City Cafe - Baltimore

4.5
2360 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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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great as well as the service!

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DW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 12 for Saturday brunch. Everything was excellent! Nice city vibe, parking on street nearby, very friendly and professional staff. Nice menu selection and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food just wasn’t good. Everyone was disappointed with their dishes.

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LS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The calamari appetizer was exceptional, crunchy and tender. The fish tacos were also delicious, with a slightly spicy sauce on them. Had a really nice time there and walkable for a show at the Meyerhoff.

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BG
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quite simply, I think City Cafe -Baltimore is one of the best, most consistent, restaurants in the city. We started with wonderful fried oysters and fried calamari. The portions were at least "generous." The calamari came with an unique (to me) dipping sauce. Then we had the rockfish imperial and softcrabs, both of which were delicious. Plus they have wonderful cocktails and a decent wine list. The bonus was the weather which allowed us to dine outside. I'm told that the outdoor tables can not be reserved and go on a first come basis. Parking is easy in the area. So, City Cafe - Baltimore is wonderful anytime but perhaps particularly so on a beautiful day. I'll be back. And they support Baltimore Center Stage as well! (It's an easy walk to the theater).

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j
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were spot on. We had an early dinner and enjoyed our selections.

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g
Baltimore
85 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is reliable, the atmosphere very bright and pleasant, and the service always responsive! City Cafe is a great place for all occasions!

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JB
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, decent service on a crowded Mother’s Day dinner.

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g
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner before the Symphony. Would do it again.

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CF
Baltimore
73 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We frequent City Cafe as it is an excellent place to eat before the BSO concerts. Our waitress gave us an excellent suggestion for wine and it went well with our fish and chicken dishes. My pad Thai salmon was excellent as a teriyaki salmon with the noodles and peanuts. No other relationship to pad Thai.

Definitely will go back. Would like to see some chef specials other than the same menu.

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H
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diner based on location for a show. Immediately liked the ambiance and staff. Food was excellent. Value outstanding. I will return and recommend.

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OT
Baltimore
140 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. A very popular place; a nice crowd. The best cream of crab soup I’ve ever tasted. Service was friendly and attentive.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

One of the best crab cakes I've ever had. Server looked ovewelmed.

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PL
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific. Very accommodating too

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P
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Too many other restaurants that are better overall.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service excellent - food good

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PF
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent vegetarian options. My friend enjoyed a meat dish w sweet potato fries. Good service. Restaurant wasn't too crowded. Good atmosphere. Plenty of outdoor tables if good weather.

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g
Baltimore
86 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the Tuna Poke Bowl which seems to be a different size every time I order it. It is a satisfying combination of very rare ahi tuna, avocado, brown rice, red bell pepper, and dried wasabi peas. My friend had the cream of crab soup and popcorn shrimp. All in all, a satisfying lunch in an environment conducive to a private conversation.

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A
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Burger I had was good only thing was instead of putting sliced tomatoes on my sandwich they cut and put a while half tomatoes up their. What I pose to do with that!! Second my fries was like they dug them from the bottom of the bag and gave me the pieces. Not a fry on my plate was longer then my finger nail. I hope this was just a off day for the restaurant and the cook as I have dines their many times before and know they can do better.

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LB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place😍
Still our favorite brunch spot and the Champagne Supernova was so good I could sip them all day.
Thanks for being there.

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MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City Cafe was Awesome! A gem!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

All 6 of our party enjoyed their meals and cocktails. My steak and eggs were cooked wonderfully. Pancakes with cream and blueberries were delicious.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great (we were catching up with friends from out of town and they didn't rush our table at all until they let us know another reservation was coming , really appreciated it!)

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BS
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great. Portions are ample. Steak salad was yummy. No hanger steak here. This was chunks of a flatiron steak. Don't sit next to the window on a sunny day. You'll roast even with the shade down.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Brisket sandwich was half brisket half onion- should have had more meat.

The bbq braised short rib was AMAZING

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SR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation for six that arrived in groups of 3 and were immediately seated which is not always the case in some restaurants. Overall service was excellent—friendly, she knew the menus and was extremely efficient.

The food was fantastic—every dish from pasta to Maryland Club Sandwich were great.

Overall very nice mid-week dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The venue was nice but I didn’t like the how you couldn’t leave the bar with your drinks to sit at our table during happy hour.
Great portion sizes for the food

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C
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliably good

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SA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go every Monday for steak night. City Cafe never fails but Meghan, the bartender in the back, is rude. It’s not the first time either

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L
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We were there on a Sunday lunchtime. The place was bustling but the food was ordinary. We've been there before and liked it better. Perhaps just a bad day.

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VD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service is great, Food is delicious, a great place to crab a quick breakfast or lunch, have a business meeting or date. Continue to deliver great service.

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M
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for brunch and everything was great. Drinks were a bit overpriced, but the food portions were huge and left us filled for the whole day. Highly recommend the bacon and egg flatbread!

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AB
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly. The waiter was very attentive. The food was served promptly. The food was great. I had the rockfish. My wife had the surgery crab blt. My friend had the steak salad and his wife the onion soup and a salad.

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SK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a nice pre show dinner at the Cafe. Food was excellent, salads are outstanding. Cucumber martini was tasty.

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B
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, and our server Joshua was excellent. We were going to the BSO for a show, but never had to say anything, because the service was excellent. We had to wait a little while for the table because she said the system took my reservation so close to my arrival, but I thought to myself, that really should not be "my" problem if the reservation was accepted. Nonetheless, we were seated and everything ended up fine.

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SA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We frequent City Cafe and love everything about it. This time our veggies were lukewarm but we aren’t tainted. We will definitely be back.

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VS
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love City Cafe! It is particularly wonderful after a BSO concert. You can eat as light or heavy as you'd like since so many of the appetizers work really well together and become meals. The last time we went, I had the skirt steak salad which I loved. My husband had the Poutine which he enjoyed tremendously. We shared our food, neither of which is a full entree but were still too full to eat desert. The atmoshphere is chic, comfortable and inviting while the menu is totally creative. I mean, Poutine, right? For those of you who must eat gluten free, many of their dishes can be made to comply. Just a wonderful place to be.

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LE
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch is delicious!!!!!

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J
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious! Perfection from the appetizers to the entrees and mixed drinks. Great and friendly service. We have been here more times than we can count. Great job as always.

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E
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a winner. Food is consistently delicious and eye catching presentation. One of our favorites.

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