Great Places to Eat in the Catalina Foothills
Restaurants in Tucson’s foothills generally have one distinct advantage: the beauty of the Santa Catalina Mountains in their backyard. Restaurants in this part of town are generally aimed towards a more sophisticated audience, but it’s still Tucson, so you can generally walk in wearing jeans.
Commoner & Co
6960 E Sunrise Dr
Located near the entry to Sabino Canyon, the items on the menu at Commoner & Co. are familiar: short rib, a burger, country salad, meat loaf, shrimp cocktail. The catch is that Commoner takes these items and presents them in fresh, seasonal and upscale ways, all in an atmosphere that’s relaxed and cool. The shrimp are vodka-poached, the short rib comes with a bone marrow bread pudding and the meatloaf is dressed with a super-luxurious mushroom broth. It all makes for a dining experience that’s familiar yet fun.
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
5601 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd
If you’re at The Grill at Hacienda del Sol and you don’t order wine, you’re doing it wrong. With over 900 labels and 6,000 bottles of wine, 16 consecutive “Best of Awards of Excellence” from Wine Spectator, and trained sommeliers on-hand always, there are few places anywhere where you can have a wine-focused experience of this quality. Plus, the food is amazing, elegant and expertly crafted.
Arizona Wine Collective
4280 N. Campbell Ave. # 155
Yes, you can drink great wine grown and produced right here in Arizona. Come to the Arizona Wine Collective and explore a revolving selection of Arizona wines on the tasting menu, by the glass or bottle. Let yourself be guided through the tasting of a curated selection of Arizona wines. The tasting menu is continually changing. Select a glass or a bottle of wine to enjoy in the comfortable seating area -- inside or outside on the patio.
Union Public House
4340 N Campbell Ave
Sometimes you just want to go to a really cool bar. A really cool bar with excellent food. The pot pie is a particular highlight with a garlic confit and leek crema dancing with the roasted chicken and vegetables. Want to watch the game, hang out with good-looking people and enjoy a great cocktail? Union Public House might be the perfect spot.
7037 N. Oracle Rd
Wildflower raised the culinary bar of excellence when it opened in Tucson in 1998. As the original Fox Restaurant Concept, Wildflower continues to set the standard for innovative New American Cuisine featuring updated American classics with European and Asian influences. The menu changes often to take advantage of the freshest seasonal ingredients available.
Reforma Modern Mexican Mezcal + Tequila
4310 N Campbell Ave, Ste 101
Yes, it’s a Mexican restaurant, a bit removed from where you’d normally expect great Mexican food to be, but if you’d like an upscale take on Tucson’s favorite cuisine, Reforma won’t disappoint. Everything is made from scratch (including the tortillas), they have hundreds of tequilas and mezcals to choose from, the happy hour is superb and the patio is lovely. Definitely not a streetside taco shop, but there’s no need to be afraid to mix it up sometimes.
The Flying V Bar & Grill at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N Resort Dr
Renowned for new Southwestern cuisine, with an extensive tequila selection. Seasonal menus with items to savor indoors in the rustic dining room, in front of the cozy fireplace—or outdoors on our patio, surrounded by magnificent views. Indulge in the famous table-side guacamole, made to order by the guacamoliere, the restaurant's very own guacamole expert who mixes the freshest ingredients just the way you like it.