Cafe Poca Cosa

★★★★☆
  • 110 E Pennington St Ste 100

    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Cross street: Downtown

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  • 520-622-6400

About Cafe Poca Cosa

Hours
Tuesday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM

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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 Caf Poca

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★★★★★

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 Caf Poca

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I love the unique flavors of this place! I usually let the chef choose my plate and have not been disappointed.

3
★★★★★

I love the unique flavors of this place! I usually let the chef choose my plate and have not been disappointed.

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Great food, presentation, dining

Cons: Don't take your kids there.

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: none

Cons: Service, food, attitude

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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.

0
★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: The food and margaritas are still good

Cons: The service is awful, and spoils the evening

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My favorite restaurant in all of Tucson. A bit pricey, but worth every cent. The mole is to die for!!

5
★★★★★

My favorite restaurant in all of Tucson. A bit pricey, but worth every cent. The mole is to die for!!

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Their daily special -- plato poca cosa

Cons: Difficult to make a reservation

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Great creative Mexican food. Susan Davilla does an outstanding job of bringing creative Mexican cooking to Tucson.

5
★★★★★

Great creative Mexican food. Susan Davilla does an outstanding job of bringing creative Mexican cooking to Tucson.

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: Amazing food, Hip atmosphere, Sophisticated

Cons: None -- just go!

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We we're visiting from California, and decided to try this place out. We absolutely loved our dinner at Cafe Poca Cosa. If Rachel Ray recommended this place, then you know it's fine dining. We were a little overwhelmed by the spoken menu written on a chalkboard, but it actually made us think about what flavors/meats sounded good together. They write the menu on a chalkboard since they change the menu twice a day! We ended up getting the chef's choice since you got to sample 3 different items from the menu. Everything was fabulous. The food tasted like we were in a fancy restaurant in Mexico. The atmosphere was lovely, the art was really cool. You could seriously get full from the fresh chips and salsa they serve the second you sit down. Reservations are recommended since it fills up fast on weekends. Would come again next time we're in town.

5
★★★★★

We we're visiting from California, and decided to try this place out. We absolutely loved our dinner at Cafe Poca Cosa. If Rachel Ray recommended this place, then you know it's fine dining. We were a little overwhelmed by the spoken menu written on a chalkboard, but it actually made us think about what flavors/meats sounded good together. They write the menu on a chalkboard since they change the menu twice a day! We ended up getting the chef's choice since you got to sample 3 different items from the menu. Everything was fabulous. The food tasted like we were in a fancy restaurant in Mexico. The atmosphere was lovely, the art was really cool. You could seriously get full from the fresh chips and salsa they serve the second you sit down. Reservations are recommended since it fills up fast on weekends. Would come again next time we're in town.

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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...

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★★★★★

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...

Pros: Creative dishes, so delicious!

Cons: Hard to locate restaurant

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Everything Else

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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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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: None

Cons: so dark you can't see your food

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Years ago, Cafe Pocca Cosa was on my list of restaurants that I took out-of-town guests to as a representation of uniquely Tucson cuisine and ambiance. The restaurant came to mind again, when I had guests visiting recently. I was told that they had moved to a new location, but was not aware of the drastic changes that had taken place during the move. While the old establishment included a Mexican folk art ambiance that made the dining experience all the more enjoyable; they have replaced the old-world-hispanic charm with cold, contemporary dining. The urban chic setting didn't match my memory of the Mexican food I had eaten in the past. Although we were told that the food is the same, the atmosphere makes everything seem different and less likeable (including the food). In addition, we had children with us. They did not have seating, and the dining, in a sea of adult diners, we very uncomfortable. This restaurant is for couple and group URBAN dining. If you like their food and urban, contemporary decor, which in my opinion is sans charm, then this is your place. As for the rest of us, especially those with families, we will have to go to other restaurants that still have a charming, southwest Tucson flair.

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★☆☆☆☆

Years ago, Cafe Pocca Cosa was on my list of restaurants that I took out-of-town guests to as a representation of uniquely Tucson cuisine and ambiance. The restaurant came to mind again, when I had guests visiting recently. I was told that they had moved to a new location, but was not aware of the drastic changes that had taken place during the move. While the old establishment included a Mexican folk art ambiance that made the dining experience all the more enjoyable; they have replaced the old-world-hispanic charm with cold, contemporary dining. The urban chic setting didn't match my memory of the Mexican food I had eaten in the past. Although we were told that the food is the same, the atmosphere makes everything seem different and less likeable (including the food). In addition, we had children with us. They did not have seating, and the dining, in a sea of adult diners, we very uncomfortable. This restaurant is for couple and group URBAN dining. If you like their food and urban, contemporary decor, which in my opinion is sans charm, then this is your place. As for the rest of us, especially those with families, we will have to go to other restaurants that still have a charming, southwest Tucson flair.

