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Gentle Ben's Brewing Company

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#122 of 1,565 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2019 Winner


Mexican, American, Bar, Pub
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Bowl 3.5
Cup 2
Tortilla Soup Grande
A southwestern classic with tender chicken in a spicy broth. Served with fresh avocado, crispy tortilla strips, and shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses.
Half 6.5
Ben's Caesar
Crisp Romaine lettuce tossed in our homemade Caesar dressing, served with chicken marinated 24 hours in Italian house-made vinaigrette, lightly grilled, then thinly sliced and garnished with Parmesan cheese and croutons.
Half 6.5
TJ's Garden Spinach Salad
Tender leaf spinach tossed with garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, sweet red onion, sweet Craisins, and spicy roasted walnuts. Served with TJ's Raspberry balsamic dressing.
Half 7.25
The Lizzy Salad
The Lizzy rocks! Our most addicting salad is tossed with mixed greens, grilled chicken sliced thin, smoked bacon, chunky Gorgonzola, red onion & sweet bell pepper tossed in the best fresh basil and honey vinaigrette. LIzzy rocks!!
Half 6.5
Asian Chopped Chicken Salad
Napa cabbage and light mixed garden greens tossed with chicken marinated a minimum of 24 hours in our house-made teriyaki sauce lightly grilled and thinly sliced, julienne carrots, onion, bell peppers, peapods, won tons, and a light sesame ginger vinaigrette.
Half 4.95
Ben's House Salad
Mixed baby lettuces, tomato, cucumber, mushrooms, red onion, carrots, black olives, and homemade croutons. Served with your choice of dressing.
Brew House Soup And House Salad
Ben's House, Caesar, Spinach, or Lizzy salad with a bowl of tortilla soup.
Gentle Ben's Signature Dressings
All of our dressings are homemade with the freshest of ingredients. Buttermilk Ranch, Bleu Cheese, TJ's Raspberry Ale and Balsamic dressing, Fresh Basil Vinaigrette, Thousand Island, Caesar, and Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette.
$5 Appetizers and Specialty Cocktails Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm
Buffalo Wings
We are famous for our wings!! Made to order and tossed with your choice of tequila-cilantro, medium spicy-cayenne or wicked hot habanero sauce. Served with buttermilk ranch.
Beer Spuds
A blend of Yukon Gold potatoes, green chilies, caramelized onion, Wisconsin Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses coated with seasoned Panko bread crumbs and lightly fried. Served with our chipotle aioli & garnished with fresh pico de gallo.
Chips And Salsa
Fresh tortilla chips served with our homemade salsa fresca.
Potato Skins
Five potato skins loaded with Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, bacon, and scallions. Served with a side of buttermilk ranch.
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
We make the best, ever, hands down! Won't tell you what's in it outside of the two clues in the name. Served in a toasted bread bowl with crisp tortilla chips.
Brew City Fries
Lightly beer battered and served with buttermilk ranch.
Southwest Eggrolls
Fresh eggrolls packed with chicken, cilantro, black beans, onion and a mixture of southwestern spices. They are served piping hot with a refreshing avocado and tomatillo salsa.
Beer Sponges
Two great big soft pretzels, hot from our ovens. A perfect match for our IPA. Served with our nuclear beer mustard.
Grande Serving of homemade tortilla chips served with Pico de Gallo, green chili and black beans, topped with Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses. Served with our homemade salsa.
Beer Battered Onion Rings
Crispy, sweet onion rings, lightly beer battered and served with a side of ranch.
Served With French fries, cottage cheese, or southwestern coleslaw.
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Chili rubbed pork shoulder marinated for 24 hours then slow roasted for 12 more. Piled high over crisp Sonoran slaw on a toasted bun.
Chicken Tenders
A large platter of homestyle breaded tenders served with French fries and your choice of dipping sauce. Add Buffalo style for .75
Philly Cheese Steak
Slow roasted top sirloin, sliced thin and layered with caramelized onions, red and green bell peppers, and Provolonoe cheese. Flash baked on a toasted hoagie roll.
Mushroom Philly
We marinate mushrooms for several days iin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs and spices then toss them on the griddle with red and green bell peppers and red onion. We slide the veggies into a hoagie and top them with Provolone cheese. Then we flash bake it and finish it off with a drizzle of fresh walnut and basil pesto.
