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“Fantastic Fusion Food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Citrus City Grille

Citrus City Grille
2765 Lakeshore Drive, Corona, CA
951 277-2888
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Ranked #10 of 305 Restaurants in Corona
Cuisines: Grill
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
San Diego, California
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“Fantastic Fusion Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Faced by one of the most elaborate back bars we have ever seen, the two of us suspected that the place may be all show and no food. But we were wrong; the food more than matched the show! But the show is spectacular; the view over the lake, the variety of seating areas from the more formal inside dining to the less formal outdoor (but protected) patio, to a lounge area, and the exceptionally open kitchen, all impress. Two of us ate lunch and had a hard time selecting from a delectable array of dishes, some of which we saw being served to adjacent patio tables. We shared two dishes; an Ahi Poki and a large Greek Salad. The Ahi was some of the freshest and most succulent (and I consider myself an Ahi connoisseur) and the Greek Salad was prepared the Greek way – no lettuce (but the cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. were all of the firmest and freshest). Parking is easy, but I would suspect that at Happy Hour and later at night that may not be the case as the Grille is large and seats several hundred people. The theme is both novel and well executed and, given the opportunity, we will be back.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Corona, California
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“Mother's Day Brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Citrus City Grille is a favorite of ours for brunch and Mother's Day was no exception. This is a very popular restaurant, so reservations are a must. We went early and were seated promptly. Because of the holiday there was seating both inside and outside. We were outside which was quite nice, since we were kind of in a corner which was quiet and didn't feel like we were crowded. The brunch options are many and plentiful. We started at the carving station where the ham with a cranberry reduction sauce is amazing. In addition, they offer turkey and roast beef at this station. Waffles and French toast with all the trimmings, salads, eggs of many varieties, bacon and sausage, shrimp, salmon, baked white fish, chicken, rice, potatoes, salads, fruits and cheeses are all available to satisfy anyone's palate. Omelets can also be ordered. The breads are many and varied as well and the dessert table has amazing offerings. They offered several chocolate types of desserts, cheesecake, and other petit four types were all wonderful! Champagne and mimosas are available without limit, as well as ice tea and coffee. The food is outstanding!
The service was rather slow this visit. Although we've been there on other holidays and experienced really good service, this time it was lacking. We had to look for our server several times. A manager came by to clear our dirty plates and to refill our champagne glasses, more than once. The price is quite reasonable given the amount and quality of food and the nonstop champagne and mimosas. Citrus City Grille has brunch every Sunday, but not as fancy as what they offer for holidays. It is a great place for family.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Corona, California
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“Great Place for Brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

We have been here at least 5 times for brunch (2 times Easter, 2 times Mother's Day and 1 regular brunch) and have enjoyed it every time.

We went today for Mother's Day and they had the usual great brunch. We had made a reservation for 10:30 and it was perfect. It got very crowded by the time we left around noon. I highly recommend reservations and early ones on a big holiday! The later you go the longer you will probably have to wait.

The price was $34.95 which was not bad considering champagne and mimosas were unlimited. For the non drinker, iced tea was also an option (regular and peach). For regular brunch I believe it is $19.95.

There are many items on the brunch list: french toast, waffles, Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, baked white fish, stuffed chicken, grilled vegetables, jasmine rice, potato salad, ahi poke, bacon, sausage, fruit (strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe), cheese, salads, shrimp, a carving station and tons of desserts including cheesecake. They will even make omelets upon request.

The carving station included turkey, roast beef and honey baked ham. My personal favorite is the ham which I top with a cranberry reduction sauce that is amazing! This honestly is the #1 reason why I love the Citrus City Grille's brunch!

For today's brunch, tables were set up outside to accommodate everyone. While it was very pleasant and much quieter outside, we did have to contend with little gnats trying to land on our table. The other downside was that the service was very slow - worse than in the years past. Our champagne glasses became empty before we saw the waiter to get more and a manager had to come clear a stack of dirty plates we had piled up. These two reasons account for the 4 star rating instead of the 5 star. We will ask to sit inside next time.

We will definitely go back for brunch as it is very good and we get plenty to eat!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Food, Excellent Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

We visited Citrus City Grille for dinner on April 28th. We ordered the ahi trio (highly recommend it), surf and turf special and swordfish special, a few glasses of wine and cheesecake for dessert. Everything was delicious. The prices were reasonable for a higher end restaurant. Our server, Ryan, was friendly, pleasant and very knowledgeable of the menu. The restaurant itself was clean and well-kept and the atmosphere was intimate. We were seated next to the open kitchen with a partial view of the bar and wine room. The manager came by our table towards the end of our meal to see how everything was. Overall, great food and wonderful service. We will be returning.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Above average not great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012 via mobile

Food was certainly good just not oh my gosh great. Save room for Grand Marnier souffle.....that was great

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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