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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 Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.citechicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 644-4050
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, American, Steak
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Really not much to say except the wait staff was friendly and attentive. The view was beautiful, but the food was bland and too expensive for the poor quality. Dinner was disappointing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I have now been to cite twice and have loved the experience both times! It is definitely your top tier restaurant, with amazing food and one of the best views in the city, the wait staff and other patrons really make you feel at home, never a snobby or richy rich person in the bunch. Most portion sizes are also substantial compared to what is expected from this type of dining experience, we have left stuffed both times as we just couldn't let any of the delicious food go to waste."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The location was great and had a beautiful scene, staff was friendly and the food was great. I would recommend this place to friends and families and will definitely be back again"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went with a friend for the fireworks - this place has the greatest view of Lake Michigan. Definitely a romantic spot for couples! Ask for a seat by the windows!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Best meal I have ever had on top of any building, not to mention the view!!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Simply said... Tasting menu is the place to start for first time visitors. Service timing of courses perfect. Each course was a delicious with anticipation of the next. Genial staff. To top it of great views of the city of Chicago. A great spot to celebrate. Oh yes, finally a restaurant where you can actually have a conversation without screaming across the table. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The view was spectacular, the service was perfect. I highly recommend this place. Not only was the customer service great but the prices are right on track."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "As many people would say the prices are high but the real estate is prime. We were greeted and wished a happy anniversary upon arrival (thanks open table). As we were seated I was a little disappointed in our table as we came for a late dinner to see the fireworks, but before we made a drink order they came back and asked us if we would like to move to a prime fireworks location table. The was food absolutely delicious and the portions were very large ( I hate elf food). The show, the food, the drinks, the ambiance all made our anniversary celebration magical. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Poor service, tried to seat us away from window despite reservation. Waiter came to table once during brunch only, had mandatory service charge. Had to literally hand plates to busboy. Food selection definitely not for kids (on mothers day no less). Never Again. Great view"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I would have never found this restaurant had it not been for Groupon! So glad I did because it would have been a shame to miss. Everyone talks about the John Hancock Signature Room for views, but Cite is even better. It is more romantic as almost every table is by a window. The concept is exceptional, the food is delightful, and the service spot on. Go for the tasting menu. It's a good value, and you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We visited Cite because we had a groupon but I promise you we will be back before they offer another discount. The atmosphere was fantastic, everyone was polite & friendly and the food was incredible! The only criticism I have is that it took them 35 min to get our check...thankfully we weren't in a rush! Other than that I will recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great first date location or an anniversary dinner!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I was so mad because on the day of our reservation it rained which made it foggy so we could not see the view. The food was great. Portion size says to share but was kind of small (we are very greedy). The steaks were good. Another guest tried the Halibut which he said was good. The waiters were very patient and helpful. All in all a great experience!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Total tourist trap- not worth visiting. Cold oysters Rockefeller, rude servers, poor food quality."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Went her for our anniversary dinner. The steaks were cooked perfectly. The wine list was super expansive (a bit too many for me to have any idea what is going on, but great for people who know their wines). We enjoyed our time there. I recommend splitting a first course and/or second course rather having your own, or you will end up with too much food."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Service tanked the night. Took my girl there for her birthday, the view was great, after that everything went south. Waiter had to be summonsed after we sat for 20 minutes, he got both orders wrong the gave us the wrong complementary drink. Finally, the waiter kept my credit card and had to run downstairs and meet me in the lobby, tragedy."