Oakland >Food & Dining > Citron
5484 College Ave, Oakland, CA | Directions 9461837.842113 -122.251442
great service, food subpar – very courteous, friendly, and somewhat attentive staff, but the food was pedestrian at best.
lobster bisque was pitiful, my salmon overcooked/dry, the 'sauce' very watery, the baby potatoes nicely steamed, but neither integrated nor complemented the rest of the dish.
the food selection was strange, and limited.
was it the chef's night off?
not recommending - highly overrated,
but did find street parking within a block!
Loved It. – I had a wonderful experience at Citron. A few friends and I dropped in 10 minutes before they closed for Sunday brunch, which isn't the best way to start off a nice meal. But, our server was very welcoming, reassuring, and totally adorable. I had the falafel with a trio of salads... it was divine. I didn't sample the others' plates as I do not partake of meat, but they were all very impressed. The prices seemed very cheap for the quality of food and service we received. I highly recommend it.
Beautiful but disapointing – We went to Citron for a special occassion, in the spirit of looking for new places in the East Bay, rather than going to SF for birthdays, etc.
The ambiance was lovely, we had a great seating, and we were able to easily book a reservation on line. Service was attentive and very friendly.
Now for the bad part, the food! Maybe the chef was having a rough night, but my lobster bisque was extremely salty and had a hard, metallic taste, my duck sausage was greasy and my main course of roasted chicken featured what looked more like a cornish game hen than a chicken with about 3 bites of chicken and a dried up and chewy dressing.
My lovely companion had a wonderful cannolli, but her lamb was over cooked and the sauce with it was too sweet and over-reduced.
We both concluded that whoever was doing the cooking had a very "heavy hand"
Although we loved the atmosphere, and the drinks were quite good, we would not return.
best Sunday brunch – We had Sunday brunch with a party of 3. The place lives up to its charm. We had Omelets: Three Egg Omelet with Fresh Fruit and Grilled Baguette with Wild Mushrooms, Caramelized Onion and Fresh Chevre,Poached Loch Duart Salmon Eggs Benedict,and Gnocchi di Patate. The food was very tasty, fresh ingrediants, perfect portions, delicious and flavorful. Definitely will come back to this Rockeridge charm and jewel!
food is excellent, though admittedly expensive – I've been to Citron twice and loved the food both times. Most recently, I had a duck confit soup, gnocchi, and chocolate torte (prix fixe menu for $30). The soup and gnocchi were excellent. The ingredients are very fresh and the flavors pure but flavorful. However, the chocolate torte was too sweet and rich. The prix fixe is a great deal, but the a la carte entrees were $20-30, which seems expensive for Rockridge.
Service was OK, not great. The server was knowledgeable but it seemed that he wanted to upsell us on everything. Why offer a prix fixe if you don't want people to order it?
Despite the prices, this is the kind of place you will feel comfortable in both nice jeans and business casual-type clothes. Also, it is quiet enough for conversation.
Great food, inattentive service – We recently dropped in to Citron on a Friday night. They weren't terribly busy, though they filled up about 30-45 minutes after we arrived. The food was very good, but the service was unbearably slow even though we mentioned that we needed to get out somewhat quickly. Water didn't get refilled promptly. We asked for the check during our entrees to emphasize our need to get going and the server didn't come back to pick it up for 10 minutes!
I titled this $$$$ because Citron doesnt seem to care about its patrons, patrons, patrons, patrons. This is a restaurant where people go if they want to spend money for a marginal experience.
Food was marginal for the price. The entrees are priced at a 3-4 star level but the food is most certainly only 2 star. The service was a 1 star. I was dying for another glass of wine with my entree, a nice pinot with the bland salmon but the waitress had other things to do.
An intimate, stylish setting shows off the seasonal Cal-French menu at this Rockridge favorite. – The Scene
Floral bouquets, soft yellow walls, velvet curtains and black-and-white photos create an understated elegance. Although a restaurant this expensive could feel stuffy, Citron is unpretentious and mellow. Professionals and an older crowd patronize the place for its civilized atmosphere and reasonable acoustics. Service is gracious, but occasionally inattentive.
Chef Christopher Rossi's French-inspired menu features 11 new dishes every few weeks. The beautifully presented, moderately sized portions feature mild, well-matched flavors but often want for salt and pepper. Appetizers might include a perfectly tender duck confit, tasty lobster chunks in puff pastry or classic potato-leek soup. Typical entrees might include smoky, succulent rabbit with creamy polenta, juicy prime rib with potato gratin or an assortment of cannelloni.
Worse Value, Limited Menu Selection – Bottomline- Citron was way overpriced for the type and quality of food it served!!!! My $26 pork tenderloin entree was overcooked, and the pasta stucked together. My girlfriend's 3 course prix fixe course served: one piece of monkfish tail about the size of a half dollar coin, steak entree that was 2 very thin slices of beef that was combined about the size a one dollar bill (no side vegetables), and angel cake that tasted like slice toast with strawberrys. For the price that we paid, Gary Danko would have been a better value... so not worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In addition, the service was ridiculously slow. We were a party of four and the entire meal took 2 hrs and 45 minutes. We had to WAIT about 45 minutes in between EACH course. (we had 3 courses).
Disappointing – I've heard good things about Citron, so we went there for my birthday. There were 3 of us. We had ahi, sweetbread, tapas style appitizer, NY steak and romain salad w/ prawns. The ahi was decent. sweetbread was over cooked and tough. Tapas appitizer came w/ a bit of everything --decent but nothing special. Steak had nice flavor, but not exceptional. Prawns had good smoky flavor, but they were overcooked and dry. Dessert was pretty good and cheese plate was decent. Service was not very refined, i.e, they put my plate in front of someone else, also for the Tapas appitizer, waitress pointed at each item on my plate with her finger almost touching them to explain to me what they were. Overall, it wasn't a bad meal, but it was not great, and for the price they charge they really needs to be better.
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