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City Cafe
City Cafe

City Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecitycafedallas.com/
  • Phone: (214) 351-2233
  • 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

Getting there

  • 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”.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Perfect place for a discussion at dinner. The halibut was cooked perfectly yet very bland. Service and wines were excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "they have updated the menu; the food was fantastic; looking forward to next visit."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Like restaurants used to be! Delicious food, excellent service and conducive to conversation!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We wanted a quiet place to celebrate a special occasion. The crab cakes were"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Truly professional wait staff and excellent food. Couldn't have been more pleased"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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."
    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!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Quiet, you can talk, very polite waiters, you don't feel rushed, good food presentation."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Good food, wine list, good service and refined ambiance. Kareem runs a fine establishment. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We enjoy brunch at City Cafe nearly every Saturday, and we have never been disappointed. Excellent food is always cooked to perfection. Service is always friendly, dependable, attentive yet professional. We LOVE City Cafe."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This is our favorite place for an exceptional meal. We like to take friends & guests too. It is not loud so you can enjoy your wonderful meal and visit comfortably. The staff is amazing.. Very attentive & they enjoy telling you about the food and specials of the day. Wine list is great too, and staff is familiar with the wine."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My family all flew in from all over to see my son in a Play production. We met for dinner before the show. There were 10 in our party, some showed up a little late, and we only had 1 hour. I let them know of our situation, and they expedited everything, drinks, apps, dinner all in our time frame and it did not seemed rushed. The food was excellent, and the staff the same."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A family favorite for two generations. Love this little gem and you will too. Incredible food (thank you Chefs), friendly host and wait-staff, great menu, quiet atmosphere and everyting about this great spot. We encourage others to visit soon. You will love it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "SO happy to see many former L'Ancestral waitstaff and DINERS enjoying City Cafe. As ever, the food is wonderful."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Went with friends from our building. We never had been there but they have many times. They like the quietness. Swordfish was described as a steak, it was not. More of a filet but very good. Pork chop Milanese, too thick and dried out. Salads, bread and sides very good."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. Great food and service! They were having a special open mixer while we were there and we got to see the private dinning rooms. Great set up!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Wonderful service, wonderful food. Warm cabbage salad is the best!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "It had been quite a while since my husband and I had been to City Cafe, and we'll have to remember it for another great time and delicious meal. The service was attentive, the menu interesting, and the food plentiful."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had not been to City Cafe in a long time mainly due to more frequent casual dining. What a treat we have been missing! The food was prepared perfectly, and wonderfully delicious. The portion sizes were well-sized; we didn't leave feeling stuffed or without room for sharing a dessert. The service was impeccable. The host, Karim, and our server were most gracious and took a personal interest in our dining experience without being intrusive in any way. Dining at City Cafe provides a great atmosphere for a special evening!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a frequent lunch meeting place for me. Never disappoints. Dinner time is also very nice and quiet with excellent food."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "City Cafe is a very nice cozy spot for dinner and/or drinks. . . The staff is very cordial and attentive. . The establishment provides personal attention to their clients and greet you both coming and going. The food selection is very good and prepared as ordered. A great place for dining. . ."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "we were surprised as the steaks tasted like lighter fluid. we had to send 1 back. very disapointed"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "the food is excellent and the staff is great! I make City Café my go-to for all occasions."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I knew we were in trouble when we didn't order wine or cocktails. The waiters attitude changed immediately, he became non-attentive and virtually disappeared. Our salads didn't show up. We were sure we had been forgotten. We finally got bread and our iced tea but then were promptly ignored again. No one came to refill our tea or water, ask if we needed anything, and finally our entrees showed up. It was only then we were able to tell the person who brought our food that our salads had not been served. I asked them to remove the salads from our bill and the sever had to go check with someone to see if it was OK. We didn't see anyone until our waiter FINALLY stopped by to say he was sorry about our salads, would we like dessert. We left."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Anticipating an uplifting meal on Valentine's Day, but turned out poorly. Restaurant overbooked. Seated in a makeshift off room. Waited two and a half hours for main meal. Service woefully understaffed. Serviced incorrect drinks and food. The final blow was delivery of the wrong main meal. Ordered Filet Steak medium, received Fish poorly overcooked. By the end of the experience, I nearly broke a tooth biting into the last pience of hardened toast left in the basket. I was starving for food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We don't live in Dallas, but we have eaten at City Cafe several times when we have been in town. Our other visits have been very enjoyable, but this time the food was not up to the standards we have come to expect. My veal was REALLY tough, and the sauce was bad. My husband had the pork which was much better than mine, but nothing to rave about."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was looking for a quite place to visit with friends over a great meal and excellent wine. City Cafe turned out to be a perfect spot. The food was excellent, the wine list extensive and the service was very relaxed, friendly and helpful in a way that made my party feel we had been regulars for years. If you are looking for a place to spend a quiet, relaxed and upscale evening having your taste buds delighted, then City Cafe is the place for you."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Our table wasn't ready. We were sent to the bar for a 15 minute wait and there was no bartender. After waiting patiently we finally got a drink. When we were seated the hostess gave us a menu. The manager took a drink order and a harried waiter stopped by and said I will be back in a Few minutes. The restaurant was definitely understaffed for a Saturday evening when it was full. The food was good but the poor service and the long wait for our entree to arrive definitely effected the pleasure of a nice evening out. We probably wont go back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014