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Cafe Poca Cosa

110 E Pennington St Ste 100 (at Downtown)
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-6400
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Cafe Poca Cosa - Tucson, AZ
Cafe Poca Cosa - Tucson, AZ


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I love the unique flavors of this place! I usually let the chef choose my plate and have not been disappointed.


To impress my brother and sister-in-law from Vienna, Austria, we took them to Cafe Poca Cosa. There were 7 adults and my 3-year-old son. They asked if we had a reservation and I...

Solution not Excuses 3/5/2011

This review is given to notify patrons that not customers are served equally. I made a reservation for three people more than a month in advance. We were from out of town and visiting our daughter. This was the first visit to Café Poca Cosa and we were celebrating our anniversary. My wife and I arrived a few minutes early and our daughter was going to join us late. There was no waiting line to be seated. We were seated at a table for two in a corner next to a partition blocking our view of most of the restaurant. I asked for a larger table and I was denied. I was told that larger tables were reserved for parties of three or more and that a chair could be added to our two-person table when my daughter arrives. Within fifteen minutes, the table for four that I requested was given to a party of two. I called our daughter not to meet us. I brought this issue to the Manager and I received excuses, poor excuses, and not a solution. The other issue is that since we were in a corner the attention given us was poor. The food was above average. To say the least, our anniversary dinner was not what I planned for my wife and I will never eat at Café Poca Cosa again. I have many family, friends, and colleagues in the Tucson area and I plan to share this story as often as I can and convince them not to eat at Café Poca Cosa. more

Love it! 1/21/2011

I love the unique flavors of this place! I usually let the chef choose my plate and have not been disappointed. more

Fine dining 5/2/2010

Enjoy the atmosphere....get relaxed before you go. If the waiter/waitress makes a suggestion, maybe they know something. Not really kid-friendly, but that goes for most places. Going back again soon. Pros: Great food, presentation, dining Cons: Don't take your kids there. more

Cannot understand the all.... 4/17/2010

Rude servers. Bad "Mexican" food. with a pile of salad taking up 3/4 of each plate......stale store bought... more

Cannot understand the all.... 4/17/2010

Thomasmeiguoren Provided by Partner
Rude servers. Bad "Mexican" food. with a pile of salad taking up 3/4 of each plate......stale store bought chips...pretentious...way over priced...... more

Sad sad sad 4/15/2010

Cafe Poca Cosa was my favorite eatery in Tucson. Not anymore. Before we sat down we knew we should leave...but nooo.. had talked about it all morning so we stayed. First off, we called ahead to reserve a table saying we had a infant with us.. We arrive, and they don't have boosters. Could have told us when we said we had an infant, either on the phone, or before we were pranced back to a table. Fine, send one of us back to the car and get the stroller.\r Then the food was ""sold"" to us like a simalar poster said almost in a this is ""the only way to eat here"" fashion. From the first bite, it was cold. I thought well maybe just my food...tasted my daughters..hers was cold too. No one ever came back to ask how the food was. We were starving so we ate...from the entire table of cold food. (our company was from out of town no less.)\r When we went to pay, we commented to the owner how no one checked on us all through lunch. Sorry, thats all she had to say. I told the waitress, very quietly, how dissappointed I was, and she too was sorry. Well guess what, so am I . Sorry my old favorite sucked and I will never go back. Way too much money for a sorry bunch of food and service. Cons: Service, food, attitude more

A Major Disappointment 3/26/2010

It had been a while since I'd been to Cafe Poca Cosa. It used to be a real gem of a restaurant, and one of my favorite places, so I went back the other night with a few old friends. This restaurant is not what it used to be -- not by any means. The service is among the worst I've ever had in Tucson. Our waitress, Cecelia, was pompous and arrogant. Like other reviewers have said, she acted like she was doing us a favor by being present from time to time. She brought out the menu on the chalkboard as usual, and went straight to the special (the random selection of 3 items on the menu). She informed us that this was the only way to enjoy the restaurant, so how about if the entire table order it. She skipped over the description of the menu items entirely, and I actually had to ask her if she wouldn't mind telling us what's on the menu. The evening went downhill from there. This used to be a good restaurant, but they have really lost their way. It's really easy to find terrific food and atmosphere in Tucson. There's no need to spend your time and money in a place that has become nothing but arrogant. Leave this place for the tourists, who won't know any better anyway. Pros: The food and margaritas are still good Cons: The service is awful, and spoils the evening more

