Cite
Cite
  • Address:
    505 North Lake Shore Drive (Navy Pier)
    Lake Point Towers
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Steakhouse
    Price: $50 and over

Cite

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.citechicago.com/
  • Phone: 3126444050x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Oscar Ornelas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Cite offers a unique venue for all types of private events. Wedding Events, Social Celebrations, Corporate Events.
    Weekly fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights at Navy Pier

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Navy Pier
  • Public Transit: Navy Pier Trolley, Grand Avenue Bus 65, State Street 29 Bus
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at Lake Point Tower, pricing may vary on parking garage and seasons***
A word from Cite
For over 38 years, Cite has stood 70 stories high as a Chicago institution. The ultimate dining experience features savory menu selections, impeccable service, the romantic SkyLounge, private banquet room and breathtaking views of Chicago's skyline and lakefront.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Cite reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (133)romantic (97)special occasion (91)notable wine list (50)fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (18)late-night find (14)good for groups (10)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Unbelievably rude waiter
    ChicagoFoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The experience was very nice overall, until we were turned over to a very rude waiter - Ootsi. I guess he was in a hurry leaving, when we said we were still working on our plates.. He said impatiently, "still not finished?" In a few minutes, he came back, without us asking for our check, he literally threw it on our table, "this is your check", as if he was driving us out of the restaurant, without a chance to talk to him, he went away. We told him, we are not ready to leave and have not asked for our check, plus we have a groupon to apply (which we told the restaurant at the time of reservation) He said, "you should have told us u have a groupon", and walked away, again in a rude manner. We sat there in disbelieve. We've never had this ty
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    scenic view
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  • Cite exceeded expectations!
    Sarah
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was a great find. We'd read some mixed reviews and were prepared for poor service and ok food because we wanted that view, but what we got was quite the opposite. First, the view is exceptional no matter where you're sitting. This is reason enough to go. The menu had a little of everything. I had the duck and it was phenomenal. My husband has the ahi appetizer and wagyu steak. He said they were both great. We are both very accustomed to fine dining and this meal was excellent. The service was great. Our waiter was very attentive and the manager came around to check on us. They even provided some options for where to go after dinner. All in all a great experience.
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great Views, excellent for a special occasion with that special someone
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    When we arrived the front person was on the phone with a tenant. It took five minutes before she acknowledge our presents and another party. She did apologize but I was surprised that this upscale restaurant was not staff with a maître d. I was a bit disappointed to find out that there was other seating available away from the bar. A group of professionals were seated at the bar drinking and loud conversation. On most nights, this would not be an issue, but I advised the restaurant that my husband and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary prior to arriving. The entrees were presented well and were delicious. The dessert menu had very heavy desserts. I would have like to see a fruit plate or a fruit tart. Overall, the evening was fair.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This past Saturday we chose your establishment to enjoy an anniversary dinner. We arrived and were seated at a table with an awesome view directly across from the bar. We ordered a cocktail and then shortly made our selections. After soup and salad we ordered a second cocktail and asked for more bread and water, cocktails took over 10 minutes and no bread or water. The bar then became full with customers in shorts and jeans the bar was full and people standing. Once our mains came two young ladies arrived in shorts and obviously knew the staff because then, they were coming out of the woodwork! We still had no bread. Dessert arrived I asked for coffee, we were finished, no coffee. Ten minutes later the coffee came. It was cold!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Other reviews we right on
    TRock1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I read other reviews before my husband and I went for our 16th year anniversary and many were right on when they said...that the help was poor. They, or at least our waiter, was not very inviting at all, cold and basically only spoke to the men and again at least our waiter. The food was good but the view was very nice. GO for the veiw oh and the ceviche - it was awesome, very delicious.
