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El Minuto Cafe

#254 of 1,724 Restaurants in Tucson
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Mexican
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354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
520-882-4145
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Food, Good Service and Fast

This place was recommended to us by a friend and he recommended the cheese crisp. It's like a big thin crust pizza, we tried that on a previous visit and loved it. This visit we went for breakfast and both the Huevos Rancheros and the Chorizo and eggs were great! Served piping hot! The service was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
MinniTraveler
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Minnesota
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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109 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Minnesota
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

This place was recommended to us by a friend and he recommended the cheese crisp. It's like a big thin crust pizza, we tried that on a previous visit and loved it. This visit we went for breakfast and both the Huevos Rancheros and the Chorizo and eggs were great! Served piping hot! The service was great and I would... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
353 reviews 353 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This place is what every Mexican restaurant should strive to be. Good food, large portions, friendly service, and ambiance everywhere. First, the menudo is served daily and is superb. So any hangover day, this place is the cure. But the enchiladas are good and so is everything we tried. Authentic salsa, great fajita, superb friendly service with an ice tea... More 

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Southern California
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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
29 helpful votes 29 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
47 helpful votes 47 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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Virginia
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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
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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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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London
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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
8 helpful votes 8 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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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: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?