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“Delicious food and wonderful service in an historic setting...” 4 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 #28 of 1,682 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.
jcoaz
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Delicious food and wonderful service in an historic setting...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We have lived in the Tucson area for over 11 years, and never have visited Cup Cafe until this evening - and success! It is our new favorite place. The historic hotel lobby is beautiful; the food, ambiance, and service feel like fine dining, but the atmosphere and attitude is Tucson Best = casual and friendly.

The Heartbreaker appetizer was shared by our four and was so delicious. Two of us had the awesome Fish and Chips (amazing tartar sauce!), one had the Trout (tender and yummy), and one had the evening's special: strip steak with mushroom demiglace. It was out of this world! Do not miss the Kahlua mousse cake!! Nice Happy Hour specials on drinks and appetizers, and attentive but unobtrusive service made this a special evening. We will be back!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Omaha, Nebraska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great ambience, decent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Went to the Cup Cafe with a co-worker, her mother and her teenage son. Loved the funky decor (all of us)! and there was a great outdoor patio area (although we opted for indoors). We had an attentive and on-it waiter who knew his stuff. We ordered everything from the trout to a burger to fish and chips - everyone walked away satisfied. Personally found the trout very tasty and I love a place that knows how to give you a decent pour of wine. Prices were right, service was excellent, surroundings eclectic. My only complaint (and it's a small one) is that the front entry and hall to bathrooms has a smell that isn't so great and I have a feeling it always smells like that. Like I said, it shouldn't keep anyone away - just be prepared. Cant' speak to parking. Someone pulled away from the front right as we drove up so we had rock star parking. I honestly don't know if there is a lot or what around there...it looked like street parking could be challenging. Definitely would recommend to friends, especially those who like things a tiny bit different.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saline, MI
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Cup Cafe on Our “Most Wanted List"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

If the Cup Cafe was in operation in the ’30’s, it’s no wonder John Dillinger holed up there. We were downtown anyway, on our way to the Smokey Robinson concert at Casino del Sol, had heard a lot about the great restaurant in the Hotel Congress and decided to try it. The food, service and prices make it worth being rousted by the Feds. We did make reservations the day before and those were politely reconfirmed by telephone. Greeted by name, we were immediately seated and a server appeared before we knew it. Service was impeccable but very friendly (and we were addressed by name more than once by different waitstaff). The food was exquisite. My husband had the Real Thing -- it is criminal to call this delight a hamburger. Accompanied by Papas Fritas, possibly the best french fries ever to pass our lips, we almost arm-wrestled over this plate. Fortunately, the Chicken & Gnocchi I ordered were equally delicious so we just split both plates (we didn’t want to start a ruckus and cause the Feds to return). I had one of their speciality cocktails, a Hurricane -- OK, I had two -- which made the 104-degree weather outside a distant memory. Parking is plentiful in an underground, guarded structure across the street, there is lovely outside seating when it’s not 8 bazillion degrees (or even when it is), and the prices are more than fair for the fabulous food. There are vegan offerings. Frequented by well-heeled ex-hippies and vibrant young people sporting lots of ink, the vibe is kitschy, Bohemian, non-formal and yet quietly dignified. We loved it and plan to return with friends in tow. At this cafe, their “Cup runneth over."

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fresh wholesome food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

My favorite restaurant in Tucson, the Cup's unique ambiance flows from the old architectural style of the hotel which combines with a flavorful menu, long on pure simple ingredients, that always ends in the best pie in town. It's a fun reason to pass all those chains and head downtown.

Visited November 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Sunday ritual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The breakfast menu at The Cup is spectacular, interesting, different, high quality and the service is spectacular, and high quality. the atmosphere is historic and makes for a perfect father's Day for people who love the history of the old west. The Deposition 'skillet' breakfast is huge and satisfying and has that touch of the Southwest with the chorizo.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 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, June 19, 2014
Dad's, Mom's, and every member of the family is sure to enjoy breakfast at The Cup
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