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Citrus

Formerly known as bambú Restaurant, enjoy the same SoCal cuisine that you are used to with a fresh new approach.

Citrus - where classic styles are presented with a bold combination of flavors that celebrate the very best of Southern California. Located on the Lobby Level of Fairmont Newport Beach, Citrus is open for breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday and Breakfast Saturday - Sunday. Private event space available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Citrus introduces Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menus; nutritious offerings designed around select dietary and diet-dependent requirements including vegan, heart-disease, gluten-free and diabetic. As the growing trend gears more towards a healthier lifestyle and quality of life, Fairmont created dishes that speak the language of both taste and health.
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30 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(30 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 30 reviews
5 stars
(15)
4 stars
(10)
3 stars
(4)
2 stars
(0)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • great for lunch(10)
  • good for groups(7)
  • fit for foodies(6)
  • special occasion(6)
  • great for brunch(4)
  • hot spot(4)
Citrus Reviews List
Review 1 for Citrus
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great breakfast spot !"
Dined on 4/27/2016
 2014
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Review 2 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/24/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/24/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/24/2016
 2009
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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Review 3 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/24/2016
 2016
Dined on 3/24/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/24/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 4 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 6/15/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 5 for Citrus
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2007
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Review 6 for Citrus
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2011
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Review 7 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent Chef!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Great seafood options and variety of fresh salad entrees."
Dined on 2/23/2016
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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Review 8 for Citrus
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2010
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2010
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Review 9 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Excellent salad entree variety , fresh fish options, fun drink menu and he burger specials are very good"
Dined on 2/08/2016
 2003
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Review 10 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Excellent salad entrees, so creative, new Kale salad great, fun cracker presentation"
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2003
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Review 11 for Citrus
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

What happened Fairmont Hotel?

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Dined on 1/21/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/21/2016
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Sorely disappointed. Came here for the Restaurant Week lunch for my birthday, and there was only one option, which was puzzling. Ordered an Ahi Tuna Salad that looked ridiculously small for a 20$ price tag, and requested another item. The waiter then said that he would give my salad to SOMEONE ELSE. So unless you want to eat at a restaurant where they serve you rejected food items from someone else's table, do not go here. The logic behind their actions is ridiculous."
Dined on 1/21/2016
 2012
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Review 12 for Citrus
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 12/31/2015
 2009
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Review 13 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 12/28/2015
 2003
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Review 14 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Business meal success!!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Came here with two of my superiors and one business associate (whom I had never met before) for a business lunch: it would have to be a rather quick lunch and we would have to be able to discuss work but it would also have to be laid back enough for us to actually enjoy the food and catch up on everything.
The service was punctual and pleasant without invading our discussion; the ambiance was pleasant and professional; the food was excellent (word of warning to other pescetarians out there; the clam chowder has bacon in it); and while we may have been the loudest ones at the restaurant, the noise level was just enough to be pleasant while not so loud as to not be able to do work.
It was just the right place for the meeting. I have only one word of warning; if you are going for a larger meal that will fill you up and a slightly more affordable rate, this is not the restaurant for you. But if you want to have a light lunch to impress some long-distance coworkers with, check it out!"
Dined on 11/09/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion
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Review 15 for Citrus
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/06/2015
 2004
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch
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Review 16 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/24/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/23/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 18 for Citrus
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2004
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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Review 19 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Wonderful meal at Bambu, perfect for any celebration. Use a lot of local ingredients and the service/ plating/ food was superb! Will definitely return."
Dined on 6/05/2015
 2012
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Review 20 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Thank you

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Great food and the staff treated us very well. I did feel tables were to close together though. I really don't want to her other peoples conversation."
Dined on 12/25/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 21 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 5/10/2015
 2014
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2014
Special Features: great for brunch
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Review 22 for Citrus
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Save your money

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Service and setting were great - no issues there. The food, however, was subpar at best. Plating on some of the dishes made absolutely no sense and the menu appeared to be left over from the fall with much of it centered around autumn root vegetables. The bread served before the meal was hard and seemed to have been sitting out for a while. The short ribs with the filet were chewy and overcooked and the filet itself was closer to mid-well rather than the mid-rare that was ordered. And those are just a few issues of many. Do yourself a favor and save your money - it's about $80-$100 per person with cup of soup, entree, one glass of house wine and gratuity. There are so many great restaurants in the area that one would be much better served dining elsewhere."
Dined on 4/10/2015
 2014
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Review 23 for Citrus
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

A must: the Wagyu Burger

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/03/2015
 2009
Dined on 3/03/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Very good menu. Their Wagyu Burger is a dream - with Avocado, Cheese, Smoked Bacon strips! Very good portion size, too. Home made sorbets & ice creams are very refined and will make your taste buds leap for joy. Price-Quality is outstanding. The restaurant will validate valet parking for up to 4 hours."
Dined on 3/03/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 24 for Citrus
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We went for the Newport Beach Restaurant week and enjoyed their selection of salads."
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2008
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 25 for Citrus
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Delicious food -- OK service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"I really enjoyed the New Year's Even prixe fix menu. I had the scallops with a bacon relish that was delicious. I also really loved the mushroom tart I had as an appetizer. The duck soup was just okay, mostly broth. I was not a fan of the dessert, which was a souffle with almost a custard-type center. I would have preferred a chocolate option.
Unfortunately, the servers seemed out of sorts for most of the night. We chose to do wine pairings with our meal but we kept having to remind our server to bring us a new glass of wine. Consequently, we never really "paired" the right wine with the right course. This took away from the experience.
It also took about 15 minutes after we were seated for anybody to even greet us. And we were not given any water until we asked two courses in. The food runner didn't seem to speak English because every time we asked him a question he would just walk away without answering.
Overall, I would probably come back because the food was really superb. But I'd prefer more dessert options and would hope for better service next time."
Dined on 12/31/2014
 2014
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Citrus
Based on the average of (5) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
3 out of 4 recommend this product
Food 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Noise Level
3.3 / 3
Energetic