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“Elegant and excellent” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arizona Inn - The Main Dining Room

Arizona Inn - The Main Dining Room
2200 E. Elm Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 325-1541
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Ranked #29 of 1,684 restaurants in Tucson
Price range: $20 - $80
Cuisines: American, Continental
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Elm Street and Campbell
Description: The Arizona Inn is an historic resort spread over 14 tranquil acres of gardens, flowers and lawns in the heart of mid-town Tucson. The Inn offers AAA Four Diamond Award winning dining in our Main Dining Room with cathedral-ceiling and fireplace as well as our more intimate Catlin Room with views of the gardens. The Dining Room provides legendary service in an elegant yet comfortable setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Chef Allison combines classic cuisine with seasonal ingredients and innovative techniques. The menus change with the seasons to feature the freshest ingredients. Wine Spectator has recognized the wine list with an Award of Excellence. The Audubon Bar, with live piano music nightly and patio seating, provides a perfect setting for enjoying a classic cocktail.
Tucson, AZ
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“Elegant and excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is more formal than many restaurants in Tucson and is located in the historic Arizona Inn. The food is always excellent as is the service. In the summer, there are often cabaret shows and you get preferred seating if you dine there. It is more pricey than many places in Tucson but it is worth the price and nice for a special occasion.

Visited June 2012
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Tucson,Az
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174 reviews 174 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Still Got It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Went to Az Inn for our anniversary. Had been about 10 years since last visit. Place still has it. Old world charm, attentive but not intrusive service, and very good food. If looking for classy dining experience, Az Inn the place to go. We both agreed its preferable to Anthony's. Better price points, elegant but relaxed. Its rare when a waiter asks you if would like to enjoy your drink before ordering. I had tasting menu and my wife salmon. both good choices. Portions decent. At times staff comments tended to be a little canned (ok to go off script) but that's a minor complaint. Will definitely put Az Inn back in our rotation

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hawaii Kai, Hawaii
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“Some of The Worst Food We Have Ever Been Served”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We were staying at The Arizona Inn for 3 nights. We had a dinner reservation for 5:30PM on Thanksgiving.

As guests of the Inn, we were contacted prior when seating came out for the meal. We thought that was nice...giving Inn guests first chance. We were quoted $60.00 a person(I still have the email).

We noticed going into the room the menu and the quoted price...NOW $65.00 a person. Oh my, that is alot for turkey. Anyway...they wanted to seat us at probably the worst table in the room...right next to the entrance to the busy kitchen and bar area. No thank you. So, they moved us to a more center table which was much nicer. Thank you.

The restaurant was pretty full and as we where watching the plates being removed the tables, we noticed that MANY plates had alot of uneaten food on them. We just thought the portions were too large.

Our waiter was right there to take our order...which was not ala carte, but fixed. They had about 5 choices or so. We decided on the lobster bisque, root salad, the traditional turkey meal and chocolate cake.

The food came out really quick...we think they were kinda rushing everyone to turn the tables over. There was even a small "annex" dining room for more diners. I would have been pretty upset if seated in that other side room. One goes to the Main Dining Room to sit in the Main Dining Room...not to sit in an overflow area.

They brought out rolls and butter. Hmmm...we remembered these gems from the first night's dinner in the Auduban Bar. They were exactly the same...no taste and very dry. I like my bread but I passed on these.

Next, the lobster bisque came out. It was a very large bowl of it. There was cream on the top. It was luke warm/more on the cold side. We both thought that was how it was supposed to be served. Then, my spouse said...do you think this is the squash soup instead? If you were blindfolded, one would have no idea of what they were eating. Mystery Soup.

Right after they removed the bowls, the root salad came out. It was alright. No complaints but no praises either.

Then, the main entree was brought out. Well, just looking at this plate,we KNEW this was going to be bad. It all looked so hard and pre-made and like it had been sitting for sometime.

First couple bites of the turkey and potatos...all was cold. Told our server. He apologized and brought out 2 new plates. Say within 2-3 minutes. They had all this food made up on plates and just sitting under lites. Well, second plate was no hotter than the first plate. Waiter came to check on us and we told him. Said he could get us something else. We declined, as we hate to waste food. So, let's see...what was on this plate. About 5-6 thick slices of a turkey breast. You know the kind...they are frozen and really processed all white meat. Kinda like lunch meat. All oval in shape. Butterball has them. This was not meat that was actually sliced/cut from a turkey. Thick blonde gravy on it. The potates were stone cold and they appeared to come out of a press...trying to make it fancy. The stuffing was clearly made in individual servers and then topped onto the plate. It was so dry and burnt. Really bad. There were 4 aspargus stalks on a small "bed" of sweet potato. Guess again...all cold and with no taste. They served the cranberry in a tiny bowl and it was heavily drenched in some really bad spice. Aspiric, maybe? It was all dried out too. We hardly ate any of the food.

Then, it hit us. That is why we saw so much uneaten food on used plates.

Our waiter must have told a manager as one came over without us asking for one. We told him honestly...the food was cold and it was all really bad. Actaully, the worst food we have ever been served in a restaurant. He apologized and said he would not charge us. Well, at least we did not have to pay for this crap. He offered desert anyway. We tried one serving of the cake. Hard as a hockey-puck you could really hurt someone with. Again, no real taste...just blahhhh. We each tried about 2 -3 bites and left it. They tried to make everything fancy in appearance when they should have tried to just make it good.

We did tip the waiter because it was not his fault.

The Inn and this Dining Room all have alot of charactor to them. Very nice atmopshere. Service was good. But, they really need a new chef who can prepare some wonderful food. Bad is bad...and this was.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Try dinner on the patio enjoying the beautiful surroundings.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We had previously been here for a delicious brunch and decided to give dinner a try. What a delightful experience. We chose to sit out on the patio overlooking their beautiful grounds and listening to a piano playing just inside the door. Service was not as attentive as it should have been; however, everything else about the experience was excellent. It is not as formal out on the patio so possibly my service expectations were too high. I thoroughly enjoyed the butternut squash soup. My sea scallops were cooked perfectly. After our meal we took the remainder of our wine inside to relax on the sofa and listen to more of the great piano player. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable evening.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Historic Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

The building and the grounds alone warrant a trip to see this beautiful property. In the lobby is a lovely gift shop which carried several pieces of clothing from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, nice choices. The main dining is elegant, but we were there on a gorgeous sunny day for lunch and preferrd to eat on the terrance under a huge lemon tree flanked by colorful flower beds. Both the service and the menu selection were outstanding. Definitely a place to try

  • Visited November 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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