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Citizens Band
Citizens Band

Citizens Band Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.citizensbandsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 556-4901
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday : 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00PM
    Dinner : Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Sunday Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Beerman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is easy
A word from Citizens Band
Welcome to Citizen's Band!
We are now hosting special popup dinners on Mondays. Please note the regular citizens band menu is NOT available on our Monday popup dinners. Please contact the restaurant for more information.

Fusing white tablecloth caliber food with the comfort and style of a diner, Citizen's Band dials in on American classics in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood. Salvaged furniture gives the space a comfortable, lived-in feel, and vintage CB radios and postcards lend an old but new vibe to the 40-seat fine diner. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I'd recommend everyone go here! The food is impeccable!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We always have great food and fun at CB, our neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I chose "Citizen's Band" restaurant based on a listing I found in my Palace Hotel room. (I cannot remember if it was "Where" magazine or not.) Citizen's Band was recommended as having wonderful fried chicken, which it does! However, my husband and I were a little uncomfortable with the neighborhood; the restaurant sits diagonally across from a leather apparel store (and I don't mean Western wear). Also, the people walking up and down the streets were a little questionable. The food, though, was great! Fried chicken was superb and risotto and tuna very good. French fries were among the best we've ever tasted! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Hey there, I went to Citizen's Band on a date and had never seen it before, but it is a precious gem. The Mac-n-Cheese onion ring tower is delicious to share as a starter. I had the cheeseburger with an egg and carmelized onions which was simply delicious. Great casual dinner option!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Food was ordinary. Not what I was expecting. Staff friendly and service was good. Decent wine list."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great place, was easy to find, service was awesome. Had the steak, it was delicious and very moist. However, it is kind of a whole in the wall and comes off as a bit of a dive, especially since they share a bathroom with the club/bar next door. So I wouldn't bring parents there. But the food was great and everything seemed clean. If you aren't too up tight, would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The dishes at Citizens Band are cross the line comfort food. That line is the limit of how much butter and deep-fat frying is enjoyable. Something was off tasting in the batter, making the tradeoff of delicious for fats wasn't worth it."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Mac and cheese is a unique presentation and a delicious treat."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Mac and Cheese w/ Onion Rings on top were delish! Burger and fries were good. Strawberry Lemonade w/ Vodka could've had a bit more vodka, but it was still a delicious and refreshing beverage. I already know what I'm going to order the next time I visit- I can't wait to try the Fried Chicken and Poutine."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I've been here several times because the food is very tasty. However their ventilation system needs an upgrading. It was very smoky when we were there last. It could have been due to the rain outside but that shouldn't happen. Otherwise, it's a fun kitschy place with a great menu."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal at Citizen's Band. The hamburger was fantastic - as was the trout enjoyed by my partner. The only complaints are that the restaurant is very hard to find - dark area with no real signage - we walked by it at least 3 times; and - at least with the trout - there was not a lot of food. It would be nice to have some bread or something to start out the meal."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Service was great and friendly!! Food was plated well and looked delicious. Upon entering my mouth though, it was just meh.... Fried chicken was relatively flavorless, the slow cooked beef short rib wasnt particularly tender or flavorful as slow cooked would normally imply, the pork loin was tougher than it looked and also lacking flavor... this is coming from someone who tends to think most restaurants over salts stuff... so the food here was very lacking in the flavor dept... Fried chicken from Popeyes is better."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Good food at a small diner with the old 1970's CBs as a theme."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The inside is diner-like. The menu isn't large, but oh my, is the food good. We started with the carmelized cauliflower and were not disappointed. I had a delicious pork sirloin with chorizo and clams. It was outstanding. The hamburger that was served to an adjacent table looked huge and juicy. My wife had the vegetarian plate (vegetables), and it was a beautiful presentation with perfectly cooked vegetables. With two glasses of wine, and tip, the bill was $85. I highly recommend this gem of a restaurant. This food is worthy of some of the best spots in the City. Check it out."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food was amazing when this place first opened, but it's gone downhill. They have a nice selection of wines by the glass."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "This is an alright spot, probably great if you live nearby. Not worth a trek if you live in another neighborhood. My husband is Canadian, so we were excited to try the poutine, which they no longer serve. If you want to go their for a particular dish, call in advance because there online menu is not up to date."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Always such a great experience that delivers outstanding service as well as top notch dishes! You never leave hungry. Dishes are always more than expected, you think to yourself, how good can the pork/vegetarian/beef dish really be? Well, you need to dine here to understand."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This restaurant serves good, hearty fare, but does it with flare. The fried chicken was GREAT, but what surprised me was how tasty were the sauteed greens served with it. Even at my age, eating green veggies is often done out of "duty" (I know I SHOULD eat this, so I will), but these were delicious, not wilted, a bit of snap, a nice spicy bite. I had the fried chicken; light, crunchy the meat was tender without being at all greasy. My GF had the Cream of Tomato soup and grilled chesse, and she LOVED it, Of note .... they do NOT put salt/pepper on the table... this is not an oversight, it is a statement about how well they have seasoned your food. The venue is casual, prices are moderate, portions sizes are well thought out."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Yummy comfort food. Fun ambiance. Low key and casual."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Burger with blue cheese was done perfectly. Boyfriend loved his fried chicken. We will be back!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "I stumbled across this place when looking for food before seeing a show at Slim's, and I was thoroughly impressed. One of the best burgers in San Francisco. In addition all the starters are fantastic. Where else are going to find poutine on the menu?"
