The Cafe

3280 Highway 82, 1433, Sonoita AZ 85637
$ American

Adam Puckle is a bona fide local. He was born at Fort Huachuca in 1987.
He went to school at Elgin Elementary, and graduated from Patagonia Union High School in 2005. He attended NAU with a focus in HRM, then decided to further focus on food and attended Pima College's Culinary program.
He started A.P.E. Dining to do dinner events in 2009, and added The Cafe operations in 2010.
Chef Adam's natural sense for food provides guests with approachable, comfortable, appetizing offerings designed to provide a tasty and price-valued dining experience.
He selects his staff to have an innate gift for supporting an enjoyable guest experience.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

Welcome to The Cafe

Business Info

  • Address: 3280 Highway 82, 1433, Sonoita AZ 85637
  • Cross Street: HWY 83
  • Cuisine: Fusion | Hamburger | Pasta | Southwest | Steak |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | MasterCard | Discover | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (520) 455-5044
  • Features: Catering Services, Live Entertainment, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Wheelchair Access, Happy Hours, Healthy Options,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Dining Alone, People Watching, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Trendy / Hip,

Photos

The Cafe - The Cafe
The Cafe - Patio

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Lunch - Restaurant 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Lunch - Restaurant 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Happy Hours - Restaurant 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday
Lunch - Restaurant 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Happy Hours - Restaurant 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday
Lunch - Restaurant 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Happy Hours - Restaurant 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday
Lunch - Restaurant 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.75 out of 5 stars based on 286 votes

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May 07, 2022
Michael M.
Perfect. Some of the best pasta in the world (including Italy).

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Mar 14, 2022
John V.
Everything excellent, great food great service warm and cozy atmosphere!!

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Jan 24, 2022
Rosann C.
My friends & I love The Cafe any time we get to eat there. We especially enjoy the live music on Thursday evenings with Jim Koweek & friends. It is truly a local gem!

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Jan 16, 2022
John T.
Top notch!

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Jan 10, 2022
Pete G.
Awesome! Excellent food and service

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Dec 21, 2021
Bud A.
Chef Adam does a great job. This is a great place to go when in Sonoita/ Elgin area.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 17, 2021
Carol S.
Had excellent shrimp tacos and sweet potato fries. The other two meals got rave reviews. Perfect in every way!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 12, 2021
Rick F.
Views of beautiful rolling hills, great local music, pleasant staff, good menu, food was well prepared and nicely presented...We look forward to doing it again.

Overall: 10/10
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May 29, 2021
Debra A.
Loved loved loved my APE burger. Great food. Great service. Fix the slightly wobbly table and it would be perfect!

Overall: 10/10
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May 19, 2021
glen m.
Great food and a couple of lovely waitresses.

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Apr 13, 2021
Krisanne L.
We are many times over repeat visitors to The Cafe. Would love the ability to make reservations for the patio, where we much prefer to sit!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 08, 2021
Pete G.
Excellent food and service. Very clean. We will be back.

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Feb 16, 2021
Cheryl S.
It's always a good experience, with good service and great food.

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Dec 08, 2020
JERRAD T.
It was very nice to try something new :)

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Dec 03, 2020
Arlene M.
Always excellent food and service. Will be back

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Nov 03, 2020
Jayson N.
We love the drive to Sonoita and having a destination for lunch makes it even more pleasant. It was the first time we've made it to the cafe and my husband said the burgers (his had the hatch chilis) were to die for. I'm sure we'll be back!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 21, 2020
Brittany V.
We love going to The Cafe. The food is always amazing and the atmosphere is nice. We will continue to make it a priority when we visit Sonoita.

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Sep 28, 2020
Barb W.
I thought it was fabulous!!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 14, 2020
Tom L.
Sets the standard for a great lunch where you're in our around Sonoita!

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Aug 18, 2020
Tom N.
Loved it all. Always a treat to come here.

