23 Northeast Tucson Restaurants To Try

Last modified on July 10th, 2018 at 11:08 am

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When you think about places to eat in the Catalina Foothills, popular destinations like La Encantada and St. Philip’s Plaza likely come to mind. However, a short drive east opens up a myriad of options, some brand new and some old favorites.

Within the boundaries of Sunrise Drive, Swan Road and River Road, you will find a handful of Northeast Tucson restaurants and cafes offering a variety of cuisines and price ranges for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Arizona Pizza Company

4955 N Sabino Canyon Rd.
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(Credit: Arizona Pizza Company)

One of three locations in Tucson, Arizona Pizza Company on Sabino Canyon Road offers giant single slices or whole pizza pies, a full bar and more at an affordable price point.

For more information, visit arizonapizza.com.


4777 E Sunrise Dr.
(Credit: Bazil's)

(Credit: Bazil’s)

Bazil’s has been providing Tucson with Chicago-style Italian cuisine since 1979. If you are dining in, the menu ranges from classics like Lasagna and Toasted Ravioli to unexpected dishes like Escargot. Many fans opt for the more casual To Go menu, which includes dozens of specialty pizzas and pastas.

For more information, visit bazilstucson.com.


4960 N Sabino Canyon Rd.
(Credit: Brewd)

(Credit: Brewd)

Brewd, a coffee lounge, offers the ideal healthy breakfast or coffee stop for anyone in the Sabino Canyon area. The breakfast and lunch options consist primarily of paninis, like the Pusch Ridge Panini, with egg whites, turkey bacon, veggie sausage, and cheese, and the Saddleback Ridge Panini with roasted turkey, brie cheese, and jalapeno jelly on rosemary artisan bread. The cafe even offers Gluten-Free options from Got 2 B Gluten Free.

In keeping with their name, Brewd’s drink selection includes bottomless coffee (in-house) for only $2.50, blended drinks, espresso, tea and lattes.

For more information, visit brewd.us.

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Caffe Torino

5605 E River Rd.
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(Credit: Caffe Torino)

Caffe Torino opened their original location in Oro Valley in 2000, a little over ten years after owner Daniela Borella moved to Tucson from Italy. Daniela’s mother, Edy, was the original chef, crafting a menu of traditional family recipes, including handmade pasta.

On Saturdays, guests can enjoy live jazz on the unique patio, which is shaped like Arizona state.

For more information, caffetorinotucson.com.

Commoner & Co.

6960 E Sunrise Dr.
Steak from Commoner & Co. (Credit: Shannon Dudley)

Steak from Commoner & Co. (Credit: Shannon Dudley)

The newest addition the the Northeast food scene, Commoner & Co. brings elevated American cuisine to Sunrise Drive. Building on the success of sister restaurant Prep & Pastry, Commoner offers decadent brunch dishes, a dinner menu filled with comfort classics, and a popular happy hour selection.

For more information, visit commonertucson.com.

El Charro Cafe

6910 E Sunrise Dr.
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If you haven’t been to one of El Charro’s three Tucson locations, can you really call yourself a Tucsonan? Okay, that might be a bit extreme, but the restaurant has been serving their classic Sonoran cuisine since 1922.

For more information, visit elcharrocafe.com.

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El Cisne

4717 E Sunrise Dr.
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(Credit: El Cisne)

While El Cisne’s reviews are mixed, those that love the restaurant’s Mexican cuisine, really love it. According to their website, they specialize in “wonderfully prepared seafood and steaks” and cuisine from various regions across Mexico.

For more information, visit elcisnerestaurant.com.

Fini’s Landing

5689 N Swan Rd.
Tacos at Fini's Landing

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Fini’s Landing has made it their mission to bring the coastal cuisine of the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, Mexico and California to land-locked Tucson. Guests appreciate the laid back vibes, dog-friendly patio and seafood-centric Taco Tuesday deals.

For more information, visit finislanding.com.

Ginza Sushi

5425 N Kolb Rd.
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(Credit: Ginza Sushi)

A common complaint about Tucson’s food scene is the lack of high-quality, authentic sushi.

Enter Ginza Sushi. The Japanese restaurant and bar serves sushi menu, sashimi, salads and tempura tapas style, or as it is referred to in Japan, Izakaya style.

For more information, visit ginzatucson.com.

Golden Dragon

4704 E Sunrise Dr.
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(Credit: Golden Dragon)

Tucked away in a shopping mall at Sunrise and Swan, Golden Dragon offers exactly what you would want from any hole-in-the wall Chinese restaurant: large portions, reasonable prices and fresh food.

For more information, visit goldendragontucson.com.

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Ha Long Bay Restaurant

7245 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Ha Long Bay (Credit: Ha Long Bay)

Ha Long Bay (Credit: Ha Long Bay)

A Vietnamese restaurant located in the Colonial Plaza, Ha Long offers traditional lunch and dinner items along with Pan-Stir Fried Do Xa0 chicken, beef, pork or tofu choices.

For more information, visit, Ha Long Bay on facebook.

