CityGate Grille
CityGate Grille

CityGate Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.citygategrille.com/
  • Phone: 6307181010x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Dinner: Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: George Engel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Available
  • Entertainment: Live music on Friday & Saturday nights.
  • Special Events: Our stunning location features event rooms that hold from 12-250 guest for a seated occasion or for a cocktail/ hors d'oeuvre party.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: IL 88 & Rt. 59
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is located directly in front of the restaurant on weekends & holidays. Parking is available in the parking garage or in the lot directly in front of the restaurant
A word from CityGate Grille
At CityGate Grille, you can enjoy Mediterranean influenced cuisine, perfectly paired with your choice of one of our many incredible wines or specialty drinks. Satisfaction has never had such style.

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CityGate Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (40)romantic (32)good for groups (25)fit for foodies (21)notable wine list (18)neighborhood gem (16)great for lunch (14)scenic view (14)vibrant bar scene (12)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (9)hot spot (6)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Fabulous experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Definitely a classy restaurant and bar experience. Food was delicious. Drinks were reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    Nill1
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We are very happy with our choice to dine at city gate grille! The food and atmosphere it was great. But our server Pablo and his assistants was awesome ! We enjoyed...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Prodiver46VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I am always impressed with the menu, the quality and pressentation of the food. The service at CityGate has always been prompt attentive but not intrussive. An excellent way to spend an evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WONDERFUL food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was my second time at City Gate Grille. It was as wonderful as I remembered. The food is truly superb! Great selection! I will return to this place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • City Gate good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Nice ambiance and great service. Menu is versatile enough for everyone to get a great meal, but needs a few more vegetarian options
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to meet for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Good service and very good food. Great place to meet with business friends
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very elegant meeting place. The food is not top, but the atmosphere is pretty good. The band is great and the house coffee is excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my first time at City Gate Grill for dinner. It was a wonderful dinner on a Saturday night. We were seated promptly. Service was excellent! Everyone was very nice without being too over the top. Good menu to select from. I had the Hanger Steak Risotto which was fantastic! The hanger steak was delish and I would get that again. The atmosphere was relaxed but upscale. It was perfect. I dined with my husband but there were groups there as well. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food - bit pricey but not bad
    KevinS
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went with another couple, I had the ribeye which was done perfectly and my wife and one of our friends had the Mixed Grill Souvalki while our other friend had the Braised Beef Short Ribs. Everyone was very pleased with the entrees. We started with a lettuce wedge (good) and soup of the day (sweet potato soup) which they thought was great. One had the oysters and they were very fresh. Bread was excellent. Service was very good. Sat on other side of wall separating bar area from dining but wasn't noisy (place was less crowded than I would expect on Friday evening).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Fritz
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have been to the restaurant several times for special occasions and alway seem to get Pablo as our waiter. He is the best!! Incredible service and he makes sure that everything is perfect!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • classy place to dine
    John
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The atmosphere was elegant and friendly. Food was good. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • goodeating
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was very good with good portions. Our server was excellent and went out of his way to please us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • James
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had dinner here on Saturday everything was wonderful. Food, ambiance, and service was all good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but Average
    FamilyFoodies
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Blue cheese chip appetizer had too much blue cheese and it overwhelmed the taste. Souvlaki meat portion was small and more potatoes than anything. It was good but disproportionate. Duck and scallops was good, pastitio was just OK. Waiter did not address my wife's drink order first and asked the H.S. kids for their order first.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigEd69
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service was excellent and they were most accommodating when we requested a different table. Because of the many different type of beers they had they brought out a sample of a couple to taste to choose from. Nice to have some nice older type music of a band playing on the weekend although it would be nice to see the bar area bigger.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChoffVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Staff was very friendly but definitely inexperienced. Great local beer selections. Gnocchi was good but not anything to write home about. Beautiful restaurant and nice outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A surprise find
    fazfive
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had never heard of this restaurant before, but found it searching online. Beautiful modern, décor. The food and wine were amazing! Also has a beautiful banquet room downstairs. Everyone we had an interaction with was so helpful. Our waitress Brittany was awesome! Definitely a great place to go for a special occasion. We were celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    Roger
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were not disappointed - this is our new neighborhood favorite. Our (repeat) waiter CHRIS was outstanding - courteous, professional, patient, and polite - everything you could ask for. Dined with our son this time - men had steaks - my wife had their special of the night - the crab-meat stuffed salmon. She absolutely loved it. New discovery for us this visit - the Blue Cheese Chips (appetizer) was a great flavor and taste to start the casual evening. We will continue dining here regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Couldn't have been worse
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Not sure where to start...the server who asked how we'd like the scallops cooked? She told us an appetizer had six pieces, when it arrived after our salads, but about 2 minutes before our entrees, which was about 1 hour 15 minutes after we arrived, and it only had two pieces?? The multitude of plates that sat on our table while the bus boy was busy clearing plates from tables where people had already left? The wrong cocktail being brought out, and my husband had to go to the bar to get another because the server was AWOL? The band who began in two thirds empty restaurant that was so loud you couldn't hear others at the table talking? Not sure what they're thinking, but this was perhaps the worst experience we've had in ages.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    AK47VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I took a friend to City Gate who had never been there before. Her verdict? "Once again, you picked a winner! You always know the best places to go. I am so glad you suggested this. I will definitely tell more people about it. I never knew this was here" "Nuf said. This place rocks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marley
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was slow. We waited 15-20 minutes for a drink. We found out the waitress was new after talking to the manager. The management was very responsive and comped us a round of drinks and dessert. We would go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable evening!
