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El Minuto Cafe

#118 of 1,551 Restaurants in Tucson}
€€ - €€€Mexican,
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
+1 520-882-4145
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good36%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“cheese crisp” (29 reviews)
“carne seca” (19 reviews)
“enchiladas” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
€€ - €€€
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I'd wanted to take some friends to the 'Bill Clinton Was Here' restaurant. It turned out that this wasn't it, but I discovered the best-tasting Mexican food that I've had here. I had a dish from the 'Combination Plates' column, aptly entitled 'Combination Plate". All...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A true delight. Excellent service from Gino, along with the freshest and best tortilla soup, made this a wonderful lunch. 1 tasty margarita, a side of guacamole, two bowls of soup without a drop left in them. My daughter enjoyed the meatball soup as much...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lunch there twice while in a class at the convention center - once during the week and once on Saturday. Weekdays, they offer lunch specials. Had the mini-chimis one day - they were wonderful and tacos on the weekend. Complimentary chips and salsa -...More

Thank Toni G
Reviewed 30 September 2017

The cafe is near the Tucson Convention Center, police headquarters, shopping, churches, etc. so it's convenient to reach and sometimes crowded. Also, it has very easy access to and from I-10. The food seems a bit expensive but it's very tasty, comes in large portions...More

Thank Jayhawk_9
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This restaurant has been around forever. It is small and intimate. But the food is the real deal. I have never been disappointed. Mostly though it feels like a family place. The menu is extensive and you can have fancy or easy. Sometimes they have...More

Thank Rickwine
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This place is very unassuming but don't dismiss it too early. They have amazing tasting food and the service is great too. I highly recommend any of their cheese crisps and their well seasoned beef tacos that are cooked to order. They are SOOOO good!...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend this to everyone I meet. Have been going here for authentic Mexican food since the 1980s and have always had great food, great service, for a great price. I noticed that the menu has been changed a bit since my last visit,...More

Thank AzYldkatz1
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This restaurant makes standard, Mexican fare which tastes just as you'd expect it to taste....good. Its a nice respite from the heat near the convention center in downtown Tucson. Nothing fancy, just your average Mexican food.

Thank Tanja K
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Really good,basic Mexican food. Nothing fancy, or tricked up, just really genuine sauces that work. It has been there since 1936 so well established and predictable every time. You can't go wrong here. The server was , shall we say detached.

Thank creuther
Reviewed 2 May 2017

stopped by this lil restaurant driving thru Tucson on our way to Las Cruces on rec from a Tucson native and it really wowed me! we arrived early for lunch so the crowds had not yet arrived. we ordered and our food did come out...More

Thank Denise G
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Bill B
19 November 2016|
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Response from arzcasey | Reviewed this property |
I was there only once recently, and honestly probably won't go back. I am unsure if they have the options you are asking about, since it is Mexican food, I would think not too many options there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$6
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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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