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216 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN 55902
+1 507-289-1949
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Ranked #11 of 250 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
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Bologna, Italy
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Good food, good cocktails, a nice bar. You can choose some nice picks among the menu, but the best are the mushroom soup and their FABULOUS and GIANT chocolate cake!! need a try.

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Des Moines, Iowa
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I had an excellent hamburger with gorgonzola cheese and fries, plus a dark ale from the tap. I passed up the chocolate cake but you might plan to leave room for it--it looked stupendous. The atmosphere is comfy and casual.

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Durango, Co
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The craft beer selection was excellent, but one chef is from New Orleans and his evening special was crayfish and shrimp etoufee that was excellent. Five stars except that we also went to Pescara and Mango Thai for two even more wonderful meals.

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Big Lake, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I thought the City Cafe was a typical bar like all the others in downtown Rochester, but it had a varied menu. My husband had a delicious Gorgonzola burger, and I had a unique fish and chips. Baked fish, home style potatoes, and deep fried pickles (not my favorite). I give them credit for trying something different with their menu.... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you have to fast before getting lab tests and must avoid certain foods for a period, I'd recommend City Cafe. They have a number of healthy options. I had seared tuna on peppers with rice. The food is well prepared, the service is quick and the atmosphere is pleasant. It's only a block from the Clinic and many hotels.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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158 reviews 158 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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

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Rochester, Minnesota
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111 reviews 111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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!

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

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