Citico's

4.6
382 reviews
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Contemporary Southern
Inside the beautiful Lakeside Inn overlooking Tellico Lake, Citico’s offers an intimate, elegant fine dining experience featuring seasonal farm-to-table dishes from award-winning Chef Robert Allen. Dinner Thursday to Saturday (5-10 pm) and Sunday Brunch (10:30am-2 pm) by reservation only. Named Open Table 2015 Diners' Choice Winner. Named Wine Spectator 2016 Award of Excellence Winner.
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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Citico is a fabulous place to take friends for a special occasion. I introduced some newcomers to the area who were so impressed they made reservations that evening to entertain out-of-town guests of their own in a few weeks. Even with a full room, conversation was easily quiet. Thank you to the chef and the excellent staff.

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed from the beginning as I was told they were out of the good olives for my martini’s that were probably 15$ each. Then following on that I was let down by the brussel sprouts which have changed recipe since the last time I was there (signature side dish, not sure why one would change). Lastly, the final let down came when I was informed that the torch for the creme brulee was not working. I rarely provide feedback on my dining experience but felt compelled this time around as my bill was 250$ for my wife and I (including tip). I would’ve had no issue paying that price if the experience could have been had without the setbacks outlined above.

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DL
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great dinner. Knowledgeable of wines and great food as well as pairing the 2. A wonderful time.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasanrt atmosphere. Great food. Great service. Thanks Colin.

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BG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We could not ask for a better dining experience. Very professional clean great food and staff. They even accommodated us surprising my daughter. Her now fiancé proposed to her, Chef Robert Allen and there head waiter help in making this all happen. Thank you so much,
Brian Galli

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OT
E. Tennessee
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was a forgettable experience.

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BS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with spouse

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DP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ashley was the best! Excellent service,
Food was awesome
Definitely will be back

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CD
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to dine at Citico’s and it was a great Valentine treat. Beautiful “home” atmosphere on the water. Loved sitting by the window and watching the sun go down. The food and service were great.

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OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific dining experience.

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OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our server needs more training for upscale dining. She was polite and efficient, however, it was obvious that does not have experience with a restaurant of Citico’s caliber. Our past experiences with Citico delivered the level of service we expected of a restaurant of this quality.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Allen and his staff are masters of their trade, food was excellent and service was impeccable. Will defiantly be back many times!

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JS
E. Tennessee
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Robert does a great job and Jamie was an outstanding waitress!

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TM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Citico's. We found the food to be extremely delicious. The crab bisque was out
of this world. My filet was very tender and cooked to perfection. I am glad I had a GPS to guide me there as it was dark and would have been hard to find without it.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Not impressed. The Food was ok. Selection was very slim. Took 55 mins to get our food. Food was ok. The Chef was very nice and presented himself well. I believe he needs more room to spread his wings and highlight his craft. A house turned into a restaurant is not the place for fine dining in my opinion. I believe the idea of a high class dining experience at Citico’s could be a success with the current Chef just a different venue.

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TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Citico’s!!! The menu, the quality of food, the service, the atmosphere, the view...all impeccable!!

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with attentive staff. Recommend for dinner and brunch is fantastic!

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v
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

This restaurant is defined as fine dining, however I think our meal missed the mark. The steak strip was delicious, however the pork loin was cooked well done and under seasoned, too overdone for my taste. The cassoulet did not have a stew texture, most commonly seen with a cassoulet, but overly dry. The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was very good. It was a slow night, and we were the last reservation (8pm) on a Saturday evening. We felt exceptionally rushed by our server, to which she started turning off the lights all around us as we finished our meal, making us feel to swiftly finish our meal. To be described as fine dining, I would have expected the utmost service, which entails anticipated needs, including bread refresh, water refresh, and such. My bread plate was taken before I was even done with my bread. There are too many good restaurants in the Knoxville and the Maryville area for us to come back. I was hoping for something memorable. Unfortunately I was disappointed.

