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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
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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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 stars 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 stars 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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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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 stars 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
Green Valley, Arizona
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Fantastic place we found years ago while walking the Turquios Trail in downtown Tucson. It is right on the edge of the Barrio across from the Convetion Center. Thankfully, the did not tear it down when them made the TCC as this place has been there since 1936 and run, I believe, by the same family. Go for lunch during... More 

Thank Mark T
Tucson, Arizona
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195 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Three friends and I had spent the day exploring the Barrio area when I remembered this restaurant had always been my brothers favorite spot to visit on his trips to Tucson. Just as a heads up there is a cool shrine next to this place that honors the only sinner ...it's pretty interesting...anyway, food was just ok...we had soup and... More 

Thank Anne A
Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Have only been here about 4 times because we are 10 miles from downtown and there are others closer BUT DO Not pass this place up..It has great drinks and maybe the Best food in town with out all the hype..VERY GOOD MEX food....sauce is yummy !!

Thank Edd V

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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
$6 - $6
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, 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: 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?