Best Restaurants 2022 | Restaurants – Tucson Weekly

By Tucson Weekly Staff
Best Vegetarian/Vegan
Tumerico
2526 E. Sixth Street, 520-240-6947
402 E. Fourth Avenue, 520-392-0224
tumerico.com
Tumerico serves up fresh, organic Latin-inspired vegan and vegetarian food using local and pure ingredients to make a great meal. Using locally sourced ingredients results in the daily changes to the menu, keeping everything fresh and flavorful each day. Past creations have included Cuban empanadas and tacos, tamales and chorizo plates.
Reader Recommended
Lovin’ Spoonfuls, 2990 N. Campbell Avenue, Suite 120, 520-325-7766, lovinspoonfuls.com
Charro Vida, 7109 N. Oracle Road, 520-779-1922, charrovida.com

Best Greek
Opa’s Best
4590 E. Broadway Boulevard
520-838-0687, opasbest.com
Brothers and fellow chefs Qais Papoutsis and Nawid Esar create the best Greek food in Tucson, according to our readers. Owned by Papoutsis, Opa’s Best slow-roasts its lamb and makes its baklava in-house. Diners can enjoy complimentary meze (Mediterranean appetizers) while waiting for orders such as lamb dolmades, spicy chicken souvlaki kabobs, and moussaka. Lunch specials and catering are available.
Reader Recommended
Zayna, 138 N. Belvedere Avenue, 520-881-4348, zaynamediterranean.com
Pappoule’s, 7475 N. La Cholla Boulevard, 520-544-5551, pappoules.com

Best Seafood
Kingfisher Bar and Grill
2564 E. Grant Road
520-323-7739, kingfishertucson.com
Landlocked? It’s not a problem for Kingfisher Bar and Grill, which has been serving award-winning cuisine since 1993. The seafood dishes — as well as grilled meats and poultry — are inspired by the multiple American cooking styles, all interpreted by chefs and owners Jeff Azersky and Jim “Murph” Murphy. 
Reader Recommended
Mariscos Chihuahua, Multiple locations, mariscoschihuahua.com
Wild Garlic Grill, 2870 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 120, 520-206-0017, wildgarlicgrill.com

Best French
Ghini’s French Caffe
1803 E. Prince Road, 520-326-9095, ghiniscafe.com
Born and trained in Marseilles, chef Coralie Satta brings the exquisite flavors of southern French cuisine to her award-winning restaurant, Ghini’s French Caffe. Open for breakfast and lunch, the restaurant uses fresh, local, ethically farmed ingredients to create dishes such as eggs Provencal, croque madame and a chicken cordon blue sandwich. The menu offers vegan and gluten-free selections. The pet-friendly restaurant supports several local charities. Gifts for purchase and an email newsletter are available.
Reader Recommended
Wild Garlic Grill, 2870 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 120, 520-206-0017, wildgarlicgrill.com
Le Rendez-Vous, 3844 Fort Lowell Road, 520-323-7373, rendezvoustucson.com

Best Eggs Benedict
Baja Cafe
7002 E. Broadway Boulevard, 520-495-4772
2970 N. Campbell Avenue, 520-344-7369
bajacafetucson.com
With 14 varieties of eggs Benedict, Tucson readers say Baja Café is this best place in town to enjoy this breakfast classic. The restaurant’s creations include Southwest short rib tots, the mac daddy (made with crispy fried chipotle mac), and black widow (featuring herbed cream cheese and pesto hollandaise sauce). Ingredients such as hominy, tamales and shredded brisket are incorporated into other varieties. 
Reader Recommended
Blue Willow, 2616 N. Campbell Avenue, 520-327-7577, bluewillowtucson.com
Prep and Pastry
2660 N. Campbell Avenue, 520-326-7737
6450 E. Grant Road, Suite 160, 520-838-0809
prepandpastry.com

