Monterey Court Cafe

505 W Miracle Mile, Tucson AZ 85705
$ New American Top 10 Recommended New Editor's Pick Private Room Outdoor Seating

We are a historic motor court first opened in 1938 and repurposed in 2011 into a Restaurant, Bar, Music Venue and Artisan Enclave. Monterey Court Cafe features American comfort food with a focus on local fare. Our menu includes a host of offerings for any palette. 100% Angus burgers, pulled pork, grilled salmon, vegetarian options and even pot pies. Tuesday through Sunday we feature on our courtyard stage music acts and events both local & national, and sometimes even global. From your seats, patrons enjoy not only a great show, but a gourmet menu of dining delights, craft drinks, brews, and wines. Most seats are under cover but all are shaded with cooling mists in the summer and numerous heaters in the chilly months to keep our audience comfortable. We have seating for 245 at tables with another 50 at the bar and scattered throughout the courtyard. Sunday mornings we offer a special brunch menu with musical accompaniment.
***We will try to accommodate all reservation requests, but can offer no guarantee as to where you will be seated.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

Most concerts are held in the climate controlled courtyard. Many tables are covered but all are shaded. The system is set up to give early reservations the seats nearest the stage. After the 1st 125- 150 reservations the system will give you a table directly north of the stage. The sound experience here is exactly the same as facing the stage, but you will be looking at the back of the performers. If you have a preference as to where you would like to sit, please leave that in the notes section.

Business Info

  • Address: 505 W Miracle Mile, Tucson AZ 85705
  • Cross Street: N 14th Ave
  • Cuisine: American | Contemporary | Hamburger | New American | Seafood | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Event Venue
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Brunch | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (520) 207-2429
  • Features: Full Bar, Sunday Brunch, Catering Services, Live Entertainment, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Winning Wine List, Working Fireplace, Happy Hours, Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi, Gay / Lesbian,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Celebrity Spotting, Date Night,

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Events & Special Hours

Cedars w/ Peter Kasen
July 8, 2022 Dinner 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Shell Shock
July 9, 2022 Dinner 3:45 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Santa Pachita
July 15, 2022 Dinner 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Little House of Funk
July 16, 2022 Dinner 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Amosphere
July 22, 2022 Dinner 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Coolers
July 23, 2022 Dinner 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Baba Marimba
July 29, 2022 Dinner 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dennis Jones Band
July 30, 2022 Dinner 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dirty Red & the Soul Shakers
Aug. 21, 2022 Dinner 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed - Courtyard Seating for Dining & Music
Tuesday
All Day - Courtyard Seating for Dining & Music 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday
All Day - Courtyard Seating for Dining & Music 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday
All Day - Courtyard Seating for Dining & Music 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday
All Day - Courtyard Seating for Dining & Music 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday
All Day - Courtyard Seating for Dining & Music 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday
All Day - Courtyard Seating for Dining & Music 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Our policy has changed. We no longer allow outside food or drink to be brought into our restaurant including the courtyard. This includes birthday confections. We will be happy to prepare a cake or confection for your event here with at least 3 days notice however. And as always, anyone requesting a dessert on their birthday is offered a complimentary one from our regular offerings.
Yes we do as long as they are on a leash and always under the control of their owners. Aggressive behavior by any animal however is not allowed and they will need to be removed immediately.
We have room for 23 vehicles inside the Court. When that is full we recommend parking in our event lot which is located just 150' west of our front door between the Riviera & Terrace Motels. Parking is allowed on 14th avenue, in the alley behind our location, and on Laguna Street, however be sure that you are not blocking any driveways or you may get a ticket.
No, smoking or vaping is not allowed in the courtyard. We do have a smoking area located just outside and to the west of the south gate to the courtyard, or you may step outside of the fence to the Miracle Mile side of the property. Smoking is never allowed in any building or within 20 feet of any doorway.
Most shows are free. When a door charge or cover for a show is in effect, that fee will be collected via our website montereycourtaz.com. Once you have made a reservation you can cancel it at the same site. If you need to alter the reservation (ie add or subtract attendees) you will need to call 520 207 2429. No refunds for tickets without cancellation 24 hours or more before the show.
No worries, the system is set up to give you the best available table matching your party size. If you have a section you would prefer to, or prefer not to sit in, just make note of it in the notes section.
You may add additional seats either to a free show or a charged show by going to our website montereycourtaz.com and clicking on reservations at the top of the page. Add (and/or pay for) the additional attendees and then in the notes box let us know that this is an addition to the reservation (name & time) that has already been placed. We will be sure your table reflects the change.
We have loosened up our protocols around masking to reflect the current CDC guidelines and that of the Pima County Health Dept. Currently we require masks only when on the dance floor or visiting one of our shops or using our restrooms. Because of the close proximity of the dancers to each other and the fact that the performers can't reasonably wear masks we think this is a fair compromise for everyone's safety. Wd ask that those not vaccinated wear a mask whenever they visit unless seated.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.77 out of 5 stars based on 4173 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 30, 2022
Judy M.
Music great, but not a dancing bunch. Can't wait for Little House of Funk! All else was fine, service food, etc.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jun 29, 2022
Marj S.
Food was delicious. Music was great. Love this venue for dancing.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 28, 2022
Mary W.
Everything was great on the night. The food was great and arrived in a timely fashion. Our servers looked after us, the ambience was awesome, and the music was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 28, 2022
Ray B.
Excellent as always, great food, music, ambiance, wait staff (Ben) did great job. Thanks! -Ray

