Permanently Closed - City Cafe - Dallas

4.8
620 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I searched for a New Years Eve restaurant that would have good food, service and feel upscale but not raucous & loud. Based on reviews that was what we expected. Nothing was horrible but it wasn’t special either.
When we arrived we had to wait at the door for the hostess to seat another party. We had a reservation but she told us “they had a couple of open tables, see one you want?” Odd. And the owner was decanting wine right by the front door. Odd.
There were balloons scattered around & party hats on the tables and a special menu with of course higher prices. Our server was friendly but very busy. The other staff helping her were honestly more professional & accommodating than the actual waitresses. The reviews had raced about service & the owners attention but evidently he was too busy decanting wine.
We both ordered halibut. It was dry especially since the preparation said it was cooked in butter sauce. The vegetable accompaniments weren’t great but there were lots of capers in the sauce. The Oblivion Cake was a rich chocolate mousse cake with a truffle on top & candy crunch. We weren’t impressed.
So we didn’t have a bad experience but it wasn’t great. Two hundred dollars later, we think we could have done better.

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SusanC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite quick valet, polite resturant staff
Great decorations, great food
They make really good drinks especially the martini

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vipfreddiefrog
Dallas
85 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best there is for food, service and ambiance—always!!!

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vipAllisonS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! It was a fabulous evening! They went over and beyond for our special requests even on such a busy evening as Xmas eve. Thank u!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas dinner with family!

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Rebecca
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had not been to this restaurant in years and my family decided to go there over the holidays. We were a bit disappointed in everything- from the service to the food to the tired ambiance. The hostess was not warm and friendly. And our waiter was not very good- he rushed us throughout the meal and kept walking off before we could finish placing our drink order and main meal order. The waiters who filled our water were nice and very good. We all ordered something different and two of the main entres- the shrimp and the scallops - were very bland and mediocre. The trout was good. I would not go back there.

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JenntheAwesome
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for birthday celebration, was not disappointed. Amazing food and excellent service. Definitely will return.

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vipOenofoodie
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Terrific food. Love the salads, filet and trout, warm cabbage salad, desserts. Friendly service - white table cloth nice with neighborhood familiarity.

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twn1
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorites A true neighborhood restaurant. Cozy, quiet, low lighting, excellent food, very good service. My personal preference is the Caesar salad followed by the veal and a key lime pie.

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vipLarryM
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service for Sunday brunch.

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vipJCAL
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding, and Karim Alaoui and his staff make sure that every guest has a wonderful meal and experience.

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Joanie
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding! Lovely quiet place, just right for business dinner. Food was fantastic!!

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vipStephenB
Dallas
78 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

City Cafe ranks at the top of our dining list!!! It is consistently outstanding. We try to dine there at least once or twice a month and we are never disappointed. Their menu has changed in the last three months and we love the additions. Hats off to Karim who knows how a place like his should be run!!!

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Kenny
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere and incredible service.

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stevem
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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
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

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vipBubba
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening from start to finish

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opal
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!!

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vipAnnabelle
Dallas
22 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.

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vipJohnP
Dallas
25 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!

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vipPauletteD
Dallas
38 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry to find City Cafe has closed. One of my favorite restaurants in Dallas. Love the people and the food. It’s a sad day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service!

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Gogomom
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.

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vipSevillachica
Houston
89 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious brunch menu.

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vipfreddiefrog
Dallas
85 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLindaG
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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PHPMD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food outstanding. Service even better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service!!

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vipAnne
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Rachel
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDallasDines
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always a favorite. Great food and service!

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RandyM
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.

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

Wonderful!

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vipAnnabelle
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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viptastyinthecity
Dallas
21 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.

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vipJCAL
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent.

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vipWillJ
San Francisco
41 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.

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vipRMorris
Dallas
39 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.

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vipfreddiefrog
Dallas
85 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Permanently Closed - City Cafe - Dallas is rated 4.8 stars by 620 OpenTable diners.