Your guide to 50+ restaurants & bars in downtown Tucson

From authentic Mexican cuisine to local cafés and coffee shops, each restaurant offers a unique atmosphere with diverse menus and experiences.

Ever wonder if you’re missing out on a hot new restaurant or some cool, hidden spot? There are more downtown Tucson restaurants, bars, and cafes than one could realistically cover in any short time span. From authentic Mexican, to Thai, to local cafés and coffee shops, each restaurant offers a unique atmosphere.

Whether you’re wanting to pop into a café for a hot drink, grab a cocktail at a speakeasy-style bar, or enjoy a sit-down dinner, downtown has a lot to offer.

Agustín Kitchen

100 S. Avenida del Convento
AZ Filet Mignon at Agustin Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

AZ Filet Mignon at Agustin Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Agustin Kitchen’s incredible flavors come from the kitchen of Executive Chef David Solorzano, under the guidance of General Manager Neil Scott. After your meal, walk around the Mercado San Agustin courtyard and enjoy the nearby shops. Plus, they have live music on the patio every Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit agustinkitchen.com.

Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches

33 N. Stone Ave.
Baggin's (Photo Credit: Baggin's)

Baggin’s (Photo Credit: Baggin’s)

Baggin’s has served bagged sandwiches with a kick of southwestern flavor since 1984. They continue to provide lunchtime favorites for on-the-go customers. While you’re downtown, try one of their specialty sandwiches like the Unforgettable Baggin’s or indulge in a grilled creation like the Southwestern Tuna Melt.

  • Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday – Friday and closed on Saturday – Sunday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit bagginsgourmet.com.

Barrio Brewing Company

800 E. 16th St.
Hola Hefeweizen from Barrio Brewing (Photo credit: Barrio Brewing)

Hola Hefeweizen from Barrio Brewing (Photo credit: Barrio Brewing)

Barrio Brewing Co. offers a variety of microbrews, including the well-known Barrio Blonde. In fact, it’s the longest-running, continuously brewed beer in the state of Arizona. Enjoy with classic pub food, like “Beer Sponges,” two soft pretzels served with beer mustard.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday – Saturday
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 7 p.m. on Monday – Friday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit barriobrewing.com.

BATA

35 E. Toole Ave.

Photo by Anna Smirnova

A very welcome addition to downtown Tucson, BATA is an innovative, modern, upscale gastronomic restaurant by our very own native Tucsonan and self-taught chef Tyler Fenton. Inspired by a modern European approach, where the focus of a dish is often on the beauty and quality of the ingredient itself, BATA enriches the Tucson dining scene with fire and finesse. As of late, the restaurant has earned some national spotlight by being recognized as one of Bon Appétit’s “Best New Restaurants of 2022.”

  • Hours of operation: 5 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday – Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, and 5 – 9 p.m. on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

Also, BATA’s new basement bar, barbata, is now open. Read our November 2022 article, “Bata opens its brand-new, European-inspired barbata.”

For more information, visit batatucson.com

Batch Cafe & Bar

118 E. Congress St.
We Fly High cocktail and Creme Brulee doughnut at Batch Cafe & Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

We Fly High cocktail and Creme Brulee doughnut at Batch Cafe & Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Batch certainly isn’t your typical whiskey bar. Opened in January 2016, Batch is known for its whiskey and doughnuts. They’ve got more than 900 types of whiskey, tasty tacos on Friday, and freshly baked and boozy doughnuts on the weekends.

  • Hours of operation: 4 – 11 p.m. on Tuesday – Thursday, 2 p.m. – midnight on Friday – Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit batchtucson.com.

Beaut Burger

267 S. Avenida del Convento
B8 and B4 burgers at Beaut Burger (Credit: Jackie Tran)

B8 and B4 burgers at Beaut Burger (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Jump off at the Cushing Street and Avenida del Convento stop on the Sun Link (Tucson’s streetcar) and you’ll find yourself at the MSA Annex. The businesses and restaurants here are based out of shipping containers. One of which is Beaut Burger, a vegan-friendly eatery specializing in house-made “burgers” made with grains, beans, vegetables, walnuts, and spices. You’ll want a side of sweet potato fries.

  • Hours of operation: 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit beautburger.com.

Berry Greens Juice Bar

245 E. Congress St. #159
Juice at Berry Greens Acai & Juice Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Juice at Berry Greens Acai & Juice Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The menu features a wide variety of “healthy, fresh, and tasty options” like acai bowls, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, food, and other bites.

Read our November 2022 article, “Berry Greens Juice Bar: Downtown spot reopens & new location flourishes.”

  • Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday – Saturday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit berrygreens.com.

Blue Front

110 E. Congress St.

Photo courtesy of Ranch House Media

The two-level space, highlighted by a beautiful indoor/outdoor bar and open kitchen on the bottom level, offers an experience for every member of the family. Mosey on up to the bar during your lunch break, catch a game on one of the many TVs available, play some pool upstairs on the second level, or enjoy your meal al fresco on their spacious patio.

Read our January 2023 article, “Blue Front’s grand opening in downtown Tucson.”

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily and then until 11 p.m. on Friday – Saturday
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 6 p.m. on Monday – Friday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit bluefronttucson.com

Bombole Eatery

100 N. Stone
Empanadas at Bombolé Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Empanadas at Bombolé Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

One of our favorite downtown Tucson restaurants, with fast counter service, great food, and a low price point. Bombole offers a hybrid of Indian and Mexican cuisines with their Indian empanadas. Empanada options change frequently.

  • Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit eatbombole.com.

Cafe 54

54 E. Pennington St.
Cafe 54 facade

Cafe 54 facade (Photo courtesy of Cafe 54 on Facebook)

Cafe 54 is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite for lunch. It also serves as more than just a restaurant by offering “a unique employment training program for adults recovering from mental illnesses.”

Menu items include salads, veggie burgers, gyros, and flatbreads. Make sure to try the dessert of the day.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday – Friday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit cafe54.org.

Cafe a La C’Art

150 N. Main Ave.
Parmesan Crusted Ham Croissant at Cafe a la C'Art

Parmesan Crusted Ham Croissant at Cafe a la C’Art (Photo courtesy of Cafe a la C’Art on Facebook)

Café à la C’Art offers a memorable experience for its customer. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this café offers specialties like the Parmesan Crusted Turkey Croissant. You’ll feel like you’re at home in this quaint, country-style café surrounded by a patio covered in mosaic.

  • Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday – Sunday, and closed Monday – Tuesday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit cafealacarttucson.com.

Caffe Luce

245 E. Congress St.
Gibraltar at Sparkroot (Photo Credit: Jennifer Stash)

Gibraltar at Sparkroot, which has since become Caffe Luce. (Photo Credit: Jennifer Stash)

Caffe Luce offers coffee and tea, along with simply made dishes such as steel-cut oatmeal and pressed sandwiches. The interior of this coffee bar features a busy, urban-feel, using reclaimed barn wood and stainless steel accents.

  • Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: No

Keep up with Caffe Luce on Facebook.

The Century Room

311 E. Congress St.
Photo courtesy of The Century Room

Photo courtesy of The Century Room

A borderlands jazz club and mezcal lounge featuring local and national musical acts, ancestral small batch mezcals, craft cocktails, small bites, and regional beer and wine.

Read our March 2022 article, “The Century Room is now serving small bites with all that jazz.”

  • Hours of operation: 6 – 11 p.m. on Tuesday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday – Saturday, 6 – 11 p.m. on Sunday, and closed Monday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

CERES

77 W. Washington St.
Cacio e pepe at CERES

Cacio e pepe at CERES (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Presidio newcomer transports you out of the desert and straight to Europe.

Although handmade pasta is the star, CERES offers fresh focaccia sandwiches, sweet baked treats, and a full espresso menu using locally roasted specialty coffee. The menu features the classics along with seasonal specials.

Read our January 2023 article, “Ceres & Noodies owner has a new restaurant concept in the works.”

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and again at 6 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and again at 6 – 10 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, and closed Monday – Tuesday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit cerestucson.square.site.

Charro Steak & Del Rey

188 E. Broadway Blvd. • 178 E. Broadway Blvd.
Lobster Tower del Rey at Charro del Rey (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Lobster Tower del Rey at Charro del Rey (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

If Charro Steak sounds familiar, it is. Owned and operated by El Charro restaurants Flores family, Charro Steak is the family’s interpretation of a Sonoran steakhouse. The ranch-to-table meats provide an outstanding local experience. Then, Charro Del Rey, sister restaurant to Charro Steak, opened in 2019 with a focus on seafood and prime rib.

  • Hours of operation: 3 – 9 p.m. daily
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 6 p.m. daily
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit charrosteak.com.

Cobra Arcade Bar

63 E. Congress St.
Bartop at Cobra Arcade Bar (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Bartop at Cobra Arcade Bar (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

The 5,000-square-foot arcade bar at 63 E. Congress St. is the second Cobra Arcade Bar — the first location is in downtown Phoenix. The space previously held JunXion Bar. Popular titles include Pac-Man, Galaga, Frogger, Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, Dance Dance Revolution 8th Mix, X-Men, and The Simpsons Arcade Game.

