Citronelle-Syracuse

4.5
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156 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Bar Seating
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
A new American restaurant and banquet space brought to you by the team behind Lemon Grass and Bistro Elephant.
What 156 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was our first visit to Citronelle, it won’t be our last! Our experience was outstanding at the bar with our bartender Matt! Drinks and conversation were great! We ate in the dining room, but I would say the bar and bar dining room is the place to be! The dining room felt a little “banquet style”? Tables were oddly positioned for a dinner service. Other than that, a wonderful night out with family! Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

For the money...go somewhere else. Food was subpar. Nice atmosphere and attentive wait staff.

W
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Citronelle-Syracuse was amazing! Great food, ambiance, and service! Would HIGHLY recommend!!!!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

a wonderful environment with very nice art on the walls and very creative food, a Syracuse gem

VR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Service was slow although the restaurant was far from being full. Food came out cold. My burger was cooked perfectly, it was just cold as were the fries. My wife’s meal was also cold.

Citronelle-Syracuse
Responded on 6 September 2019

We are so sorry you didn't enjoy your time with us. While we do our best to serve hot food, we would have been more than happy to warm your food and give you fresh fries. We hope you'll give us another chance to make sure you have a stellar dining experience.

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AM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bartender Matthew is exceptional! He made us amazing cocktails and was great to chat to.

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is fine dining in an upscale but not formal environment. Hosted a guest from Asia who was enamored with the food, wine list, ambiance and style of the restaurant. Will definitely go back and recommend it highly.

DV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent evening from a last minute decision.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food were excellent.

Citronelle-Syracuse
Responded on 28 August 2019

Thank you for your visit and feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great bar. Great food. Great Service. One of the best I have been too in Syracuse

Citronelle-Syracuse
Responded on 28 August 2019

We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Citronelle. Thank you so much for your feedback!

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great night!

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

Both my food and my husband's was perfect! Thank you

Citronelle-Syracuse
Responded on 28 August 2019

Thank you for the feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

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S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I like the variety available on the menu: both large and small plates. One party thought the burger was overcooked, but everyone else was pleased with their meal (steak, veal chop). I shared a new dessert with a friend, and it was very delicious. I also appreciate the wine and beverage list. The restaurant is a bit cavernous, therefore a bit noisy from the sounds bouncing off the hard surfaces.

I have enjoyed my meals at Citronelle and will return.

SG
Phoenix
91 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a knowledgeable and friendly server who was very familiar with the menu. My friend said the chicken in the sandwich was so moist. My pasta dish quite salty though tasty. We shared a key lime and mango dessert and wish we’d each had our own!

CS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazingly delicious meal, our waiter was just the right mix of friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and funny. We’ll definitely go back.

NN
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The decor and atmosphere was delightful. We had an amazing experience and would highly recommend.

IN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My girlfriend and I ate at Citronelle on a Friday and a Saturday night in July. There were a few hiccups for which I can't blame Citronelle. The fire alarm went off half way through our meal on Friday, but that didn't last long. We ordered steak both nights, and the grill chef tended to cook them too rare, so twice they were sent back. The food was excellent, the wine list first rate, and the space is charming. I wish Citronelle the best. They would be our first choice on our next visit to Syracuse.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the food, particularly the hamachi special which was outstanding.

LB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

What a lovely surprise! A fine, creative restaurant with luxe flourishes and fresh tastes. I appreciated the combination of small plates, full entrees, and seafood starters. A fresh, hot French loaf , choice of charcuterie options, and the excellent service were top notch. Decor is clean and contemporary...noise level was low, but on a Wed. night, when the place was not nearly full. Not sure what would happen on a busy Saturday evening. I could not find a white wine I liked (ordering by the glass), which was a little disappointing, but it was easy to quell that in the excellent saucing of the dishes I ordered.

EE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We've eaten here before and enjoyed our meals at Citronelle this weekend.
I ordered a NY Strip and it was cooked perfectly. The side dishes were potato wedges and creamed spinach. I asked if I could skip the potatoes and get extra spinach or add another vegetable. The waiter checked with the kitchen and they declined the change. I offered to pay an upcharge, and they declined again.
I'll probably go back, but I was surprised by the restaurant's "no substitution" policy. I go to their other restaurant (LemonGrass) and don't recall this being an issue there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Not that great... better options out there

KL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding choice. Our server Aaron was extremely knowledgeable and top notch. All food was delish, from the oysters to charcuterie to steak.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I hope more people find out about Citronelle. The food was great, albeit a little pricy. The oysters were some of the best I've ever had. Our waiter and bartender were very friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. We were there at 6pm on a Thursday and we were the only table there except for one other couple and a a couple at the bar. A little too quiet, but the upside was really fast service. Beautiful job on the renovation and interior design.

