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City Cafe

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216 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN 55902
+1 507-289-1949
Website
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Favorite restaurant for years!

Maple-roasted chicken is delicious! Scallops are my second favorite dish. Outdoor seating area is wonderful!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Lori K
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Rochester, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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138 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rochester, Minnesota
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Maple-roasted chicken is delicious! Scallops are my second favorite dish. Outdoor seating area is wonderful!

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Rochester, Minnesota
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I LOVE City Cafe for a variety of reasons: quality, professional service with a smile, fresh ingrediants, quick service, DELICIOUS FOOD!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The French onion soup was incredible, great depth of flavors, wish I could have gotten a gallon to go! Great service and a nice selection of beers. Would definitely stop there again.

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Owatonna, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I had been here for lunch this afternoon, I am veggie , I went with some friends, actually they picked this place and thought will be ok joining them. I ordered the portobello mushroom burger as I wasn't quite sure about ordering other foods. This turned out to be so delicious that I enjoyed for fist time the flavor/ savory... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Looking for a great place for seafood so we thought we'd check it out. I had the Mussels Primaver my wife had the Apple Scallops. Both meals came out Luke warm, frozen ship was over cooked, 4 large "empty" mussel shells lined the plate I thought was kinda odd. I broke them up so they wouldn't be used the "garnish"... More 

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Lake City, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We had a weeknight dinner and the seafood appetizer was superb! Sauce and seafood very tasty. The pasta primavera did not have a great deal of flavor. The coconut curry was VERY spicy. Beware. My roasted walleye with seafood stuffing was on the special that night and it was excellent! The sauce and fish were the best. I would get... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
129 reviews 129 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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