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OT
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dining experience. Excellent atmosphere, fantastic waitress, great wine and wonderful food. It just doesn't get much better.

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t
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We entertained friends for Sunday Brunch.
Highly recommend the Gouda Grits and the Omlettes as well as the Fried Chicken.
Great service and Ambiance .
Miss the pool table and seating area in the downstairs bar area .

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T
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice brunch with nice selection and appropriate portioning. One dish was too salty. They apologized and replaced it. Will try them for dinner sometime.

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TN
San Francisco
147 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We save Citico’s for special occasions. The food and service always add to the evening. The salmon was perfectly cooked and the scallops were super. The wine list is also complete and offers a variety of choices.

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L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. very creative brunch, and excellent value. My only complaint was that some (vegetables, and mac and cheese) were not hot at all.: not even warm.
Go for the smoked Gouda grits....awesome!

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AP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Was so excited to finally have bruncg here!
Terrible food. Dry Chicken, tough Prime Rib, cold Mac & Cheese & watery Biscuit Gravy. Waffle could have broke a window it was so hard.
Very poor selection and quality.
Service & Bloody Mary were great.

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TN
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again, excellent food and service in a beautiful setting. We were celebrating a birthday, and this was the restaurant suggested by the honoree. Thanks for everything.

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EW
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back! Everyone was so kind and welcoming. We really thought it was wonderful how the chef came out and spoke to us about our meal! Food was fantastic!! The restaurant itself is so beautiful! Can’t wait to come back!

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FF
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sarah was our bartender & server and always does a fantastic job! Colin is the sommelier and always has great suggestions. The salmon & grits were amazing and the carrot cake was to die for!

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SC
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Our first time dining out for Thanksgiving and we went to brunch at Citico's - what an incredible experience. The food tasted like being at home. It was all there except for crazy Eddy!

My wife and I have been there before and had an equally incredible dinner experience.

If you haven't been, you're missing out.

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C
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely venue in a beautiful home-like setting. Fine dining to say the least! Expertly prepared food by energetic chef:)

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EV
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Absolutely beautiful setting for dinner and quiet conversation. Food selection was unique, tastefully presented, plentiful and delicious. Our third time taking guests for dinner and each time they were very impressed with everything at Citico. Would highly recommend Citico's for a delightful evening for premier dining.

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ST
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Brunch! Really restaurant!

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible quality and Great value .Service was as high quality as the food itself.

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RY
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has always been an exquisite establishment with excellent food, individualized service attention, and atmosphere.

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HK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. We put in a special request when we made our reservation and not only did Chef Allen accommodate us, he personally came to our table to explain the additions and changes.

The service and food is spectacular, and the views of the lake and mountains just send this place over the top.

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GC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

service was good but the food was a disapointment. Bacon way over done,poor dessert offering,omlets were quite small and lacking requested filling.

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CK
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a delicious dinner with my wife on Saturday evening. The food, service and view were outstanding.

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RC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! First class setting and outstanding food.

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JB
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our brunch. Service was very god and it is a very beautiful setting.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are new to the area and were looking for something that was above the norm. We were very pleased to see the how the restaurant was nesseld in a golf course community right on Tellico lake. The scenery was loveley and first impressions were wonderful. We were well received and as we arrived early it was recommended that the bar area might be a comfortable place to wait. It was beyond comfortable and we enjoyed a favorite beverage with some very friendly patrons. Once the table was ready we were shown to the dinning room and seated with a wonderful view of the lake. We started with a small plate of the chiefs signature Brussels sprouts, they were amazing. The wine list was disappointing as two wines we requested were out of stock. We both made a beef selection and the tenderloin ordered rear came out well and the ribeye was chewy and failed to even appear like a ribeye, I felt it looked more on the order of a sirloin. (Not happy there) over all the restaurant was nice and we will give it a second chance the staff is pleasant and the manager Mark was most helpful and took our concerns constructively.

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DL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice experience. Excellent food and special service. A little pricey. Will comeback but only on special occasion.

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