The Best Places to Eat in Tucson

Award-winning chefs and inventive cuisine abound in Tucson. In this Tucson dining guide, you’ll find a wide range of sure-to-be favorites, from delicious Southwestern food to modern Japanese fare to the perfect date night spot. Enjoy, and don’t forget to tell them The Scout Guide sent you!

Tucson City of Gastronomy. Tucson is the proud recipient of the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation. Its mission is to grow and foster a sustainable desert community by supporting its creative food cultures. Instagram

Seis Kitchen (Mercado San Agustin). Award winning regional Mexican food. Instagram

Agustin Kitchen (Mercado San Agustin). Sophisticated bistro featuring French dishes, a lively bar scene and a delicious Sunday brunch menu. Instagram

Westbound + Tap & Bottle (MSA Annex). Outdoor bar and bottle shop with unique spirits, cocktails, beer and wine. Instagram

Kukai (MSA Annex). Arguably the best Japanese kitchen in Tucson. Our personal favorite is their new spicy crunch roll. Instagram

Presta Coffee (Mercado San Agustin). This beautiful coffee cafe also offers an array of delicious teas. Don’t miss out on experiencing “The Mirage,”—a revitalizing matcha blend infused with tropical guava, zesty lime, and pineapple juice. This delightful concoction is further enhanced with hydrating coconut water and garnished with dried passion fruit for a truly refreshing taste. Instagram

BATA (35 East Toole Avenue). Locally sourced ingredients with a veggie-heavy spin, this acclaimed restaurant serves up inventive, delicious cuisine. Instagram

Tito & Pep (4122 East Speedway Boulevard). Neighborhood locale with cool decor for Southwestern bistro fare, original cocktails and local beers. Instagram

Vivace (6440 North Campbell Avenue). Northern Italian fare and a lengthy wine list are served in elegant surroundings. Instagram

The Cork (6320 East Tanque Verde Road). Southwestern classic for exotic game and steak in a warm, romantic setting with fireplaces and patio. Instagram

BOCA Tacos (533 North 4th Avenue). Outpost for modern Mexican, imaginative salsas, craft beers, and a dog-friendly patio. Instagram

Prep & Pastry (2660 North Campbell Avenue). Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and bakery. Instagram

Cafe a la C’Art (150 North Main Avenue). Cafe on the Tucson Museum of Art grounds, specializing in refined American entrees. Instagram

Businesses in bold indicate they are The Scout Guide Tucson members.

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