Citico's

4.5
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445 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 (4-10 pm) and Sunday Brunch (10:30am-2 pm) by reservation only. Named Open Table 2019 Diners' Choice Winner.
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1/2 Price Select Wine

Enjoy 1/2 price bottles of select fine wines on Thursday evenings. Whether you dine in the lounge or the main dining room, you can enjoy select fine wines at an amazing price every Thursday at Citico's.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 25, 2019

Ends: June 26, 2118

Availability: Thu 4:00PM-10:00PM

Weekly Happy Hour

Happy Hour is 4:00-6:00 pm in the Lounge and is available Thursday - Saturday.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 20, 2019

Ends: June 21, 2118

Availability: Thu-Sat 4:00PM-6:00PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thanksgiving Day Brunch. Our buffet will feature traditional Thanksgiving favorites including slow roasted turkey, glazed ham, savory sides,​ decadent desserts and brunch selections of french toast, bagels with lox and cream cheese and much more. Cost: $39. Children ages 5-12: $19.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for an elegant holiday dinner buffet. $39 per person. Children 5-12: $19. No cost for children 4 & under. Featuring items like maple glazed pork loin carving station, Louisiana fried chicken, candied bacon cornbread dressing, spaghetti squash au gratin, double chocolate cake, and more!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

3 Seatings: 5 pm, 7 pm, & 9 pm. Celebrate the coming New Year with a beautiful evening at Citico's. Enjoy a delicious dinner in our elegant main dining room or request the cozy setting of Citico's Lounge. Citico's regular menu and a New Year's Eve special will be offered

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

PR
Birmingham
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.

DC
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.

KI
E. Tennessee
19 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.

SP
E. Tennessee
2 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!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PV
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.

JS
E. Tennessee
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great and our service was outstanding!

HK
E. Tennessee
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's
Responded on September 30, 2019

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

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AA
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's
Responded 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.

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JS
E. Tennessee
32 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend !

MB
E. Tennessee
27 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's
Responded on September 10, 2019

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

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ME
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's
Responded 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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LM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Citico’s for my first time, sat outside on a gorgeous night. Loved the house the restaurant is housed in...just a beautiful setting. And loved how they converted an area into a master chef’s kitchen. The food is truly farm to table. Big portions, fresh and delicious. The wine list is very unique. My only down comment would be the menu is a bit limited. I would like to see 2-3 nightly specials. And if it’s not a seasonal menu it should be...but don’t let this stop you. It’s a memorable experience. Cannot wait to try brunch!

Citico's
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks for your feedback! We're glad you had a great experience and will pass along your recommendations.

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RT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service and the atmosphere was exceptional unfortunatly the steaks were poorly done. Two different steaks were ordered "medium" and the both were extremely rare. With no hesitation they offered to replace the steaks or accept a different order.

Citico's
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thanks for your feedback, Rod. We'll make sure to pass this along and hope you come out to see us again!

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PS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location and the food and service was amazing.

Citico's
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hope to see you again soon, Patricia!

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CF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jami was our server and attended to our needs in a most professional way... we loved the entire experience. The food was delicious and We cannot say enough about the country ham/ cheddar soup. The homemade jelly and bread was amazing and we were even given a small jar of the jam to take home. This is a hidden jewel that will be made a regular for us to celebrate special events or try a brunch.. everyone needs to go to Citico’s

Citico's
Responded on September 3, 2019

We're glad you had such an awesome experience, Chery! Stop by and see us again soon.

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PN
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

It was not a buffet as described on the web site.
The waffle maker was broken.
The roast beef was poor.
The coffee was warm, not hot.

OT
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my parents here for their 50th wedding anniversary and everyone agreed that it was the perfect evening. Great food and service with a nice ambiance. Beautiful location.

Citico's
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hope to see you again soon!

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JB
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops were outstanding as well as the Brussels sprouts. Delightful evening.

Citico's
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thanks for the kind words, John!

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JG
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Citico’s WAS our favorite fine dining experience. We went there to celebrate our 49th Wedding Anniversary. The food was outstanding as was the service. The noise level was a disaster. There was a birthday celebration attended by 38 very loud women in the lower level. The noise in the intimate dining room on our level was deafening. It was like eating in a high school cafeteria. Apparently the Birthday Babes celebration occurs once a quarter. This very much cheapens much of what we loved about Citigo’s. Not sure if we’ll return and I recorded the noise level to share with friends who might consider eating there.

Citico's
Responded on August 26, 2019

Hi Jan. Please accept our apologies for Citico's not living up to your expectations for the night. We already have a plan in place for 2020 that should help with situations like this. We'll be sure to pass along your feedback to our executive team for further consideration.

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CH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. Food was delicious. Service was very good.

Citico's
Responded on August 20, 2019

We hope to see you again soon, Cathy!

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AF
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, friendly server, outstanding food. A great date night!!

