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Enjoy a healthy relaxing meal in a cheerful atmosphere at Coyote Pause Cafe located in Cat Mountain Station, just down the road from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios. Offering healthy innovative fare with a Southwestern twist! This acclaimed cafe serves breakfast & lunch and the menu includes unique omelets, fresh salads, sandwiches, and sweet potato fries. Serving beer and wine, also vegetarian choices are available. Call for takeout. Experience delicious Sonoran desert dining everyday 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $12
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Southwestern, Cafe
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
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Reviewed April 28, 2022

After a morning of hiking in the nearby national park, we came here for lunch. Honestly for me, it was perfect. A margarita and the burger more than met my expectations, and they were super accommodating for my kid who would only eat a peanut...butter and jelly (or as billed, untoasted toast with a side of peanut butter, jelly no charge haha) It had a very casual vibe, which was fine by me. Set your expectations accordingly. I would gladly return.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 9, 2022

Terrible hamburger!!! I think they microwaved it!!! Didn’t get greeted on arrival. Waitresses seemed unhappy and wearing pajamas!!! Sorry

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 9, 2022

Was seated directly next to the bathroom that had a revolving door! People lined up to use the bathroom while trying to eat breakfast! Had even asked to switch tables at first and was told no, they are reserving tables for the church crowd and...it’s Saturday! Not to mention the microwaved burger! Poor service and did not come back one time for refills on drinks! Awful experience and will not be returning in this lifetime.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 7, 2022

WOnderful Mexican and traditional breakfast. Service is slow, but the vibe is laid-back, so who's in a hurry in this desert oasis?

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 25, 2022

Stopped by this restaurant after goi g to the desert museum. Food was average kind of like a tourist trap, waitstaff was friendly prices were average

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

Waited an hour after being seated to place order. Food was awful! Hamburger was way overcooked and tasted like they warmed up the microwave. Paid a lot of money for a bad meal. The manager was extremely rude and was raising voice to my friend...and calling her names. Will never go back..More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Pamela C, General Manager at Coyote Pause Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2022

I am so sorry to hear about this experience you had at Coyote Pause Cafe. I would love to get more detail about your experience with us so I can address these issues with the managers and staff.

Reviewed February 1, 2022

Had some amazing rancheros and had to also try the mesquite pancake also very good. Spouse loved her burrito. Gaby gave us wonderful service.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 14, 2022

There are lots of breakfast and lunch dishes to choose from. Most are tex-mex inspired. All are delicious.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed October 28, 2021

We had lunch. The sandwiches were great and service was good with very fair prices. I think this place is a cut above average. Tripadvisor said there was outside seating but the patio is actually enclosed and table service wasn't available anyway. That isn't the...restaurant's fault it is a defect of the listing We ate inside and didn't catch ovid so all is good.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 26, 2021

BEST Patty melt EVER!! Everyone enjoyed their meals!Service was great< very friendly staff! next time we are in the area we will stop again!!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 19, 2021

Ate here frequently in my last trip to Tucson. Nice variety of breakfast and lunch items. Friendly service, reasonable price, great taste. I noted that many locals ate here which is a good sign to me when traveling. Clean with nice south west theme decor...with art displayed.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 15, 2021

This is a cute little local spot, open for breakfast and lunch. The menu is small but everything I tried was tasty and fresh. The service was excellent, my tea glass stayed full which I always appreciate. Definitely worth giving a try.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 22, 2021

Great food in a clean, fun setting-service friendly and attentive. Heart healthy options. We loved the cowboy hash, mesquite pancakes with agave syrup!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 28, 2021

Thank heavens for this wonderful cafe. The food was just excellent on several occasions. Vouchers provided by Cat Mountain were cheerfully accepted. The breakfast burrito was top notch as were the shredded beef tacos and cheese quesadilla. The Prickly Pear lemonade was unreal!! What a...taste treat. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was excellent. If they were open for dinner we would have visited even again. Outside of a Mexican restuarant nearby (that is only good for take-out), there is nowhere else to eat quality food within a 30+ minutes drive. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 28, 2021 via mobile

Boy, I’ll tell ya, I’ve stopped in here several times over the years and it’s a Standard for me. I go to the Sonora Desert Museum just up the road a piece and stop in at the Coyote Pause on the way back to the...Casino Del Sol for lunch. Never disappoints! Get any Mexican dish and it will blow your socks off!! Seriously. That’s all I want to say. Ernie and Jean. April 2021.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Yes, Coyote Pause Cafe offers takeout services.

Coyote Pause Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4