Where to Dine in Downtown Tucson

Though Tucson is a smaller city, it has no shortage of dining options to suit any palate. While the city is best known for its Sonoran Mexican cuisine, there is a plethora of food culture to savor. Downtown is the heart of Tucson’s culinary scene, and there is a wide selection of restaurants to try. Below you can get just a small sampling of the best downtown dining options to discover. 

Café Poca Cosa

Though the café has moved from its rustic original location to a more elegant fine dining setting, it still retains its charm with handwritten menus presented tableside on chalkboards, which are updated twice daily. The menu always features at least one vegetarian option, and it highlights the fresh and delicious flavors of central Mexican cuisine. Many diners favor the chef’s choice option, which offers a sampling of three dishes—no two plates are alike at any given table. You also won’t want to skip the margaritas, aguas frescas, and craft cocktails to go along with your meal. 

Jano’s Downtown Kitchen 

Chef Janos Wilder has been a part of the Tucson food scene for decades. His downtown restaurant, Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails features a seasonally rotating menu of New American cuisine with a southwestern twist. 

Cup Café at Hotel Congress 

Cup Café is located on the first floor of the historic Hotel Congress, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is one of Tucson’s best brunch spots, offering hearty, Southern-inspired fare such as steak and eggs, homemade brisket hash, cast iron baked eggs, and trout benedict. 

Charro Steak 

Charro Steak is one of downtown’s newer culinary additions, created by the same family that founded Tucson’s beloved El Charro Café. Charro Steak is a more upscale offering, serving delectable cuts of steak wood-fired over mesquite for a purely Sonoran flavor. 

Living in the historic Barrio Viejo neighborhood just south of downtown Tucson, you will never have a shortage of dining choices. To discover what this community has to offer, check out Miramonte Barrio Viejo, which is an exclusive townhome development in this highly sought-after neighborhood. Learn more on our website or call (520) 631-4416.