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City Square Cafe
City Square Cafe

City Square Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.citysquarecafe.com
  • Phone: (703) 369-6022
  • Hours of Operation: BRUNCH: Saturday 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Sunday 8:30am - 3pm

    LUNCH: Monday ~ Friday 11:00am - 4:30pm
    HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday 4pm -7pm, featuring $3 Tapas

    DINNER: Monday ~ Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Robert Barolin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available for private parties of all types.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties can be accommodated.
  • Private Party Contact: Susana Barolin (703) 369-6022
  • Entertainment: Local musicians are featured for our diners enjoyment on the patio during the warmer weather and in the cooler evenings in the dining room during special events.
  • Special Events & Promotions: City Square Cafe hosts Wine Dinners featuring wines from around the world six times a year; Beer Dinners featuring local Craft brews and Traditional Holiday Dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Free Parking Garage! on weeknights and weekends
  • Public Transit: VRE and Amtrak station is less than one block
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Garage Directly across from City Square Cafe
A word from City Square Cafe
In the heart of Old Town Manassas, we offer a wide selection of International Bistro sandwiches & platters with freshly prepared soups and specials for lunch.
Dinner offers a selection of carefully prepared International Bistro Cuisine dishes in a Bistro atmosphere.
Brunch starts early on Saturdays and Sundays with a wide range of choices for the whole family.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "This little restaurant is one of our favorites. The owners are almost always there. They are very personable and always remember us when we come in. We have never had a bad experience here."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Thank goodness the food was decent because the service was horrible. It took 45 mins. just to get water. I understand if the bar is backed up, but it doesn't take a mixologist to fill up a water glass."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Wonderful menu- tapas did not disapoint! Service was wonderful. I would only ask that the singer be moved to the track side of building since there was competing music from down the street. Otherwise the entire dinner was excellent as was the service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I made a reservation at City Square Cafe for 6:30 Saturday (6/28). Eveything was fine until I overheard another server giving a couple seated next to us the specials for the evening. The server also provided bread along with olive and cracked pepper as a starter. We did not receive either of these benefits from our server. My wife alerted our server that if she had known about the special, she may have selected it. We also asked for the bread but that came after we had finished our meal. We are very dissappointed with the service we received that eveing. We usually dine here for Sunday breakfast and the service is always good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We eat here on a regular basis for the delicious food, but we love sitting adjacent to the train tracks and opposite the quaint train station. On a lucky evening we see 4 or 5 trains go by, Amtrak or Va railway express usually. We also enjoy chatting with the owner who has been there a long time. Wait service by Percy was lovely as usual. We're sorry she is leaving."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great chef! City Square always delivers! Great food and a romantic old town atmosphere. Quality wines at reasobable prices. Noise level was slightly above normal due to a large table of "sea dogs" reliving their world travels."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have been to this place for lunch many times before, nice to sit outside, good location and good sandwiches, salads and tapas options. Today was my first evening visit with my wife, son and his wife. I ordered paella, a special item, not on the menu. They had no clue how to make a paella, I got some rice with shrimp, that was it for the seafood, it wasn't even the right color. If you buy a canned paella kit from Vigo, you get better results. My son ordered a Caipiri~a from the bar, again, no clue, had to send it back. Too bad, because we like to patronize the growing Old Town Manassas restaurant scene, but you have to deliver the goods."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A very fine place to eat outdoors with a lovely view of a vintage looking train station. Service was quik, professional, and very attentive. Brunch was served from a special preset menu, which didn't disappoint (mostly). The Stuffed Crepes were tender and savory. The Summer Fruit Salad was fresh and sweet. Two ordered the Chivito sandwich, which had great flavors, but the steak was overcooked (ordered as medium rare). Lastly, the Apple Delight sandwich was delicious and served with their Home Fries. If we ever find ourselves back in Manassas we will surely visit City Square Cafe again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "this is one of our favorite places. great food and service. the owner make sure everything is perfect. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Beautiful night for outside dining.i had the springtime pasta it was pretty good,but it could have been a little warmer and the pasta was a little chewy.My husband had the angus burger and liked it very much.There was a guitarist and singer which was very pleasant."