City Cafe - Dallas

4.9
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$31 to $50
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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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K
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service with great table side presentation of the dover sole! Each of our four entrees and two appetizers were well-prepared. Ample portions, too.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere and incredible service.

s
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at a fair price. Service could not have been better.
I will definitely go back when I am in Dallas again

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at City Cafe last night. Was our first time in and it was made into an experience by the host Karim. I had the trout and it was amazing. Very traditional white table cloth experience, good wine, good food and good service

B
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening from start to finish

o
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to visit with friends and enjoy consistently delicious food
The staff are friendly and efficient --such a delight!!

A
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific dinner with superb service. I highly recommend City Cafe for an escape from the noise levels and rushed service in most restaurants.

JP
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Karim and crew never fail to impress. The reintroduction of caviar is very exciting for us. Always new and exclusive wine choices that park just right with our meals and tastes!

OT
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service!

S
Houston
75 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious brunch menu.

G
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service in a familiar and comfortable setting. Reliable standard menu selections, wonderful bread basket to start.

f
Dallas
63 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was superlative!! City Cafe is simply the BEST!!!

LG
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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PH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food outstanding. Service even better.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service!!

A
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love City Cafe. Always good food, service and ambiance.

R
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! It was my birthday and they treated me to a free dessert :-)

DD
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always a favorite. Great food and service!

RM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice and cozy and intimate. Wonderful place to take your gal and wine and dine her. Nice but not over the top. Loved the staff and food was great. Limited menu but quality selections.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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A
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Great spot for a wonderful meal and conversation.

t
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service is always very good. Food never misses! Everyone is always friendly and helpful. Lunch or dinner, business or pleasure it's a great place to be.

JC
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent.

WJ
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A nice experience.. service was top great and the food matched.. Valet service is available so parking is not an issue.

RM
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. made us feel very welcome, like long time customers even though it was our first time dining there. Definite neighborhood gem to be repeated. Staff made several suggestions on wine and menu that proved to be excellent. Can't wait to go back.

f
Dallas
63 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding. Management and staff service,as well as ambiance could not be better!

d
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the Best in Dallas. Would compare favorably with any high end restaurant in Dallas .

CL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for a ladies lunch with wonderful food, nice staff, white table cloth and full bar for those who want to celebrate.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff met us with friendly greetings. The food and wines were promptly served and were enjoyed by all. Unexpected desserts were furnished in recognition of our 62nd wedding anniversary. We were glad we chose City Cafe for the occasion.

KK
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

City Café is an outstanding choice for lunch or dinner, as it has been for a wonderfully long time. The food, service and ambiance are excellent, and everyone is warmly welcomed and remembered. It is perfect for business conversations or family/friend get-togethers and celebrations.

R
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

CB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although we're not regulars, and don't live in the Park Cities, they always make us feel at home. The food is good and reasonably priced. Probably won't knock your socks off, but it won't disappoint you either. A good solid restaurant and a great place for small celebrations.

PS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was incredible. I must on my next trip to Dallas.

JH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are one that appreciates being recognized everytime you walk in the door, this is the place to go especially for special times, i.e. birthdays, anniversaries etc.

D
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a great rare restaurant. They really know how to treat you from the moment you arrive till you leave. All the staff and Karim are very friendly and give that added service that you rarely find in restaurants today. The atmosphere allows you to carry on a conversation at your table and your ears are not competing with noise. It's a great place to go, it's like stepping into a comforting space. The food is excellent and a great choice of wine to compliment any meal. Everything I have ordered has been great. Last but not least it is a classy joint that you will enjoy experiencing.

B
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

City Cafe I never disappoints. We have been regulars there for many years

C
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Have been coming to City Cafe for 25yr but not recently. Time to revisit!!! Service was very good and our waiter did all the right things; very consistent. Noise level excellent, relatively quiet and easy to carry on a conversation. Began to fill at 6-6:30. Wine choices good for short list. Started with snails and mushrooms in cream sauce that was excellent. Wife had Wiener schnitzel that was nicely flavored; sides ok. I had duck breast and polenta with very nice sauce, but duck sausage was bland and needed something! Everything served hot and with sufficient time between courses, which is often forgotten in many restaurants! Will return for presymphony dinner. Also recommended.

U
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Mother’s Day brunch - Limited menu was disappointing. Especially given that they ran out of crab cakes. Crab was also notably absent from the crab eggs Benedict. The redfish was so over cooked as to be chewy, and the Blum cake and strawberry flan sent back uneaten because they were found inedible by 5 people. The were pear salad and key lime pie were great, though.

In short, entrees fell flat. Very flat.

M
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a terrific place to go for Mother’s Day. My only criticism is that it seemed a little pricey for what we got.

l
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not my first time at this restaurant. ALWAYS had a wonderful culinary experience a well as service!