Permanently Closed - Citico's

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
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4.2
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RICHARDF
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJohnS
E. Tennessee
41 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Robert and waitress Jody are outstanding!

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Charles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and incredible food....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was really good

Citico's
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for the compliment!

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OpenTable Diner
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's
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you!

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MicheleV
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's
Responded 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!

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KSmith
Cincinnati
5 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's
Responded 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!

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knoxfoodie
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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's
Responded 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.

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EmmyJo
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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's
Responded 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.

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WesP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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's
Responded 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.

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timp
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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's
Responded 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.

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FrankC
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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's
Responded 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.

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GeneP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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's
Responded 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.

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Hate2cook
Tampa
4 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's
Responded 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.

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vipLanero
E. Tennessee
27 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's
Responded 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.

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vipluvdinin
E. Tennessee
6 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's
Responded 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday with wife and friends

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way!!

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LoriS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BradW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 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.

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CBAb
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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.

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vipLanero
E. Tennessee
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TNgal
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday of friend.

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JamesB
Nashville
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.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
5 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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PatriciaR
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.

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DonC
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.

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vipKayakILM
E. Tennessee
20 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.

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SherriP
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!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PaulV
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.

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vipJohnS
E. Tennessee
41 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great and our service was outstanding!

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HoustonK
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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AAAAA
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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vipJohnS
E. Tennessee
41 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend !

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MrBill
E. Tennessee
33 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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MrE0860
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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Permanently Closed - Citico's is rated 4.4 stars by 472 OpenTable diners.