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife enjoyed a belated birthday celebration on Friday evening, May 23rd. As Dillon would be entertaining outside, wee took an outside table. It was a busy night and it was obvious that the management was breaking in new servers. Dillon is a definite draw. He introduced "birthday boy" to the guests and played "Happy Birthday" I was also rewarded with a "crème brulee" dessert complete with birthday candle. Now that was first!! As the restaurant is next to the railroad tracks, Dillon had to compete with passing and stopping trains. . The interruptions were spaced out and adds atmosphere to the location. All in all ,it was a great evening for this 73 year old. We are looking forward to our next visit"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We visited the restaurant for Mother's Day Brunch. The service was excellent even with a very busy day. The food was good as well. They have the best pancakes you will eat. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful pre-Mother's Day dinner here! Loved the live patio entertainment!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went for mothers day brunch. They were very organized with the online reservations and seating people on time. We chose the outside seating, and were accommodated very quickly. The Waitstaff was pleasant and courteous. The food was decent, not amazing by any means. The only real issue I had was that they didn't have any prices on the drinks. When we got the bill we were shocked by the $12 Bloody Mary (Not very good) and the $8-$9 Mimosas (Very good). Based on the pricing of the food and the location of the restaurant being in Manassas, this is extremely high. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my wife here for Mother's Day and she enjoyed herself wonderfully. The food was terrific and the atmosphere really added to the event. Dining outside on a nice Mother's Day morning while sitting right next to the train tracks and seeing the station all while watching our daughter wait for a train made the meal enjoyable. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We love City Square for brunch, in particular (although the food and service is always great). Really wonderful on a beautiful weekend morning to sit outside. We always go there for Easter and for Mother's Day Brunch. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We love they have a nice outdoor patio area and live entertainment. The owners and staff are super-friendly and seem to never forget a face. While the wine list isn’t stellar, it is adequate in that you should be able to find something that pairs well with the enjoyable music as well as your foodie-quality meal. We’ve been coming to this gem for several years and have to say the food this year is exceptional and on par with much more trendier DC metro locations. From appetizers to entrees...there is something for everyone. Their homemade desserts look absolutely delightful but I stick with my fave…crème brulee. We went to brunch for the first time Easter Sunday and can only say it was beyond yummy! We’ll definitely go back! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed a superb Easter brunch last Sunday. City Square Cafe is one of our favorite Manassas restaurants. Robert and Susana greet us like "family". The service is in the highest expectation of an "old country" café/bistro. The menu changes periodically and the new items always compliment the standard fare. The special events, such as wine and beer nights are always exceptional. One of our favorite live entertainers," Dillon" makes dinner even more pleasant."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Outstanding food - far exceeded my expectations. Creative dishes that ranged the spectrum from traditional pastas to hints of mexican."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We went out with another couple and the tapas and main dishes were great."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "There were 8 adults in the party at the same table. We reserved for 6 but accomodations were made to seat 8. Could carry on a conversation with guitar music playing. Everyone was very happy with the food they ordered and the wine they drank. A good selection of Uruguayan wine."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I first noticed this quaint restaurant a few months back as I descended from the train (they are right across the tracks from the station) and was attracted to it, but unable to sample it at the time. When friends came from out of town and wanted to meet in Manassas, we turned to OpenTable for advice and made the reservation without realizing it was the same cafe. It did not disappoint. All courses were very well prepared, using quality ingredients (the salmon was wild caught), and the waitresses kept an excellent balance, attentive without being overly solicitous. The wines and cocktails were superb. Although offering a somewhat limited wine and menu selection, there is certainly something to please most, at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went recently with another couple for dinner, as usual it was GREAT. Great Food, well prepared, good atmosphere, and really great service."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We love this restaurant and have never had a less than wonderful meal. Service is personable and fast. The food is innovative and delicious. We love it!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "First time to this restaurant we found on Open Table. We've been to many in the Old Town Manassas Area and had never been here. It was nice and small, service was great and the food was fabulous. Steaks were cooked nicely and garnished with just the right amount of sauces. The desserts were fabulous as well. We'll definitely be back when it warms up to eat on the patio."