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El Minuto Cafe

#121 of 1,560 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%
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“cheese crisp” (30 reviews)
“carne seca” (19 reviews)
“enchiladas” (19 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is pricy in that you spend around $15 for combo plates. However, they are huge with 4 items. They have small and large soups for $5 or $9 dollars. However, there isn't much of a size difference between the two. The menudo was...More

Thank waterdance
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

hosted a large group (30) for a pre Roadrunners happy hour. Between cheese crisps, some other apps and margaritas and beer, not sure what else you need. It had been years since been here and for sure it wont be that long again. It is...More

Thank sccrref
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located immediately south of the Tucson Arena and Convention Center this has become my go to place for dinner before hockey games and other events. Generous portions of well made Mexican dishes and very good service.

Thank Tom R
Reviewed 19 November 2017

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 November 2017 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 29 October 2017

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

1  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

1  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

1  Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 25 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

1  Thank AzYldkatz1
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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, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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