Citrine Cafe

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567 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 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Server was very nice. He just needs to check a couple of times to see if table needs anything else. Twice I beckoned for him, and he was responsive each time, for things like mustard or an iced tea. Of course, the bill was promptly brought to and collected from the table with just enough time for me to put my card in the folder.

The person who delivered the food asked if we wanted anything else (to which we stated no) but if he had waited half a second he would have known I wanted mustard. It took only that long for me to look at my sandwich, but the younger staff move so fast, they barely wait for you to answer. He was long gone when I looked up. I thought he beamed himself up.

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KZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We waited 25 minutes before anybody came over and took are order

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CL
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a very enjoyable experience dining there. The pork shank is so delicious. Also highly recommends the short ribs.

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EH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Citrine Cafe was awesome! I had heard very positive things about the restaurant from friends and I understand why! The food was delicious and the environment was great. I would highly recommend! The cauliflower was my favorite :)

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BW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food, wine list, and cocktail program.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Philip was our server and he provided great service, made excellent recommendations from the wine to dessert. Very pleasant and courteous.

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MH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I had a great experience my first visit and have been wanting to go back. I was so disappointed this time Nothing hit the mark. When I arrived it was very empty with just 2-3 tables taken. The service was below par. The food was just ok this time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Scottish salmon was one of the best meals I have ever had!

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Food is ok. Ordered pasta with clams and had to request a bowl for the shells and for Parmesan cheese.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been to Citrine every couple months since we moved to Oak Park last year. It has always been a fun atmosphere with great food. I highly recommend the mushroom ravioli. The cocktails are also very well made.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best carpaccio anywhere!

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C
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wide menu. Great salads. I had the fish special that was fine but not spectacular.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day Dinner was a delightful experience. The food was excellent and the staff was extremely attentive and efficient. Great experience.

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NC
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice mother’s day brunch at Citrine! Service was great, food came fast (we have kids!) and all the dishes were yummy. My only criticism is that I wanted a latte or cappuccino but the only kind of milk available is while milk! I would think the restaurant would at least offer one non-dairy alternative, especially for being in Oak Park. I would like to see lemons or coconut milk added to menu. Thanks

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Citrine numerous times. It has never disappointed! Food is amazing! There are always enticing specials available. Everything is excellent- from wine selection to apps to mains to dessert! Wait staff have always been excellent. It is definitely a gem in Oak Park.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, cocktails, service and atmosphere. Do not miss and opportunity to try Citrine Cafe!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, and an even better ambiance. Will come back time and time again.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu was great, and we noticed some Monday specials we hope to return for.

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L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent selection of wine

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JC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Citrine has a moderate size menu but the dishes are well prepared. It is always better to have fewer dishes well done than a lot of items done in a slipshod manner. Service is attentive, the room is airy and the tables have good spacing between them. I am not a fan of giant TV's tuned to sports events but at least the sound was off. My delicious salad was almost an entree in itself and could have fed two. The honey roasted pork shank was fall off the bone tender and delicious. The sautéed spinach sensitively prepared but the polenta was not smooth and creamy, more like thick and lumpy. My husband had
the halibut special and was very happy with it. He is a very critical fish lover so if he was happy it was very good. We also had two appetizers for the table (shrimp and grits and harissa lamb sausage) that everyone in our party enjoyed. We were too full for dessert so we cannot comment on that but we would recommend the restaurant to those who want a local experience that matches downtown in quality and also price. It is not an inexpensive evening to dine at Citrine.

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TP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and attentive staff. Made good wine and food recommendations. We loved everything, esp. octopus, Korean Fried Cauliflower, and dessert. An unexpected and nice glass of port was given to us with our dessert. Elegant and fun.

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well crafted cocktails

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K
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
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
17 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
72 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
13 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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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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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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Chicago
3 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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