With the fall season upon us, a few favorites come out of the woodwork, namely, cooler weather, an overload of pumpkin spice, and our favorite classic theater performances. If you love the drama of The Phantom of the Opera or the whimsy of Annie, you don't want to miss out on the upcoming theater season.
Below is a list of dining options near four Tucson theaters. So don your finest garb, enjoy a sit-down dinner just a walk or short drive away from an evening of fantasy, elaborate costumes, and unforgettable music.
Centennial Hall, built in 1937 stands tall with its iconic red brick and circular archways just seconds from University Blvd. It is rumored that a few ghosts still reside in the historical theater, so don't be alarmed by a few footsteps or murmurs. This historical venue offers an extensive variety of Broadway musicals, classical music, jazz, ballet and modern dance.
For more information, please visit UA Present's Centennial Hall.
Wilko offers a warm, rustic atmosphere just a hip, hop and a step away from Centennial Hall. The eatery features fresh gastropub fare with an extensive wine, cheese and cured meats menu.
For more information, please visit Wilko.
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Looking for reimagined comfort food with fresh local ingredients and outdoor seating? Then Pasco is your place. Make sure to try one of their craft cocktails before heading to the venue.
For more information, please visit Pasco.
A slightly farther trek from campus, (an eight minute drive to be exact) delivers a dining experience fit for Bette Davis and Cary Grant. Take advantage of the Arizona Inn's tranquil courtyards, sprawling lawns and undeniable elegance.
For more information, please visit Arizona Inn.
Fox Theater transports show-goers to the grandeur and elegance of the 1930's with gold gilded paneling, and mosaic ceiling. Sit upon the ascended loft, and you are sure to feel like royalty while enjoying everything from comedy shows to music performances. You won't miss the gleaming marquee spelling F-O-X in the heart of downtown, with plenty of dining options close by.
For more information, please visit Fox Tucson Theatre.
Right next door from the theater, Caffé Milano offers a menu of classic Italian dishes with a quaint, romantic atmosphere. End your meal with a sweet bite of tiramisu or panna cotta.
For more information, please visit Caffe Milano.
47 Scott brings vibrant flavor to a menu of mussels, pan-seared rainbow trout, and pork belly with blueberry reduction. Enjoy a romantic dinner in the eatery's back courtyard under strings of twinkling lights and trees.
For more information, please visit 47 Scott.
Cafe Poca Cosa offers an evolving menu of regional Mexican cuisine that changes twice throughout the day. Stop by to see what the chef and owner Suzana Davila is serving up.
For more information, please visit Cafe Poca Cosa.
Just a few blocks from Fox Theater, this is the perfect spot to enjoy elevated pizza and appetizers. If you have time to spare before the show, grab a drink in the eatery's basement bar, filled with old school style and whimsy.
For more information, please visit Reilly Pizza + Drink.
Nestled in downtown's historic district, this venue is filled with charm and distinct character. The theater hosts a variety of off the beaten path performances, and is known for its provocative and creative plays. Disgraced, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play is set to begin in October and is "about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves."
For more information, please visit Arizona Theatre.
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Chock full of lively music and Spanish style, Casa Vincente offers a variety of tapas menu items sure to satisfy all your cravings. Nosh on small plates rich with flavor, before a quick three minute stroll to the Temple of Music and Art.
For more information, please visit Casa Vincente.
Janos Wilder brings artistic style and global inspiration to the dishes at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails. Within walking distance of all three downtown venues, this might just be the go-to spot this theater season.
For more information, please visit Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails.
Looking for refined Mexican fare and a fun atmosphere, then Penca is your place. Within minutes of Fox Theater, the Tucson Convention Center and the Temple of Music and Art, this is the ultimate pre-theater dining experience.
For more information, please visit Penca.
Built in 1971, the Tucson Convention Center is a relatively new addition to downtown. Known for holding the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show as well as Comic Con, this venue can certainly pack a punch. The fall season is expected to show Disney on Ice presents Frozen and A Southwest Nutcracker. Before the show, take a walk through the Barrio Viejo neighborhood and take in the colorful adobe architecture.
For more information, please visit TCC.
If you're going to Cafe Desta, expect an abundance of flavors, textures and a true taste of Ethiopia. The eatery is just a ten minute walk from the Tucson Convention Center and The Temple of Music and Art.
For more information, please visit Cafe Desta.
Right across the street from the Tucson Convention Center, the Cushing Street Bar puts a southwest spin on fine dining with menu items such as the sueño burger and poblano pasta.
For more information, please visit Cushing Street Bar.
El Minuto offers classic Mexican fare right down the street from the Tucson Convention Center. Enjoy a quick margarita and cheese crisp or a sit-down meal before your show.
For more information, please visit El minuto.