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The People’s Kitchen & Citizen Wine Bar
The People’s Kitchen & Citizen Wine Bar

The People’s Kitchen & Citizen Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.1nichexchange.com
  • Phone: (508) 459-9090
  • Hours of Operation: The Citizen: Monday - Wednesday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, CLOSED SUNDAY The People's Kitchen: Wednesday & Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Gastro Pub, American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Champagne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We provide different sized spaces to accommodate parties of 20-150
  • Private Party Contact: Debra Covino (508) 459-9090
  • Entertainment: The Patio and Speakeasy feature live acts that change on the weekends.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Commercial
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: COMPLIMENTARY Valet offered Wednesday through Saturday with on-street parking available, as well as municipal and garage parking facilities within walking distance.
A word from The People’s Kitchen & Citizen Wine Bar
The People's Kitchen of The Citizen is about hand crafted artisanal products prepared by our chefs for the people. We buy, butcher and utilize whole animal with our in house charcuterie and dry aging regimens. We are also committed to locally produced and grown products, as we celebrate food as it was intended to be consumed. The People's Kitchen of The Citizen is a revolution of food, drink and conversation and will not be televised. Vive la Food! Dining is available upstairs in The People's Kitchen Wednesday through Saturday with an ever-changing menu focused on seasonal products. You may also dine with us at our wine bar, which offers a full menu, including our Signature TPK steaks, with a focus on artisinal cheeses and chocolates. Outdoor Patio seating is available and heated and covered during colder months. PLEASE let us know where you would like to sit when you make your reservation in the "Special Request" box. Thank You. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The "Millionaire of Havana" cocktail was amazing. It was a perfect blend of sweet, smooth and tart. The Oyster Trio was superb! My companions has the Lamb & Beef Tenderloin Meatballs and the Pan-Fried Chive-Infused Goat Cheese and raved about both. One of us opted for the 16oz. Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye and loved it and three of us had the Grilled Line-Caught Swordfish. The swordfish was done perfectly, delicately seasoned yet full of taste. Two of us had the Ginger Granita was light and delicious. We loved the chocolate dessert and peanut butter creme brûlée. It was a perfect meal and the french press coffee topped off the night. Did I tell you I love this place?!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband, two kids and I went here for dinner on a Sunday afternoon. I have some of the most picky eaters ever and they adored this. The steak was incredible, vegetables cooked to perfection. I highly recommend the Celery Root and Parsnip Bisque, it was a perfect balance."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Waiter was nice and attentive. Everything came out fast and was delicious. We used the Groupon for their Prix Fix menu and saved a ton. Wine list is great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Oysters fresh and outstanding. Grilled watermelon and endive salad awesome. Peanut utter crime brûlée to die for"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food here is excellent. The service is good. It took 10-15 minutes to be greeted by a waitress and order drinks, but she was very good after that The décor is just ok. Nothing special."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "If you are in downtown Worcester, near the DCU center, check out this spot. The food is great, the service superb, and great beer and wine. The portions are nice so try and save room for dessert! Nice atmosphere and you can actually carry on a table side conversation."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I actually do like this place alot, but tonight's visit was just a bit off. This place should be packed all the time, and it rarely is. Not sure why, as the food is good, the service usually pretty good, and the value is there for what they offer. Maybe it's the experience I had on Friday, which has people spending their food dollars elsewhere. The food was great, so that was not the issue. We only had entree's as we had eaten an app elsewhere before arriving. ...but, we probably should have ordered another app as it took about 30 minutes for the entree's to arrive. Surely this was unusual, as our server was apologetic. The bartenders downstairs just seemed like they didn't want to be there either. Will surely go back though."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've been here a few times and have had great experiences every time! We love bringing friends here b/c we know that it will be a sure thing... always great food, great service, and great drinks! We love that the menu is always changing! Swordfish - bananas... and bananas is good!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Another nice meal at People's Kitchen. The price fixe is quite a bargain. Lamb Meatballs had a hint of asian spice for a deeper flavor. Pan roasted duck was wonderful, but the winner was Peanut Butter Creme Brulee, served with slices of banana and bacon. I must report that the service was not what I was used to. Perhaps it was the table of 16 30-something men that threw off the waitstaff, but it took 40 minutes from the time our entree dishes were cleared to until we got in the car. This was not us lingering over dessert & coffee, but a lengthy delay in getting our dessert (one of which was wrong, but quickly corrected), settling our bill and waiting for the valet to bring up the car. a quibble but not enough to keep us away."