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#276 of 2,489 Restaurants in Dallas


$21 - $35
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Reviewed January 13, 2020

We had not been to City Cafe in quite some time and honestly we had forgotten about it, but several weeks ago it came to mind and we made a reservation. We won't forget about it any more, the food, service and ambience was all...excellent. We'll definitely be going back.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 2, 2019

I have never had such great food and service in my life! Upscale casual setting. Superb attention to detail and service. The Maître d’/Host went out of his way to ensure our experience was the best!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed April 28, 2019

From the moment we walked in, our group of 4 loved this place. Karim made us feel special as I observed he does everyone. The service was impeccable. My husband had liver and onions (yuck from me) but he wanted to see how a restaurant...would do the dish. He said the liver was slightly overcooked but the preparation was outstanding, including a really good reduction sauce. My veal scallopini was delicious. Son-in-law had the duck and daughter had the pork tenderloin. We would definitely enjoy City Café again.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed January 30, 2019 via mobile

We met friends here for lunch, we arrived early, but we were welcomed like old friends! We used valet parking, as it is difficult finding parking; however everyone from parking valet to all the staff And the chef, introduced themselves and made us welcome! Our...two waitresses were Abbey and Maylie (hopefully I spelled their names right), seated us, brought us the bread basket and butter, took our drink orders and hung my coat while we waited for our friends. Abbey suggested I try a Mango Mimosa, which was very good! Eventually, our friends arrived and ordered their drinks and we settled in for visiting. No one rushed us, but we did order onion rings for the table. Delicious, crunchy coating and nicely cooked. Spouse was so happy with them, he ordered another later on. Our wait staff, including a nice gentleman, proceeded to bring a second round of drinks, which made us decide to order the Tempura asparagus-oh my! So good! It is lightly battered, then served with Meyer lemon aioli sauce and topped with Parmesan, a delight. We should have stopped there, but instead a couple orders of crab cakes were enjoyed, as far as we could tell, all crab, no fillers! I enjoyed a plate of sliced heirloom tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella, basil and lemon olive oil dressing. Very good, but I added some sugar to cut the tartness of the dressing. throughout our time there the service was top notch, friendly yet professional. Just as we were all thinking of calling for the check, here come the staff with two desserts, free from the maitre d, Karim Alaoui. Although we all were full, we split dessert willingly! This is a lovely venue, white tablecloths and all, quiet although it had many customers, you could visit without having to yell, a real delight. Only wish it were much closer to our home. Btw, prices are reasonable for such a great place! All in all, this would be my go to place if we lived nearer.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed October 17, 2018

My wife has the unique ability to choose fabulous restaurants in places we haven't been before and this is one of them. The service and food were superb. Karim Alaoui's, the owner, wine recommendation was spot on, all of the foods we ordered were prepared...perfectly, and served professionally. While there is a cafe part, the fine dining part is very tastefully appointed.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed September 18, 2018

City Cafe is a terrific little place where my Carrollton friends and my Grand Prairie friends can all meet centrally. It is upscale, but not snooty. The menu is different every time we go there, and we haven't had a bum dinner yet. I'd recommend...the calamari for an appetizer (if squid is your thing. It is cooked like onion rings) Most of the time we are too stuffed for dessert (but the dessert menu is varied and very rich) Sharing a dessert around the whole table works best. My favorite meal is the brunch with the pastry/bread basket, Mimosas and City one-on-one Benedict. Extremely tasty. The entrees are absolutely photogenic and taste just as good. My favorite part is that they serve entire teapots of hot flavored tea instead of by the measly cup for us tea connoisseurs. The service is impeccable and very very friendly. You are never rushed, nor do you have to wait to pay your check. And the waiters are glad to take group pictures of your table. The restaurant at Lovers lane and the toll way is also centrally located with a fun Nicholson-Hardie and WildBirds Unlimited stores next door that you can peruse while trying to digest your meal. I very much recommend this place.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

Sophisticated ambiance, without the stuffiness. Finally discovered a quiet restaurant with that touch of elegance that is missing. Food was spot on, had the tomato soup along with the veal. Potatoes & green beans to round out a great dinner. Hot, fresh dinner roll alongside...was a nice touch. I tried two items for dessert. The key lime pie, while rich and textured nicely was a bit too tart for me. They replaced it without hesitation with their unique coffe and brittle cake, truely unique and tasty. Service & prices on par for this style of restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I joined 2 friends for dinner at City Cafe. This was our first time here. Our host, Karim was outstanding. He provided us with an excellent wine selection and great dinner recommendations. I had a delicious pork chop with wonder sides. Everyone...at the table has excellent dishes. The wait staff was very attentive and personable. The four of us had a wonderful evening.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

My first visit. Hostess was great and Super friendly. We got the booth we asked for. My bf has been going for years ... fresh out of the oven hot bread ... amazing. Some Parmesan and what appeared to be cracked pepper crisps as well...in a basket. Classy elegant and quiet , and in Dallas, quiet and romantic hard to find. Got the Crab Louie as a starter ....oh what a masterpiece! Fresh, so Fresh. With what appeared to be a mango sauce underneath. The Crab and avocado and All ingredients so fresh. We split the Wagyu short rib as we weren’t very hungry. PLENTY for the two Of us. Wonderful mashed potatoes with I believe a Cabernet glacé.... and green beans. The Wagyu was so tender and tasty, the glacé amazing. The owner sent over the Key Lime Pie. It was tasty but not My fave in Dallas. Overall a great experience. I can’t wait to return ! Service all over on point . Bravo !More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed May 29, 2018

Have been multiple times and while staff recognizes you and thanks you for coming back, on the last visit when busy they took advantage of this. We had to wait for service, clears, refills, etc. while other guests were taken care of first, even though...we were next in line. Pleasant atmosphere and good product, but not excellent as it has been in the past.More

Date of visit: February 2018
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5