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Tucson Restaurants

Café Poca Cosa

  • 110 E. Pennington St. Map It
  • Downtown
  • Mexican
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/27/2014

Fodor's Review

At what is arguably Tucson's most creative Mexican restaurant, the chef prepares recipes inspired by different regions of her native country. The menu, which changes daily, might include chicken mole or pork pibil (made with a tangy Yucatecan barbecue seasoning). Servings are plentiful, and each table gets a stack of warm corn tortillas and a bowl of beans to share. Order the daily Plato Poca Cosa, and the chef will select one beef, one chicken, and one vegetarian entrée for you to sample. The bold-color walls of the contemporary interior are hung with Latin American art.

Restaurant Information


110 E. Pennington St., Tucson, Arizona, 85701, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun.–Mon.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 05/27/2014


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Apr 25, 2010

Café Poca Cosa Review

Creative dishes that include heaps of wonderful vegetables makes this a great choice. Don't be put off by the somewhat dodgy neighborhood.

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Jan 29, 2008

Excellent Food! Service snooty

I love the food...really! But can't stand the attitude from the employees. Service is subpar, like you should be happy they let you in. If you are not on a schedule, and don't care about slow and snooty, then you can enjoy it. If you ask for anything, be prepared for them to say "Absolutely....NOT" ....Really....happens to me all the time.

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Sep 6, 2007

Not children friendly

Great Food! The only disappointment was that young children were not really welcome.

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Aug 8, 2007

Outstanding food!

This is the husband and my favorite Mexican restaurant in Tucson. The chef prepares everything fresh each day. The food is amazingly unique, tasty and fun. Do the platter - and the chef picks three things off the menu for you to try. The tamale pies are great - almost a dessert in themselves. Plus - being from the east coast, this is one of the few restaurants in town with a trendy, hip atmosphere. Highly recommended!

By alextje

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Jun 23, 2007

Snooty owner and staff

I have to admit, the food was pretty good, but that is almost immediately neutralized by the snooty staff and owner. I love Mexican food and had heard a lot about Cafe Poca Casa and wanted to try it. The first time I went with my whole family (daughter -8 son -6). I know that sometimes that can be inappropriate, but I went at 5:00 PM, which should still be doable. From the moment I walked in the door I could sense the unwelcome feeling. We were

ushered to a table fed as quickly as possible and sent on our way. I decided to try it again without the kid factor with just my wife and myself. Once again, I felt that the staff was snooty and that I should be honored to be served by them. The hostess looked great, almost too great. She took a long time to give us any attention even though we had a reservation and nobody else was there. She seemed to find things to do throughout the restaurant to avoid helping us. Once again, the food was good, but the experience and romanticism of the evening was ruined by the staff. Let me just say that I am a very presentable person and my wife as well with impeccable manners so appearance and dress was not the problem here. Just bad service and rude staff.

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