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El Minuto Cafe

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Mexican, Southwestern
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354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
+1 520-882-4145
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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Long Beach, California
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87 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 but a great Mexican restaurant. Get a beer, get a cheese crisp, and order a... More 

Thank Annieberyl
Mountain Brook, Alabama
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Yreka, California
Level Contributor
302 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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 like to make a point to visit El Minuto.. for my Mexican food fix.. They... More 

Thank monsoons2013
Palatine, Illinois
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Level Contributor
27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 tomato, onion and green chilies that another in our party had ordered; even better! Everyone's... More 

Thank Captain_Dick_Tucson
Tucson, Arizona
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68 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 came piping hot but the huevos, beans, & tortillas were tasteless and the tortillas were... More 

Thank 305Ryback
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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
Bozeman MT
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91 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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 busy noon time day when we went and still had excellent service.

Thank janeyd
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I have been eating at this Tucson monument to Mexican food for forty years. It never disappoints. Yesterday we ate there; as always, it was quick, friendly, clean. I had a bad stomach from antibiotics, so not much sounded good....except menudo! Piping hot, savory broth, tender tripe, lemon, onion, oregano, a little salsa. I am pretty sure it cured me.... More 

Thank Laura C
Chicago, Illinois
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161 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Somewhat blank service and reasonably predictable Mexican food but so convenient. The prices are fair.

Thank Manco T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 6
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?