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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.
Baltimore, MD 21201
American, Seafood, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11am - 9pm, Friday: 11am - 10pm, Saturday: 9am - 10pm, Sunday: 9am - 9pm,
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.]
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.
Private Party Facilities:
We offer private dining for you and your friends, family, and colleagues in our Loft or Bar spaces.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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!
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
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!
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.
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
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