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
106 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waiter seemed quite confused. He never offered a second cup of coffee. He needs to learn a little PR among the clientele.

HG
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food is good, but the service is not so great. We were left standing at the hostess stand for 10 minutes waiting to claim our reservation. Ignored by the waitress for a solid 15 minutes before she came to our table. 2 of 3 drinks arrived in a decent amount of time, but the third was much longer. Again, food is very nice, but the service is really slap dash. Certainly don't go if you're in a rush, but if you're at your leisure, you can decide how much of being ignored you can tolerate.

AD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a great place for a quiet Sunday brunch with my family!

VM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely brunch with friends. Service was friendly and quick. The chef know the way around a kitchen. Our experience has been that the hosts get hassled if it is busy, but there was none of that. Everyone was quite pleasant.

P
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We frequently have dinner at City Cafe before attending the BSO. We have always enjoyed the food and appreciated the good service. We will keep coming back.

N
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! My first time going for dinner (every previous visit was brunch is which is also amazing). The fried green tomatoes were delicious & really enjoyed the spaghetti & crab balls. The bread pudding, SO good! Will continue coming back.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love City Cafe. It has everything I love: great food, service, value and music!

SA
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've gone to City Cafe since it opened over 20 years ago - since it was a lil coffee shop next to the gay bookstore. Recently, I got to take my lil queer family, on a beautiful Winter night - & it was all I remembered and much more. Thank you for being a safe, lovely place for so long - to many more years!

FF
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch today. Started with French Toast points -- yummy. My son's omelette was huge, and I got the Latin Hash which was terrific. Lots going on there. I had to bring some home! Service was great, and the place was busy but you didn't feel it.

t
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everyone at our table was very pleased with their meal selections. Excellent food!

TU
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good but a little pricey. No kids menu really drove up the cost.

OT
Baltimore
155 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly lovely experience. Our entrees were delicious, service was top notch and the atmosphere was charming. Probably the most stylish restaurant in Baltimore City. Whatever they are doing, please PLEASE keep it up
(Wine list is superb).

I
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service. Been coming here for over ten years and I've never had a bad experience here.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went with a large table and the service was very good. Food was nearly perfect couple steaks over couple under but for a 12 top that to me is expected. Been multiple times and with out a doubt this was the best time I have went. I will come back again. Recently recommended it to some friend to eat on a great Monday deal and they enjoyed as well.

C
Baltimore
135 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of our food was excellent. Service was great from the moment we walked in until we left. Highly recommend this restaurant.

PB
Philadelphia
116 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We live in Philadelphia and make a special effort to dine at City Cafe whenever we come to Baltimore to attend a play at Baltimore Center Stage. Our favorites include the Baltimore Benedict, the fried oysters, and the Cafe’s unique avocado-Boursin-crab toast. Friendly professional staff.

k
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit to Baltimore, first visit to City Cafe. The latter was fantastic; great food and service.

p
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a great weekend brunch choice. Make reservations! George was great waiter! Food very good. Nice lively vibe.

g
Baltimore
117 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

excellent ravioli never fails only request would be for valet parking

F
Baltimore
59 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place. Food and service always good.

TF
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I love City Cafe, and have been there multiple times. Most recently I took my mom there for her 65th birthday. I noted it in the comments when I made the reservation. Everything was perfect, except they do not come out with a lit dessert at the end of the meal. You are required to pay for a dessert which they can put a candle on. I have been to many, many mid-scale restaurants, and most of them offer a free birthday dessert. I would think that after spending that much money that wouldn't be too much to ask.

DM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre-concert meal.

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T
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time here, dinner before a show at the Meyerhoff. City Cafe is located in a less than upscale but not frightening area of Baltimore. Parking can be an issue. The restaurant itself is very attractive and comfortable inside. Greeting was warm and welcoming, seated immediately. Service was very professional. Food was very good. Cream of crab soup was loaded with crab, very flavorful and a substantial bowl, not a small cup. Fried oysters were excellent, lightly breaded, perfectly seasoned. Special sandwich of the day was a large well imagined Turkey club with stuffing and cranberry mayo. A different and well done riff on a old standby. If in Baltimore again, would certainly return.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food + great service = Great evening!
Dinner was so good, we went there for lunch the next day!

GS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was a very regular customer of City Cafe from the year they opened until about 2005. This is my first visit in quite some time. Same day reservation as we were going to the Lyric later. It was one of the best dining experiences any of us at the table has had recently. Highlights were; the cream of crab soup; oyster appetizer - that alone would be worth a return trip; brisket sandwich and Mediterranean salad. We will definitely be planning a return trip soon!

f
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Although I rated this average, it is my go to place when I am heading to the theater or some other activity. The food is good, the portions plenty, and the atmosphere nice. I am never surprised or disappointed. I was unsettled with the waiter whom I had told we had to eat and leave, when I asked for the check, he said yes, then proceeded to take orders from three tables, and bring them drinks. I had to ask repeatedly. It was a shame, because this is the first time it happened, hopefully it won't happen again.

P
Baltimore
103 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our 3rd time back (last time was probably 2 years ago) and found the food and quality and ambience still very high! We both enjoyed the Cream of Crab ($10) as our appetizers (caution, on the thicker side and very filling) and both ordered the Chicken Pot Pie for our entrees ($18). The puff pastry and pot pie was delicious for a cool fall evening! We finished by sharing a Bread Pudding ($8) which was also delicious. Our total bill with 2 glasses of Cab-Sav totalled $91 before gratuity. Our server was very attentive and friendly. We found free on street parking...we were here on a Wednesday night. and made our reservation through Open Table.

OR
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great Service was excellent as well Tuna appetizer was fresh Waiter was great at giving recommendations

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food! Attentive service

F
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the creative, delicious food!

JJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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
117 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
5 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.