City Cafe
City Cafe

City Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecitycafedallas.com/
  • Phone: 2143512233x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH: Mon , Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:30-2:00pm
    DINNER: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun 5:00-9:30pm
    BRUNCH: Sat, Sun 11:00-2:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Mario Flores
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full Service catering available. Drop off available.
  • Special Events: Corporate events, Bridal showers, weddings. Private events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lovers Lane and the Tollway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet Service every day
A word from City Cafe
On the northwestern edge of University Park sits an exceptional white-tablecloth neighborhood bistro. The menu changes seasonally, but it retains the relaxed New American-California character that has been the restaurant’s trademark since 1985. Impressing even distinguished American chef Julia Child, for over two decades City Café has been widely recognized in Texas Monthly, Food & Wine Magazine, Zagat, Wine Spectator, D Magazine, and was also recipient of AAA’s “Diamond Award”.
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City Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (11)romantic (10)great for brunch (5)good for groups (4)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Pricey, not outstanding
    GatellVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Salad and soup were tasty. Rissotto somewhat underdone. Veal scallopine excellent, served on well-seasoned mashed potatoes. Service was attentive but slow. Wine selection limited and pricey.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    imonsecondVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. Great food, with some unusual items (who ever heard of Caesar salad with warm eggplant croutons - great!), and really great service from managers to waitpeople. The veal scaloppini was wonderful, cooked to perfection, thin and delicate. The scallops and the salmon entrees were great. We brought a guest, who loved it so much that he ordered an additional entrée to take home with him. Actually, this is a nice place to take people from your neighborhood to introduce them to another neighborhood restaurant. There is also a City Café To Go next door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perennial Favorite
    DiningdivaVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    City Cafe remains a wonderful lunch and dinner spot. The food and service are excellent year-in and year-out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Park Cities Gem
    DinesoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    A lovely setting with excellent staff and Host. Food is creative, yet tastes like comfort food. Excellent execution of delicious cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • too pricy for my taste
    JimG
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The taste for the dishes we experienced didn't justify the price. Not a traditional Sunday brunch.
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  • Outstanding as always!!!
    freddiefrogVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    As always quality of the food is only exceeded by the warmth, cordiality and perfection of our reception and service! R. Fred Hosey
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  • a most pleasant surprise
    noPsplease
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Visiting Dallas. Made a reservation on open table and am so happy to find this wonderful restaurant. The service was outstanding. The food was fabulously presented and prepared. And, my dad who always insists on paying the bill, wants to return here on his next visit to Dallas! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatly Disappointing
    Wiserolder
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have enjoyed City Café in the past, but this experience was extremely "under whelming" and disappointing. We arrived about 7:50pm for an 8:00 reservation and were greeted immediately. We were left standing by the bar (without any bartender present) waiting for someone to ask what we would like to drink. We finally secured drinks, after approaching a wait staff. We were seated about 10 minutes later and ordered our meals. I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass, after inquiring how it is prepared and my dear friend ordered a salad, after our appetizer. The salad was almost entirely only lettuce and the Chilean Sea Bass was bland and not prepared very well. The dessert was the best part of the meal!! Very disappointing meal and overall service.
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  • Our favorite place in Dallas
    PatzmarVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We eat here often. The food is the best. Menu changes often and there are always great nightly special entres. Love to take friends. It is not noisy which means you can visit while enjoying great food! The staff is amazing. Very friendly and accommodating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Get What You Pay For
    FunkyRelic
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is one of the most expensive restaurants I've been to where someone else wasn't paying. I will say that the service and food is top notch. My wife has a gluten allergy and the manager himself came to the table to make sure the order was taken properly. I really appreciated the extra effort made to make sure she was happy and that her dietary restrictions were met. Some places act like its a big inconvenience, but not City Cafe. They went out of their way to take care of her and seemed happy to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Defines neighborhood gem
    OenofoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We love coming to city cafe. Great for date night, special celebrations, or just a good meal in an intimate atmosphere. Karin is the consulate host - what a blessing to have a nice neighborhood cafe where your host knows you by name and the staff is attentive and the food delicious yet creative. Classic bar with generous attention as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Find! Could Not Be Happier!
    DragonFoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our visit to City Cafe was purely happenstance. We dropped some teenagers off for a concert at South Side Ballroom and I used Open Table to find a restaurant that had an available reservation reasonably close by. Found City Cafe and could not have been happier. We live in Southlake and don't often travel to Dallas for dinner, but will make the drive here again. I had seen diver scallops on lobster risotto on prior reviews, but it was not on the menu last night. Until I asked for it. They actually made a lobster risotto for me on the spot. My wife and her mother LOVED their meals as well. Host (owner?) Karim was the most accommodating restauranteur I've experienced in some time. Felt like we were dining in a fine European restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just what we were looking for
    LuvToCook
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at City Cafe. The food was excellent and the service was perfect. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem
    ClouseauVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Wonderful small and charming establishment where you can actually have a conversation. White table cloths and candles make this restaurant an excellent spot for an intimate casual and romantic dinner as well. Very knowledgeable staff make you feel completely at home. Excellent, real cocktails and cuisine. I'd highly recommend-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nicole3601
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is the third time I have been to City Café in the past few months and it is so pleasant for lunch, dinner and brunch. At my age I have a hearing problem in some places where the noise level is high, but this café is perfect for a conversation with one or a group. One was a special occasion with 7 people and the service was great, food excellent and everyone enjoyed the evening. Two other time I was in a smaller group for dinner and there was time to visit without a lot of service people being sure everything was fine. There was no rush to have us leave the table for other clients. Perfect place to have a lovely meal and great visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Salmon melted in my mouth!
    chozieaterVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My waitress knew my name, my allergies and alerted the chef and made sure all was taken care of. Very attentive in a stand-of way that you want a wait person to be. Food was fabulous. We both had the Blackened Grilled Salmon Salad. I had them just grill it and asked for it rare...it melted in my mouth. It was that good!!! Not only was the salmon grilled but so was the romaine lettuce. Quite delicious and new to my taste buds.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great cafe, rude "host."
    nobucketlist
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was my first visit to this lovely neighborhood cafe. Very nice lunch spot and the crab cakes were a wonderful suggestion of our helpful server, Heidi. We told her it was our first visit and she made some wonderful suggestions while being appropriately friendly. The person I assume is listed as the host, a gentleman in a shirt and tie, came by and ask her/us if she was discussing the menu? We found this to be rude and very unprofessional. He then started shadowing her every move and stopping to listen to every thing she said to us. It was early and we were one of only three tables seated so the stalking was very obvious. Not sure what was going on, but it should not have been happening in front of customers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • An off-day cafe
    imonsecondVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I like City Café and have always had good food, great service and an enjoyable, relaxing dinner. Try their signature tomato soup, or the lobster ravioli with diver scallops as starters. Both were excellent. Not so great were the entrees. I ordered the filet mignon medium rare. The first go around it was medium well. The second go around it was practically raw and like goldilocks, the third go around was fine. My husband ordered the special sea bass, and said it was good but nothing spectacular. The waiter and manager were both very attentive, but the chef must have had an off-day.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • First visit
    TsilverVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great find on Open Table from an out of towner! Loved the food and the service. The nightly special, Trout & Scallops, was delicious. I will be back when I am in town again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant!
    dgh1958VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a lovely lunch with just a couple of hiccups; however, we will be back very soon. Service is impeccable and Karim makes you feel like the most special person in the world. Very classy establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful old favorite!
    Spartyhomer
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I hadn't been to City Cafe in 24 years. I decided to return there this week to try it out again given it's consistently good ratings. What a gem! Wonderful food, outstanding service and very good wine list. We will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a miss this time
    BusterVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Usually I have great experiences with City Cafe but tonight just a series of missteps. Ordered a gin gimlet up and a vodka martini arrived. sent back; this time it was vodka with enough rose's lime juice to pickle a cucumber. ordered the rack of lamb; six arrived; each with barely enough meat for one, small bite. service was friendly but over experience was below previous meals.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 113 reviews are from the City Cafe reviews archive.
