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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Casual (37)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
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Creative Cuisine (31)
Good for a Date (31)
Great for Lunch (30)
Great for Brunch (29)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Fun (24)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Special Occasion (22)
Comfort Food (20)
Good for Groups (18)
Bar Seating (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Healthy (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Business Meals (13)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Cozy (11)
Hot Spot (11)
People Watching (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Authentic (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Romantic (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vegan (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

My friends and I really enjoyed ourselves. The staff was friendly. Our waitress, Kendall, was very attentive and helpful with great recommendations. The food was fresh and delicious. Overall a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Disappointed...I have previously had great experiences here but this last visit was not a good one. Our waiter was attentive through the point of ordering, then disappeared and never returned until he brought the check. My chicken was underdone - major issue - and he never stopped by to check on our food so that I could make him aware of this issue. We also ran out of water (no refills) and had no opportunity to order drink refills. At this point, not planning to return any time soon.

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food2
ambience3
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

Quickie Review!: The service and ambiance is always top notch. Folks dress from casual to dressy, but everyone feels welcomed. The food is good, but the menu doesn't offer any "knockout" dishes. The specialty cocktails are inventive and consistently tray tasty.

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food3
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Overpriced for the quality of food; add more veg-friendly options!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great location for a dinner after attending Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Restaurant kindly made changes to our reservation when I called and we were seated immediately. Everyone enjoyed their food selections and the sangria was quite good too. We were disappointed with the level of service /lack of attentiveness from our server.

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food5
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service2
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I wasn't very impressed with City Cafe. They seated us at a table right next to the window and it was FREEZING. My right foot and leg were going numb from the cold draft coming through the window. My entree was not very appetizing because they used too much pesto in it. The service was decent.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We received excellent service and really like the new menu! So glad that there was valet service on a cold evening! A downtown (from Columbia) favorite!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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food5
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2018

favorite 'go to' restaurant for brunch in the area. Always god food and great service.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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food5
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was News Years Eve and they were out of several dishes

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food4
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner. Excellent food - I had the salmon. Great meal. The restaurant was a bit chilly. I would recommend a sweater during dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good food and very fast service. We've eaten here several times and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Sports
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food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The waiter brought the soup out then the rest of the meal out 56 minutes later! He disappeared for long stretches

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a group of 9 there with no problems. Very fast service and everyone enjoyed their meals. Thanks!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very impressed.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went with my church members for a Christmas dinner. I loved the food and the server (Philip) was an absolute delight; very accommodating and fun. I had the Baltimore Benedict and LOVED IT!! Lime ginger soda was refreshing and delicious. I will definitely be back and I live 45 minutes away.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We found the service to be excellent and the food was very good. I recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This place was warm and inviting. The service, staff and food were great.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food was excellent and my guest, who had never been there before, was highly impressed. The service was superb.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was very good and the ambience was ok as we were seated by the server stand. Our service was the worst I/we have ever had since the Cafe opened. Our waitress took almost 15 mins to come up after being seated, she only came back 2x for the entire - rest of our entire meal! We waited for other staff to get us drinks, and to ask for the check. Thoroughly disappointed by this shoddy service!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went before seeing the BSO Christmas show (convenient walking distance to the Meyerhoff). Food was excellent. We had the lamb burger, Chicken Fun Salad, steak salad and grilled chicken Caesar salad. All were very enjoyable as were the 16 oz mimosas. Recommended!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My friend and I chose City Cafe as our annual Christmas friends-date brunch location this year and we absolutely loved it!
The menu had a wide variety of interesting and creative brunch options, including a lot of vegetarian choices. The fried green tomato appetizer was delicious, served with an abundance of gorgeous, sweet lump crab meat. We had a difficult time choosing entrees from the abundance of intriguing options, but were glad to have chosen the fried chicken and waffles (served with perfectly poached eggs) and the angry omelet (topped with succulent shrimp).
We also really enjoyed our cocktails and highly recommend the refreshing and satisfying mint and lime crush.
Our server, Sam, was incredibly friendly and attentive without being overbearing. He was also extremely knowledgeable about the menu.
We will definitely be back to City Cafe (we've already got an idea of what we'll try next time)!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We love City Cafe. Food is good and service is always top notch. Monday night steak night is a great deal!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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food4
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our dinner at City Cafe was pretty good, but not fantastic; perhaps we missed on some of our menu choices (we've eaten there before with better results). One selection that stood out as excellent was the braised short ribs, which my husband enjoyed immensely. I took a chance on the brisket sandwich, which was just okay... a bit under-seasoned (despite the promise of horseradish "tiger sauce"!), and greasier than I would have preferred. We also ventured to try a new dessert offering, maple sweet potato cheesecake, which was very rich (okay) but also really too sweet for our taste; we would no doubt have fared better with an old favorite, the chocolatey bread pudding. Service was all right, but on the slow side, despite the fact that a snowy day made for a lighter crowd than usual. The ambiance, as always, was chic, bright, and warm, just right for dining out on a winter evening .

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food3
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Don’t go for crab cakes. Besides that, excellent food (breakfast) andservice!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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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food4
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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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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Went for a pre-theater dinner that included adventurous eaters and less so, from age 8 to 80. They accommodated my daughter's desire for an off-menu grilled cheese, and my mom's desire for a burger. We enjoyed a unique appetizer, a delicious cream of crab soup (perhaps the best I've ever had!) and the homemade mushroom ravioli I had were divine! Atmosphere is sophisticated and fun without being stuffy or pretentious-- fancy food in a nice and comfortable atmosphere, and comfy food choices too. And their desserts are awesome too!! A great option whether you have 2 hours or just 45 minutes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Kid-friendly
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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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