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“ We had a wonderful experience! It was our anniversary and the staff made it special for us. ”

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“ We had a wonderful experience! It was our anniversary and the staff made it special for us. ”

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Inside a beautiful Inn nestled in the WindRiver Community and on the shore of serene Tellico Lake, awaits an unforgettable dining experience. Citico’s Restaurant & Club features intimate, reservation-only dining and seasonal, farm-to-table dishes from award-winning Chef Robert Allen. Enjoy lakeside sunsets from every white-linen table. Chef Allen and his talented team have cultivated a fresh, local approach to Southern cuisine with emphasis on the farm to table experience. With premiere service and an ever-evolving wine cellar, Citico’s sets the bar in the Knoxville area for an unforgettable dining experience.

Robert Allen is the Executive Chef of Citico’s Restaurant and Club. Chef Allen is originally from Texas, where he most recently worked as the Executive Sous Chef at Escondido Golf and Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay. A graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in Austin, Chef Allen sat on the school’s advisory board for new students and also served as secretary for the Austin Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. With more than 15 years of industry experience, Chef oversees multiple aspects of the kitchen operations at Citico’s, including the design and execution of seasonal menus. Chef Allen takes pride in introducing many diners to the Farm-To-Table concept, which emphasizes the use of local ingredients as they become seasonally available. Under Chef Allen’s direction, Citico’s is well-positioned to deliver on its promise of a delicious and distinctive waterfront dining experience that’s unlike anything in East Tennessee.

Attire for Citico’s Restaurant & Club is business casual. Slacks and collared shirts for men. Jackets preferred.

Citico’s Restaurant & Club is a reservation-only, adults-only establishment. Citico’s deeply appreciates our guests informing the restaurant if they are unable to honor their table reservation. We are an intimate, fine dining establishment serving the freshest, highest-quality ingredients and our seasonal menus are based upon our reservations. When accepting reservations for special events, it is the restaurant’s policy to secure the booking with the customer’s credit card. In the event that the reservation is not honored in whole or in part by the customer or is cancelled by the customer with less than 48 hours notice, it will be at the discretion of Citico’s Restaurant & Club to charge 50% of the advertised event cost per person to the reserving guest’s credit card. Please give us a call if you are unable to make your dinner reservation. Thank you!

~ Blog & Events ~

JUL 27 | A Taste of Summer

Posted Jun 4, 2018
Enjoy an evening under the stars! Join us at the WindRiver Club Pool for a poolside dinner, then dance the night away under the stars. Live music will be provided by the Shapeshifters. (Rain back up location will be in Citico’s Lounge) TICKETS | $35 {Click here} Ticket price includes: Food & Entertainment. Cash bar available.…

THU-SAT | Happy Hour & Lounge Menu

Posted Mar 16, 2018
Upgrade your Happy Hour experience by joining us at Citico’s. Your experience begins before you even set foot in the Lounge. It’s begins upon your arrival to WindRiver as you meander through the community toward Citico’s and leave the rest of the world behind. You’ll enjoy relaxing views of the property and golf course and…
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WindRiver & Citico’s Named “Best of the Best Lake Views and Culinary Experience of 2017” by ideal-LIVING Magazine

Posted Jun 16, 2017
Ideal-LIVING Magazine has awarded WindRiver and Citico’s Restaurant & Club with “The Best of the Best” designations in two categories: Best Lake Views and Best Dining Experience, respectively. Nominations were submitted, the editorial committee then researched and chose those communities/developments they felt best represented the spirit of the category. “Given the very positive response last…

Citico’s Receives “Award of Excellence”

Posted Jul 19, 2016
Citico’s is thrilled to have received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 2016. The award recognizes restaurants whose wine lists “offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.” Wine Spectator is a leading lifestyle magazine and media property that focuses on wine and wine culture. The award is further…

Fresh From The Garden

Posted Jul 5, 2016
Earlier this spring, on a secluded area of lawn at WindRiver, overlooking the lake, mountains and our signature golf course, a 12-by-24-foot section of land was lined, dug, tilled, prepped and transformed into the WindRiver Culinary Garden. For Chef Robert Allen, the garden is a wonderful new resource of fresh food for the Citico’s restaurant…

Citico’s Wins Again

Posted Feb 28, 2016
Congratulations to Citico’s for winning first place in the fine dining category at the East Tennessee Food Festival Sunday evening, February 28, at the Knoxville Convention Center. The event kicks off Knoxville Restaurant Week to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. The challenge was to create a unique dish with ingredients chosen by…