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Aug 15, 2020
Lorraine J.
good food, good service. will return again

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Aug 10, 2020
Kaye W.
Everyone throughly enjoyed their lunches. Good choices and an varied selection. Highly recommend a reservation unless you want to sit outside on patio. Adam is a fabulous chef and the wait staff is attentive.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 04, 2020
Michael T.
Food is always good and daily specials keep it fresh. Staff is doing the right thing to keep things safe during this time. Definitely the place to stop!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 20, 2020
Sarah H.
Great service, great food! We loved it.

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Jul 12, 2020
Pete G.
Great service, Great Food, Great Place!

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Jul 08, 2020
George J.
Excellent food, service seemed a little slower than past visits. Good iced tea, best shrimp tacos around. Great coleslaw. They are mindful of covid-19 restrictions which is a good thing. Great place to eat.

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Jul 03, 2020
Ted N.
Best hamburgers in Southern Arizona at fair price

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Jun 28, 2020
Curt B.
Always amazing food!

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Jun 20, 2020
Ed S.
Always great food and service!!

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Mar 19, 2022
Dixie L.
G’Day, Only drawback was the great music was way too loud to hold any conversation at our table. Maybe take it down a notch or two. Friendly, helpful staff! Katie was a perfect waitress! Terrific food, everyone was pleased with their order. Thanks for a marvelous experience. Cheers, Dixie

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Dec 10, 2021
Roland W.
We love The Cafe because it is a wonderful motorcycle ride to get there. And once you are there you have this cozy little place to have lunch at! Nothing bad to say at all. The place looks like a guy decorated it though! Probably need the interior to more closely resemble where you are at: The wild, wild, west! You won't be disappointed regardless!

Overall: 9/10
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Nov 21, 2021
Mary F.
Food was amazing! Service was slow but it was a very busy evening and they did ok. It was well worth the time.

Overall: 9/10
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Apr 19, 2021
Jeffrey S.
What shall we say when some other diners left ahead of us and paid for our orders before they left? Thank you to someone who didn't know us, who we didn't know, seems hardly enough; we'll remember to "pay it forward" to someone else soon. It was the first time we'd been inside a restaurant in 13 months, and it was our 38th anniversary, so they made it an extra-special day for us! Thank you again. Our food experience wasn't the best, but the staff was super about making amends.

Overall: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
Feb 18, 2021
Mark E.
Great food and service. Love eating at the Cafe.

Overall: 8/10
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Mar 20, 2021
Christopher Y.
Great food, as always.

Overall: 8/10
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Ambience: 6/10
Value: 8/10
Dec 13, 2020
Peter B.
We understand that Covid has created some restrictions and problems necessary for maintaining a clean environment, however the table settings are very stark.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 7/10
Nov 07, 2020
Charm B.
Would have preferred softer, lower lighting and maybe some open windows or the AC on. It felt stuffy. I had the catfish and chips. It was good but too much food. I don’t know how feasible it would be to offer smaller portions for lighter appetites but it’s an idea. Staff are attentive and made me feel welcome.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 10/10
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Feb 08, 2022
Sheree P.
Food, wine and service were excellent. But while at our table we noticed a strong scent. I thought it was a scent diffuser because it seemed to come and go, but my husband used the men’s room and said the scent was very strong in there. The artificial scent detracted from the rest of the experience.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
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Value: 7/10
Mar 30, 2021
Dennis B.
About 1/4 of the mussels in our appetizer were not opened, therefore were not viable or greatly undercooked. Those that were opened were mealy, so I suspect they had been frozen. I complained about the mussels and they did say "Sorry about the mussels thing," but no adjustment to our bill was offered. Disappointing first meal out in many months.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 3/10
Value: 5/10
Jun 15, 2020
Andrea M.
We ate outside and the flies were a constant annoyance and really distracted from the food and atmosphere. When we arrived there was 1 table left inside and outside choices. We did go outside due to the crowdedness inside but didn’t know we’d have that trouble. We enjoyed the food but ate it quickly due to flies. The waitress was getting back into the swing of things after 2.5 mo off so she did an ok job considering that.