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  • Cite
    javicapone
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was great. Hard to find entrance, srvce was great, had lamb and duck. Best duck I ever had....great night overall
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed this time
    BoatingGirl
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We visit this restaurant three to four times a year for various special occasions but on this last visit my lobster wasn't enjoyable at all because it was so chewy that I had to cut it into very small pieces. Gotta say I've never experienced this before so I don't know if it was overcooked or just not a good piece. The sauce was bland and presented sparingly so I requested some butter to give it some flavor. I had been looking forward to ordering lobster so I was very disappointed. We mentioned this to the waiter but nothing every came of it. My husband felt bad for me so he shared his Filet Mignon with me. It was tender and cooked medium just the way we liked it. For the hefty price tag this meal wasn't worth it.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaurant is high end with a reputation for view and romance. We arrived for our anniversary dinner to be seated at a table near an infant. I requested a table change and we were moved to a table near the kitchen and over the rooftop AC. So much for the view. What's with allowing infants? Also, there is no dress code, so customers arrived in shorts and tommy Bahama shirts. This was not what I expected from a high end restaurant. Service was slow from the waiter, although the bussing staff was good. I would not visit this restaurant again.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Chef's Tasting Menu
    Alleleman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went for the view, but were quite surprised by the very high quality of the food on the Chef's Tasting Menu and the wine list was also much better than expected.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Romantic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, amazing views, romantic setting! Very pricey though!
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disappointment
    MU2man
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I took a consultant to Cite for dinner. This was my first time dining there... it will also be my last. I booked the reservation online and asked for a window table... they seated us along the wall although there were plenty of tables available around the perimeter... "Sorry we forgot." So they up and move us. Then we wait... and wait and wait. The food was mediocre at best if that, but the tab was out of this world. One drink each, a moderately priced entree, one appetizer split, coffee, and one desert split... $250 with tip. This restaurant is "tired" along with the staff and the menu. But in all fairness to the restaurant, I blame myself because I chose to ignore the disappointing reviews and give it a try. Never again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diner711
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent view. The Escargot Francois was really good as well as the Filet Mignon. Highly recommended place to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    mrtorres09
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had the best time with my girlfriend great service and best view! Phenomenal Food!
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looks can be deceiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Actually. Just don't eat here. Period. For a good dining experience go to the signature room at the 95th floor of the Hancock center. Good service. Good food. Enough said.
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  • Amazing view and delicious food
    MrGarro
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had the duck with a side of buttered asparagus, which were perfectly cooked. The flavor was excellent and the view from the restaurant was amazing. I'm not a wine enthusiast, but I did notice they had a vast list of wines. No complaints on this restaurant. They validate your parking ticket (if you park in the building, that is) for $12.
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Night
    LiseannVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was our first night in town from LA, we had the perfect experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Experiance
    serviceisterriblehere
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Ok OpenTable review length is terrible to give the full experience as to how bad this visit was. In short arrived early, seated by the wall, asked to move to the window, long wait, only asked about wine to drink, asked about where he wrote down what we said and didn't ask about appetizers or sides with the meal and was prompt to leave the table. It was very very loud in there where I couldn't even hear across the 2 person table let alone get the attention of the waiter as he walked away. Quality of my steak was terrible. Cooked medium, dry like overly well done, ordered as medium-well...no flavor and gristle throughout making it inedible. If you go here simple go to have a drink at the bar and see the view and then proceed elsewhere.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High expectations, poor experience
    Chitowntourist
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We booked this based on a website that recommended restaurants with a view. We arrived 10 min prior to reservation and were seated right away. The view was pretty but that's where the positives stopped. It took a long time to get water or even place our order. One of the cocktails ordered was so sour it was undrinkable. When we asked the waiter about it he just took it away and didn't ask/offer to replace it. Come to find out he took it before the bartender could finish it. Our food took 1 1/2 hour to be servered and during the wait they brought bread and when we asked for butter they said they were out! The food was lack luster and not worth the price. These combined experiences made the dinner very disappointing. Do not waste your money!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Total flop
    foodieonarampage