  • Yes I can hear!
    jmikel
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Perfect place for a discussion at dinner. The halibut was cooked perfectly yet very bland. Service and wines were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • great
    peteVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    they have updated the menu; the food was fantastic; looking forward to next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely and Quiet
    DallasDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Like restaurants used to be! Delicious food, excellent service and conducive to conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Fun and Friendly
    bonbonVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    our ladies tennis team had a season end luncheon at City Cafe. The staff was very nice to us and eager to please. All the food choices came out in a timely fashion and tasted fantastic. we had really enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We wanted a quiet place to celebrate a special occasion. The crab cakes were
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DEEEELicious
    LikesVeggies
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We brought new friend who have just moved to town to this sweet spot for dining. They thoroughly enjoyed the scallops and the roasted chicken, we marveled at the trout. My side of asparagus was the perfect addition to the dinner. The attention to detail as we were being seated was delightful and our server was engaging and pleasant without hovering. A wonderful experience all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and attentive service
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Truly professional wait staff and excellent food. Couldn't have been more pleased
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely atmosphere and food
    CoachMina
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We met here for brunch at church on Sunday, and the food was so lovely. Everything was super fresh and the variety was very nice. The service was impeccable--the staff very friendly. I haven't been her in ages, but I will go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • BrunchloverVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a very nice dinner here. The food and service were excellent. It was quiet and a good place for conversation but not for people watching. We will return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch last Sunday June 1st
    Sundaybrunchfor6
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Wonderful brunch At City Café last Sunday! My mother was here visiting from Memphis and loved it. The table settings, flowers, service and food were as perfect as could be!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1boyfriend
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    One can always count on having a good meal at City Cafe. The wine list is very good with varying prices for all budgets. The interior is elegant and yet not stuffy. The staff is very accommodating and efficient and friendly. I recommend it for all ages.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Just Right for Us!!!
    freddiefrogVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a perfect Mothers Day dinner: an early reservation to beat the crowd; great food (best liver and onions on the PLANET!!); always wonderful service; an atmosphere that conduces to normal conversational tones instead of shrieking over too loud music; Karim, Jessy, Mario, Charlotte and the rest of the staff always make us feel very welcome and at home! We have that many reasons to highly recommend City Café and keep going back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    DallasMomTravelsVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We visited City Cafe for brunch on Mother's Day and were very disappointed with the quality of food and service. The prices were high for the quality as well. We had not eaten there in quite some time and I think the ownership or management has changed and not for the better. We will not return.
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  • excellent restaurant
    BusterVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    It continues to live up to its high quality reputation. Plus, it is the only restaurant I know of that keeps liver and onions on their basic menu. Wonderful service; Karim, the host, is charming.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely for a quiet lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Quiet, you can talk, very polite waiters, you don't feel rushed, good food presentation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Taste Treat
    REBELMOM
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Never miss an opportunity to eat at City Café when I am in Dallas and I have never been disappointed. Karim is a delightful host - his recommendation of a new cabernet sauvignon was delightful. I was having lunch with a friend who got lost and he was so helpful giving her directions. Our salmon was perfect - as always and the service was spot on. I have never had a disappointing meal at City Café.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • City Cafe Never Disappoints
    BarryVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    It's been a while, but I always enjoy dining at this charming and unassuming restaurant. Both the food and service were outstanding. I plan to return soon and include as a regular stop on my restaurant rotation.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining
    outtodinner
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Upon arrival found friends just beginning their dinner. We asked if we could all be seated together and the wait staff happily moved everyone to a larger table. Service was attentive, as usual. Dinner was delicious. We enjoyed the quiet surroundings providing us the ability to actually visit with each other.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.