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“Excellent Food, Service and Ambience”
Review of Fiora's

Fiora's
Ranked #10 of 149 Restaurants in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
St. Charles
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, Service and Ambience”
Reviewed June 13, 2012

My wife and I love this place. They recently expanded their outdoor dining area to include an outdoor bar and a stage. Last weekend we enjoyed live music singing while we dined in downtown Geneva. No busy streets. The service is very warm and attentive. Maybe at times they were too attentive, as they seemed to be too quick to clear empty plates and glasses. I like a clean table as much as anyone, and while their intentions were good it made it feel a little rushed at times. The food and wine were excellent. I love their scallops. They tend to get busy, especially on weekends. But, their prices are very reasonable for the quality you get.

  • Visited June 2012
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4 Thank Jack J
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English first
Saint Charles, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Could Be So Much More”
Reviewed June 2, 2012 via mobile

This is a restaurant my wife and I keep trying to like. It is beautiful inside and out and has a wonderful patio for outdoor summer dining. The staff is warm and welcoming and do their best to provide a good dining experience. Everything is really quite nice until you open the menu and subsequently eat the food. The food selection is a little on the esoteric side. I imagine the chef is cooking for himself rather than customers. And, I imagine he likes his food woefully under seasoned because it is indeed bland. On our last visit, I started with the Manhattan Clam Chowder. The color and texture were very nice, the taste was absent. Next, I had the grilled scallops over black rice and Swiss chard. Again, good stripe on the scallop, it looked appetizing, it had everything except flavor. For dessert I had a piece of carrot cake and a cup of coffee. The carrot cake tended to be dry and lacked that sweet and spicy flavor one would expect. The coffee was luke warm.This place could easily be five stars if it had a better chef and a more diner friendly menu.

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1 Thank Bob W
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Chicago, Il
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“What happened??”
Reviewed June 2, 2012 via mobile

This used to be my favorite restaurant in geneva. Our last visit was not so great. It was a lovely evening, so we decided to sit on the patio. Our waiter took our drink orders and then pushed to immediately take our dinner orders too. We would have liked to just sit a bit and enjoy our wine. Barely had we sipped it and my husband's clam chowder soup was served. The bowl was very small. Less than a cup and under seasoned. He hadn't even set his soup spoon down, when our entrees were served. I had ordered the braised short rib and he ordered the scallops. I must say, the short rib was tender and exceptional. Husbands scallops were served over under seasoned black rice. These entress were whisked away and we were immediately offered dessert. I declined, but my husband ordered the carrot cake. Of course, it was served immediately. I tasted it and would describe it as adequate, nothing special. Our waiter quickly presented our bill and we paid our $110 and were on our way. The entire dining experience took less than 50 minutes. Did we feel rushed? You bet we did. Will we return? Maybe for a glass of wine or an after dinner drink, but not for dinner. I don't know if management has changed or what, but the relaxed Fiora's we used to love, was nowhere to be found.

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2 Thank HudsongrlChicago
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Chicago
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Underachiever”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Fiora's has, unquestionably, the most lovely venue of any restaurant in about a ten mile radius. And then they screw it up with so-so food and uneven service. They need a top notch chef who can really make this place sing. It could be so much more.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank GonzoM5
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Oak Lawn
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good food. Lovely setting.”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

We were in Geneva for a short one night getaway. There are several nice restaurants in Geneva but this one was new to us. Tried it for lunch and went back for dinner. Like many businesses in Geneva, it is in a converted house. The bar looks like a library, book shelves, cozy dark wood tables and bar. Restaurant has a fireplace and a more casual sunroom dining area. There is outside dining in warmer weather and we're told a band on Friday and Saturday nights. I had the special that day. A delicious salad with mixed greens, spinach and the usual additions. Blue cheese dressing and 2 skewered pieces of filet mignon. Outstanding! Too bad it was a special and not on the menu. Friendly staff, lovely inviting atmosphere. We'll go back when in town again.

  • Visited April 2012
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3 Thank stringerOakLawn
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