Southern Arizona Restaurants

In southern Arizona, cowboy fare is more common than haute cuisine. There are exceptions, though, especially in the wine region of Sonoita and in the trendy town of Bisbee, both popular for weekend outings from Tucson. And, as one would expect, Mexican food dominates menus.

In southern Arizona, cowboy fare is more common than haute cuisine. There are exceptions, though, especially in the wine region of Sonoita and in the trendy town of Bisbee, both popular for weekend outings from Tucson. And, as one would expect, Mexican food dominates me
In southern Arizona, cowboy fare is more common than haute cuisine. There are exceptions, though, especially in the wine

In southern Arizona, cowboy fare is more common than haute cuisine. There are exceptions, though, especially in the wine region of Sonoita and in the trendy town of Bisbee, both popular for weekend outings from Tucson. And, as one would expect, Mexican food dominates menus.

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  • 1. Café Roka

    $$$ | Italian

    This is the deserved darling of the hip Bisbee crowd. The constantly changing northern Italian–style evening menu is not extensive, but whatever...Read More

  • 2. 100 Estrella

    $ | American

    It can be hard to decide which burger to order from the dozen or so on the menu here, including the popular bacon and avocado, the "bleu cheese...Read More

  • 3. Basha's Deli & Bakery

    $ | American

    At the Sells Shopping Center, the good-size market Basha's Deli & Bakery can supply all the makings for a picnic. ...Read More

  • 4. Bisbee's Table

    $$ | American

    You might not expect diversity at a place with a reputation for having the best burger in town, but this restaurant delivers with salads, sandwiches...Read More

  • 5. Crystal Palace Saloon

    $$ | American

    If you're looking to wet your whistle or fill up on satisfying portions of steak, salmon, or pizza, stop by the Crystal Palace, where a beautiful...Read More

  • 6. Gathering Grounds

    $ | Café

    This colorful café and espresso bar, which also doubles as an art gallery featuring local artists, serves healthful breakfasts and soups, salads...Read More

  • 7. La Fonda

    $ | Mexican

    A Yuma institution, La Fonda opened as a tortilla factory in 1940, then added a colorful restaurant onto the original building in 1982; locals...Read More

  • 8. Longhorn Restaurant

    $ | American

    You won't find anything fancy at this noisy eatery across the street from Big Nose Kate's Saloon, but you will find generous helpings of basic...Read More

  • 9. Lutes Casino

    $ | American

    Packed with locals at lunchtime, this large, funky restaurant and bar claims to be the oldest pool hall and domino parlor in Arizona. It's a...Read More

  • 10. Papago Cafe

    $ | American

    For traditional Indian and Mexican food like fry bread, tacos, and chili, try the Papago Cafe, open weekdays breakfast through dinner, and Saturdays...Read More

  • 11. Reb's Café

    $ | American

    For a more traditional take on Southwestern food—none of that newfangled "nouvelle" stuff—this unpretentious diner is of the cowboy variety...Read More

  • 12. River City Grill

    $$$ | American

    This hip downtown restaurant is a favorite dining spot for locals and visitors. It gets a bit loud on weekend nights, but the camaraderie of...Read More

  • 13. Salsa Fiesta Mexican Restaurant

    $ | Mexican

    You can't miss the bright neon lights of this little restaurant, just south of Interstate 10 at Exit 340 in Willcox. The interior is cheerful...Read More

  • 14. Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon

    $$ | American

    A frontier-style design and a weathered-wood exterior help to create the mood at this Western restaurant and bar known for its tasty margaritas...Read More

  • 15. The Garden Café

    $ | Café

    Before or after a visit to the Sanguinetti House Museum, this adjoining café is a good place to stop for breakfast or lunch. The charming dining...Read More

  • 16. The Mesquite Tree

    $$ | Steakhouse

    Ask a local for the best restaurant in town, and you'll probably be directed to a chain restaurant near the shopping mall (folks tend to be...Read More

  • 17. Velvet Elvis Pizza Company

    $$ | Pizza

    There aren't too many places where you can enjoy a pizza heaped with organic veggies, a crisp salad of organic greens tossed with homemade dressing...Read More

  • 18. Wagon Wheel Saloon

    $ | American

    The cowboy bar here, with its neon beer signs and mounted moose head, has been around since the early 1950s. This is where every Stetson-wearing...Read More

  • 19. Canela Bistro

    $$ | American

    A cozy brick house in the center of Sonoita's tiny business district is the setting for this deceptively sophisticated restaurant with small...Read More

  • 20. Nellie Cashman's

    $ | American

    In 1882 a generous Tombstone pioneer opened a boardinghouse and restaurant catering to hard-rock miners. Named the "Angel of the Mining Camp...Read More

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