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Citico's

4.6
4.6
466 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 (4-10 pm) and Sunday Brunch (10:30am-2 pm) by reservation only. Named Open Table 2019 Diners' Choice Winner.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 986-0009

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Robert Allen

  • Catering

    Contact us directly for information about catering at 865-986-0009.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Events: (855) 977-6881

  • Neighborhood

    Lenoir City

  • Cross street

    Lighthouse Point Dr.

  • Parking details

    Parking directly in front.

  • Public transit

    None

  • Entertainment

    On special occasions, Citico's offers Jazz Trio's and the sounds of Big Band classics such as Tommy Dorsey.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 466 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. RI

    RICHARDF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    STAFF AND WAITRESS WERE VERY HELPFUL AND COURTEOUS. ALL WAS WELL!!

  2. JS

    JohnS

    E. Tennessee

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef Robert and waitress Jody are outstanding!

  3. C

    Charles

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and incredible food....

  4. MM

    MatthewM

    Grand Rapids

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Service was really good

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    Thank you for the compliment!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Highly recommend. Second time we have dined here - did not disappoint. Downstairs bar is also a delightful place to begin/ end the evening.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    Thank you!

  6. MV

    MicheleV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Service was great on a busy Valentine's evening. The meals are prepared with special touches to enhance the dining experience. We do enjoy Citico's more intimate environment -- more like dinner at a friend's home than a commercial restaurant.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    Michele- We are very pleased you enjoyed your Valentine's dinner and appreciate the positive feedback on your service, meal, and ambiance. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

  7. KS

    KSmith

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Overall a very nice dining experience. I wished the smoked beets had a hint more of smoke on them, but the fried brussel sprouts with pork belly were amazing. Definitely going to try and duplicate that dish..

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    We are very pleased you enjoyed your Valentine's evening. Thank you for the positive feedback and please dine with us again soon. I'm sure Chef would be happy to discuss the brussels sprouts with you!

  8. k

    knoxfoodie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    Went for Valentines this year, made a reservation 3 weeks prior, had to wait 40min for our table, service didn't arrive till 10min later, we were nearly 1.5 hours in before getting our over priced astonishingly average appitezers and food.

    Citico'sResponded on March 2, 2020

    We are very sorry your Valentine's Day dinner did not meet your expectations. Holiday dinners are popular at Citico's and we want all our guests to enjoy their meals and their dining experiences. Your feedback will be used to help us improve and we would appreciate the opportunity to serve you again and provide you with an exceptional dinner that Citico's is known for. Thank you.

  9. EJ

    EmmyJo

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Valentines Day was apparently much more busy than the staff was used to. It took about 2 hours to get food. The waitstaff were trying their best. Once received, the food was good.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    EmmyJo- Holiday dinners at Citico's can be very busy and we strive for them to be enjoyable relaxing experiences. We appreciate your patience and are pleased your meal was tasty. Thank you for your feedback and we hope to have you dine with us again soon.

  10. WP

    WesP

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    With a 7.30 reservation, We waited an hour for our table to be available. After an hour we informed the hostess that we were leaving. She informed the manager. The manager apologized for our wait and indicated that they were unprepared and overwhelmed by the volume of people. I read many reviews to make the choice to dine at this establishment. I chose the restaurant due to it's small capacity with the understanding that it would be a small venue. The pricing was high and I was willing to pay for a good experience. After waiting an hour for a reservation made several weeks in advance, we left without spending a large amount of money since we were not going to enjoy the experience after such a long wait. If you are going on a high volume date such as valentine'sor mother's day, I recommend choosing another restaurant. I can not speak for the food or service. I will not make the same mistake again.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    Hi Wes- We apologize again for your wait and that your Valentine's dinner was not what you wanted it to be. The restaurant is an intimate venue and every effort was made to accommodate all our diners' requests and provide a lovely evening. We clearly fell short with you and we appreciate your feedback. It will help us improve. We hope that you will dine with us again so we can provide you with the fabulous meal and experience you had read about before and that we know we can deliver. Thank you.

  11. t

    timp

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    Valentine's probably not their night to shine. Had 7:00 reservation; however, we were not seated seated until 8 and food arrived around 9. Also I could not help but notice the egress for the building was not correct. The doors open inward which is a fire hazard and not sure that it is within the fire code. I could not give a referral to someone based upon our Valentine's experience. I may give them another chance on a different night to see if things are better.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    Tim- Thank you for the feedback and we apologize that your meal took longer than desired. Holiday dinners are a very busy time and we want all of our dinners to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Please dine with us again and give us the opportunity to show you the great service, intimate ambiance, and fabulous food we know we can provide. Thank you.

