Citico's

4.3
396 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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AC
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and ambience. Very warm and relaxing atmosphere!

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g
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were both outstanding. Our group enjoyed being in the room by ourselves. I t was easy to hear each other. We enjoyed drinks on the beautiful patio area first. The evening was a great success.

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

All they need is a bigger parking lot for busy nights. Mother's Day brunch was very nice in spite of very rainy weather. I look forward to dining there again.

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GG
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was poor food was fair and will possibly give them one more opportunity to wow me and my guests but only once

Citico's
Responded on May 13, 2019

Hi, Greg. I'm sorry you had a negative experience with us over the weekend. I'll make sure to pass along your feedback to the team so we are able to improve.

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SA
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere, delicious food, and friendly service. Would recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always love Citico’s!

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OT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Pluses and some big minuses for us. Celebrated my birthday here, first visit planned by my wife. Best Moscow Mule ever! Very Limited menu. Felt it was too expensive. Homemade garlic bread was good. Crab bisque was delicious. Ordered filet medium and it was cooked medium rare. Wife had red snapper and it was too dry with too much breading. The strawberry dessert wasn’t fresh and should have been thrown out! Strawberries were very old and wilted. Could have spent my $170 on a few great meals elsewhere. Beautiful house and great service.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I previously dined there in Sept 2018 and it was wonderful. On this visit it was terrible. The service was slow and inefficient, even with very few people there. The food was dry and burned . I complained about the black things on my plate and the chef came with a weak apology. We had two desserts between 4 of us and these were deducted from the bill.

Overall very disappointed. Will not be dining there again.

I have called but so far not able to raise a manager to report this live, and have left a voice message and request to call me back

Ken Bushell

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J
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

First, we were told when we arrived that a great many items on the menu were not available. Even the listed specials were not available. They should have called me to let me know this. Food was not cooked correctly. The staff seemed to be preoccupied with other events that were to happen the next day. Will not return!

Citico's
Responded on April 14, 2019

Hello Jack, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us and let us know. This is certainly not the experience we want our guests to have. I apologize for the lack of menu options and not communicating to you properly. We should never let other things distract from giving you great food and service. I have your contact and will try to reach out personally. Thank you again, -Chef Robert

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The meal at best was average. The salad was composed of a field of greens that should have been thrown out before it was served. The short ribs were uninspired, as if the chef was going through the motions, and the bread was doled out a piece at a time. If the amuse bouche had been any smaller, it would have been a crumb.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal.

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BP
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had the brunch. The food was very good. The chicken wa a little tough and cold. The biscuits and gravy was execellent and so was the omelette. The beef was cold but good flavor. We were really disappointed in the desert selection. I would rate it very poor.
Execellent service and atmosphere is wonderful.
Thank you

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant in a quaint setting. Food is very good. I highly recommend Citico’s. I will be back.

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RE
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our evening out at Citico’s. I would love to see a few more options on the menu.

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l
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.

Citico's
Responded on March 14, 2019

Hello Lindsay, Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for missing the mark on your dining experience. This is definitely not the experience we want to give our guests. We would very much like to invite you and your wife back to dine with us, and deliver the dinner you were expecting. Please feel free to contact me directly if, we can plan another evening with you. 865 986 0009 - Chef Robert

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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
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was a forgettable experience.

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BS
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
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
23 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
148 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
7 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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