Tucson >Food & Dining > Cafe Poca Cosa
110 E Pennington St Ste 100, Tucson, AZ | Directions 8570132.223129 -110.969580
Tuesday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: El Presidio, Ward 1
Solution not Excuses – This review is given to notify patrons that not customers are served equally. I made a reservation for three people more than a month in advance. We were from out of town and visiting our daughter. This was the first visit to Café Poca Cosa and we were celebrating our anniversary. My wife and I arrived a few minutes early and our daughter was going to join us late. There was no waiting line to be seated. We were seated at a table for two in a corner next to a partition blocking our view of most of the restaurant. I asked for a larger table and I was denied. I was told that larger tables were reserved for parties of three or more and that a chair could be added to our two-person table when my daughter arrives. Within fifteen minutes, the table for four that I requested was given to a party of two. I called our daughter not to meet us. I brought this issue to the Manager and I received excuses, poor excuses, and not a solution. The other issue is that since we were in a corner the attention given us was poor. The food was above average. To say the least, our anniversary dinner was not what I planned for my wife and I will never eat at Café Poca Cosa again. I have many family, friends, and colleagues in the Tucson area and I plan to share this story as often as I can and convince them not to eat at Café Poca Cosa.
Love it! – I love the unique flavors of this place! I usually let the chef choose my plate and have not been disappointed.
Fine dining – Enjoy the atmosphere....get relaxed before you go. If the waiter/waitress makes a suggestion, maybe they know something. Not really kid-friendly, but that goes for most places. Going back again soon.
Sad sad sad – Cafe Poca Cosa was my favorite eatery in Tucson. Not anymore. Before we sat down we knew we should leave...but nooo.. had talked about it all morning so we stayed. First off, we called ahead to reserve a table saying we had a infant with us.. We arrive, and they don't have boosters. Could have told us when we said we had an infant, either on the phone, or before we were pranced back to a table. Fine, send one of us back to the car and get the stroller.
Then the food was "sold" to us like a simalar poster said almost in a this is "the only way to eat here" fashion. From the first bite, it was cold. I thought well maybe just my food...tasted my daughters..hers was cold too. No one ever came back to ask how the food was. We were starving so we ate...from the entire table of cold food. (our company was from out of town no less.)
When we went to pay, we commented to the owner how no one checked on us all through lunch. Sorry, thats all she had to say. I told the waitress, very quietly, how dissappointed I was, and she too was sorry. Well guess what, so am I . Sorry my old favorite sucked and I will never go back. Way too much money for a sorry bunch of food and service.
A Major Disappointment – It had been a while since I'd been to Cafe Poca Cosa. It used to be a real gem of a restaurant, and one of my favorite places, so I went back the other night with a few old friends. This restaurant is not what it used to be -- not by any means. The service is among the worst I've ever had in Tucson. Our waitress, Cecelia, was pompous and arrogant. Like other reviewers have said, she acted like she was doing us a favor by being present from time to time.
She brought out the menu on the chalkboard as usual, and went straight to the special (the random selection of 3 items on the menu). She informed us that this was the only way to enjoy the restaurant, so how about if the entire table order it. She skipped over the description of the menu items entirely, and I actually had to ask her if she wouldn't mind telling us what's on the menu. The evening went downhill from there.
This used to be a good restaurant, but they have really lost their way. It's really easy to find terrific food and atmosphere in Tucson. There's no need to spend your time and money in a place that has become nothing but arrogant.
Leave this place for the tourists, who won't know any better anyway.
Unique Mexican Food – This is an upscale eatery in the Old Pueblo that I visit when I come home to Tucson. It puts a new spin on Mexican food. Their specialty is Northern Sonora cuisine.
Overall, wonderful margaritas and delcious food. I recommend the Carne asada con Guacamole or their Special.
