Citizen Public House

4.8
2982 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A contemporary, upscale version of the traditional public house nestled in Old Town, Scottsdale serving craft beers, classic and contemporary cocktails and elevated pub grub to a clientele hungry for exceptional food, provocative drink and new-fashioned fun.

With its intimate patio, private upstairs dining room, semi-private 12-seat dining alcove and lively public space, outfitted with mahogany accents, leather booths and a stainless steel-topped bar, this new-fashioned public house is sure to be the perfect hangout for the modern citizen.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2982 people are saying
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4.8
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKw455
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I had the chicken and risotto and it was amazing. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. My only recommendation is not to default the tip rate to 20 percent. I would have left this anyway because he was amazing but I didn’t like the restaurant setting the tip expectation I’m advance. Didn’t give me a great feeling for a nicer restaurant. I go to ocean 44 or mastros weekly and they don’t do this.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as were our drinks! Everything was perfectly done! The best Chop Salad we have ever had! Will dine again next time we are in Scottsdale! Our server was excellent and very attentive to our needs!

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vipJennifer
Dallas
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the salad! Also, the crab cakes were delish. Probably the best crabcakes I’ve ever had.

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AndiM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. It was so kind of them to bring us a free dessert for my husband’s birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner! Crazy good chopped salad! Excellent service - good food and excellent service! Also - amazing craft cocktails!

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vipabdyer2009
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food. There was one dish out of 12 that was okay. Otherwise all other dishes were amazing. Their salad with its own Facebook… SO worth it. Don’t be fooled by a “bag of cookies”. They were very delicious. Will be back!

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valerie
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server sierra was the bomb. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Made bday weekend amazing. Great restaurant in old Town.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by a wonderful server who helped us make decisions regarding the menu. Her recommendations were all on point and each in our party of 5 was pleased with their choice. Food was absolutely amazing. The scallops, short ribs, chicken with mushroom risotto and meatloaf are all special. A culinary experience!

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vipFoodieLV
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was by far the best server we’ve had. He’d be a great mentor for anyone to shadow (wait staff). His humor, timing, everything was perfect. And the food is by far some of the best we’ve had. You HAVE to enjoy the chopped salad & the scallops…share like we did. Yummmy.

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vipWcBorder
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This is an expensive loud restaurant. Some dishes - ribs, chopped salad - are pretty good, but I fail to understand all the great reviews. The menu lacks breadth - all the fish is salmon. $56 for a filet mignon? No thank you. The bread pudding is laughable, a slice of bread with whiskey sauce. LOL. The beer and wine list are decent, but Postino - nearby on Scottsdale Rd. - has a far more adventurous selection at lower prices. Although its taken a COVID-19 supply hit, nearby Roaring Fork is way better value for money.

This is after the second visit.

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ChristieM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good choice at CPH! The signature salad is amazing!

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SeanR
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, staff was awesome and attentive. It had a really nice laid back vibe, very spacious. The food- worth every penny! Crab cakes were amazing, the burger was cooked perfectly! Would definitely recommend!

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LeannA
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bacon fat popcorn was delicious. Our server was amazing recommending great food and drinks for our first time there. Very nice place would definitely go back!

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Amazing
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anyone who go loves great food and drink would be foolish not to try Citizen. Everyone in our group tried every dish of everyone else and everything was exceptional. 5 stars

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vipGabrielaH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice. But the place lost the flair. Use to be cozy and nice, now it looks very bare and too casual. But food is still amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The chopped salad was delicious! The scallops and Brussels sprouts were mediocre. The broccolini served with the scallops was extremely salty and ruined the dish for me. The service was okay. Our server was nice and did not charge us full price but we left the meal very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

For the price the ambiance is scarce

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish! Great drinks! Fabulous service!

