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 249 Rochester Restaurants

City Cafe

216 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN 55902
+1 507-289-1949
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #6 of 249 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

130 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    64
    44
    17
    4
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Des Moines, Iowa
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Durango, Co
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Big Lake, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Winnipeg, Canada
Senior Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rapid City, South Dakota
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Salt Lake City, Utah
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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 4
Rochester, Minnesota
Top Contributor
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
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!

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

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

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