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El Minuto Cafe

#137 of 1,580 Restaurants in Tucson}
$$ - $$$Mexican,
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
+1 520-882-4145
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good38%
  • 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 192 reviews

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 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

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 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
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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
Local cuisine, Groups, 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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