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“Good food in a relaxed atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
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Dry River Co.
800 N. Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ 85710
(520) 298-5555
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Ranked #600 of 1,688 Restaurants in Tucson
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Pizza
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
Description: Dry River Company is a neighborhood pizza place in Tucson's Eastside. We specialize in wood-fired pizza and hand made pasta. We make everything on premise - the dough, sauces, mozzarella and pasta. We have a full bar, weekly wine and beer tastings and specials daily. On Friday and Saturday nights we feature live music after 8:30 pm.Stop by and try some of the finest pizza Tucson has to offer.
Tucson, Arizona
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145 reviews 145 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Good food in a relaxed atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

My son and I ate a Friday night dinner here. We each ordered pasta - he had the sausage and pepper pasta and I had cheese ravioli with Alfredo sauce. Both were excellent. The pasta is homemade and the seasoning was perfect. Both came with a large slice of fresh garlic bread. The portions weren't huge but it was filling.

They have an extensive beer menu if you like beer (which we don't). I had a nice Blood Mary that was seasoned well.

You order at the counter and the food is brought to the table. Very casual place.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“RUDE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Unbelievable.... the owner could care a less about customer satisfaction... tried to talk to him about poor food and he just shrugged his shoulders and said to come back and try something else next time and walked away - so rude... never go there! The worst food and even worse service - yuck! He won't make it 6months!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“We are regular customers- great, unpretentious atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I have been regular customers for a couple of years now and I beg to disagree with the pretentious reviews in the poor and terrible categories. This is not a sit down restaurant where you are waited on hand and foot like those reviewers seem to be accustomed to- this is a place where the menu is simple yet delicious and is ordered at the cashier counter. Yes there is a minimal wait staff that will bring you your food and refill your drinks but is a very relaxed atmosphere. You can go there to study, watch a game, or simply grab a few drinks with friends. If you're looking for sit down full service, this is not it. But if you are looking for great food every time, inexpensive drinks, and a relaxed atmosphere, then this is the right place.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson, Arizona
1 review
“What are they doing at Dry River?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

My husband and I went to Dry River a opule Friday's ago. We are owners of a restaurant that has entertainment., so we are little critical when there are issues.

The pizza was A-. The pizza had a great taste, but was put together sloppy. It would have been better if every bite was great tasting. Perhaps the pizza was dropped before it went in the oven. They might want to teach the cook that you eat with your eyes before your mouth.

Friday night and there was a live band with a woman singer called KC Monroe. I hate to say it, but the band sucked. There is no other way to say it. We are used to bands in LA and Chicago. The sound was quite empty and the singer sounded like a Karaoke queen who learned three chords and started a band. The lead guitar played some nice licks but played against the wrong chords. It's almost like he wasn't listening to the changes. The singer had what I'd consider in appropriate banter for a family store, too much talking, and lack of musical content.

The place was pretty dirty. Doesn't Tucson have health inspectors? Our glasses looked like they needed a little Cascade. In fact, my husbands glass had lipstick residue on the rim. Come on guys! Who owns this place? The wait staff was non-existent. Not sure what was going on there, except it seemed the only customers besides us were friends of the band. Don't really know?

Next to the ONE-person woman's bathroom, there were chairs and stuff piled up. I had to wait crammed in a small hallway with crap piled around me. Can't the owners afford a storage room? If you are mvoing things to accomodate a band, do it in a testeful way. The ambiance suffered because of the layout, junk piled up, and the distasteful noise of the band.

Bottom Line: An average experience. The owner needs to pay attention to detail and treat his business a little more professional. They need to watch the professionalism of staff. They could have a good product if they treat this business with some attention to critical details.

The owners need to realize that just because a band brings in a few friends that is not going to help their business. Potential regular customers will NOT return. Thus underpaid, entertainment will HURT your business. Sorry, I'm just assuming they were under talented because the company was trying to meet a substandard budget for entertainment. INVEST in your company with CLEANLINESS, ORGANIZATION, GOOD STAFF, GOOD Entertainment.

Food Taste: A+
Food Presentation: D
Entertainment: F
Cleanliness of shop and dishes: D
Service: C
Ambiance: C

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“Great pizza for lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This little place on Kolb next to Guadalajara Grille serves a great individual pizza with thin crust and is wood fired. They have a nice micro brew tap selection as well and my favorite PBR.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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