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“Elvira's Restaurant in Tubac by Brice of Cascadia” 1 of 5 stars
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2201 E Frontage Rd, Tubac, AZ 85646
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Ranked #1 of 16 Restaurants in Tubac
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Green Valley
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“Elvira's Restaurant in Tubac by Brice of Cascadia”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2010

Last evening (March 6th) six of us went to Elvira's in Tubac because we wanted a treat and we wanted to try someplace new. Elvira's has a No Reservations policy, so when we arrived, we signed on to the queue list with the Receptionist. Then we had a drink in the bar while we waited for 45 minutes. We were finally contacted and told to head for two tables in the back corner by the windows--a somewhat cramped space but not a bad location. After we were seated, given menus and water, and did the waiter introduction thing; we began discussing what to order. So far, all was normal and fine.

Then out of the blue--no "Excuse me" or "Please"--we were approached by the Manager and the Receptionist. We were told that "You have to leave this table and move." No alternative place was offered. We had to move because the restaurant had made a mistake. These tables were "reserved" for another party--remember the No Reservations policy. Both the Manger and the Receptionist were rude, uncompromising, and showed no class of any kind. In case you might think we had created a negative atmosphere and were befouling the premises; we are all gray haired, in our 70s, bathe every day, and dressed in clean clothing including shoes and shirts.

We argued in both English and Spanish (four of our party are completely bilingual) that we did not make the mistake and that the other party should be placed somewhere else. But it made no difference. The Manager insisted that we should move or else. It makes you wonder about who those VIP types were. What gave them their clout? Use your imagination about what was going on there.

Anyway, the scene did get somewhat nasty, but ultimately we were not prepared to do a shootout on Main Street. Of course, we were disgusted with Elvira's, but that was no reason for us to be down on ourselves. We preferred to cut off the dispute before a fight erupted and before our evening was ruined. We saddled up and left.

OUR BOTTOM LINE REVIEW: Elvira's management has no class. Their style is tacky. We have since heard from friends that their food is not all that good. They apparently started business in September 2009. We predict that they will not be in business when September 2010 rolls around.

Epilogue: After leaving we drove about two miles up the road to The Stables Restaurant at the Tubac Country Club. We were fortunate to get a spacious table. The decor and the atmosphere is tasteful and comfortable. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. The food was first rate, and the price was just about what we would have paid at that other place.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2010

The restaurant's decor is probably the best thing about it. There was a large mirror on the wall which needed cleaning. Speaking of cleaning -- there are blue plates at each place setting on a larger charger. My blue plate had dried water marks and greasy finger prints on one corner and I asked for a clean one thinking I'd be served food on it. As it turned out, they took both plates away when serving the meal. So, what's the point? The menu prices for lunch were what I would expect for a dinner menu, not much under $15 and many over $20. I had the $10.95 chicken enchiladas which were quite good. They came with a small scoop of rice and refried beans with a single corn chip on the side. The rice was rather bland but the beans were very tasty. There was no complimentary chips and salsa served before the meal. I had to get the servers attention when my drink was empty and I asked for a glass of water. After drinking a few sips, I noticed that the lip of the glass had lipstick marks on it! Yech. I complained to the server and got a very weak apology. Service was so-so and the restaurant was not busy. All in all, I'd probably not return due to price and cleanliness issues.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Over priced, tasteless food in a beautifully decorated setting”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2010

The decor is fabulous. Huge crystal tear drops hang from the ceiling, along with large glass hearts. A lot of time and money was spent to create an incredibly beautitul interior.

Unfortunately, the food was disappointingly bland. The salsa served with the chips was a mixture of onions and something pink and slightly gelatinous, without a hint of spice. The chili rellano ($16.95 for lunch) was a pile of something covered in the same salsa, heated up. I don't expect Mexican food to be spicy to be good, but some spice is needed to make it flavorful.

I might try Elvira's again, but the prices will make it difficult.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“The Best Meal We've Ever Had in Tubac!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2009

We visit Tubac 3-4 times a year and have never been able to find a restaurant we'd want to go back to - until now. Our party of 4 had lunch at Elvira's on a Sunday afternoon in mid-November. We ordered 3 entrees and one appetizer (guacamole) for the 4 of us. The guac was great - freshly made and chunky with still-warm tortilla chips. For the entrees, we had two of their mole selections and the Frida Kahlo - a vegetarian stuffed poblano dish. I would normally shun anything vegetarian, but this dish was outstanding. Both moles were excellent too. The decor is eclectic but nice, and the tequila selection at the bar was exceptional. Lunch for 4 with 1 drink each was around $80. Not cheap, but worth it. We would even seriously consider taking the hour-plus drive to Tubac JUST to eat at Elvira's!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sahuarita AZ
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“High end Mexican food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009

Unusual but good- try the Frida Kahlo entree...a poblano stuffed with squash blossoms and roasted corn. Delicious, accompanied by rice but not generous portion-wise. Get an app or plan on dessert. We split an app of potato tacos which were good but not piping hot. Service is OK- our waitress was nice but not on top of things as were the other waitpersons. Good margaritas! 1 app, 2 entrees, 2 'ritas=$62 before tip

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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