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sure the view is good, but the food just is usually the worst you'll ever have. The petite steak Diane and my boyfriend's duck was good, but it stops there. There pomme gratin was absolutely disgusting and tasted like eating a Clove of garlic. It was objectively not good, and just incredibly too strong. I had the Amish chicken and it was literally the most disgusting thing I've had in my life. I don't know what they did to my piece of chicken but after the first bite, the rest of it tasted horrendous like permanent markers. I just spit it out and it was so bad it brought me to tears. The service was sub par, and our waiter didn't come to check in after we started the meal so I couldn't complain earlier. Overall $125 wasted.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion Experience
    Tonk
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary at a table by the window with a spectacular view of the city and lakeshore. The service was attentive and included some little specials like a cucumber and shrimp taste complements of the chef. The salads were fresh and unique. My wife had the scallops and corn relish which was very good and I had a large portion of duck breast and leg in a delightful sauce. Although we didn't have room for dessert, we did get a complementary small glass of dessert wine for our anniversary celebration. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a Dinner Date
    CKL1
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My wife & I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary on 8/19/14 at Cite. The service was very attentive and the food was awesome. The price was what I expected for a high end restaurant. Thank you Cite for the "Happy 19th Anniversary" menu, my wife is going to frame it. We look forward to returning in the near future.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    KatMon
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was our second time doing a buffet meal at Cite. The first was last year's Thanksgiving buffet which was quite good. That was why we decided to do the buffet again this past Sunday. The food was mediocre at best. Certainly not worth the $68/per person. We left feeling very disappointed.
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  • shorty
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food and service was wonderful. Don't know about the view as it was cloudy and you couldn't see anything.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Lakeview
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My only critique is that the parking valet service is rude and Citi should do a better job of directions on how to validate the parking ticket.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Good view and food. Bad service
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to Cite for a romantic dinner while visiting Chicago. The food was great and views spectacular, it was very romantic and a great view of the lake & city. However, our waiter was subpar. He was disengaged, couldn't remember our order, he had to come back to the table and ask again what we ordered while looking away the whole time. It took about 20-25 mins from when we sat down before we received our drink, and he never acknowledged my girlfriends presence, never spoke to her or asked if she enjoyed her meal. I enjoyed the restaurant and meal but hopefully the wait staff improves.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Jalexa
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Parking is difficult on a weekend summer night with it being so close to Navy Pier. Food is tasty and drinks are well done. Very pricey but would definitely recommend over the Signature Room because it is off the beaten path. One note though, if you plan to have a romantic evening with the fireworks option (view), don't bother. People swarm that side of the restaurant when the show starts, so you won't be able to see and enjoy peacefully from your table. A poor elderly woman, with a cane no less, and her party were visibly uncomfortable with all the onlookers surrounding their table. However, despite this, I must state that the restaurant did honor my reservation request of the firework view. Overall a good late night experience though...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful dining experience.
    FoodReview
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was the the fourth or fifth time I have been to the restaurant. The first time I was there the pompous hostess said audibly, "No, they don't get that table." I get it that it is a nice place and we were younger looking compared to the other people dining in, but they could be more professional. Oh, and the fact that they offer coupons on Groupon constantly should probably take them down a few levels. Anyways, this particular night on a crowded Saturday had kids running and screaming throughout the restaurant. A group of old people had a dog in a bag and the dog was parking throughout dinner. Once again, not a seeing eye dog, some little thing in a bag that would not stop barking. Food was way below average and the waiter sucked.
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  • Nothing but a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The view is very good. Otherwise the experience was not good. The could not cook the steaks correctly teice, although we just ate then the sevond time. Wevreturned the sides with the over cooked steaks thinking they would be hot (new). Instead they just set them on the side. To their credit, they did remove these items from the bill. Apparently a relative of the owner wsd dining therecat the same time. So we listened to their small dog bark for throughout dinner.
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  • Unremarkable!
    ChicagolandVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    When we arrived for our dinner they attempted to sit us at two bad tables even though the place was 3/4 empty on a Friday evening. Even though we were well dressed they wanted us to sit next to the waiter station. The service was a little slow but adequate and the views were very nice. After spending almost $200 on dinner for two, I attempted to order bananas foster for one. I was shocked to be told that they only do it for two due to ingredients. We have been to numerous 5 star restaurants with the similar stipulations on the menu but this is the first time we have been refused the desert. Bad form on the part of this restaurant. This place is now off our list of restaurants in Chicago!
