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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Upper Crust

Re: “The Dish Bistro and Wine Bar

This was my wife and my first evening out in Tucson and it DID NOT disappoint. Everything written above proved to be true: intimate, excellent service and a bargain. I LOVE, I mean LOVE mussels. Sitting at the bar, a GREAT glass of white, professional wait staff and a steaming, aromatic bowl of mussels was just what a stranger in a strange land required - home. The Rumrunner was also an experience worth revisiting with an excellent selection second to none. The Friday bar special made it all the more affordable. Go, you’l enjoy.

Posted by CambridgeRon on 02/09/2013 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Arizona Inn

Support Dennis Reed and Arizona Inn...

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Marie Dawn on 06/04/2012 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

Great place for happy hour.

Posted by OCYROE on 07/28/2011 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Anthony's in the Catalinas

Past it's prime, snotty service, food VERY mediocre and VERY expensive. Great wine list but after being insulted by the maitre 'd and the captain, disgusting Cesar salad made table side and so-so entrees; no wine in the world could have made this experience worth the time or money! Skip it and save both for one of our many worthy local Tucson restaurants!

Posted by saleslady2010 on 05/24/2011 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

Acacia has moved to Gallery Row, at East Skyline/North Campbell Ave, upstairs, overlooking the whole city and valley below. Refurbished the former Sur Real location, they will be adding an outdoor patio, off one of the other dining rooms to accomodate more that 100.

Terrific views! Much better than the St. Phillips location.

Posted by tuazcat on 02/25/2011 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

Sat on the terrace. Nice ambiance, jazz trio playing. Seafood was good. Drinks were good. Would go again.

Posted by fuzzygoats on 11/03/2010 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Anthony's in the Catalinas

Past it's prime. You can find better restaurants in Tucson.

Posted by fuzzygoats on 11/03/2010 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Arizona Inn

My daughter and I have had a long tradition of visiting the Arizona Inn at holiday time and dining in the main dining room. Last year we did that as well as having Thanksgiving dinner there and both meals, while not horrible were not up to snuff. After questioning the waiter it was clear why; Chef Baskerville had departed sometime during the previous year. Too bad; the food had always been outstanding, served in a very classically formal environment. We will definitely dine elsewhere this upcoming holiday. P.S. We're sad about this!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by saleslady2010 on 08/26/2010 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Arizona Inn

The Audubon Lounge has a terrace overlooking the cricket lawn, surrounded by colorful flowers. Birds are chirping in the trees. The most relaxing place unless it is more than 110 degrees outside. The prickly pear Margaritas are the best in town, on ice with salted rim, of course. The chilled leek and potato soup, Vichyssoise, is thick, flavorful with a hint of white pepper, perfect for hot weather. The quesadillas with shrimp or chicken come with three different condiments, salsa, sour cream and guacamole and the tacos are as crispy as puff pastry.
The main dining room Sunday's brunch is outstanding, as much Champagne as one wants (medium dry California Champagne is served) and the food is great, a sit down Brunch instead of buffet. Much nicer....as one concentrates on the food one is eating instead of thinking what to get next from the buffet...very civilized. Take your time and enjoy.

Posted by realcooking on 06/11/2010 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

Love Acacia! I usually sit right by the Philabaum fountain admiring the different colors in the water streaming down...just wonderful. The food is very good, Crab Louis has tender and big, succulent pieces of crab in a light dressing, delicious with a chilled Fetzer Gewurztraminer. Great place to while away a hot afternoon after shopping at St. Philip's plaze. The dining room is more private and less noisy than the Italian place opposite of Acacia...the food is what you expect when you order, no surprises, well prepared, nothing exotic, just simple and elegant. Recommended.

Posted by realcooking on 06/11/2010 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Arizona Inn

Arizona at its finest. An institution in a historic setting that is enjoyable and well maintained. It a pleasure to escape the desert for this bit of refinement. The food is a little club like, standards that are well prepared, and not too spicy for the mature clientele. Service borders on the obsequious, but who cares, once in a while its fun. Dress the part, wear a jacket.

Posted by Scarpia, B on 02/20/2010 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

A quality operation all the way around. The type of restaurant you would expect to find in an upscale community. The room is quiet and attractively decorated. Service is professional, no gaps and no imitation striving to be current. The food is well prepared and well presented. I would not classify it as a destination, but it is well worthwhile.