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 27, 2022
William A.
Always fun. We'll be back after their vaca.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 26, 2022
Paulette P.
The food and drink menus were great and we had a nice reserved table. This is a great open atmosphere for live music. We’ll be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
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Jun 25, 2022
DONNA P.
Except for expensive city prices, this is a great little secret on Miracle Mile!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 21, 2022
Lizette F.
Didn’t feel the misters, other then that nice!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 06, 2022
Susan D.
Good food, good waitress, good music. It was great!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 03, 2022
Kathie S.
I went with a party of 7 and everyone had a great time! The food was good and a good value considering that we didn’t pay a cover for the band. The band (Porch Rockers) was fantastic and fun because we all danced. The night before we came and saw Log Train, which is one of the best Blue Grass band out there! Not many people danced but listening to the music was wonderful. We had the quesadillas and they were very good!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 03, 2022
Archie B.
The egg on the cob salad was crudely cut into thirds as opposed to multiple thin slices it should be.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 03, 2022
Rita F.
Great place to meet friends for dinner and drinks and enjoy live music!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 02, 2022
Jerry M.
Monterey Court has a wonderful brunch. Good food and drinks, live music.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 01, 2022
Patrice L.
Loved it!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 01, 2022
April B.
All 10s. Everything was Manificent! Ambiance, Food, Service and We Love coming to hear Giant Blue!❤️

Overall: 10/10
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May 24, 2022
Antonio V.
Great Waitress kind helpful

Overall: 10/10
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May 18, 2022
jane C.
Always superb! Thank you for a great evening out!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
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Value: 8/10
May 18, 2022
Patty T.
Great venue, food is tasty, portions are small, servers are courteous and responsive but were so busy it was hard at times to get refills on drinks. All in all we had a wonderful evening and would return.

Overall: 10/10
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May 17, 2022
Sue P.
The entire experience was superb… reservations, seating, FOOD, and congeniality of staff… and most of all—- Lisa and Diane!!! Two phenomenal entertainers.

