City Cafe - Baltimore

4.5
2198 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11am - 9pm, Friday: 11am - 10pm, Saturday: 9am - 10pm, Sunday: 9am - 9pm,
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Phone number
(410) 539-4252
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Jennings
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Private party facilities
We offer private dining for you and your friends, family, and colleagues in our Loft or Bar spaces.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Eager St.
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

With my college Sophomore in tow, my partner and I enjoyed the modern/sleek decor and well-prepared food — meatloaf with standard sides, chicken breast on roasted winter vegetables, and shrimp pasta. I don’t remember our dessert, if any, but the cappuccino was good!

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OT
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just a random Thursday night dinner. We were pleased with the $5 martinis on Thursday nights. The crab and fried green tomatoes are killer. The cauliflower bits are nothing special. Pulled pork tacos and oyster bison po’boy were great!

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k
Baltimore
105 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kendal was great, the hollandaise was delicious, the eggs were perfectly poached.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food as always was delicious. The service was lacking a little as I feel our waitress was overwhelmed. She was friendly and polite just lacking in attentiveness. I love this place and will always come back just during busy times may be helpful to have smaller sections for the staff. Thanks for the special day though!

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EK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive and friendly service. Delicious brunch and lunch options. Easy parking on street on Sunday. Walkable distance to Center Stage.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We dine at City Cafe often when we have Myerhoff tickets. It's a bit loud when you are at a table with several people, but the food is good, the prices aren't over the top and the service is usually good.

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LC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They have a nice variety of items on the menu to suit all palates-- pasta, seafood, steaks, vegetarian options. Very cool atmosphere. We all enjoyed our food and would definitely go back.

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TC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I'm a big big big city cafe fan, but I was really not thrilled with our server today. I think City reads reviews though, so and I have two more constructive comments: (1) I have real issues with the fact that the server stands directly over you when you sign the bill, as I think it puts undue pressure on the customer. As a server down in Harbor East, I dropped the check and left my customers alone. People tip how they please, and while I hope they liked me, i think in any circumstance, that pressure is uncomfortable. (2) really not a fan of the tip options on the screen. Everyone knows 15, 18, and 20 are the standard. If I love the server, sure leave a big tip, and we all like getting big tips, but I think, as an establishment, it lacks decorum when customers are given the option of 20% at the low end, going upward to 23 and 25. You're cheap if you select other, and feel gouged if you select 25 because you're lazy, or because the server is standing right over you. We all want our server to be compensated adequately, and they certainly deserve to be. The uncomfortable pressure to do so today took away from my otherwise good meal.

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MI
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem!

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SH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my mother to City Cafe for a pre-concert dinner. I had a reservation but arrived early and was accommodated quickly. Parking lot was only a block away, $11. I understand they have free valet parking but no sign about that out front. We were seated upstairs which was better, being a bit quieter, but involved lots of stairs.

Good, but not extensive selection of wines and beers, tho server could not really answer a simple question about one beer so I passed. Interesting appetizers...we shared a corn fritter app which was delish. Being a vegetarian I was glad to find several choices. The food was fresh, the mains were hearty servings, and service was on target without being intrusive. Nice artwork on the walls!

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Uncomfortable seating, subpar food, and basic service.

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RT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate dinner prior to BSO concert at Myerhoff. Food and service both excellent.

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CR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

As usual, the food offerings at City Cafe were an interesting blend and the food served is always delicious. However, be aware that though the website says free valet parking is offered after 5 pm, it is no longer provided and street parking is limited.

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OT
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. One of the best omelettes I have ever had — the Angry Omelette. The Veggie Benedict was also good. Seems like a good place for evening activity as well.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honey wings were delicious! My husband had the short rib pot roast and I had the crab cake dinner and both were amazing! We love City Cafe and will definitely be returning soon.

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k
Baltimore
106 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly staff, great drinks and food!

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o
Baltimore
173 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

For a friends’s night out, we met at City Cafe on a Monday evening to take advantage of “Steak Night” specials. The special menu did not disappoint. The filet mignon was tender and delicious and each of the selected sides were well-prepared. It was a fun evening. Service was friendly and attentive.

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s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very attentive and friendly staff and the food was excellent. Thumping music was a touch too loud for comfort.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday dinner and it was great! The waiter was very friendly and super nice. I enjoyed my time. Thank you

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m
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always have a great meal here. Monday nights are just great! Not only Steak night but half price wine! Best Buy in town!

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l
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy City Cafe and the food and service is always outstanding!

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LK
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Four of us had Sunday Brunch and everyone really loved their food! It was a nice day to sit outside on the sidewalk and watch life go by while we enjoyed a leisurely meal. The service was pleasant and efficient. I like the handheld credit card machines--so much better than disappearing inside with my card. Great experience.

