish. There are enough vegetarian options for a good meal, however the prices had us talking about where else we could go downtown. The restaurant unfortunately now has an air of pretentiousness it never had before, and it is rather heart breaking. The Cup used to be a wonderful community hangout. I feel bad for locals who can't afford to eat there any longer.
  22. JH

    JackH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outside patio was very relaxing, and despite the warm 100 degree day, it was very comfortable, because of the misters and coolers. The server, Sarah, was very knowledgeable about the menu and was an excellent overall server. The food could not have been better, and the atmosphere is some of the best in Tucson. I would highly recommend going there.
  23. LK

    LarryK

    Tucson

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All good. Noise was higher because it was for a concert.
  24. CR

    ChristyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was great! Very friendly and helpful. Food prep time was awesome and it was fresh and delish!
  25. JP

    JaniceP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really loved the chicken stuffed w gnocchi & mushrooms & spinach & goat cheese. Waiter was very good & pleasant. Band was fun & far enough away so we could talk.
  26. DM

    DianeM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Quality food and drinks and prices were reasonable.
  27. JA

    JanetA

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always love coming to the Cup. Brought my Cal. relatives for dinner and I highly recommended a few dishes. This one evening the Pasta Carbonara was less than expected. So disappointed. I know this happens sometimes but sad that dinner didn't WOW my Cal. relatives.
  28. DS

    DebbieS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, wonderful service, and a lovely evening all around. Thank you for making a special night even more special!
  29. CF

    CFBF

    Tucson

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Party of 6. Many of us hadn't been to The Cup Cafe for several years. Did not disappoint. Waitress was excellent. On top of our orders. The hostess moved us inside from having an outside reservation due to the heat. Made it happen. The bartender in the lobby was very good. Will be there again......
  30. ST

    STHouston

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Both the food and the outdoor atmosphere were great, but our waitress rushed everything. Wanted to know if we wanted another drink before we were halfway done with the first. Wanted entree order when we wanted to enjoy appetizers first. And tried to upswell everything. Give it a rest and let your guests enjoy the experience!
  31. UG

    UteG

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Something delicious for everyone in every price range! Great place to gather with friends and fantastic service too!
  32. CR

    ChrisR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVED this restaurant. We stayed at the hotel on a road trip and were super surprised how great it was. The service was excellent as was the food. We would highly recommend and can’t wait to go back.
  33. CL

    CathyL

    Anchorage

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Food was very tasty, although a couple people in our group had salads that were obviously put together very hastily. The service was impeccable; our server was available, attentive, and prompt. We didn't realize how noisy the patio would be on Saturday early evening, however. Although there was no music scheduled, four bands went through their sound checks, making conversation challenging. We were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the patio could be, temperature-wise, even on a hot day. I'd go back, just not when there's music or soundchecks going on.
  34. AR

    AbsoluteRavingFan

    Dallas

    170 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    170 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Most interesting restaurant. Of course, Hotel Congress is a most interesting place. Restaurant is very eclectic...kinda a cross between an old diner and a casual "come as you are" cafe. However, once the show starts all assumption is off. Very friendly and knowledgable, with no rush at all. Cocktails are fine, but a small pour and the wine list is minimal at best, but it doesn't matter. The foods center stage and should be. The Ciopino was devine, and the Carbonara was full of guanciale....also excellent. Once you get over the initial impression, you will fully enjoy the experience.
  35. GS

    GailS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Cup Cafe always delivers a high quality meal and the outdoor patio is wonderful.
  36. PE

    PatE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service, great place - casual and friendly.
  37. E

    Elaine

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this spot!! One of my favorite restaurants in Tucson!
  38. LA

    LAURIEP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect Saturday night downtown hang out for people of all ages.
  39. MB

    MicheleB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the perfect spot for a post UOA graduation celebration dinner!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and experience

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

The Cup Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1594 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Toole Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Tucson

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Karl de la Ossa

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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