City Cafe - Dallas

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588 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
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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4.9
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful!

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A
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

t
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent.

WJ
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

RM
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
58 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

d
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

CL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Anniversary

CB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

JH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
23 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

C
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on 25 May 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.

U
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 12 May 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.

M
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on 12 May 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.

l
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

PD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great all aspects

B
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

TX
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Early Mother’s Day

D
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on 3 May 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.

c
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on 2 May 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.

LF
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

JB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 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.

p
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 22 April 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.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

N
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 18 April 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!

J
London
19 reviews
Dined on 17 April 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.

OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

SW
1 review
Dined on 11 April 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!

JO
1 review
Dined on 7 April 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.

c
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 29 March 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.

M
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 26 March 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.

MM
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brunch after Church.

K
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 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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