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Cafe Poca Cosa has the most unbelievably awesome food. I always get the chef's choice Plato Poca Cosa trio and they're okay with me begging off seafood. The chicken mole was the best I've ever had (and I've had it in an excellent restaurant in San Luis Potosi) and I still can't get over the sweet carrot and onion tamale nor the grilled beef with a jalape?o chile and tomatillo sauce. For visitors to Tucson, this should absolutely be your number one food priority. Just be prepared for the snotty servers.

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★★★★☆

Cafe Poca Cosa has the most unbelievably awesome food. I always get the chef's choice Plato Poca Cosa trio and they're okay with me begging off seafood. The chicken mole was the best I've ever had (and I've had it in an excellent restaurant in San Luis Potosi) and I still can't get over the sweet carrot and onion tamale nor the grilled beef with a jalape?o chile and tomatillo sauce. For visitors to Tucson, this should absolutely be your number one food priority. Just be prepared for the snotty servers.

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My husband and our 8 month old daughter and I wanted to enjoy dinner at Cafe Poca Cosa on a Wednesday night. We called ahead to make the reservation for "4 and a baby", since orginally my husband's parents were going to join us. While on our way, we called back to let them know that the reservation had changed and it would only be for 2 adults and a baby. During neither of these conversations over the phone was it mentioned that we should come prepared with our own seating for the baby since they do not provide high chairs. Not until we arrived (and in between phonecalls) did the hostess ask if we had a carseat or booster for the baby. Stunned and unsure how to respond, my husband went to the car to get the carseat. In the meantime, I asked the hostess if there would be a place to put the carseat once we were seated. She responded with something along the lines of "not really, you can place her on the floor, I guess." No Thanks. The hostess also informed me that many people come out to dine "when they have a babysitter". At that point we changed our mind about dining at Cafe Poca Cosa due to the blatent unwillingness to accomodate families with children. We would have appreciated them just being clear about not welcoming children when I had called...TWICE!

The unsolicited parenting advice and poor service notwithstanding, the most offensive part of the experience is the managment's lack of guts to just say, "we don't want kids at our reseraunt"! We are mature adults and have worked in the food service industry for ten years, and so understand that some places are not kid-friendly. We would never be offended by a place that openly doesn't allow children. But to discourage bringing children by being rude and implying their presence is unwelcome by lacking child seating is an offensive insult.

Cafe Poca Cosa: Tell your patrons upfront that kids aren't allowed so they are not blindsided with it!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and our 8 month old daughter and I wanted to enjoy dinner at Cafe Poca Cosa on a Wednesday night. We called ahead to make the reservation for "4 and a baby", since orginally my husband's parents were going to join us. While on our way, we called back to let them know that the reservation had changed and it would only be for 2 adults and a baby. During neither of these conversations over the phone was it mentioned that we should come prepared with our own seating for the baby since they do not provide high chairs. Not until we arrived (and in between phonecalls) did the hostess ask if we had a carseat or booster for the baby. Stunned and unsure how to respond, my husband went to the car to get the carseat. In the meantime, I asked the hostess if there would be a place to put the carseat once we were seated. She responded with something along the lines of "not really, you can place her on the floor, I guess." No Thanks. The hostess also informed me that many people come out to dine "when they have a babysitter". At that point we changed our mind about dining at Cafe Poca Cosa due to the blatent unwillingness to accomodate families with children. We would have appreciated them just being clear about not welcoming children when I had called...TWICE!

The unsolicited parenting advice and poor service notwithstanding, the most offensive part of the experience is the managment's lack of guts to just say, "we don't want kids at our reseraunt"! We are mature adults and have worked in the food service industry for ten years, and so understand that some places are not kid-friendly. We would never be offended by a place that openly doesn't allow children. But to discourage bringing children by being rude and implying their presence is unwelcome by lacking child seating is an offensive insult.

Cafe Poca Cosa: Tell your patrons upfront that kids aren't allowed so they are not blindsided with it!!!

Pros: Food was good three years ago...didn't try it this time

Cons: Service and Friendliness were nonexistant, KIDS NOT WELCOME

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To impress my brother and sister-in-law from Vienna, Austria, we took them to Cafe Poca Cosa. There were 7 adults and my 3-year-old son. They asked if we had a reservation and I said, "No, but is there room for us?" They seated us within 5 minutes at a booth. I was happy about that; they seemed accomodating. The drinks were served promptly and soon the menu arrived. We ordered 2 Chicken Mole, the fish, 2 carne asadas, and one tamale pie. As she was taking the orders, when she got to my son she just said, "And an extra plate for him." After all the orders were taken I asked if the kitchen could make a quesadilla for my son. One word answer, "No." ???? They don't have tortillas and cheese in the kitchen? The food arrived about 25 minutes after we ordered. The presentation was beautiful; the salad looked like a bouquet of flowers. Unfortunately, eating it had a similar quality. A whole kale leaf, a slice of unbroken red cabbage, and the top of a pineapple? I like my salads to be SOMEWHAT easy to eat. The first bite of my tamale pie was WONDERFUL. It was green tamale with banana sauce. But since I received about a pound of the stuff, by the end it tasted bland and heavy. I would have preferred a smaller portion with a real edible salad. Then I would have been able to taste the beans and rice which came "family style" to the table, and I heard were really good. My husband could not praise his carne asada enough, and he loved the rice. My grandmother, who is from Mexico of Spanish descent, ordered the chicken mole, and said it was like a mole stew with a little chicken in it. She said for a good chicken mole the sauce accents and flavors the chicken, not drowns it. We saw the owner walking about to some of the tables, in fact, even the table next to ours. Why she did not want to give us salutations, I don't know. Overall, my impression was that I would not return again.

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★★☆☆☆

To impress my brother and sister-in-law from Vienna, Austria, we took them to Cafe Poca Cosa. There were 7 adults and my 3-year-old son. They asked if we had a reservation and I said, "No, but is there room for us?" They seated us within 5 minutes at a booth. I was happy about that; they seemed accomodating. The drinks were served promptly and soon the menu arrived. We ordered 2 Chicken Mole, the fish, 2 carne asadas, and one tamale pie. As she was taking the orders, when she got to my son she just said, "And an extra plate for him." After all the orders were taken I asked if the kitchen could make a quesadilla for my son. One word answer, "No." ???? They don't have tortillas and cheese in the kitchen? The food arrived about 25 minutes after we ordered. The presentation was beautiful; the salad looked like a bouquet of flowers. Unfortunately, eating it had a similar quality. A whole kale leaf, a slice of unbroken red cabbage, and the top of a pineapple? I like my salads to be SOMEWHAT easy to eat. The first bite of my tamale pie was WONDERFUL. It was green tamale with banana sauce. But since I received about a pound of the stuff, by the end it tasted bland and heavy. I would have preferred a smaller portion with a real edible salad. Then I would have been able to taste the beans and rice which came "family style" to the table, and I heard were really good. My husband could not praise his carne asada enough, and he loved the rice. My grandmother, who is from Mexico of Spanish descent, ordered the chicken mole, and said it was like a mole stew with a little chicken in it. She said for a good chicken mole the sauce accents and flavors the chicken, not drowns it. We saw the owner walking about to some of the tables, in fact, even the table next to ours. Why she did not want to give us salutations, I don't know. Overall, my impression was that I would not return again.

Pros: Carne asada

Cons: Attitude

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There must be MSG in the food. After I dined at Cafe Poca Cosa I was so ill and bloated, I usually only get this way after I eat food with MSG.
I agree with a previous reviewer, the chicken and beef are just too rubbery-
it must be sitting around for hours in a hot bath.
The service lacks, and can't compare to when the owner had Poca Cosa at the old Santa Rita-
the old service staff really had good connection with the customers and didn't sound like a used car salesman. I rarely get to Tucson, and am saddened that Cafe Poca Cosa has lost it's humble roots.
The new place is modern and great.
The owner should prepare her food differently. It just doesn't taste fresh.

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★☆☆☆☆

There must be MSG in the food. After I dined at Cafe Poca Cosa I was so ill and bloated, I usually only get this way after I eat food with MSG.
I agree with a previous reviewer, the chicken and beef are just too rubbery-
it must be sitting around for hours in a hot bath.
The service lacks, and can't compare to when the owner had Poca Cosa at the old Santa Rita-
the old service staff really had good connection with the customers and didn't sound like a used car salesman. I rarely get to Tucson, and am saddened that Cafe Poca Cosa has lost it's humble roots.
The new place is modern and great.
The owner should prepare her food differently. It just doesn't taste fresh.

Pros: Nice, new digs.

Cons: Servers are rude

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My husband and I arrived at around 2:00 (Saturday) for a late lunch. The moment we walked in the door we were greeted by one of the friendliest hostesses we have ever encountered! We decided to give this place a try based on the reviews we read of the food, even though some reviewers had complained of unfriendly service. We are glad we did. We could not have asked for a more pleasurable dining experience! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and seemed happy to be working there. After she explained all the dishes, we both decided to have the ?chef?s choice? where the chef chooses three of the day?s dishes and you don?t know which ones you will get until it arrives. Everything on the menu sounded so good, we had no qualms about which entrees we would receive. It was all delicious. Even though we were starving, however, we still could not finish all of it. In retrospect we could have just split one dish and then maybe had room for dessert. The price seemed reasonable, just $14 per entree. The restaurant had a pretty decor and is stylish, but not stuffy or snooty. Parking was $2.00. The restaurant validates only after 6:00 p.m.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I arrived at around 2:00 (Saturday) for a late lunch. The moment we walked in the door we were greeted by one of the friendliest hostesses we have ever encountered! We decided to give this place a try based on the reviews we read of the food, even though some reviewers had complained of unfriendly service. We are glad we did. We could not have asked for a more pleasurable dining experience! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and seemed happy to be working there. After she explained all the dishes, we both decided to have the ?chef?s choice? where the chef chooses three of the day?s dishes and you don?t know which ones you will get until it arrives. Everything on the menu sounded so good, we had no qualms about which entrees we would receive. It was all delicious. Even though we were starving, however, we still could not finish all of it. In retrospect we could have just split one dish and then maybe had room for dessert. The price seemed reasonable, just $14 per entree. The restaurant had a pretty decor and is stylish, but not stuffy or snooty. Parking was $2.00. The restaurant validates only after 6:00 p.m.

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I have to admit, they have great food, but that is almost immediately neutralized by the snooty staff and owner. I love Mexican food and had heard a lot about Cafe Poca Casa and wanted to try it. The first time I went with my whole family (daughter -8 son -6). I know that sometimes that can be inappropriate, but I went at 5:00 PM, which should still be doable. From the moment I walked in the door I could sense the unwelcome feeling. We were ushered to a table fed as quickly as possible and sent on our way. I decided to try it again without the kid factor with just my wife and myself. Once again, I felt that the staff was snooty and that I should be honored to be served by them. The hostess looked great, almost too great. She took a long time to give us any attention even though we had a reservation and nobody else was there. She seemed to find things to do throughout the restaurant to avoid helping us. Once again, the food was very good, but the experience and romanticism of the evening was ruined by the staff. Let me just say that I am a very presentable person and my wife as well with impeccable manners so appearance and dress was not the problem here. Just bad service and rude staff.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have to admit, they have great food, but that is almost immediately neutralized by the snooty staff and owner. I love Mexican food and had heard a lot about Cafe Poca Casa and wanted to try it. The first time I went with my whole family (daughter -8 son -6). I know that sometimes that can be inappropriate, but I went at 5:00 PM, which should still be doable. From the moment I walked in the door I could sense the unwelcome feeling. We were ushered to a table fed as quickly as possible and sent on our way. I decided to try it again without the kid factor with just my wife and myself. Once again, I felt that the staff was snooty and that I should be honored to be served by them. The hostess looked great, almost too great. She took a long time to give us any attention even though we had a reservation and nobody else was there. She seemed to find things to do throughout the restaurant to avoid helping us. Once again, the food was very good, but the experience and romanticism of the evening was ruined by the staff. Let me just say that I am a very presentable person and my wife as well with impeccable manners so appearance and dress was not the problem here. Just bad service and rude staff.

Pros: Food

Cons: Discourteous Staff

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Cafe Poca Cosa is one of the few places in Tucson where you can get a really flavorful and creative Mexican meal. We always order the Plato Poca Cosa which has 3 of the items from the ever-changing menu. The chef decides what will go on the plate, and that is part of the fun! The sauces are out of this world and portions are pretty generous. I like the way the food is served with the salad alongside the entree. Some people prefer it on a separate plate, but all of the flavors come together beautifully. If there is one Mexican place you should try in Tucson, let it be this one. There are so many others, but none that have the flavor, creativity, and ambiance of Cafe Poca Cosa. Call ahead to get reservations if you can. Otherwise, be prepared to wait. Families beware.....not kid-friendly. Makes a great place for a date!

2
★★★★★

Cafe Poca Cosa is one of the few places in Tucson where you can get a really flavorful and creative Mexican meal. We always order the Plato Poca Cosa which has 3 of the items from the ever-changing menu. The chef decides what will go on the plate, and that is part of the fun! The sauces are out of this world and portions are pretty generous. I like the way the food is served with the salad alongside the entree. Some people prefer it on a separate plate, but all of the flavors come together beautifully. If there is one Mexican place you should try in Tucson, let it be this one. There are so many others, but none that have the flavor, creativity, and ambiance of Cafe Poca Cosa. Call ahead to get reservations if you can. Otherwise, be prepared to wait. Families beware.....not kid-friendly. Makes a great place for a date!

Pros: Ambience, especially outdoors on a nice evening; creative food; superb flavors

Cons: Without a reservation you'll wait; not kid-friendly at all; the downtown location

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Over-Priced Peasant Food. Limited Menu, Good Service. Trying to be something that isn't Mexican. On the night that I dined there the menu had 4 chicken dishes, 4 beef dishes and only one seafood item. I don't know if there was a vegetarian item available or not? All the plates that I saw looked the same, entree served in a plate / bowl with salad greens. The rice, beans, salsa and corn tortillas served on the side. No cheese available. Good food but over priced. My meal was $24.86; cod entree & ice water. Good to impress a date, not a good dollar value.

1
★★★☆☆

Over-Priced Peasant Food. Limited Menu, Good Service. Trying to be something that isn't Mexican. On the night that I dined there the menu had 4 chicken dishes, 4 beef dishes and only one seafood item. I don't know if there was a vegetarian item available or not? All the plates that I saw looked the same, entree served in a plate / bowl with salad greens. The rice, beans, salsa and corn tortillas served on the side. No cheese available. Good food but over priced. My meal was $24.86; cod entree & ice water. Good to impress a date, not a good dollar value.

Pros: Ambience, Parking Valadition

Cons: At the mercy of the chef's whim.

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This place has the kind of relaxed yet modern feel of which Tucson needs more. The bar is small but usually has room to grab one of many outstanding margaritas before you're seated. Be sure to make reservations though - this place is popular. I've been twice and tried about five or six different dishes (including the chef's selection which includes three different ones) and have enjoyed every one. Some dishes are a perfect execution of a traditional favorite while others are expertly crafted examples of the chef's creativity. In all cases the sauces are fantastic! Make reservations, arrive early to have a margarita at the bar and say hello to the friendly staff (Ellery is a sweetheart) and be prepared to pay a little more. It's not about value as much as quality. Enjoy!

2
★★★★☆

This place has the kind of relaxed yet modern feel of which Tucson needs more. The bar is small but usually has room to grab one of many outstanding margaritas before you're seated. Be sure to make reservations though - this place is popular. I've been twice and tried about five or six different dishes (including the chef's selection which includes three different ones) and have enjoyed every one. Some dishes are a perfect execution of a traditional favorite while others are expertly crafted examples of the chef's creativity. In all cases the sauces are fantastic! Make reservations, arrive early to have a margarita at the bar and say hello to the friendly staff (Ellery is a sweetheart) and be prepared to pay a little more. It's not about value as much as quality. Enjoy!

Pros: Delicious food, swanky decor, friendly and helpful staff, tasty drinks

Cons: Seems like a fairly dead area of town, sometimes tough to get in

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Cafe Poca Cosa is serving some of the most innovative and thoughtfully prepared Mexican Cuisine north of the border. We visited twice on recent trip to Tucson and all the dishes we tried were prepared to perfection. Carne Asada with plums and chipotles, chicken breast with huitlacoche and roasted corn. The green corn tamale pie alone is worth the round trip ticket from San Francisco. The service far exceeds what I'm used to here in California. On our first visit our waitress, Connie, enthusiastically explained the entire menu in English and Spanish and made some great suggestions for our lunch. When we went the next evening Belinda was our waitress and she suggested the most amazing dessert wine that paired perfectly with the cinnamon laced flan. When the owner noticed we had returned a second time she came over and introduced herself and explained how she prepares the mole negro which I was cleaning off my plate with corn tortillas. All and all Poca Cosa was a highlight of our trip to AZ. Oh, and who cares if it's kid friendly. I'm sure Tucson has more restaurants with chicken fingers and crayons than it does chic sophisticated eateries like Cafe Poca Cosa.