  • Hours of operation: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Tuesday – Sunday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit cobraarcadebar.com.

The Coronet

198 W. Cushing St.
Steelhead at The Coronet (Photo by Anna Smirnova)

Steelhead at The Coronet (Photo by Anna Smirnova)

On the corner of Cushing Street and Meyer Avenue, there’s a group of concepts harboring enough allure, artistry, and charm to attract anyone with an appetite for something new. So, whether it be an intentional visit or you’re simply passing by, The CoronetCoronet Cafe, and Nightjar are collectively the cat’s meow.

Read our August 2022 article, “Celebrating a love for food & connection with the Coronet.”

  • Hours of operation: 5 – 9 p.m. on Thursday – Monday and closed Tuesday – Wednesday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit coronettucson.com.

Cruda Mariscos & Oyster Bar

31 N. Scott Ave.
Cruda Mariscos & Oyster Bar

Tacos Gobernadores (Photo courtesy of Cruda Mariscos & Oyster Bar on Instagram)

Owners of The Neighborhood opened up the new concept in 2022 and then most recently they’ve added another restaurant to the neighborhood, so to speak. Since its opening, the restaurant has been delivering its ocean vibes and Baja California cuisine to downtown Tucson.

  • Hours of operation: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, and closed on Tuesday – Wednesday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit crudamariscos.com.

Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St. 
Cast Iron Baked Eggs at Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Cast Iron Baked Eggs at Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Cup Cafe offers a full bar and dining room with features like a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Cup Café’s menu offers items from Tofu & Tamale to Heartbreaker and Pan Roasted Salmon. Enjoy brunch after a long night dancing and enjoying live entertainment at Club Congress.

If you’re looking for something a little more casual, head to the patio and taste Cup Cafe classics from their food trailer, Plaza Eats. The street-food focussed menu is ideal for an urban picnic vibe.

  • Hours of operation: Brunch from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily and then dinner from 4 – 9 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, 4 – 10 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, and 4 – 9 p.m. on Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday – Friday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

The Delta

135 S. Sixth Ave.
Southern Seafood Boil at The Delta

Southern Seafood Boil at The Delta (Photo by Kim Johnston)

The owners, Steve DunnBryce Zeagler, and Chef Travis Peters, who all currently run The Parish on 6453 N. Oracle Rd, spent months renovating the old stomping grounds of chef Janos Wilder, who closed up his restaurant in late 2020 after dishing out delicious bites for ten years.

If you’re familiar with The Parish, you’ll be excited to know that The Delta is rockin’ out similar southern-style dishes inspired by Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana.

  • Hours of operation: 4 – 10 p.m. on Tuesday – Wednesday, 4 – midnight on Thursday – Saturday, 4  9 p.m. on Sunday, and closed Monday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday – Thursday and 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit thedeltatucson.com.

Donut Bar

33 N. Sixth Ave.
Donut Bar offerings

Donut Bar offerings (Photo courtesy of Donut Bar on Facebook)

The doughnut shop offers about 30 different doughnuts daily; 15 flavors will stay the same, while the other 15 will rotate. The full catalog features about 90 different flavors. In addition to the giant menu of rotating doughnuts (about 30 different types daily), the new menu will feature savory options created by local superstar chefs.

Read our December 2022 article, “Donut Bar teams up with local chefs to create savory sandwiches.”

  • Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. and then 5 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, 1 a.m. – 1 p.m. and then 5 p.m. – midnight on Friday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and then 5 p.m – midnight on Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, and closed Monday – Tuesday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit donutbartucsonaz.com.

El Charro Cafe

311 N. Court Ave.
Vegan Nopalito Enchiladas at El Charro Cafe

Vegan Nopalito Enchiladas at El Charro Cafe (Credit: Dana Sullivan)

El Charro is one of the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurants and definitely the oldest of the downtown Tucson restaurants. Featuring award-winning recipes like Banderas Enchiladas and the house carne seca, which is dried in a special cage outside the restaurant in the sun.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. daily
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 6 p.m. daily
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit elcharrocafe.com.

El  Mezquite Grill & Taqueria

280 S. Church Ave.

Photo courtesy of El Mezquite Grill & Taqueria on Facebook

El Mezquite Grill & Taqueria offers contemporary Southwest cuisine highlighting fresh, healthy, creative, and local ingredients playing off the traditional flavors of Mexico. Bespoke cocktails, interesting wines, and hand-crafted local brews are available from El Mez Bar.