Best Steakhouse
Silver Saddle
310 E. Benson Highway
520-622-6253, thesilversaddlesteakhouse.com
Since 1984. family-owned and -operated Silver Saddle has been satisfying its customers with steaks cooked over a custom steel and brick mesquite wood grill and pit. The steakhouse butchers its cuts on-site to ensure the age of the beef, which in turn ensures the tenderness of the meat. A salad bar, wine list and kids menu are available.
Reader Recommended
El Corral, 2201 E. River Road, 520-299-6092, elcorraltucson.com
Charro Steak, 188 E. Broadway Boulevard, 520-485-1922, charrosteak.com

Best Indian
Saffron Indian Bistro
7607 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley
520-742-9100, saffronindianbistro.net
Indian food is the perfect comfort meal. Subtle, delicate preparations in mod, minimalist surroundings, coupled with dishes like chicken tikka masala, are amazing. The national dish of England, chicken tikka masala is slowly simmered in Saffron’s famous tomato sauce with a hint of cream and zesty Indian herbs and spices. The tandoori lamb chops feature fine cut premium New Zealand lamb marinated overnight in 20 herbs and spices. It’s a Saffron specialty. Mouth watering yet?
Reader Recommended
Sher-e-Punjab, 3 E. Grant Road, 520-624-9393, sherepunjabtucson.com
Indian Twist, 4660 E. Camp Lowell Drive, 520-495-5499, indiantwistaz.com

Best Jamaican
CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen
5305 E. Speedway Boulevard
520-795-3400
Bringing Jamaica to Arizona, this restaurant dishes out the Caribbean flavors found throughout the island. From jerk chicken to curry goat and the signature rum punch, taste buds are in for a ride. Keep it simple with festivals (fry bread) or beef patties. Or mix it up with oxtail or ackee and codfish.
Reader Recommended
D’s Island Grill, 3156 E. Fort Lowell Road, 520-861-2271, dsislandgrill.com

Best Sushi
Sushi Garden
3048 E. Broadway Boulevard, 520-326-4700
7401 N. La Cholla Boulevard, 520-877-8744
sushigarden.com
When Tucson readers want fresh sushi, they prefer to get it at Sushi Garden. The restaurant offers traditional and unique takes on sushi, nigiri and sashimi. Diners can select from options such as the lobster tail, lollipop, Baja jalapeno and volcano rolls. Online reservations, takeout and delivery are available.
Reader Recommended
Sachiko Sushi, 1101 N. Wilmot Road, Suite 109, 520-886-7000
Sushi on Oracle, 6449 N. Oracle Road, 520-297-3615, sushionoracle.net

Best Italian
Caruso’s
434 N. Fourth Avenue
520-624-5765, carusositalian.com
An absolute Tucson favorite, Caruso’s has had the best selection of fine Italian food for over 80 years. For starters, enjoy its antipasto appetizer that includes thinly sliced meats, cheeses and veggies on a bed of lettuce before diving into any traditional Italian favorite pasta, ravioli or eggplant Parmigiana. Don’t forget dessert! The cappuccino freeze is to die for. 
Reader Recommended
Vivace Restaurant, 6440 N. Campbell Avenue, 520-795-7221, vivacetucson.com
Locale Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, 60 N. Alvernon Way, 520-398-7553, localetucson.com

Best Breakfast
Baja Café
Multiple locations, bajacafetucson.com
Home of the snickerdoodle pancake, Baja is the best. If you’re looking for an awesome breakfast or brunch recommendation, look no further. For something sweet, try its gooey pineapple express pancake or its famous snickerdoodle pancake topped with a vanilla bean cream cheese glaze. If you’d rather opt for something savory, check out the train wreck with sauteed veggies, crispy hash browns and green chile tomatillo sauce, paired with a specialty bloody mary. They’re always busy, so run, don’t walk to the Baja Cafe that is closest to you. 
Reader Recommended
Bisbee Breakfast Club, Multiple locations, bisbeebreakfastclub.com
Blue Willow, 2616 N. Campbell Avenue, 520-327-7577, bluewillowtucson.com

