Tucson Restaurants

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  • 1. Café Poca Cosa

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    At what is arguably Tucson's most creative Mexican restaurant, the chef prepares recipes inspired by different regions of her native country...Read More

  • 2. Elvira's

    $$ | Mexican

    This colorful and deservedly popular restaurant—a fixture in Nogales, Mexico, since 1927—moved across the border and now serves delicious Sonoran...Read More

  • 3. 47 Scott

    $$ | Downtown | American

    Hip in an understated way, this relatively new restaurant and bar is already at the top of local "best of Tucson" lists, and its cocktails have...Read More

  • 4. Athens on 4th Avenue

    $$ | University | Greek

    The tranquil dining room in this Greek spot off 4th Avenue is furnished with lace curtains, white stucco walls, and potted plants. Enjoy classics...Read More

  • 5. Bangkok Cafe

    $$ | Central | Thai

    This is not only the best Thai food in town, it is top-notch for Thai-food fans. The bright, spacious café serves favorite Thai dishes, along...Read More

  • 6. Cup Café

    $$ | Downtown | American

    This charming spot off the lobby of Hotel Congress is at the epicenter of Tucson's hippest Downtown scene, but it's also a down-home, friendly...Read More

  • 7. Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails

    $$ | Downtown | American

    Ever-evolving maverick and master chef Janos Wilder returned to the Downtown dining scene a few years ago, delighting city planners striving...Read More

  • 8. El Charro Café

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    Started by Monica Flin in 1922, the oldest Mexican restaurant in town still serves splendid versions of the Mexican-American staples Flin claims...Read More

  • 9. Feast

    $$ | Central | Eclectic

    One of Tucson's most popular upscale bistros, Feast has a contemporary setting that is bright, cheerful, and conducive to conversation. The...Read More

  • 10. North

    $$ | Foothills | Italian

    This trendy eatery in upscale La Encantada Shopping Center melds an urban-loft look with rustic Italian touches, including bright red chairs...Read More

  • 11. Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse

    $$ | Eastside | Steakhouse

    Anybody caught eating newfangled foods like fish tacos here would probably be hanged from the rafters—along with the ties snipped from city...Read More

  • 12. Sachiko Sushi

    $$ | Eastside | Japanese

    Don't let the bland interior or the strip-mall setting dissuade you: many locals consider this the best Japanese restaurant in Tucson. Inside...Read More

  • 13. Sinbad's

    $$ | University | Middle Eastern

    Nestled in the verdant Geronimo Plaza, Sinbad's serves falafel and other Middle Eastern fare, and has a great patio. ...Read More

  • 14. Tavolino

    $$ | Foothills | Italian

    Italian classics like lasagna al forno, ravioli di zucca, and osso buco have never tasted better than at Chef Mossimo's Tavolino, tucked into...Read More

  • 15. Tohono Chul Garden Bistro

    $$ | Northwest | American

    The food at Tohono Chul Garden Bistro is fine, but what many come for is the location inside a wildlife sanctuary, surrounded by flowering desert...Read More

  • 16. Wildflower Grill

    $$ | Northwest | American

    A glass wall separates the bar from the dining area, where an open kitchen, high ceiling with painted flowers, and blue-green banquettes complete...Read More

  • 17. Barrio

    $$ | Downtown | American

    Lively at lunchtime, this trendy grill serves innovative Southwestern cuisine. Try a "little plate" of black tiger shrimp rubbed with tamarind...Read More

  • 18. Montana Avenue

    $$ | Eastside | American

    The more sedate but equally charming sister restaurant to Zinburger, North, and Wildflower, Montana Avenue satisfies with upscale comfort food...Read More

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