City Cafe - Baltimore

4.4
2258 reviews
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American
We are City Cafe - Baltimore a local favorite with a citywide following, serving you delicious food with warm service in a relaxed, modern setting. Executive Chef James Jennings prepares an original menu of classic American comfort foods with a twist.

Located in the historic Mt. Vernon Cultural District- we serve Lunch, Dinner, & Weekend Brunch. Happy Hour is offered at our bars from 4pm-7pm [8pm on Fridays]. Groups are accommodated on short notice and private events of all kinds can be arranged with custom menus.

We're just a short Uber ride from Downtown & Harbor East. From North Baltimore we are only 2 minutes off 83 South (MD Ave Exit). Free parking provided nightly on lot catty-cornered from City Cafe .
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EW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. If you are going to see a show - you can’t beat it. It’s super close, fast and always amazing food with a charming staff. Highly recommended.

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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with a group from work as part of a business-related meal. We found free parking right across the street and were seated promptly upon arriving. Our server was fun and friendly and went the extra mile to accommodate special requests. The most impressive part why how expansive the menu was, while still being high quality. We all got something very different and everyone was happy with their meal. I will definitely be returning!

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S
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

City Cafe is very reliable; I have never had a bad meal there. I ordered fried green tomatoes with crab meat, one of my all-time favorite dishes; it did not disappoint. I also ordered the cauliflower appetizer. It was served with a creamy gouda sauce. I prefer simpler cauliflower dishes where you feel like you're eating a vegetable. This sauce was a bit too rich. My dining companion got the falafel sandwich which she devoured.

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JS
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We dine here probably 3 or 4 times per year. Unfortunately on this occasion two of our quartet very disappointed in their meals (same item). We will return due to location, but more experiences as we had on this occasion and we might have to cross it off the list.

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EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good overall!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch and service!

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S
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place; almost always eat here before or after BSO; I have my favorites: Moroccan Lamb burger; crispy fried oysters; salads, etc. etc. While the wine is not fancy they have a good selection and I like being able to just get a glass of a good, reasonably priced wine with my dinner or lunch. The service is excellent.

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AB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Seated promptly and had great service. Unique drink options and wide selection of food choices.

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DF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are very, very good. The seafood is exceptional, as indeed it often is in Baltimore restaurants.

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HH
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This restaurant could be good. I was shocked that the food wasn't good because of all the reviews. My partners steak was cold inside and her asparagus was weigh overdone and squishy. I ordered the chicken and it was one breast cut into 4 pieces over a mountain of brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes with cheese melted over it. Poor plating and cooking was evident. I don't know if because it was NYE, the main cook was not there but the kitchen was not firing on all cylinders.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We have always enjoyed coming to City Cafe for lunch and drinks. Did not like to dinner experience. Felt rushed. Entree came out while we were still trying to enjoy appetizers. Table became too crowded and entree sat and chilled while we finished the appetizers. Not a place for a relaxed dinner experience.

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CB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my sweetie to Saturday brunch. The food was good; the service outstanding. I definitely recommend this place. I also like the setting.

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TH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I haven't been to City Cafe in years!! Always a dependable staple in Mt Vernon, the food was phenomenal but our server wasn't friendly or warm...a little bit of a mood killer but everyone has an off night, we're all human ;)

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BK
Milwaukee
69 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family had a wonderful lunch at City Cafe. All the food was interesting and delicious, and our server was very professional, attentive and friendly.

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JF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice place to go for a bite pre show. A little noisy but nice. Food was good. Service was friendly and quick.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Music is a bit too loud for environment on a Saturday brunch

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OT
Baltimore
132 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect. Delicious food. Great drinks and friendly service! Love the holiday decorations. Just a perfect place.

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BM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City Cafe has a great vibe, consistently good service and food.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Office holiday party

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H
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The NY Strip and crab cake were superb. I don’t know who was in the kitchen on 12/17/18, but so hope they never quit. This was the best steak I’ve ever had at City Cafe and from any restaurant in a while.

