I should have turned around and walked out when I saw all the fedora hats and laptops on the tables. I ordered a GC tamal to go, passable at best, would probably beat out anything you'd get in North Dakota though. Another "cool people' joint.
Highly recommend it! The lomo saltado was superb!!
Absolutely delicious and authentic! I've been to Peru a couple times and Inca's brings Peru to Tucson. Tried the ceviche mixto, anticuchos, conchitos a la chalaca and papa rellena. All very good (ceviche was a little spicy for my liking, but still good!) and where else are you gonna find pisco sours? I was completely transported back to Peru, and will be going back to Inca's again and again!
I found the Lomo Saltado dish simply delicious and the beef was a quality cut. I like the savory seasoning of the dishes I went with my girlfriend and we had a polite waiter that gave us good service. The pictures of Peru are enjoyable to watch, quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
Incas is one of the best kept secrets in town. The dining experience is unusual thanks to several special touches. First, the food itself is delicious and I have learned from my Peruvian friends, very authentic. The menu is varied -- from chicken to fish to seafood to a variety of high quality, certified meats. The rice is made with a secret ingredient that could be sold for millions. The salads and side dishes (and fries!) are superb. And the deserts are to die for. The proprietors, Fatima and Luis Campos, are the key to making Incas more than just a restaurant. They are kind, and quite simply, they care about your dining experience. For me, the sign of a quality restaurant is that the owners develop a relationship with the customers. It makes the food taste even better! Finally, the service is competent, but not rushed. If you want to sit and talk over a fine Peruvian wine, you are welcome to do so. Incas is a must if you care about fine dining in Tucson. Frankly, we are lucky to have Incas as part of our local culture! There are alternatives, of course. You could simply fly to Lima!
Tried the pisco sours, which did NOT taste authentic, and some appetizers. Weren't impressed enoigh to return for dinner. I grew up in South America and was excited about this place opening, but my initial impression was disappointing.
Haven't tried the food but Penelope at the bar is quick with service and very friendly. Drinks were cheap, around 3 bux for our Smirnoffs I think. The girl DJ was smokin and had us dancing all night!!!
I agree Bob, it does seem like more of a bar:
I had family in town on Friday 2-Oct. My wife and I invited them over to Sur Real. As the five of us entered the dining room, we were greeted by a door man/ security guard who quickly informed us the kitchen was closing in 15 minutes and asked everyone for ID. If we wanted food, we had to place our order in the next five minutes. How about just welcoming your guests, appropriately informing them of the dining hours, and suggest that the bar is open and the views are amazing? Nope. He looked at my wife’s ID, and told her that her government issued Permanent Residency card was not acceptable to purchase alcohol in the State of Arizona. When I questioned him about it, he began to recite the A.R.S. number. He got about half way through it, and we turned around and walked out.
The fact that he is attempting to protect the restaurant from any liability involved of possibly serving alcohol to a minor is understandable. Maybe he thought we all looked really young (we’re in our mid-thirties). Perhaps it is the policy of the restaurant not to accept this form of identification. To quote Arizona Revised Statues to your guests in an attempt to embarrass my wife, and make both of us look like idiots for recommending the place, is completely unacceptable. This is not about the law; it is about customer service.
I will continue to encourage Tucsonans to support our locally owned restaurants, but I am afraid that some are dropping the ball on simple things that do not cost money- treating people right, being appropriately friendly, and taking pride in exceeding guests’ expectations.
By the way…
A.R.S 4-241(K) states that a valid unexpired passport or border crossing identification card that is issued by a government or a voter card that is issued by the government of Mexico if the passport or card contains a photograph of the person and the person's date of birth is a valid form of identification for the purpose of purchasing liquor in the State of Arizona.
The food here is spectacular! Rio incorporates Latin flavors with your favorites and introduces amazing dishes you may not have had before. (If you enjoy meat - start with the bacon wrapped dates and follow with the short ribs and it will be the best dinner you've had! )The food was enough to make me a fan, but the service made me a regular. This has become my favorite place to dine in Tucson.
What is extra-special about Rio is how comfortable it is to be there. They remember you after one visit. The owner checks in to see how much you are enjoying your meal. Eating at the bar is like hanging out with good friends and family.
They have happy hour from 4-6 with half price apps - which means 2 people can fill up on three appetizers for less than $15. If you are dining alone - sit at the bar! The staff will introduce you to the others at the bar and soon you will be laughing and enjoying your food and wine with new friends!
I recommend Rio as a happy hour destination, for a group dinner, for a solo night out, or for a date. I recently had a visitor from out of town, and we ended up wanting to go to Rio over and over again. You can have an amazing night on any budget. It's foodie heaven!
Slow service and they were out of everything decent. Food I did get was not good. Place is loud later in the evening, feels more like a bar than a restaurant.
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