Citizens Band
Citizens Band

Citizens Band

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.citizensbandsf.com/
  • Phone: 4155564901
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Citizens Band reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (11)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)great for lunch (2)romantic (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • We are long time Citizen Band
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/20/2012
    We are long time Citizen Band fans and have never had a bad experience. The food is great and the scene is alive and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food; creative recipe;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Great food; creative recipe; funky atmosphere;great neighborhood gem; friendly server; highlyrecommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Citizen's Band is my go-to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Citizen's Band is my go-to place for dinners. I generally love it. However, on my most recent visit, the food was so-so. With that said, every other time, I've loved it. Awesome atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've been to Citizen Band
    BridgeBunch
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    We've been to Citizen Band several times, and it is a neighborhood stand-by for us. We love the food and the way we are treated there. I would recommend CB to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not to be missed!
    KingkatVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2012
    Chris is an incredible chef and has assembled a great staff. The menu changes often enough to keep it interesting while favorites such as the mac and cheese and the fried chicken never disappear for good. Prices are reasonable, great ambiance and attentive staff. Desserts are from Pinkie's Bakery next door as is the bread -- wonderful and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, really cool
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/18/2012
    Excellent food, really cool interior, good music, but the restaurant is joined to a club next-door, which plays very loud jarring dance music, detracting from the ambiance of the restaurant. Furthermore, the restaurant loos are in the club. I would still, however, recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been going to this place
    kymlivid
    Dined on 4/16/2012
    I've been going to this place (Citizens Band) as a whole since they very first cracked their doors open.. and it seems as though every time I wish for them to be open for longer hours/on certain days, it happens. CB's brunch and dinner are AMAZING! Their menu changes often and frequently enough that I don't want to talk any particular item up (PSST.. PORK OR BEEF) Liholiho Yacht Club, which is the popup restaurant every recent Monday at Citizens, is equally as amazing. Chef Beerman (CB) is welcoming Chef Ravi Kapur into his space to cook his unique version of Hawaiian Soul Food. Nothing says Mahalo quite like his varied and delicious Prix Fix menu ($65, excluding beverages)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In Soma? Don't miss Citizens Band.
    blatantgizmo
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    This is the only restaurant I've been to in SF so far where EVERYTHING on the menu is phenomenal. CB clearly cares about each of its offerings and knocks traditional favorites (fried chicken, burger, onion rings, mac'n'cheese, etc.) out of the park. Tasty innovations on old standards with great plating/presentation. The menu and wine selection also changes often with some seasonality, which is refreshing; especially for someone who frequents this restaurant often. Love this place for dinner (open most nights until 11p!) and brunch. The wait staff is also very attentive and knowledgable about the menu and wine offerings. I only gave ambiance 4 stars/"very good" because I recognize its hipster-diner aesthetic might not be for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Citizens Band is always delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    Citizens Band is always delicious, extremely reasonably priced, and totally reliable. I have taken countless people from out of town into CB for an SF food experience, and they too always leave impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie find in funky former diner
    HappyGimletVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2012
    Great chill atmosphere and superb food, wine list is well chosen and interesting. The price is reasonable for the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought this was a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    I thought this was a great restaurant with a shabby chic vibe. The wait staff was wonderful! They were attentive without being a focal point. The food was delish and served the way you want to eat it. A really fun night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pork and steak main courses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    Pork and steak main courses rocked. The mac n cheese epic. The one down side to CB...Greasy smell in the entire place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hip
    ilove
    Dined on 3/6/2012
    Love the homestyle feel of this diner-esk restaurant. Upscale in the hipster kinda laid back way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thoroughly enjoyed Chef Ravi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/5/2012
    Thoroughly enjoyed Chef Ravi Kapur's popup. Delicious food, intimate setting, excellent service! Definitely stood up to all the rave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CB has it going on, from the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/5/2012
    CB has it going on, from the food to the staff this place rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Liho-Liho Yacht Club
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/5/2012
    I was here for Liho Liho Yacht Club Pop up. It was a great experience. Food was on point and they adjusted the menu for my gluten-free needs. I'm sure I gain a pound or two that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All of the vegetables I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    All of the vegetables I had here were great. The rest of the food was pretty good. Service was good and the vibe was nice and relaxed. The reason for the 2 star ambiance rating is that the restaurant is VERY smokey. There doesn't seem to be any ventilation at all, which makes it somewhat uncomfortable and you smell of cooking smoke when you leave.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic hipster casual diner
    TominSOMAVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    Fantastic hipster casual diner in SOMA with really amazing food. The fried chicken is the best in the City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great but sadly
    FullofFood
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    The food was great but sadly the restaurant fills with smoke quite frequently. I wear contacts so this was an issue for my eyes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were there for the Monday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2012