  12. FC

    FrankC

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    My wife and I had reservations on Valentines evening. We were extremely excited and looking forward to a delightful meal at a restaurant that we’ve never been to before. The appearance and location were very nice. Our reservations were for 7 o’clock. Unfortunately our entrée did not arrive at our table until 8:20. We had lobster ravioli for an appetizer and it was three small squares followed by a decent salad. The server did not come to our table that often but when she did she was apologizing because they were overbooked and that she couldn’t properly take care of everybody. We both had fillet and shrimp and the first entrée was overcooked and cold. They brought back a second fillet and shrimp which mine was fine but my wife’s was again overcooked. As we neared the end of our experience the owner came to our table apologizing for the sub par service and offered to take care of our meal. They did take care of our bill which was only fitting but we will likely never return.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    Frank- We are sorry your Valentine's experience was not what you hoped for. Citico's is a beautiful location and the atmosphere is intimate and relaxing. We have the highest expectations for ourselves when it comes to food and service and we appreciate your feedback. It was taken seriously and we will benefit from it. I am glad our owner was able to offer you the apology. We'd appreciate you giving us another opportunity to serve you and show you what makes Citico's so special. Thank you.

  13. GP

    GeneP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    The reason my scores are so low and yet I still would recommend to a friend is due to the fact we've been to Citico's before and it was GREAT. Great food, service, ambience, etc. Something has changed dramatically for the worse. Seven o'clock reservations outside got us seated right at 8 o'clock at table dead center of main living room just behind hostess station (loud, noisy and everyone else waiting to see hostess standing right by or table). There was an outdoor area but were told it was full. Never even ask if we wanted to wait for a table in that area. After 15 minutes plus seated in huge noisy area and not even talking to a waiter/waitress we decided to leave (although ironically the chef had time to come out and speak to other guests who had their food). We weren't upset just hungry and they had obviously over booked. Who knows how long it would have taken to get food as we still had not even order drinks, apps, etc. Just a shame. It was so good at one time.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    Gene- Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry your Valentine's experience was negative and happy you have enjoyed Citico's in the past. We want all your evenings at Citico's to be fabulous experiences and we will use all of your feedback to make improvements in our service and be sure your next visit with us is ideal. Thank you.

  14. H

    Hate2cook

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Valentines Day was a disaster. We had a reservation at 6:30 but didn’t get seated till after 7:15. We were sent to the downstairs bar where we were ignored until I asked the bartender if we could get a glass of wine. When we were given a table it was apparently because another party had turned the table down as it was by a roaring fire. We finally were served just before 9:00. The salad was disappointing as were the steaks. The fish and soup were good. This was our first and last visit.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    We would like to thank you for dining with us for the Valentine’s holiday and for your feedback. Holiday dinners at Citico’s are always popular and we strive to provide all of our Guests with exceptional service. We apologize we did not meet your expectations. We welcome the opportunity to serve you again in the future and reassure you that both of your feedbacks have been taken seriously. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

  15. L

    Lanero

    E. Tennessee

    28 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    We have frequently gone to Citico’s for dinner, so thought would be good to go there on Valentines Day. What a big mistake! We arrived and our table was not ready, had to wait 30 minutes to get seated. Finally got seated, the service was extremely slow. Our server did not even ask us what we wanted to drink! At least we had water..... 20 minutes between courses is unacceptable. When we finally got the main course served, they swapped the steaks relative to temperature. The plate appeared to have been under a heat lamp for quite some time due to the dryness of the potatoes. The restaurant is not very accommodating (or not prepared) to the number of guests that they had, bottom line we’ll not dine there in the near future again.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    Thank you for being a regular diner at Citico's. We are glad you have enjoyed your past dining experiences and we are very sorry your Valentine's Day dinner did not meet your expectations. Holiday dinners are popular at Citico's and we want all our guests to enjoy their meals and their dining experiences. Your feedback will be used to help us improve our service and we would appreciate the opportunity to serve you again.

  16. l

    luvdinin

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    Our food was good; I especially enjoyed the wild mushroom side. I liked the simple music of the harp for Valentine’s Day. We were seated at the back of the lounge area, behind a column, in uncomfortable chairs and the tablecloth pooled under the table so that it was difficult to place our feet.

    Citico'sResponded on February 20, 2020

    Thank you for positive feedback on your meal and music on Valentine's Day. We are working on upgrading our seating so the rest of your future experiences will be as good as the food, music, and service. Please join us again soon!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday with wife and friends

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent in every way!!

