City Cafe - Dallas

4.7
537 reviews
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American
On the northwestern edge of University Park sits an exceptional white-tablecloth "Neighborhood Gem". The menu changes seasonally, but retains the relaxed New American Cuisine character that has been the restaurant’s trademark since 1985. Impressing even distinguished American chef Julia Child, for over three decades City Café has been widely recognized in Texas Monthly, Food & Wine Magazine, Zagat, Wine Spectator, D Magazine, and was also recipient of AAA’s “Diamond Award”.
Drop by and try our newly revised Weekend Brunch.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Excellent food but..... table not ready for 20+ mins past reservation time and, combined with slow service, resulted in them being sold out of desired entree by the time we ordered. V-day prices were about 20% higher than normal (for same things) but this information was not provided on website.

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f
Dallas
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City Cafe is one of our most favorite places. We consider it a home away from home--and when we are there, Karim and his exemplary staff (valets included) always make us feel that way. It's like Cheers in the TV series--"a place where everybody knows your name" and is truly glad to see and serve you!

Great place, great food, great service, great atmosphere, great experience--always positive and outstanding in every way.

Thank you!!!

Judie and Fred Hosey

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JR
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

City Cafe has it all...food, service and ambiance. Love those hot rolls! Look forward to returning.

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F
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City Cafe has white tablecloths, excellent service, really good food AND you can talk with the people with whom you are at dinner. This last item is one of the reason many in our Bluffview neighborhood go so often.

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D
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was slow and inattentive - I had to ask several times for my first cup of coffee. Our meal did not come out all at the same time so that people either had to start eating before everyone was served or let their eggs get cold while waiting. I ordered the chiliquilles and was very disappointed - just a bowl of scrambled eggs with nothing on the side (not even salsa or a slice of avocado). Very disappointing meal.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Staff was very friendly and accommodating! Food was outstanding as was the lemon basil martini

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DD
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service, food and cocktails!

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DD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

As always, the food was delicious! Have been going to City Cafe for years and have never been disappointed. Took some friends that had never been and they enjoyed themselves. I had the special which was Redfish and it was wonderful! Their warm cabbage salad is ALWAYS worth the trip.
Dedicated Diner

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved City Cafe! It was our first visit, and instantly the owner made us feel like family. Our waiter was fantastic, recommendations were excellent, food came out quick but gave you enough time to enjoy your appetizers as well. They also treated us to dessert as it was our anniversary dinner. Loved the atmosphere, service and food. We will be back!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Very poor experience, we don’t plan to be back

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GE
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had lunch with colleagues. Menu is perfect, something for everyone. Service was awesome and staff was very accommodating.

Will be back definitely.

A+ service every time.

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D
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cozy place with exceptional food. We'll be back.

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JG
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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B
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

When we got there the manager came out and said they closed early due to no business!

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LM
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve. Great service and care. Louder than usual due to larger groups but still great. Excellent menu.

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TT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

We have always liked City Cafe but it was the wrong choice for New Years Eve. We thought it would be quiet and romantic but they had several large parties and they seated us in the party room with them instead of seating us in the main dining room (mistake number 1). Then the servers were overloaded so we got less attention than the bigger groups (mistake number 2). We were there almost two hours before our entrees came to the table and by that point the noise level was so high we couldn't stand it any longer so we asked them to pack up our meals so we could leave. At that point the manager tried to offer us another table in the main dining room but we were no longer interested in staying. The offer came too late (mistake number 3). All of this was unfortunate and unnecessary. The biggest disappointment was that we really missed the City Cafe we remembered from our past experiences. I'm not sure if we will return...

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LS
Dallas
68 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ken and Karin are wonderful. One of the reasons we keep coming back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Great choice and noise level allows for good conversation!

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E
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

delish , personal attention, quiet & calming atmosphere, a great birthday evening

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RH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our groups eats there with moderate frequency. Always a good experience.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food has been consistently good since they opened, and they keep up with the times. The service is impeccable, and they have valet which makes parking a breeze.

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S
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed is the best description. We seemed to be an imposition to the waiter. I thought I was in New York not Dallas. The house salad consisted of Spring mix and a few strips of tomatoes drowned in a very tart dressing. I ordered the duck rare. It was medium well at best. The polenta was lumpy. The whole entree had been under the heat lamp so long that a film had covered the polenta. I would have sent it back, but not a cool thing to do when my date had the sole special. She did say the sole was excellent, but she requested an additional vegetable instead of the potatoes. We had to ask for the vegetables again after the meal was served. I will not be returning.

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w
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Karim and the entire staff are attentive and the food was awesome. We dont go as often as we should considering the service, quality of food and value.

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KM
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not as we remembered. Things seemed off track. Service appeared annoyed and the food was mediocre. Sorry state of affairs. Disappointing because the last time we dined there was such a lovely experience.

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f
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Karim, Rodrigo and the City Cafe staff did a superlative job with food, service, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere!!

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M
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten there several times. Also very good service and good food. Recommend to anyone.

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G
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant. Excellent atmosphere, food and service. Unfortunately, the last time I was there, a very loud individual at the next table made ifs difficult for me and my companion to have a conversation. This is not typical at City Cafe, so I will return again and hope to have a more quiet experience.

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o
Dallas
59 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience always. Attentive host. Excellent wines and cocktails

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R
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

B-day dinner

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific brunch with my entire family of 11. Excellent!

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RE
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The food was delicious. Try the asparagus! Great atmosphere.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure and both the food and atmosphere are wonderful. My birthday dinner was memorable.

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DG
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive service, easy to have a conversation without shouting, and centrally located.

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KB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always look forward to our visits to Dallas and the City Cafe. It is like going home. The specialness of the food and the excellent service never disappoint us.

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d
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most attentive service and excellent food. A favorite of mine. This restaurant should be on everyone’s list!

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f
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Karim, his chefs and staff are always off the chart with great cuisine, service, and warm hospitality . City Cafe is our local "home away from home ," and they work overtime making us feel that way!!

Our server Veronica did her usual superlative and delightful job!!!

Thank you so very much,

Judie and Fred Hosey and guest Marilyn Newall

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch—the food was excellent. The Mochiko Asparagus Spears appetizer is a must try! Karim was a wonderful host and the service was very attentive. You won’t be disappointed!

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MG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food (crab cakes and a crab louis salad) was excellent. The lunch was made even more special by the warm and attentive service. Lovely!

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CI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

This has been a long time neighborhood restaurant. But on at least this night they were off their game. Three of the four entrees were oversalted. Service was not attentive even though they were not busy. Charged for 5 coffee's when our four person table only had three.

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MS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

High standards here provide for consistently exceptional experience. We had so-so service one night but management support was there to ensure we left satisfied.

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