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About City Cafe - Baltimore

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.

1001 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11am - 9pm, Friday: 11am - 10pm, Saturday: 9am - 10pm, Sunday: 9am - 9pm,

Cross Street:
Eager St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 539-4252

Website:
http://www.citycafebaltimore.com/

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.]

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.

Executive Chef:
James Jennings

Private Party Facilities:
We offer private dining for you and your friends, family, and colleagues in our Loft or Bar spaces.

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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City Cafe - Baltimore Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (37)
Casual (34)
Good for a Date (33)
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Creative Cuisine (31)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Great for Brunch (29)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Great for Lunch (26)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Fun (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Comfort Food (17)
Hot Spot (15)
People Watching (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Healthy (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (10)
Business Meals (9)
Authentic (8)
Seasonal (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Romantic (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Vegan (4)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (2)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Four of us had lunch at City Cafe for a holiday get-together. We each ordered different lunch choices ranging from a veggie burger to Latin hash to salmon BALT to Eggs Benedict. Each entree was enjoyed, though the Benedict could have been warmer indicating it may have sat in the kitchen before being delivered to the table. The veggie burger and the salmon won high praise from the 2 that ordered those items. Our server was enthusiastic, but he could have been more attentive.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The shrimp and grits and steak frite were delicious! Unimpressed with the crab cakes. Overall ambiance was nice but parking was horrendous. This wouldn’t have been an issue had the valet been operating at the time stated on the website. No apology or compensation for the incon was offered.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Sunday brunch location, Our group thoroughly enjoyed both the Angry Omelet and the Latin Hash. The only glitch was our inability to order French Press as they were waiting for their coffee delivery! We did get our Sunday morning caffeine, the brewed coffee. Hard to believe a restaurant was in danger of running out of coffee on a weekend!
Despite that glitch, we will definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food and service at Cafe City were wonderful. We had a party of 5, and everyone enjoyed all the various items that were ordered. Our server was very helpful, but not intrusive.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Just right for a quick light meal before the concert. Lots of menu options, attentive service, freshly prepared food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

City café is our go to place before concerts and theatre down. Never disappoints, whether it's just the two of us or a few couples. Always delish from appetizers to sandwiches, salads, and entrees!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was very good. Taylor our service was very nice and made sure we were well taking care of.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Once again, we had a very pleasant experience. Phillip was our waiter and everything went well. It is a busy, sophistocated spot, aptly named. It feels right every time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

City Cafe is a great brunch place! We had terrific food - the Veggie Eggs Benedict and the Lamb Burger - and really enjoyed the ambiance. We were visiting from Philadelphia and enjoyed a nice walk over to Baltimore Center Stage following brunch - a lovely day in Charm City.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food and service. We had the vegan entrée, the chicken with pancetta and smoky mozzarella, and the bronzini. The mains and the sides were perfectly prepared except the chicken could have used a bit more of the delicious sauce. 0.4 miles from Center Stage so great for a pre-theater meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food preparation is just perfect.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very nice weekend brunch with friends. Food was excellent as always. Staff was very flexible in managing our reservation...and very helpful in providing assistance in managing the young baby at our table.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We have eaten dinner at City Cafe many times over the years and have never been disappointed by the food, service or value. Our dinner Saturday evening was no exception. The steak frites and short rib were delicious. Service was excellent.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was incredible, but the service was slow. A table next to our party had been served their appetizers and we had not even been offered waters.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Went on a Friday night before a show at the Lyric. Even though it was very crowded we were seated right on time for our 6:15pm reservation which gave us plenty of time to have a leisurely dinner and then make the 10 minute walk to the venue with plenty of time to spare. Our entrees were very good (2 of us ordered the bronzini, 1 ordered the pasta with chicken and pesto sauce). The bar was very busy and drinks were a bit slow to arrive. Perhaps this also explains why they were not very good. The $9 orange crush was nothing more than a weak vodka and orange juice over crushed ice; the bloody Mary was watery and overly spiced with Old Bay seasoning (why does every bar in Baltimore think that a bloody Mary must be served in a glass rimmed with Old Bay?). Our server was really a pleasure.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The steak was especially delish this night. The desert (maple pumpkin cheesecake) was really good. Great dinner, service, and overall experience

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was great, and the restaurant is beautiful. Our server was attentive and nice. Overall, a great experience and a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love their omelets! Service is great . The place is very loud so it makes it difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have been to City Cafe a few times before attending plays at Center Stage. There was something off about this most recent visit. The food can out cold and was mediocre at best. The service wasn't good either. I would always look forward to my outings here but after this last meal I won't be back. A real disappointment.....