  19. LS

    LoriS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food & service. Gorgeous restaurant! Server was excellent! Will return!

  20. BW

    BradW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite restaurants to visit. I took my parents there for their first experience and they will for sure be back.

  21. CB

    CBAb

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting. Very relaxed. Food was very good. We will be back.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner. The ambience and setting were perfect for conversation. The staff was friendly and gave excellent advice for a perfect meal. We will certainly recommend Citico’s to our friends and family.

  23. L

    Lanero

    E. Tennessee

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, ambiance....good for date night!

  24. TN

    TNgal

    E. Tennessee

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday of friend.

  25. JB

    JamesB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We were very pleased! It was warm and welcoming and felt exclusive! Food was excellent! Desserts were okay, but main meal and sides were phenomenal.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Mix up in wait staff. We waited 15 to 20 minutes before we were waited on. Once the server realized that we were his responsibility, things went much better. The food was excellent but was a little over priced.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pleasant. Fine dining elegance in a cozy, chateau-esque setting.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Loved the ambiance and food. Service was excellent! Neat bar area downstairs!

  29. PR

    PatriciaR

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love visiting Citico’s for our anniversary. We have tried brunch and dinner. Everything we have tried has been wonderful. I love a restaurant where the chef comes out and visits with the patrons. Service is excellent. We highly recommend Citico’s.

  30. DC

    DonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I were married at Citico's one year ago. I surprised her by having dinner there. She was thrilled, and so was I. Fantastic food, friendly folks, and the dining room was conducive to quiet conversation. We have made a promise to go back every year on our anniversary.

  31. KI

    KayakILM

    E. Tennessee

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A hidden gem. Citico is our hands down favorite in the Knoxville area. Beautiful setting and some of the best food around.

  32. SP

    SherriP

    E. Tennessee

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and atmosphere! We dined on the deck and the view was fabulous! Will be going back very soon. Kudos to the Chef!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for quiet and intimate date night. Food was great.

  34. PV

    PaulV

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    ..a glass of wine? $13-$16...our bill for scallops, and 2 sides (total), salad, drinks,...$150...the scallops, I believe, were not fresh...when delivered to the table, I had to wave my hand due to a....strong odor...this should not happen with fresh fish..and this was the only fish you offered, in lieu of the "'fish' stew", no "fresh fish being butchered" as advertised on the menu...in addition, you need to have a clean restroom..it was not clean...i.e., overflowing trash can, less than clean room, ....this was our 28th wedding anniversary dinner, and no, I would not recommend your restaurant given these issues.

  35. JS

    JohnS

    E. Tennessee

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is always great and our service was outstanding!

  36. HK

    HoustonK

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible experience, as always. Chef Robert and the staff at Citico’s are exceptional. Delicious food, friendly and knowledgeable service, and at such a picturesque location. I could not recommend Citico’s strongly enough, always a perfect dining experience.

    Citico'sResponded on September 30, 2019

    Thanks for the kind words, Houston! We look forward to seeing you again.

  37. AA

    AAAAA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    The food was very dry, my bacon was very burnt and hard, and our waiter did not pay any attention to our table because we were younger than the tables who had older people.

    Citico'sResponded on September 30, 2019

    We're so sorry that you had this experience. We will make sure to pass this feedback on to our management team to improve in the future.

  38. JS

    JohnS

    E. Tennessee

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend !

  39. MB

    MrBill

    E. Tennessee

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It has been a few years since we dined, but Chef Robert has continued to provide outstanding cuisine and service. Our server, Carmen was always present but not hovering to attend to every request. Don't miss the Roasted Brussels Sprouts....quite a treat. Everything was wonderful for a perfect evening of dining entertainment.

    Citico'sResponded on September 10, 2019

    We're glad you had a great evening, Bill!

  40. ME

    MrE0860

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    This was the worst food I've ever eaten for the price charged. Three of the four of us thought our food was awful.

    Citico'sResponded on September 12, 2019

    We apologize that you had such a negative experience. We'll definitely be passing along your feedback to our team.

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Citico's is rated 4.6 stars by 466 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lighthouse Point Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Lenoir City

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking directly in front.

  • Public transit

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Robert Allen

  • Entertainment

    On special occasions, Citico's offers Jazz Trio's and the sounds of Big Band classics such as Tommy Dorsey.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (865) 986-0009

  • Catering

    Contact us directly for information about catering at 865-986-0009.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Events: (855) 977-6881

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