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  • Too cold!
    Chicagophil
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were a party of 6 all dressed up nicely, girls in very light cocktail dresses. The AC was set so cold that all of the girls were freezing cold and really did not enjoy the evening - which was too bad. After asking more than once to take the AC down a little bit or to at least bring some additional blankets one of the waiters (not the one who was our official waiter) brought us a table cloth for the legs. Our neighbor table was also freezing. Especially if you look at the price range you'd expect everyone to be supersatisfied. This, unfortunately was not the case. I had hoped to make this night an unforgettable one - didn't happen. Or at least not the way I had planned it.
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    scenic view, notable wine list
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  • PERFECT!
    anetkaskarpetka
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We specifically chose Wednesday night to see the fireworks at Navy Pier and it was spectacular. The views were amazing, although we never would come back for our food (weve had better for cheaper) we thought the price was fair for the atmosphere and scenery we were getting. It was a beautiful night and the staff went above and beyond, we cant praise them enough. Truly a night to remember. Thank you Cite for a wonderful evening we definitely enjoyed it!
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Don't waste your money or time
    mrs3m
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went on fireworks night off the navy pier at 9:30.We made reservations for 8:30.They sat us next to the kitchen door where we had a great view of the city, but none of the lake/fireworks.It is the worst in the restaurant and shouldn't be offered at all.Not to mention we had no view of the fireworks.There were plenty of open tables on the pier side. Someone was upset in the kitchen and lots of dishes were breaking and pots being thrown, etc.There was a old drunken man who was sitting at the table behind us.He bothered EVERYONE who walked by-especially the staff--he should have been escorted out.I believe the restaurant is greatly understaffed.Regardless, the food was great--chef really knows his business.Oh, and it was freezing cold.
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  • All it has to offer is the view
    Bink
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Went here for my birthday dinner because I saw a groupon. Food was fine, perhaps a little cold. Tiny portions for ridiculously high prices. And the device was mediocre- they were was understaffed. The view is beautiful though! I would saw come for a drink and dessert to enjoy te view, but have dinner elsewhere.
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  • One of Chicago's Finest!!
    Chicago12
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food, view, atmosphere, staff just stunning!! This is truly a hidden Chicago gem.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Diner
    Diner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food and view were excellent, the service was spotty. Nearly every glass of wine poured, some of the wine ended up on the table. Server didn't frequent the table very often. End was very abrupt, no asking if there was anything else he could get it us, just very choppy service.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had a reservation and We were seated immediately. We sat for 10-15 minutes without any menus, water, nor bread. When our server finally acknowledged us, he broight out menus. We did ask to move to a window seat, and they accommodated us. After placing our order, our server finally gave us water, and someone came with the bread tray. This was about 30 minutes after sitting. Our food arrived in a timely fashion. It was plated nicely and the portions were a good size. But neither of our meals were hot, just luke warm and somewhat bland. For the price, I want to be wowed and I was not impressed at all.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Second visit
    EMIR
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is the second time we have dined here and it was just as great as the first time. Amir was very welcoming and remembered us. The service and food was top level and you cannot beat the view. We also had a party here a couple of years ago with about 50 friends. Everyone enjoyed the food and view. Thank you.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view
    JJNic
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We only heard about this restaurant on an river architecture tour and we really loved it. The view was out of this world and the food was outstanding. Thank you!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Birthday Dinner date ruined
    TimH
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I booked a table at Cite' resturant a week in advance for fire work night i told them that i would like a table facing the fireworks for a birthday celebration. i was told if a table was available with that veiw that we would be able to get it, they do not reserve special seating. then what's the use of making a reservation? anyway we get there and of course we are on the opposite side of the fireworks and there are plenty of empty tables facing the fireworks remember we don't resserve special seating. those tables facing the fireworks stayed empty and no one offered us a chance to be reseated. based on the fact that i called this place numerous times setting up the reservations and asking questions. The food was terrible and small portions
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