City Cafe
City Cafe

City Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.citycafebaltimore.com/
  • Phone: 4105394252x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 7:30am - 10:30pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Jared Rhine
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our semi-private dining loft accommodates up to 30 guests comfortably. Our front cafe area accommodates up to 40 seated or 80 standing.
    We offer a variety of affordable prix-fixe menu options which are customizable to specific taste and dietary preferences.
    For more information visit our website or contact us at citycafebaltimore@gmail.com
  • Private Party Contact: Crystal Wack 410-539-4252 x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eager St.
  • Public Transit: The Charm City Circulator Purple Route stops a block away at the corner of Charles and Eager Streets. It’s FREE and convenient transportation from Federal Hill to Penn Station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking available on Friday and Saturday nights and free self parking, on a convenient nearby lot, on weeknights after 6PM and weekend afternoons. The lot is located on the South-West corner of Cathedral and Eager Streets. There is a three hour limit and all vehicles must be moved when you depart City Cafe. Posted restrictions apply. There are plenty of metered spots on the left side of Cathedral Street and all along Eager Street. There are two nearby paid surface lots.
A word from City Cafe
Award winning food, a stylish downtown setting, and warm service comes together at the corner of Cathedral & Eager Streets in the historic Mount Vernon Cultural District. We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily plus Brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays. Nearby parking is complimentary at nights and all day on weekends. Reservations are recommended but not required.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
City Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
209 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (121)great for brunch (95)fit for foodies (93)great for outdoor dining (63)great for lunch (61)good for groups (54)special occasion (46)hot spot (39)vibrant bar scene (38)romantic (22)late-night find (20)notable wine list (18)kid-friendly (15)scenic view (7)Show More
  • Food experience
    Ekitzmil
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My son and I sought a restaurant where the food would be excellent, but not something we could fix ourselves and where the price wasn't the most memorable element of the experience. This restaurant met our expectations and more. The additional benefits were the service and atmosphere. Though not inexpensive, the customer leaves with satisfaction that the money was well spent. We looked at the brunch menu and want to go back for that experience. Given our transportation time is 1+ hr each way; this restaurant (food and staff), is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    judyr
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good food. Server was attentive yet gave us plenty of time and space.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty late lunch with large group
    PA2DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Tasty food. Service was a bit slow even thought the restaurant wasn't full. The layout may make it hard for waiters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    Weeyum
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My man left happy!! Thanks again for such a wonderfuldiningexperience, just like always!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What more could you want?!?!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our food was delicious and our server superb. He suggested a wine for our meal and it was a great suggestion. Great food, delicious wine and good friends; you couldn't ask for anything more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The City Cafe is fast becoming our favorite restaurant. This evening we brought new clients with us and they loved it. This couple is new to Baltimore and were excited to know about this neighborhood gem. (They said the restaurant reminded them of their neighborhood restaurant in Manhatten.). The food was delicious and since we visited during restaurant week it was hard to select our entree; every entree looked interesting. Our server was attentive and pleasant and our drinks were great. The prices were very reasonable. All in all a great night!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Best bread pudding I've ever had! Great menu. Went there for restaurant week and there were good selections. Interesting and innovative cocktail listing. Live that you can have breakfast until 3 pm
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Summer Evening
    GarpVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Perfect weather, outstanding food, excellent service with great friends...can't ask for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at its best
    LizHVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    By boyfriend and I had a wonderful brunch at City Cafe! The staff was super friendly and food was amazing! Plus, you can beat $5 mimosas :) I highly recommend starting with the fresh berries with house whipped cream....so delicious. I also had the pulled pork benedict. My boyfriend had the homestyle breakfast, which was plenty of food. We both left happy :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first visit
    YummytoMyTummy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I booked 9:00 reservations for two for restaurant week, with a request for a window seat. We arrived a bit early (8:45) and we're able tobbe seated. The hostess confirmed that we wanted a window seat and showed us the way. Our server was Sarah- to deceive her in two words- personable and inviting. There was a bit of a wait for our speciality drinks (about 6 minutes), and once they came they were...meh. But that didn't take away from our experience. We read over the Restaurant Week menu, but didn't find anything if interest so we preferred from the regular menu. I ordered the pesto pasto and my girlfriend ordered the seafood rigtto- both were phenomenal- and unfinishable! We both got to-go containers. Overall our experience was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love city cafe!
