10 Best Romantic Restaurants for a Special Night Out in Tucson

Tucson's best romantic dining spots score high in terms of excellent food and unbeatable ambiance.

You'll find both these things in spades at Maynard's Market and Kitchen in Tucson. The restaurant is located in a historic venue - the downtown train depot - and features a menu of gourmet, French-inspired cuisine. The occasional rumble of an incoming train will make you feel like you and your sweetie have been transported to an old black-and-white movie, which only adds to the dining room's feeling of old-fashioned romance. 

Back in downtown Tucson, 47 Scott has become a reliable mainstay for gourmet comfort food - think bread-crumb-topped macaroni and cheese with bits of artisan bacon. Fresh flowers and flickering candlelight lend this urban bistro and bar date night-worthy ambiance. 

Speaking of ambiance, one of the most romantic patios in downtown Tucson is at Café à la C'Art  a rustically elegant restaurant and bakery where you can dine under the glow of string lights. The eclectic menu offers some Mexican, southwestern and pasta dishes - a win-win for couples looking for a range of options. But whatever you do, don't skip out on the luscious homemade desserts. 

For a stylish date night, check out Amalour Revival Lounge in the St. Philip's Plaza. The interior dining room features tufted booths and chic lighting, and the outdoor lounge is perfect for cozying up to your dinner date. The menu, which features several shareable starters like gourmet bruschetta and a picnic board, offers farm-to-table cuisine delivered with flair. 

The Grill is the celebrated fine dining spot located at the Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, one of Tucson's most historic and unique inns. The restaurant features a menu of farm-to-table cuisine. Most dishes are crafted using local meats,...  Read More


This stylish cafe, full of sleek furnishings and modern art, has a reputation for understated elegance and great food. Take in breathtaking mountain scenery from the attractive patio while enjoying dishes that range from trendy to traditional....  Read More

Adhering to the standards set forth by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association (arbiters of fine Neapolitan pizza), Vero Amore (which means "true love" in Italian) bakes its pizzas in a brick, wood-burning oven, using fresh mozzarella made...  Read More

The trendy Hotel Congress has a happening little cafe that serves what many consider to be the best breakfast around. All the familiar favorites are offered, along with some more creative options such as the Boom Boom (scrambled eggs, cheese and...  Read More

Chef/owner Susana Davila creates her own unique spin on Mexican cuisine, featuring techniques and ingredients borrowed from several regions. Poca Cosa began a few blocks away from this location, and the tiny original is still open for breakfast...  Read More

The Amalour Revival Lounge specializes in farm-to-table cuisine using locally-sourced and organic ingredients. The menu brings elevated New American fare to midtown Tucson (the restaurant is located in the St. Philips Plaza) with a...  Read More

47 Scott

This neighborhood bistro is a relative newcomer to the Downtown Tucson dining scene, but it has made quite a splash with its take on modern American comfort food, eclectic wines, hand-crafted cocktails, and micro brews. The seasonally changing...  Read More

This quirky seafood favorite serves up a great menu of fresh fish in a stylishly eccentric environment. The food says upscale but the vibe is fun and upbeat. Excellent wines, juicy rotisserie meats, hip martinis, hand-bottled bourbons and live...  Read More

Maynards Kitchen, a sophisticated French-inspired bistro in downtown Tucson, is a local critical darling, and deservedly so. Chef Addam Buzzalini and his kitchen team make almost everything on the menu from scratch. From house-cured meats to...  Read More

This charming downtown cafe, located at the historic Stevens House at the Museum of Art, offers an assortment of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Fine art hangs on the walls, providing the perfect ambiance for enjoying the down-home...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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