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is our second time here, we had a Groupon for the pre-fix meal. Our meal was delicious, we both had the filet. We sat outside, it is like eating in a outdoor living room with a lot of privacy. As we were enjoying our dinners my husband found a piece of plastic from the meat markers in his mashed potatoes. We let our waiter know and within a few minutes a manger came over to our table. He explained what he thought might have happened and apologized many times. He then told us we would not pay for the dinner. Not only did they comp us for my husband's dinner the didn't charge us for the app or dessert. You don't find great customer service very often and this place gets an A+. We will definitely go back the food was AMAZING!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a lovely 3-course dinner. everything prepared and served perfectly. The wine pairings were perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed every bite of this dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food, ambiance, and service! Requested a private area and what we got was even better than we imagined! Thanks for always exceeding out expectations!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Hot bread from oven was fantastic. Ordered fixed menu (Groupon). Groupon specified "signature steaks" had $10 suuplemental charge. I mentioned that I was surprised the aged serloin was outside of th "signature steaks" box and that the supplemental charge did not apply. She was surprised too. Appetizers started off great with fried goat cheese - had great flavored! Aged serloin was tough. Double duck had enjoyable flavor. When the bill came there was an additional $10 for the supplement. The waitress brought the manager over and she the Groupon fine print did not specify all supplemental charges. Not wanting to make a scene, we paid the building and left. We won't be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Always our go to place for a nice night out to celebrate or to share with another couple. The menu never disappoints."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, however, it took quite a long time between the first and second courses - so long that we chose to bring our desserts home for the next night (excellent chocolate assortment)"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food was great ... service was great ... convenient location for downtown shows!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Went on a Monday. very quiet. relaxing and great food!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We have been for dinner a few time and have always had excellent service and meals. The salmon and swordfish we ordered on the most recent trip were no exception. The fried goat cheese appetizer was exquisite!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a great place to find tasty creative offerings. The selection of eclectic food begins with the appetizers and runs right through the dessert menu. The Chef clearly puts a lot of work into what ends up on your plate. I had the seared salmon with Thai noodles. It could not have been any more delicious. The buttery coconut/lemon sauce paired perfectly with the soft noodles and Creme Fraiche Salmon. Every bite was scrumptious. My wife had one of their many steak offerings and said it was one of the best she's ever had. The only negative we found was that we were seated in the back room of the restaurant, which lacked the ambiance the main area has. Not a deal breaker by any stretch, because the food and service were top notch."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The place was lovely, and our server was attentive. Our appetizers were excellent, however barely started when the main dish is delivered to the table. Pet peeve. My bone in rib eye was very fatty, I could only eat a fraction of it. I'll allow that I don't often order this particular cut, so I accept that perhaps there is some of my ignorance involved. However, it seemed a bit more than 'marbling'. It was very tasty and tender however. The manager was very polite and concerned about my disappointment and offered us some compensation, and that can often assuage doubts about returning again. My partners meal was excellent in every way. We ordered the price fixe, and the dessert was excellent as well. All in all, a good dining experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The People's kitchen was better than ever this past Saturday night! I check every month to see if the salmon is back on the menu. Finally it was! Every time I have had salmon at TPK it has been amazing, and the current dish, the Seared Atlantic Salmon was unbelievable. It was served over a bed of coconut curry Lo Mein noodles with shiitake mushrooms. Woa! While eating, I told my husband it was seriously the best meal I've had in a year! He had the filet mignon and felt the same way. I don't eat meat or poultry so sometimes finding a dish can be hard on a small menu. I think I will cry when they take the salmon off it! I know they like to change it up, but seriously, if something is that good, it should stay!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was the second time I visited the People's Kitchen in Worcester. I was glad to experience the same great service and wonderful food as the first time. I will undoubtedly return."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I love the People's Kitchen! Our waiter Carlos was so friendly and helpful, I hope to have him every time we go. The food is always seasonal and I love the uniqueness they add to a dish. My friends and I really had a great evening."