Unique Mexican Food 3/6/2010

This is an upscale eatery in the Old Pueblo that I visit when I come home to Tucson. It puts a new spin on Mexican food. Their specialty is Northern Sonora cuisine.\r Overall, wonderful margaritas and delcious food. I recommend the Carne asada con Guacamole or their Special. Pros: Their daily special -- plato poca cosa Cons: Difficult to make a reservation more

Amazing mole, best meal in Tucson 1/10/2010

Cafe Poca Cosa is my favorite restaurant in town. Even amidst the myriad Mexican dining establishments that... more

Amazing mole, best meal in Tucson 1/10/2010

FruitCup Provided by Partner
Cafe Poca Cosa is my favorite restaurant in town. Even amidst the myriad Mexican dining establishments that dot the city, Cafe Poca Cosa stands ou... more

Not to be missed! One of Tucson's Best Restaurants 12/19/2009

My husband and I have been dining regularly at Cafe Poca Cosa for at least 13 years. It is 99% wonderful! My one small disappointment is that their decaf coffee, which I always want with dessert, is too weak for my taste. My Dad, who likes his coffee weaker than I do, thinks it's great. I would urge readers to take the any negative reviews with a big grain of salt. Only once in 13 years of regular visits have we been slightly less happy with our experience, and it was so minor it didn't slow us down one bit. Poca Cosa is the number one place our out-of-town family wants to dine when they come to Tucson -- including the LA-area visitors, the Washington DC-area gourmets and the New York globe-hoppers. They all get excited about going to PC. I recently sent very-sophisticated clients from Chicago and they were very impressed. We had dinner for six adults last night before heading to Arizona Theatre Co, an easy walk away. The place was packed and we were seated quickly even though we were a little late for our reservation (I called en route to tell them we were still coming). Our server Jill was great -- very professional -- and when told we had a curtain she worked extra-hard to ensure we got our food quickly and out the door expeditiously. We started with a pitcher of margaritas, house margs on the rocks, which were their usual yummy! It's hard not to gobble lots of chips and salsa, b/c the salsa's so good, but you have to save room for the meal. We ordered five Plato Poca Cosas -- which is what we order 99% of the time because we simply can't decide between all the incredible choices -- and one Pescado. Everyone raved over their food! On a Plato you get a chef's choice of three of their entree offerings -- usually two meat and one vegetarian tamale pie, along with a salad. The table gets corn tortillas, rice and beans, though few have room to enjoy them and they make great left-overs. If your plate is too crowded for comfort, a rather juvenile complaint I've actually read, you can move your salad over to one of the side plates. If you can save room for dessert, I can't rave enough about the chocolate mousse. I think it involves Kahlua or coffee and maybe cinnamon, but whatever is in it, it's amazing! One is way too much (it's rich!) for me to eat by myself, but it's perfect to share. Another member of our party got the banana cheesecake last night, which was incredibly rich and worth the calories and reminded me of a dessert my Grandmother used to make. A note to families: no, this is not a great place to bring kids. It's an urban, sophisticated, adult-oriented place. Some nights are for Sweet Tomatoes, some nights are for grown-up places, which is as it should be. We have a wonderful five-year-old, who has been to CPC over a year ago, and was welcomed there. But I don't think they have booster seats and they definitely do not have kids items on the menu. My daughter has a pretty wide and relatively-mature taste in food and she ate stuff from our plates, mostly the fruit and the mild tamale pie and the rice, beans and tortillas and was just fine. She loved helping with the dessert! By the way, CPC is also great for lunch! They usually have some sort of wonderful fresh fruit beverage and the plates are less-expensive and yes, the lighting is brighter so it's easier to see your plate in the darker corners of the restaurant. So if it's too hip at dinner, try it out for lunch on a downtown outing. It was there at lunch that I tried and loved a glass of pineapple juice with basil -- Wow! Pros: Amazing food, Hip atmosphere, Sophisticated Cons: None -- just go! more

