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Lerua's Fine Mexican Food

#94 of 1,552 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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2005 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719-5937
+1 520-624-0322
10:30 - 20:00
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been coming to Larue's since the late 60's and not mucho has changed, except the interior, still great Mexican food and the some of the best tamales in town and still handmade. Chips and Salsa were brought to the table, the Salsa was not very hot at all for me. The squeeze bottle Salsa on the table was... More 

Thank DonJose13
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We always make this our final stop when in Tucson. Having lunch and grabbing a bunch of tamales to take home. They have an interesting menu. Different than your usual mexican restaurant. Small place, so might need to look at off hours.

Thank Terry S
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This Tucson favorite, since 1922, is one of the best places in southern Arizona for great Mexican food. Sonoran style food follows a canon all its own, heavy on meat and cheese, lacking the green chili so common in New Mexico. Lerua's is a Sonoran style eatery where everything is prepared perfectly and there is always a new item or... More 

Thank Ron S
Glendale, Arizona
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This restaurant was recommended to us, so we decided to try it. when we walked in, no one seemed to notice, although there were at least four employees at the counter within view. Someone finally noticed and said "for here or to go?" We said "for here" and were told to choose a table. Waitress brought a menu and water.... More 

1 Thank Pat S
akron oh
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Absolutely spectacular food. Everyone at our table of five loved the food. I had a spicy habanero taco. I always complain about food that claims to be really hot, as it is never hot enough. The server cautioned me when ordering it, I loved it. I even topped it off with their homemade extra hot sauce which was great. The... More 

Thank robi32
St. Louis
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We found this place through TripAdvisor while out running errands. This is now our favorite in Tucson, maybe everywhere. Immediately really liked the salsa with the complimentary chips. I had a fish taco and the green chili tamale. Both were delish. My husband was tempted by the ghost chili pork. They suggested trying it first. The chef even came out... More 

Thank milesfriend
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Though it's been around for a long time, my family recently ate at Lerua's for the first time. Everyone was very happy with the taste of their meals, and the service we received was top notch.

Thank Brian J
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Lerua is an unassuming little restaurant that's been turning out terrific Mexican food since 1922. On Broadway near UofA, Lerua is renowned for green sweet corn tamales, with good reason. I had the shrimp-tamale entree this evening - sauteed shrimp in tomatillo salsa on top of a green sweet corn tamale. Everything about the dish worked very well. My companion... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I had heard that this place had very good tamales and I was not disappointed. The other items we sampled were also good. The food is definitely a cut above the typical Mexican fare of Tucson, which is saying something. The restaurant itself is certainly nothing special and it is fairly small. It was busy when we were there, but... More 

Thank George H
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

amazing food exceptional service. Michael and crew showed up well in advance to scout out the location, arrived promptly ahead of schedule. Assisted in set up of room and the staff went above and beyond to insure that the event went off perfectly. Food was outstanding, their green corns are the bomb!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2005 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719-5937
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-624-0322

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