We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 247 Rochester Restaurants

City Cafe

216 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN 55902
+1 507-289-1949
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 247 Restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Write a Review

126 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    64
    41
    16
    4
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Winnipeg, Canada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Ate outside in beautiful September weather. Everything was great. Had the parmesan grouper and it was so good with a delicious sauce. The salad was also excellent. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and cozy. The service was top notch.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rapid City, South Dakota
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We visited here on a Sunday evening looking for someplace to eat downtown. Many places were closed. Nice outdoor patio and pleasant indoor seating. We had the bleu cheese appetizer and maple chicken breast. Both were exceptional! One of the best meals I have had in a restaurant. The waitress was very friendly also. I will definitely return.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Salt Lake City, Utah
Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We dined at a place that says it's a great seafood restaurant, and it was OK. Our server was brand new and very nervous, but otherwise nice. I ordered the Pecan crusted Florida Grouper, which they said was their "signature dish". It was actually somewhat overcooked, so a bit dry. The sauce was very nice, though, thankfully, so it helped... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Rochester, Minnesota
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Enjoyed lunch here the other day; I enjoyed being able to eat at the nice patio outside. There aren't many places that provide this in Rochester. I've normally enjoyed City Cafe's lunches, but was disappointed with the salmon burger. It was a bit mushy and didn't have much flavor. The fries were pretty good though and helped redeem the meal.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a great place to get sea food and have a drink in a relaxed atmosphere. There are booths and tables, all nicely appointed. In addition to the main menu, the daily specials are wonderful. Try the mediteranian mussels -- they really are different from N. American ones!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Millville, Minnesota
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Looking for a lunch or quick Dinner! City Cafe is fine dining and great food! I love the atmousphere. It is a great 1st date place...(This is where I had mine) and has great service!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Asheville, NC
Top Contributor
302 reviews 302 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

When the Mayo starts letting people out for lunch, all of downtown Rochester gets slammed pretty quickly. But because this restaurant is a little farther down the street, it fills up more slowly and may be a good option when other places have long lines or no tables. My wife and I ate there during a recent trip, and we... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Grouper special is what City Cafe is best known for and it did not disappoint. The presentation suited the fresh well-prepared fish and its sides. The Pecan Crusted Walleye was also good. The service was prompt and friendly. And don't miss the pesto and olive oil for dipping the bread.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

The best thing about this place is that they are open later than most places in town. Waitress was pleasant, seemed to know the menu, and was attentive. Based on my meal however, I cannot recommend this restaurant. The tomato soup tasted terrible as if it were loaded with sugar. The shrimp bruschetta just didn't work and the serving was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a great little restaurant we ran into when we were walking around the Mayo Clinic looking for a place to eat. They had just opened a little outside area with tables and umbrellas where they have set up a grill and have lunch specials on the grill, (or you can order off the regular menu). We had the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed City Cafe also viewed

 

Been to City Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about City Cafe

Address: 216 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN 55902
Phone Number: +1 507-289-1949
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
Cuisine: American

Do you own or manage City Cafe?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing