If you are on a carb-restricted or low-sugar diet, look-away!
Disclaimer: The following guide lists sit-down restaurant desserts. Bakeries, donut shops, and ice cream shops are not included. If you're looking for a sweet ending to your meal, you can find it in this guide.
If you simply can't fit in dessert after a meal and aren't gifted with that second dessert stomach, we'd recommend ordering some delicious appetizers and jump straight into the sugar fest listed below.
Here are 20 restaurants offering some of our favorite, best desserts in Tucson, at the moment. This list is subject to change.
All the desserts at 5 Points Market are beautifully baked, fresh, and have a simple-but-detailed presentation. The daily offerings rotate and we’ve never had one hit a bad flavor note. They have selections for a wide range of dietary needs as well (vegan and gluten-free included).
The Almond Orange Florentine cookie (almost always there as a gluten-free selection) is a standout, as is the delightful meringue-buttercream frosting on many of their cakes.
For more information, visit 5pointstucson.com.
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Go for the New Jersey Joe sandwich on Japanese milk bread and stay for the Sourdough Bread Pudding. Drizzled with espresso chocolate sauce and accompanied by fresh whipped cream, this is comfort food at its finest and rightly designated as one of the best desserts in Tucson.
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If you haven’t had a churro in years because you are gluten-free, run to Charro Vida and order their Churro Dreams ($6.50).
Executive chef Gary Hickey and the Flores Family team have perfected this gluten-free churro recipe. The deep-fried cinnamon confection is delicious, whether you have dietary restrictions or not.
Other notable dessert mentions:
For more information, visit charrovida.com.
The Dark Chocolate Jalapeno Ice Cream Sundae is everything we’ve come to expect from Janos Wilder — thoughtful cuisine, perfectly executed. This menu staple features chocolate ganache, candied pecans, and is served with whipped cream. The creamy, dense chocolate is pierced by the heat of the jalapeno, yet it’s not overly spicy, just warm enough to wake up your mouth.
Pro tip: ask for extra whipped cream.
Seasonal menu varieties:
For more information, visit downtownkitchen.com.
The Erman Brothers give a big shout out to two of our favorite local sweet artisans: Monsoon Chocolate and Desert Dream Ice Creamery.
Don’t leave your visit to Fourth Avenue without the intense chocolate experience of the Monsoon Flourless Chocolate Torte ($8) at Ermanos. This rich little slice of heaven, made for chocolate cake lovers, features stout-whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, fresh berries, and a dusting of cocoa.
You will likely order an extra piece to take with you.
Other delectable options:
For more information, visit ermanosbrew.com.
Delicious and wickedly imaginative flavors are on the diverse ice cream menu at HUB. They are always inventing new flavor combinations — so visit often and try 'em all.
For more information, visit hubdowntown.com.
What a lovely surprise it was finding these Japanese sweets available at one of our favorite noodle joints. None of the desserts are made in house but they are all enjoyable, light, and less sweet than their American or European counterparts. What a lovely way to end a terrific meal!
For more information, visit marunoodle.com.
Saving room for dessert at The Parish is a challenge; you might have to order this one at the start of your meal. The house-made Bread Pudding is rich and decadent, topped with butter rum caramel and a fresh, light whipped cream. It's a delightful juxtaposition of texture.
If you're looking for something unusual, opt for the dessert of the week (they're ever-changing). Highly recommended of the best dessert in Tucson list.
For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.
Penca’s Arroz Con Leche ($8) is a surprise. The simplicity of its rice base is uniquely comforting. The cinnamon in the ice cream imparts warmth while the soy cracker adds that lovely crunch. And the white chocolate brûlée is a unique, caramelized bite.
Other bites worth savoring:
For more information, visit pencarestaurante.com.
As our Instammer and content creator Melissa Stihl confidently put it:
“I don’t know how to begin explaining the dinner that I had in celebration of Persian New Year with some friends. I literally couldn’t pronounce a single dish that was ordered and was so grateful to have a culinary guide who knew what to order. Every bite I sampled was delicious, but the memorable moment came at the end of the meal — Persian Ice Cream [$8.50] was ordered for the table and I watched in awe as a bowl of bright yellow ice cream was placed down in front of us and lit up our table. This ice cream was neon and sparkly. Persian Ice Cream is made with a combination of flavors including rosewater, saffron, and pistachio. Nothing overpowers the flavor of the dish and it’s subtly perfumed— no one wants to taste Chanel No. 5.”
