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El Minuto Cafe

#121 of 1,599 Restaurants in Tucson
££ - £££Mexican,
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
+1 520-882-4145
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good35%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“cheese crisp” (28 reviews)
“carne seca” (21 reviews)
“enchiladas” (18 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
££ - £££
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are trying to sample all of the great Mexican restaurants south of Broadway Blvd in Tucson. There must be a couple of dozen that have good eats. We were downtown visiting the Tucson Museum of Art and decided to give El Minuto Café a...More

Thank TucsonCouple
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a down home friendly place with excellent food at a reasonable price. The flat enchilada (especially the sauce) is incredible. And the simple beef taco was very tasty. I was there on Friday evening and also had live guitarist which added to a...More

Thank PamilaF_13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We learned of this fine restaurant through one of Huell Howser's TV shows. When we decided to visit Tucson we wanted to make sure we went there to eat. The high recommendation from Mr. Howser was true. The food and service were great and the...More

Thank nanaof4321
Reviewed 8 April 2018

We all had the lunch specials. Huge plates of food. We do not have this type of food in Minnesota!!!! I've never eaten so much- it was delicious. Service excellant.

1  Thank Kim38EdenPrairie
Reviewed 18 March 2018

Family owned and operated. I love the crisps with guacamole and carne seca! Located in a former home, with a small outdoor patio outside just south of the Tucson Convention Center it is a barrio gem! Not ffancy just plain and simple good food in...More

Thank Roger C
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

El Minuto Cafe has excellent Chile Rellenos! A great way to differentiate between good Mexican food restaurants, is to compare their Chile Rellenos. El Minuto Cafe starts with meaty full flavoured green chilies, stuffs them with white Mexican cheese, uses a light egg batter and...More

Thank Bob K
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Fun little place close to downtown. Great service and a full menu of Mexican specialties. Family friendly colorful interior. Sometimes a wait during prime evening hours. Parking in back but only about 25 spaces.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 28 February 2018

We were referred to this 80 year old restaurant by a local store owner. The food was good. It was old time Mexico. The decor is a little dated, but, would recommend this.

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Service was fast. I had a chicken salad... chicken wasn't seasoned, and the lettuv4 was iceberg, so the salad was pretty bland. My husband had a smothered beef burrito (red sauce), and thought it was ok. Didn't have anything to make this restaurant stand out.

Thank Michele H
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Fantastic Sonoran style Mexican food. Come to Tucson often but missed this one. I had two entrees it was so good. The carne seca enchiladas and the beef tamales were fantastic. Great sauce, great beans, careful preparation and great prices and service. If this was...More

Thank Mlleron
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Bill B
19 November 2016|
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Response from arzcasey | Reviewed this property |
I was there only once recently, and honestly probably won't go back. I am unsure if they have the options you are asking about, since it is Mexican food, I would think not too many options there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$6
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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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