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City Cafe

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216 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN 55902
+1 507-289-1949
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
The Tuna is a good pick

I have a gluten allergy and it was tough finding something, but ended up with the tuna. It was good. Loved the staff. very friendly and tried to help me get someone i could eat. They have a full bar and a good happy hour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Joe M
Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have a gluten allergy and it was tough finding something, but ended up with the tuna. It was good. Loved the staff. very friendly and tried to help me get someone i could eat. They have a full bar and a good happy hour.

Thank Joe M
Washington dc
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by City Cafe for lunch. I had the Wild mushroom naan pizza and was blown away! I ordered it with some trepidation as I am not a pizza person, the tomato sauce usually gives me heartburn! This pizza had no tomato sauce but was prepared on a thin crust bread with roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, melted mozzarella and fresh spring... More 

Thank kc1016
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171 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Certainly a quaint, pub feel place and what I would call general fare with some emphasis on Cajun given the shrimp / crawfish étouffée and a unique shrimp and crawfish pizza. The service is efficient, with quick serve food. The Mussels are really good but pricy at 10 mussels for $16. The Walley is a generous portion with a side... More 

Thank Travelsavi
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I travel a lot for work and rely on trip advisor for places to eat on the road. City cafe is incredible. Had the seafood stew and it is one of the best meals I have had this year. I will be back

Thank Adam S
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111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

We are here again while here for a Mayo appointment. The warm pub atmosphere was pleasant and our waitress, Rudie, was friendly and helpful. Food was good Still wish TA had reviews that would allow a half Would probably say 4,5 Overall, very pleasant & will come back on next trip

Thank jennyseinert
Lomira, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

Quick, easy, late lunch/early dinner, be sure to go here!!! The burger was awesome and the fries too. It was a really great atmosphere, loved the layout and the really great antique pieces. There was a real attention to detail in every area. Really clean too.

Thank DonnaKrider
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in at City Cafe for a light dinner the night before surgery at Mayo. Sat right down and had drinks immediately after we ordered them. Nice wait staff. Helpful and available. She brought bread and a nice olive oil pesto to start. We ordered mussels, a salad and french onion soup. They have a readable wine and drink menu... More 

Thank K A
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Really cool atmosphere. Best baked french onion soup I've ever had. Please check this place out if you're in the area!

Thank Sarah K
West Bend, IA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

My daughters and one granddaughter had a great day shopping and doing the Escape Challenge in Rochester and were looking for a nice restaurant to finish our day of togetherness. We found City Café was open until 11:00p.m. with a very inviting menu--just what we wanted. The service was friendly and the food was wonderful. We ordered 3 entrees to... More 

Thank JudyWestBend_IA
Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

When by myself and don't feel like cooking, and want a meal light in calories and light on the wallet, a seat at the bar is perfect. The Tuna Tostadas paired with a glass of syraz fills me up. For more food try the Tuna Tacos or the Sesame Crusted Tuna. Don't like Tuma? The rest of the menu is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?