    AUGBDAYS
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had wonderful waiters, both in the bar and in the restaurant. Very pleasant guys, with a good sense of humor. We were there for our August birthdays and were treated very special. We also went there last year.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this hidden gem!
    AK47VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had yet another great dinner at the City Gate Grille. Kirsten, our server, was a delight. The food, as always, was fantastic. Love the roasted garlic and accompanying bread/crackers they give you free to start. Although the construction on Rt 59 is a bit inconvenient, it is well worth getting past it to find this place. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every time a great time!
    CityHoppinVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Thanks to the attentive staff and fantastic chefs!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit overpriced but great food :]
    Qtpi
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Very beautiful scenery, splendid entrees and VERY friendly staff :) however the appetizers need to have more options for non fish loving people -.-
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant Find
    luvdiningout
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was outstanding, I had the filet 8 oz., husband had the ribeye, son had the filet, and daughter had the salmon special. Our server Pablo was very knowledgeable about the food and made some good recommendations. Dining area was very comfortable and not too loud. I would most definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or just a nice dinner out. We will be dining there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Daisy738
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I found this restaurant online in a quick google search. I read over to menu and reviews. Everything looked pretty good. When my party got there we had amazing service and the food was to die for! Everything was outstanding
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely the Best!
    Lindyhop
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our third time dining at City Gate Grille over the past two months. The food and service are among the best in the Chicago area. Our compliments to Chef George and the entire restaurant staff for providing a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but Noisy
    Toolie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service was excellent and food was good. The restaurant was noisy and we could hear the conversation at another table near us. This was a disappointment as my wife and I were trying to enjoy our dinner and have a conversation. Next time we go we will ask to be seated away from the window.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The First Time Won't be the Last!
    LadyQ
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had only been in Il for 2 weeks and wanted a romantic date spot. We decided to try City Grille and it did not disappoint! We were greeted by friendly, free valet service. Soothing, live music played and we entered to an amazing live band! There's a live band every Fri. and Sat. Our server quickly came to provide us with a wine/cocktail list. We both decided on cocktails. He had steak and I had salmon...lets just say we went home with no leftovers! DELICIOUS! 1st timers can send a text and for a free appetizer or dessert. They have daily specials like 5$ Martini Mondays and a late night menu. If you're looking for a romantic restaurant with great food and excellent service check out CityGrille, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delight
    FreqFlyr2VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Everything was just right- and the one item that wasn't was corrected immediately . Outstanding service . good food and a little limited wine list, but otherwise a treat at reasonable prices. Duck breast was absolutely perfect. Definitely requiring a repeat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    food is excellent and service great. Ask for Pablo to be your server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I travel and eat out regularly so I know good food. This restaurant has great quality food, presented well that tastes very good. Its hand down the best meal I have for weeks each time i've been. The chef is great, menu is good and wine list is even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome FInd
    houlagrl86
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    After debating with my mother what would be the best place to eat that would please the picky palates of our family, we ran across this gem. It was amazing, it appealed to both the foodies and picky palates of our group. It definitely had a Mediterranean flair that was spectacularly delicious. It was expensive, but totally worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 740 reviews are from the CityGate Grille reviews archive.
  • Dining and Lounge Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was good, but over priced and portions were average. Did not like seating arrangements by window, you are sitting to close to the next people and could not carry on a private conversation. Waiter Pablo did a fine job. Lounge was great, and music was fantastic. Would not make this a regular stop for dining.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, unexpected location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    A wonderful restaurant! Great menu and service was great even when we were the only ones dining outside (patio is dog friendly!). If you don't mind being in a business park, the view and ambiance was beautiful overlooking a retention pond with cute strings of light everywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They always do a wonderful job...
    CityHoppinVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Their attentive staff and great food keep us coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid place all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    2nd time at the restaurant in the last month. didn't disappoint again. interesting menu options and all courses were solid. great live entertainment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DavidandroseVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Late weekday, very few in the restaurant. High quality prime steak at a reasonable price. Quick preparation, decent wine by the glass. Could determine steak was undercooked without cutting in to it, but it was quickly corrected.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    food was terrific and service fantastic. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.