Best Thai
Tuk Tuk Thai
2990 N. Campbell Avenue, 520-777-7888
12125 N. Oracle Road, 520-655-3999
tuktukthai2990.com
Artistically prepared dishes using the finest available ingredients make Tuk Tuk Thai the top choice among our readers for Thai food in Tucson. The restaurant, which describes its cuisine as Thai street food, offers a menu with choices such as pumpkin curry chicken, crab noodle, pad thai street style with shrimp, and chef-recommended panang curry duck. Online ordering and private dining are available.
Reader Recommended
Bangkok Cafe, 2511 E. Speedway Boulevard, 520-323-6555, bangkokcafe.net
Bai Thong, 4853 E. Speedway Boulevard, 520-881-5068, facebook.com/baithongintucson

Best Japanese
Yoshimatsu
2741 N. Campbell Avenue
520-320-1574, yoshimatsuaz.com
Chef-owner Yoshimi Tashima not only cooks up what our readers say is the best Japanese food in town, she has a personal interest in ensuring that customers receive healthy meals. A cancer survivor who believes in the healing power of food, she emphasizes vegetables in multiple dishes, uses organic ingredients as much as possible, and never adds MSG to anything. In addition to bento boxes, noodles and sushi, the restaurant serves a variety of ramens, including immune booster ginger mushroom ramen. Happy hour; a sushi menu; lunch specials; gluten-free options; and delivery through Postmates, DoorDash and GrubHub are available.
Reader Recommended
Obon, 350 E. Congress Street, 520-485-3590, obonsushi.com
Raijin Ramen, 2955 E. Speedway Boulevard, 520-795-3123, raijinramentucson.com

Best Brunch
Prep & Pastry
2660 N. Campbell Avenue, 520-326-7737
6450 E. Grant Road, 520-838-0809
prepandpastry.com
Whether it’s an early morning breakfast with a client, lunch with a friend or brunch with the fam, head over to Prep & Pastry. The menu is compact, which means everything is prepared to order; there’s none of that frozen stuff. Look for biscuits and gravy, fried chicken sandwiches or classic French toast. Top off your meal with any number of teas, fresh squeezed orange juice or better yet, a mimosa or sangria. Then there are the yummy baked goods to take home.
Reader Recommended
Blue Willow Restaurant and Gift Shop, 2616 N. Campbell Avenue, 520-327-7577, bluewillowtucson.com
Baja Cafe, Multiple locations, [email protected]

Best Vietnamese
Miss Saigon
Multiple locations, misssaigontucson.com
Miss Saigon prides itself on serving the best Vietnamese cuisine and adapting it to the American way of life. The popular restaurant uses fresh ingredients to prepare pho, egg noodle soups, rice plates, vermicelli and other dishes. Vegetarian options, reservations and takeout are available.
Reader Recommended
Ha Long Bay, 7245 E. Tanque Verde Road, 520-571-1338, halongbaymenu.com
Saigon Pho, 943 E. University Boulevard, Suite 107, 520-624-0999, phorestauranttucson.com

Best Middle Eastern
Zayna
1138 N. Belvedere Avenue
520-881-4348, zaynamediterranean.com
Tucson readers love the healthy Mediterranean dishes made with fresh, quality ingredients at Zayna. With menu choices such as garlic yogurt, chicken shawarma salad, lamb kofta and a cauliflower sandwich, Zayna keeps its customers happy and healthy. Vegan options and takeout are available.
Reader Recommended
Persian Room, 9290 N. Thornydale Road, Suite 100, 520-744-1414, persianroom.com
Istanbul Mediterranean Food, 2945 E. Speedway Boulevard, 520-849-7945, istanbultucson.com

