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El Mezquite Grill - Doubletree by Hilton Downtown TCC, Tucson, AZ

El Mezquite Grill - Doubletree by Hilton Downtown TCC

3.3
3.3
59 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Beautiful Mexican restaurant located in the DoubleTree By Hilton Downtown Tucson Convention Center.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Area
    South Tucson
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 59 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.3
3.3 based on recent ratings
  • 3.3Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Good for business meals

  • Tucson

    Lively

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Good for business meals

  • Tucson

    Lively

59 Reviews
  1. MaryG

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVED this place! Probably the best patio in Downtown Tucson! They also had a happy hour from 4pm-6pm, perfect for pregaming before a show at TCC or Fox!

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  2. TerryH

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food (grilled on live fire mesquite grill) and outstanding service!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had an amazing time. We had dinner at the bar. The bartenders were great and very attentive. My husband had carne asada tacos and I had the El Mez burger. Both amazing and full of flavor. For drinks I had to try La Mala hora cocktail and he tried of couple of the LOCAL craft beers. Their beer selection is great with all local beers from different breweries in Tucson. Needless to say, we had a great time and the ladies at the bar made it even better.

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  4. TerryH

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were looking for a Gluten-Free restaurant and found El Mezquite...I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised - great GF taco's and genuinely friendly service - the location was good since we were exploring downtown Tucson, and this restaurant was connected to the tucson convention center and 2 blocks away from Fox Theatre. The craft cocktail menu was creative - a lotta local beer on draft but we ordered the heaven or hell margarita, I wish i know how to upload a photo because it was really pretty :) We'll be back.

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  5. MiaK

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was amanzing. Leah is very welcoming. Steve has great suggestions for site seeing in Tucson. New menu options are amazing you can never go wrong with a club sandwich and the amazing new curly fires. Love coming in for lunch.

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  6. JeffF

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the new menu. Service was quick and attentive.

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  7. CharlieB

    Tucson

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been here a number of times and have always found some good entrees on the menu. The menu was changed two days ago, although the old menu was still to be found on the internet. Prices are now less expensive, BUT the food quality is much worse. The selections are not as varied. The two of us who have been here many times were both disappointed. We apologized to friends whom we brought who were also not impressed. It also seemed to take a very long time to bring four glasses of wine after being ordered. We won't be back unless things improve again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We never received our food because the kitchen was so behind. Our waitress left and never handed off our table to another server. Multiple groups of people left after waiting over an hour just for appetizers. The drinks were fine and they didn’t charge us because the food never came. It was one of the worst dinning experiences I’ve ever had.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It took 40 minutes to get two mix drinks , it took an hour to get nachos . Slow slow service, 3 staff working the entrance and only 2 wait staff .

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  10. LauraD

    Portland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Worst experience ever. Server came to table once to get drink and food order. Drinks were incorrect. Food didn’t come for over an hour and no communication. Also missing several items. Steak over cooked. Asked for manager multiple times and they never came. Many tables just walked out.

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  11. MinnyGurl

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to go before any event ….cocktails were delish and everyone seemed to enjoy their food. Will go again

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  12. kare

    Denver

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Nothing for vegetarian but a salad that was 90% lettuce. The taco bar was sad... meat meat meat and sour cream for toppings. Waiter was overworked and hard to spot. Way overpriced for the small amount received

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  13. AndreaE

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Wait staff was helpful and cheerful. Cocktails, especially the Heaven & Hell Margarita, very good. However, for the prices, restaurant needs to be MUCH better. Absolutely NO vegetarian or vegan options...In this day and age, for an international hotel chain??? Limited menu. Several items, including wines, were unavailable.

