Citrine Cafe

4.6
498 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Located in the heart of Oak Park IL, Citrine offers Mediterranean influenced cuisine with American flair. The menu includes seasonal fish and vegetable dishes, braised meats cooked in clay pots and fresh bread from our brick oven.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm,
Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm,
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(708) 948-7328
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Greg Budgell
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Boulevard
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Parking details
Valet as well as street & garage parking available.
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Public transit
CTA Green Line to Oak Park Avenue stop.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 498 People Are Saying
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Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was pleasantly surprised by Citrine. I did not expect relatively sophisticated fare in our neck of the woods. We had several appetizers, the grilled octopus and lamb sausage stood out. I am often disappointed when I order grilled octopus but not this time. All salads were very fresh and had a bit of flare. Some of us ordered fish some the short ribs and everybody was satisfied. Two bottles of sauvignon blanc from New Zealand completed the meal. Attentive and friendly service, just a bit noisy. Perfect spot for a meal with friends.

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always great service in this lovely space. Food is well prepared and bar service excellent. Wine suggestions always on point. Great place for dinner and conversation with friends, or casual week night dining at the bar.

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ML
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I enjoy Citrine and have eaten there several times. We had an early reservation for 6. Upon arrival it was pretty empty. Our server was prompt and knowledgeable. As more and more patrons arrived however, the place got considerably more crowded. Our food took awhile to arrive and our waiter got busy behind bar. He did sent over another server but only after a rather long delay. Had the Steak Frites, which were not cooked as requested but still good.

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ML
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a good experience dining here. Server was friendly and the Manager greeted everyone (which was a nice touch). Some food was great, other dishes not so much. I will return to give it another shot, if not just for a cocktail and an app at the bar.

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Customer service is excellent. Very attentive to all my needs. Could not ask for anything more when it comes to the overall dining experience.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I went with a friend for Sun brunch, As always the food was amazing & most of the staff were quite attentive & friendly.
My only complaint is that on this visit we never saw our waitress, she took our order & gave us our check. I had to ask for coffe refills & because she was no where to be found we didn't order our mimosas or bloody mary's.

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ST
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was terrible!!! The waiter never welcomed us to the restaurant and was constantly talking to other staff. It took awhile for him to return to take appetizer and then entree orders. Never poured out wine from the bottle. And when I made the reservation, I noted my friend and I were both celebrating our birthdays with no acknowledgement until I had to say something. The manager came by quickly to ask how everything was but I didn't want to turn the evening negative. Then he returned to the bar eating and commensurating with the staff. No sincerity.

For the attitude and prices of this restaurant, I would never return. The food is certainly not worth the aggravation!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a few times, had a handful of dishes, loved it all.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family reunion for the holidays

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my adult daughter's birthday. Everything was fantastic: food, service, atmosphere, and we could actually hear each other speak. The menu was out of the ordinary (for me), so I ordered dishes recommended by Luca, our waiter, and everything was delicious. I loved the blackened octopus and the brussel sprouts, especially. Added bonus: half price bottles of (nice) wine on Mondays!

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BB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, music wasn’t too loud and the service was fantastic. Definitely want to start going more frequently.

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SD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top to bottom... awesome!

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ML
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food excellent as it typically is. Took awhile to receive our entrees but it was very crowded. Excellent drink menu. Try the Long March if you like Bourbon.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional service and outstanding food. I can’t wait to go back. I’ve been 3 times, and their kitchen has been consistently excellent.

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RW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional, and the menu both extensive and excellent. The soup of the day was outstanding. Highly recommended for just about any occasion.

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JJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for dinner and were not disappointed. Nice atmosphere, delicious food and great service. Definitely will go back soon.

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RH
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Citrine is well decorated and well organized but the menu needs a little work. All of our food tasted good and was well executed but more thought needs to be put into plating and editing in order to elevate the experience to what the owners are hoping for. I had a pork shank which was delicious, but it was served in a different dish from the sides, which caused the meal to be somewhat disjoint because you lost the opportunity to eat the delicious sauce. It was also served on a tile which was the same as the ones used in the flooring which I found unappealing. I also had the GTO cocktail which was good but it had a small amount of 3 or 4 herbs so it left your mouth with an ambiguous bitterness. It was also garnished with a different herb than the menu noted, so either the bar staff doesn’t know the difference between thyme and rosemary or they were out.

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Noisy even though only a few tables were filled. Whitefish was a little dry. Slow to get our drinks. Server was pleasant.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time that we dined at this restaurant, it was a last minute decision on a Saturday night, we had no problem getting the reservation time we wanted which was a nice surprise. Food was over the top good it was a nice find, we will definitely go again.