Best Chinese
Golden Dragon
6433 N. Oracle Road, 520-297-1862
4704 N. Sunrise Drive, 520-299-8088
goldendragontucson.com
For more than three decades, Golden Dragon has been providing Tucson with a traditional and authentic Chinese dining experience. Using fresh ingredients to create dishes that are as appealing to the palette as they are to the eye, the restaurant serves plates that represent all of China’s regions. The extensive menu features numerous Chinese favorites based on vegetables, noodles, beef, pork, seafood, chicken and duck. Online ordering and family dinners are available.
Reader Recommended
Jun Dynasty, 2933 E. Grant Road, 520-881-0778, jundynasty.com
Guilin, 4445 E. Broadway Boulevard, 520-320-7768, guilintucson.com

Best Contemporary/Fusion Restaurant
Wildflower
7037 N. Oracle Road
520-219-4230, wildflowertucson.com
Wildflower is a modern American restaurant that is inspired by culinary traditions from around the world. This fusion is reflected in menu items such as short rib ravioli, lemongrass skewered scallops, and its grilled shrimp and avocado bowl. Gift cards, group dining, a loyalty club, and online orders and reservations are available.
Reader Recommended
Tito & Pep, 4122 E. Speedway Boulevard, 520-207-0116, titoandpep.com
Feast, 3179 E. Speedway Boulevard, 520-326-9363, eatatfeast.com

Best Downtown Restaurant
Cup Cafe
311 E. Congress Street
520-622-8848, hotelcongress.com/family/the-cup
Whether heading out to hear live music at Hotel Congress’ Club Congress or just passing by the historic Downtown hotel, our readers recommend eating at Cup Café. Located within the hotel, Cup Café features something for every time of day. Diners can choose from Creole breakfast, cast iron baked eggs or a vegan breakfast tamale in the morning. The lunch menu includes drunken fish tacos and a Cuban sandwich. Hemp tamales, mesquite smoked ribs and pork schnitzel are available for dinner.
Reader Recommended
HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery, 266 Congress Street, 520-207-8201, hubdowntown.com
Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink, 101 E. Pennington Street; 7262 N. Oracle Road, 520-882-5550, reillypizza.com

Best Northwest Restaurant
The Parish
6453 N. Oracle Road
520-797-1233, theparishtucson.com
Southern hospitality, charm and cuisine are the hallmarks of The Parish, our readers’ favorite spot in northwestern Tucson. The gastropub adds a unique twist to Southern comfort food. Menu choices include shrimp and grits, catfish poboy, cast iron cornbread and hot legs le’jean (made with frog legs). Happy hour, gift cards, online ordering and a loyalty program are available.
Reader Recommended
Wildflower, 7037 N. Oracle Road, 520-219-4230, wildflowertucson.com
Charro Vida, 7109 N. Oracle Road, 520-779-1922, charrovida.com

Best Central Restaurant
Blue Willow
2616 N. Campbell Avenue
520-327-7577, bluewillowtucson.com
For more than four decades, family-owned Blue Willow has been feeding central Tucson with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Diners can enjoy Sonoran carnitas Benedict in the morning, spinach lasagna in the afternoon, gruyere mac and cheese in the evening, and chocolate sour cream cake for dessert. The restaurant has its own bakery and a gift shop. Gift certificates and takeout are available.
Reader Recommended
Kingfisher, 2564 E. Grant Road, 520-323-7739, kingfishertucson.com
Tito & Pep, 4122 E. Speedway Boulevard, 520-207-0116, titoandpep.com

Best Upscale Restaurant
Vivace
6440 N. Campbell Avenue
520-795-7221, vivacetucson.com
Exquisite northern Italian cuisine crafted with the finest ingredients and served in an elegant setting makes Vivace the top destination for fine dining, according to Tucson readers. Menu selections include osso buco, crab-filled breaded chicken breast, seafood lasagnette and vegan Bolognese. Private dining and takeout with curbside pickup are available.
Reader Recommended
Wild Garlic Grill, 2870 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 120, 520-206-0017, wildgarlicgrill.com
The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, 520-526-9345, bit.ly/3E1j1N3

