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.

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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

General Tchefary w/ Jaliya
Oct. 22, 2021 Dinner 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Coolers
Oct. 23, 2021 Dinner 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Brunch
Oct. 24, 2021 Brunch 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Paul Green Jazz Quintet
Oct. 24, 2021 Dinner 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Spooktacular fundraiser for Kids Chance of AZ. w/ music by Don Armstrong & the WhiskeyPalians
Oct. 27, 2021 Dinner 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Santa Pachita
Oct. 29, 2021 Dinner 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
ROH Band Halloween Bash
Oct. 30, 2021 Dinner 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Brunch
Oct. 31, 2021 Brunch 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
P.D.Ronstadt & the Company w/ My One and Only
Oct. 31, 2021 Dinner 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Terry Hanck Blues Band
Nov. 4, 2021 Dinner 4 p.m. - 10 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 2604 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 19, 2021
Jaclyn V.
Server was MIA for quit a while but very cordial.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 19, 2021
Holly B.
First time. We’ll be back. Loved it

Overall: 10/10
Food: 0/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 12, 2021
Carl S.
Waitress was polite and friendly, but slow to service our table at several points due to her having so many customers, tables to work. Otherwise, great band, food, experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 12, 2021
Ruth F.
Monterey Court is my favorite venue for music, food and ambiance. Kelley and Greg and their team are great. Always a good experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 2021
Joseph M.
Best music event consistently in tucson.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 2021
Michele Z.
Monterey Court is such a nice place with GREAT food, GREAT service, GREAY music!! Love the surroundings of small casitas with local artists and fascinating articles!! Thank you for making my evening so darn nice!!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 07, 2021
Jeff R.
Table Service was great! Our server was efficient, professional and very friendly. I wish I could remember his name to thank him personally for the fantastic service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 05, 2021
Marie C.
Had great music, but our food was over an hour getting to us. Will try again.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 05, 2021
Kay B.
Great service and music as always

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 05, 2021
Dana A.
It was my first time at the Monterey Court Cafe. It was an awesome experience. I will recommend it my friends and colleagues. The food was excellent. I had the burger and sweet potato fries. My waiter was so outstanding. If I could remember her name I would put in this review. I tipped her more than 20% because she was so good. She was always polite. She informed me when there was a delay in getting my ordered beverage. She kept checking to see if I needed anything. The Good Trouble Band was awesome. Love to come back for more great food and live music.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 27, 2021
Peggy M.
I needed a night out to recoup from some stressful times and this was the ticket. My salad was a work of art, the sound system was excellent , my waitress, Reese, was helpful and efficient. The rainstorm didn't bother anyone because of all the covers and umbrellas provided by Monterrey Court. It was also fun to window shop all the businesses around the court during band breaks. I will be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 26, 2021
Kathleen N.
Fun place for music. The food was yummy. Really appreciate the fact the old Court was restored. It's really a cool venue.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 25, 2021
Thomas B.
Absolutely Wonderful!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 22, 2021
Merri P.
Great. We go there about once a week. Nice people. Good food. Great music and atmosphere

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 20, 2021
Aurora G.
Love coming to listen to the coolers! The food is great!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 14, 2021
Joy G.
We absolutely loved our experience. Our server was great, and the show was fantastic! Very pleasant experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 05, 2021
Christine F.
best place in town for food/music/and friendly atmosphere

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 05, 2021
Ian C.
Good food, band, vibe.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 03, 2021
Kathy M.
I have been there many times and loved it. Recently I took my sister from California and she was amazed at how fun it was. We had a perfect night.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 03, 2021
Alicemarie R.
One of the BEST experiences of my life.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 01, 2021
Robert C.
Love this place. Relaxing and fun

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 31, 2021
Robert M.
More fun than I've ever had without risking arrest

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 25, 2021
CATHERINE R.
I love the venue at Monterey and the food

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 23, 2021
Candace P.
Great music. Good food!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 23, 2021
Roger R.
We love MC, but the food is just average, and at the last visit we waited more than 15 minutes to even order drinks!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 20, 2021
Rick N.
Great job

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 17, 2021
Kelley C.
We love Monterey Court. The food is delicious and we go to dance! Love the outdoor setting and the service is always great!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 11, 2021
charles M.
Sorry had to cancel