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I was ready to spend for an amazing dinner when we planned Cite for our anniversary, however I absolutely don't think Cite is worth the money. The cost is CRAZY (after the cheapest bottle of wine and choosing all our courses our bill was $350). The food is definitely not good enough for that price tag. We were truly quite disappointed. In fact, the following night we went to Tango Sur to get some REAL steaks for a fraction of the cost. If you're looking for this view, I recommend a drink at the Signature room. Definitely will not visit again or recommend to others."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband and I thought the food and the service was impeccable. Utsay and Amir along with numerous other staff made sure that we did not lack for anything. They could not have been nicer. We started out with the crab cake and lobster bisque with the pork chop and salmon entrees. Everything was superb and cooked exactly the way we asked for it. We have dined here on several occasions and ALWAYS had a combination of excellent food and service. Along with the ambiance, it cannot be beat. It is on the pricey side but we have never been rushed and always spent a good amount of time savoring the experience. We expect to continue going and are looking forward to the next time."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was decent but decor outdated and service horribly slow. Way better places to go for special occasion dinner. They didn't even acknowledge our anniversary or sit us by window even though we had made note of both in reservation:( best just to get a drink to see view after sun goes down and eat somewhere else!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Special night with my daughter, Cite offered incredible service with outstanding food. The view of the Lake was breathtaking and served to be the perfect complement to our evening meal. The duck was moist and flavorful, the crab cakes the best we have ever had, and the peach sorbet left us wanting more! Having our flaming bananas foster made table side was quite a treat as well! Whether a dinner for two or a group gathering, Cite offers a wonderful meal experience from beginning to end! We will be back! Things to note: valet parking available makes it easy, window seats have air on the floor right next to windows (nice if sun is shining, a bit cool if not), location on Navy Pier is perfect for making a fun and memorable evening!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The view of the city from any seat here is beautiful. The service is quick, friendly and attentive. The food was amazing. I would definitely go back. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "An evening of good food, a special dining companion, and scenic views of the city of Chicago.....What more can one desire?"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Cité definitely has an amazing ambiance...the view was spectacular. Unfortunately the rest of the experience didn't HOLD UP TO THE VIEW! The start of our evening set the tone for the rest of the dining experience. Our reserved table wasn't ready, so we were shuttled to the bar area where WE WERE MADE TO FEEL AS IF IN THE WAY. The staff kept brushing into us and pushing past to get to other areas as they passed through the bar. Once seated, the SERVICE WAS SLOW. The server TOOK HIS TIME acknowledging our presence. Once we finally did get to order, the courses CAME AT A SNAILS PACE! When the food did arrive it was NOT HOT....lukewarm at best! The FOOD QUALITY WAS AVERAGE. Not what we expected from this level of dining. We would NOT RETURN!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I had heard of this restaurant and wanted to try it. It's in a residential building and we found it to be not clearly labeled. once vallet takes your car you must enter thru the main entrance not thru the side door. I guess that makes sense but for a 1st timer (as I'm sure many others are) we had no clue and wandered around like idiots. This already annoyed us before we even got to the restaurant. We were there on a Sunday afternoon and there was plenty availability, so of course we get a table directly next to the bar where there is traffic. The food was very tasteful and it had great presentation. I'm glad we tried it but I was not overly impressed. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Best view in the city and amazing food. The service is great and I will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "First time here and it definitely won't be the last! We truly enjoyed the scenery, the ambiance, and the fresh friendly faces and ESPECIALLY the food! It was well worth the money spent and a little live piano playing would have been icing on the cake. Poetry night, maybe? Only those with exquisite taste may tread here and I was proud to be one of the few."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The ambience was very nice but the food was ok. For this dining experience I ordered the chef tasting menu and while the veal cheek and scallop were splendid the other selections were ok. Maybe it was my high hopes but I expected more from the risotto and the soft shelled crab (which is very interesting to eat). If I decide to return to Cite I probably will not get the chef tasting menu. Also while dining there were many people that strated to huddle by our table to take pictures of the city view which at a point in time got a tad bit annoying. Overall my experience at Cite was ok but I expected so much more."