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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
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
Pleasantly surprised with the menu, great plates that offer fresh and healthy options. Great space. The space was beautifully decorated with stone tables, metal and wood accents. Lots of space on both levels. Music chose was a little rowdy, felt like you were at a club. Would have preferred something more mellow since it was a relaxing Sunday brunch. Will definitely go again!
A little loud for my taste, but that's me. Service was pretty mediocre...took 12 minutes to deliver my drink order after nearly 10 minutes waiting to place said order. The fried green tomatoes with crab were quite delicious. They could have let the tomatoes sit a little longer on the paper towel to absorb some of the grease, but there was plenty of lump crab on top which made me forget that. The beurre blanc sauce with pepper flakes seemed a little bland. My entree--seared duck breast with roasted brussels sprouts--was a triumph! PERFECTLY cooked duck with the most delicious cranberry glaze. Nicely roasted brussels sprouts and potato puree rounded out a beautiful dish.
I hate writing this review because I had always had good to great experiences at City Café. Not this time. The waiter was overly attentive at the start and disappeared at the end, leaving dirty dishes in front of everyone for far too long. Then some dirty dishes were taken while others were allowed to remain for an extended time. The staff did not appear to have been trained on how to pour wine. The waiter misidentified what he was serving (the waiter asked who ordered the popcorn chicken when what we had ordered was fried oysters and what he was holding was fried oysters). The 4 entrees did not arrive together. The food disappointed as well. Things seemed overly oiled. The Spring Rolls were oily. The asparagus with the steak frite was drowning in oil. The frites were mushy from oil. The steak was over salted. The chicken pot pie was good, not great and the puff pastry on top was puffed so high it was unmanageable. The bronzini was cooked well as was the tuna in the tuna poke. The restaurant was not as crowded as in the past. Has word gotten out that the food isn't so good anymore? I'm hoping this was a one time aberration. This was disappointing. I will give the City Café another chance and will continue to recommend it. But fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
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