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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Cite reviews from OpenTable diners
149 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (132)romantic (101)special occasion (94)notable wine list (50)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (17)late-night find (13)hot spot (12)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Awesome View!
    SamG2VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Awesome View 70 stories up looking Southwest toward City and Lake. Atmosphere, service, and food very good. Unfortunately they allowed this extremely intoxicated and vulgar 50 something year old woman and her date in and the was loud and dropping the F bomb constantly! She was so drunk she broke a wine glass with glass everywhere. She argued with the the staff and should have been thrown out. When your spending hundreds of dollars you should not have your night ruined by a drunken vulgar woman.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Views but not great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service was sub-par as we sat for at least 10 minutes with no menu or asked if we want anything to drink or water on the table. When the server did show-up he rushed us and didn't even explain the menu when I told him its our first time here. The steak was also sub-par and nothing to write home about. However the view from up there was worth going for drinks but I will not be back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romance for 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Took my wife to see the sunset over chicago as a "thank you" for putting up with a recent camping trip where we saw the sunrise over the ocean. Perfect view, perfect steak, perfect experience. She said I brought my A A A game... Too pricey for every day, but we'll probably return for a next special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The service was excellent and the food was very good. The staff was extremely attentive and very friendly. And with the phenomenal view of Chicago it really is quite an experience to dine at Cité.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The service was outstanding and the view as well. Great place for any type of celebratory occasion! Food was really seasoned well and large portions for a French restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    123Eat
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Will definitely go back when I am in Chicago again. Food was great! Service was great! Get the "Bananas Foster" for desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food- top notch Service- perfect professionals and made my wife and I comfortable and relaxed. Ambiance- how much more romantic can you get with the sun setting over the Chicago skyline. Only down fall was that it's in season for the nats and there were swarms outside the windows (not the restaurants fault obviously). Very happy with the experience and will go back again, plus I've already referred and few friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Debbie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Wonderful experience, fantastic view, excellent food
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time for a decor and menu overhaul!
    AlexM
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Let's talk about the views, they are truly spectacular and very romantic!! The decor and the menu falls short, plus our waiter was totally rude and abrupt the entire time!! The owners at Cite needs to take make some management changes and take note of the innovative menu's all around the city of Chicago, as they are miles behind their competitors. I would place Deca from the Ritz-Chicago and Cite on par, they both need major help in the menu and decor departments! At least Deca has great service! The service at we received at Cite was very inconsistent. The bus boy and hostess staff were friendly and professional, but our waiter was so rude, it was comical.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THIRD AND LAST TIME
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Having looked forward to our dinner at Cite, we expected it to be a repeat of our dinner there a year ago. In spite of the great view and fairly good food, our evening was very disappointing. Our Mexican waiter spent most of his time at a table of Mexican diners, whom he apparently ranked above us. They, in addition to many others, did not follow the specified dress code and wore jeans and short sleeved shirts. Their attire was in contrast to that of our 8 and 13 year old grandsons, who wore coat and tie. After a 20 minute wait for deserts, we told the manager to cancel that order. He was more pathetic than the waiter. He seemed helpless in knowing what to do. HOWEVER, we do. We shall not return to Cite.
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  • Unforgetable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The music was perfect: Nat King Cole, Frank, Adele, Nora Jones... The view was breath taking. The service was great, though it was difficult to prepay for a special bottle of wine. Pork Chop is certainly #1 in the city for a reason.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid view, the food not great
    hampsteadcarrie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The view truly is terrific, and our waiter was very good. I can't understand why the place doesn't invest in a very good chef; the food is mediocre and expensive. A shame.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Of course, the scenic view is incredible. Food is also high quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    scenic view
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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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    scenic view
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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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special
    Geelicious
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Cite's is one of those places that when you think of fine dining and special occasions, it's the first place that comes to mind. Service is excellent, food is superior, and the scenic view is breathtaking. This was my third time there and I can't wait to go back. I enjoy the intimate dinners, however, the fabulous Sunday brunches are worth getting up in the morning for. The service is always prompt and very attentive from the moment you get off the elevator to enter the restaurant until you get on the elevator to leave the restaurant...always! Keep up the superior work Cite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.