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent ! I had the salmon BLT ! It was delicious ! The truffle fries were flavorful.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Not the best foot forward. It was busy and we sat a long time to order drinks. Then it was a long time for them to arrive. In fact, it arrived after our salads arrived. Food was ok. My pot pie just seemed like they put the filling in a bowl threw a puffed pastry on it and called it a pie. No effort. The lamb burger was under seasoned and the fries were soggy. The salads seemed thrown together for the theater crowd. Get in, eat and get out! Don’t know if kitchen staff has gotten tired, but it seemed so. It used to be better. Oh and stay away from the upstairs you are on the last for service!

Tags: Bar Seating
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Consistently pleased. It’s my go too when I’m in Baltimore. The food is consistently delicious and the servers friendly. The food is delivered quickly and no matter what I order I’m always pleased. My favorite area to sit other than on the sidewalk, weather permitting, is in the bar area

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We really enjoy our times at City Cafe...,food, service. and convenience!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

After they finally sorted out which waitress was actually serving our section the meal was excellent. I always enjoy coming here for special occasions or for their brunch. Just make sure that you remember their kitchen closes from 3-4pm.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It is very close to outstanding. I love the decor and the food is creative and interesting. This was our second visit and we will be back. The staff is really pleasant and helpful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner and food. However, the bathroom availability left a lot to be desired. There are only 2 for the entire restaurant? and they weren't very clean. Long lines.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I came twice in the last month- once for a board dinner and once with friends pre-theatre.

On both occasions we had great customer service, were impressed with the menu selection (which allowed for multiple dietary restrictions), and very much enjoyed the quality of food.

We will be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server, Sam, was attentive & personable. Food was delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Highly recommend for anyone looking for good brunch in Baltimore! The free valet parking was very nice as well.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Overall great visit. Lost a star for ambience because the tables were too close together. I wasn't really interested in hearing the conversation of the neighboring table but was forced to due to the proximity of the tables. Food and service were excellent.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We've eaten here many times and always our food is delicious, the staff is great and the atmosphere is vibrant and friendly - just an overall wonderful experience every time.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Had a lovely outdoor lunch with a friend. The velvety butternut squash soup and a crisp Reisling were the perfect choices for a sunny fall afternoon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Had reservation and got to restaurant at 8:10 pm and kitchen closed so did not eat there so I can not rate it! Was bad that they could not call and say kitchen would be closed. It looked like a nice place to eat.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice interior design, delicious food, good service albeit a bit too fast

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was busy---we sat in the downstairs bar area and were served by Sean, our bartender, who was wonderfully attentive, funny and sweet. Would have him serve us anytime, and he made us unbelievable tasting drinks.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I really liked City Cafe. Great ambiance -- lively but you could still talk. Excellent service, very interesting menu with some delicious food. We loved the corn fritters and the pesto chicken pasta. Two of us had steak frites -- both of us loved the steak but didn't love the truffle fries, but that's probably personal preference. They were cooked wonderfully.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always awesome!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

As usual, great dinner st the bar. Manny the bartender was awesome! Best lamb burger ever!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good food; lackadaisical service; very noisy atmosphere making it difficult to converse.

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I almost always eat here before the Symphony. I get here at 6 and have dinner with the friend I'm going to the Symphony with. I look forward to choosing a favorite from the great menu and having either a good wine or cocktail. Some of my favorites are the Lamb Burger, the Fall salad, and the fried oysters with aioli! Sooz

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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