Citico's

4.7
350 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Thursday - Saturday (5:00 - 10:00 pm). Brunch: Sunday (10:30am - 2:00 pm).
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Phone number
(865) 986-0009
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Robert Allen
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Catering
Contact us directly for information about catering at 865-986-0009.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lighthouse Point Dr.
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Parking details
Parking directly in front. A shuttle service is available for large events.
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Public transit
None
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Entertainment
On special occasions, Citico's offers Jazz Trio's and the sounds of Big Band classics such as Tommy Dorsey.
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Special events & promotions
Visit us at www.windriverliving.com/events or call 865-986-0009.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

WindRiver and Citico’s offers a variety of private dining spaces for different kinds of events from a couple’s intimate anniversary celebration to a lively corporate holiday party. Let us know what you’re celebrating and we’ll find the space that perfectly suits your occasion.

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What 350 People Are Saying
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RY
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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JS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! It was the first multi course meal that I have had in a long time where every course was exceptional! There wasn’t a negative critique I could have given!
The Sunday brunch on the other was not exceptional at all. I would never go back for brunch. The best thing was the smoked salmon! Everything else was tasteless, salty(to the point it burned my tongue), and just not good. The selections were impeccable. Prime rib, chicken strips, salad, fruit, vegetables, pasta, biscuits and gravy, and made to order omelets.
The mixed berry preservers was out of this world and the homemade potato chips were the best!
We will definitely return for dinner!

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NM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding fine dining experience at Citico’s! The food was delicious and beautifully presented! We always enjoy our visits to this fin3 restaurant!

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TP
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Beautiful location and ambiance. The meal was good, but nothing was very memorable. Service was fantastic when they would finally come to the table. It felt like we were pretty low on the priority list due to some potential real estate buyers also being there that night. We are glad we tried it, but very low on the priority list to make a return trip.

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LJ
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Wonderful menu, friendly staff, beautiful location. Worth the drive from Knoxville! Hidden gem!

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RY
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exquisite food and service at Citicos. Super great atmosphere for sophisticated dining.

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OT
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always loved Citicos; however, our last visit was ruined by a very noisy, crude group of people in the room by the front door. We had taken a guest for her first visit there and what a disappointment the evening was. This experience will make us think twice about dining there in the future.

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g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food, great ambience , friendly staff....we always come here to celebrate special occasions ...we don't come in winter because of the night time drive in the dark from Knoxville.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for our 63rd anniversary. In recognition of the occasion, we were placed at a river view table and treated to gratuity desserts. We had the popular and tasty Brussel sprouts starter and the scallops entrée. Both were delicious and we were accorded fine service by the waiting staff. We will visit again.

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JI
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was just OK for a brunch setting. I experienced many of the entrees were warm to cold. Nothing was at the temperature one would be accustomed to for a restaurant. Selection could be better for the price. Bloody Mary however was very good.

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PK
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not impressed, expected more. Pros-we had a great view from our table, server was very attentive, fried chicken was very good, desserts were awesome. Cons-no egg dishes on a brunch buffet, other food just OK, dress code not consistent (two men fresh from the golf course, complete with golf shoes and ball caps.).

Maybe dinner is better, but I’m not inclined to risk a $100+ evening to find out.

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TH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was awesome! Food was very good. Expected a bit more for the price.

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KO
E. Tennessee
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family brunch for Father’s Day was absolutely wonderful and the service was incredible!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I dined on a Saturday evening for the first time, expecting the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant. However, here, we did not feel rushed or forgotten about during our dining experience, which is rare on a weekend. We loved the architecture of the house, and loved how they are using it as a restaurant. They sat us next to a window, which we loved. The view was so peaceful. The service is amazing—we adored Collin and appreciated his excellent wine recommendations and guidance through our first dining experience here. The food is spectacular. I started with the market square salad, and my boyfriend the cauliflower soup. It was the perfect beginning to a great meal. The cheese board was so impressive, and tasty! The Brussels sprouts with pork belly were also addicting, the sweet chili sauce makes it. We both ordered the filet entree with fingerling potatoes and asparagus, which was great! We ordered them medium, and they were slightly overlooked, but didn’t stop us from enjoying our entree. We took the peach cobbler to go to enjoy at home, and it was to die for. We will be back very soon with friends. We cannot wait to come back, and are so thankful for this gem of a restaurant.

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RS
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I tried Citicos because someone gave us a gift card. Well I’ll be going back for sure. It’s a beautiful place and the food was just amazing. Hats off to the chef and all the support staff. It’s probably the best fila I’ve ever had and all the side dishes were delicious. Visit the down stairs area for sure and relax on the patio with a perfectly made drink or glass of wine. Top rated place in my book and can’t wait to go back.

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B
Nashville
77 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food in a very nice setting. They were busy with a wedding and other events which may have made the service, while very attentive a bit slow. Fish special was excellent. Filet a bit overdone. Will definitely give it another go. Maybe downstairs.

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S
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

After an hour of not receiving our appetizers...we were told the Chef had not arrived yet. It was 8:30pm. We finally received our food and then dinner. Food was great, just disappointed in the chef. Wait staff was very apologetic/nice. Probably won't go back.

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D
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mother’s Day brunch was fabulous, great variety and service,as well a good value.

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San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A beat the Mother's Day rush Saturday Dinner was spectacular - the view overlooking the lake, the quiet setting allowing conversation, and focused but varied menu with local ingredients made the dinner sublime. The wine choices were solid and for the most part reasonable. The youthful waitstaff was engaged and not intrusive. GET THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS!

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SE
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service with beautiful view of Tellico Lake

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divine dinner and great staff! Will definitely visit again and also want to try Sunday Brunch, the menu sounded delicious.

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R
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very attentive and accommodated all of our requests with ease. Very good food

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JA
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had Sunday Brunch after Easter and the food was delicious. The service is outstanding, the chefs and servers would talk to you and ask if they can do anything for us. It is one of our favorites and go to places. The place was packed. My bloody mary was excellent, great coffee. The only item on the menu I would say was not up to par was the fried chicken. The wings were just right but the breast were a little dry. The thighs were very good according to my wife. Look, you won't break the bank at this place, but you will experience fine dining with the best service around. We will definitely be going back again.

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OT
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Easter brunch

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!

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RG
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my wife recently had Valentine's Day dinner and it was so enjoyable that we ended up bringing my Mother for Sunday Brunch. It was absolutely delicious! we will be back!

-Roberto Garcia

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C
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence food , amidst is amazing. Life just relaxing. Place close to the city but far away from hustle and bustle.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered the short ribs entree and it was delicious. However, the other three in our party were somewhat disappointed. The bison ribeye had a grisly vein running through it and the other dishes were not explained well, so their dished were not what they expected. We still had a wonderful evening.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+ meal and service (thanks Ashley). Worth the drive for a wonderful dinner. You won’t be disappointed. Have yet to try the Sunday brunch but have heard good things.

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal. Attentive service.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

While everything was presented beautifully, the taste of the dishes were just okay. One exception, the Brussel sprouts were Devine! Wife definitely did not care for the chicken fried lamb chops. Beautiful place and pleasant servers.

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CF
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, we’ve just had a wonderful evening at Citico’s! Chef Robert and all the staff were extremely attentive and friendly. Every dish was phenomenal. My husband and I personally love the brussel sprouts starter. It’s always a pleasure and worth the drive!

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