Citico's
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thanks for the kind words, Ashley!

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S
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service & ambiance excellent.
Food was more room temperature but extremely tasty. Thank you for a very pleasant evening.

Citico's
Responded on August 20, 2019

Hi there. We'll make sure to pass these comments along. We're glad you had a great night!

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NM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience. Preparation of pork chop not as good.

Citico's
Responded on August 20, 2019

Hi, Nancy. We're sorry your meal didn't match the overall experience. We'll make sure to pass this along to our team.

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TB
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Unfortunately our experience was disappointing. Entree menu is VERY limited as was wine by the glass. Our out of state guests ordered a glass of merlot but only the house merlot was available instead of merlot of choice from wine list and the restaurant does not carry Ketel One. For the price point, overall we expected better.

Citico's
Responded on August 14, 2019

Hi Tom, we're so sorry that you didn't have the experience you were hoping for. We'll make sure to pass along this feedback to our team.

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JS
E. Tennessee
32 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food is great and our waitress Jamie was outstanding . Highly recommend Citico’s !

Citico's
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thanks, John!

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RY
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner and service was, as always, exquisite. Downstairs lounge had excellent singer-guitarist but ambiance was severely compromised a by a REALLY LOUD obnoxious group. My wife and I could barely hear to order our wine. In the future, we may resort to Thursday reservations only to avoid loud parties, weddings and wedding rehearsal dinners that seem to frequently plague Citicos.

Citico's
Responded on August 12, 2019

Hi, Rob. We greatly appreciate your feedback. We'll make sure to pass this along.

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M
Savannah
31 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience4

Excellent food. Great atmosphere and serene views of the lake.
Service was friendy but distracted, could certainly be improved.
Otherwise a very nice evening.

Citico's
Responded on August 6, 2019

We'll make sure to pass along your feedback, Mitch.

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Halibut dinner with great service! We took advantage with Thursdays 1/2 off wine. A must try restaurant.

Citico's
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thanks for the kind words, Tom!

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OT
E. Tennessee
105 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the whispers of Citico’s years ago to today, you can go ahead and shout from the rooftops, that eating there is a must. Albeit a rare mistake, like over cooked pasta or dry fish, the entire Citico’s establishment will make sure that everything during each course is absolute perfection! If not, there is no fee! This is the kind of restaurant the other restaurants in and around Knoxville need to learn from. The term in the industry that is very popular now, is farm-to-table. What if during the blank-to-blank-to-blank, along the way, an error is made? The customer must first communicate that error or dissatisfaction, and the way all employees handle that feedback and situation, to resolve the establishment-to-customer experience, is representative of the business in whole totality! With that said, within those guidelines, Citico’s gets my checkmark of approval!

Citico's
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thanks so much for your feedback!

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RM
Key West
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Great dinner on the patio!!

Service was amazing!!

Citico's
Responded on July 31, 2019

Glad you had a great evening!

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K
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to dine. We sat outdoors under the trees and enjoyed every minute

Citico's
Responded on July 31, 2019

We hope to see you again soon!

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TB
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Enjoyed our dinner! Our compliments to the chef & staff! Bartender & waitress gave excellent service & were very personable. Would be nice to have Happy Hour extended to 7! Table furniture in lounge needs to be upgraded. Folding chairs are tacky.

Citico's
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hi Tom - Thanks so much for your feedback. We'll make sure to pass this along to our staff to continue making improvements!

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JS
E. Tennessee
32 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful restaurant !

Citico's
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thanks, John!

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PM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to Celebrate our 39th Wedding Anniversary. Excellent food and Wine selection. Also has a great bar called the Lounge down stairs.

Citico's
Responded on July 31, 2019

Happy late anniversary! Thanks for celebrating with us.

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TN
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect birthday celebration for a friend.

Citico's
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hope you all had a great time!

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JS
E. Tennessee
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress Carmen was outstanding and Robert the chef is fantastic

Citico's
Responded on July 9, 2019

Thanks for your positive feedback! We'll make sure and pass your comments on to Carmen and Chef Robert.

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DB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the first time to Sunday brunch and it was different to say the least. The waitress came to our table and explained instead of the normal buffet they were doing it a al carte so we ordered what we wanted and it came out above and beyond what we expected. Then the next course came and we said what next course lol. Then they brought dessert and of course we bagged that action to go. Then asked if we wanted anything else? I thought who could eat anything else? They brought all my faves and some new ones (brisket hash browns) and we WILL be back. The service was amazing as well and you couldn't ask for a better atmosphere than Citico's! Thank you so much for allowing us to dine with you!

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

we"ve eaten at Citico for many years. This visit the food was not as good as it used to be even though we ordered some of the same items. Would probably not go back..it is a 35 - 40 minute ride from our house in Knoxville.

Citico's
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hi there, I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience with us. I'll pass your feedback on to our management to improve in the future.

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