Not to be missed! One of Tucson's Best Restaurants – My husband and I have been dining regularly at Cafe Poca Cosa for at least 13 years. It is 99% wonderful! My one small disappointment is that their decaf coffee, which I always want with dessert, is too weak for my taste. My Dad, who likes his coffee weaker than I do, thinks it's great. I would urge readers to take the any negative reviews with a big grain of salt. Only once in 13 years of regular visits have we been slightly less happy with our experience, and it was so minor it didn't slow us down one bit. Poca Cosa is the number one place our out-of-town family wants to dine when they come to Tucson -- including the LA-area visitors, the Washington DC-area gourmets and the New York globe-hoppers. They all get excited about going to PC. I recently sent very-sophisticated clients from Chicago and they were very impressed.
We had dinner for six adults last night before heading to Arizona Theatre Co, an easy walk away. The place was packed and we were seated quickly even though we were a little late for our reservation (I called en route to tell them we were still coming). Our server Jill was great -- very professional -- and when told we had a curtain she worked extra-hard to ensure we got our food quickly and out the door expeditiously. We started with a pitcher of margaritas, house margs on the rocks, which were their usual yummy! It's hard not to gobble lots of chips and salsa, b/c the salsa's so good, but you have to save room for the meal. We ordered five Plato Poca Cosas -- which is what we order 99% of the time because we simply can't decide between all the incredible choices -- and one Pescado. Everyone raved over their food! On a Plato you get a chef's choice of three of their entree offerings -- usually two meat and one vegetarian tamale pie, along with a salad. The table gets corn tortillas, rice and beans, though few have room to enjoy them and they make great left-overs. If your plate is too crowded for comfort, a rather juvenile complaint I've actually read, you can move your salad over to one of the side plates.
If you can save room for dessert, I can't rave enough about the chocolate mousse. I think it involves Kahlua or coffee and maybe cinnamon, but whatever is in it, it's amazing! One is way too much (it's rich!) for me to eat by myself, but it's perfect to share. Another member of our party got the banana cheesecake last night, which was incredibly rich and worth the calories and reminded me of a dessert my Grandmother used to make.
A note to families: no, this is not a great place to bring kids. It's an urban, sophisticated, adult-oriented place. Some nights are for Sweet Tomatoes, some nights are for grown-up places, which is as it should be. We have a wonderful five-year-old, who has been to CPC over a year ago, and was welcomed there. But I don't think they have booster seats and they definitely do not have kids items on the menu. My daughter has a pretty wide and relatively-mature taste in food and she ate stuff from our plates, mostly the fruit and the mild tamale pie and the rice, beans and tortillas and was just fine. She loved helping with the dessert!
By the way, CPC is also great for lunch! They usually have some sort of wonderful fresh fruit beverage and the plates are less-expensive and yes, the lighting is brighter so it's easier to see your plate in the darker corners of the restaurant. So if it's too hip at dinner, try it out for lunch on a downtown outing. It was there at lunch that I tried and loved a glass of pineapple juice with basil -- Wow!
Excellent!!! – Wonderful dishes, so innovative and tasty, lovely presentation. And the best part is that we never know what the menu will offer, as it is changed every day.
We love this place. Also, the interior design is great. One of the best meals we have had in Tucson...
Not if you like any type of customer service – I can't explain how insane this place was:
First if you are in a group they will not seperate your bill and will only let you pay with up to TWO credit cards, which by the way they do not tell you until you are trying to pay
Second if you order a drink and send it back because of it not being made correctly you pay for it anyways and your replacement!!!!
Third no amount of good food can make me go back to a place where their "house policies" remind me of a seindfeild episode "NO SOUP FOR YOU" really?
I guess I just expect more when I am pay almost $60 dollars for my meal.
Real ripoff dump – We had to wait 15 minutes from being seated to seeing our waitress. Ten minutes later our drinks arrived. Frozen margaritas were only average. Another ten minutes for someone to take our order. Then the sun went down, and it was so dark in the seats along the back of the restaurant that we literally could not see our food. There was something on top of my chicken, which when I cut it up and tasted it was a green chili, but you couldn't see it. My chicken was tough and tasteless.
This dump has the same name as the old Cafe Poca Cosa, but that is about it. You could not drag me into this disaster of a restaurant again. Doubly dismal because the entrees run about $25.
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