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was an excellent dining experience. Because of the restauarnt's design there are small alcoves for tables that allow my husband who has problems hearing, to hear the conversation and enjoy the company at our table. Now, that is a plus but what keeps us coming back is the food! According to my husband he had the best swordfish of his life on Saturday night? The party of four had a variety of menu items including the filet and salmon. Each person was pleased with their dinner. Very attentive and efficient service."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "TPK was a perfect change of pace for a birthday dinner in Worcester. Unique menu that did not disappoint at all! Perfect portions. Great date night out!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "With the menu that is always changing there is always something new and delicious to try! Tried the 3 course menu and each course was as good as the next. Each dish was full of flavor and cocktails were well prepared. Service was great and very accommodating. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent as was the service. Loved the great flavors. The chef has been working ovetime coming up with some of the unusual combinations. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We've been here several times and have never been disappointed. The food is always great and innovative. The service is great with a friendly and accomodating staff. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food was very good. Drinks, though they offer many unusual, exotic ingredients, tend to be underpoured and pretentious. Good if you want to experiment, good luck if you want a scotch on the rocks."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food is always interesting and beautifully presented. The chef adds a little too much salt for my liking, but this is a small quibble. The staff is exemplary."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Our server Carlos was enthusiastic and welcoming without being over-bearing. He did a great job of presenting the menu and answering questions regarding wine pairings. We even had a visit from their sommelier after looking for some wine recommendations. It was very personable. The food was also excellent and well-prepared, we enjoyed every course. We'd definitely go back for dinner and would also like to sit on the patio for cocktails, it looks like it would be a lot of fun. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "To start out, I was disappointed that I wasn't aware upstairs was closed on Mondays, since my reservation went through for Monday evening I thought nothing of it. However, our server (Ben I think) was great. We remembered him from another restaurant from years ago, and he was very friendly. My boyfriend ended up being an hour late to dinner, but we never felt rushed to order. We did get apps without him, and they were fantastic. I had 2 groupons, and instead of it annoying him, Ben helped me decide which would be the bigger discount and applied it for us. To top the night off, my boyfriend proposed at dinner and then we all had shots and dessert. I will never forget Citizens for sure now!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We each had the prix fixe dinner, duck and the tuna. Both were excellent (the tuna was some of the best I have ever had). Both dishes were also presented well. The salads and the deserts (sorbet and chocolate) were also great. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My Husband and I ate here with our 4-year old - it was fantastic. Incredibly delicious food and outstanding service. Very friendly to our daughter too. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our meal was outstanding, great steak and swordfish. Our waitress was very friendly and took care of our needs quickly. We would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We love this place and were just really disappointed by the whole experience. The food which is normally fantastic was average but the desserts were horrible."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "People's Kitchen and Wine Bar is one of my favorite eateries for a very good reason; they never disappoint me. Food choices, value for the money spent, service and ambiance are always top notch. This restaurant could compete with the best that Boston has to offer and its so close in Worcester. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "service and food were all outstanding, receptionist/hostess included."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Met up with a group of friends for a going away dinner celebration and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone! The wine list was wonderful and the food was tasty. We all had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We went to the People's Kitchen for dinner on Mother's Day. The place was a ghost town, yet it took a while for our server to approach the table...to bring my drink, for our appetizer to arrive... And no sooner were we done w/our appetizer than our main courses arrived. It seemed like the staff was lethargic & in slo-mo. Dragging their feet. We felt the menu selection wasn't that great & was a little on the scattered side. Sadly, both my son & I were disappointed in our food -- we both felt that the cooks had gone waaaay overboard with the fig jam and that it dominated the dish. The edges of my son's sandwich were burned. He didn't even finish it. All in all, a disappointing experience, esp on Mother's Day. I'm not sure we'll go back. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014