Dining Reviews of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Dining in Tucson and Southern Arizona

Best DiningAn alphabetical listing by city or region of Dining Reviews of some of the best Tucson and Southern Arizona Restaurants. Click on the Review you would like to read or scroll on down to browse the reviews. To view a map of where the restaurants are located click here. For Dining reviews of the Best Dining in Southern Arizona by Cuisine visit us here.


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    Brooklyn Pizza Company

    As I usually do before I go to a dining establishment to write a review, I checked with the usual “real customer review” sites that contain some portion of “fake” reviews. Yelp & TripAdvisor customer reviews for Brooklyn Pizza are generally 3-4 Stars. And Tucson Weekly’s readers usually vote it … Continue reading

    Sawmill Run Restaurant, Summerhaven: A Review

    Patio Dining At Sawmill Run On A Fine June Afternoon.

    June 2012 To escape the oppressive June heat a few weeks ago, we drove up to Mt. Lemmon for the day. Traveling with Ms. Karen & me were her brother & our sister-in-law, Cliff & Lynne, visiting from Florida for the first time. Another reason I wanted to go was that I had heard there […]

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    Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant: A Review

    Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant Interior

    September 2013 – Ms. Karen & I are going in search of the Best Brunch in Tucson. We decided to start with the Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant because we had wanted to dine there for years and just never got around to it. Part of the reason is we … Continue reading

    Barrio Brewing Company: A Review

    Image of Barrio Brewing Company Interior: Tucson, AZ

    Barrio Brewing Company: 2nd in my series on local breweries. In my first local brewery review, Thunder Canyon Brewery, I shared my general preferences and prejudices regarding beer. So, I don’t need to repeat them here. As we did at Thunder Canyon, Michael Polletta and I each ordered the sampler rack. We also ordered food […]

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    Nimbus Bistro & Brewery: A Review

    Nimbus Brewery Samples

    Our review of Nimbus American Bistro & Brewery is #3 in our series on Southern Arizona craft breweries. Once again, my sampling partner, Michael Polletta, and I continued our arduous journey through Southern Arizona with the singular goal to sample all the beers brewed by our local microbreweries. We started several weeks ago at Thunder […]

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    Shelby’s Bistro

    Shelby's Bistro Tubac

    Shelby’s Bistro is a very good place to eat while visiting Tubac. It’s hidden away behind some shops and galleries and over a bridge on the south side of the Village, but once you’ve found it you’re in for a triple treat.

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    Proper: A Dining Review

    bar at Proper downtown tucson

    January 2014. For at least the past two years we have been aware that good things are happening in Downtown Tucson, and that includes many new restaurants and pubs. Hub & Playground Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery and the Playground Bar & Lounge have been open since before the Modern … Continue reading

    Tubac Deli & Coffee Company

    Tubac-Deli-logo

    One of the better places to eat lunch in Tubac is the Tubac Deli & Coffee Company near the entrance to the Village. Coffee & Danish in the AM. Good sandwiches and salads in the PM. Or just stop in for a cold drink on a hot day. Tubac Deli … Continue reading

    Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant, Bisbee

    Santiago's Restaurant Bisbee

    Just about every time I have gone to Bisbee over the past year I have tried to dine at Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant. However, something always managed to spoil my plans…until last week.I had heard a lot of positive comments about Santiago’s as I wandered Old Bisbee taking photographs and talking with the natives. Now I know why. Just walking in the front door will put a smile on your face. The interior is light and colorful, even playful. Very Mexican in the best possible sense. Santiago’s is a happy place.

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    Saint House Rum Bar: A Review!

    Ernest Hemingway Pouring A Drink

    Editor’s Note: Sadly Saint House is now closed. A Rum Bar After it’s time perhaps. (September 2013) Dr. Gil & I meet over lunch or dinner 2-3 times a year to solve the most pressing problems of the world. He’s a successful Tucson physician, and his interests are wide-ranging, including … Continue reading

    Iron Door Restaurant: Mt. Lemmon

    Ski Valley Iron Door

    The Iron Door is at the top of Mt. Lemmon. Good burgers, sandwiches, chili. Fresh baked pies. Weather permitting, ask to be seated on the patio. Hummingbird feeders hang all over the eaves. Service can be sketchy if they are not prepared for a crowd or someone doesn’t show up … Continue reading

    Trattoria Pina

    trattoria pina

    I seldom go to an Italian restaurant the first time and not order lasagna. I love lasagna. And Trattoria Pena’s is as good as I have ever had.

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    North

    North at La Encantada

    Generally, my criteria for dining recommendations includes ‘authenticity’, as in authentically Tucson. I’m gonna make an exception, ’cause North is that good. I almost never go to a shopping mall, but North is located at the far end of La Encantada, Tucson’s attempt to recreate Rodeo Drive.

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    Dining at the Desert Museum

    Terraces Restaurant at the Desert Museum

    The Desert Museum offers 3 places to dine plus various snack bars around the property. The Coffee Bar in the Gift Shop opens early and offers snacks, coffee, ice cream sandwiches and pastries. If you’re a member, coffee is FREE! The IronWood Terraces is cafeteria style, but don’t let the … Continue reading