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KL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I'm a regular at City Cafe, but was underwhelmed this go-around by the quality of service and selection of vegan options for my friends at brunch. After calling ahead and asking about vegan options, I was told all their options (including those on the dinner menu) would be available to select from for brunch and that I should put notes in the reservation about this. I did so, but on the day of, the vegan falafel option was sadly not available. This was very disappointing for my vegan friends.

Additionally, our server was not the most accommodating either. When ordering, the server chose to remain at one end of the table, making those at the opposite end have to shout our order down the table. When it came to splitting the check for our 9 person meal, instead of making it easy and splitting it for us up front, we spent abut 10 minutes debating how to calculate and split it. We even asked at one point what the best way to do it was and were told to write the amount with our last names on the opposite side of the check. In the end, we asked the server to split our checks for us and this was done immediately. Why was it not done in the first place?

When I finally paid my portion of the check, the server hovered over me as if they were watching what tip option I selected. I always do 20% because I want fair wages for servers, but I was honestly not impressed.

In any case, the food was good (as it always is), but I don't think I'll ever bring vegans or groups to this restaurant again.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

WE WENT ON LABOR DAY FOR MY SISTER-IN-LAWS BIRTHDAY. MY SON RECOMMENDED IT AS HE LIVES IN THE CITY. HE STATED "THE DESERTS ARE TO DIE FOR." WE HAD THE BRUNCH, AND IT WAS OUTSTANDING. MY DAUGHTER IS A VEGETARIAN AND SHE HAD SO MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM FOR BOTH BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. SHE STATED THAT THIS WAS THE BREAKFAST SHE EVER HAD!! PORTIONS ARE VERY LARGE, AND WE DID NOT HAVE ROOM FOR DESERT, SO I LOOK FORWARD TO GOING BACK. IT WAS WONDERFUL!!

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c
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in Baltimore for the weekend and enjoyed a birthday celebration at City Cafe. Enjoyed the crab cakes and trout almondine with mashed potatoes and awesome green beans. Dessert was creme brulee and cobbler. Very nice.

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F
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Creative food, well-prepared food and great service. Will go back soon.

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CL
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent soft shell crabs & inventive/delicious cocktails!

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. All four of us very happy with our orders. My Cityburger was fabulous, although somewhat messy eating. Peach cobbler was delicious but could have used a lot more peach. The best part of the evening was our waitress Jackie. Perfect service of course, but also thoughtful with a delightful sense of humor. She made the whole meal fun.

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love how the cafe is designed,quick service ,and food was delicious !Will come again soon!

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l
Baltimore
100 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

This has always been a standout go to for my family for years. My daughter and I went and walked away a little

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great and the service was as well. The only bad thing is that there was left over lipstick on one of my friends’ glasses and no one sung happy birthday :(

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SC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I personally love their brunch menu, especially their GRAND MARNIER FRENCH TOAST! Do not find this to be overly sweet. If you have nut allergies this might not be a good option. The roasted nuts help add a kick of flavor, but also balance out the sweetness (in my opinion), so without it I don't think it'll be as tasty.

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M
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, I had a great time at City Cafe. “Always a go to” place for me. The food and service were awesome!

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h
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant staff, delicious light fare, gazpacho, roasted cauliflower, shrimp salad, Mediterranean salad. Especially appreciated the thoughtful waiter bringing two soup spoons without even being asked! Glad we were there before 7.......
Probably gets very noisy as the night progresses.

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KK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City cafe is always a good choice! Great food, great service and staff, and the sangria continues to be a treat we enjoy!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great!

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e
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We chose City Cafe because it was recommended online and we could make a reservation—an uncommon thing in charm city. A friend suggested the avocado toast—she LOVED it. So i ordered it and was underwhelmed by the HUGE piece of bread, underripe avocado that could not be spread, light dusting of crabmeat. My husband ordered an egg dish promised not to be spicy. He could hardly eat it for the heat it packed. One of our friends was unhappy with his bloody mary (don't know why) and sent it back. We were completely overwhelmed. Fortunately, we were with great company.

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l
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This is our second visit for Steak Night and both times the New York strip was overcooked. Twice in the dame night. My filet was supposed to be medium and got rare. When sent back it still came back as rare. There service was awful, long time to get out order, didn't bring steak knives unless asked. I used to love steak night, but no more.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch! Great portions and delicious flavor combinations. We started with the fried green tomatoes with lump crab and had the fried chicken and biscuits and smoked salmon Benedict. Highly recommend!!

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IK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food, great service, fair prices, very nice and accommodating staff, very friendly and attentive manager, our only negative was the level of the noise (probably because of hard walls, ceilings, and floor). We really enjoyed the dining experience as did our friends. We will definitely go back. We highly recommend City Cafe.

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