Excellent!!! 6/24/2009

Wonderful dishes, so innovative and tasty, lovely presentation. And the best part is that we never know what the menu will offer, as it is changed every day.\r We love this place. Also, the interior design is great. One of the best meals we have had in Tucson... Pros: Creative dishes, so delicious! Cons: Hard to locate restaurant more

Not if you like any type of customer service 5/16/2009

I can't explain how insane this place was:\r First if you are in a group they will not seperate your bill and will only let you pay with up to TWO credit cards, which by the way they do not tell you until you are trying to pay\r Second if you order a drink and send it back because of it not being made correctly you pay for it anyways and your replacement!!!!\r Third no amount of good food can make me go back to a place where their ""house policies"" remind me of a seindfeild episode ""NO SOUP FOR YOU"" really? \r I guess I just expect more when I am pay almost $60 dollars for my meal. Pros: Good food Cons: Everything Else more

Real ripoff dump 3/22/2009

We had to wait 15 minutes from being seated to seeing our waitress. Ten minutes later our drinks arrived. Frozen margaritas were only average. Another ten minutes for someone to take our order. Then the sun went down, and it was so dark in the seats along the back of the restaurant that we literally could not see our food. There was something on top of my chicken, which when I cut it up and tasted it was a green chili, but you couldn't see it. My chicken was tough and tasteless. \r \r This dump has the same name as the old Cafe Poca Cosa, but that is about it. You could not drag me into this disaster of a restaurant again. Doubly dismal because the entrees run about $25.\r Cons: so dark you can't see your food more

Cold, Urban Atmosphere - Doesn't Allow Kids 11/7/2008

Years ago, Cafe Pocca Cosa was on my list of restaurants that I took out-of-town guests to as a representation of uniquely Tucson cuisine and ambiance. The restaurant came to mind again, when I had guests visiting recently. I was told that they had moved to a new location, but was not aware of the drastic changes that had taken place during the move. While the old establishment included a Mexican folk art ambiance that made the dining experience all the more enjoyable; they have replaced the old-world-hispanic charm with cold, contemporary dining. The urban chic setting didn't match my memory of the Mexican food I had eaten in the past. Although we were told that the food is the same, the atmosphere makes everything seem different and less likeable (including the food). In addition, we had children with us. They did not have seating, and the dining, in a sea of adult diners, we very uncomfortable. This restaurant is for couple and group URBAN dining. If you like their food and urban, contemporary decor, which in my opinion is sans charm, then this is your place. As for the rest of us, especially those with families, we will have to go to other restaurants that still have a charming, southwest Tucson flair. more

Best food but bad service 5/21/2008

Cafe Poca Cosa has the most unbelievably awesome food. I always get the chef's choice Plato Poca Cosa trio and they're okay with me begging off seafood. The chicken mole was the best I've ever had (and I've had it in an excellent restaurant in San Luis Potosi) and I still can't get over the sweet carrot and onion tamale nor the grilled beef with a jalape?o chile and tomatillo sauce. For visitors to Tucson, this should absolutely be your number one food priority. Just be prepared for the snotty servers. more

Delicious & Different 4/28/2008

I have eaten at Cafe Poca Cosa numerous times and it is always delicious! I have never had a bad meal there... more

Delicious & Different 4/28/2008

Diane Provided by Partner
I have eaten at Cafe Poca Cosa numerous times and it is always delicious! I have never had a bad meal there. I am from Tucson and know my Mexican... more

So disappointed.... 4/27/2008

There were mixed reviews online & Rachel Ray had gone here on $40 a day. We were in town visiting a Dr & he... more

So disappointed.... 4/27/2008

diann Provided by Partner
There were mixed reviews online & Rachel Ray had gone here on $40 a day. We were in town visiting a Dr & he even recommeded it. We made reservation... more
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  • The Scene
    With little white lights sparkling in the trees, Poca Cosa's a great place for outdoor dining when the weather's right. Inside, splashes of vibrant colors match the lively...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tuesday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Ward 1, El Presidio

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