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City Cafe - Baltimore

2051 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (38)
  • Casual (35)
  • Pre/post Theatre (34)
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 valet parking provided Thursday-Saturday evenings and on Sunday afternoon.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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Cross street
Eager St.
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Parking details
City Cafe offers complimentary valet parking Monday - Saturday starting at 5pm. Valet parking is available on Sundays from 11am-3pm. All vehicles must be claimed, and moved, when you depart the restaurant.
[Posted restrictions & Baltimore City Valet Code rules apply.]
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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.
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Gift Card
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
What 2051 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LauraM (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

As always, a wonderful experience of delicious food, attentive but not intrusive services, and a lively ambiance. I always enjoy the imaginative cocktails and well-prepared dishes in generous portions. Both management and staff work hard to make sure guests have a great time. This place is a favorite of mine.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

The salads were only ok. The Ceasar salad was a huge disappointment . The lamb burger was over cooked too.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great service, delicious food, great atmosphere. Highly recommend

Baltimoregirl (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Food and atmosphere were wonderful. Highly recommend for brunch.

TheKGB (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Always love the cosmopolitan feel of this restaurant....superior cocktails, tasty cleaver food choices.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The grilled Bronzini dinner was excellent and so was the tuna . It was a busy Friday evening but it was expected . Will return .

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Worst dining experience in years.

vipSaabGuy (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

City Cafe never disappoints! Great vibe, terrific menu, and an amazing staff. A true gem in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.

vipDeeJ (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This was absolutely a horrible experience. We brought our kids out for Valentine's Day and could have just saved our money. The food, especially the chicken, was under-cooked and cold. The waiter was very inattentive and had to keep asking other workers for various items. Management did nothing to rectify the situation and also had just microwaved food that we sent back because it was cold.

AnnC (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I brought my dad here for breakfast before heading to the auto show. We do annual father/daughter auto show trip - either baltimore or philly. We walked in and he was instantly blown away by the jazz music playing.

He ordered the angry omelet and his reaction after the first bite sealed the deal. He couldn't stop expressing how great the food was. It was like with each bite it got better. I can't tell you if it was good because there was no sharing to be had.

My crab benedict was amazing. I didn't think it was going to be filling but my goodness it was.
Also the large mimosa...was spot on.

I can't wait to come back for another brunch or happy hour to try more food.

OmeataH (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Overall, I had a wonderful experience. On my way out the door ,my date and I were asked if we left a payment, which was clearly on the table with a tip .

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We went to City Cafe before a show at the Lyric. It was a busy night with several shows in the area. The staff was sensitive to our time as they are used to a "show" crowd. Our food took a little longer than expected but they were very attentive and we felt like they took care of the situation quite well. Always recommend City Cafe

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great selections. Presentation well done. Food served hot. Orders were short ribs, wagu meatloaf, steak salad and flat iron steak. All prepared as requested.

vipSMR1989 (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We always love this place. Consistently good food with a creative edge. Best Lamb burger and salads

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I like this place. Plenty of variety on the menu; helpful staff; diverse clientele; sensitivity to curtain time at the Symphony. We were seated next to an area with a private party and the noise level was high for us.

MarioS (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a great time. The servers we attentive and pleasant. The food was very good.

Sooz (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I almost always eat at City Cafe before attending the Baltimore Symphony. I look forward to eating there as much as going to the concert. I often get their crispy fried oysters (so good) and a wonderful salad such as their harvest salad with nuts, dried fruits, goat cheese, etc. I love their lamb burger and lots of other regular menu items. Their servers are perfect!

Bunchabangles (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

They are always consistent with good food and great service. It is my go to place for a good meal anytime you can get in.

FromHoesHeights (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

They kindly turned down the music for us and accommodated a requested change of ingredients. AND took photos of our group when our 80 yr old uncle asked. Lovely.

Maureen (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

A friend ate brunch here yesterday and our meal was very good. the service was excellent and we weren't rushed, despite it becoming busier while we were there. A very enjoyable experience.