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Shelby's Bistro

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19 Tubac Rd, Tubac, AZ 85640
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Tue 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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283 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is always nice traveling north from southern Arizona and approaching Tubac around lunch time. Tubac has a nice assortment of excellent restaurants, but my thoughts were that a cheeseburger at Shelby’s Bistro would be nice, so off the frontage road I went. During season Tubac restaurants can be very crowded, especially on the weekends. During the Dog Days of... More 

Thank Robert V
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped by with family who are semi-regular customers only to find it was closed today. We were bummed because the restaurant was highly recommended. We had checked their website which stated they were open on Mondays. The TripAdvisor site also says they are open on Mondays. Locals stated this was a recent change. My advice is to call before making... More 

Thank Annemarie G
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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126 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and her friend have dined here in the past so we were encouraged to visit this past Friday afternoon. Upon arrival a large group of women followed us in, immediately filling the inside of the restaurant. (It was too hot at midday to sit outside). I then realized there was but one overwhelmed young woman who cleaned the... More 

Thank Gregory J
Phoenix, Arizona
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97 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful meal on the lovely patio at Shelby's. Dinner crowd was a mix of visitors and locals. Not a huge menu, but something for everyone. Specials should not be ignored. We had a delicious meal, including wine and appetizer. Prices were reasonable. Service was pleasant, efficient and provided at a pace that fits the relaxed atmosphere. We're... More 

Thank JMofo
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We eat here once a week for a quiet delicious dinner. Anthony is the chef and took it over from his sister when she moved to. California. Local art work on walls. Wonderful food

Thank Carol S
Oro Valley, Arizona
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136 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Tried it for the first time on 05/21/16 where I had lunch with a friend who lives nearby. She had never been either and we both really enjoyed the fast and friendly service as well as the breeze on the patio, despite it being a hot day. We had the daily special which was a chicken breast sandwich on a... More 

Thank Laurence L
Green Valley, Arizona
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Had dinner there last Saturday night. Great food and views of the mountains. First time for dinner, have been there for lunch. Both I would recommend.

Thank Wayne F
Phoenix, AZ
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Stopped in Tubac for a late lunch/early dinner after driving 6 hours up from Guaymas. Most restaurants in Tubac seem to be some variety of Mexican, but after a week in Mexico, eating tortillas and drinking beer, I was really craving a salad. Shelby's had several scrumptious salads to choose from. I ordered the Chicken Cobb Salad and my husband... More 

Thank AZliz
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

The difficulty was finding this little gem, hidden among downtown gallery's and shops. The wonderful thing was the savory food, great staff and a very accommodating owner. Highly recommend.

Thank Janellismichigan
Tubac, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We enjoyed the patio dining with its gorgeous mountain view. We both ordered the special (bouillabaisse chock full of seafood and tasty broth.) We started with the lobster bisque (yummy,) the bread warm. The service was impeccable. Attentive, friendly, not intrusive.

Thank chrisI4265CB

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $12
American, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Tubac Rd, Tubac, AZ 85640
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tubac
  • Phone Number: 520-398-8075

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?