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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
3
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for a Date (10)
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Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Business Meals (8)
Cozy (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Authentic (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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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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 (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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food4
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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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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Our first time here. It was wonderful. Great food and awesome service. We will be back!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Always an excellent place to eat and celebrate any occasion. I had the trout special , which was delicate and tasty, and my guest had the veal piccata, his standard, and always prepared to perfection.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Our food was excellent. They treated us as if we were the only two people in the restaurant. We did not want to leave.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Excellent as always. A wonderful evening. Food was particularly good.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Excellent food and service. One of our favorite restaurants in Dallas.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 20, 2017

My wife and I always find it refreshingly quiet plus great food. Our favorite go to place.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I went to City Café in its' heyday - about 20 years ago. At that time it was one of the "in" places to go and I remember that both the food and the experience were very enjoyable. So, when a friend suggested we revisit after all these years, I was looking forward to it. We arrived at 7:30pm expecting a full dining room on a Saturday evening, however it was relatively empty. A couple of larger groups and two or three couples were all that were dining that night. The interior was the same, cozy and quiet. The food was solid, if unremarkable (and a bit dated). Also we felt it was quite pricey compared to similar spots. The staff was very friendly and we could tell they were trying hard to provide an upscale experience. Unfortunately, there were a few mix-ups on our order, which was surprising considering we were our waiter's only table. City Café will probably continue - simply due to locals in the neighborhood supporting it. For us, it is the end of an era.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups
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food3
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Service was exceptional... I had many options for GF. Loved the food, look forward to going back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Really, really excellent meal and great service. The halibut was particularly good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

One of my few 'go to' restaurants in Dallas that never disappoints. And that's been true for the 30 years I've gone there! Karim creates a warm, welcoming environment. Rodrigo (and others) provide tremendous service. And the food is savory, comforting as well as a delight.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 11, 2017

As always, Karim and the staff are well beyond cordial and attentive; and, the food is superlative!

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 11, 2017

One of the best brunches in Dallas. The manager came out to rave about a champagne they serve. It was so good we bought the bottle. The pastry basket is a must! Always friendly and attentive staff. If they were rated on standards from Forbes, they would get ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Mother and daughter went with 50% off coupon night. Apps, dinner and wine delicious. They brought us key lime pie on the house. Service is the best you will get. A neighborhood staple.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Food was a little cold.

Would like more menu options for young adults.

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