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was superb. Service could not have been better.

It was quiet when we were there (6:30 on a Wed. evening).

Loved it!

LP
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

I was very excited to try out this new Downtown Syracuse restaurant on my birthday, last weekend. The food was absolutely horrible, from the filet to the lobster tail to the side dishes. The only decent things were the bread and my drinks (strawberry rhubarb martini’s). Our server was simply awkward, unhelpful, and unprofessional. If I could rate 0 stars I would.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The burger and the mixed drinks were outstanding. The halibut special was a little bland but well cooked. We decided to sit at the bar which was a great decision because the bartender was very knowledgeable and had a good feel of customers preferences and made drinks catered to them.

JW
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I was most impressed with the service. The staff was attentive without being intrusive. Definitely a special place for a very nice dinner.

w
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night out. The restaurant is clean, modern, as just the right amount of formal for a Saturday night out. The staff was attentive without being overbearing.
The best part is the Bar Man. Knowledgeable, wonderful suggestions and he makes the best Negroni I have had in Syracuse.

JL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The kitchen was amazing, and so far beyond our expectations! Each course sublime, an over-used word which is fitting in this case. The local cheeses, accompanied by berries, baguette slices and honey comb, were outstanding. We both got the lamb porterhouse, accompanied by spring pea and mint purée , fava beans and fingerlings, an assertive garlic black pepper sauce and chimmichurie of ramps. Served rare. YUM, and such a spring-like meal.
Desserts— the bombe , like a slice of baked Alaska, and homemade ice cream sandwiches with a shot of milk for my husband.
What a find! We were visiting from out of town for one night. Thanks to Open Table for the find!

RP
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We visited here for our anniversary on a Wednesday evening. We found the restaurant to be open and inviting. Staff was friendly and attentive. The menu offered an array of choices ranging from small plates and burgers to high end gourmet entrees. The food was prepared perfectly to our specifications and was served hot. Of particular note was the veal chop served with creamy polenta. Outstanding! Prices were moderate but to be expected for such quality. We strongly recommend you try Citronelle for your next special occasion or for just a relaxing meal after work.

JS
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Had to ask to place drink order. Inordinate delay in delivering drinks. Ling delay in delivering entrees and when delivered came piece- meal. In fact 3 of the part sat staring at their food while waiting for final two yo be delivered. By the time all were served the first three were cold. Explanation for delayed delivery of last two was “kitchen prepared appetizer not entree dishes they had to be redone”. Although well presented meals were generally average to below which is inconsistent with the standard the prices and presentation suggests. Thus two stars.

DS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Given that it was graduation they had a limited menu and should have informed us at the time of reservation. Otherwise it was a wonderful experience and the staff were great

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Wonderful food server was delightful. Waiting to long for drinks when restaurant was half full. Saying that they moved us to a lovely back room but it was empty and the front of the restaurant had much better vibe. My advice fill the front and use back area for overflow

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

fantastic experience- the service was incredible and servers were attentive.
Food was delicious - definitely a must go place in Syracuse!

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I was celebrating my son's special graduation weekend by researching restaurants in the Syracuse University area. The evening prior to going to Citronelle for brunch, we went to Lemongrass. Although brunch is a completely different vibe than an outstanding dinner at LemonGrass, I was slightly disappointed at Citronelle's for a few reasons. One, a guest of my son, the graduate, had asked the waitress for no spinach in her eggs benedict. The waitress, said that was impossible. Really? Secondly, the seafood platter, although delicious, was just not as aesthetically pleasing or filling. Maybe more something? For example, checkout Balthazar's towering seafood platter in NY. And the Belgian waffle sticks, so little...maybe add two more sticks (?) ....I don't know. Great strawberry butter. I know, Syracuse is not N.Y.C., but the prices you charge are comparable. Otherwise, it's hard to mess up sauce bernaise on eggs benedict, so overall, it was above average and delicious. Thank you.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Perhaps it was a bad night.... there was a

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Food overpriced
Portions very small for price
Service poor
Would not recommend

ES
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

They couldn’t manage to have the table ready on time for the reservation. A 30 minute wait and looked incapable of managing volume

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

On a date with my gorgeous wife. Little confusion at the hostess stand getting seated. Took about 30 minutes to get our reserved table.
Food was excellent
Little noisy

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This location has a great ambiance. The service was impeccable and the food was very good.

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