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!
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.
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