Other dessert offerings:
For more information, visit persianroom.com.
Each dessert at PY Steakhouse, inside Casino Del Sol, is an offering of culinary art. The extensive dessert menu varies seasonally, so keep a lookout for new bites.
The Sweet Corn Creme Brûlée ($10), featuring Pima 60-day native corn cookie crumble and freeze-dried honey, is a creamy addition to the summer menu. Fresh flavor combinations and an added crunch spark nostalgia.
For more information, visitcasinodelsol.com/dining/py-steakhouse.
Reilly shines with their well-curated dessert menu, hitting all the sweet notes. Their three desserts are all delicious (and yes, they were all consumed in one sitting).
The Cannoli ($6) stands out with its crisp house-made shell and the zesty lemon-ricotta filling. Dipped in mini chocolate chips on one end and celebratory multi-colored sprinkles on the other, it's a party in your mouth.
Other desserts featured on the menu:
For more information, visit reillypizza.com.
Senae Thai’s food is fresh and beautiful. The Glouy Tod ($8) is a flavor explosion featuring bananas fried in beer batter, served with vanilla ice cream. Crispy, hot, sweet, and creamy...yes, please!
Looking for a different tropical treat? Try these:
For more information, visit senaethai.com.
Choosing just one dessert off of the menu is tough — bring a group of friends along to try all three of the treats.
If picking a highlight, the Buttermilk Panna Cotta ($8) — with piloncillo roasted pineapple, passion fruit, raspberries, and mint — is it. The pudding is creamy and sweet without being cloying. By introducing buttermilk, they’ve captured a special tang. The passion fruit sauce complements the creamy dish perfectly.
Other desserts featured:
For more information, visit titoandpep.com.
After a leisurely Italian meal, you'll need something to wake you up for the drive home. Tavolino's Affogato al Caffe ($9), with fresh espresso over vanilla gelato, and whipped cream, will do the trick. If you want something light and bright during the warm weather, opt for a house-made sorbet.
Other decadent options:
Tiramisu ($9) — ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa
Creme Caramel ($9) — vanilla cream custard, and caramel sauce
Bonet ($9) — rich chocolate custard, amaretti, whipped cream, and caramel sauce
Gelati Misti ($9) —A selection of three house-made Italian gelati
Sorbetto ($9) — A selection of house-made Italian sorbet in three flavors
For more information, visit tavolinoristorante.com.
If you're not in the mood for the iconic salted chocolate chip cookie ($2.49) at Time Market, their brownie ($5.25) is the lesser-known (equally satisfying) sweet treat to try. The consistency hits somewhere between a chewy brownie and dense chocolate cake.
Dip into the pastry window to find:
For more information, visit timemarket.xyz.
Wildflower delivers delicious food consistently (and they have an extensive dessert menu to cater to anyone’s sweet tooth craving). Everything sounded appealing, so we rounded up our friend group and tried it all.
The standouts are the Bars of Sin ($9) with praline chocolate cookie, cappuccino mousse, and vanilla bean gelato (for our chocoholics out there) and the warm Cinnamon Doughnuts ($8) with delicious vanilla custard and berry marmalade for dipping.
Other delightful bites on offer:
For more information, visit foxrc.com.
Let’s talk cream pie.
If you're a fan of cream pies, then share your burger with a friend and get help conquering their staggering Banana Cream Pie ($6) drizzled with caramel sauce. The shakes (especially the vanilla malted flavor) and Chocolate Pie ($6) are delicious, too.
For more information, visit zinburgeraz.com.
More than half a pound of chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate or white chocolate macadamia nut cookie dough is slightly baked in a six-inch pizza pan and topped with three scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. That is THE ORiGiNAL PiZZA COOKiE® and it most definitely serves two to four people.
For more information, visit oreganos.com.
24 hot, fresh cinnamon-sugar dusted donut holes injected with different fresh sauces. That's all you need to know.
For more information, visit topgolf.com.
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