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Ai Bistro

"My vision is global – to serve excellent cuisine with world-class standard hospitality. We’re training our student chefs to be the best culinary professionals anywhere in the world."

Chef Noel Ridsdale
Culinary Academic Director
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tucson

Ai Bistro is a unique student-run restaurant inspired by culinary cuisines in America and around the world. A part of the school’s culinary programs, Ai Bistro is a fusion of cuisine preparation and education in a real-world setting. Before students can graduate, they are required to apply their skills in all of the facets of running a restaurant during their final academic quarter at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tucson.

The affordable three-course menu changes regularly and highlights the cuisines and disciplines taught at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tucson. Ai Bistro guests will experience quality service and flavorful entrées created by our students.

“They will receive a gracious welcome and a feeling that their business is appreciated,” said Chef Ridsdale. “We want our guests to feel like they’re a part of the educational process, while enjoying good food prepared with quality ingredients.”

Ai Bistro accommodates 36 guests in a quaint, casual atmosphere within The Art Institute of Tucson campus on the northwest corner of Grant and Rosemont. The restaurant features comfortable seating, natural light and a large viewing window into the fully-equipped, professional exhibition kitchens where guests can see culinary students at work. Reservations are required due to a limited number of seatings each day.

Ai Bistro is open for lunch Wednesday and Thursday during the academic quarter. Please call 520-318-2726 for reservations and the most current information regarding hours of operation and menu selections.

Ai Bistro is located inside The Art Institute of Tucson at 5099 East Grant Road, Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85712, 520-318-2700.To learn more about The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, visit or

A unique student-run restaurant inspired by cuisines from America and around the world that gives Culinary students the opportunity to actively learn by doing in a real-world setting.

A delicious and affordable lunch option for the general public.

Located within The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tucson campus.

Reservations are required. Please call 520-318-2726 or email


The Art Institute of Tucson
A branch of The Art Institute of Phoenix
5099 E. Grant Rd., Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85712
1.520.318.2700 • 1.866.690.8850
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