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“Excellent food but expensive for lunch!”
Review of Elvira's

Elvira's
Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Tubac
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Elvira's decor is quite exotic, spotlighting glittering blown glass ornaments hanging from the ceiling, as well as Mexican pottery and antiques throughout. The atmosphere is on the dark side, but the effect is dramatic!

The menu is quite unusual, with upscale Mexican dishes featured. We enjoyed shrimp and rib eye lunches and a glass of wine each. The food was delicious, and the service was attentive. We went there once before about a year ago, and I said I'd never go again, as there were no green veggie substitutes for the rice and beans offered with most dishes. Much to my surprise, I called beforehand this year to see if this policy had changed and found that one could substitute green vegetables for the rice and beans. Before this change was made, anyone on a low carb diet would find dining here difficult. (My husband is not on low carbs and asked to go here for his birthday.)

This is a pricy place for lunch; we paid about $80 for two lunches, two glasses of house wine, and tax and a tip. We did ask to see the dinner menu and found that the prices were about identical to the lunch menu, but the dinner menu listed a few more items unavailable at lunch. Don't go to lunch here thinking that it will be a better value than dinner. That said, this is a nice place for a special occasion and close to the many art shops in historic Tubac.

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Thank WinstonAZ
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

We had a bad experience at this restaurant. Food was okay but a little expensive. Nice atmosphere in a trendy little shopping town. There is something wrong when you have to argue with the server over whether a glass is dirty or not. All I wanted was a clean glass of water. I spoke to the manager but didn’t feel that he was overly interested – polite but that was about all. Everyone has a bad experience at a restaurant occasionally. This was one of those times for us. You be the judge.

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3  Thank MontanaTraveler2011
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

First of all, this is one of the most magnificent and unique restaurant i have seen, the atmosphere is gorgeous and very inviting. The food at Elviras is splendid, well crafted, fine and tasty...it is as well quite pricey by Mexican food standard, but so worth it !!!If you believe Taco bell is good, stop reading my review, this place is not for you. This eatery has grasped classic Mexican street fares (tacos, chimichangas, burritos, rellenos), as well as other more elegant dishes, and has provided those with a sophisticated presentation, execution and superior quality...that's all! In a nutshell, you will be eating in an upscale Mexican restaurant such as the ones you find in Zona Rosa in Mexico city, but much closer...and cheaper. The service was adequate, polite and swift
You can eat much worse Mexican food about anywhere else for a few $$$ less, not including the doctor's visit, so please, try this wonderful place and expand your taste buds lifespan and horizon....

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Thank irrawady
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

Very unique lighting and decor. Not your average menu, had to ask the server lots of questions before ordering, good sized portions, fairly expensive.

1  Thank Janice T
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

On a hot late June day, we sought refuge at Elvira's looking for a delicious lunch, cold drinks and a nice atmosphere. We were not disappointed. Juan was our waiter, very attentive and kind. We ordered cold beers and a Fresca (tequila w/grapefruit juice), which was perfectly made and delicious.

Beautifully decorated and with a moderate sized nice crowd in the restaurant while we were there, we found our courses were well paced. The bus-woman was really outstanding, refilling water glasses, promptly clearing courses, assisting Juan. It was all effortless to us which is a very appreciated dining experience.

The food---we had the Guacamole appetizer with no cilantro. Outstanding. Chunked avocado with the right mix of salsa. A pleasure. A side of a red sauce with a really nice heat kick. A luncheon spinach salad for one and a Mole Negro for me. Complexity of tastes, deep chile and chocolate notes; they describe 36 ingredients and you could discern many in the rich sauce coating white chicken breasts that shredded perfectly as you dug in. Accompanied by rice and bean and several perfectly sautéed plantain slices, it really was an outstanding choice.

The menu was fairly long and we saw many different dishes cone out. Everyone seemed very happy with their food.

So there are many other restaurants in Tubac that may be excellent also, but we are very happy we chose Elviras and recommend it.

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Thank Ajjar
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