We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Get food delivered
About
Providing the best service and food for over 21 years. Come enjoy fresh salads, seafood, 1/2 lb Angus Burgers, bistro thin crust pizzas, pasta and gourmet wraps
PRICE RANGE
$11 - $15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
Reviews (370)
Filter reviews
368 results
Traveler rating
163
123
40
16
26
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
163
123
40
16
26
Show reviews that mention
All reviews lunch wraps sweet potato fries burger salad outdoor seating nice patio shopping shops mountains community az margaritas
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed December 23, 2022

Our favorite for close to a fine dining experience. Menu has great variety and the food is very good. Staff and service is very inconsistent….one day great; one day nonexistent.

Date of visit: December 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed December 13, 2022 via mobile

Great place for lunch while shopping in Tubac, AZ. Pizzas were delicious and so was the Horseradish and Havarti burger. Nice outdoor seating area and dog friendly.

Date of visit: December 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 5, 2022

Since moving to the area a year ago, we have been to Shelby's a number of times. Great food at reasonable prices keep us coming back. More importantly however is the quality of the service. Always excellent, especially now that they recognize us when we...walk in. We are fortunate in that there are several good places to eat in the local area, but we also try to make a point of eating at Shelby's at least once or twice a month. Can highly recommend!More

Date of visit: September 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed September 14, 2022

The staff is very nice a nice place to relax with a glass of wine after shopping the food is delicious you cannot go wrong with burger or a nicely made salad.

Date of visit: August 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed June 17, 2022 via mobile

Delicious hamburgers! Pricey, but generous portions & had enough to take home. Indoor/outdoor seating. Dressy casual. Friendly staff. Will return.

Date of visit: June 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 18, 2022 via mobile

Shelby's is a great little gem hidden away behind some shops in the artist community of Tubac... we had a wonderful lunch there sitting on the terrace serenaded by some excellent country music...I would high recommend the food and atmosphere...the mountain views from the terrace...are spectacular !More

Date of visit: May 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 3, 2022

We have been to Shelby’s many,many times over the past years. Haven’t been to Shelby’s in a year or so,did ownership change?Burgers had some seasoning for which I didn’t care much for and the slaw was chunky with too much kale.Service was poor,even though it...wasn’t crowded.Our server never returned after delivering the food order.She was too busy socializing with the other staff.We felt ignored.Will not go back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 29, 2022

We went to Shelby’s on 4/29/22 at about noon. We were seated and ordered ice tea to drink. The ice tea was delivered but we were never given napkins or flatware, nor was there any sweeteners available at the table. I had to ask for...sweeteners. I ordered the Sonoran Chicken sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries and my girlfriend ordered the Grilled Basil Pesto Chicken Sandwich also with Sweet Potato Fries. We were asked if we wanted avocado on our sandwiches to which we said “Yes”. When the sandwiches were delivered, my girlfriends plate had waffle fries and not sweet potato fries. We told the wait staff person and they took away my girlfriend’s entire plate instead of just bringing out some sweet potato fries when cooked. They eventually brought back her plate with just the sandwich and said they would bring out the sweet potato fries when they were ready. They did eventually bring out the fries. When we received the bill, they had charged us $6.22 for a few diced avocado pieces! My girlfriend’s sandwich didn’t even have any avocado in it! Two ice teas were $7.28! The lunch before tax was over $47! If the service had been good, this would not have been so painful, but with the poor service, it was an insult. Last trip to Shelby’s Bistro for us.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed March 4, 2022 via mobile

Ate lunch here while shopping Tubac. Great salads & huge sandwiches. Good serve & value. Outdoor seating available. Get there early, it gets crowded around 12+

Date of visit: March 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed February 14, 2022

A friend and I had lunch at Shelby's Bistro on the first day of the Festival of Arts, Feb. 9, 2022. After waiting 30 minutes we were seated but we knew there was a wait. I ordered the portobello wrap and my friend ordered the...Swiss and mushroom burger. The waitress asked if we wanted avocado and we said yes. My friend also said yes to adding bacon. The waitress never mentioned a surcharge of $3 for each item, which added $9 to the bill. Very sneaky and a very bad business practice.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed December 24, 2021

Our lunch food was average and frankly, not much here for vegetarians. But we primarily wanted an outdoor place (due to COVID) and they had a nice patio, so that was good. We also enjoyed a singer playing music. Good friendly service.

Date of visit: December 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed November 16, 2021

We got there at 2:15, and they closed at 3. Two of us ordered a chicken curry wrap, and it seemed they didn't have enough chicken salad for both wraps. Not only was there not much filling, the filling that was in the wrap was...mostly celery. My husband's blackened chicken wrap was "meh." The margaritas actually tasted like they had been watered down...probably the worst we've had in quite a long time. To top it off, we had to wait for over 20 minutes to get our check. On the plus side: Patio dining is beautiful. Comfortable chairs.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 21, 2021 via mobile

We had a wonderful lunch on a quiet Monday in Tubac. Not many of the restaurants were open but we were lucky Shelby’s was. We couldn’t decide between the chicken pesto sandwich or the Black Bean burger so we ordered 1 of each and decided...to split it. Our server, understood what we were doing and our plates arrived with a 1/2 sandwich of each. We didn’t have to do anything. We started with the black bean burger and it was excellent. It had a slight hint of heat but nothing that overwhelmed the other flavors. We also got an order of the sweet potato fries and potato waffle fries. We are both partial to sweet potato fries but when our server suggested a serving of both, we agreed. Again, our plates contained 1/2 orders of both. The sweet potato fries were delicious but we couldn’t believe how good the waffle potato fries were. Crispy on the outside, wonderful potato flavor on the inside. She explained how she made them, fresh, every day. The fries were so good, and we figured they wouldn’t taste as good later, that we ate the burger and the fries. We were too full to eat our chicken pesto sandwich so our server brought us boxes to go. We ate the chicken pesto sandwich 2 days later and it was excellent. It was the 1st meal of our trip and it was fabulous. We talked about how much we enjoyed both the food and the service during our entire trip.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 18, 2021

We had a poor experience for lunch on Saturday. The waitress was unpleasant. We both ordered the portabella wrap lunch. We both ordered the sweep potato fries. One wrap was ordered without the cream cheese. My order came with regular fries and both had no...cream cheese. I told the waitress that I ordered the sweet potato fries and she said...no you didn't and walked away. She was so rude I was uncertain about asking for the fries I ordered because who knows what she would do to the order in the kitchen. The bus girl was friendly and efficient. The food was ok but not what I ordered.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 14, 2021

Menu items such as basil chicken with spinach (hot) on ciabatta roll, Turkey & cheese (hot)....and their sweet potato fries & regular potato waffle fries were outstanding! All food served hot by two wonderful wait staff girls! Nice wine menu & plenty of outdoor seating...for dinner...it was a bit too hot outside to eat there.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Artist's Suite
3 reviews
.19 miles away
Canoa Ranch Golf Resort
790 reviews
12.26 miles away
Santa Rita Lodge
270 reviews
12.74 miles away
Holiday Inn Express Nogales, an IHG Hotel
130 reviews
18.01 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Elvira's
800 reviews
.18 miles away
Tubac Bakery
7 reviews
.10 miles away
Tubac Market
80 reviews
.05 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum
231 reviews
.15 miles away
K Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden
41 reviews
.04 miles away
Tubac Center of the Arts
104 reviews
.15 miles away
Cobalt Fine Arts Gallery
24 reviews
.20 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Ruth Anne F
March 7, 2022|
Answer
Response from bluesmama11 | Reviewed this property |
Check on their website or call them?
0
Votes
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

SHELBY'S BISTRO, Tubac - Photos & Restaurant Reviews - Order Online Food Delivery - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Shelby's Bistro

Yes, Shelby's Bistro offers takeout services.

Shelby's Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4