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MR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a great meal here at Citrine Cafe. I love how the owner comes to your table and talks to each guest. The food is the best I love the fish there. Great place!

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience from food to service. Foodie heaven! Savory flavors to coat your palette. Had the grilled octopus & spicy lamb appetizers. I had the seabass that came in a baking pan over a bed of roasted smoky veggies. My lady friends enjoyed their evening specials of filet madallions & a maki maki heavenly plate. I can’t wait to go back to try more things on the menu! Patrick our server was excellent & helpful with all our dietary keto needs!! Maybe one of my new favorites!

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Bartender is very friendly and innovative. Great spot for a cocktail!

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k
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Citrine numerous times over the past few years. It’s always been good but I feel like it’s recently gotten even better. I had the beet salad and the salmon, which was superb. They’ve also changed and expanded their wine list since I was last there. Overall, this place is really great!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dominick! Excellent server.

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JG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Citrine - best food in Oak Park!

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PY
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal! Simple Thursday night out. Not crowded, quiet and excellent service! Be sure to try the KFC!

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I
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was fine, but service was incredibly slow. Crazy since the restaurant was slow too. Inexcusable.

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LW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

W e went on a Monday evening. The restaurant was quiet and the service was excellent. Wines were half priced for the bottle, and we ordered a Monteplulciano D'Abruzzo which was a great wine regardless of the price. We paid $24 for the bottle.

Both of us ordered the Hanger Steak, cooked medium rare with Korean Fried Cauliflower. Both were excellent. The steak must have been 9-10 ozs, because I could not finish my steak. The next time we may order one to share. The house salad had crisp greens and the house dressing was perfect - it brought out the natural flavors of the greens. My wife's wedge salad was lso very srisp, and had a big chunk of bacon with it.

The waiter Patrick, and the owner Branko were extremely friendly and hospitable. This is a place we will revisit for sure.

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L
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Professional and cordial service provided by our server made our trip to Chicago area memorable. Although we got a parking ticket at the end, for just the service alone, we'll definitely return to this establishment on our next trip to the Midwest.

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KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

got there at 7pm on a Friday night 3 other couples there got a table sat down to find it was sticky. waited for waiter about a good 10 min he greeted us and aske if we wanted cocktails from the menu (which we didn't have) all the time apologizing for everything. food was good drinks were good may go again STICKY TABLE TOPS kin of tuned me off

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! The food and wine recommendations were outstanding. We look forward to our next opportunity to dine at Citrine.

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L
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best experience we had in suburb Chicago. The one of a kind and extraordinary service provided by Dominic have made our trip to Chicago unforgettable. Food from the appetizer, entrees to the desert was so delicious. Although I don't drink, my wife loved the after dinner drink courtesy of our server. With no question in mind, the champion of the night is Dominic who deserves a round of applause.

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JL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at brunch and it was terrific!

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m
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch with another family at 10:30am on a Sunday and we were shocked it wasn't busier. The service was so great and they paid really wonderful attention to our 3 year old. Bringing her chocolate milk first, and ice cream at the end of the meal. The food in general was delicious with unique spins on common menu items (avocado toast). They were also accommodating for my vegetarian friend. We will definitely add this to our brunch rotation, even with the 25 minute drive!

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TE
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was delicious! Octopus and pork belly apps were tasty. Scallops, salmon, and Amish chicken were all great! The Amish chicken was the largest portion but the other dish sizes were substantial enough to fill up. We would go back again!

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DS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was exceptional, from start to finish. Very pleasant experience.

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m
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant and experience! This is a beautiful restaurant with incredible service and food. I had been here once for a delightful Sunday brunch and was encouraged by a staff member to give them a try for dinner. We decided to celebrate our anniversary there and thankful that we did. Tuna appetizer; saffron risotto; and the much lauded Great Lakes Whitefish. Wonderful favors, layered and some complex.
we were treated to dessert for our celebration and the owner came by to personally wish us the best.
I almost forgot the cocktails! Most enjoyable the "GTO" and the "Aperol Spritz".
'Can't wait to go back and share with friends.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The brunch dishes were simply okay; nothing special. Portions were small for the price which would have been forgiven if they were exceptionally good, but they weren’t. Service was lackluster and our server apologized several times, explaining they were hosting a big party. The host then comped us a dessert for having to wait for our food. That was nice but the whole experience was underwhelming and I likely won’t be back for brunch.

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B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, food wine , cocktails and desserts !

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NL
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went early, so the restaurant was quiet. But the food was amazing! I had the Amish chicken, which was the best grilled chicken I've had in a restaurant in 20 years. Brined, crispy skin, moist interior, absolutely delicious. My mother had the Whitefish and lived that as well. She's got a walker, a staff went out of their way to assist. We'll definitely be returning!

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