2
★★★★★

Cafe Poca Cosa is serving some of the most innovative and thoughtfully prepared Mexican Cuisine north of the border. We visited twice on recent trip to Tucson and all the dishes we tried were prepared to perfection. Carne Asada with plums and chipotles, chicken breast with huitlacoche and roasted corn. The green corn tamale pie alone is worth the round trip ticket from San Francisco. The service far exceeds what I'm used to here in California. On our first visit our waitress, Connie, enthusiastically explained the entire menu in English and Spanish and made some great suggestions for our lunch. When we went the next evening Belinda was our waitress and she suggested the most amazing dessert wine that paired perfectly with the cinnamon laced flan. When the owner noticed we had returned a second time she came over and introduced herself and explained how she prepares the mole negro which I was cleaning off my plate with corn tortillas. All and all Poca Cosa was a highlight of our trip to AZ. Oh, and who cares if it's kid friendly. I'm sure Tucson has more restaurants with chicken fingers and crayons than it does chic sophisticated eateries like Cafe Poca Cosa.

Pros: Unique, One of a kind Mexican Cuisine

Cons: It's 900 miles away from my house

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A friend and I and our two toddlers wanted to grab a bite to eat, so we thought we'd try the new location. I called ahead to reserve a couple of high chairs and the hostess informed me they had none. Booster seats? Negative. Hmmm. Ok, we' thought we would let the kids eat in their strollers. When we arrived, this appeared to be a problem, as the host left us in the doorway for a few minutes before he sighed and sauntered off looking for a place to put us (in the not so busy restaurant) since strollers apparently are not allowed. We decided to scrap it, and just as we werre leaving the owner came out to tell us she could find us a spot in the back room, again reminding us that the strollers were a problem (she suggested we bring in our car seats!). After finally being seated our meal was more or less enjoyable, since we had the whole VIP room to ourselves (lest the children bother anyone), and our server was super nice. However, after the food came (relatively quickly) she pretty much forgot about us back there. The food was really only average as well. Definitely not worth the $20 (including tip) for one meal and a drink.

1
★★★☆☆

A friend and I and our two toddlers wanted to grab a bite to eat, so we thought we'd try the new location. I called ahead to reserve a couple of high chairs and the hostess informed me they had none. Booster seats? Negative. Hmmm. Ok, we' thought we would let the kids eat in their strollers. When we arrived, this appeared to be a problem, as the host left us in the doorway for a few minutes before he sighed and sauntered off looking for a place to put us (in the not so busy restaurant) since strollers apparently are not allowed. We decided to scrap it, and just as we werre leaving the owner came out to tell us she could find us a spot in the back room, again reminding us that the strollers were a problem (she suggested we bring in our car seats!). After finally being seated our meal was more or less enjoyable, since we had the whole VIP room to ourselves (lest the children bother anyone), and our server was super nice. However, after the food came (relatively quickly) she pretty much forgot about us back there. The food was really only average as well. Definitely not worth the $20 (including tip) for one meal and a drink.

Pros: Innovativre menu

Cons: NOT kid friendly, snooty and rude service

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Poca Cosa before they moved was great. Now in their new digs not so much. The staff is ultra snooty, the food is really salty and tastes like it's been sitting there for hours. The menu is super innovative but who wants to eat reheated food. The new restaurant itself is very nice but the food needs to get back to what it was.

1
★★★☆☆

Poca Cosa before they moved was great. Now in their new digs not so much. The staff is ultra snooty, the food is really salty and tastes like it's been sitting there for hours. The menu is super innovative but who wants to eat reheated food. The new restaurant itself is very nice but the food needs to get back to what it was.

Pros: close to downtown

Cons: where do you start!

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With all the hype this was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. The server thought he was the coolest but nothing more than annoying. I ordered the the chefs choice plate and it tasted like a bunch of protiens covered in sauce that had been sitting in a steam table all night. And to top it off there was a salad sitting on top of my entree. Besides the horrible food and the tacky service the atmosphere was enjoyable. I would reccomend stopping in for a drink before a show but don't eat the food

1
★★☆☆☆

With all the hype this was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. The server thought he was the coolest but nothing more than annoying. I ordered the the chefs choice plate and it tasted like a bunch of protiens covered in sauce that had been sitting in a steam table all night. And to top it off there was a salad sitting on top of my entree. Besides the horrible food and the tacky service the atmosphere was enjoyable. I would reccomend stopping in for a drink before a show but don't eat the food

Pros: great decor and ambiance

Cons: food and service

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My sister and I, along with our two children recently visited the newly located Cafe Poca Cosa. We were satisfied customers of the old Cafe Poca Cosa until today. We were greeted by an unpleasant hostess who replied with some resentment to our request for booster seats. She said they had two. Great. Before we could sit the owner approached our table to say that both booster seats were broke. We then asked to be seated at a booth. The owner informed us that her booths are made of leather and that wasn't an option for us. We decided to leave but not before the owner asked us to return when we had a babysitter. The food may be good but not worth the discrimination. Expect a whole new restaurant.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My sister and I, along with our two children recently visited the newly located Cafe Poca Cosa. We were satisfied customers of the old Cafe Poca Cosa until today. We were greeted by an unpleasant hostess who replied with some resentment to our request for booster seats. She said they had two. Great. Before we could sit the owner approached our table to say that both booster seats were broke. We then asked to be seated at a booth. The owner informed us that her booths are made of leather and that wasn't an option for us. We decided to leave but not before the owner asked us to return when we had a babysitter. The food may be good but not worth the discrimination. Expect a whole new restaurant.

Pros: Food

Cons: Not family-friendly

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I'll start by saying the food is tremendously good, but...

Ambiance is poor. My table was so low and my chair so high I couldn't get my legs under the table, and I am only 5'2". The noise level was totally unacceptable, it is impossible to have any conversation with your dinner companions.

Service is slow and rude, and I want a menu. I understand that your menu changes everyday, but really, type it up and xerox it. I don't want a chalkboard held up at my table, and then be asked what I want. I want to look at the menu at my leasure, and choose my meal. I had to ask three times for my second drink.

Value for cost is about average. Too bad the restaurant doesn't live up to the food.

1
★★☆☆☆

I'll start by saying the food is tremendously good, but...

Ambiance is poor. My table was so low and my chair so high I couldn't get my legs under the table, and I am only 5'2". The noise level was totally unacceptable, it is impossible to have any conversation with your dinner companions.

Service is slow and rude, and I want a menu. I understand that your menu changes everyday, but really, type it up and xerox it. I don't want a chalkboard held up at my table, and then be asked what I want. I want to look at the menu at my leasure, and choose my meal. I had to ask three times for my second drink.

Value for cost is about average. Too bad the restaurant doesn't live up to the food.

Pros: Great food

Cons: No menus, Noisy, Poor Service

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Our first restaurant on our arrival into Tucson for a short vacation. As it was 3pm, this was one of the few places that was open, and we're glad we went. Ate out in the beautiful courtyard and enjoyed wonderful authenitic food. Prices slightly high for entrees, but we would definitely go back

2
★★★★☆

Our first restaurant on our arrival into Tucson for a short vacation. As it was 3pm, this was one of the few places that was open, and we're glad we went. Ate out in the beautiful courtyard and enjoyed wonderful authenitic food. Prices slightly high for entrees, but we would definitely go back

Pros: food, courtyard, open between meals

Cons: expensive

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HARD TO FIND.... Corner of Broadway and Scott atached Hotel. Loved the non-standard mexican food. Choices of Beef, Chicken, Fish and Vegetarian and sometimes pork. Ever changing menu. LOVED THE FLAVORS... Had to eat here twice during this trip. Also on the menu is CHEF's CHOICE, where the chef choses 3 items on the menu for you... NO WAY they will let you chose three, each one from a different group on the menu. I can not say enough how much I would recommend this restaurant if you love the mexican flavors but are tired of the standard mexican food.

Average entree was just under $20. ($15-$19)

2
★★★★★

HARD TO FIND.... Corner of Broadway and Scott atached Hotel. Loved the non-standard mexican food. Choices of Beef, Chicken, Fish and Vegetarian and sometimes pork. Ever changing menu. LOVED THE FLAVORS... Had to eat here twice during this trip. Also on the menu is CHEF's CHOICE, where the chef choses 3 items on the menu for you... NO WAY they will let you chose three, each one from a different group on the menu. I can not say enough how much I would recommend this restaurant if you love the mexican flavors but are tired of the standard mexican food.

Average entree was just under $20. ($15-$19)

Pros: GREAT FOOD, good parking, GREAT FOOD

Cons: , slightly more $$$

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If you want a burro or a taco do not go to Cafe Poca Cosa. If you want delicious inventive meal or to go out for a special occasion, go to Cafe Poca Cosa.
The owner and chef is accessible, the staff wonderful. the atmosphere is fun and the food is amazing.
Order the Chef's choice and enjoy a variety of meals along with a fresh delicous salad.

2
★★★★★

If you want a burro or a taco do not go to Cafe Poca Cosa. If you want delicious inventive meal or to go out for a special occasion, go to Cafe Poca Cosa.
The owner and chef is accessible, the staff wonderful. the atmosphere is fun and the food is amazing.
Order the Chef's choice and enjoy a variety of meals along with a fresh delicous salad.

Pros: Food, service

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ON Friday and Sat. nights it is so LOUD in the dining room you have to shout your order to your waitress. Our waitress said she is usually hoarse by the end of the night. I now go during off hours or at lunch, or sit outside. I literally could not hear the person across the table from me. Reserve a table outside!

2
★★★★★

ON Friday and Sat. nights it is so LOUD in the dining room you have to shout your order to your waitress. Our waitress said she is usually hoarse by the end of the night. I now go during off hours or at lunch, or sit outside. I literally could not hear the person across the table from me. Reserve a table outside!

Pros: food, food, food

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After your first bite of chips and fresh salsa, you will know that you are in Mexican food Mecca.
Everyone must come here at least once. The vinaigrette salad dressing is difficult to mix, but if
you've got upper arm strength and can really shake it up and pour it fast, then you're in for a tangy treat. The chicken is at times rubbery, but the fresh and innovative sauces make up for it. With
entree choices such as Chicken Mole with pumpkin seeds and pistachios, this menu would make
anyone indecisive, which is why I recommend the Plato Poca Cosa. It is a 3 entree sampling of
the chef's choosing. If you still have room for desert after the generous portion sizes, stay away
from the uncharacteristically bad chocolate cake and stick with the delicious chocolate mousse.
Although it is large enough to share, you won't want to.

2
★★★★★

After your first bite of chips and fresh salsa, you will know that you are in Mexican food Mecca.
Everyone must come here at least once. The vinaigrette salad dressing is difficult to mix, but if
you've got upper arm strength and can really shake it up and pour it fast, then you're in for a tangy treat. The chicken is at times rubbery, but the fresh and innovative sauces make up for it. With
entree choices such as Chicken Mole with pumpkin seeds and pistachios, this menu would make
anyone indecisive, which is why I recommend the Plato Poca Cosa. It is a 3 entree sampling of
the chef's choosing. If you still have room for desert after the generous portion sizes, stay away
from the uncharacteristically bad chocolate cake and stick with the delicious chocolate mousse.
Although it is large enough to share, you won't want to.

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i have heard so many wonderful things about Cafe Poca Cosa, as well as experienced them myself. There have been times when I just went in there for a drink by myself to chat with chris the bartender, and other times with a large party in a limmo. The restaurant is so versatile for casual and fun gatherings!

2
★★★★★

i have heard so many wonderful things about Cafe Poca Cosa, as well as experienced them myself. There have been times when I just went in there for a drink by myself to chat with chris the bartender, and other times with a large party in a limmo. The restaurant is so versatile for casual and fun gatherings!

Pros: family oriented, historic downtown, handsome bartender

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My title says it all. I have eaten here numerous times when in Tucson and
the food, service and experience have been excellent. I highly recommend.

2
★★★★★

My title says it all. I have eaten here numerous times when in Tucson and
the food, service and experience have been excellent. I highly recommend.

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I agree that this former gem has suffered from it's own success. A once accomodating wait-staff has now become arrogant and belligerent, which mirrors the attitude that the owner harbors for her patrons. I am the chef, play by my rules. You, the patron, serve me.
The never written "no request honored" three plate special suprise that was gracefully offered to accomodate patrons that have food allergies, is not now even considered because the owner "just does not want to do it that way." Build up clients and then you are successfull, then you can have the luxury to shun them.
Too sad, it used to be an great culinary experience to eat here. What price success...

1
★★☆☆☆

I agree that this former gem has suffered from it's own success. A once accomodating wait-staff has now become arrogant and belligerent, which mirrors the attitude that the owner harbors for her patrons. I am the chef, play by my rules. You, the patron, serve me.
The never written "no request honored" three plate special suprise that was gracefully offered to accomodate patrons that have food allergies, is not now even considered because the owner "just does not want to do it that way." Build up clients and then you are successfull, then you can have the luxury to shun them.
Too sad, it used to be an great culinary experience to eat here. What price success...

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I have yet to find a dish at Cafe Poca Cosa that is NOT delicious! This is the best! The quality and variety are a refreshing change from the other Mexican restaurants in town. Thank you, Susana!!

2
★★★★★

I have yet to find a dish at Cafe Poca Cosa that is NOT delicious! This is the best! The quality and variety are a refreshing change from the other Mexican restaurants in town. Thank you, Susana!!

Pros: delicious food, great ambiance, easy parking

Cons: a little pricey, crowded

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