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Posted by Scarpia, B on 02/20/2010 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

Expensive, stuffy (food and atmosphere), and the service is slow, which is inexcusable since business was also slow both times we went (for brunch and dinner). We won't be back.

Posted by nic-nic on 11/29/2009 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

A very comfortable and quiet setting, with the freshest ingredients. I am a vegetarian and ordered the sweet corn and green chile custard braised spinach, butternut squash puree, grilled asparagus, portabella mushroom, eggplant, baby broccoli, zucchini and fire roasted sweet peppers…for $26. - the custard was like a green corn tamale. Exquisite. The mountain of vegetables were filling and hearty - I was unable to finish the entire dish.

My husband is an omnivore and he ordered the pollo a la brasa (peruvian chicken) char broiled half chicken, oaxacan risotto, steamed garden vegetables, also for $26. He would like to suck up to the chef to get the recipe for the marinade. Delicious.

Posted by Ana Lewis on 11/13/2009 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Arizona Inn

I went here for a special occasion with a date recently. Though not perfect, this is one of the very few really good restaurants in Tucson. Sure there's Mc Mahon's, Fleming's or Bluepoint, but in general, Tucson isn't a diner's paradise. The atmosphere at Arizona Inn is classy upscale, maybe a little too stuffy for this town. In any case, our dishes were very good. Rather pricey, but very good. For a romantic diner Arizona Inn is a fine choice. But for typical night out, this place is too stuffy and pricy. AZ Inn is a very good "once a year" place. At least that was our take.

Posted by Jamesbcat on 09/07/2009 at 2:58 PM

Re: “McClintock's Restaurant

I have to agree w/ JW. My experience was similar and lengthy. My "Prime Dry Aged" New York strip was tough and under cooked on the first attempt, then overdone upon being brought back. The service was mediocre and our server was very unknowledgeable. Our tab for two was over $165 (including 2 glasses of warm wine!)

Skip it!!

Posted by PTerry on 08/24/2009 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Harvest Restaurant

Calling on a Saturday evening in June gave us a later reservation for 7:45pm and when we got there the restaurant was still full. A family with small children were on one side of us with kids enjoying a homemade mac&cheese, on the other side of us a trio of pretty young adults enjoying cocktails with dinner, behind us a huge group of "snowbirds" that never left for the summer who were talking and laughing and us, a happy couple enjoying some alone time away from our kids.

The meal lasted two and half hours and while I had four courses I walked out content but not groaning. I felt like I had eaten well and felt great!

We started with a cheese tart with figs and it was divine! A roasted tomato and pepper soup was heavenly and while we asked to share a bowl they brought out two which could have been dinner! My husband had pork that had cooked long in a reduction of something yummy with tortillas and beans. I had small filet also in a reduction with potatoes and farm fresh veggies. We ended with a home made creme brulee and sat enjoying each bite as the restaruant was now only half full.

Almost everything at Harvest is local, fresh and perfect. The service was fantastic, focused and kind. We had everything we needed and wanted. It was a great night out and it will be hard to choose if we take another couple, our kids or keep this just for us!

Posted by AmyLoeff on 07/06/2009 at 6:22 PM

Re: “McClintock's Restaurant

The place has all the ingredients to make a great restaurant: beautiful location and surroundings, new building, well decorated, great atmosphere. It’s just missing one thing: service. Basic service: water, bread, order taking, timeliness, and follow up. I would expect a restaurant claiming this high caliber of service to be on top of the basics. The staff seemed under qualified to work there. We had reservations at 7:00. We didn’t get our salads until after 8:30. In the meantime, our table of 8 devoured about 8 bread baskets and we had to ask for everything from the butter, oil & balsamic and even water. I can’t even blame the service on how busy it was. We were among 5-6 tables…
The food was good, but exceptional by no means. With prices higher than McMahon’s and Fleming’s I was expecting magic. My 45.00 rib eye definitely was no masterpiece. Save your drive and money.

Posted by JW on 05/16/2009 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

The food is wonderful I'm from back east and the seafood is the soooo fresh, I feel like I'm having dinner on the beach....

Posted by Frankie on 05/02/2009 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Acacia Real Food and Cocktails

Too pricey for most people. Dining room is dreary, not a fun place

Posted by TXJesse on 04/25/2009 at 11:29 PM

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