    Naekko
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was packed on friday but it was the first day of restaurant week, so that was to be expected. I always get reservations because this place is popular. Outstanding menu, well prepared drinks and top notch waitstaff. We can't wait to get back to City Cafe!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cityslicker
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had a fried chicken dish from the lunch menu which was really overcooked, chewy and dry. But my cocktail was decent and my server entertaining. I'd go back again because I've had great dishes there. Just won't be ordering that chicken again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    Jules
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Ask for the cinnamon rolls :) they are free and delicious. The waitress was funny and attentive. I split the French toast and Baltimore Benedict. French toast was awesome. Benedict was solid but not as good as Ryleighs
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Showing off Baltimore
    JTD443VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were showing off the city to friends and City Cafe made a great impression. The food was interesting and delicious. Our waiter was wonderful. We were never rushed but nothing lingered too long. We didn't have to yell over music or noise to talk and it was a lively place with both special occasion diners as well as neighbors in shorts and tee shirts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BRAVO TO CITY CAFE
    DoubleD2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is an excellent spot to bring groups, a date or celebrate for a special occassion. Highly recommend all the drink on the menu and excellent fried oysters:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Some interesting menu items, but execution of food did not match its promise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great service, great food. Always a pleasure. Best spot for brunch in Mount vernon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not meet expectations
    Disppointed
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I chose this restaurant for a special occasion meal with high expectations. Unfortunately, while the service was excellent, the food did not merit the price tag. I ordered the Salmon BLT which was delicious, though I wish they had a gluten free bread option available so as to keep my meal in sandwich form instead of in pieces on my plate. The fries were average. My boyfriend ordered the Seafood Risotto, and in my opinion, $26 was far too high for the quality of the meal. The scallops were minuscule and he found several shells and bits of sand in the dish, ruining the overall experience. There was little to no ambiance, and after paying $75 for our meal (with drinks), we were disappointed in that aspect as well.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    City Cafe should be on your list for delicious food and great service! Complementary valet parking is certainly a plus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My re-discovery of City Cafe
    Milli
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I hadn't been to City Café in about 3-4 years or so and was quite taken aback pleasantly when I walked through the doors and the layout had changed. The food was still as good as it was the last time as was the service. Now it has this great ambience and look to add to its charm. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Emmers5628
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went to City Cafe with some girlfriends to celebrate a birthday. Making the reservations online was a cinch, they offer free valet parking, the food and service was outstanding. Definitely add City Cafe to your list of places to try (and return)!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another delicious meal...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The City Cafe is our 'go to restaurant'; we love it and have never been disappointed. This particular night we brought guests with us who are new to the city. They were delighted! The raved about the food (it was amazing) and loved the ambience. My guests said they can't wait to return for another delicious meal. Our server, Sarah, was amazing. She suggested a fabulous wine, which complimented our meal, and also a new item on the menu, a chilled cucumber soup. My husband said it was the best soup he has ever tasted. All of our dinners were cooked to perfection and dessert was outstanding. A beautiful evening, delicious food, and wonderful friends. Life is good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood cafe
    Riley
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    City Cafe was very good. We shared the meatless nachos. Excellent! I had the steak frites with the Gouda fries. The steak was hard to cut but flavored well. The Gouda fries were great though. I would definitely go back but don't think I would get the same entree again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for lunch
    MooMucho
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I was looking for a place near the train station to have a quick but nice lunch for me and my friend. We had about an hour and a half. The reservation was at noon and we were greater and seated quickly. The menu had some fun things on it such as a fruit and yogurt parfait and fresh salads. We received our drinks quickly but had to wait for a bit prior to ordering. This did not delay us and we received our orders in a timely manner. The food was excellent. We didn't get desert but there were some nice selections. All in all I really enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and location. I would recommend the place for friends and I would go back...in fact I wanted to take another friend the next day (but we were a bit far away). Good choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistantly awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I have been going to the City Cafe for 15 years and it hhas the freshes food and the best service in the city. It is our "go to" place when we want a great dinner for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service! Terrible Food! Yikes
    DannyG
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My date and I paid $17.00 dollars each (we ordered the same meal) for a tiny piece of salmon about as wide as my three fingers served on a cheap hamburger bun. You also served two slices of gross and burnt bacon, which is not normal for a supposedly healthy meal like salmon. The french fries were the lowest quality imaginable, like the kind they serve at fast food restaurants. Since I'm the one that suggested your restaurant for our first meeting, thanks for helping to make a great first impression! I had to literally apologize for the poor quality of your food more than once! I promise I'll never step foot inside your establishment as long as I live!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not our best experience
    scw5057
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was decent and our server was wonderful but the hostess was extremely rude and unpleasant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    BobGVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was delicious, the portions were large, the pricing was very reasonable and the setting is energetic (on the loud side). What's not to like? Will return as long as it's this good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks City Cafe!
