10 Best Late-Night Restaurants in Tucson

Tucson may not be New York or Los Angeles when it comes to late night dining. But the Old Pueblo is no slouch either. If you're ready to chow down in downtown Tucson, head to the HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery, a favorite late night destination for local foodies. The menu is eclectic, the drink menu is full of hand crafted specialties, and there's always the promise of creamy, delicious ice cream for dessert.

For fine dining in a hip, jazzy venue, Kingfisher Bar & Grill in central Tucson is a must for seafood lovers. There's live music and a light dinner menu that's served until midnight. Kingfisher also has one of the best wine lists in town.

Another destination for gourmet late-night eats is Dante's Fire, which offers diners a menu inspired by Dante's Inferno. Savor decadent, gourmet small plates with flavors from around the globe in a sophisticated dining room. 

When you're craving pizza, head to downtown to Empire Pizza & Pub, home to some of the city's best New York-style thin-slice pizza. 

Finally, if you're craving a coffee and pastry, drop by the Shot in the Dark Cafe in downtown. It's a favorite hang-out for writers, artists and other Tucson night owls.



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You're probably wondering where the name comes from. Well, if you run the phrase "buy sandwiches" together, it might sound a bit like "Bison Witches." OK, maybe that's not so creative, but the food at this neighborhood college hangout is. They...  Read More



Although it's changed hands a few times over the years, Jonathan's Cork has maintained a loyal following, both for its rustic, retro decor and its non-standard steakhouse menu. The atmosphere is decidedly old-Southwest, with beehive fireplaces...  Read More



Coffee shops don't usually offer much for vegans except perhaps something like a latte made with soy milk. But Shot in the Dark certainly does, while still providing plenty of fodder for the rest of us. Vegans have several options in addition to...  Read More



This Fourth Avenue institution creates its own energy using solar panels. But let's talk about the pizza: delectable thin-crust slices loaded with fresh toppings. Owner Tony Vaccaro has operated his bustling operation for 12 years now, with no...  Read More



HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery has quickly become a popular downtown Tucson dining destination. The menu is eclectic, fun and always fresh. Starters include a fresh calamari, jumbo lump crab cakes, and pei mussels. The Mac & Cheese is a...  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



This hybrid bar, restaurant and live music venue has one of the best locations in town. Located in Old Town Artisans's, La Cocina features a sprawling outdoor patio shaded by old cottonwood trees. Even better, the menu is chock-full of seasonal...  Read More



Located over the picturesque courtyard of St. Philip's Plaza in midtown Tucson, Union Public House blends the atmosphere of a friendly public house with the hospitality of traditional southwestern culture. The food is made-from-scratch modern...  Read More



Who knew that authentic New York pizza could be found in Tucson? Empire Pizza & Pub brings New York-style pizza to the desert, along with fresh-made hero sandwiches, salads, garlic knots, hot wings, and a menu of mouth-watering desserts. The...  Read More



Dante's Fire is a new player on the Tucson food scene, but it's quickly established itself as a fine dining destination. The menu is Continental American cuisine, but don't let that label fool you. This is a small plate lover's paradise....  Read More


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