  • Hours of operation: 6 a .m. – 2 p.m. and then again at 5 – 10 p.m. daily
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit elmezquitetucson.com.

El Minuto Cafe

354 S. Main Ave.
Tomato, Onion, Green Chile Cheese Crisp at El Minuto Cafe

Tomato, Onion, Green Chile Cheese Crisp at El Minuto Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

El Minuto Cafe has served “fine Mexican food” since 1939 in Tucson’s Barrio Viejo neighborhood. El Minuto offers items like Shredded Beef Chimichangas and their Combination Plate with a beef taco, tamale, cheese enchilada, and beans. After your meal, take a walk around the historic neighborhood and take in the colorful homes and scenery.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, closed on Monday
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

Read our September 2019 article El Minuto Cafe: Four generations serving Sonoran-style Mexican specialties.

For more information, visit elminutotucson.com.

Elliott’s On Congress

135 E. Congress St.
Jalapeño Poppers at Elliott's on Congress (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Jalapeño Poppers at Elliott’s on Congress (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Elliott’s is an American restaurant that provides a relaxing ambiance and great food to match. The eatery features a fully stocked bar with house-infused specialty vodkas, sporting flavors from basil to key lime. It is safe to say Elliot’s is nothing short of an experience.

  • Hours of operation: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Monday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday – Saturday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 7 p.m. daily
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit elliottsoncongress.com.

Empire Pizza & Pub

137 E. Congress St.
Elote pizza at Empire Pizza & Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Elote pizza at Empire Pizza & Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Empire is a pizza joint with televisions, a jukebox, and the atmosphere of a classic-style bar. They serve Authentic NY Style Pizza, salad, wings, and dessert. If you spend your weekends dancing into the wee hours of the night, don’t worry they are open until 3 a.m.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – midnight on Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. on Friday – Saturday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all day on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit empire.pizza.

The Funky Monk

350 E. Congress St.
Disco-tec-a pizza at Funky Monk in Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Disco-tec-a pizza at Funky Monk in Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Loungey restaurant and nightclub Funky Monk is all about having fun. Get funky on the dance floor with booming music and psychedelic vibes.

  • Hours of operation: 5 – 11 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 p.m. – midnight on Wednesday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday – Saturday, noon – 7 p.m. on Sunday, and closed on Monday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday – Friday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit funkymonktucson.com.

Good Oak Bar

316 E. Congress St.
Good Oak Bar

Photo courtesy of Good Oak Bar on Facebook

Its convenient proximity to the Rialto Theatre made Good Oak Bar an ideal location to drink and eat before a show, but its quality and vibe are what seemed to keep visitors coming back. Plus, in addition to their selection of mezcal, local brews, and cocktails, the fried pickles tastefully made themselves known at the bar, too.

  • Hours of operation: 4 p.m. – midnight daily
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit goodoakbar.com

HeeMee Coffee + Bakery

20 E. CONGRESS ST. #110

Blueberry Cake at HeeMee Coffee + Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The family-run cafe on East Congress Street serves coffee and scratch-made baked goods with French, Japanese, and Korean influences. Menu items include assorted cakes, daily specials, doughnuts, tarts, buns, and Chicken Katsu Brioche Sandwiches.

  • Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, and closed Monday – Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit heemee.online.

HiFi Kitchen & Cocktails

345 E. Congress St.
Tacos at HiFi Kitchen & Cocktails on Facebook

Tacos (Photo courtesy of HiFi Kitchen & Cocktails on Facebook)

Club by night, restaurant by day, Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails provides an open atmosphere and huge patio in a highly stylized setting. You’ll want to get there semi-early if the club scene isn’t your cup of tea. But it is definitely a great place to sit and people-watch while enjoying elevated pub food such as adult milkshakes and burgers.

  • Hours of operation: 6 p.m. – midnight on Monday, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Tuesday, closed Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Thursday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday,  Thursday, and Friday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit hifibars.com.

HighWire

30 S. Arizona Ave.
Credit: HighWire on Facebook

Credit: HighWire on Facebook

Original cocktails are served in a laid-back bar with an exposed brick interior and courtyard.

  • Hours of operation: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Monday – Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Thursday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday, 2 .m. – 2 a.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – midnight on Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 6 – 8 p.m. on Monday – Thursday and 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit highwiretucson.com.

HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

266 E. Congress St.
Prime Fries and Glory Curds at HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Prime Fries and Glory Curds at HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

HUB offers brunch, lunch, dinner, but most importantly, homemade ice cream. This loft-feel surrounded with brick walls and unique décor offers a dark, intimate ambiance in the evening. They serve menu items such as pastrami HUB Hash and chicken Pot Pie. End your meal with creamy, homemade ice cream in unique flavors like Oatmeal Cookie Dough and Spiced Cider.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday – Saturday
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 6 p.m. daily and a reverse Happy Hour at the bar only from 10 – 11 p.m. on Friday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit hubdowntown.com.