    wit2wit
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Spoke to a friend about going to the City Cafe. She previewed the menu online and was happy to find items that could meet the needs of her restrictive diet. Nice website btw... easy to navigate. Nice menu! I made reservations through OpenTable and was seated immediately upon arrival. The interior had undergone some great changes since I was there many years ago. Our waiter was prompt & attentive during our meal (I believe his name was Sam - super nice). My friend order the 'Vegetable and egg white omelet', while I had the 'Grand Marnier French Toast'. I also had a perfectly mixed Cosmopolitan followed by a Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear Cider. Thanks City Cafe for a great brunch experience. I am sure dinner would be just as delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow Brunch!
    DinerDoc
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Who woulda, coulda thought up a fried oysters rockefeller omlette?! How about fluffy pancakes with raspberry ricotta creme? Really different AND delicious. Love the diversity and all the staff. Fantastic team.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EnjoydiningoutVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The hostess and waiter were great. As were the food, ambiance and service. We love everything about the restaurant except the restrooms. There are only 2, located in very tight quarters and little room to wait. At one point is was in line behind 3 people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don't go before theatre or concert
    ruth
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    arrived at 6:30 & told waitress we had to leave at 7:45 for concert - food arrived at 7:38!!!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another good experience
    yentakvetch
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    As always, the City Cafe was a perfect place for our party of five to meet upstairs, where it is quieter to talk and shmooze. Our waitress couldn't have been nicer. She did not make us feel hurried in any way. We got to visit over our drinks and talk for quite a while. The food came promptly. My husband had the Baltimore Club again and I had the crab cakes. We both agreed the crab cakes were not as good as they used to be. Otherwise, a perfect evening. We will be back. As we left, we loved seeing all the people dining outside at tables with music playing softly for them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paul
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We always feel welcomed every time we visit City Cafe. The cuisine is creative and delicious and the service is very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    Gayfoodie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My husband and I went to celebrate our third anniversary and had an excellent meal (as always)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before the BSO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My wife and I go there regularly before each BSO event (we have seasons tickets), and each meal has been excellent. We don't even think of going anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jojo
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Attentive, informative waiter. Good food. Our company loved their selections and we made our curtain with time to spare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I went with a group on a Monday night and had an amazing experience. Our server was very attentive and personable. We started with the mini crab cakes and the lobster mac-and-cheese, which were really tasty. For dinner we lucked out that it was steak night! Probably the best steak deal in the city... you get your choice of steak with two sauces and two sides for around $17 a person. I had the flat iron with grilled zucchini and mashed potatoes. The steak was perfectly cooked and really tender and the zucchini was very delicious. For desert I HIGHLY recommend the pistachio creme brulee, it was the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner! I will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite for good American fare
    kimnickt
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    City Cafe is a favorite for good, moderately-priced American dishes in a comfortable casual atmosphere. Definitely recommend it for a an easy brunch or dinner. Service is consistently good; nice desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • old favorite
    Nick
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    City Cafe is great however dining there Sunday, June 1st was not pleasant due to the waitress who was short, rude and totally ungracious! Too bad as everyone else is so nice! We did tell her and the manager heard our disappointment in our treatment. She needs an attitude adjustment! I believe her name is Heidi.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic