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El Minuto Cafe

#214 of 1,682 Restaurants in Tucson
#241 of 1,808 Places to Eat in Tucson
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354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good Mexican food

Recommended by the locals and they didn't steer us wrong. It's little but the food was fantastic and the waiter and host were very nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Michael R
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Business meetings
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English first
San Diego, California
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58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Found this by accident while walking the Turquoise Trail in downtown Tucson. Charming place in business since the 1930s. Great food! Cheese crisps especially good and popular. I am from San Diego, so I appreciate good Mexican food and this was up there. My flautist were generously stuffed with white meat chicken inside the crispy but light tortilla. Delisth! A... More 

Thank Vikki K
Tucson, United States
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146 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located behind the Tucson Convention Center at Main & Cushing. Standard Mexican menu. Good food at decent prices. Check out their lunch specials for a real bargain. Had the chicken burro enchilada style with rice & beans. Came with free chips & salsa. Fast service.

Thank Wesley C
Dallas, Texas
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from a visit to Tucson and dined here for the third time. This is one of my most favorite Sonoran style restaurants in the area. We always eat there. I had the Carne Asada Burro and it was fantastic. The Carne Asada was perfectly prepared. It was tender and seasoned perfectly. I must say it was the best... More 

Thank rekster
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommended by the locals and they didn't steer us wrong. It's little but the food was fantastic and the waiter and host were very nice.

Thank Michael R
Panama City, Florida
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1,000 reviews
504 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 438 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quaint, neighborhood place lively decorated. Good amount of seating with a small patio area outside. Great chips with spicy salsa to start. I came for carne seca and was disappointed. Perfectly prepared and fresh ingredients in the tacos. Tasty rice and beans too. Good traditional Tucson fare. Kids welcome. I'd eat here again.

Thank Rather_Nomadic
Tucson, Arizona
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I had the cheese enchilada lunch special, which was a great deal at $7.24. First, there were light, crisp and warm tortilla chips to dip in delicious salsa. Plate came nice and hot. Enchiladas were swimming in sauce, perfect. I usually skip the rice, but used it to mop up the last bit of enchilada sauce it was so good.... More 

Thank moreplanning
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

I could not remember any recommended dishes from TripAdvisor so I played it safe and ordered Shredded Beef tacos one crunchy one soft, with refried beans and rice. The shredded beef did not work for me to chewy, had great flavor, there was a lot of meat in each taco, soft taco was corn which is not my favorite, refried... More 

Thank arland S
Chandler, Arizona
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I must confess to being somewhat of a snob when it comes to Mexican food. El Minuto Cafe did not disappoint. There food was very good, and their service was excellent.

Thank Phil A
Mesa, Arizona
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235 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Thursday night, it was kind of quiet. Great staff, wonderful food, Flautas were great, their cheese crisps are amazing! Prices are on the high side for Mexican food.

Thank DougTMesa
Tucson, Arizona
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

El Minuto Cafe is an historic, family-owned restaurant across from the downtown Tucson Convention Center, within walking distance. The food is authentic Mexican and most of the wait staff is Mexican, dressed that way, and fluent in English and Mexican. It is usually crowded at lunch time due to the great food and reasonable prices.I've lived in Tucson 27 years... More 

Thank Sherryperkins42

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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 - 6
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings


Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?