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Zona 78

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78 W River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
520-888-7878
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Zona 78 is Tucson’s premiere destination for artisan pizza, Italian...
Zona 78 is Tucson’s premiere destination for artisan pizza, Italian specialties, and an eclectic selection of wines, spirits, and beers. We offer a little of everything at Zona 78: wine tastings, Tucson’s best happy hour and service that goes the extra mile. It’s no wonder Zona 78 is one of Tucson’s favorite restaurants. We are proud to tell you that Zona 78 has been voted Tucson’s Best Casual Dining restaurant, Best Family Dining restaurant and Tucson’s Best Happy Hour. “Life is Good” at Zona 78!
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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food in a more pleasant environment at River Road.

This was my first visit to this location at River Road. Although the menu is the same the setting feels warmer. There are booths and tables rather than the bench seating. It was quieter and seemed more private. Friendly staff and fresh food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2015
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tucson,az
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102 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This was my first visit to this location at River Road. Although the menu is the same the setting feels warmer. There are booths and tables rather than the bench seating. It was quieter and seemed more private. Friendly staff and fresh food.

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Thank durigirl1
Missouri
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124 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Four of us ate dinner here. All of us had a fish entree, and were pleased. The atmosphere was pleasant and the prices reasonable.

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Thank naranja10
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Enjoyed dinner at the restaurant where we had a couple of appetizers with bread, cheese, meats, and peppers, which was good. The entre selections were good, but a bit limited. Ordered the Mediterranean Pizza, which was good, but covered in so much oil that it made the crust very limp and hard to eat by hand. I will go back,... More 

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Thank Tim H
Vail, Arizona
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155 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Came here for a group dinner, and was excited about trying something different. They have a semi-private room for large groups which was nice. The restaurant itself was okay, reminded me of a privately owned Olive Garden (sort of). We had a group of about 30 and they only assigned one wait person... so needless to say, our service was... More 

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Thank Betsy M
Arizona
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123 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Whenever I am in Tucson visiting family, I never miss a trip to Zona 78. Their happy hour prices are great! I like to come for my favorite grilled cheese and tomato soup. It's as close to my mothers comfort food she used to prepare years ago. Our service is always excellent. I've never once been the least bit disappointed!

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Thank dmant
Tucson, Arizona
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173 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Long time favorite...but was just average this time..great service as usual. Calamari was cold and chewy...soup was very good..salad was just like any other place!

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Thank Anne A
tucson
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68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I have eaten in both of their restaurants in Tucson and they are both equal in dining experience as well as service. I find them clean, and great service. Their salads are large portions and delicious, Their sandwiches and pizzas are also very good.

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Thank 12311944
Tucson, Arizona
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121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We've enjoyed dining at Zona 78 on Tanque Verde and were hoping to find a similar experience at the River Road location. Not so. The decor is tired and a reflection of the '60s and '70s music that was playing in the background. It's time for an update here. We ordered the cilantro hummus flatbread appetizer to start. Pros: half... More 

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1 Thank Susie780
Tucson, Arizona
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46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We have read some good things about Zona 78 so we tried lunch the other day. I like to keep things simple the first time I visit because if they can do the basic things right, I can be adventurous the next time, so we ordered a pizza and caesar salad to split. The salad was a real bore, with... More 

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1 Thank DelGregorio
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Not the kind of place to go if you want high end food but the pasta dishes were good. The meatballs are HUGE. Avoid the calamari.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 78 W River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: 520-888-7878

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Zona 78 is Tucson’s premiere destination for artisan pizza, Italian specialties, and an eclectic selection of wines, spirits, and beers. We offer a little of everything at Zona 78: wine tastings, Tucson’s best happy hour and service that goes the extra mile. It’s no wonder Zona 78 is one of Tucson’s favorite restaurants. We are proud to tell you that Zona 78 has been voted Tucson’s Best Casual Dining restaurant, Best Family Dining restaurant and Tucson’s Best Happy Hour. “Life is Good” at Zona 78!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?