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have dined at City Square regularly and the food and service are usually good. Therefore, we decided to try their four course Valentines' Day menu, and came away very disappointed at the overall quality and tiny portions for the price ($59 each). The first course was a cold polenta square (2"x2"). Second course was a small cup of tomato soup: warm enough and ok taste. The entrée was billed as a small filet with grilled shrimp and Brussels sprouts. We each got one 1/2" slice of filet about 3" in diameter hiding three pea sized Brussels sprouts and three carrot nuggets, topped by two medium shrimp. Dessert was two teaspoons of chocolate mouse. We filled up on bread and coffee. If you go, order off the menu: we were robbed!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Best filet mignon my husband had ever tried. Went for Valentines Day and there was a candlelight dinner and roses on the table. All homemade everything, nothing comes from the freezer. My hat is off to their chef. A must try and perfect for a date night if you don't mind spending a little money. A++"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went to City Square for dinner on Valentine's Day. The atmosphere was pleasant and the service was good. The live background music was a nice touch. We declined the pre-set dinner special and chose from the regular menu. The rock crab portabella ravioli and the rosemary tenderloin were superb! We will be back again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We always enjoy City Square Cafe in Old Town Manassas. The food is always good and the menu changes seasonally. Outdoor dining is available in good weather, inside seating is small. The special menu events are always good."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Jazz Nite - a lot of fun. Understand there will be more such events. We will be there. Good food. Fun to share with friends. Decent wine list and this special evening had special martinis."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Your New Year's price was much to high for the food and service received. In addition, I do not favor automatic gratuities; they are presumptions. Tips are intended to reward good a fast service. To assume in advance that the tip should be 18% is simply a way of having the customer pay the salary the server. Lower your price for a new year dinner and lose the automatic gratuity."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great service, excellent drinks, delicious food, convenience of parking"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Took 2 friends to lunch here last week and, as always, it was fantastic. From our appetizers to lunch to our waiter, Jason, everything was totally yummy and service was top-notch! I have a few menu favorites but the specials are always so good too ~ very hard to choose. And the desserts... oh my! I had a blueberry bread pudding with a carmel sauce.... WOW! My hubby & I go here for spring thru fall evenings so we can sit outside on date night. It's also a fun place to go and eat outside with out son who so enjoys trains ~ we like to wave at the VRE commuters as they pass by ;-) This family/owners have created a gem of a place and looking forward to going back again real soon!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Food was good for a small, local spot. Good variety of tapas and entrees. Nothing outstanding but better than average across the board. Service was attentive, but felt somewhat rushed, tables are small and close together so wait staff always seemed to be interrupting to clear plates, serve, etc. somewhat aloof."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Special fixed menu with wine parings was excellent. Using local "Farmer's Market" ingredients, well prepared, made this a satisfying evening out. The Virginia wine parings was an interesting twist to the meal. We will do it again!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "We have eaten at City Square many time for lunch and dinner.In warm weather there is outside seating and entertainment on weekends.Old Town Manassas is such a quaint little area with family owned businesses no CHAIN businesses.City Square's owners are great hosts and the food is always very good.Keep up the great work!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "City Square Café has long been one of our favorite old town restaurants. The wine selection is a bit limited, but the choices match up well with the various dishes. The brunch menu choices for Sunday mornings are superb.One of the notable attractions are the special events. These include wine, beer, and holiday specials with parings of wine or beer with the various dishes. The menu changes every few months, with new specials added/substituted. The price ranges are moderate. On Friday and Saturday nights, live music will entertain the guests."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Some quotes from our group of 4: "Best filet I've had in years" "I can't wait to come here for brunch" (upon reading the brunch menu after dinner) "I have to share these crab hushpuppies?" The owners were absolutely charming, and we felt like welcomed guests. Wait staff was equally welcoming and personable."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "I only worry that when people find out how great this restaurant is I won't be able to get a table. Just a wonderful restaurant. Juan-Giovanni"
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Friendly service with delicious food. Very nice musical entertainment without being overpowering. Just fine for a nice evening out with friends or just a couple."
    Dined on 9/7/2013