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 11, 2021
Amy L.
It was the 1st experience for all of my friends. We loved Heather Hardy and the food was awesome. Everyone agreed we will for sure be back! If you could figure out better parking this place would be perfect!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 09, 2021
Dorothy M.
We have enjoyed our experiences at the Monterrey Court. We have been coming here for several years. We have watched the improvements come and so our experience has improved more every time. Last night we found out that they broadcast the concerts on a live Facebook feed. What a great idea! People get to see how fun it is at this venue and for those who can't come out, they can enjoy some fun too. The Burgers are very good! They actually taste like beef! I believe it is from a local ranch :) The service person was a bit overwhelmed so it wasn't our best wait staff experience but we had a wonderful time with friends. Our friend forgot his credit card and Kelly was quick to call me before we got too far away. Kelly and Greg are awesome owners and manage this place with skill. Thanks for all you do for us to enjoy your venue!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 07, 2021
Margaret S.
As always it was a wonderful overall experience! The evening was exceptionally fun. The musicians were all at their very best!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 04, 2021
Dianne B.
Perfect all around, and table E3 was first rate!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 02, 2021
Patricia G.
Everyone was so overworked, but they kept smiling. Food excellent. Maybe a little too crowded for me, but I did have fun.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 02, 2021
Ann A.
Perfect venue for great food,music & service! Molly our waitress was great! She was so busy; but kept a smile on her face and was so sweet! Fabulous night!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 02, 2021
Sandy N.
Great food! Great music!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 02, 2021
Deborah D.
CDC recently changed the guidelines. I think you should be requesting masks, as before, at all times except when eating and drinking. I had a very happy evening.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 02, 2021
Rita F.
The music was wonderful! Monterey Court has done such a good job of maintaining their support of live music through these difficult times. They also do a great job of keeping everyone healthy and safe.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 02, 2021
Valerie D.
James was super attentive to our table. They were there when needed and kept a watchful eye on our needs. The music was terrific and when it started to pour rain, staff did there best to get everyone under cover. Had a great evening and will return.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 30, 2021
Syndenn S.
I love Monterey Court the staff is always friendly the food is always delicious and the owners are always present! Highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 30, 2021
Carol S.
Always love an evening at The Monty! Service was great, my chicken wrap was delicious as always, and the music was awesome!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 28, 2021
Denise J.
Lovely entertainment, harried but kind server, food so so. Not enough veggies in omelet-mostly egg and could not taste any cheese

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 25, 2021
Dean K.
Very friendly staff, excellent food, great entertainment and atmosphere!!! We have no reason not to go back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 24, 2021
Jeannette A.
First off I have to say I truly enjoy visiting Monterey Court for music and a meal. I know that there have been lots of changes due to the pandemic over the past year. However I do have to mention, that I really do miss the previous servers when we would come for our weekly visits, they were much more friendly and engaging because of the rapport that was built from being a weekly regular. It was very special to me because the servers of the past knew exactly who we were and knew what we wanted almost immediately and I am sad that that no longer exists. Since re-opening and the high staff turnover, the new servers are very stiff and formal, almost as if they are afraid to become friendly and engaging with customers, that is very sad to me. I am hoping over time that that will change.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 2/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 22, 2021
Tiana R.
We came early so they seated at a different table area. So the waiter that started helping us did not follow us as far as taking care of us at our new table which was our reserved table. We kept asking the girl who was waiting in that area to help us. And she would take information to our waiter but that was not his section so I think he forgot about us. We were waiting for drinks for half an hour at one point. He did apologize and took off drinks on our bill. But it's best just to have people wait for their table instead of being seated in another area and then moving.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 21, 2021
Lynda G.
Please put more vegan items on the menu.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 21, 2021
Judith L.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Liked the quirky atmosphere. Food and service were good. The only thing I’d forgo on a future trip are the Bloody Marys which were sub-par.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 18, 2021
Carol W.
I go to Monterrey Court a lot for concerts & to eat. We always get a great table & the wait staff is great ( we have had Francisco the last 2 times & he is wonderful). Now that you have put in the roof, sun shades, fans & misters, it will be perfect any time of year. I did tell our waiter that last night’s Shrimp Scampi could be on the menu regularly but he replied that then it wouldn’t be special. I only wish you would invite the Kinda Kinks band back, as it is British Invasion music & very danceable & they have played there before.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 15, 2021
Lily M.
Atmosphere is great! It is wonderful to be outdoors, eating good food and listening to talented musicians.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 10, 2021
Cathy P.
Love this place. The food and service are phenomenal. Great outdoor setting that is covered and has fans and misters. Also enjoyed the music. Will definitely go back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 03, 2021
Wally L.
Great atmosphere--you can't beat the outdoor music. The food has come a long way over the years and if very good! Service was excellent and friendly.