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
204 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (123)fit for foodies (104)great for brunch (90)great for lunch (65)good for groups (65)great for outdoor dining (55)hot spot (51)special occasion (39)vibrant bar scene (38)romantic (22)notable wine list (19)kid-friendly (16)late-night find (15)scenic view (7)Show More
  • Wonderful food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I work around the and go for lunch. The food is always fresh and delicious. I highly recommend. It's not that big, so make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A memorable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Delicious food served by a pleasant and attentive server. The menu was interesting and the wine list was exceptional. The duck entree was the best I've ever had. A memorable evening with good friends. What more could we ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice pre theater choice
    RuxtonvetVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Good choice for a pre theater meal. Convenient to Center Stage.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nyah
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of this place . I definitely would return to try more dishes. The risotto was amazing.The table was split on the monkfish – and the mushroom ravioli one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Service was well-timed and friendly, kept refilling wihtout needing to be asked. Overall it was a wonderufl experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed
    joany
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Took too long for food to arrive. One of the dinners was actually cold and was sent back. We specifically told the waiter that we had theater tickets and we allowed ourselves plenty of time, but since the meals took so long to come out, we ended up rushing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ask for Beth...
    Cheryl1aVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    ...she was fun, knowledgeable about the menu, engaging, attentive, and bottom line, simply an excellent server. I really enjoyed the cocktail and (duck) entrée she recommended. Free and friendly valet parking was an added plus.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best ever Shrimp and Grits
    ChinaVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We wanted a restaurant close to Mt. Vernon Place and City Cafe's menu looked very appealing. We were not disappointed! The Shrimp and Grits "Carbonara" was well-flavored with Tasso ham, a subtle shallot cream sauce, and hazelnuts, and was topped with a poached egg. The Crab Salad featured an abundance of jumbo lump crab. For dessert, we shared a mini sampler of 3 tastes: creme brulee, flourless chocolate cake, and carrot cake. All were worth ordering in the full size. Next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining experience
    MegK
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our server was knowledgeable if the entire menu, able to make suggestions, prompt and courteous. The food was interesting, delicious, and appropriately sized. Definitely would return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative cooking
    prematurelygrumpy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Interesting menu, not just the usual Friday date night stuff you can get anywhere. We had a pear salad to share, a small-plate lollipop lamb chops and a pork-veal stew. It was enough that we had a second meal tonight, three days later, from the leftovers, and it was as good as before. Also a fig-bread pudding was a fine dessert, shared three ways with still some leftover. Prices were reasonable, considering the quality of the dinner. We would happily go back, because there were other interesting things we would like to try. Coffee was okay, not special. Wine list appropriate and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our dinner was delicious and the service was exceptional, as always. We have never been disappointed and always excited about trying new menu items. Tonight our friend ordered the duck entrée and I tried the seafood risotto; both were delicious and cooked superbly. We look forward to returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Excellent cream of crab soup - one of the best I have had
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch was awesome
    Annaaj
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Oyster omelet was amazing and the mimosa was very satisfying although the mint lime lemonade was even better. Pumpkin pancakes were very cinnamon-y and sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • orville
    Orville
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I enjoyed my meal. The food was good but not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice - noise level
    namyar
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Noise level due to the "open" air feel of the resturant. Some sound absorption panels may help
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the brunch!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great innovative combinations - outside the box. Executes well ie: the pumpkin pancakes tasted awesome and oyster omelet was equally excellent! Love all my meals at this go to spot. Great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worked for us
    MGBTHREE
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food, kid friendly at 5pm, and attentive staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • warm, welcoming and tasty
    WMColmes14VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I like going here bc of the free valet and nice folks who run the place. lots of choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They tried....
    Yikes
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My husband and I decided to dine at this restaurant due to its proximity to the Lyric. We were promptly seated and greeted by our server. The restaurant was not terribly crowded. We put our drink orders in, but it then took 15 minutes for our drinks (wine) to arrive. We ordered our entrees, and when they finally arrived, by husband's red snapper was terrible. He sent it back, only to have a 'new piece' brought out 15 minutes later, which was grossly under cooked. I'm a stickler for etiquette, and our server asked to clear my unfinished plate while my husband was waiting for his entrée. The manager did come over to the table to apologize and comped his entrée, which was untouched. Needless to say, we both left a little hungry.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem in Mid Town-Belvedere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The City Cafe is your "go to" place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The food is an inventive take on classics, like the Baltimore Club; a jumbo lump crab cake topped with shrimp salad, bacon, lettuce and tomato. They have a fine selection of craft brews, including local beers from The Brewer's Art, the wine list is well chosen, and the cocktails are delicious, featuring classics like the Aviation, Moscow Mule, and Sazerac. I'd venture it's one of the finest eateries in Charm City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect post symphony dinner
    anonymous
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Within walking distance from Meyerhoff, this was the perfect place for a post symphony dinner. The food was delicious and the service very good. We especially loved the mushroom ravioli, shrimp and grits and pistachio creme brûlée. This will be our new place when we are I the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    Baybear
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal
    vivavinoVIP
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    vivavinoVIP
    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.
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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.