City Cafe - Dallas

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571 Reviews
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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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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U
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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M
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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l
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all aspects

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B
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joined friends for a weeknight dinner. From our warm welcome through to our delicious dessert, great evening.

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TX
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Mother’s Day

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D
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food every time. Highly recommend it to anyone. Gras setting, service is exceptional. A place for those to go to - to be served with grace and dignity. It has become our go to restaurant. You can actually have a conversation and hear each other, unlike most restaurants today.

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c
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was very slow because there was only one waiter for the entire restaurant. Given the number of tables I suspect that someone did not show to work. There were other level staff there but they did not take up the slack to help the one poor waiter out.

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LF
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the liver and onions here. They are the best!!

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JB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal was prepared perfectly. There is a reason this place has been around for so long. Service was professional and friendly. I will be back.

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p
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to City Cafe with my ladies' lunch group. Food was excellent and service was great also. Four of us ordered the crab cakes, which came with roasted potatoes & asparagus, all perfectly prepared. The other 3 people had shrimp & grits, fish & chips and the bean soup. Everyone said their food was excellent. The service was excellent without being obtrusive.

City scare is located aged on the north side of Lovers Lane in a busy strip shopping center with limited parking, but there is a free parking garage on the west side of the restaurant. I highly recommend that you park in the garage. The restaurant also offers valet parking.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. The crab cakes were scrumptious as well as the lump crab eggs Benedict.

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Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mom had a chicken with stewed vegetables. I don’t like chicken or stew. But I’ll order that next time! The sauce was perfect!

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J
London
17 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been in a while, but will start going back to on a regular basis. food and service were great.

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Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food - great attentive service and Karin, the owner, is very personable and engaging!

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SW
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best dining experience ever! My whole Dover Sole was so delicious!! The service, the wine and ridiculously delicious desserts. 12 stars out of 10!

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JO
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd recommend City Cafe to anyone who enjoys a relaxed ambiance and good food. The service is attentive without being pushy, and the decor is lovely.

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c
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Karim , the host, is the best restaurateur in Dallas. The food is consistently excellent. The menu recently changed with great additions.

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M
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted like an important guest. The service was great. The food was excellent and reasonably priced.
Went for business meeting. Will go back with my spouse.

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MM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch after Church.

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K
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

City Cafe sets the bar high in terms of quality service and exquisite food! It will be a definite part of our future visits to Dallas!

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MT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Wonderful! Love you guys!!!!

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D
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, service, food, and atmosphere. This is my second time in two months that's how great it is.

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P
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Very expensive and not that great. Host is exceedingly pretentious.

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JB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Nice dining room. Food was great.

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o
Dallas
74 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service Wonderful food and great wine selection. This is real gem

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e
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The parking lot is a little tricky so plan for a few dollars for the valet...who is very quick and experienced. The maître d is amazing, so personable and welcoming, makes us feel like special friends even just on the 3rd visit there. The food is fantastic, from the menu or the daily specials.

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C
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Quiet (hard to find these days and very good food.

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BD
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with the atmosphere that enabled conversation

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SS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Have eaten here many times and been pleased. This time was very poor. Our service was poor. Many tables seated after us were on entree before our order was even taken. We had to have water server summon our waiter to finally get service. Mushroom soup was watery. Liver and onions was very bad texture and bad flavor -ordered by two people and neither enjoyed it. One person had the halibut special which was ordinary at best. A fourth had salmon which was good, but sides that came with it were poor. It was a very disappointing evening and I am not sure when if ever we will return.

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KK
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food but the bottles of wine are over priced!! we eat out a lot and know.

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W
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had my mother's 79th birthday dinner on a Saturday night and got a back table which cut down on the noise quite a bit for our party of 7. Abbey was a great service provider and she was very attentive to our needs. Had a great time and City Cafe is one of her favorite places from the past.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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
54 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 4, 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
3 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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