    We were there for the Monday pop-up and the food and service were fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful Valentines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    We had a wonderful Valentines dinners. Food was superb, fresh, tasty and creative. Service was the best. Will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place, no AMEX
    ModernistVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    Overall great experience, understated funky decor contrast with gourmet well prepared yet simple dishes. Great wine choices, our server was incredibly nice All was good until the check came, I tried to used my Amex and another server actually told us - "we don't take AMEX it's good for the customer but bad for the business"?!I think she may have forgotten that what is good for the customer IS actually good for the business, I don't like being dictated what card I can use and my company only gives me an AMEX to use. Now I have to get reimbursement which is a pain. I'm really getting tired of restaurants doing this, it's only a percent or more added to their fee, just add it to pricing. We already get enough dining "taxes"in SF with HSF
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it. Amazing, addicting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/2/2012
    Love it. Amazing, addicting food. One word-poutine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never a disappointment - one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    Never a disappointment - one of the best burgers in the city, and a very sweet, laid back staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always enjoy Citizens Band.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    We always enjoy Citizens Band. Our service this particular night was a little short with us, but that's not the usual case. Must get the mac & cheese and fried chicken! Even though there are so many restaurants in SF, this is one we often return to instead of trying something new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CB Rocks!
    TominSOMAVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    Chris Beerman creates delicious, well prepared food that is imaginative, interesting in a casual, hip, funky environment. Are dinner last week was fantastic. The food just keeps getting better. The fried chicken is the best in the City. Try it out. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great value for money,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/11/2012
    Really great value for money, lives up to its description as a "fine diner"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the charge to my debit card
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    the charge to my debit card by the waiter was incorrect...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simple, non-pretentious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    Simple, non-pretentious and great tasting food. Lost track of time and came in way early for our reservation and they sat us anyway. Would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE THIS PLACE. Great neighborhoo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    LOVE THIS PLACE. Great neighborhood place, we go every month. Best burger in town, amazingly fun and chilled out staff, just a great experience. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it. Charming, delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2011
    Loved it. Charming, delicious and unpretentious. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first time dining
    Outandabout
    Dined on 9/28/2011
    This was my first time dining at The Citizen's Band. I think it used to be located in Hayes Valley and the current location at 8th & Folsom is the new location. It's location is a bit odd as it's not is the most ideal neighborhood, and it's not well marked so when looking for it, you're not sure it's the right place. But once inside, the interior is a bit industrial retro and cool. The food was really good and the service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5th time here, and will still
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/23/2011
    5th time here, and will still keep coming back. The food is really good. They just made some menu changes, adding roast beef and potato's. The fried chicken is the very best you will find in SF and the burger outstanding. Great friendly service and the desserts are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitschy, hip take on a diner/Americ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2011
    Kitschy, hip take on a diner/American vibe. Good food, casual, bistro atmosphere, fun crowd
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So amazingly yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2011
    The food in this unassuming diner was fabulous! The menu is simple and some what limited but this doesn't seem to matter because everything the kitchen cranks out is spectacular. A wonderful, wonderful meal!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We thoroughly enjoyed dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2011
    We thoroughly enjoyed dining at citizens band. The mac & cheese was delicious. Our 3 different entrees were great. We also shared 2 yummy desserts. No complaints! If we lived in s. F., we'd be regular customers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A block from where we live,
    Phil
    Dined on 8/13/2011
    A block from where we live, and we were going to a studio open house a block away, so, great to stay in the 'hood! Very quiet for this place -- moderate noise. Asked for medium rare burger: got medium-well. Salmon was nicely done. Chocolate cake was good: not as fabulous as first time, but: good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Citizens Band never disappoints,
    1lucky13
    Dined on 8/9/2011
    Citizens Band never disappoints, with a great fresh menu and the best comfort food in town I'll always go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had the hamburger with cheddar.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2011
    I had the hamburger with cheddar. I ordered it medium and received it medium rare, otherwise, it was good and the fries were also. He had the fried chicken. We had the strawberry shortcake for dessert. It was not your usual strawb short, it was in a jar. It was ok. Matt was our serveur and he was good. We really like the choc chip cookies!! In fact, he asked ab the cookies before ordering dessert. Matt sd there were none but we'd get some with our cheque. BTW something was going on in the area got to see a parade of people in various dress (and undress).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic friendly service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    fantastic friendly service. food was tasty..would have preferred some grains in the vegetarian dish. everyone loved the fried chicken. burger was a bit tough. great overall, but wildly expensive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic