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Apr 17, 2010 07:15 PM

Business dinner with clients in Tucson

I will be staying at the Loews Ventana Canyon resort for a conference for several days in May and I need recs for nice restaurants anywhere in Tucson for dinner with clients. I would like recommendations for anything from steakhouses to Italian to authentic Tucson fare. Thanks!

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  1. If your clients are from out of town, I suggest "El Corral" great old time Tucson atmosphere and the beef is great. They have a reservation rule starting at 25 but I'll bet you could talk them down from that. Also casual is in order, It's starting to get a little toasty down there. The place has been there a long time.

    1. Vivace (fine Northern Italian) is a "must do," along with Cafe Poca Cosa (unusual Mexican). For slightly more casual fine Italian try North. For a high-end dinner ($25-50 entrees) try Janos or The Grill at Hacienda del Sol. Both are really special. Flemings does a great job, but you can get Flemings most anywhere; for steak I'd skip El Corral and go to Li'l Abners. It's a long drive from Loews, but it's fun and the steaks are much better than El Corral's. For more traditional Sonoran food I like Casa Molina. But for Cafe Poca Cosa (downtown) and Li'l Abners (far west side), all are within 15-20 minutes of Loews, and Cafe Poca Cosa is only about 30 minutes. (Li'l Abners is probably 45 minutes.)

      Cafe Poca Cosa
      110 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ 85701

      El Corral Restaurant
      2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718

      Casa Molina Restaurants
      4240 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712

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      1. re: lawyerbriefs

        I second Cafe Poca Cosa (but make everyone order the "Plato" for best results), Janos, and The Grill at HdS.

        Cafe Poca Cosa
        110 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ 85701