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Citizens Band serves easily one of the best burgers in the city. Appetizers are creative and fresh, and I love that the wine list includes both old & new world. Elevated comfort food at its best, in my ideal location for dates and casual dinners with friends."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "Ordered mac and cheese and pork chop. Food was cold and tasteless. Big disappointment since great reviews on Opentable and Yelp."
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "The food is outstanding, I highly recommend the burger or fried chicken. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The restaurant itself is cramped and a little loud. Good experience overall; recommended."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "It is so hard to find good food for a pre-theater dinner before going to the Orpheum. This place is great for that. Easy street parking and just a 4 block walk to the theater. Really good fried chicken and mac and cheese. I have dined here many times and the food is consistently good."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "Nice place that seems to follow the "New American" trend in SF lately. Does everything well, but not spectacular, with such staples as Mac n' Cheese, Fried Chicken, and Burgers. Imagine an "Upscale Diner" concept, and you'll get the idea. Other choices (Marlowe, Blue Plate, Slow Club, Front Porch, FarmerBrown, etc...) may be better food for the money. Short, well curated wine list is particularly good (excellent Pinot)."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "The food was great and service was awesome. We were there really early so it was quiet. They acknowledged it was our anniversary and it was really nice. Loved it."
    Dined on 7/29/2013
  • "Fried chicken and hambergers are excellent and always on the menu. Other entries are just as good, but regularly change. The overall style is American with touches of southern and dollops of comfort food. E.g., had the grits and shrimp a while back which was wonderful and the mac and cheese is always amazing. Salads are good to for lunch or with dinner. Desserts are probably good as they are made at Pinky's Bakery, an affiliate located next door. Lastly, the wine selection is reasonable and eclectic. They also carry my favorite beer: Jamaica Red Ale by Mad River Brewing."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "Citizen Band never disappoints. I have enjoyed every dish I've ever eaten and the staff are unfailingly friendly, welcoming and professional. Just a really nice place that always makes me feel comforable and special."
    Dined on 7/17/2013
  • "friendly service, great menu, very low-key, love this place!"
    Dined on 7/15/2013
  • "Our favorite neighborhood place!. The food is always fun. The fried chicken is outstanding. The desserts are to die for. A hip, fun, lively, casual place for a bite."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "...this is THE spot. meaning when myself and whoever i am dining with are thinking of where to go this is the easy pick. the food is always excellent, the service is great and it's always easy to find parking (a big deal in this city). i love this place. eat the mac and cheese...you won't be sorry...in fact eat ANYTHING (or everything). :)"
    Dined on 3/29/2013
  • "poutine with pork belly = fantastic, best ever moist & crispy fried chicken, great perfectly done steak and pork chops"
    Dined on 6/11/2013
  • "Fantastic burger. Good friendly informal bar / cafe with simple but really good food."
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "The food was really nice and well done, all the flavors came out and made for distinctive meal. There is way too much noise in this small space. Do not need to play music, just gets everyone talking louder, and the tables are close. And the room vibrates with the noise, turn it down"
    Dined on 5/24/2013
  • "Delicious, California-style upscale comfort food. My one complaint is that the food is over-salted. But otherwise, I love this place!"
    Dined on 5/16/2013
  • "Went there for the Poutine. It was good. The rest was ok but overpriced. Ambiance a little too ironic for my taste."
    Dined on 5/8/2013
  • "Service was excellent. Though I had heard raves about the macaroni and cheese, I found that the macaroni was a bit dry and the blend of cheese/onion rings was very one note and didn't leave a lasting impression. Poutine - excellent - loved the crispy pork belly on top Fried chicken - good - the skin was very crispy but the overall flavor was pretty bland. Using the gravy as a dip does make it better. Chocolate Mousse cake - good - it tasted as if the cake wasn't very fresh - the cake wasn't moist just really dense but the layers of mousse helped. The overall taste wasn't heavy."
    Dined on 4/16/2013
  • "Although we had to wait awhile for our table the staff was very nice and apologetic. The food is always good, between the four of us we had 2 burgers, fried chicken, & the veggie offering of the night. All of the dishes met our acceptations. We also shared the mac & cheese & had a side of large onion rings which were also great. At the end of the meal our server brought over clean forks & we all just figured one of us had ordered desert, but one one did. Then she just brought out a big slice of chocolate cake that was divine. This a gift to us for having to wait a table. All in all we were very happy with our evening at Citizen Band & look forward to our next meat there."
    Dined on 4/5/2013
  • "Some of the best upscale comfort food in the most unassuming setting. Staff is great, food is AMAZING. Try the deviled eggs! The burger is not to be believed; same for the pot roast. Hard to find from the outside, but it's incredible. Eaten there twice, and each time is better."
    Dined on 3/19/2013