Chicago >Food & Dining > Cite Restaurant
505 N Lakeshore Dr, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.891433 -87.612207
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Best view, worst food – Wow, The views here are amazing, however the restaurant misses the mark on everything else. The decor is dated and there is a very strange photo (circa 1981) of a woman on the bar.
I would like to recommend this place, however the food is positively awful.
If you want a nice view, come for a drink at the bar (next to the photo of the woman!)
but, you are better served by dining elsewhere.
Wow!!!! – This was definatley one of the best experiences in Chicago. I have been here a number of times with my girlfriend and it has been more than satisfactory. The last time that we were there, we ordered the ostrich (however you spell it). It was the best thing I have ever tasted. They put an amazing rasberry sauce on it and the meat was so tender. If I could eat it every day, I would. Also the chef gaves us a great pallete cleansing champaign sorbet and it was out of this world!!! Not only was the food great but combined with the great view, it was worth every penny!!! I have recommended this to all of my friends, and they have been just as pleased. Best restaurant in Chicago!!!
A VIEW WITH A PRICETAG – It is true, (at least for my fiance and I), we too had to wait about 15 minutes before being seated or even approached. Although i didn't mind because of the breathtaking view, i was a little thrown off by not getting the window seat i had requested 2 weeks in advance. i understood that they couldn't make promises, but as i sat through my dinner i noticed 3 window tables available. the food on the otherhand was more than expected, as it should be for being over $45 a plate, and the little palette cleansing sorbet was a very nice touch. all in all, just being in the restaurant was romantic-you know what you are getting yourself into before you go--downtown busy 'upperclass' atmosphere, and expensive fine dining. i would reccomend this restuarant, very classy, just don't get your hopes up for a window seat.
I expected more – Fine dining- not really. Since no one was around to greet us upon arrival, we sat at the bar (which by the way has no bartender, so you can't get a drink while waiting) Finally someone came up and asked if we had been taken care of and promply moved us to our table. Sat at our table for 20 minutes waiting for a bottle of wine and bread. Waiter was fairly unfamillar with the entrees and couldn't answer questions about them. Food was good- not spectacular. The view was the best thing about the evening. Overall, it was not as pricy as I expected, so all things considered it was not a horrible experience. If you are expecting to be well taken care of for a special evening- this is not the place to go.
At 70 stories up, this elegant French restaurant puts the Chicago skyline at your feet. – The Scene
Perched atop the Lake Point Tower, overlooking Navy Pier, Cite boasts spectacular views in all directions. The elegant dining room has a luxurious feel with carpeted floors, cream-colored banquettes and tuxedoed waiters. Shimmering gold columns and sheer fabric flowing from underneath starched white table linens add whimsy.
French cuisine with bold flavors gets high marks. A quail appetizer with wild rice and a citrus-tinged sauce is delicate and delicious; silky foie gras melts in the mouth. Notable entrees include tender duck-breast medallions and aromatic rosemary-flavored polenta, complemented by savory-sweet orange sauce. A special sea bass entree harmonizes nicely with delicate turnip puree. To complete the meal, flaming desserts for two include bananas foster, cherries jubilee and crepes Suzette.
A Must-Experience Restaurant – Cite was truly an exceptional experience. The food was very good, and included a few chefs extras that were a pleasant and tasty surprise. The service was the best Ive experienced. The meal was a great value; with the total bill per couple ranging from $100 to $140 (can be greatly exceeded depending on what you order, especially in the wine category). The atmosphere was amazing. The only exception in this area would be the temperature. We dined on a cold and windy night, and it seemed like the heating system would run until the restaurant was fairly warm, and then wouldnt run until the room was relatively cold. Not sure what the thermostat range was, but the temperature window should be narrowed. All in all it was a great experience and I would recommend Cite to anyone in the city, as well as to anyone who is visiting Chicago.
Great for Kids – Who ever said no for kids THATS WRONG! My kid was so happy and loved the place he want's to go back. He had the Osetra Caviar Service, French Onion Soup, and New York Strip. It is truly a dinig experience.
Cite - An Excellent Choice! – We chose Cite to celebrate our anniversary, and couldn't have made a better choice. The food, service, and view exceeded our expectations. We had the chef's tasting menu, which is an excellent value six course meal. The food selections are unique and flavorful. We had an 8:00 P.M. reservation, which was perfect because at the time desert arrives, the Navy Pier fireworks begins (Saturday @ 10:15 PM). I would highly recommend Cite for special occasions and treating out-of-town guests.
You are paying for the view – Don't get me wrong, the food was great and tasty but not worth what we paid for. I took the appetizer of duck and foie gras for 18$, I would have expected more than one tiny slice of duck and another tiny slice of foie gras on a miniature plate.
The entree was the rack of Lamb...this was definitely worth the 32$ they ask for but you don't get a rack, only part of it, once again the menu was not to be count on.
Over all a nice place to go to get a nice view of the city but don't expect not to be hungry at the end of the meal.
Exceptional – My friend from England and I went for a lovely dinner. The view of the city was spectacular, along with the service. Food boasted of flavor. Definitely one of our best dining experiences.
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