Hub Ice Cream Parlor

245 E. Congress St.
HUB Ice Cream Parlor

Photo courtesy of SWOON Media

Located right across the street from HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery, HUB Ice Cream Parlor serves its treats in a dreamy and sparkling space with vaulted ceilings and chandeliers, is created onsite, with natural ingredients, and with their own pasteurizer which helps make the ice cream even more creamy and decadent.

  • Hours of operation: Noon – 9 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, noon – 10 p.m on Friday – Saturday, and noon – 9 p.m. on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit thehubicecream.com

Iguana Cafe & Bar

210 E. Congress St.
Taquitos con Guacamole at Iguana Cafe (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Taquitos con Guacamole at Iguana Cafe (Credit: Chelsey Wade)

Iguana Cafe is a Mexican food restaurant that serves drinks, too, right across the street from the Downtown Ronstadt Center. They’ve got plenty of micheladas, wine, margaritas, and beers to keep you busy.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday – Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit Iguana Cafe online.

Insomnia Cookies

345 E. Congress St. #145
(Credit: Insomnia Cookies on Facebook)

(Credit: Insomnia Cookies on Facebook)

The bakery chain is known for late-night deliveries and sugar rushes.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – midnight on Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. on Thursday – Friday, noon – 1 a.m. on Saturday, and noon – midnight on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit insomniacookies.com.

JA Ramen

54 W. Congress St.
JA Ramen

JA Ramen (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Ja Ramen recently moved into the former Stackd spot at 54 W. Congress St., which is found between Street Taco & Beer Co. and Perche’ No Italian Bistro.

One thing’s for sure and it’s that they’re ramen, curry bowls, and scrumptious dumplings are on the menu. What’s also enticing is that downtown eaters have another new spot to visit for lunch or dinner.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit thejaramen.com.

John Henry’s

54 W. Congress St.
Photo courtesy of John Henry's on Instagram

Photo courtesy of John Henry’s on Instagram

Known to many as just “bar” because of the neon-lit sign, John Henry’s is known for hosting industry nights, live music, and fun times while serving up cheap beer and crafty cocktails.

  • Hours of operation: 4 p.m. – midnight daily
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, follow John Henry’s on Instagram

Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market

11 S. Sixth Ave.
Deli at Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market

Deli at Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market

Johnny Gibson’s Market provides customers with an affordable breadth of items from tasty sandwiches to local cheese to a forgotten toothbrush. With an emphasis on locally sourcing produce, make sure to sample their variety of baked goods, deli offerings, fresh seafood, ice cream, and a wide selection of craft beer.

  • Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit gibsonsmarket.com.

Kukai

267 South Avenida del Convento
MSA Annex Courtyard

Kukai in the MSA Annex Courtyard (Photo by Kate Severino)

Kukai, also based at the MSA Annex, opened in February of 2019. If you’ve never had onigiri, you’re going to want to try it here. The traditional Japanese dish is essentially a seaweed-wrapped rice ball that comes with assorted fillings like pork belly, salmon, or, for the adventurous eater, umeboshi (that’s pickled plum).

  • Hours of operation: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and then 5 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Monday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit eatkukai.com.

La Chingada Cocina Mexicana

110 E. Pennington St.
La Chingada Cocina Mexicana

Photo courtesy of La Chingada Cocina Mexicana on Instagram

Tacos, tortilla soup, and other Mexican standards in an airy joint with striking, colorful interiors and an occasional DJ set up in the corner.

  • Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and then 5 – 10 p.m. on Sunday – Thursday, and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and then 5 p.m. – midnight on Friday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit lachingadacocina.com.

LaCo

201 N. Court Ave.
Brunch at La Cocina (Credit: La Cocina)

Brunch at La Cocina (Credit: LaCo)

La Cocina is known as “Tucson’s Venue with a Menu.” Dig into one of their fresh, healthy dishes like the Quinoa Bowl with braised spinach and roasted vegetables. With a courtyard surrounded by plants, string lights, and candles, you’ll be sure to enjoy a refreshing experience for brunch, lunch, and dinner with occasional live music.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, and closed on Monday
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 5 p.m. on Tuesday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit lacotucson.com.

