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2201 E Frontage Rd, Tubac, AZ 85646
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Ranked #1 of 17 Restaurants in Tubac
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Elvira's is a landmark restaurant in Tubac, and it's no wonder it continues to draw diners from all around the area. It's decor is absolutely unique, and the menu includes all kind of wonderful, different dishes. The margarita menu is extensive, and the drinks were delicious. You must take advantage of the $.50 shot of tequila available to every diner!... More 

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Mesa, AZ
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97 reviews 97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

In reviewing the menu I knew that whatever I selected it would be a surprise as I didn't know what any of the "extra" stuff meant. My wife chose the flounder based on the server's recommendation, and I choose the "Fillet Sosa" - which she said was her favorite beef dish. My wife really liked her choice. Also the salsa... More 

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Kenai, Alaska
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92 reviews 92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We had a reservation for 6 (recommend) and found Elivara's to be a great experience. The staff is both friendly and competent. The lighting and surroundings were interesting and a refreshing change. The food, like the restaurant, was unique and interesting. I think everyone found several options to their liking, making their final choice to order challenging. The meals were... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

unusual lighting and ceiling decorations. Spanish food from many districts in Mexico. Excellent wait staff.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Such a pleasant wait staff and the surroundings were astounding. Unique menu with terrific food. I could take the ceiling home!

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Toronto, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We stopped in at Elvira's as we camped our way to the US/Mexico border for a week or so of warmth during our @folksblogen tour. Camping in the VW Westfalia isn't as glamorous as you might think, but I digress. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here, which commenced with the bus person losing control of her tray of water glasses... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The decor of this restaurant is the major draw. We went on a Saturday and there was a very slim crowd (never a good sign). The food was average at best and overpriced. Portions were small and the quality was just average. Service was okay, but not outstanding.

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San Francisco, CA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The margaritas are really good, some excellent flavors, including honey; a blood orange and jalapeño.....wish I had not been driving, I would have had another. The moles are rich and flavorful, and varied, the chicken poached and therefore tender and juicy. Excellent side dishes as well. The servings are quite large. The interior is pretty whack, very eclectic and fun.

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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

People rave about this place. I have been a couple of times and found it garish and over priced with soso food. My mole chicken was a Costco baked chicken with a funky sauce. Very high prices. There are much better places to eat.

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Hastings, ne, usa
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We enjoyed the unusual decor with a Christmas touch at Elvira's. The service was impeccable. Our server was home from college on break and provided a special local touch. We enjoyed our upscale food with a Mexican touch. This is s wonderful place when visiting Tubac for lunch or dinner.

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Additional Information about Elvira's

Address: 2201 E Frontage Rd, Tubac, AZ 85646
Phone Number: 520-398-9421
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tubac
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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