Best Eastside Restaurant
Jonathan’s Cork
6320 E. Tanque Verde Road
520-296-1631, jonathanscork.com
The décor, artwork and menu at Jonathan’s Cork are authentically Southwest. Award-winning chef Johnathan Landeen’s menu features dishes not found among typical restaurant fare: ostrich, bison filet and venison. There are plenty of less exotic choices, as well as a full bar. Happy hour, catering and gift cards are available.
Reader Recommended
Saguaro Corners, 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail, 520-886-2020, bit.ly/3SIHqLp
Zona 78, 7301 E. Tanque Verde Road, 520-296-7878, zona78.com

Best African
Zemam’s
2731 E. Broadway Boulevard
119 E. Speedway Boulevard
520-882-4955, zemamsrestaurants.com
A refugee from his homeland, Amanuel Gebremariam opened Zemam’s in 1993 as Tucson’s first Ethiopian restaurant. Today, the family-owned establishment serves the best cuisine from Ethiopia or anywhere else in Africa, according to our readers. Diners can order a variety of mild and spicy vegetable and meat dishes that are served on injera, a healthy, spongy bread made from teff, an Ethiopian grain. The dishes are served in a traditional way, to be shared communally and using the injera instead of utensils to pick up the food. 
Reader Recommended
Cafe Desta, 758 S. Stone Avenue, 520-370-7000, destacafe.com
Alafia West African Cuisine, 1070 N. Swan Road, 520-331-7161, facebook.com/alafiawestafricancuisine

Best Southside Restaurant
Mi Nidito
1813 S. Fourth Avenue
520-622-5081, miniditorestaurant.com
Tucson readers say that the best food to eat south of Downtown is the south of the border cuisine cooked up at Mi Nidito. Since 1952, the family-owned restaurant has served famous politicians, entertainers, athletes and loyal Tucsonans. They have come for delicious Sonoran plates of chimichangas, flautas, chiles rellenos and enchiladas. For the curious, the menu even offers the President’s Plate, which is the identical meal President Bill Clinton had at the restaurant in 1999.
Reader Recommended
Rollie’s, 4573 S. 12th Avenue, 520-300-6289, facebook.com/rolliestucson
El Torero, 231 E. 26th Street, 520-622-9534, eltorerotucson.com

Best Chef
Maria Mazon (Boca Tacos y Tequila)
533 N. Fourth Avenue
520-777-8134, bocatacos.com
Chef Maria Mazon is the founder, owner and executive chef of her Boca Tacos y Tequila. Her street cred is extensive. Her TV appearances include a top five finish on season 18 of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Boca allows guests to fully imbibe in the art of Mexican food. Of course, the tacos with homemade tortillas are wonderful, but the flight of house-made salsa and chips and creative margaritas are off the charts.
Reader Recommended
Travis Peters, The Parish, 53 N. Oracle Road, 520-797-1233, theparishtucson.com
Mateo Otera, Rollies Mexican Patio, 4573 S. 12th Avenue, 520-300-6289, rolliestucson.com

Best Foothills Restaurant
Wild Garlic Grill
2870 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 120
520-206-0017, wildgarlicgrill.com
As a couple, French-trained chef Steven Schultz and his spouse, owner Maudi Gourdin, create a family-like atmosphere that permeates Wild Garlic Grill. For the past decade they have pleased guests with responsibly cultivated California cuisine that has a French accent. Diners can enjoy entrees such as grilled garlic shrimp salad, San Francisco pier stew and chef’s special risotto. Patio dining, happy hour and catering are available. 
Reader Recommended
Vivace, 6440 N. Campbell Avenue, 520-795-7221, vivacetucson.com
North Italia, 2995 E. Skyline Drive, 520-299-1600, northitalia.com

