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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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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Casual (35)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
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Creative Cuisine (30)
Good for a Date (30)
Great for Lunch (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Great for Brunch (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Fun (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (12)
Healthy (12)
Romantic (12)
Business Meals (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
People Watching (8)
Authentic (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Seasonal (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Vegan (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great service, delicious food, great atmosphere. Highly recommend

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Food and atmosphere were wonderful. Highly recommend for brunch.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Worst dining experience in years.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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 .

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Vegan, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Casual, People Watching, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This place has two levels of service - ok and awful. We had the later. The food used to be good enough to compensate for the service. Lately, not so much.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Baltimore Cafe has to be the most constant restaurant in Baltimore. Service and food are always first class. We love dining there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My family went to city cafe to celebrate my aunts birthday. The food and drinks were great! The service wasn’t. Our waitress was very confused and messed up on our drinks and check multiple times. Other than that the atmosphere was great.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great neighborhood find! Bustling atmosphere with excellent food. Convenient valet parking in evening. On our pre-theater/pre-concert restaurant rotation.

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The City Cafe is usually reliable for both service and food quality. Unfortunately, on this night, the service was not good. It took almost 25 minutes to get our cocktails. Both our appetizer and dinners were delivered in that time span. When I tried to explain to the food runner that we haven’t received our drinks and we were about 3/4 through our appetizer, she blatantly asked if we wanted our dinners or not. The server did offer a dessert for our patience with the drinks. I will go back to City Cafe because I’m hoping this was an one time occurrence.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Came to City Cafe for my birthday dinner with my husband. I was so pleased with everything. The staff is great! They made sure we were good the whole time. Food was FABULOUS!!!!!! We will be going again!!!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Just a perfect place to have a delicious meal. First time back after traveling and it was great to be back to this lovely restaurant. The essentials have stayed the same; delicious food, great wine and cocktails, and outstanding service. What more could you want?!?!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We have enjoyed the City Café for many years as one of our "go to" restaurants. Unfortunately, over approximately the last year we have noticed a subtle decline in the quality of some of our very favorite items. Specifically, the crab bisque, which we once thought was the best we had ever tasted, is no longer the same. We feel the same way about the bread and olive oil. Also, certain entrees are "good" but not "very good". My wife and I dine out a great deal and have seen these kinds of changes before that eventually lead to significant quality changes and then a surprise closing. I hope the City Café is not on that path.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Went here on our anniversary trip. The server must have seen it in the reservation notes and mentioned it when we sat down to congratulate us then even provided a special dessert on the house. It was very welcoming and thoughtful.

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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (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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