Harvest On River

5605 E River Rd.
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Short Rib Nachos at Harvest (Credit: Harvest)

Harvest, a longtime Oro Valley staple, opened their new location on River Road last Fall. The restaurant offers a slew of specials each week, starting with half-price bottles of wine on Mondays and Tuesdays, and a $12 “Sunset Menu” from 4 to 5pm daily with dishes like Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Braised Short Rib.

For more information, visit harvestov.com.

Inca’s Peruvian Cuisine

6878 E Sunrise Dr.
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(Credit: Inca’s)

Inca’s, one of the only Peruvian joints in town, celebrates the diverse cultures that contribute to Peruvian cuisine, which range from Spanish to African to Japanese to British.

The menu is full of authentic and delicious favorites like whole chicken for four served with Peruvian style fries, house rice, and salad, ceviche de pescado, and pulled chicken breast, cooked in aji amarillo and roasted walnuts, served over sliced boiled potatoes.

For more information, visit incascuisine.com.

Le Buzz Cafe

9121 E Tanque Verde Rd.
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(Credit: Le Buzz)

Le Buzz welcomes early birds at 6am every morning with coffee roasted in-house, fresh baked goods, omelettes, quiche, breakfast sandwiches and more. For the later crowd, they whip up homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and specialty entrees like Adobo Sweet Potato Quinoa.

For more information, visit lebuzzcaffe.com.

Poco & Mom’s Cantina

7000 E Tanque Verde Rd.
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Pozole at Poco & Mom’s Cantina (Credit: Poco & Mom’s)

Why visit Poco & Mom’s Northeast spot over the popular 22nd and Kolb location? A fully-stocked bar, ready to serve up margaritas with your favorite New Mexican classics, might convince you. Poco & Mom’s Restaurant was started in 1999 and has built up quite the fanbase ever since.

For more information, visit pocoandmoms.com.

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Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 E Tanque Verde Rd.
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(Credit: Renee’s Organic Oven)

Renee’s is a standout in Tucson’s pizza scene for their gluten-free and vegan varieties, consistent use of organic and locally-sourced ingredients, and creative approach to toppings and flavors. As an added bonus, they make great food.

For more information, visit reneesorganicoven.com.

Sushi Zona

5655 E River Rd.
Oshinko Sushi Combo at Sushi Zona (Credit: Sushi Zona)

Oshinko Sushi Combo at Sushi Zona (Credit: Sushi Zona)

Formerly Sushi Yukari, Sushi Zona has built a reputation for being one of the most authentic Japanese destinations in town. It is a well-deserved designation, considering the quality of the sushi and flavorful Tonkotsu Ramen, among other specialities.

For more information, visit sushizona.com.

The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant & Pub

 6958 E Tanque Verde Rd.
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(Credit: The Canyon’s Crown)

One of the only British-style sports bars in town, The Canyon’s Crown is an ideal location to settle in for comfort food and a sports game. Frequent guests love the Fish and Chips, Scotch Eggs, Irish Nachos, and wide selection of beers from the United Kingdom.

For more information, visit canyonscrown.com.

The Eclectic Cafe

7053 E Tanque Verde Rd
Grilled Salmon with Super Slaw at Eclectic Cafe (Credit: Eclectic Cafe)

Grilled Salmon with Super Slaw at Eclectic Cafe (Credit: Eclectic Cafe)

Located at the east end of the Tanque Verde Shopping Center, The Eclectic Cafe certainly lives up to its name. Since 1980, the family-owned establishment has been serving a diverse range of fresh dishes, from Chicken And Chorizo Pasta to Rueben Chimis to Curry Mango Chutney Salad.

For more information, visit eclecticcafetucson.com.

The Flying V Bar & Grill

7000 N Resort Dr.
Chili Rubbed Ahi Tuna at Flying V Bar & Grill (Credit: Jennifer Stash)

Chili Rubbed Ahi Tuna at Flying V Bar & Grill (Credit: Jennifer Stash)

If you’re looking for an upscale night out, The Flying V Bar & Grill is a go-to destination. From the exceptional views to Executive Chef Eric Sutter’s seasonal menus, you are sure to impress the lucky guests you decide to bring along.

For more information, visit loewshotels.com.

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Trattoria Pina

5541 N Swan Rd.
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(Credit: Trattoria Pina)

Trattoria Pina prides themselves on offering “superb Italian food”, including fresh seafood, gourmet pizzas made in a wood burning oven, and homemade gnocchi. The foothills location includes a comfortable patio with views of the Catalinas.

For more information, visit trattoriapina.com.

Tucson Tamale

7159 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Blue Corn Tamale (Photo Credit: Tucson Tamale Co.)

Blue Corn Tamale (Photo Credit: Tucson Tamale Co.)

There is a reason Tucson Tamale’s goods are shipped all over the country and have been featured in numerous national publications. Since opening in 2008, they have kept their menu simple and their tamales fresh.

For more information, visit tucsontamale.com.

Zona 78

7301 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Rigatoni Bolognese at Zona 78 (Credit: Lacey & Suede)

Rigatoni Bolognese at Zona 78 (Credit: Lacey & Suede)

Now their only location in town, Zona 78 is a favorite destination for happy hour, quality service and trattoria-style Italian cuisine. Popular items include calamari and pizza topped with cheese made in-house.

For more information, visit zona78.com.

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