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El Minuto Cafe

#230 of 1,604 Restaurants in Tucson
#258 of 1,779 Places to Eat in Tucson
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354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
520-882-4145
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good mexican food and great service

Visiting show at the convention center - wanted to walk instead of drive to restaurant for lunch. Was recommended to El Minuto - glad we were. Was pretty busy, but we were attended to quickly. Restaurant cute inside - liked how it was laid out. Decided to sit outside in the screened in patio... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
jenLeCreate
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Vista, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Vista, California
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80 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Visiting show at the convention center - wanted to walk instead of drive to restaurant for lunch. Was recommended to El Minuto - glad we were. Was pretty busy, but we were attended to quickly. Restaurant cute inside - liked how it was laid out. Decided to sit outside in the screened in patio. Salsa and chips were given and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

It really is such a shame...El Minuto is such a cute building. We went here last night to "audition" it for company coming that wanted real Arizona Mexican food. We had been here once years before and remember thinking, eh. I wanted it to be better than it is. First off, I think their menu is way over priced. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We had dinner here: Fast service, delicious food, great chips and salsa, reasonable prices! Can't beat it. Definitely coming back!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is a great place for a sit down lunch or dinner. Our cheese crisp was brought to the table just as our complimentary chips and salsa ran out. Lunch was served shortly after. The carne seca and carne asada tacos were perfect. The red chilie is spicy, but delicious. The kids ordered bean and cheese burros, with plenty... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Hadn't been here in awhile until recently when I went with family for Mother's Day. It's as I remembered it which is nice. It's not a large restaurant but there are 2 rooms. The margaritas were very good. The chips were nice-very salty though. I had a shredded beef chimichanga and it was very tasty. There was a lot of... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is a Mexican restaurant that I was told to be the best in Tucson. I rated to very good but I don't think it's that more outstanding then some of the other Mexican Restaurants I have dined at.

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Durango, Colorado
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Whenever I make a trip to Tucson, I have to go to lunch at El Minuto!!! ALL of their lunch specials are wonderful but usually my friend and I order the # 1 beef tacos and the # 6 cheese enchiladas and share. Their cheese crisps are the best anywhere, not to mention the red chili beef meal! ANYTHING that... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Cute little restaurant tucked away on the south side of the Convention Center. The food is yummy. Loved the salsa, just the right amount of spice. The cheese crisp with everything (carne seca, onions, green chiles, cheese, guacamole) is so good! The service is decent. The waiters are all very friendly. The price? Kind of on the high side. Most... More 

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Anna, TX
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128 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My expectations were a bit higher than they should have been, but it was still a good experience. If that the food was on the same level as the service which was excellent. Not bad food at all, but only a bit above average. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt though because not every meal at any restaurant... More 

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Safford, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We went in the restaurant about noon on a Saturday and the place was PACKED. I was a bit worried because often when a place is so full you loose some of the hospitality or quality. Even at the peak of the day, there was no loss of either. The food was outstanding and the service was great. It's near... More 

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Additional Information about El Minuto Cafe

Address: 354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
Phone Number: 520-882-4145
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $6 to $6
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: 520-882-4145

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $6 to $6
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Doing business, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?