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El Minuto Cafe

) #147 of 1,575 Restaurants in Tucson $$ - $$$ Mexican,
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
+1 520-882-4145
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good39%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“carne seca” (19 reviews)
“cheese crisp” (16 reviews)
“enchiladas” (17 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
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1 - 10 of 189 reviews

Reviewed 3 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 3 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
Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is a fantastic place that is been here for about 50 years. I've been coming to it since I was a teenager. The Carne Seca can be found nowhere else in the US. It is so very good. This is not a fancy spot...More

Thank Annieberyl
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We were renting a place nearby for a 3 week vacation and happened on this restaurant. Great enchiladas. Fast, professional service. We ate there 8 times... Can be busy at lunch

Thank Jakescase
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The reviews are a mixed bag- two consistent themes prevail: good food and rudeness from the serving staff,and yes the food is also overpriced. We have been patrons of El MINUTo FOr years and no longer live in the area. When in Tucson, I still...More

1  Thank monsoons2013
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We ate here after a Palm Sunday service and the food was great, service especially quick, and the ambiance outstanding. It was a terrific Mexican restaurant and we got plenty of food for our buck. I would return anytime for a lunch!

Thank Pwkref
Reviewed 7 April 2017

I had the Topopo salad (bean tostada underneath a big mound of chicken, shredded cheese, avocado and lettuce) with Italian dressing on the side. It was generously portioned and delicious. I was still hungry afterwards, so I had a bit of a cheese crisp with...More

Thank Captain_Dick_Tucson
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

I have not been to El Minuto in many years and decided to try it for lunch. The chips were store bought and the salsa was almost like a spicy ketchup. I ordered the lunch special huevos rancheros with refried beans & flour tortillas. Everything...More

Thank 305Ryback
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This was found online about 4 years ago and it is the top favorite restaurant. The service is great, it is family friendly and the food is awesome!

Thank Vick43833
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We live in Montana, so getting real Mexican food is a treat. A friend from Tucson recommended this place and it was as good as he said. Definitely order the green chile cheese crisp- it was the precursor to a fantastic meal. It was a...More

Thank janeyd
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Bill B
do you have gluten, soy and milk free options?
19 November 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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