Top 10 restaurants in Tubac, United States

April 14, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Tubac is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States. The population was 1,191 at the 2010 census. The place name "Tubac" is an English borrowing from a Hispanicized form of the O'odham name, which translates into English as "rotten". The original O'odham name is written Cuwak. The first syllable is accented. When first taken into Spanish speech, it was spelled Tubaca. Finally over time the last "a" was dropped. Tubac is situated on the Santa Cruz River.
Things to do in Tubac

1. Elvira's

2201 E Frontage Rd, Tubac, AZ 85646-9997 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 520-398-9421
Excellent
58%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 621 reviews

Elvira's

Reviewed By IlanaBouskila - London, United Kingdom

We ate lunch here on a weekday, specially recommended for its mole dishes (chocolate based sauces). We started with some great Margaritas. The food was delicious, generous introducing new flavours to my palate. The sauce doesn't actually taste of chocolate but it's in there somewhere! It's mixed with lots of other spices. The decor is interesting too - see my photos. A relaxed friendly atmosphere. Very reasonably priced.

2. Wisdom's Cafe

1931 E Frontage Rd, Tumacacori, AZ 85640-9997 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 520-398-2397
Excellent
49%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 371 reviews

Wisdom's Cafe

YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT FOR 68 YEARSLet our family serve yours mouth-watering Mexican food & much more. Owned and operated by 4 generations of the Wisdom family.Our family works hard so that yours will enjoy a wonderful meal among friends. Tuesdays 2-for-1 margaritasFridays/Saturdays live music and open late until 91st Friday drink specials2nd Saturday drink specials and live music 1st Wednesday are BBQ Ribs

Reviewed By Gerald M - Madison, Wisconsin

We visited Wisdom’s in Tumacacori again last week and had another great experience. The margaritas were the best, the atmosphere was terrific, and the food was outstanding. This time I had the bacon wrapped shrimp to save room for the desert burro. Both were excellent.

3. Tubac Bakery

10 Will Rogers Lane, Tumacacori, AZ 85640 +1 520-398-9891
Excellent
28%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By Wander1492 - Green Valley, Arizona

We usually stop here when we are in the area. They have good pastries, pies, and sandwiches; pleasant atmosphere. Sometimes they have "day old" pastries, if they are our preference, we generally take some home. It is the only pastry shop between Tucson and Nogales.

4. Tubac Cafe

Cll Iglesia, Tubac, AZ Cafe +1 520-396-3330
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Tubac Cafe

Reviewed By Austin H - Dothan, Alabama

Let the wife walk her feet off at the Tubac Shopping area while you sit back and enjoy some light beverages and maybe a pastry or sandwich. There is indoor as well as outdoor seating and you don't have to get in any hurry. There coffee is great and so is the cheese danish.

5. Shelby's Bistro

19 Tubac Rd, Suite 13, Tubac, AZ 85640 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 14 - SGD 20 +1 520-398-8075
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 282 reviews

Shelby's Bistro

Providing the best service and food for over 21 years. Come enjoy fresh salads, seafood, 1/2 lb Angus Burgers, bistro thin crust pizzas, pasta and gourmet wraps

Reviewed By remery1513 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Our repeat visit to Tubac, a wonderful artisan town with shops ranging from high end to craft art is always fun. We punctuate our visit with a late lunch at Shelby's Bistro. The airy out door is a great place to sit after a few hours of walking. A good beer list and a short but nice wine list are a good start. Our server, Denise did a great job all around and we were happy with her knowledge, service and promptness. Ann had the Mediterrean pizza but the Kalamata olives strong. I had the hangar steak sandwich which was coked perfectly to order, generous and truly a full lunch. Kathy had the chicken salad on Naan, also good she claimed. Pricing is very reasonable. We are looking forward to another visit to Tubac and will again do lunch at Shelby's

6. Stables Ranch Grill

65 Avenida de Otero, Tubac, AZ 85646 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Highchairs Available American, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch +1 520-398-2211
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 303 reviews

Stables Ranch Grill

Reviewed By woodmister - Edmonton, Canada

The service, decor and the views were great. The food prices were a little high, and the portions were too large. My club sandwich was big enough to feed two. Sharing will cost you $5.00 for the extra plate so know that going in. I...MoreThank you for sharing your experience. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We look forward to your next visit.

7. Tubac Market

10 Avenida Goya, Tubac, AZ 85646 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 520-398-1010
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Tubac Market

Grocery, Beer, Wine, Produce, Fresh Meat, Fresh Fish, in house Baked goods, full breakfast offerings, fresh made in house Deli with salads, lunch and dinner items, the best home made sandwiches in the Southwest, a full fresh salad bar, hamburgers and many more delectable food items to tickle your taste buds. The market even has household items, plumbing, electrical, paint and hardware items for small home improvement projects. With a large patio and inside seating the market is a great place for family gatherings, a business meeting or just to meet a friend for coffee and a fresh pastry from the bakery or a nice enjoyable lunch made to order from the deli. With the great Tubac weather the patio offers year round comfortable seating and dinning, while the inside seating offers a great place to escape a hot day or to watch an afternoon Monsoon move through the valley. Overall the Tubac Market is a great place to eat and shop and has a lot to offer both the locals and the travelers.