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Homestyle breaded tender, tossed in medium Buffalo sauce, crowned with creamy Gorgonzola cheese, garnished with fresh cilantro and served on a soft hoagie roll.
French Dip
Slow roasted top sirloin, sliced thin, and topped with Provolone cheese. Flash baked on a hoagie roll and served with au jus. A dip the French would be proud of.
Reuben's High On Rye - a house favorite!
This sandwich is awesome!! Lean corned beef, simmered in our Red Cat Amber Ale and traditional spices and caramelized with our secret sauce. Sliced thin and piled high on grilled rye bread. Served with Russian dressing, sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese.
Substitute Side Salad 1.5
Substitute Side Caesar Salad 1.5
Substitute Beer Battered Fries 0.75
Substitute Onion Rings 3
Add buttermilk ranch 0.5
Add Bacon, Jalepenoes, Sauteed Onions, Sauteed Mushrooms 1
Substitute Lizzy Salad or Caesar Salad 3
Handheld Extras
Served with our chipotle salsa and garnished with fresh Pico de Gallo.
Carne Asada Steak
Carne asada steak marinated for 20 hours then grilled to perfection. Served with Spanish rice, authentic Charro beans, and fresh flour tortillas. Fast becoming a legend in these parts.
Sonoran Chicken Tacos
Two flour tortillas stuffed with Sonoran breast of chicken, topped with fresh pico de gallo on a bed of shredded cabbage. Served with authentic Charro beans and Spanish rice.
Carne Tacos
Two flour tortillas stuffed with carne asada, topped with fresh pico de gallo and placed on a bed of shredded cabbage. Served with authentic Charro beans and Spanish rice.
Pub Fried Fish Tacos
Lightly battered cod, flash fried and tucked into fresh flour tortillas with cabbage & fresh pico de gallo topped with our habanero cream sauce. Served with Charro beans and Spanish rice.
Benito's Nachos
Grande serving of homemade tortilla chips. Served with pico de gallo, green chili, refried Charro beans and topped with melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses. Served with our homemade salsa.
Sonoran Chicken Quesadilla
Marinated and shredded chicken breast, served with melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses folded into a fresh flour tortilla.
Carne Asada Quesadilla
Marinated and grilled carne asada steak, served with Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses. A wonderful combination of flavors folded into a fresh flour tortilla.
Solo Quesadilla
Melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses folded into a fresh flour tortilla.
Pork Tacos
Two tortillas stuffed with our house smoked pulled pork tossed in a tomatillo avocado sauce. Placed over cilantro slaw and topped with pico de gallo and a drizzle of habanero cream. Served with authentic Charro beans and Spanish rice.
Baja Tacos
Two tortillas stuffed with tilapia marinated in a cilantro vinaigrette and pan seared. Placed over cilantro slaw and topped with pico de gallo and a drizzle of chipotle aioli. Served with authentic Charro beans and Spanish rice.
100% handcrafted in-house burger. We blend three different primal cuts ranging from USDA choice to prime and a variety of different seasonings all lending themselves to a perfectly balanced burger. We grind and hand patty our burgers to 6 1/2 ounces. Flat iron grilled to sear in the juices making for the best burger in Tucson. All burgers served medium or to your liking. All burgers served With French fries or cottage cheese. Garnished with shredded Iceberg lettuce and sliced tomatoes and served on a fresh baked bun. May substitute grilled chicken breast, turkey burger, or a vegetarian burger patty on any burger.
The Bare
Prepared to your liking.
The Cheese
Served with your choice of Monterey Jack, Cheddar, American, Swiss, Provolone or Pepper Jack.
The Southwestern
A roasted Hatch green chili finished with melted Pepper Jack cheese topped with a touch of our avocado tomatillo sauce.
The Phoenix
Fire roasted red peppers, thick cut jalapeño bacon and Pepper Jack cheese. Finished with a habanero cream sauce.
The Diane
The legendary Tucson burger. Sliced white mushrooms and onions sautéed in butter, fresh garlic, parsley, beef stock, and red wine topped with melted Swiss cheese make this one to remember.
The Fire Starter
Thick cut jalapeño bacon and fresh grilled jalapeños turn the heat up while silky American cheese keeps it to a three alarm fire. This burger defines a "burger and a beer!".
The Western
Seared with our famous BBQ sauce and layered with bacon, Cheddar and Mama's sweet fried onions.
The Black & Blue
Cajun spice rubbed and topped with chunky Gorgonzola cheese.
The California
Smoked bacon, guacamole and Monterey Jack cheese.
