Citrine Cafe

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600 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food with amazing service! Thank you!

EP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

This was our first visit and while the food was quite delicious, the service was not so great. The drink order came back wrong, the fish, which I ordered to be only sauteed with a little clarified butter, did not come with the butter, so I had to ask and wait while the fish chilled on my plate. Usually when customers order fish, a well-trained server will ask if the customer would like a few slices of lemon, this was not done. So, overall....disappointed.

TW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Not worth the price. Halibut special was $34 for a small piece of bland fish. My partner had the salmon which was also bland. Sides were good. Have had better for cheaper. Won’t be back.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The usual excellent food and service. We always enjoy our meals there.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there for mine and my daughters birthdays. The staff went above and beyond to make our experience so special!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating a girlfriends birthday. We had a party of 10. They took excellent care of us. Even called ahead to see if we wanted to move our outdoor reservation in as it was getting chilly. Birthday cheesecake slice for the birthday girl was brought out with individual tastes for each of us. Great night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Lovely space. They really focus on keeping your water glasses full but the table was so wobbly that we ended up eating amongst puddles. Very friendly server but he forgot part of our order but also forgot to charge for it. The staff work as a team so 1 person brought salads then minutes later another brought out silverware so we could eat them. Steak and whitefish were delicious. As always the cocktail was interesting and aromatic. The specials don’t include prices so it is a little surprising when the bill comes.

MA
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My go-to for special occasions. Scottish Salmon is fantastic, Jennifer is a great waitress.

BS
Chicago
116 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a nice relaxed quiet dinner on a Thursday evening. No loud music. We could hear one another.
We were not hurried. We each had a seafood entree that was very good. We eat here periodically and keep coming back. There is a very outdoor area as well.

MI
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came here for our anniversary dinner. Everything was really good maybe except for one cocktail we ordered, but that's because we wanted to try something different. We ate in the outdoor patio and it was lovely. Pisco sour was delicious as was the grilled octopus. My husband had the short ribs and it was fall-off the bone tender. I had the White Fish which delicate and nicely seared. The portions were fairly generous. The charred corn on the side was perfectly charred and the tiny bit of goat cheese gave it a slight saltiness. Had the peach cobbler for dessert and it was so good! Our server was wonderful as well and all the others who helped us get seated and cleared our tables were all tremendously courteous and made our night out just lovely!

LC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best restaurant in Oak Park, without a close second. Great wine menu at reasonable prices. My favorite local place for simple daily dining or special occasions.

LK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are always so happy with Citrine! We I’ll keep going for years to come!!

m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Ask for a table away from the kitchen. Say no to the Brussels Sprouts - undercooked.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Citrine is fantastic! We eat here often and the food is always good and the service is delightful. The entire team is always welcoming and super responsive.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, as always. Lovely drinks, fabulous food, engaging staff, great atmosphere. It’s our favorite place around here.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food. We sat outside on s warm summer night so pleasant. Wine and apps then s nice dinner

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The outdoor patio is one of the best in Oak Park! Nice set up inside and out. Food were great until the main course where we were so disappointed with the Hanger Steak. Thee fake dry Chimichurri sauce were awful and smell. They use to do fresh but this time were dry ingredients. We had this before and it was good, but tonight were bad, but credit need to be given to drinks were great, appetizers (aka) small plates were great.

OP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service was extremely slow on a Thursday evening at 7pm. We waited 15 minutes for someone to take our order (he can by to ask if we wanted drinks and we were ready to order everything). Food took 45 minutes to arrive. None of the dishes were standouts.

TL
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always a pleasure to dine here. The staff is great. Thank you to Phillip & the great bartender. We also love it when we have Ana as our server. Super place. Got pretty busy at the end which took awhile to get our check, but no worries. One of my most favorite places in Oak Park. THANK YOU!

j
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an outstanding experience. We are outside in a lovely setting with perfect weather conditions. The food was excellent in every way.

OM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We liked this cafe very much! Waiter Philip gave us such a nice service! Food is great! In overall I highly recommend this wonderful place!!!

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently delicious food.
And as always wait staff attentive!

JN
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Perfect octopus, carpaccio and lamb ragout. Check out the Serbian whites...delish...along with the red wine from Bosnia Herzegovina as these are hidden gems in an already well composed wine program.

B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love citrine. Great meal, fabulous craft cocktails, wine , steak frites and fish

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great cocktails and appetizers to start off. Really nice menu for sharing. Nice mix of land and sea.

DP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Pricey-they tried to seat us near the front door.

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I think the food was just OK for me. The only thing that I absolutely loved was the burrata and jam. We got a good amount of food. Small menu. Prices are too high, so I will probably not return.

LL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Citrine! I've been a fan since they opened their doors, and I've had nothing but pleasant dining experiences here since then. Everything on the menu is so delicious! The steak frites, the Amish chicken, the grilled octopus, the Scottish salmon... it is all to LIVE for! Bonus points for a nice ambience and great service. I highly recommend this spot.

CH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a delight! I had been ignoring Citrine for a number of years based on what I heard about price. Don't be afraid! Comparable to what you'd spend in the city (And not at an expensive city restaurant!) you'll get a creative and delicious meal. Perfect wine suggestions - glorious rose! - and fun, knowledgeable service! Do NOT miss the KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower) or Baklava. Even if you're not a big baklava fan!

EA
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meal was fantastic as usual. We tried a new entree tonight, the Mediterranean chicken, it was out of this world. I highly recommended
It. Every meal we have eaten that Citrine has been excellent and is one of our go-to places in Oak Park.

LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
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.

KZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

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

CL
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
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.

EH
1 review
Dined on 7 June 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 :)

BW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic food, wine list, and cocktail program.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 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.

MH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 26 May 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 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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