Dining & Libations

Dining and Drinking Tucson

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47 Scott, 47 N. Scott Ave

What does 47 Scott bring to the table? Quintessential American comfort foods combined with high quality ingredients and a cozy, brick decor make for the perfect night out. Mac & Cheese and Steak Frites are just two dishes easy to find in many restaurants, but not the way 47 Scott does them. Pair their menu with an extensive drink list and you’ve got yourself quite the get together spot with family and friends. 47 Scott

Augustin Kitchen, 100 S. Avenida del Covento

Take the streetcar to its final stop and you will arrive at Agustin Kitchen, a modern American restaurant with classic french techniques. Relish over a menu of Brûléed Local Goat Cheese, Oysters, and homemade Gelato in their bright and open dining space. After your meal walk around the Mercado San Agustin courtyard and enjoy the nearby shops. Augustin Kitchen

Baggin’s (various locations around town)

Baggin’s has been bringing sandwiches with a kick of southwestern flavor since 1984, and continues to provide lunchtime favorites for on-the-go customers. Try one of their specialty sandwiches like the Unforgettable Baggin’s or indulge in a grilled creation like the Southwestern Tuna. Baggin's

Barrio Brewing Company, 800 E. 16th

Barrio Brewing Co. offers a range of house-made microbrews, including Taylor Jayne’s Raspberry Ale and the well known Barrio Blonde. Enjoy your favorite beer with classic pub food, including their Beer Sponges, two soft pretzels served with beer mustard. Make sure to try the Barrio Blanco IPA, while you nosh on a warm pretzel. Barrio Brewing

Cafe 54, 54 E. Pennington St.

Located in Tucson’s art district, 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 Flat Breads. Make sure to try the desert of the day! Cafe 54

Cafe a La C’Art, 150 N. Main

Café à la C’Art provides a memorable experience for its customers with a close attention to detail and Southwest Cuisine menu items. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this café provides specialties like Green Eggs and Ham and 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. Cafe a La C'Art

Cafe Poca Cosa, 110 E. Pennington St.

Cafe Poca Cosa offers “imaginative” cuisine highlighting different regions in Mexico. The menu changes twice throughout the day, providing customers with a unique experience each time they come in. Look out for a portable chalkboard menu that is brought to every table highlighting what chef and owner Suzana Davila is featuring for the night. Cafe Poco Cosa

Charro Steak, 188 E. Broadway St.

America’s First Family of Mexican Food proudly brings to life in historic downtown Tucson a culinary vision that has been cooking in their thoughts since way back in 1922 when they first started in business. And like their famous affiliate, El Charro Cafe, Charro Steak is named after the Charro horsemen of Mexico and inspired by their love for simple and delicious foods typical of the State of Sonora, Mexico. Charro Steak is the “Nueva Leyenda”… The New Legend. Charro Steak

The Hotel Congress’s Cup Cafe. 311 E. Congress St.

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

Diablo Burger, 312 E. Congress St.

Diablo Burger offers burgers that are made from “100% local, grass-fed, open-range raised, antibiotic-free, and growth-hormone-free beef”. Not only are these burger good on the conscious, but good for the appetite as well. Burgers such as the Monk and Big Daddy Kane, Diablo Burger are standouts on the menu. Don’t pass up on a side of their fries with a variety of delicious sauces! Diablo Burger

El Charro, 311 N. Court Ave.

El Charro is the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant, featuring award-winning recipes like their Banderas Enchiladas and Hand-Made Chicken Tomatillos Tamales. The colorful and historic atmosphere provides an authentic Mexican experience; just order their special ¡CervezaRita! and you’ll be dancing on the tables in no time! El Charro

Elvira’s, 256 E. Congress St.

The restaurant’s roots go back to the border town of Nogales, Mexico, where the restaurant was established in 1927. From classic Mexican dishes like chile rellenos to marinated ahi tuna, Elvira’s puts a spin on both the traditional and the new. With over 30 ingredients, the mole negro is a must-try.

Empire Pizza, 137 E. Congress St.

Empire is a pizza joint with TV’s, a jukebox and the atmosphere of a classic style bar. They serve Authentic NY Style Pizza, Salad, wings and dessert. Empire Pizza

Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery, 266 E. Congress St.

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

Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market, 11 S. 6th Ave.

Johnny Gibson’s Market provides customers with an affordable breadth of items from tasty sandwiches to local cheese to a forgotten toothbrush. With an emphasize 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. Johnny Gibson's Market

La Cocina, 201 N. Court St.

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. La Cocina

Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave

Maynards is a light, airy market where you can buy a variety of food, drinks, and other goods. This intimate area features a deli, coffee bar, bakery, and provides food such as Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins and Truffled Egg Salad. Maynards also features a small retail section where you can purchase items from vendors around the Tucson area. Maynards

Pie Bird Bakery & Cafe, 177 N. Church Ave.

Pie Bird Bakery and Cafe will transport you into your grandmother’s kitchen with a delectable menu of freshly baked pastries, fresh fruit, Pitaya Bowls and homemade Quiche. Decorated like a kitchen from the 1950’s, enjoy a quick breakfast before work, or a weekend brunch with friends. Located in the Transamerica Building, don’t forget to check out this quaint dining experience. Pie Bird Bakery & Cafe

Sparkroot, 245 E. Congress St.

Sparkroot offers coffee and tea, along with simple made dishes such as House-Made Walnut Granola and Artisanal Pressed Sandwiches on Ciabatta. The construction of this coffee bar has a busy, urban-feel, using reclaimed barn wood and stainless steel accents, where customers can enjoy high quality coffee. Sparkroot

Street Taco & Beer Co., 58 W. Congress St.

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 Theaters, sit along the outdoor bar and enjoy fresh tacos while watching the vibrant scene downtown.

Thunder Canyon Brewery, 220 E. Broadway Blvd.

Since opening in 1997, Thunder Canyon Brewery has become an ample part of the brewing community. The brewery continues to celebrate their love of craft beer with a menu of pub favorites and classic comfort food. Enjoy a selection of local brews with a menu of Chicken pot pie, Wings and Fish and Chips. Happy hour is everyday from 3-7 p.m. Thunder Canyon Brewery

Urban Fresh, 73 E. Pennington St.

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 Green Salads. With its intimate, café- feel, Urban Fresh offers a unique and healthy experience. Urban Fresh

Veg in a Box, 75 E. Pennington St.

After seven months as a food truck traveling around Tucson, Veg in a Box is now open in their stationary downtown location. The vegan eatery promises to provide plant based food with flavor. Menu items include an array of healthy options such as veggie burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

World of Beer, 350 E. Congress St.

With more than 500 different beers to choose from, World of Beer certainly provides a taste for everyone. Whether you are catching a quick bite or enjoying a pint with friends, make sure to try the German Pretzel. Served with warm cheese with the a slight hint of beer, this pretzel will make you keep coming back for more. Best eaten with a pale lager. World of Beer

5 Points Market & Restaurant, 756 S. Stone

Just a few minutes from downtown, 5 Points Market and 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, the Giant Pancake and the freshly squeezed juices. 5 Points

Guadalajara Grill, Various Locations

The Guadalajara Grill has been offering a wide variety of the best Mexican food including favorite dishes and innovative fresh dishes that keep our customers coming back. A colorful and warm ambiance surrounds you with original art and décor, making us one of Tucson’s top Mexican restaurants. Guadalajara Grill

Poco and Mom’s Diner and Cantina, Various Locations

Poco & Mom's specializes in serving New Mexico Style Mexican and American food. With two locations to serve you, we're ready to help you get your chile fix. Check out our site and come and enjoy our food. See you soon! Poco & Mom's

Fleming’s Steakhouse, 6360 N. Campbell Ave.

Founded in 1998 by restaurateurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen, the first Fleming's opened in Newport Beach, California. The vision was to create a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef. We Live, Breathe and Dream Steak & Wine. Fleming's Steak House

Vero Amore, Central Tucson & Dove Mountain

As the first certified Neapolitan pizzeria in Arizona, we take immense pride in the fine ingredients and delicate preparation that you can taste in each of our wood-fired pizzas. Our passion for detail does not begin and end with our pizzas, however, as we offer a full menu of authentic Italian cuisine crafted to please your palate beyond compare. Vero Amore

Vivace, 6440 N. Campbell Ave.

Vivace established in 1993 is known for its consistency in service and food. Serving Northern Italian Cuisine with the highest quality of ingredients. Daniel Scordato, local restaurateur, and owner invites you to enjoy the fine dining experience Vivace has to offer. Vivace

Village Bakehouse, 7882 N. Oracle Road

Welcome to the home of Village Bakehouse. We have been serving the greater Tucson, Arizona area for more than 17 years from our bakery in Tucson, AZ’s beautiful Oro Valley. We have a warm & friendly atmosphere that includes both indoor and outdoor patio seating. We always use the highest quality and freshest ingredients—making any selection on our menu the perfect selection. Village Bakehouse

Claire’s Cafe & Art Gallery, 16140 N. Oracle Road, Catalina

Where friends meet to eat. Claire’s Cafe has been serving the community for 28 years. Located in quaint Catalina, Arizona, Claire’s Cafe and Art Gallery provides an artistic and loving environment for first time and regular customers. Fabulous food prepared and served with a personal touch while you are surrounded by original art.

Beyond Bread, Various Locations

Locally owned and operated since 1998, we offer a variety of hand-crafted breads, delicious sandwiches, house-made soups, fresh salads, and decadent pastries all in a comfortable and friendly environment. What sets Beyond Bread apart from its competition is our commitment to make everything from scratch in our bakery, using the finest ingredients. Beyond Bread

Wildflower American cuisine, 7037 N. Oracle Road

While our seasonal menu changes with the calendar, the walls and décor with the years, the one thing that has remained steadfast and true is Wildflower’s carefully constructed plates, artfully shaken martinis, and loyalty to its guests. You could call it a long-term love affair, and you’d just be scratching the surface. Wildflower will be one of your favorite restaurants in Tucson. Wildflower

Harvest, La Canada and River Road

Harvest, a locally owned restaurant is dedicated to local purveyors of fresh products that they feel privileged to work with. They personally create every dish from scratch with a “back to basics” approach to our seasonally inspired cooking. Delicious! Harvest