Citrine Cafe

4.7
517 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.
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VR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the food and atmosphere are outstanding, the true gem here was the friendly, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Outstanding experience. Looking forward to dining at Citrine again.

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PH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately the hanger steak I had was over-charred on the outside, making it bitter. But everything else we had was great!

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B
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice local restaurant. Management and staff are very accommodating. Nice Bistro vibe. Good for all occasions. Very nice varied menu, all well presented. Been there several times and it a sure thing.

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

I took my wife to Citrine on Valentine’s Day dinner. We had fantastic service and the food was quite delicious.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection as usual. Consistently superb food and service.

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WC
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food, even on a busy Valentine's evening. There was no rush and we had a relaxed, lovely time.

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W
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liked that there was no prix fixe for Valentine's Day and that we were able to enjoy selections from the overall menu. Food was great as was the service.

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PS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mussels great; branzino entree great. And best of all, Abattoir cocktail.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place! Always a great cocktail place and with good food. The ambiance is so pretty and relaxing. This place is one of my faves in oak park area for sure.

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! and great atmosphere. By far my favorite restaurant in Oak Park

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FT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great date night experience at Citrine. We were promptly seated upon arriving at our reservation time. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. 70's and 80's R&B classics played in the background as we made our dinner selections. Loved that. For starters, my date and I shared the beet salad, which was very light and delicious. Our entrees were a bit heavier - the short rib for me and the pork shank for my date. Both were fall-off-the-bone fabulous. Dessert choices were a bit underwhelming. If I can make any suggestion, it would be to amp up the desserts. Overall, service was efficient, food was served quickly and I enjoyed the meal and the company. Will definitely return.

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n
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal here. Too often we say, "It was nice, but not as good as the city." This restaurant was just as good as our favorites in the city!

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visitor as a long time resident of Oak Park. I would always ride pass thinking “one day” I’m going to visit that place. Well, I hate I waited so long! It was absolutely wonderful. Excellent customer service & superb cuisine. I’m hooked!
See you all next time.

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PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food, though a bit pricey. But what isn’t, these days? The wait staff was very friendly, though a bit inattentive. And it wasn’t that busy, so no reason not to check on us now and then...

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F
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love Citrine. My only complaint was that the waitress was rushing us through the process. She was borderline pushy.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner with another couple. The food was excellent. I had the pork shank and wife had the hangar steak frites. The beet salad was also very good. I thought the beer menu was limited but they had a very good wine list

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CB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Excellent meal. Amazing waiter. 'Nough said.

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LW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We are repeat diners at Citrine. This time we had a couple of friends from Chicago (Lincoln Park) who were vegetarians. One of them liked an item which had meat in it, but they asked if the same could be made in the vegetarian form. The kitchen obliged and our friends really enjoyed their dinners. They remarked that there weren't any restaurants near their house (at Belden and Clark) that had the combination of food, ambiance, service and value that Citrine offered. Very good food and selections, excellent service. I have a hunch that our friends will want to dine at Citrine again.

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OT
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great gem with attentive and pleasant wait staff..the food was amazing and the bread pudding to die for!

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b
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
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 on January 12, 2019
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
3 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
San Francisco
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
18 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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