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
196 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (117)fit for foodies (94)great for brunch (87)great for lunch (59)great for outdoor dining (56)good for groups (55)special occasion (42)hot spot (42)vibrant bar scene (38)romantic (19)late-night find (18)notable wine list (17)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (7)Show More
  • amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Some of the best food I've ever found in Baltimore! Rivals some of the best restaurants in San Francisco.Beautiful interior layout andnlook. Very creative dishes without being "messy" or over-the-top. Contrasting tastes and textures and bold flavors are found here. This is a "must go" for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal
    vivavino
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    City Cafe is reliably great food, fantastic cocktails, and always-competent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUTSTANDING !!!
    BaltimoreNPVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had only been to City Cafe for dinner a few times before and this was my first brunch there. The food was fabulous and our server was so friendly (and understanding since the majority of our group dropped out and there were only two of us left !). I also had a rather clumsy accident with my meal and the waitress was kind enough to bring me another serving, even though I didn't really need it. Even though the brunch hadn't worked out as planned, the food and service made for a wonderful dining experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    wear001
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    You will not swoon over the food, but you will get a good meal at a reasonable price in a fun setting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had a wonderful brunch. Every visit to city cafe is memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veg options clearly marked
    Jennifer
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    While there were only a couple vegetarian options in each category, they were clearly marked. One vegan dish was present on the menu. Overall, food quality was good-- the mushroom ravioli was amazing and the sauce was so rich! We also got their house-made veggie burger, which had great flavor and texture. Excellent beer and wines, though their pricing for drafts seemed a bit wonky (Yeungling was $6 and some much better locals only $5). The only thing I wasn't pleased with was the bread. It was spongy and made me wonder how good the rest of the food would be, if such a beginning detail like that was overlooked. They would be better served slicing baguettes from a local bakery than attempting focaccia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I can't believe as many times as we have been to Baltimore, we have not discovered this place before. Wonderful experience. Went for brunch, food was great, bloody marys superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trendy
    Tengchienyu
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The space is well designed. The ceiling is high and my friends told me that it used to be a car dealer store. The food is nice. My friend recommended Chai Latte and it was good. A bit noisy but still tolerable. Definitely will go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great scene and service.
    TheConqueror25VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service, decor, restrooms, coffee, and menu selections all exceeded my expectations. My egg white veggie omelet, however, was heavy on egg whites and wanting when it came to vegetables. It was cooked plenty, as is my preference, but lacked much flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    vivavino
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    City Cafe does just about everything right. The food is always excellent, and the service matches it - attentive, not pushy, and always knowledgable about the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • christianVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything was very good and we were all round very pleased with the meal and service. They upped their game a while back and thankfully continue to hold at that level.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Bread pudding for die for! Love that they have breakfast every day until 3 p.m.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • CityslickerVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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.
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    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