Restaurant Guide

In 2015 UNESCO designated Tucson a “City of Gastronomy”. With its agricultural heritage, it’s no surprise that we were granted such an honored title! Sonoran-style Mexican food is a big draw for locals and visitors alike. Fare like Sonoran dogs, fry bread, carne seca, and reposados are favored. Beyond the traditional cuisine, Tucson boasts several Zagat and Michelin-star rated restaurants in the downtown and surrounding area. From Italian to Ethiopian, anything your taste buds desire can be found here. We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in the area to inspire your palate.

Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine
Located on historic Fourth Avenue, this beer and wine bar has an impressive list of curated beers and wines. They serve appetizers, mains, and desserts--and check out their special late night menu.
Insider tip: Guests can enjoy sitting out on the back patio during the cooler months.
Cafe Poca Cosa
One of Tucson’s most beloved restaurants. Upscale Mexican cuisine, located in the heart of downtown.
Insider tip: Sweet tooth? You can also order gourmet cupcakes from Cup Quequitos, which is inside Cafe Poca Cosa.
Agustin Kitchen
New American cuisine with a twist. Handcrafted cocktails and locally sourced ingredients, and a seasonally based menu are the main focus at this upscale spot.
Insider tip: This is one of the best places to get fresh oysters in Tucson.
Sazerac Creole Kitchen and Cocktails
This Creole inspired restaurant brings NOLA to the desert.
Insider tip: On Sundays they serve beignets for brunch!
Pasco’s Cocktail and Lounge
Farm to table cuisine from locally sourced purveyors. A seasonally based menu infused with a passion for fresh, local ingredients.
Insider tip: Order the ‘Father Kino’, one of Tucson’s best cocktails.
El Charro
The Nation's Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Traditional Tucson-style Mexican food with vegetarian and vegan friendly options.
Insider tip: Make reservations well in advance. El Charro usually has a wait.
Cushing Street Bar
A historic 1860’s adobe style building turned into a classic American cafe. The restaurant has romantic atmosphere with an Art Nouveau swag.
Insider tip: Live jazz can be enjoyed on Saturday evenings.
Welcome Diner
A scratch-kitchen diner with a hip vibe, late night menu, and cocktails.
Insider tip: Try the pulled pork or jackfruit fries. You won’t be disappointed!
Maynards Kitchen and Market
Located next to Tucson’s historic railway depot, Maynards is a Zagat rated restaurant with a takeaway counter, a gourmet shop, bar, and eatery with seasonal American fare.
Insider tip: For special occasions, book a seat at the Chef’s table.
The Coronet
A new American dinner with a pre-fix menu and craft cocktails. Located on historic Fourth Avenue, this stylish space is a favorite for brunch.
Insider tip:Wednesdays are half off wine.

For the latest on Tucson’s food scene check out Tucson Foodie and Edible Baja. Or if you’d rather have an interactive experience, try the Taste of Tucson food and walking tour!