Citrine Cafe

4.6
546 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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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well crafted cocktails

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K
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, awesome friendly staff! Great dinner for our first night in the windy city!!

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b
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, attentive service, quiet tables where the hearing impaired can talk and hear. However, the chorizo egg dish came with NO CHORIZO. When my husband pointed this out, it was quickly remedied. Maybe an oversight?

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good in quality, but on the expensive side. Service was outstanding, however.

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m
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal! All four of us agreed that it was wonderful. Food and service were spectacular. I love it when the owner comes by and shakes hands. Don't you?
Somewhat limited menu, but every item thoughtfully prepared with a unique take.
Our server, Aleskandra and the owner sent over after dinner nite caps. Such a nice touch.
'Will go back again & again!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food and drinks, but steer clear of the desserts. The baklava was absolutely terrible, and the bread pudding was over-baked. The location is very nice, lots of people watching.

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CC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service very friendly attentive to children variety of specialty cocktails

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved and will return as often as we can!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but not outstanding. Service was inconsistent. Nothing terrible to complain about but nothing great to rave about. Desserts were delicious.

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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we experienced a wonderful evening with cocktails, apps wine dinner, dessert. after dinner drinks. Our wait staff was excellent never rushed us or was intrusive, We were entertaining clients and it was very pleasant evening for all.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Citrine was extremely accommodating, very attentive and mindful. I am looking forward to bringing back my family and dining there again in the future.

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful plsce! Great good! Service was good! The ambience was comfy and quant! Coming back!

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JD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server was awesome and had some good recommendations. I ordered the mussels for an appetizer, and they were phenomenal. So was the pork shank entree I ordered. I went in at 4:30 when they opened and it wasn’t busy at all. Great experience! I’ll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was Amazing! music was Awesome! Great service!

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

Great place!

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OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is excellent. The food was well prepared, especially the avocado toast. The blueberry pancakes were good, but lacked blueberries.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and delicious food!

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d
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We always love Citrine! Great setting and always delicious food.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the wait staff impeccable. We will definitely be back.

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EA
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was outstanding as usual. We love eating here. Our server tonight was boderline poor. Not sure if just inexperienced or in the weeds (not really busy tonight) or just a bad server. Poor timing of our meal, forgot coffee, (20 min) no offer of another drink for my wife, than 25 min from clearing plate to getting check. On top of that, brought 2 tiny samples of cheesecake to the table after we had asked for no cheese for me. Everyone has an off night, yet this was just poor. Our attendant/busser was spot on. Of course, we will return, but will avoid this server.

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Yorkshire
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent tasting. Portions were very small. Service was slow which there was really no excuse as when we first got there there was nobody there.

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m
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was just ok
No parking not easy to find
Pretty inside
Food was just ok

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EM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Citrine never disappoints. I love this restaurant.

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AF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A classy yet casual restaurant. Adds greatly to the selection of restaurant offerings in Oak Park.

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JE
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splendid in every way! Love the staff, love the food, love the place. Winner every time <3

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O
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had dinner here with my wife & daughter on a Saturday night. We had a reservation but didn't need it since we ate early. The food was very good. We had the Half Amish chicken, Great Lakes whitefish & the Hangar steak dishes. They were all very good.

My daughter is gluten-free and they don't have a GF menu. However, the server was able to tell us which plates could be made GF-and there was a very good choice from the menu.

The prices were a little high for the entrees. The drink prices were about right for the area.

I would go back again.

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c
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is definitely one of the better restaurants in Oak Park. We went with friends and had a really good time which is to say we could actually talk with each other! It is a very friendly atmosphere and the service was excellent. The food was very good as well. As appetizers, we thought the beet salad and carrot salad were good but we were not fond of the Korean fried cauliflower - to be fair, the waitress said it is very popular but she herself preferred the Brussels Sprouts. For main courses, the special bass dish was excellent -- served in a big baking pan -- and the half chicken very nice as well. Our friends liked the risotto with saffron and linguini with clams but I was less impressed (for what that's worth). Wines were very reasonably priced and very good. All in all a fun night and we will definitely be back.

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DH
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We dine at Citrine quite often as we live nearby. The service is always wonderful and the staff friendly. On this occasion they were very accommodating with moving over reservation around. The food is tasty and the atmosphere warm. As with many restaurants it is noisy during prime dining hours.

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VR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as always. Very friendly service and welcoming. Great place for Oak Park.

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B
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection as usual. Consistently superb food and service.

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WC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 9, 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
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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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