Desert Heat: 10 Romantic Tucson Restaurants for Date Night

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. 

What says romance better than killer Italian food? That's what you'll find at Tavolino, a foothill-adjacent restaurant serving great Northern Italian classics in a charming dining room. 



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

North Tucson


Tavolino is one Tucson restaurant where reservations are an absolute must. Northern Italian cuisine is the specialty, with homemade pastas and grilled meats being the main choices. The logical appetizer choice is the Antipasto misto, an array of...  Read More



Set in an old house in the historic Fort Lowell District, Le Rendez-Vous offers a traditional French menu in a posh, romantic setting. This is classic French cooking, with heavy sauces that are not intended for calorie counters. From Dover sole...  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 Coronet is a brasserie-style cafe situated at the historic Coronado Hotel near downtown Tucson. The restaurant serves old world rustic cuisine with a big comfy patio, plenty of shade, quiet music playing the background, and excellent coffee....  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



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



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


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