Grilled veggie burger topped with guacamole, Monterey Jack cheese and a creamy horseradish sauce.
Baby Bear
Scoop of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream.
A made to order hot homemade chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and smothered with hot fudge and whipped cream. A must share!
Brown Bear
A homemade chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and smothered with hot fudge and whipped cream.
The Grizzly Bear
A made to order Pazookie topped with a homemade chocolate brownie, ice cream, hot fudge, caramel and whipped cream.
Lunch pint with your meal weekdays until 2pm. 3.50 each.
Tucson Blonde
A good starter beer for those that have only drank the mass produced suds. The blonde is a light, crisp beer with a slight malt flavor and just enough Czechoslovakian Saaz hops to balance the malt sweetness.
Ben's India Pale Ale
Brewed just like the original from Burton upon Trent. This style calls for a high hop rate combined with an elevated alcohol content because it was brewed to survive the journey from England to Bombay as rations for British troops. Huge amounts of two row pale malt with an addition of a few specialty malts provide a nice mouth feel buried under copious additions of Columbus hops. This beer is big but finishes clean.
Taylor Jayne's Raspberry Ale
Named after the brewer's first daughter in 1992, this is a light beer with a fruit twist. A beautiful aroma greets you followed by a mildy sweet raspberry flavor which leaves a very clean finish. This beer is designed for those who really don't like real beer. It was originally only going to be brewed for her birth, but people have demanded it ever since, so it is always on tap.
Trolley Stop Oatmeal Stout
It's a gigantic ale with two row, chocolate, Munich, special roast, black barely and crystal malts topped off with more than 100 pounds of oatmeal for a creamy smooth dark beer experience. Hopped just enough to balance the sweetness of the malt. We call this the breakfast beer for champions.
Red Cat Amber
The first beer ever brewed here is made with 2 row pale malt, both 40 lovebond and 80 lovebond crystal malts for a rounded smoothness and a touch of chocolate malt for added complexity. Moderately hopped with a Pacific Northwest Cascades.
Nolan Porter
Named after the first son of the brewer back in 1993, it was awarded the gold medal for Best Porter in America in 1998 at the Great American Beer Festival. If you like dark, rich, and very complex beers, go no further than this offering.
Brewed with 40 percent wheat and speical yeast gives the German classic subtle tones of banana and clove. Brewed traditionally during the summer months, it is unfiltered so its full of vitamin B from the yeast and served with a lemon wedge just like in the Deutschland.
Copperhead Pale Ale
This American Pale ale has a great, slightly sweet malt character balanced by a great hop character. Its beautiful copper color inspired it name. It is a medium to full-bodied. Bitterness is medium flavor and aroma hopping. Finish is dry and clean. A great beer for "Hop Heads".
Nut Brown (Seasonal)
NCAAle (Seasonal)
Brewed annually for Wildcat basketball. Traditional English double strong ale that boasts a huge full-bodied malt flavor and mellows with age.
RC, Diet RC, 7-UP, Dr. Pepper, Lemonade, Iced Tea
Ben's Beargarita
A double shot of 100% blue agave Herradura Silver Tequila, Herradura Agave Nectar, and fresh squeezed lime juice. Garnished with a sugar and chile rim.
New York Sour
Gentleman Jack, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and a float of fruit forward redwine.
Makers Mark, Martini Rosso Vermouth and a dash of bitters. Filled with Maker's Mark and topped with soda water.
Old Fashioned
Muddled orange slice, cherry, sugar cube, and bitters. Filled with Maker's Mark and topped with soda water.
Smirnoff Citrus Vodka, triple sec and a splash of fresh lime and cranberry juices. Served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
Whiskey Sour
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey served with our own house-made sweet and sour mix.
Grapefruit Cosmo
Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, triple sec and a splash of fresh lime and cranberry juices. Served in a sugar- rimmed martini glass.
Berry Martini
Finlandia Vodka, sweet and sour mix, raspberry and apple liquors.
Tom's East Collins
Bombay Sapphire East, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and soda water.
Bacardi Superior Rum, muddled fresh mint leaves, freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup and soda water. Add a Bacardi flavor for $1- Black Razz, O, Limon, Red Peach, Rock Coco, Torched Cherry, Wolfberry, Dragonberry, or Pineapple Fusion
Sponsored by: Gentle Ben's Brewing Company