Little Love Burger

312 E. Congress St.
All Spiced Up burger at Little love Burger in Tucson

All Spiced Up burger at Little Love Burger in Tucson includes pepper jack, jalapeno, slaw, black pepper bacon, tomato, and spicy ketchup (Photo by SWOON Media)

Scratch-made burgers you’ll long for in the heart of downtown Tucson.

  • Hours of operation: Noon – 9 p.m. on Wednesday – Thursday, noon – 10 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, noon – 9 p.m. on Sunday, and closed on Monday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit littleloveburger.com.

The Little One 

151 N. Stone Ave.
Breakfast Plato at the Little One, formerly Little Cafe Poca Cosa (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Breakfast Plato at the Little One (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Little One is considered “the tiny restaurant with a big heart.” This casual setting offers an experience you’ll never forget. The best part about it is that you won’t leave without a hug and a kiss!

Pro tip: Check out the chalkboard for daily specials and fresh juices; make sure to bring cash, as cards are not accepted.

  • Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday – Friday and closed on Saturday – Monday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

Keep up with Friends of The Little One on Facebook.

Maynards

400 N. Toole Ave.
Spread of happy hour items at Maynards Market

Spread of happy hour items at Maynards Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

In 2021, executive chef Brian Smith and Maynards revealed a reimagined menu along with some changes to the space and concept of the restaurant — alterations that old fans and newcomers can equally enjoy.

  • Hours of operation: 4 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday – Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday – Sunday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

Miss Saigon

47 N. Sixth Ave.
Pho xe lua dac biet at Miss Saigon (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pho xe lua dac biet at Miss Saigon (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Although Miss Saigon on Campbell is the most popular, the downtown location is open late and convenient for post-drinking slurping.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, and noon – 9 p.m. on Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday – Friday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, call (520) 884-4778.

The Monica

40 E. Congress St.
Photo courtesy of The Monica

Photo courtesy of The Monica

The name behind The Monica is a tribute to Monica Flin, the founder of Tucson’s oldest restaurant family, El Charro Cafe. The pantry-style kitchen brings a style of comfort, classic, and customized eating to downtown

The Monica is open for mornings, lunch, dinner, late-night, and Happy Hour.

  • Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 6 p.m. on Monday – Friday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit themonicatucson.com

The Neighborhood DWTN

61 E. Congress St.
The Neighborhood DWTN

Photo courtesy of The Neighborhood DWTN on Instagram

Much like the incredibly stylish mullet hairstyle being business in the front and a party in the back, The Neighborhood’s downtown spot is more than one concept. Think of it as a restaurant and bar during the earlier hours of the day and a total party by night.

  • Hours of operation: 4 – 10 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday – Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday – Monday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit thenei.com

Nook

1 E. Congress St.
Korean Burger at Nook

Korean Burger at Nook (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Nook promises a kick in the morning with their menu of Cinnamon Roll Griddlecakes, Honey Chipotle Carnitas Benedict and Nourish Bowl. Tucson’s vibrant personality is translated into Nook’s urban interpretations of home-cooked food.

  • Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday – Sunday, and 5 – 10 p.m. on Friday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit nookdowntown.com.

OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen

350 E. Congress St. 
Rainbow Poke Bowl at OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Rainbow Poke Bowl at OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Some of the new items found on the Starters menu include Pork Belly, Pressed Hamachi, and Gyoza (veggie options available). Look a little further down the menu and you’ll find Salmon Teriyaki, Fried Rice, the pork belly Katsu Sandwich, and a Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich in the Large Plates section.

  • Hours of operation: 4 – 10 p.m. on Monday – Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Wednesday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 6 p.m. daily and a reverse Happy Hour from 10 p.m. – midnight on Friday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit obonsushi.com.

Owls Club

236 S. Scott Ave.
Old Fashioned cocktail at Owls Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Old Fashioned cocktail at Owls Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Warm, casual cocktail bar with stained-glass windows serving whiskey drinks, curated cocktails, and craft beer. Check out the cozy patio while you’re there, too.

  • Hours of operation: 5 p.m. – midnight on Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday
  • Happy Hour: 5 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday – Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit owlsclubwest.com.

Penca Restaurante

50 E. Broadway Blvd.
Ensalada de Betabel at Penca

Ensalada de Betabel at Penca (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Penca offers upscale Mexico City Cuisine and an extensive bar with international cocktails. Enjoy a variety of tasty bites within their modern and cozy space with old wood and brick surrounded walls. Menu items include Ceviche and Tacos and a Guacamole Board, with queso fresco, pico de gallo and tomatillo salsa.

  • Hours of operation: 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday – Sunday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit pencarestaurante.com.