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  14. Diner

    Denver

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location with easy access to all downtown venues. Food was great and service friendly and prompt. Very nice setting with nice outdoor seating available.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. JanS

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a nice atmosphere, but we spent over $100 dollars and I had one drink and a couple of tacos and my husband had a burger and 2 beers. They were very busy so I can't blame the server, but there was most likely not enough help for a night with an event at the convention center. I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    My experience was very unpleasant and the food was horrible. I ordered the “Signature Dish” that was spareribs with mole that was slopped on the dish with cut vegetables. The taste was unpleasant with too much cinnamon added in. My wife ordered the tacos and never received the rice and beans that was part of her order. Were first put in our seat in a very dark corner with almost no lighting . I asked a waitress if we could move, she told us it was too busy and other people were coming in. I had to get a manager to move us in better lighting so we could see our food. Overall a horrible experience that I will share with others and a huge disappointment for us the night we were celebrating our anniversary together. -Dominick

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  17. Baforer

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had looked at their dinner menu online prior to making reservations. Their online dinner menu was limited but we found things we were ok with. Our reservations were for a Thursday and much to our surprise the menu was actually more limited than the online menu. The only entrees they had were short ribs or mex burger. The food was nothing special. Service was very good. The servers were very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. If we stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Convention Center again I think we will venture out to somewhere else for dinner.

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  18. Arib

    Phoenix

    74 reviews

    1.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We had reservations for 5:45; we arrived there on time; had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Another 15 minutes to get a server. Asked what Chardonnay they had and they said we only have the house Chardonnay. Their wine list included two others but they were sold out. We were then told it was buffet only tonight. We were fine with that although it would have been good to know when we reserved the table. I went over to the buffet table and almost everything was finished. I took what they had and it was not enough food for dinner! This is definitely off our list. Worst dining experience in Tucson by a mile.

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  19. CindyF

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food at the buffet was mediocre. We could not order individually from menu because of of the rock concert at the Convention Center next door. Assume they did not have the wait staff, which is an issue at many restaurants.

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  20. Cccccccccccccccccccccccc

    Tucson

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Was incredibly disappointed that the only way to eat was to pay for a buffet meal. Not what we had planned at all. Ended up just having a drink and leaving since there weren’t any other options to eat

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  21. GourmetGhettoGoer

    Tucson

    195 reviews

    1.0

    195 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We made reservations to dine here yesterday for dinner before the concert at the Tucson Arena, because of its proximity to the venue, and because we have dined here before and enjoyed our meals. However, when we arrived there was a "surprise" menu bearing no relation to the normal menu. We also expected a sit-down meal with table service, and it turned out to be just a buffet with just tacos. One of us is a vegetarian, and there was no option available for him. Another did not like the one entree option. So, we therefore walked out. At the very least, the restaurant should have informed us of the menu change in advance--via phone call (Open Table has our number) or via the website--and then we could have made alternative plans, (We could not make a last minute reservation anywhere else due to the concert). This restaurant is too risky now for us to go to before a concert. I would recommend calling the place in advance (I don't know, though, how far in advance they planned to change the menu) or going elsewhere.

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  22. JamesN

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Medium quality Mexican food. Margarites not great. Enjoyed the cheese crisp.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Limited menu, service not very prompt, screaming kid at next table.

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  24. SylviaP

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The guacamole, tacos and goat cheese and veggie salad were great. Service very responsive. Sat outside on lovely patio with sprinklers. All in all, a great dinner before the symphony.

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  25. jerryw

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Absolutely the worst service I have ever had. The waitress was totally incompetent. Tried to bring appetizer after main course. We told her it was too late, and she put it on bill anyway. Ordered tacos which came with rice and beans; the tacos came. When we were able to flag her down and asked for the rice and beans, she took another 10 minutes to bring them. Terrible service, ruined the first part of our stay in Tucson.

