City Cafe - Baltimore

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$30 and under
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American

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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 M-F from 4pm-6:30pm. 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 across Eager St from City Cafe .
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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food! Attentive service

F
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the creative, delicious food!

JJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were late for our reservation but called ahead. A table was ready, a quick and excellent entree and a satisfying glass of wine were serviced.

And we made the curtain! Thanks to City Cafe.

d
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m following a very restrictive diet and the server and kitchen were most accommodating. Plus, the meal was delicious!

x
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Second time this place has forgotten to serve me my appetizer. Really? You guys really need to get your act together.

KL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very nice place, Very nice ambiance, me and my date spent about $30 a piece but we overdid it buying everything that sounded good. Nice place. Nice prices

CT
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rockfish with lump crab imperial was phenomenal! My wife and I enjoyed the food and waitress was great. Definitely one of my go to’s for a nice dinner date.

R
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were seated and greeted upon entry which was fine. It took a long time to get drinks and my wife's Lamb burger was not seasoned and bland.

MH
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another delicious meal at the City Cafe. Service was great. Can’t wait to visit again.

PB
Philadelphia
115 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dine at City Cafe every time we go to Baltimore Center Stage. The Baltimore Benedict - eggs Benedict with a mini-crab cake - is worthy the drive from Philadelphia.

N
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed completely & service was great! Food came out more quickly than expected but still managed to be perfect temperature & so tasty. The best breakfast potatoes & the fried green tomatoes are amazing!!

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Maria, our server, was fantastic! Good food, as always.

HP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was quite good, but the service put CityCafe over the top! It was a Friday evening and we were trying to coordinate 2 people arriving from BWI airport, one by bus from Annapolis, two by car from Silver Spring and one in Baltimore. Of course traffic and delayed flights happened -- but the host and servers helped us make the evening happen. The four of us more-or-less on time were seated at a table that could easily add in the two from the airport when they arrived an hour late. Two had to leave early for a concert, but we enjoyed about five minutes around the table together thanks to the thoughtfulness of the host! Then the server was quite accommodating to the two who had arrived late from their flights and helped get them drinks and food. It was just a lovely experience despite all the challenges -- we will go back again and again!

BS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite and consistent restaurants! Terrific meal and service. We had tickets to a play so we’re limited in how long we had to dine- our waitress was terrific with suggestions and service and had us on our way in plenty of time for our play at the Spotlighters!

KB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Both times I was there this month the service and food were pretty good but the place was really cold and when they sit you in the big room and the doors open every few minutes to allow diners in from the outside the gusts of cold air only add to the discomfort. Those doors should be closed in cold weather.

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, plentiful portions! We had the chilaquiles and breakfast flat bread - both were excellent!

KB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for early Evening meal, prior to Symphony or Center Stage. Late nite after event is lovely as well as menu can accommodate full diner or lite fair. Excellent food and menu has variety.

y
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Where do you go in the city when you need a place that can please everybody's tastes? City Cafe. It didn't disappoint us. The crab cake and the turkey club were great.

MD
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All meals were great!! Good value for price...nice Sunday brunch location. Get there early or it fills up!!

WF
Baltimore
59 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

While we would not recommend based on this experience, we would also not discourage a trial. We experienced several glitches that took away from what we had hoped would be a relaxing, casual evening. Open Table information on the HH times and days of the week was incorrect, and we specifically went to the restaurant early to take advantage. Ordered salad hold the olives. Received Salad with olives and they held the onions. Ordered second entrée, a vegetarian bowl. At least 5 bite sized bits of chicken were included with the falafel. Brought all of this to the attention of the GM, who has some justification, but no effort to rectify. Disappointing to say the least

PG
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the atmosphere here before our show. The drinks and dinner were really good the waiters attentive.

CB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food- scallops and bronzing- and wonderful service by Marvin

D
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed dinner before a show Saturday. It was delicious and service was great.

RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just as described. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and time together.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All of the brunch food is delicious, but you HAVE to try the butternut squash soup - it is unmatched.

CG
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to run into people you know! We had a great time.

OT
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love City Cafe! We also love that there is a spot where the noise level is good for seniors with hearing issues! Nothing on the menu that we don't enjoy!

OT
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the City Cafe in Mount Vernon! Our waitress was so nice and amazing! We loved the food, drinks and ambiance! We will return!

L
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent. Great balance of attentive and fun. He made the meal more enjoyable. Food was delicious.

S
Baltimore
85 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We ordered too much food (4 appetizers for 2 people as our meal), but everything was tasty. I always love the fried green tomatoes with crab meat. I order them at a lot of restaurants, and City Cafe's/Tark's are the best. The Brussels sprouts were yummy. We also had a satisfying arugula salad and popcorn chicken bites. It's by far the best place to go before an event at the Meyerhoff!

OT
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As often as I come it’s always a special occasion. Hostesses are always gracious and welcoming and get you comfortably seated
without delay. Servers follow that same pattern and get drinks to the table pronto. They get a sense of your priorities and cater to them. It’s a pleasure and the entire staff from the excellent manager to the runners are on hand to assure you a fine time.
It never fails because they are beautifully trained. Consistency is a key to your success.

HL
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again I enjoyed an amazing evening dining al fresco at City Cafe. I was accompanied by a friend who was enjoying the ambiance, food and service of City Cafe for the first time. Jennifer, Alex, and the host (I did not get her name) made for another pleasurable dining experience. I also give cusps to those in the kitchen that produced and delivered the gustatory delights. My friend selected the grilled Bronzini (one of my favorites) and enjoyed it immensely. I had my favorite drink the Sazerac and the porcini stuff ravioli with shrimp.

One can say no more about the enjoyment of great weather, great service, and good food and drink.

Thank you again City Cafe.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food!!!

a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friends and I were so sad to see that city cafe stopped serving their cinnamon rolls! Other than the rolls, food was great.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Enjoyed food which came quickly. Waiter did check once on how we were doing but didn’t see him till finished with meal

o
Baltimore
188 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It has been awhile since we dined at City Cafe. On this visit, three of us got together for brunch on Sunday. We ordered Bloody Mary’s followed by breakfast items. One of us ordered the hearty country breakfast. I ordered the breakfast burrito as did the third guest. It took some time for our orders to arrive even though the restaurant was not busy, and we had French toast bits as a starter. When the orders arrived, two of the orders were fine, but one of the breakfast burritos contained sausage - and it was delivered to a vegetarian. It was a mistake, and our server retrieved the erroneous order and the kitchen prepared a corrected order. When the bill arrived, we were charged for 4 breakfast entrees rather than 3. We called it to the attention our our server, and she apologized and provided a corrected bill to us. Our server was friendly

HL
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great meal, great service, and great drinks at City Cafe. Thank you to our server, Maria for making my late birthday dinner wonderful

CD
Baltimore
92 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We dine at City Cafe several times during a year. It's a great place to eat before or after a performance at the Meyerhoff or Lyric or a movie at the Charles. Food and service are consistently good. Prices are reasonable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect spot for an occasion or just a casual brunch - it’s my go-to bc no matter what you order it is delicious and the service is fantastic. Lots of food for the price, too.

OT
Baltimore
151 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most consistent restaurants I have ever visited. Menu is always interesting and creative. And everything is delicious. My favorite is cream of crab soup. Just a perfect place. Love it!