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El Minuto Cafe

££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern
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354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
+1 520-882-4145
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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155 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Somewhat blank service and reasonably predictable Mexican food but so convenient. The prices are fair.

Thank Manco T
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I have enjoyed this restaurant for over 20 years when we are in Tucson for the gem show. The lunch specials are a great value and the food is great. You should try the cheese crisps, they are a wonderful treat. The caldo de queso is so simple, but flavorful.

Thank Barbara F
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77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was driving by this restaurant and had to slow down for another car in front of me. I told my wife " Did you smell that? ". I turned and we went in and ate Lunch. The service and food was very good. One of the best Chile Rellenos I have had.

Thank Paul P
Boston, Massachusetts
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351 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You cannot judge a book by its cover...this place is charming and romantic.we had a lovely lunch. amazing how many times we have walked by here but never ate.so glad we did. a gem in the heart of downtown. The service is delightful prompt and attentive. the food was fresh and tasty. the dessert was amazing. will eat here again...

Thank Gypsy1102
Jacksonville, Florida
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121 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped here for lunch while I was attending a convention down the street. My waiter was great! He was very attentive and friendly. Unfortunately, the food was nothing special. I had the meatball soup and a red chile burrito.

Thank piranhapirate
Phoenix, Arizona
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a break during a day of business meetings to grab lunch at El Minuto. The waiter was delightful and took care of us quickly. The topopo salad was very good - especially the slight sweet, vinagary dressing. Lots of great local Latino atmosphere. Looking forward to returning!

Thank JeanineAZ2014
San Jose, California
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Nothing great. Service wasn't that good and it was empty. You're not missing much. The staff wasn't friendly. We had to ask for water refulls.

Thank Jflo2012
Phoenix, Arizona
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101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

A companion of ours hadn't been at this restaurant since the turn of the century so he wanted to try it again (we are from Phx). We came here after hiking 11 1/2 miles and boy was I looking forward to that margarita.... OOPS! no liquor license. You know sometimes Mexican food just doesn't taste as good without a margarita.... More 

Thank tibber55
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

I have been to this restaurant several times. The ambiance has a great relaxed feeling and gives the feeling of authenticity. The service is good as is the food which is reliable and predictable. I would recommend.

Thank Connie F
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Stopped here after a 12-mile hike in Tucson, so expectations were not real high--it doesn't take much after a good hike. Two of us had the rellenos, which were a disappointment. The other two diners were satisfied. Guacamole was very good. Service was good as well.

Thank MSRPhoenix

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$6
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?