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I chose to go to Cite' because I searched for butter poached lobster in the Chicago area and they popped up. I was apparently close to the kitchen and the staff was loud! I guess some other guest complained because someone when in the kitchen and yelled at the top of their lungs "Shut the f&*k up!" (insert blank stare here).......I think the rest is self-explanatory. On to the food..... I ordered Lobster Bisque $12 which was rather watery with a teaspoon of lobster, extremely runny lobster mac and cheese $18 and of course butter poached lobster that consisted of a small tail and "1" claw......for a whopping $64. Long story short - Not returning again!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Best view in the city, even when compared with Trump or the Hancock. Food was good but the value was not anything special. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The ambiance of Cite was top noch! It was very intimate, quiet, candle lit, and romantic... and the views! The views were to die for! I thought the food was incredibly over priced, however I imagine the rent that this restaurant pays to be here is equally outrageous. $16 dollar cocktails, and the least expensive dish is $29 and doesn't include sides. We ordered crab cake for dessert, a bottle of ruffino prosecco (retails in liquor stores for $16, but they were selling it for $49... I know there is a cutomary markup and corking fee, but COME ON!), two meals, two sides and the bill was $191. The sides we ordered were so so... the potatoes augratin (which the waiter said was his fav) were chewy and undercooked. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "http://enjoybymichele.com/2014/06/02/dinner-on-the-70th-floor/"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was just OK, not worth the price. Had the crab cakes, they were room temp to cold, when I questioned our server he did not seem the care that I was disappointed in them. Beautiful view, but the sun shade by our table was broke and it effected our table and one other that asked to move. The hostesses saw the sun in our eyes and offered the close the shade, when we told her it was missing all she said was OH! How can you seat people at a table where this is a big issue and not know about the condition that effects your diners? Had a Groupon to try this new restaurant to us, not likely to return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food here is substandard by Chicago standards. The service is also sloppy. I would highly recommend that you go there for a drink and eat at a real restaurant. The food here is not worth half what they charge."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had reservations for 8:30 pm and were seated on-time. 5 minutes in we ordered our drinks. 35 minutes later (9:10) we actually got them. Meanwhile 2 tables were seated, given drinks and bread. Had we not been there on a gift card, we would have walked out. As soon as drinks did come we immediately ordered our second drink and food. My boyfriend got the lamb and loved it, I got the risotto- which apparently is now served as a soup. It was so watered down there was almost no taste. Very disappointing.We decided to not have sides or another course/dessert since our service was SO slow and what we had already wasn't all that great. We ended up leaving and finishing the rest of dinner at another restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I had my "birthday" (few months early) dinner there. Everyone was really polite. I was with 2 other people and everything was perfect. I was surprised that they gave us an amuse bouche and had palate cleansers in between courses. Fabulous! The only negative thing I have to say was they do not enforce their so called "dress code" I paid $85 for an outfit and saw people in t-shirts and shorts. That was very disappointing."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great view of Chicago, however, that was really the most positive thing about the dining experience. Service did not meet our expectations. Not very friendly. Server even appeared upset with some of our menu choices. Food did not meet expectations, small portions are fine but the quality of the food should not make you feel relieved that the portions were small. Will not return or recommend to friends."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our anniversary. It was more than what I expected. "
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We dined, as I'm sure many do, because we wanted a romantic dinner with an incredible view. What we got was a dinner that was delicious, well-paced, served carefully, comfortable, and overall a real delight; it just happened also to be incredibly romantic and set against a most gorgeous night time city view. Cite is so much more than just the location; enthusiastically recommended."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Service was VERY slow. Almost felt ignored. Very hot and stuffy inside. No air conditioner. Had some blowing fans blowing air on you. Very uncomfortable."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great views and wonderful food! Will visit again when in Chicago!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Courteous staff from the time you enter the lobby of Lake Point Towers until you leave the restaurant. We were first seated at a window table that was filled with bugs & we asked if we could move & it was no problem at all. The view is breathtaking & the cocktails were delicious. Love the sangria margarita. The food wasn't superb but it definitely wasn't bad. Had crab cakes & salmon. The building could definitely undergo some renovation. It's a little dated."
    Dined on 5/25/2014