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American, Cafe, International
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I should have sent it back! My lox and onion scramble was overcooked, brown eggs and flavorless. The potatoes were 50 percent Black and dry! How can you charge so much more and not cook it right. We complained and received 10 percent off. Three...out of four of received the dried up home fries. I should never have touched it, but I feel for the restaurant owners. Just take pride in your business!!!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed May 4, 2024

This used to be our GO-TO place. Food was great and so was the service and atmosphere. But the prices have gone to the ridiculous and the restaurant is not being kept up. The floors look dirty and the walls are scuffed and for the...price, we will not go back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 2, 2024

Our food was very good. The BLT rivals any I've ever had. We love the shrimp tacos. Prices are climbing, but this is a great place with outdoor seating.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed August 15, 2023

After frequenting Eclectic for decades - literally, I was there last evening and #1. It was grimy. The floor badly needs attention and the walls are dirty also. 2. My patty melt had VERY little patty and almost no cheese but lots of bread. 3....Shouldn't a small burger sandwich come with a chip or ? for the $. 4. A cup of black coffee should not be $3.79. We will not be going back. It is desperately in need of an update or clean up, especially for the upscale prices they are charging.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed May 28, 2023

Ordered cup of gazpacho and half a Reuben sandwich. Tomatoes looked and tasted like stewed diced tomatoes that you get canned. Definitely not diced fresh tomatoes. The bread was warm and rubbery. When biting into sandwich had to pull bread bite. It is not a...grilled Reuben. Ask questions about ingredients and preparation for those eating there first time like myself. Maybe try salads next time!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 4, 2023

Plenty of great choices, food is hot and would gladly recommend this eatery. It is buffet style, so you pick what you like. Great salsa selection.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 26, 2023

We don't see how Eclectic Cafe can be ranked #2 in Mexican restaurants in a Southwestern town. We originally planned dinner at Poco & Mom's, but they were inexplicably closed at a time they're normally open. Really looking forward to good Mexican food, we did...a quick search using Tripadvisor and found this place about a block away. Great - it was on the way to a park we wanted to visit for sunset. Pros: We were seated right away. Service was attentive and great. The guacamole and (looked like) homemade chips were really good. One of our meals - Calabacitas with chicken, was flavorful - chicken tender and nicely flavored; vegetables sauteed correctly. Cons: 1. We ordered margaritas that we're 98.975% sure had NO tequila in them. We asked for an additional shot in each one; they took the drinks back into the kitchen, brought them back out, and, they tasted...different -- liquid had been added -- but still no tequila flavor. These liquor-free cocktails were $10 each, and then they charged $10 for the 'extra shots'. $30 for a glass of storebought-tasting margarita mix. 2. Husband (who spent years as a professional cook) ordered carne asada tacos, which were completely flavorless. No discernable spice of any kind. None of the expected ingredients which would be: adobo sauce, garlic, lime juice, cumin. He had to ask for Tabasco sauce. While my meal was tasty, it didn't taste particularly Mexican. There was nothing remotely Mexican about our entrees. 3. The place is raggedy. Not the upscale feel you'd expect for a well-rated cafe self-titled "Eclectic". Bathroom was grungy and the door handle was so loose one wondered if the lock would work. It shared a tight hallway with an entry to the kitchen or dishroom, so the help and the patrons had to sidle around each other. When a bathroom is dodgy, you wonder about the kitchen.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 18, 2023 via mobile

Eclectic Cafe is outstanding! There are a LOT of things to like about it. First of all, the Mexican dishes are great. Now, don’t get all huffy, but I think this is my favorite Mexican food in Tucson. Yes, it sounds sacrilegious to some but...I love every Mexican dish I’ve had here, and I generally settle on the Banderas enchiladas. Love the sauces (ALL of them, red, green, and white even), love the beans, and love the rice, let alone the texture of the tortillas and great tasting chicken. And they have an incredibly large selection. For example, you can have grilled chicken, Leo’s chicken, and at least one other type of chicken if you’d like. Tacos are great. Chimichanga is even excellent and I’m not a huge fan of them. But it hardly stops there. Because another thing this place has going for it is the really wide selection. Mexican food, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, salads, you name it. Even NY deli style sandwiches. But I had the turkey club last time I was here and it absolutely blew me away. I am still thinking about that sandwich! PERFECTLY toasted bread, with the toothpick and everything, delicious FRESH roasted turkey (not the deli turkey crap), excellent ham, great bacon, perfect amount of mayonnaise, cut in quarters, it was memorably excellent. And the steak fries that came with it were also great. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and you can actually taste the potato (some fries you just experience texture but not really flavor - not the case here). Service? Incredibly warm and friendly, and usually very fast. I love that they bring your check on a mobile device. Great takeout containers, too. Great VALUE, the prices are very reasonable, and you even earn points. I love that! If we lived closer, it would be a regular go-to. But when we’re in the area, we make an absolute point of dining here. It never disappoints.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 17, 2023 via mobile

This is really like a Mom & Pop diner. Food was good, service was outstanding. Very extensive menu. Everything from Mexican to American. I doubt if we go back

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 13, 2023 via mobile

We were able to be seated immediately. The booth was comfortable and had a high plexiglass divider, which not only made our space safer health wise but also made it much easier to carry on a conversation. Our waiter was prompt, efficient, and friendly. Other...waiters were helpful too which made us feel special. The food was served hot and of course the fajitas sizzles. Servings were large and the food absolutely delicious.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed October 5, 2022

Stopped at the bicycle store a few doors down, decided to grab a bite to eat while my bike was being prepared. They recommended the Eclectic. Initially a bit hesitant since they were almost filled to capacity, but decided that was a good sign. We...are glad that we stayed. The food, and more importantly the service, was excellent! And the place was clean too, despite the busy time. Well definitely seek this place out whenever we are in the area.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 30, 2022

Delicious food, excellent coffee, friendly staff. We had panini sandwiches and soup. I will stop in again next time in area.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 24, 2022

You'll feel like you've discovered a hidden gem: huge menu, always good reviews from fellow diners, plus ample parking. Highly professional staff who work well together. We go out of our way on infrequent shopping trips to Tucson to eat here: it's a favorite in...our GPS.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed May 5, 2022

My husband and I had lunch at this restaurant while we were vacationing in Tucson. We wish we were hungrier than we were. The food was excellent and we would have liked to eat more. Everything was delicious and very fresh in both appearance and...taste.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 12, 2022 via mobile

We played golf with one of the partners (Jason) during the day and he told us about his restaurant, so my wife and I decided to go and very glad we did. The food was delicious and was delivered in about 15 minutes. Our waiter...was very knowledgeable about all the food on the menu and his recommendation was spot on. Throughly enjoyed the experience!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Eclectic Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5