City Cafe

97% love it
Pre-theatre dining
City Cafe's ultramodern interior and close proximity to Baltimore's arts hot spots make this restaurant one to come back to.
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    • HLMencken
      HLMencken Over a year ago

      Absolutely will miss City Cafe once I move to Dallas. I love outdoor seating and great oysters and amazing food. The servers are amazing. Drinks are wonderful

    • tags443
      tags443 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Unfortunate, I really used to like this place
      Their food is good, but their prices have been going up way too much. The restaurant didn't participate in gay pride this year because they are "not a gay restaurant". In my opinion you don't have to be a gay restaurant to support the community. I noticed they put a pride flag out front weeks after pride was over, probably due to the backlash from the community. It's very unfortunate, because I really used to like this place and went there often. It was one of my favorites.

    • Bmore21230
      Bmore21230 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Atmosphere and Food
      ...In that order. I go to City Cafe because I love the atmosphere. The place is open, bright, and airy. The staff are super friendly and accomodating. The food is delicious as well. I personally have NEVER had any complaints with what I ordered. I did one time overhear someone at the table complaining to his server that the salad he ordered was disappointing. (It was missing some of the ingredients listed on the menu.) The server graciously apologized, took the salad back to the kitchen, and brought something back that seemed to make him happy. I have never had to express unhappiness with my order, but I am confident that if I ever needed to, it wouldn't be an ordeal. Oh yeah, and the cocktail menu is a bit on the pricey side, but SO worth it.

    • sstjr
      sstjr Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great location
      staff was very friendly and very attentive host was very considerate as to where i wanted to sit. Very attractive boys working there. was clean, comfortable, nicely appointed. Food was great, but portions were a little small, and there were no dinner rolls. Slightly overpriced for what u get. I would go again.

    • soulmusicboy
      soulmusicboy Over a year ago
      Hates it

      No longer the cool chill spot
      Menu is wack now and over-priced. Too many old queens lost the young hip edge

    • Ottawa80
      Ottawa80 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice Meeting Place
      You pay for the environment. Nice menu. It's a little loud but it's always active and a central gathering place in Baltimore. Probably the most gay restaurant in Baltimore but chill, not pretentious. Out-of-towners welcome always!!

    • gehglass
      gehglass Over a year ago
      Loves it

      This place was Great! Had dinner the food was outstanding more then i ever expected from the quality to the final presentation. It was so great we went back the next day for brunch. The service and the personal attention was outstanding. Thanks again, we will be back. I frequent at least 5 restaurants a week throughout the eastern US and I would have to rate you one of the to 10!

    • redrockers
      redrockers Over a year ago
      Hates it

      The Charm Is Gone
      The recently renovated City Cafe is a total disaster. The prices have gone up up up so it's no longer a reasonable burger (now over $11) and Beer ($6.50 for 14oz draft). Let's face it, the food was never that good. Fair at best but you went there cause it's gayer than anywhere else in town and you got two experiences. The dining room for drinks and food and the cafe for coffee and free wireless. Well now you HAVE to spend $5 for an hour of access and all the charm of the floors and furnishing have been replaced by those butterfly chairs that only homos with culturally enforced antiseptic taste would pay the $300 a chair at Pad (silly furniture store in fells point). The Martinis are still big and the service is still faux friendly, like that trick you nicely said goodbye to and then ripped up his number before you got in the car. So locals will go cause where else can you cruise before 10pm and tourists will continue to go cause otherwise Baltimore is a damn NON gay town. Just go knowing it's a gay restaurant not a good restaurant.

    • My Favorite Place
      Updated: New Year's Eve menu this year (2012) was phenomenal. Chardonnay wine pairing with the oysters appetizer was excellent. Good show, chef Jared. Previous review: I would rather be here than just about anyplace else. Food is great, whether one wants comfort food or something creative. Very sociable bar where people like to meet each other, and no attitude. Super friendly wait staff that makes me feel like a welcome friend.

    • cub4bear45
      cub4bear45 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      City Cafe
      Excellent food and the people are very friendly there over the years I have become a regular there and gotten to know some of the workers there. It is nice they know you by name and face. I like that.

    • Honey
      Honey Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Food!!
      City Cafe has a new chef and I tried all but one of the chefs features last night and the food was amazing!!!They are still undergoing a lot of renovations so the decor isn't the greatest but when its all said and done their grand reopening is going to be great. I love the 80's music it makes the atmosphere fun and the diversity of the place makes it very comfortable.

    • JoseVillarubia
      JoseVillarubia Over a year ago
      Loves it

      My favorite crab cakes
      It's a cafe/restauant, it's ample, there's always a place to sit, never have to wait. They have outside seating which is nice in the summer. Very good for hamburgers and they have my favorite crab cakes in Mt. Vernon.

    • Baltimorebear
      Baltimorebear Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Baltimore's favorite gay-friendly restaurant
      Near the Hippo and Central Station, enjoy an eclectic menu and window shop along Eager and Cathedral Streets. Informal cafe and restaurant with the best in lite snacks, sandwiches, and salads. They make great drinks too.

    • grababig1
      grababig1 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Very Popular Eatery in the Gay District
      Most impressive are the drinks - large and very well made! The food is quite good and portions are large. Many of the items are home style - meatloaf, chicken, terrific steaks, salads and all at reasonable prices. While it is difficult to park in this area, it is an easy walk from the gay bars.

    • operatic
      operatic Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Straight-and-Gay Friendly Place
      City Cafe is a great place for weekend brunch, dinner before a concert, or just reading and relaxing with coffee. Mixed cuisine ranges from sandwiches and burgers to gourmet entrees. There's a cafe section where you order at the counter, a full-service restaurant and a bar. Close to the Hippo and Grand Central bars; also close to the Baltimore Symphony and Opera.