Reviewed By Robert V - Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States

Every small town should have a Tubac Market. While it is a small market, they are well stocked with a good variety. Noteworthy is their soup & salad bar, as well as fresh pastries in the morning along with a service meat & deli counter. They also have a nice variety of wines with fair pricing.

We have always found the service to be both good and friendly. While we are considering a move to Tubac, having the Tubac Market nearby will influence our decision.

8. Tubac Jack's Restaurant

7 Plaza Rd, Right Inside the Entrance to Tubac, Tubac, AZ 85646-5206 Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar, International, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 520-398-3161
Excellent
29%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 237 reviews

Tubac Jack's Restaurant

Tubac Jack's, one of the oldest restaurants in Tubac, has an eclectic menu of BBQ, Mexican, and worldwide favorites such as steaks, salmon, salads, burgers, pulled pork and, of course, our world famous green chili stew. Jack's has a huge patio to enjoy those beautiful southern arizona days and evenings, as well as a full dining room and bar suited for any size party. We have Johnny Bencomo playing his 18 string guitar every Friday night from 6-9, and a rotating list of bands playing on our patio every Saturday night. Jack's offers catering for parties large and small, take out, and a huge selection of craft beer and cocktails.

Reviewed By Mike T - Okoboji, Iowa

First visit to Tupac - what a marvelous little community...galleries, jewelry, pottery, gifts, and fun restaurants - what fun! Tubac Jack's is a perfect place to rest a bit, have a beverage...and relax. Before enjoying more of what Tupac offers.

9. The Goods Kitchen & Cocktails

26A Tubac Road, Tubac, AZ 85646 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks SGD 5 - SGD 17 +1 520-398-2001
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

The Goods Kitchen & Cocktails

New Hours 2017/18 Breakfast, Lunch & Happy Hour Bites & Beverages Wed - Sat 9am-8pm / Sun 9am - 3pm G-Free, Local & Organic Options Low Sugar, No Sugar ingredients, Vegan Vegetarian & Meat Options Scratch Margaritas w/100% Blue Agave Tequila

Reviewed By Nancy O - Albuquerque, New Mexico

We ate here twice over a weekend. The first time was a Friday night, which was taco night. There were choices of beef, pork, shrimp and veggie - $5 each. Between the 4 of us we had all of them and everyone was pretty happy with their meal, nothing fancy but pretty tasty and 2 tacos is plenty for a meal. There's an interesting cocktail list and we were all quite happy with our drinks as well. All in all a nice dinner. We were excited to go back for Sunday breakfast. We ordered eggs with bacon, potatoes and toast. There was only one other person there and our orders took forever. When we were finally served the food was lukewarm and there was only one piece of seriously undercooked bacon. At least the toast was good (Dave's Killer Bread). We were very disappointed.

10. Wisdom's DOS

4 Plaza Rd, Suite 102, Tubac, AZ 85646-5206 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner SGD 3 - SGD 13 +1 520-216-7664
Excellent
35%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 115 reviews

Wisdom's DOS

STREET TACOS * CERVEZA * VINO ICE CREAM FLAVOR OF THE MONTH Wisdom’s is excited to announce our 2nd location in downtown Tubac… FEATURING A FAST-CASUAL ATMOSPHERE, GREAT FOOD & GREAT CRAFT BEER & DRAFT WINE2 indoor/outdoor T.V.’s FOR THE SPORTS AFICIONADOS AND FREE WI-FIOPEN DAILY FROM 11-6PMHAPPY HOUR with $1 OFF PINTSLIVE MUSIC EVERY SUNDAYWISDOM’S DOS! features 6 craft beer taps with a special focus on AZ microbreweries, 4 wine taps plus bottled beer and wine and delicious traditional Mexican street food plus a whole lot more including a kids menu and great vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.Street Tacos, Sonoran Dogs, Sliders, Nachos, Burritos, Hummus, Soup, Salads, Cheese Crisps and homemade Ice Cream await you when you want a quick, delicious lunch or want to stop in for drinks and apps BEFORE dinner.

Reviewed By Blokzijl - Green Valley, Arizona

Orders are placed at the counter in the small dining room, so if you want to eat outside one member of the party should grab one of the limited number of outdoor seats, while the other orders, and visa versa.

Some confusion with the orders, as the adjoining table had also ordered a tamale slider. 1/3 of the way through the meal, we all realized she had one of our plates, and visa versa. Note tables very close together so you can't help but hear adjoining conversations.

Size of tamales larger nowadays, so one was more than enough. Filling very tasty, but the chicken was overcooked and dry, not sauce.

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