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Amazing appetizers
1. Amazing appetizers
"All I can say is order the BEER SPUDS!"
Elle R
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2. All about the burgers
2. All about the burgers
"The western burger was very good with lots of flavor t"
Jerry L
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3. Delicious Mexican food
3. Delicious Mexican food
"The carne tacos were particularly good."
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Reviewed August 11, 2019 via mobile

We like Gentle Ben’s for a variety of reasons. One is their patio. It’s a great people watching patio. AND with misters it’s comfortable even with Tucson’s summer weather. Second is variety of drinks. Usually if find a tasty beer to try. However, last visit...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Right in the heart of University of Arizona on University Avenue. Good beer at fair prices. Spinach artichoke dip appetizer is excellent. Wait staff is efficient and friendly. Beer is brewed right in Tucson at Barrio Brewing Company. Fun to watch the parade of dogs...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Mairi D
Reviewed July 10, 2019 via mobile

Popped in here for a quick dinner while staying at the Marriott which is about a block away. Friendly staff, great pulled pork sandwich and enjoyed the beer I tried (the blonde). Very happy to have picked this restaurant.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 7, 2019

The place is often busy, with lots of college students coming in. We tried the wings and the beers. Both were very low quality. The (different) beers we tried were watery. The wings weren't crisp at all, so the skin essentially felt like eating a...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Phil G
Reviewed May 29, 2019

I just arrived in Arizona and asked at the hotel for a good choice for lunch. I was given several within walking distance and settled on Gentle Ben's. What a find. I've eaten Chicken Caesar salad all around the world but I never had it...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Michael M
Curious36049660321, Manager at Gentle Ben's Brewing Company, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

Hi Michael, We are very happy that you enjoyed your chicken Caesar salad from us! We make our Caesar dressing in house which gives it some extra love. We hope to see you again soon and thank you for the review.

Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

We were in town for the PAC 12 Track and Field Championships which was also Graduation weekend. Crazy busy around Campus. Our waiter, Chris, was very nice, the Beer good. I had the TJ Raspberry, yummy. Even being busy our food was prompt and very...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank pattipumpkin
Curious36049660321, Manager at Gentle Ben's Brewing Company, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

Hello pattipumpkin, We are so glad that you and your husband enjoyed our food and beverages! The Carnitas Tacos are one of our favorites as well. Hopefully next time we can get you a spot outside. Thank you for the review!

Reviewed May 8, 2019

Gentle Ben’s is an excellent brewhouse/pub/grill in the University area of Tucson. It is quite popular in a busy area. There is lots of indoor and outdoor dining space. Prices are reasonable and service is good and pleasant. Food is quite good. Reasonably priced parking...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

The service we got at Gentle Ben's was great. It is a lively resturant/bar near the university so it has an energetic vibe. There is a large menu and if you are grabbing appetizers and a drink before dinner this is a good option.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

Right in the heart of campus, cool place. Beers were awesome. Great burger and sandwich menu. Food was awesome, staff was friendly and fast. Nice to sit outside and enjoy the weather.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Curious36049660321, Manager at Gentle Ben's Brewing Company, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

Hi ffr154, We are very glad you enjoyed our restaurant! We definitely love our location and are excited that you do as well. Burgers and beer are one of our favorite classic combinations and we are thrilled you had a nice lunch! We look forward...More

Reviewed March 26, 2019

Our total party of 3 came here last Saturday for lunch because the burgers are the bomb along with their shrimp tacos which I always order. Beautiful day, we managed to get one of the last tables on the patio. The inside dining areas were...More

Date of visit: March 2019
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April 18, 2019|
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Response from Mairi D | Reviewed this property |
Didn’t see any dogs on the patio. Can’t remember if there was a sign or not about dogs. I guess I’d call them.
March 6, 2017|
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Response from B0bAZ | Reviewed this property |
I do not have personal knowledge but I would expect they do.
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