Looking for East Tucson restaurants, bars, and cafes? Here’s our map with restaurants east of Swan Road, no further north than Tanque Verde Road and no further south than Irvington Road:
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We’re not featuring every restaurant from the map above (…yet), but here are some notable East Tucson restaurants that we’ve featured in the past.
One of the best restaurants that hardly anyone knows about, Alloro is hidden within the inconspicuous Hilton Tucson East. Visit for contemporary Italian food made from scratch.
Read our February 2018 article Hilton Tucson East Italian scratch-restaurant “Alloro D.O.C.” with chef Ginny Wooters now open.
The Snickerdoodle Pancake is the popular favorite but creative specials for both pancakes and Benedicts are introduced regularly. If it’s your first time visiting, let them know for a special treat.
Read our January 2019 article Brunch must-have of the week: Snickerdoodle Pancake.
For more information, visit bajacafetucson.com.
Bear Canyon Pizza features a family-friendly environment with big ol’ slices of pizza and a wide selection of draft beer.
Read our May 2017 article Family-Friendly Bear Canyon Pizza Features Modern Design & 30 Beer Taps.
For more information, visit bearcanyonpizza.com.
BZ’s expanded their pizza kitchen to include more Italian dishes. Don’t miss out on their Jalapeño Poppers, among the city’s best.
Read our April 2019 article BZ’s Pizza Back Open on East Wrightstown Road After Two-Year Hiatus.
For more information, visit bzsitaliankitchen.com.
One of the best new restaurants in 2019, Divine Bovine features exceptional burgers, chicken sandwiches, and fries. They also offer a variety of beer cans and bottles.
Read our March 2019 article Burger & Beer-Focused “Divine Bovine” at Speedway & Wilmot Now Open.
For more information, visit divinebovineburgers.com.
While Ha Long Bay’s Vietnamese food is already among Tucson’s best, they also deserve praise for their exceptional service and ability to handle gluten-free accommodations.
Read our September 2017 article “Ha Long Bay”: 15 Years of Vietnamese Cuisine in Tucson.
For more information, visit halongbaymenu.com.
This hidden steakhouse also features superb sides and some of the most tender beans this side of the Santa Cruz River.
Read our June 2016 article Happy Hour of the Week: The Horseshoe Grill.
For more information, visit thehorseshoetucson.com.
A bicyclist favorite, Le Buzz is conveniently located on the way to Mount Lemmon. Although this location made the East Tucson restaurants list, stay tuned for the details of their second location opening.
Read our January 2019 article Le Buzz: European-style Patisserie & Cafe for Hikers, Bikers & Families.
For more information, visit lebuzzcaffe.com.
Mama Louisa’s has been rolling out fresh pasta and Joe’s Special since 1956. It’s one of those dishes you’ll find yourself craving while you’re at home five hours after the restaurant has closed.
Read our March 2017 article #WeeklyDish (No. 6): Joe’s Special at Mama Louisa’s (VIDEO).
For more information, visit mamalouisas.com.
While an inconspicuous sports bar, Mulligan’s features exceptional burgers, wings, and comfort food.
Read our January 2018 article Food Network’s Chopped to Feature Saguaro Corners & Mulligan’s Chef CJ Hamm.
For more information, visit mulliganstucson.com.
Nick’s is the only brick-and-mortar Filipino restaurant in Tucson. Items sell out early, so make sure to visit earlier in the day.
Read our April 2018 article Homestyle Filipino Cuisine at “Nick’s Sari-Sari Store and Filipino Restaurant”.
Poco & Mom’s highlights the cuisine of New Mexico, green chili and all. They also low-key feature a lovely patio.
Read our March 2019 article Poco & Mom’s Cantina: Hearty New Mexican Dishes with Hatch Green Chile.
For more information, visit pocoandmoms.com.
Yes, their artisanal pizza is excellent, but their garlicky Radicchio Caesar Salad is an office favorite across the board.
Read our February 2018 article Portland pair open “Pizza Luna,” a new Eastside Tucson pizza concept.
For more information, visit pizza-luna.com.
Prep & Pastry has the whole package down with a fun vibe, wide selection of mimosas, and assorted dishes and pastries you’ll find yourselves craving by dinner time.
Read our June 2016 article Prep & Pastry Announces July 5 Open Date for Eastside Location.
For more information, visit prepandpastry.com.
Queen Sheba showcases the cuisine of Eritrea. While the cuisine is similar to that of Ethiopia, the differences are strong enough to warrant a separate visit. Check out the Ga’at and Spaghetti.
View our January 2018 article Tucson’s First Eritrean Restaurant “Queen Sheba” Now Open.
Keep up with Queen Sheba Restaurant on Facebook.
While tacos aren’t in the name, make sure to order the phenomenal carne asada and rib-eye tacos. And take advantage of the delectable salsa bar.
Read our October 2017 article #WeeklyDish (No. 29): Carne Asada from The Quesadillas.
For more information, visit queso520.com.
You can always count on Renee’s for a quality meal cooked with love. While they offer a variety of one-of-a-kind pizzas, the Papas Con Queso pizza is one of our favorites.
Read our May 2017 article #WeeklyDish (No. 14): Papas Con Queso Pizza at Renee’s Organic Oven.
For more information, visit reneesorganicoven.com.
Saguaro Corners features one of the best views on the east side along with an impressive beer tap selection.
Read our January 2019 article Saguaro Corners: Hearty Comfort Food, Live Music & Mountain Views.
Keep up with Saguaro Corners on Facebook.
Arguably one of Tucson’s most underrated restaurants, Salsa Verde features a variety of freshly prepared, rarer Mexican dishes such as lorenzas and machetes.
Read our August 2018 article “Salsa Verde” restaurant a new east Tucson favorite for Mexican comfort food.
Keep up with Salsa Verde on Facebook.
Solid Grindz features generous portions of satisfying Hawaiian food. Their Bang Shrimp is a classic.
Read our February 2019 article Fresh Take on Hawaiian BBQ & Island Eats at “Solid Grindz”.
Keep up with Solid Grindz on Facebook.
While Tanque Verde Ranch is a deep drive east, it’s worth it for the Cowboy Cookout and exceptional Sunday lunch buffet spread.
Read our November 2017 article Steak Showdown: Pastiche Modern Eatery vs. Tanque Verde Ranch vs. PY Steakhouse.
For more information, visit tanqueverderanch.com.
Cousin restaurant to Serial Grillers, Toro Loco features craft tacos and California-style french fry-stuffed burritos.
Read our July 2019 article Toro Loco to open Friday, Aug. 2 with craft tacos, french fry-stuffed burros.
For more information, visit torolocotacos.com.
The combination of hot wings and rice doesn’t sound like it makes much sense, but gee willickers, it does. Try their fried rice with their house special sauce and you’ll understand.
Read our April 2017 article #WeeklyDish (No. 8): Five Wing Combo from Wings & Rice.
For more information, visit wingsandrice.com.
Now with two locations, Wings Over Broadway has been one of east Tucson’s favorite places to get wings for years. Make sure to try the signature Golden Hot wings.
Watch our October 2016 video Jackie Tran braves the Afterburner Challenge at Wings Over Broadway.
For more information, visit wobtucson.com.
Zona 78 is makes everything in house, including their charcuterie. They also know how to keep it fun with quirky milkshakes and doughnuts.
Read our February 2018 article Stray Dogs loaded shakes to launch at Zona 78.
View the map for our extensive East Tucson restaurants list! Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments.
Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran’s Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...