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City Cafe
City Cafe

City Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.citycafebaltimore.com
  • Phone: (410) 539-4252
  • 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: American, Seafood, 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

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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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:)"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Some interesting menu items, but execution of food did not match its promise."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great service, great food. Always a pleasure. Best spot for brunch in Mount vernon"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "City Cafe should be on your list for delicious food and great service! Complementary valet parking is certainly a plus!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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)!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was decent and our server was wonderful but the hostess was extremely rude and unpleasant."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "arrived at 6:30 & told waitress we had to leave at 7:45 for concert - food arrived at 7:38!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We always feel welcomed every time we visit City Cafe. The cuisine is creative and delicious and the service is very attentive and friendly. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My husband and I went to celebrate our third anniversary and had an excellent meal (as always)"
    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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Attentive, informative waiter. Good food. Our company loved their selections and we made our curtain with time to spare."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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!"
    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. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Good food, especially the nachos, and friendly service, especially from our waiter and Valet crew members. Smiling faces were greatly appreciated"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent, The Atmosphere, The Food, The Waitstaff. All Was Great, I Particularly Liked That Could Stick To Healthy Eating Without Sacrificing Flavor. Dessert Was Decadent And Worth The Calories. We Walked From The Myerhoff Before Out Concert And Made I Back In Time For The Show"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Not sure I like the new City Cafe ambience as well as the old (especially since they still only have two bathrooms!) but the food was better this time than the last time. Overly salty (both of us commented on this) but we were accommodated when asking to forgoe flour tortillas & that is nice. So brunch was okay. Just remember it being spectacular before. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is our "go to" restaurant before the symphony or other events in the area. The service is always good and the food is consistently delicous with a nice selection varying from time to time. I had the mac and cheese with lobster as my main course and it was delicious."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I had requested seating in a quiet area for a business meeting. There were only three other tables in the area. It was ideal. Service was efficient but not intrusive. I have taken friends and associates there several times for lunch and have never been disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We scheduled lunch for a very special occasion, my daughter's graduation from JHU. We arrive with obvious graduation attire, get ready to order a drink, and first thing the waitress does is ask if she has ID. My daughter is nearly 22. It was so unnecessary! And ruined our experience. The food was only so-so. My salmon and hers were over cooked. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Food was excellent! Particularly enjoyed the seafood risotto. Service was fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I graduated from law school and went with six other family members to City Cafe for dinner. The food was excellent, and the menu had a special for Monday night dinner. My only criticism was that the service left a bit to be desired. We had errors with a couple of orders and the waiter was slow to bring out waters and a few things before the meal. Other than that minor flaw, dinner was great."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I go to cultural events with an elderly friend and we love to go to City Café after the symphony or opera. They have fabulous food, we often get the salmon sandwich which is to die for. Their waitstaff is really good. They have great seleciton of beers on draft and the atmosphere is always energized there, but you can still hear one another talk. Great Baltimore restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I know its a cliche headline but its true. Wonderful food, superb waitstaff, impeccably clean."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Met some co-workers out for dinner and drinks. The $16 Steak night on Monday (plus $10 off a bottle of wine) was a steal. Will definitely be back again, soon."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I am a regular at City Cafe, and our experience today was in tune with the usual pleasant status quo. Thanks again!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I went to the City Cafe because I was seeing a matinee performance with the fabulous Francesca Mondanaro of Nabucco at the Baltimore Lyric Opera.I wanted to find a spot where I could indulge in a crab cake (afterall I was in Baltimore) that was within walking distance from both the train station and the Lyric Opera. City Cafe fit the bill. I ordered the crab cake sandwich with sweet potato fries. The crab cake was delicious- lots of crab- not too much else with a nice tartar sauce on the side. The sweet potato fries were cold and limp, but the server immediately brought me another order. I had a fabulous flourless chocolate cake for dessert. I would recommend it as a great brunch spot. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014