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“Overall a very good restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of City Cafe

City Cafe
216 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN 55902
+1 507-289-1949
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Ranked #9 of 243 restaurants in Rochester
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Mankato, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Overall a very good restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

My family and I have eaten at this restaurant two or three times in the last year or two. The last time was two days ago for dinner. My daughters had cheese quesadillas and macaroni and cheese. The quesadillas were good, the macaroni were not. The fries their dishes went with were very good. My wife had filet mignon, and it was partly burned, but still tasted good, though a little too spicy. I had seafood stew, and it was fantastic! It reminded me of a lobster bisque I had many years ago in the Baleares islands, in Spain. It had muscles, clams, shrimp, and fish in a delicious tomato-based broth. This restaurant does not have a big menu, but they always have unusual dishes, so, if you like to try new and different kinds of dishes, you will love this restaurant. The last time we had gone, I had tasted their fish tacos (which they are famous for), and they were great too. The meal comes with some French baguette-like bread and a garlic pesto oil which was delicious! The service was all right, the atmosphere is nice and cozy, but a little too loud for conversation. The restaurant has a cute outside porch with tables where you can eat too. However, we ate inside in a booth. The price is fair for the quality of their food. I strongly recommend this restaurant for anyone who likes good and unique food without spending a lot of money.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rake, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Cozy and fun atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

This was a very convenient place to walk to from our appts. at Mayo Clinic. The outside atmosphere was fun and the food was excellent. I recommend the Asian Chicken Salad plate....Yummy! Staff were very friendly and I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Emporia, Kansas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A good value.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Is a small, but very comfortable facility. Has a nice outdoor seating area and very convenient to Mayo Clinic And downtown hotels. Not a big menu, but you will undoubtedly find something to like. Good wait staff and very reasonably priced.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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crystal
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“City Cafe is a star”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

It is always a treat to eat at the City Cafe we we travel to the Mayo Clinic. The menu isn't huge, but everything we've ordered the last several years has been great. It's a bit on the expensive side, but worth every penny in my opinion. The wait staff is pleasant and accommodating ...more bread please ... if is scrumptious with butter or Olive Oil

Visited June 2013
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Billund, Denmark
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88 reviews 88 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Outside patio for a light summer evening dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

As weather was excellent, we went for a light meal to the City cafe, where we could outside on the patio. Food was good, fresh salad, cheese and bacon crumbles and shrimps. Just the food for a summer evening. Service was good. They have some nice seafood dishes.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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