Playground

278 E. Congress St.

Cocktails at Playground (Photo by Isaac Stockton)

Playground’s recent remodel includes new furnishings to the interior bar, rooftop bar, and bar cinema areas. If you’re in need of a good time, hang out in the main interior and rooftop bar for well-known local DJs, live music, salsa nights, and more. Be sure to wander over to the downstairs patio as well — the bar cinema will feature a more casual atmosphere and have classic ‘80s and ‘90s movies playing throughout the space.

  • Hours of operation: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Wednesday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Thursday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 11 pm. on Sunday, and closed on Monday – Tuesday
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit playgroundtucson.com

R Bar

350 E. Congress St. #110
R Bar

Photo by Rachel Dacquisto

Inventive cocktails fixed up in a red space with an artsy backlit wall, projector screen, and comfy patio. Plus, stop by when you’re checking out a show at the Rialto Theatre.

  • Hours of operation: 7 p.m. – midnight on Thursday – Saturday and closed on Sunday – Wednesday unless there’s an event at the Rialto Theatre
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit rbartucson.com.

Raptor Canyon Cafe

75 E. Pennington St.
Raptor Canyon Cafe Cookie Varieties (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Raptor Canyon Cafe Cookie Varieties (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Husband-and-wife team Dennis and Konni Calello operate the family-owned restaurant along with their sons Ken and Frank Calello.

An interest in birds of prey drew them to Arizona and has inspired this homestyle cafe. The menu focusses on breakfast, lunch, and baked goods. Locally roasted coffee and the smell of freshly baked cookies will greet you on entering — don’t leave without a stack of the warm, sugary treats.

  • Hours of operation: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday – Friday and closed Saturday – Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit raptorcanyoncafe.com.

Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink

101 E. Pennington St.
TF-Cheese-Board-Reilly-Craft-Pizza-Drink

Cheese Board at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Reilly is a modern Italian restaurant and artisan pizzeria with a casual setting. It has an urban feel with its vaulted ceilings and original chalk art on the walls. Menu items include delicious Stracciatella Cheese with Toast and Fennel Sausage and Roasted Pepper brick-oven pizza. Great for a relaxing meal paired with a glass of red wine.

  • Hours of operation: 5 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday – Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, 5 – 9 p.m. on Sunday, and closed Monday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

Don’t sleep on Reilly Beer Garden or underground bar Tough Luck Club either.

For more information, visit reillypizza.com.

THE SCENTED LEAF TEA HOUSE & LOUNGE

308 E. CONGRESS ST.
Scented Leaf Tea House and Lounge (Photo by Taylor Noel Photography)

Scented Leaf Tea House and Lounge (Photo by Taylor Noel Photography)

Ideal for a day date, The Scented Leaf Tea House offers locations downtown and by the UA campus. Their vast array of blends ensures a fit for any tea drinker, while both the Congress Street and University Avenue locations offer easy walks to take your teas on the go.

  • Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday – Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit thescentedleaf.com

Seis Kitchen

100 S. Avenida del Convento
Seis-Chata, Chorizon con Papas breakfast tacos at Seis Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cochata, Chorizon con Papas breakfast tacos at Seis Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Located in the Mercado San Agustin, Seis offers cuisine from several regions of Mexico. The restaurant also offers fresh market fish selections for a gourmet step up from the typical fish taco. Handmade corn tortillas and house-made chorizo are also the main draws.

  • Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
  • Happy Hour: 3 – 6 p.m. and Monday – Friday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit seiskitchen.com.

Snake & Barrel

118 E. Congress St.
Snake & Barrel (Photo by Taylor Noel Photography)

Snake & Barrel (Photo by Taylor Noel Photography)

As the popularity of Batch grew and continues to grow, owner Ronnie Spece hatched a plan to expand his cozy boozy empire but wanted to remain on the well-trodden strip of Congress Street. He didn’t look too far or try very hard because there was a basement used for storage and he knew that space would be perfect for the concept.

Read our December 2022 article, “Snake & Barrel: Superior spirits in a subterranean speakeasy.”

  • Hours of operation: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Wednesday – Saturday and closed Sunday – Tuesday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit batchtucson.com.

Street Taco & Beer Co.

58 W. Congress St.
(Image courtesy of Street Taco and Beer Co. on Facebook)

(Image courtesy of Street Taco and Beer Co. on Facebook)

Street Taco and Beer Co. is bringing the heat with a menu chock full of delicious Tacos, Ceviche, and Warm Churros. Enjoy two or maybe five tacos at only 3 bucks a pop with a refreshing Agua Fresca. After an evening at the nearby Fox Theatre, sit along the outdoor bar and enjoy fresh tacos while watching the vibrant scene downtown. 

  • Hours of operation:11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday – Saturday, and closed on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

Keep up with Street Taco & Beer on Facebook.

Tiger’s Tap Room / Congress Tap Room

311 E. Congress St.
Thomas "Tiger" Ziegler at Tiger's Tap Room in Hotel Congress (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Thomas “Tiger” Ziegler at Tiger’s Tap Room in Hotel Congress (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cozy, old-fashioned bar inside the historic Hotel Congress that serves draft beer, cocktails, and good times.

Read our March 2019 article, “Pouring at Hotel Congress since the ’50s: ‘Tiger’ of Tiger’s Tap Room.”

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday- Thursday and 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com

Tough Luck Club

101 E. Pennington St.
Tough Luck Club

Photo courtesy of Tough Luck Club on Instagram

On the corner of Pennington and Scott Avenue, mosey along the side of Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink’s two-story building, make a turn once you see the beer garden’s outdoor seating, and at the bottom of the stairwell, you’ll discover a very dim basement. Cocktails, beer, and whiskey shots galore!

  • Hours of operation: 6 p.m. – midnight on Tuesday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday – Saturday, and closed Monday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit reillypizza.com.

Urban Fresh

73 E. Pennington St.
Healthy Heart Taco Salad at Urban Fresh (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Healthy Heart Taco Salad at Urban Fresh (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Urban Fresh is known as a “Vegucational Experience” due to its fresh, natural ingredients and health and wellness education. This plant-based restaurant offers quick and easy lunch options such as Nourishing Smoothies and abundant Grateful Greens salads. With its intimate café feel, Urban Fresh offers a unique and healthy experience.

  • Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday – Friday and closed Saturday – Sunday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit urbanfreshtucson.com.

Urban Pita

345 E. Congress St. Ste. 135
Baklava and meat plate at Urban Pita (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Baklava and meat plate at Urban Pita (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

If you’re a fan of flavorful Mediterranean food and want to sample creamy, fragrant sauces, fresh salads, soft pita, and a juicy gyro meat plate, you’ve come to the right place.

Urban Pita is a great lunchtime or late-night spot with swift service in a fast-casual environment.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – midnight on Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. on Thursday – Friday, noon – 3 a.m. on Saturday, and 4 p.m. – midnight on Sunday
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit urbanpitaaz.com.

Wooden Tooth Records

108 E. Congress St.
Photo courtesy of Wooden Tooth Records on Facebook

Photo courtesy of Wooden Tooth Records on Facebook

For the old-school Tucson scene kids from the early to mid-2000s, it’s nostalgic to walk into the former Red Room space because the walls are still red, the same bar is intact, and old furniture can be found at the bar. As a matter of fact, someone actually reached out to Wooden Tooth owners, Jake Sullivan and Kellen Fortier, and offered to return an original green bench seat from the Red Room (you’ll find it here near the bar).

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: No

For more information, visit woodentoothrecords.store

Restaurants within walking distance of downtown:

5 Points Market & Restaurant

756 S. Stone Ave.
5 Points

Smoked Salmon Benedict (Credit: 5 Points)

Just a few minutes from downtown, 5 Points Market & Restaurant offers a menu of fresh and delicious samplings. 5 Points is the perfect place for Sunday brunch, or a quick breakfast or lunch throughout the workday. Make sure to sample the Smoked Salmon Benedict and the freshly-squeezed juices. They’re also now open for dinner on certain days. 

Read our December 2022 article, “First look at 5 Points Market & Restaurant’s dinner menu.”

  • Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily and then 5 – 9 p.m. on Thursday – Saturday
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

For more information, visit 5pointstucson.com.

Cafe Desta

758 S. Stone Ave.
Cafe Desta Ethiopian Cuisine

Cafe Desta Ethiopian Cuisine

Looking for something off the beaten path? Try Cafe Desta, one of only two locations in Tucson (three if you count both Zemam’s) for authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Each menu item includes a complex and rich variety of spices highlighting the flavors of Ethiopia. Menu items include a variety of meat, vegetarian, and vegan stews. Mix and match dishes to create a truly unique experience.

  • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Outdoor seating: Yes

Keep up with Cafe Desta on Facebook.

Fourth Avenue bars & restaurants

The Dan Gibson taco at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Dan Gibson taco at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read 30+ Restaurants & bars to visit while taking a stroll on Fourth Avenue to find out more.

Let us know your favorite downtown Tucson restaurants in the comments! (Especially if we missed one…)

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[This article was originally written on May 3, 2019, and most recently updated on January 25, 2023.]

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