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Zona 78

#175 of 1,738 Restaurants in Tucson
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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 17
    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
Love the beers on tap

They are very consistent in their food quality and tastes, It is even great when you do a take out order. The pizza is really yummy, thin crust and lots of toppings to choose from. The one and only thing that we have continued our tradition in ordering is the chop/chop salad, no cilantro (our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
sondra18
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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146 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

They are very consistent in their food quality and tastes, It is even great when you do a take out order. The pizza is really yummy, thin crust and lots of toppings to choose from. The one and only thing that we have continued our tradition in ordering is the chop/chop salad, no cilantro (our preference) Great service. Happy hour... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I am very happy to say that even though we miss Kevin and Aly since they have gone to Austin to start a new restaurant the food remains consistently good. I am a chilly willy so I often complain about the temperature, too cold for this Desert Lizard.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The happy hour food and service are incredibly good, deserving a 5 star rating. The happy hour beer menu is about on par with what I call 'bowling alley beer'. What a shame. It warrants a 1 star rating. Until Guinness Draft is available on the happy hour menu, I will more often go to Sakura Restaurant for happy hour,... More 

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Rochester, MN
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78 reviews 78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We ate there again, having had two great meals when last in Tucson 5 years ago staying in the the same HIE hotel just south of the Tucson Mall. My wife and I enjoyed good Italian pasta meals. Beer & wine is a bit pricey but the food quality and service was excellent on a Tue night late Feb. We'll... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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56 reviews 56 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Visited Zona 78 with some friends last night. The experience was flawed from the start. After a brief wait at the bar we were seated in a room that looked more like Denny"s than an Italian restaurant. Formica tables with chairs that belong in a fast food breakfast place. No table clothes, no candles, nothing but blaring can lights that... More 

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Auburn, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you need to eat gluten free as I do you know that it can be a challenge to find delicious meals at restaurants. The pizza crust was very good. It was cooked over a fire which made it both crisp but still had that chew that we enjoy. The only negative was the fact that there is a $5... More 

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Chicago
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13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Very good selection of beer & wine to boot. We went for dinner as a party of 5 adults. Wait staff was attentive and answered any of our questions nicely. Our pesto pizza could been slightly better baked but still tasted good.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating

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