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El Minuto Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
+1 520-882-4145
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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San Jose, California
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing great. Service wasn't that good and it was empty. You're not missing much. The staff wasn't friendly. We had to ask for water refulls.

Thank Jflo2012
Phoenix, Arizona
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100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A companion of ours hadn't been at this restaurant since the turn of the century so he wanted to try it again (we are from Phx). We came here after hiking 11 1/2 miles and boy was I looking forward to that margarita.... OOPS! no liquor license. You know sometimes Mexican food just doesn't taste as good without a margarita.... More 

Thank tibber55
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to this restaurant several times. The ambiance has a great relaxed feeling and gives the feeling of authenticity. The service is good as is the food which is reliable and predictable. I would recommend.

Thank Connie F
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here after a 12-mile hike in Tucson, so expectations were not real high--it doesn't take much after a good hike. Two of us had the rellenos, which were a disappointment. The other two diners were satisfied. Guacamole was very good. Service was good as well.

Thank MSRPhoenix
Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was extremely good and fairly quick despite the fact that they were very busy. I didn't give it five stars because our waiter (an older, dark haired man) was horrible. Never smiled, "threw" the plates on the table when he delivered the meals, didn't come back to make sure we didn't need anything but once and that was... More 

2 Thank Maryjo S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

I come to Tucson a few times a year for work. My colleagues swear by El Minuto Cafe. The food is solid. The staff are friendly. No frills. Straight up. Pretty good value.

1 Thank Tiffany G
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68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Great location in town. The food is really good as is the service. The friendly staff is willing to accommodate. Atmosphere is typical fun Mexican themed. Close to university and walking around town.

Thank travel-bug313
Oro Valley, Arizona
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

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 

2 Thank Lori S
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65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 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, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
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: +1 520-882-4145

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