Best Place to Eat Lunch Downtown
Street Taco and Beer Co.
58 W. Congress Street
520-355-1183, facebook.com/streetoncongress
When grabbing lunch while Downtown, our readers love to stop by Street Taco and Beer Co. The fast-casual Mexican restaurant sources all of its food locally. Patrons love to order authentic street tacos, be they fish, carne asada, veggies or other varieties. The restaurant prepares all of its food, agua frescas, salsas and marinades fresh and in-house.
Reader Recommended
Boca Tacos y Tequila, 533 N. Fourth Avenue, 520-777-8134, bocatacos.com
Cup Cafe, 311 E. Congress Street, 520-622-8848, hotelcongress.com/family/the-cup

Best Westside Restaurant
Seis
Multiple locations, seiskitchen.com
The sights, smells and flavors of authentic Mexican street food make Seis our readers’ top choice for dining on the Westside. Seis is committed to being a green restaurant by using locally raised and sustainably sourced ingredients, as well as packaging that is either recycled or biodegradable. Diners can therefore feel better when enjoying menu choices such as calabacitas tacos, surf and turf burritos, or veggie nachos grande. Happy hour, takeout, delivery and catering are available.
Reader Recommended
Teresa’s Mosaic Cafe, 2456 N. Silver Mosaic Drive, 520-624-4512, teresasmosaic.com
Agustin Kitchen, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Suite 150, 520-398-5382, agustinkitchen.com

Best Place to Eat Gluten Free
Tumerico
2526 E. Sixth Street, 520-240-6947
402 E. Fourth Avenue, 520-392-0224
tumerico.com
Aside from the daily changing dishes being vegetarian and/or vegan, they are also gluten free. Whether by personal preference or medical condition, gluten-free options are on the menu for everyone who still wants a delicious meal. Fresh ingredients and spices combine to make mouthwatering Latin-inspired dishes for each customer.
Reader Recommended
Gourmet Girls Gluten-Free Bakery, 5845 N. Oracle Road, 520-408-9000, gourmetgirlsglutenfree.com
Charro Vida, 7109 N. Oracle Road, 520-779-1922, charrovida.com

Best Outdoor Dining
LaCo (formerly La Cocina)
201 N. Court Avenue
520-622-0351, lacotucson.com
Nestled within the walls of Old Town Artisans in the Presidio District, LaCo is the nicest spot in town to dine al fresco, in the opinion of Tucson readers. Diners can enjoy live music several nights a week while ordering menu choices such as cauliflower wings, elote pasta and pork solomo sandwich. Online reservations and Saturday and Sunday brunches are available. 
Reader Recommended
Cup Cafe, 311 E. Congress Street, 520-622-8848, hotelcongress.com/family/the-cup
Locale, 60 N. Alvernon Way, 520-398-7553, localetucson.com

Best Korean
Takamatsu
5532 E. Speedway Boulevard
520-512-0800, takatucson.net
For more than a quarter century, Takamatsu has been providing Tucsonans authentic Korean (and Japanese) cuisine. Patrons can choose from a wide selection of cold noodle dishes, Korean barbecue entrees and other entrees, such as bibim bop. They can also have a Korean beer or another Korean adult beverage with their meal. Happy hour, lunch specials, and delivery through GrubHub are available.  
Reader Recommended
Korea House, 4030 E. Speedway Boulevard, 520-325-4377
Kim Chi Time, 2900 E. Broadway Boulevard, 520-305-4900

Best New Restaurant
The Monica
40 E. Congress Street
520-645-1922, themonicatucson.com
The Monica carries a long history dating back to the 1920s with Monica Flin, deemed the Grande Dame of women restaurateurs in Tucson, according to the restaurant’s website. Flin started her restaurant, El Charro Café, in 1922 and the restaurant is still run by the family today. The Monica is a new dining experience for fresh and fast breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and every time in between offering a variety of dining options including plant-based, gluten-free and keto-friendly choices.
Reader Recommended
The Delta Bar & Grill, 135 S. Sixth Avenue, 520-524-3400
BATA, 35 E. Toole Avenue, batatucson.com

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