Citrine Cafe

4.6
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616 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
93 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our first visit to Citrine. It is a nice restaurant with good food and service.

p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was excellent, we had salmon & white fish entrees. My only complaint was the service was slow, it took over 15 min to get our cocktail! Food came at a good pace, not rushed and well prepared.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, as always!

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really nice meal. Food was great and service was great. Only thing, which is not even negative but more of a curiosity, is around the carrot salad. When reading the description one would think the base of the salad were carrots with the other items listed as additional items. Carrots were the not the main attraction which was disappointing. But good flavor but not what we thought.

w
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent brunch menu with a widely varied options. Breakfast potatoes were especially good.

SM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love treating ourselves to a fabulous meal and Citrine never disappoints. We highly recommend their seasonal entrees. I absolutely loved the squash ravioli.

DF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We really want to like this place as it is in our neighborhood. The food is decent if a bit bland... lacking creativity in menu options, flavor combinations or seasoning... Good ambiance and value for the money.

The challenge is that the service was painfully slow! We waited for an initial visit from our waiter for a good 10 minutes, then no follow up (refills on drinks etc). The check was dropped off without asking if we wanted anything else (dessert?), then we had to flag down a busboy to pick up our credit card since the waiter literally never came back!

L
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Overall we enjoyed our experience at Citrine. Food was very good however, service could be a bit more attentive which should reflect the price of the entrees. I would recommend Citrine for a dining experience however the waitstaff needs some grooming.

PH
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service, good appetizers, very food steak and lamb shank.
Accomodating BYO.
Very good for wine lovers

SH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Great food and drink in an urban vibe that feels really comfortable!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious as always. Fillip is so welcoming and friendly. It makes for a great atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was very attentive and great with the 2 young children.

VG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The food was just ok. I ordered short ribs and found them fatty and a bit dry. The carrots were severely undercook.

G
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding! My branzino was delicious! We’ll be back for sure!

n
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary celebration with family.

MK
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have gone to this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. The food is amazing and the service is great.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food with amazing service! Thank you!

EP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

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
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

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
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food!

JN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

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
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience5

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

BS
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

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

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

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
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

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
50 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
13 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently delicious food.
And as always wait staff attentive!

JN
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.