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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Italian Cuisine

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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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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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 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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Tucson, Arizona
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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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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Went with friends for Happy Hour, pretty much 1/2 off most drinks and appetizers. Friendly staff, knowledgeable about the beers and wine. Easy to find place on River Rd, Tucson. Appetizers were- an excellent platter of house cured meats, cheeses, and vegetables, a lovely Bianco Pizza of truffle oil, mozzarella, garlic, parmesan, black pepper. Happy Hour was relaxed, not very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This restaurant has a great Happy Hour from 3 to 6. Wonderful "appetizers" that could be a full meal. Good service, and also good pizzas.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Erin was, without question, the very best server we have had at Zona 78 since we last had Tony from New Jersey. Five stars for Erin. She was very personable, very attentive, and very prompt. Oh, and she brought the parmesan cheese for the pizza BEFORE the pizza came so the pizza would not get cold while we waited for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We tried to eat at another pizza place but they had a 45 minute wait. They referred us to Zona and I am glad they did. We had a great meal and an interesting conversation based off of the mystery wine challenge. Loved the food and deserts. We will definitely go back.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We ate here for lunch, and split a Tuscany pizza. It had a nice, crunchy crust and delicious toppings. Although I admit we haven't eaten in very many pizza places in Tucson, so far I would rate this as the best pizza in Tucson.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

we made a reservation but didn't really need it. The place was pretty empty. We've been there before and it was jammed. We shared a salad and a pizza. It was nothing to write home about. Too bad cause the location of the is good and the restaurant is bright. No hurry to return. Just average fare.

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?