The creation of award-winning Chef Kelly, Primo serves fine Italian cuisine with seasonal and organic hints, alongside domestic and regional Italian wines. Nestled inside the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, this gem of a restaurant features relaxed yet upscale dining rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and a sun-drenched patio that overlooks the city. The spectacular views of the adjacent Tucson mountains provide the perfect setting to an already memorable dining experience.
An upscale atmosphere and charm is omnipresent at The Westin La Paloma's signature restaurant, Azul Restaurant & Lounge. Decked in style and grandeur, the interiors make it a perfect venue for special occasions like business luncheons, formal gatherings, romantic dinners and parties. The Catalina mountains stand out like a beautiful visage peeking from the floor-to-ceiling windows, lending a uniqueness to the venue. On the menu one will find elaborate creations of favorite American standbys like the sliders and calamari. The small plates and charcuterie are perfectly complemented by the bespoke wine list. Post dining, patrons can relax in the lounge with robust cocktails and music. Overall, the experience is one that cannot be missed whenever you're stopping by Westin La Paloma.
A Tucson institution for 20 years, this bakery and cafe has set the standard for wholesome food with its omelets, quiches and tofu scrambles. Its glory continues to this day due to the staff's dedication to quality ingredients and service. Don't miss their chocolate dessert dish, which never fails to impress clients and reviewers. A great outdoor patio with greenery and fountains provides shade and cool during the hot Tucson summers.
This historic 1929 guest ranch offers the perfect gourmet getaway, the Grill at Hacienda del Sol. It's been featured in Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, Esquire and National Geographic Traveler and has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The decor is sophisticated and understated Spanish Colonial with fine southwestern-inspired art. The territorial-style setting is a delightful backdrop for the southwestern-accented American menu, which includes dishes like cornmeal crusted chicken and waffled and panko crusted scallops.
Chef and owner Suzana Davila gives locals and visitors a taste of the complex flavors of southern Mexico at this funky and popular cafe inside the historic Clarion Santa Rita Hotel. Just take a look at the many international articles and awards that line the walls and you'll know that you're in for an exciting culinary adventure. Vibrant Mexican colors abound with just about every wall a different bright hue. The menu changes twice every day to offer guests to try both classic dishes and new adventurous ones.
Considered one of the top Tucson restaurants for contemporary fine dining, Wildflower American Cuisine is a beautifully appointed North Oracle eatery. A dining experience experience here shouldn't be missed. The American cuisine is accented with elements of French, Italian and Asian ingredients and preparations. The restaurant is comfortable and contemporary, with stunning high ceilings. Fairly heavy on seafood, the menu also features dishes like Korean BBQ chicken tacos and spinach pappardelle pasta.
The cuisine is international, the ambiance is totally charged and the name is Feast. What more do you need to have a whale of time especially where your appetite is concerned. The chef has come up with some interesting dishes that could leave you asking for more. If you want to go for the greens, then take a pick from the Mixed Green Salad or the Smoked Trout with Watermelon and Avocado salad. Enjoy a Roast Pork Sandwich or the popular Feast Grilled Cheese. If that's not all, then go for the Curried Shrimp or New York Grilled Steak. With so much and more on offer out here, you are ensured a great time with flavors you will cherish and prices that are friendly.
Within the historic elegance of this 1930 landmark hotel, the dining room exudes an era of romance and timeless charm. Both indoor and patio dining are available, and each offers a lush and luxurious experience. The offerings include a creative combination of classic Continental cuisine and nouvelle American preparations. The menu offers the best of global gourmet cuisine. There is full bar service and a well-selected wine list.
This place serves up some of the best seafood you'll find in the city. Not into seafood? There are plenty of other appetizing options. The main dining room is subtle and sophisticated with a large vase as its focal point. To one side, its sea-blue walls define the oyster bar. The fireplaced-lounge is a cozy spot to settle in with a glass from the award-winning wine list. A late night menu features soups, salads, sandwiches and many of their popular seafood items.
This pleasant Middle Eastern restaurant is nestled at the rear of a small plaza one block away from the University of Arizona. The place is roomy and airy, with dim lighting and shady windows. Groups of two or three UA students can often be found here, or some studying alone away from the din up the block. The food is light, often cooked with lemon and olive oil. The appetizers include hummus, a garbanzo bean dip popular these days among vegetarians, and falafels. The favorite entrees are an assortment of marinated meat dishes, including "The Sinbad," a combination of kabab, shish kabab, hummus, dolmathes, falafel, tabouleh, kibbe and rice.
Here's one of the most interesting places to dine in Tucson. Located in the historic Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson, the cafe retains the ambiance of another era, but the clientèle is definitely hip. Full bar service is available. The food is eclectic, reflecting American, Mexican and Italian tastes, but always top rate. The desserts, all homemade, are simply superb.
For a modern lounge vibe in downtown Tucson, visit the Playground Bar & Lounge. You can choose to dance to the dance beats that are playing, or choose to indulge in one of Playground's cocktails. There are drinks like the El Guapo, with Milagro Silver Tequila, and the Angel Eyes, with Ultimat Vodka, Galiano and Triple Sec. Playground also offers some bites to eat, including Gnocchi with mushrooms, peas, arugula, and a Parmesan goat cheese sauce, and a steak sandwich with habanero aioli on a ciabatta roll.