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About City Cafe

On the northwestern edge of University Park sits an exceptional white-tablecloth "Neighborhood Gem". The menu changes seasonally, but retains the relaxed New American Cuisine character that has been the restaurant’s trademark since 1985. Impressing even distinguished American chef Julia Child, for over three decades City Café has been widely recognized in Texas Monthly, Food & Wine Magazine, Zagat, Wine Spectator, D Magazine, and was also recipient of AAA’s “Diamond Award”.
Drop by and try our newly revised Weekend Brunch.

5757 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Fish, Café

Hours of Operation:
CITY CAFE - LUNCH: MONDAY-FRIDAY 11:30-2:00pm
CITY CAFE - DINNER: MONDAY-SATURDAY at 5:30-9:00
CITY CAFE - BRUNCH: SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11:00-2:00
CITY CAFE - CLOSED Sunday Dinner
CITY CAFE TO GO BISTRO - MONDAY-FRIDAY 10:30 - 8:00pm
CITY CAFE TO GO BISTRO - SATURDAY 10:30 - 3:00pm
CITY CAFE TO GO BISTRO - SUNDAY 10:30 - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Lovers Lane and the Tollway

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(214) 351-2233

Website:
http://www.thecitycafedallas.com/

Parking Details:
Complementary Valet Service every day
Complementary Underground Parking Garage Available with elevator access
Free Garage Self Park

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Corporate events, Bridal showers, weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties,
and special occasions. Private events.

City Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Special Occasion (10)
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Good for a Date (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

It has been a long time since I dined at City Cafe - what a pleasant surprize, it was better than I even remembered. The atmosphere was very soothing and calm and the food and service was just outstanding. We will return again very soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

City Cafe is a neighborhood gem that endures. Karim is the consummate host. His waitstaff is attentive and so very pleasant. Our favorite dish is the Dover sole, deboned tableside. This is not the latest fad restaurant but delicious dining experience where you can actually converse with your companions.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Absolutely delicious food! Had the roasted beet salad to start, with the crispy shrimp with fried rice for the entree, then key lime pie for dessert. Worth every single calorie! That key lime pie in particular was amazing - flavorful and creamy, but somehow tasted light. SO good!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had another lovely evening at City Cafe. The atmosphere is wonderful. We feel like we are eating in our own home. The wait staff is very friendly and efficient, and very unobtrusive. We never feel rushed. The food was delicious. We all started with the Heirloom tomato salad, which is delicious. Three of us had the Dover Sole special, and my husband had the lamb shank. We all enjoyed our entrees. We split the creme brulee and the bread pudding for dessert, and both were excellent. Wonderful!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Enjoyed NYE dinner there and the food and service didn’t disappoint! Everything from my martini to the Veal Scallopini was delicious. Impressive menu for NYE.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Never ceases to be delicious and delightful. Always consistent.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had dinner here with friends on a Friday night and it was wonderful. Very attentive service, and it was quiet enough to easily carry on a conversation! We started with the heirloom tomato salad and the best salad, both were excellent. Three of us had the sea bass special which was delicious. My husband had the pork chop that was very good. We will definitely be back!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always superb service, delicious food, gracious atmosphere, and lovely experience!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

As always, food, service, and ambiance was outstanding!!!

Our home away from home!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I love City Cafe! Karim welcomes me like an old friend. Every need is met and I leave refreshed!(and usually with a small box of cookies)!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It took over 30 min to receive our food. The manager got angry at our server and began opening and shutting cabinet doors right by our table of 8. No breadbasket appetizer available. It was a long afternoon.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Delicious food, generous portions, lovely atmosphere and very friendly team. I highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I loved the Warm Cabbage Salad. Very rare on restaurant menus. I'm glad I tried it.

Veal Scallopini was also excellent.

Nice restaurant where conversation is easy. ie, tables not packed together and background noise tolerable.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Brought my mother and sister for lunch before a Nutcracker Ballet matinee. It was perfect. Good food, good service and quiet enough for my mom to participate in conversation. It was a lovely experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great experience! Delicious food, attentive service, and creative presentation. One our of favorite places for special celebrations.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

City Cafe is generally wonderful. But the service has become less than acceptable. I've had the same waiter the last two times I have been there. He is slow, gets things wrong, does not know answers, and we had to flag him down for anything we needed. I will not return unless I can have a different server.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

As always, City Cafe was perfect for a “date” with my husband!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food was good, service very attentive and friendly

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 25, 2017

City Cafe has a great staff that provides excellent service, the food is very good and the setting is intimate and relatively quiet. It is a great place for a business lunch or romantic dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Outstanding service and food. The Key lime pie is good. They have To-Go shop next door

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 18, 2017

City Cafe is a Dallas institution. The tomato soup is greatness. Always love going back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 9, 2017

City Cafe was terrific as always!! Excellent food and service. Quiet enough to have a conversation without shouting.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Karim, the General Manager and host, sets the stage and tone with his warm, charming greeting. His people follow his lead and there is no better food or service in town. This is an upscale but friendly restaurant with a great menu and terrific ambiance. The wine list is great and the cocktails are a generous pour!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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food5
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food and service were great. Unfortunately the atmosphere is out dated. All the diners were old and the decorating is old looking.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great food. And service!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

What a wonderful restaurant! Went twice in one week, once for lunch and once for dinner and both visits were fantastic! The food was excellent, service outstanding and food and wine suggestions were perfect!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food and truly the best service in town. Perfect spot for my mother's birthday!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Just the best! Staff, food, and ambiance top notch as usual!!

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Just the best!

Staff, food & ambiance all top notch as usual!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We enjoyed the brunch menu - I had the shrimp & grits -- they were excellent, even without the gravy, as I had requested!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This is our go-to stop whenever we head downtown to the symphony. It's a great pre-theater meal. Quiet, fast, not cheap but not over the top expensive, with servers that show a genuine interest in your meal. Food was great. We had the heirloom tomato salad that was wonderful. The halibut special was equally good. A very nice way to head off to an evening of music or theater!

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Wonderful evening celebrating a birthday in an environment where you could hear yourself talk. Unobtrusive, nostalgic background music made for an intimate dining experience that was unhurried and thoroughly enjoyable!! Service was spot-on, and never absent. This venue has a well supported reputation for fine dining, and is well worth the effort to go there. Make sure you have a reservation, even on off nights.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The halibut special was excellent and they had a really awesome heirloom tomato salad. The quality of the food at City Cafe is consistently very, very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We always celebrate our birthdays at City Cafe because of the gracious host, delicious food and terrific service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 16, 2017

This was our first time to City Cafe which had been recommended to us by a friend. We truly enjoyed the food and service and we will definitely return there in the future.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent dining experience all the way around. I will most likely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Outstanding service!! Food was great too. My new favorite place in Dallas

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Filet Mignon not cooked to my request. Will not visit this place again.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food was outstanding and the service fabulous!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 16, 2017

It is our favorite restaurant in the city! The ambiance and food are always outstanding. Friendly staff who do not interrupt your conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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