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El Minuto Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the food was tasty, it was extremely overpriced. Despite the alcohol signs throughout the restaurant, there is no alcohol served here - they lost their liquor license. No margaritas here! Chips were average, likely from Costco. The most disappointing part was our server. VERY lazy, extremely inattentive and bordering rude. I'll try another place next time I want Mexican... More 

Thank Lori S
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65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

This is supposed to be very authentic Mexican food and was recommended by someone who lives in Tuscon. It was so so and I have had better Mexican for sure. The staff was really nice and the service was good though.

Thank Holdensix
Hawthorne, New Jersey, United States
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

During our visit to downtown Tucson, we were looking for a good place to eat dinner and just started googling for local places. The menu had to satisfy 3 adults, looking for a good local restaurant and 2 VERY VERY picky eating children. I'll be honest the main reason we picked this place is because the menu offered "hamburger" a... More 

Thank Cambymom
Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant everyone in Tucson recommended we try for great southwestern food, as opposed to Tex Mex, was closed, so we asked our concierge for other choices. He gave us several, from which we chose El Minuto, due to its proximity to our hotel. I would have never considered stopping without the 5-star rating on the printout he provided. The... More 

Thank Janet H
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6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

We visited this 3 years ago and were impressed. Not this time. With 6000 people just exiting the Convention Center at about 5PM on a Saturday you'd think this would quickly become jam packed as it is just across the street. It was maybe half full. Server was not very friendly nor efficient, got the impression we were just "a... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

I've been meaning to write this for a long time. My husband and I have become quite the regulars for lunch at El Minuto. Their lunch menu is reasonably priced, the food is always served piping hot and their house margaritas are scrumptious. Dinner is excellent, too. I love their chicken enchiladas. Our favorite server is Hector Guizar. He is... More 

Thank Diana N
Scottsdale, Arizona
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

We had a quick dinner before seeing James Taylor at Tucson Arena. El Minuto is just across the street. We waited about 30 minutes for a table - the restaurant brought us cups of cold water - very nice. Our food was good. I had most interesting corn tortilla quesadillas with chicken. Very tasty and great texture. My wife had... More 

Thank Mark K
Port washington, NY
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127 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

We went here on a recommendation from our hotel. It was hard to find based on the hotels directions. It looks a little sketchy from the outside, which our hotel warned us about, but it was find inside. This has a local charm, but the service was not great. We almost seemed like we were inconveniencing them at times. The... More 

Thank Christirdh
Tucson, Arizona
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68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

So trying an "old/new" place and it was not even close to being a decent Mexican food restaurant. Not too sure how they have stayed in business for so many years. I ordered the "specialty" topopo chicken salad, a pile of shredded iceberg lettuce, 4 slices of avocado, a few tablespoons of refried beans, and some unseasoned shredded chicken. My... More 

Thank arzcasey
Holland, Michigan
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

You cannot go wrong with El Minuto. It is a full restaurant (not really a cafe). The decor is very nice, service is excellent, and food was wonderful. The location is very good also. Just south of downtown and they have their own dedicated parking lot. We will be back often.

Thank Briankemp67

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $6
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: 520-882-4145

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