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El Minuto Cafe

#228 of 1,593 Restaurants in Tucson
#252 of 1,768 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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 44
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  • 49
    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
Long time Tucson favorite

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Tucson, AZ
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
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Tucson, Arizona
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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432 reviews 432 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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 128 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We were past the lunch special time, but they gave it to us anyway. Great salsa, good guacamole & warm chips. Good service & good food. Quick, friendly & a decent meal. I had the topopo chicken salad--very fresh & crispy. My husbands favorite standby, beef tacos. We've driven by hundreds of times & finally stopped in today. Glad we... 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: Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Dining on a budget
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?