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“Great Bloody Marys!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress

Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress
311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701-1811
(520) 798-1618
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Ranked #25 of 1,701 Restaurants in Tucson
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 5th Ave.
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great Bloody Marys!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Love this place for breakfast. Come Sunday to enjoy the Bloody Mary bar while you wait, because you will be waiting for a while. The food is excellent and so is the service!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Karlen R, Manager at Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Building your own Bloody Mary is something we love making as much as we hope you enjoy drinking. Thanks for the comment!
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Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Breakfast is great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Eclectic menu. They accomadate dietary restrictions. Great atomosphere..different than your average restaurant. Wait staff is always good. The history of the building seems to permeate the air, from the pennys in the floor to the saying on the wall. Always a neat experience.

Visited January 2013
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Karlen R, Manager at Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
We're proud to have a menu that lets people have several options for most dietary restrictions, and keep an eye out for our lettuce wrapped falafel that is both gluten-free and vegan, coming out later this month.
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Tucson, AZ
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“History. People. FOOD.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This is the perfect evening no matter who you're with or even if you're alone. The ambiance of a historic hotel cannot be beat. The sight of the beautiful Catalina mountains from a brand new patio cannot be beat. The promise of a haunted tour of the rooms, including John Dillinger's room, titillates almost as much as the lineup of entertainment awaiting beyond the dinner hour. Maybe a local trio on the Cup's patio, maybe an indie group or karaoke or a costume affair in their ballroom, or perhaps an international act in the small intimate venue cross the street at the Rialto - or heck, maybe take in all 3 before the night's done! By the way don't forget the food - the best burger in town along with plenty of other great dishes and specials, and a dessert case to die for. Really.

Visited October 2012
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Karlen R, Manager at Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
We don't have an offical tour schedule, but if you come during the day we can almost always find someone in the building that can take you up stairs for a visit to our permenent residents in rooms 220 or 242
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Beckley, West Virginia, United States
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188 restaurant reviews
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
“good food and a little history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Located in the Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson, where John Dillinger was captured, the Cup Cafe is one of our favorite breakfast places. Street parking is poor, but there is a small lot behind the hotel. Our server, Dominique, was pleasant and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is funky and unpretentious. The wife had the tofu scramble while I had a concoction of poached eggs and brisket on sourdough bread (I don't recall the name). Both excellent. We have eaten here a number of times in the past, and will continue to return.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Karlen R, Manager at Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
The Silverside Hash was once just a special and is now a part of our regular menu. Our chefs need almost a week to prepare it, but it's worth it knowing how much our guests love it.
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Orlando, Florida
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Lunch & Learn!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

If you enjoy eating a good meal while you sit in the middle of a historic site, then this is your place to be! The Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress has many historic pictures and artifacts that kept my attention for a couple of hours. Jessica was an excellent waitress and an even better historian wrapped with a wonderful personality. Across the street is the historic Tucson train station and museum. Many other stores are all around this location and are a pleasant walk in any direction.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Karlen R, Manager at Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
As the anchor of Downtown's east end, we're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the history of our hotel while visiting Tucson. We look forward to seeing you again.
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