If you're attending Summit 2017, you probably already know it's the last time our growing user conference will be hosted in our hometown of Tucson. So on Dine Around evening, don't miss your opportunity to experience downtown Tucson like a local. Tuesday evening, April 4th is the chance for Summit attendees to take off downtown, via shuttle, and explore some of Tucson's eclectic nightlife and yummy eateries. Don't forget, shuttles will be available to take attendees to and from two downtown locations. 

Here's some advice from a Tucson local on places to try that aren't like any you'll encounter elsewhere:  

Stroll around fun and funky Fourth Avenue.

  • Sip some coffee, soothe your sweet tooth, and pick up a souvenir with a nod to nostalgia at cute and cozy Chocolate Iguana
  • Renew your passion for pizza at locally owned Magpies Gourmet Pizza.
  • Grab a drink, play some pool, or enjoy the patio at The Shanty, an Irish pub and Tucson staple since 1937.  

Cruise Congress Street

Meet up at Main Gate Square, near the University of Arizona.

  • Converse and catch up over artisan roasted coffee or delicious tea at locally owned and operated Caffe Luce.
  • Grab a beer and get your pub food fix at Frog & Firkin Pub.
  • Wine and dine with friends old and new at the modern gastropub Wilko for freshly prepared meals made as often as possible from local and organic ingredients. 

Got a favorite place to dine or visit here in Tucson? Let fellow Summmit attendees know on our Facebook page.

The information in this guide was kindly provided by Southwest Conference Planners for the Simpleview Summit.

$ -- up to $15 average per meal price
$$ - up to $20 average per meal price
$$$ - more than $20 average per meal price

Downtown Tucson Area Dining
  • Maynard's Kitchen
  • Cup Café at the Hotel Congress
  • Café Poca Cosa
  • Janos Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails
  • The Hub
  • 47 Scott
  • Diablo Burger
  • Thunder Canyon Brewery
  • El Charro Café
  • Pasco Kitchen & Lounge
  • Caruso's
  • Reilly Craft Pizza
  • Penca
  • Frog & Firkin
  • Augustin Kitchen


French-inspired American
Suggested Attire: Resort Casual
Price Point: $$$
Reservations: (520) 545-0577

Chef Adam Buzzalini and his culinary team are committed to providing a menu created with local ingredients from scratch daily. Their blending of a modern approach using old world techniques brings the guest an experience that is uniquely Maynards. With dinner entrees ranging from a hand-formed blend of Niman Ranch short rib, chuck and brisket to an extraordinary Bouillabaisse and hef-butchered dry-aged steaks, this venue, located in a historic train depot in downtown Tucson, is an experience not to be missed!


Eclectic American in a very historic setting!
Suggested Attire: Resort Casual
Price Point: $$
Reservations: (520) 623-7700

Cup Café, the signature Hotel Congress restaurant, attracts every walk of life for its eclectic American fare served seven days a week, 365 days of the year in downtown Tucson. "The Cup" is an award-winning destination for locals and visitors like complete with full bar, dining room, and plaza seating.


Mexican with flair!
Suggested Attire: Resort Casual
Price Point: $$$
Reservations: (520) 622-6400

In Café Poca Cosa, chef/owner Suzana Davila has placed her imaginative Mexican cuisine within the lively confines of a truly upscale, yet casual downtown bistro setting. A native of Guaymas, Sonora, her cuisine, which draws upon the wide range of flavors and ingredients indigenous to her native country, provides the ideal opportunity for diners to indulge in a truly unique and memorable dining experience. The menu changes twice daily!


Southwestern with a French Twist!
Suggested Attire: Resort Casual
Price Point: $$$
Reservations: (520) 623-7700

With high ceilings, an open kitchen and exposed brickwork guests will enjoy the calm, chic vibe of Downtown Kitchen & cocktails. James Beard finalist owner/chef Janos Wilder provides a modern French and Southwestern infusion that gives an invigorating twist to downtown dining and may be his best creation yet!


American /Grill
Suggested Attire: Casual
Price Point: $
Reservations: (520) 207-8201

A funky atmosphere with die-hard fans, reservations are recommended for those who prefer no possibility of waiting in line! Casual atmosphere in a historic setting....this is comfort food at its best! Leave room for some of their famous house-made ice cream as well!


American Comfort Food
Suggested Attire: Resort Casual
Price Point: $$
Reservations: (520) 624-4747

47 Scott is a neighborhood bistro in downtown Tucson featuring modern American comfort food, eclectic wines, micro-brewed beers and handcrafted cocktails. The focus is on excellent service and products in a comfortable urban setting with bar and booth seating and a large outdoor brick patio.


Burger Joint -- Arizona-Based and Locally-Supplied!
Suggested Attire: Casual
Price Point: $
Reservations: (520) 882-2007 - do not take dinner reservations / first come, first served

Simply stated, Diablo Burger is an Arizona-based burger joint. With a second location in Flagstaff, the owners are more than passionate about buying and serving products that are locally grown and produced. To that end, they actively partner with local farmers, ranchers, cheesemakers, brewers, vintners and other producers to source as much as they possibly can within a 250-mile radius! Their goal? "To enhance the connection between community and ecology through gastronomy - which is just a fancy word for cheeseburger"!!!


American Gastro Pub
Suggested Attire: Casual
Price Point: $
Reservations: (520) 396-3480 - no dinner reservations / first come, first served

Thunder Canyon's offerings are more than just typical pub food...the menu includes daily-made soups, salads, pizzas, burgers and much, much more! Everything is made in-house from their scratch kitchen, from the salad dressings and home-baked bread to the freshly ground burgers and spent-grain pizza dough. As with the beers they brew, only the freshest high-quality
ingredients are used!


Traditional Mexican
Suggested Attire: Casual
Price Point: $$
Reservations: (520) 622-1922

El Charro was established in 1922 by the same family that operates the restaurant today. Native to Tucson, it is the nation's oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation. The menu features traditional Sonoran culture style and innovative Tucson style Mexican food. El Charro is the recipient of a Gold Medal from Tucson Lifestyle's 2011 culinary awards for "Best Mexican" dining.


Traditional comfort food with an urban edge
Suggested Attire: Casual
Price Point: $
Reservations: (520) 882-8013

At Pasco Kitchen & Lounge, their mission is to share a love for food and mixology with an "urban farm" inspired menu. Urban farm fare is their way of describing traditional comfort food and drink, approached with an eye toward modern techniques and emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.


Traditional Italian favorites
Suggested Attire: Casual
Price Point: $$
Reservations: (520) 624-5765

Caruso's was started in the 1930s by Nicasio ("Caruso") Zagona, and the restaurant has remained in the family since then. Tucson's original Caruso's was located about one block south of its present site. An August rainstorm and flood literally washed the place away, so they moved to higher ground, where they have remained for the past fifty years or so. The techniques for making their pasta (for ravioli, lasagna, manicotti, and cannelloni) and homemade sauces are basically the same as they were a half-century ago!


Pizza in an intriguing setting!
Suggested Attire: Casual
Price Point: $
Reservations: (520) 882-5550

Reilly is a modern take on the traditional pizzeria, offering hand-crafted, artisan-style pizza as well as salads, a variety of small plates and hand-made pasta. The bar features 20 craft beers, 8 draft wines, and an extensive craft cocktail program. The interiors are a blend of historic and modern elements that result in an upscale-casual vibe....what would you expect from a renovated funeral parlor???


Traditional Mexican
Suggested Attire: Casual
Price Point: $$
Reservations: (520) 203-7681

Located in the heart of downtown Tucson, Penca offers a funky vibe in a historic setting featuring authentic Mexico City Cuisine paired with an international bar.


English-Style Pub
Suggested Attire: Casual
Price Point: $
Reservations: (520) 623-7507

A standout among the many bars & restaurants in the university area, the Frog & Firkin does what very few pubs can claim - combine a festive atmosphere and great beer with a menu that in every aspect could stand on its own in any restaurant setting. Inventive variations on traditional English pub fare and zesty, fresh salads do more than hold their own against the Frog's famous pizza. If you're just craving a quick bite, the appetizers feature some wonderful surprises! (Check out the melted brie with roasted garlic, yum!) We also guarantee while you're here you will have a "Firkin Great Time." Added amenities include live music, the best juke box in town, a pool table and a dart board.


"Local New American"
Suggested Attire: Resort Casual
Price Point: $$$
Reservations: (520) 398-5382

Local chef extraordinaire, Ryan Clark, winner of virtually all of Tucson's culinary competitions recently relocated to Agustin and has spearheaded the selective remodeling and refurnishing that has taken place over the past few months! The Chef-driven restaurant will feature Chef Clark's special brand of Local New American Cuisine, focusing on ingredients made and grown in Southern Arizona" including beef, produce, olive oils, bread and flour, cheese, wines, artisan brews, spirits and more!