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  26. MaggieyDaniel

    Tucson

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dishes we ordered were surprisingly delicious. Definitely we will come back.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. Etucson

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was friendly, Very limited menu, Food preparation was below average, Atmosphere dealing with flies due to being open to the outside, not much character but as expected for the ground floor of a DoubleTree hotel

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  28. RussellM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoy El Mezquite as the flavors are fresh, vibrant and creative. We enjoyed the fresh catch and the tamales with beef barria. Wow! Delicious! The staff is always friendly and accommodating. Isabel was our service professional who was very nice, attentive, and made the evening dinner very enjoyable. Christopher Sapp is a superb hospitality professional who is very kind and focused on his guests experience. He is Mr. Hospitality! We will be back!

    1 person found this helpful

  29. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    When we arrived to be seated, they could not find our reservation. I offered to show them the reservation on the app but they had no interest. Too expensive for the quality while the food was alright, it was just simply too expensive, uncomfortable chairs(they need a chair cushion for the dining chairs and your back!) — don’t believe we would return.

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  30. mjt520

    Tucson

    55 reviews

    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was on the bland/tasteless side. The kitchen could not serve Tempura Market Fish because they did not have tempura powder? The space was nice, opening to a patio setting and there was even a breeze! Best thing going was our server!

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  31. seafoody

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It is a nice restaurant, and the dining room was very pleasant with the doors open to outside. The menu is limited, and especially if you do not eat meat. It used to have a larger menu.

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  32. BBob

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The location is perfect for just about anything downtown. The service was attentive, and the food was outstanding! My cheese crisp was a full (and delicious) meal.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. AmiB

    Denver

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, just wow! We had the pleasure of staying at this hotel for four nights and ate breakfast and dinner every day. The food is exceptional! The ambience and decor are fresh and inviting! Chef Carlos is a master! He makes everything from scratch including the amazing pineapple preserves for toast! On our very last night, he personally delivered our appetizer and entree to our table! His take on Mexican cuisine is so unique and full of flavor. The appetizer knocked my socks off--we tried the Mayan Pepita dip! This was unlike anything I had ever tried--so flavorful and the pita bread served alongside had a tad sweetness to it which paired perfectly with the mild spicy dip. For dinner we shared the El Mez tamales with the slow-braised barria. Again, knocked it out of the park! Full of flavor and the tamales themselves were so tender--not dry like many tamales I've had in the past. This hotel, this restaurant was such an unexpected surprise, and we cannot wait to return to Tucson to stay and eat at this little gem! Thank you Chef Carlos and team!

    1 person found this helpful

  34. Beardog

    Tucson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    First time at El Mezquite Grill. They were having an all you can eat taco buffet, but my wife doesn't eat that much. The chef allowed her to order from the menu, which made her happy. The food was good and the service very friendly. We will eat there again on one of our many downtown outings.

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  35. ShirleyB

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious brunch, attractively served, with pleasant servers and staff. Our only complaint would be that there probably weren't enough servers, considering it was Mother's Day and there were a lot of guests. We had a lovely time!

    1 person found this helpful

  36. Rojo

    Tucson

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Eclectic menu sorta Mexican with a couple of unique items that are not typical "hotel" food. The location is beautiful and the live music was good from 6-8. Service was so so, a bit slow, and wasn't crowded.

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  37. LindaF

    Tucson

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fantastic dinner! beautiful presentations and very tasty and delish. wonderful atmosphere. will be back!

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  38. CharlieB

    Tucson

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu selection is limited, however, there has always been something worth ordering from the menu. Service is always friendly and competent.

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  39. Simpleman

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was excellent as usual, service was a little slow. We been here twice both times food excellent, service slow. Either they need more kitchen help or more wait staff. Otherwise I consider it a good place to eat.

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  40. DanielW

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and the atmosphere. Excellent quality, good portions. Highly recommend to anybody visiting Tucson.

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

El Mezquite Grill - Doubletree by Hilton Downtown TCC is rated 3.3 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for El Mezquite Grill - Doubletree by Hilton Downtown TCC

280 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Additional information

  • Area
    South Tucson
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 06:00–14:00 Daily 17:00–22:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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