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El Minuto Cafe

354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
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Ranked #262 of 1,707 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $6
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Southern California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

I was attending a conference down the street and a group of us went to El Minuto for lunch. We were seated quickly and drinks arrived soon after. The chips and salsa were just average. The food was served quickly and was nice and hot. My chicken burrito was flavorful and the chicken was nice and tender. Everyone in our... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Tried this restaurant on the recommendation of the volunteer at the museum next door. We enjoyed the meal but it was more costly and not as good as back in Oregon. Service was a bit slow but they were very busy on Saturday afternoon. Drinks were more reasonable than most places we've visited while in the area. Menu says the... More 

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Washington, Virginia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We enjoyed our meal, and the service was prompt and friendly. There wasn't anything we really disliked, but the food didn't appear to be exceptional either. We would go back, I just wouldn't rate it as highly as some others in Tucson.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This place is a Tucson standard dating back many years and still owned and managed by the same family. Prices are getting to be on the high side. Service is full, traditional, friendly, and snappy. You are greeted by a host or hostess and seated to be greeted by a person who serves the salsa and chips followed by the... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Best quacomole I've ever had. Delicious tosdatods. Casual but busy local restaurant not far from downtown.

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Phoenix, Arizona
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Whenever we are in Tucson we always go to El Minuto. We have been going for 15 years now and the food is always excellent. The wait staff is always efficient, although not the most friendly.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I've been visiting Tucson for over 25 years (11 of which I lived there full-time) and El Minuto has been part of my life in Tucson for the entire time. The food is good, straightforward Sonoran fare, served quickly by friendly waiters who ensure that your drink is constantly topped up and your chip bowl replenished where needed. Very child-friendly,... More 

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Crofton, Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

A local in the restaurant told us that this restaurant was a family run business and that she had been coming to eat for 30 years! The cheese crisp with carne seca was delicious and enough for two or three people to eat. I would go back and eat there tomorrow if I didn't live in Maryland!

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Pleasant Grove, Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was recommended by our concierge at the hotel when I asked for a good place to get authentic Mexican food on a budget. Very good.

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Frankfort, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I couldn't wait to get back to El Minuto for their Chimichunga but this time, it wasn't as wonderful as last May (2013). I ate out in the patio, with birds on all the chairs waiting for droppings. The patio is well-screened but very close to sidewalk and cars, so not really an "atmosphere," but it is what it is.... 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 - 6
Cuisine: Mexican

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