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s
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food !

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a
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We all enjoyed our brunch!

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DC
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Stopped in for dinner after a Sunday Matinee at the Meyerhoff. If it wasn't raining we could have had a nice walk! The food was fairly quick and very delicious! The seared tuna and seaweed appetizer was prepared perfectly. For dinner I had the single crab case with mashed potatoes and green beans. Something about those veggies, maybe organic, as they were simply prepared and really satisfying! The crab cake was a noteworthy recipe of a Maryland's favorite. Highly recommend a visit to the City Cafe Baltimore.

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T
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch on Saturday. Nice restaurant, good food, great service. We were seated on the 2nd floor--I think I would prefer the 1st floor for people watching, street view and general ambiance next time. Would go back.

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PO
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was fabulous.

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IF
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy going to City Cafe - it's my default restaurant whether it's a special occasion or just getting together with a group. They have a variety of drinks and meals sure to please everyone. Had the Champagne Supernova cocktail which was delicious and enjoyed my Chicken Parmesan.

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C
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Not so good today. I come here about once a week and it’s reliably good and the service is wonderful but today was slow and things came out wrong

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OT
Baltimore
133 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food; always consistently good. Have never been disappointed. Cream of crab soup the BEST in Baltimore!

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c
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had one issue with City Cafe - the price and amount of the wine. $12 for 4oz. of wine is just too much.
The food was very good and we had a generous portion. The Bailey's Irish Cream ice cream and the Creme brûlée were delicious. Service was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Lovely evening. This is a favorite place of mine and I will return but I won't order wine.

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JR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yet again, another excellent meal at this neighborhood type restaurant!

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Baltimore
61 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood vibes here - with Ramses serving and delicious food and drink on the menu, we were happy to be part of the scene! Eclectic menu with something for everyone, even a vegetarian. Just wish they still had valet parking option, even though street parking at dinner time is not too hard to find. City Caffe is our go-to place to gather a group of friends coming from north, south and west of here!

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect brunch. Even with it looking busy, the staff was very accommodating from hosts to floor manager. Food was great ! I had the smoked salmon Benedict with potatoes and dirty chai latte and everything was generously portioned, beautifully plated and delicious. When going out to eat, I always want not just a meal but the dining experience and they did a great job making giving us the meal and atmosphere we wanted. Can’t wait to come back!

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PL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I thought the food was overly salted and very overpriced. Atmosphere was nice but when it got crowded it was very loud.

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CS
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's within walking distance to the Meyerhoff Concert Hall, so it's the perfect dining spot before a concert.
Food and service are always great, just come early since it's a very popular spot and can get a bit noisy for conversation.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

City Cafe has interesting and great food.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!!

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o
Baltimore
178 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Four of us met at City Cafe on a Sunday morning for brunch. We started with Bloody Marys which were were made with just the right amount of spice. We each ordered different entrees, some of which were more satisfying than others. The cinnamon bun pancakes were a hit as was the steak and eggs breakfast. The breakfast burrito was less satisfying. Service was attentive and friendly. All in all, everyone had a nice Sunday morning at City Cafe.

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DD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice restaurant, convenient to the Meyerhoff. We had salads with the addition of fish. Tasty and healthy.

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OT
Baltimore
133 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before the Hippodrone. Always lovely at City Cafe. Delicious and innovative menu items. Serving staff very pleasant and conscientious about timing for the theater. Never disappointed. We have season tickets for the theater and dinner reservations at the City Cafe each time. We are all set!

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SM
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! Nice cool vibe. Great food, the tuna and cauliflower appetizers were good portions for sharing and delicious. I thought that my friend who got the lamb burger was going to lick her plate! I had the chicken breast on hash with prosciutto. Nice comfort food on a chilly night. Our waiter, Joshua was attentive and service was perfectly timed. City Cafe will always be one of our go to restaurants?

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