Overall: 10/10
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May 17, 2022
Hearth Foundation, Inc h.
This was our first experience at Monterey Court. What a great spot for concerts. Food, Drink, and meeting friends. The staff was very pleasant, polite and efficient. The food was great and the drinks were fun. The band amazing and all the people there seemed to be having fun.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 16, 2022
Rebecca B.
What a great space you all have created. The staff was beyond welcoming and very attentive. Comfortable and fun. Great groups playing here all the time.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 16, 2022
Julie N.
I had forgotten how great this venue is! Love the outdoor setting for live music. Sound quality is great and there is room to dance

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 16, 2022
Mark C.
The music, food, Denise our server...it was all great!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 16, 2022
Claudia B.
Wait staff did a fantastic job of taking care of a large crowd. No mixups with the multiple reservations we had.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 16, 2022
Kathleen P.
We had a great time! The parking was surprisingly easy, the food was excellent, the service was outstanding, the people were friendly, and all of this with my favorite band Shellshock!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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May 15, 2022
Julia H.
Great time! Great food! Great staff! Great music! (Love Rillito River Band!) Thank you Monterey Court!

Overall: 10/10
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May 13, 2022
Geraldine M.
Great time

Overall: 10/10
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May 13, 2022
Cynthia m.
Great food and excellent service!

Overall: 10/10
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May 06, 2022
James M.
The BEST live music venue in Tucson. We'll be back!

Overall: 10/10
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May 06, 2022
Pat C.
Loved it! We already have reservations for may 24th

Overall: 10/10
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May 05, 2022
Mary M.
All good. Enjoyed the experience.

Overall: 10/10
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May 03, 2022
Stefan G.
We all loved it. You guys are the best in Tucson.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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May 03, 2022
Lisa M.
We always have a great time there. The owners are wonderful, the food delicious, friendly service, and great entertainment. Love the Monty!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 6/10
May 03, 2022
Lyn M.
Nice morning. The music was great, people friendly.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
May 01, 2022
Aurora G.
Always great place to have good food and listen to great music! Love the cooler’s!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Apr 29, 2022
Tom A.
Our evening at Monterey Court was great. The food was great, and music by the Morpholinos and special gusts was great as well.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 28, 2022
Jackie V.
We always enjoy our visits to MC. And all our guests have enjoyed their experiences with us. Keep up the good work!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 27, 2022
Paul H.
We have always enjoyed our brunch visit to Monterey Court and this time was no exception. Shared it with our adult daughter from Phx. Thanks

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Apr 26, 2022
Craig P.
Wonderful experience at this Bohemian “motor court” transformed into a great musical venue with wonderful food and beverages served by attentive servers. A real gem!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Apr 25, 2022
Paul D.
A great find for this out of towner. Great ambiance, good food and a Keith Secola concert (previously unknown to me). My wife and I love to find places like this when we travel. Next time in Tucson, we’ll be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Apr 24, 2022
Alicemarie R.
One of favorite places in Tucson...Mark Insley and Fallen Angels great entertainment on a beautiful evening. Kudos to the kitchen and wait staff who ran their butts off all nite with big smiles...thank you all

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Apr 22, 2022
Steve M.
Monterey Court never disappoints. Food, Service, and surroundings were fine.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 21, 2022
Carol S.
Love Monterey Court! Had the salmon special last night and it was delicious and perfectly cooked! (Not too dry). New crew of waitstaff since I was last there, but they were all attentive and on their game! Music was great too!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 20, 2022
Larry B.
Great!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 19, 2022
Douglas H.
Loved it

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 0/10
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Apr 19, 2022
Anna & Steve H.
I don't use ,the food or wait service due to a restricted diet so I gave them a no rating as they don't apply for me. The rest is excellent!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Apr 12, 2022
Debbie S.
Everyone of the staff were very friendly and helpful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Apr 11, 2022
Steve O.
Food is good. Service is friendly. Music is great.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 10, 2022
Rex S.
The food and ambiance are both excellent. Like many businesses, staffing could be better to cut down on wait times.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 08, 2022
Linda S.
We had a wonderful experience - our server was exceptional, the food was delicious and the evening of music from Mindy and Bill was just delightful. We will return.