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PartyOf4
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants anywhere. I eat here every time I’m in town and have never had a bad experience. The cocktails are interesting and delicious. I crave the chopped salad and it never disappoints. Service is too notch. Thanks for another great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and two college-age daughters had a wonderful dinner. Everything was delicious and the service was very friendly and attentive. I didn’t give 5 stars fort the food because the menu hasn’t been updated in a while, but it is award winning and some people might think that’s a good thing. Also, re the ambiance, there are no longer white table cloths, but this is because of Covid. Would highly definitely recommend.

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michelleh
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good. Waiter made good suggestions. I loved the ambiance.

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PattiG
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Waiter was great and food was tasty but uncomfortably loud.

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CUGRZ
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. Food was delicious, service was perfect and would recommend to anyone visiting the Old Town area.

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vipMaxineB
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The noise level is too high it was difficult to have a conversation with those at our table

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siverfox
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both my wife and I had excellent meals, they made a substitution for me without hesitation perfect results !

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vipJARM
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect as always and Adriel was awesome. The only reason I am giving four stars for ambiance is because I am giving the loudest noise level. Just a suggestion, the music could be toned down and more classic/romantic or maybe some jazz played now and then. We’ve experienced that before here. Most everyone there last night, including ourselves, were not 22, partying, or clubbing, and we were all trying to have conversations; whatever was playing was kind of annoying and prevented that.
Thanks!

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JohnK
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and the food was just as good as it always is!

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LindseyW
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chopped salad was amazing and I rarely love a salad! Also really enjoyed the scallops. We had bread pudding for dessert and thought it was just ok. Overall really enjoyed eating there!

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vipLove630
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and service were great. The ambiance is just ok.

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DanSam
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant in town - Everything was absolutely INCREDIBLE! I will be returning very often :)

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stephenh
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance our waiter Gary was great, informative, friendly and accommodating. Had the Scallops with corn polenta which was cooked perfectly with a sweetness provided by the corn and a rich buttery smoothness of the scallops.

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SandiS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Way too loud food great but don't think we'll be back any time soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience & our waiter was very helpful in helping us decide on entrees.

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vipLori
Omaha
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere in Old Town. Definitely be back.

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vipAaaK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fabulous! The restaurant week menu was excellent and I also enjoyed the wine selection.

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vipKarenL
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for restaurant week….have always wanted to try and figured this is good way to experience……was wonderful! We will definitely be back….had the meatballs and scallops just perfect my husband had chop salad and short ribs excellent….I highly recommend and service was great 😊

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vipMichaelH
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was outstanding. Salmon, Coffee Short Ribs, Scallops, Steak, Chopped Salad, the four of us thought best prepared meal in while. Service fell short but they made up for it. Restaurant is noisy and the decor bland (that didn't matter) but they really don't need the music to add to the noise level. Go for the food with good friends and you'll be happy.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place in Scottsdale for our anniversary dinner. Sat outside on small patio on a beautiful evening. Great ambiance here and very friendly staff. Cocktails and food were great.

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Travelpro82
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Eric & Margaret, at the bar were both fantastic. Even though the restaurant was very busy, we never felt rushed, and they recommended outstanding items off of the menu. The short ribs were delicious, and I thoroughly enjoyed my scallops! I wish that they had a few more bourbons for offerings, and the appetizer menu was very weak.

Overall, we would go back just for Eric's & Margaret's service, not to mention the food, but this place is loud, and what's happening in the surrounding area is not what we envisioned with Old Town Scottsdale. Too many low rent bars with very loud music.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After quite a bit of researching prior to our trip, we decided to book a dinner reservation at Citizen Public House to celebrate our 7 year wedding anniversary during our time in Scottsdale.

We happened to be traveling during AZ Restaurant Week which offered a great preset menu to enjoy several courses.

Adriel was our waiter and was so great!! After we completed our meal, he let us know it was his first night on the floor. He did such an awesome job serving us and making us feel special!

The short ribs were heavenly. Unreal. Best we have her had! Can’t rave about them enough!!

The original chopped salad was also phenomenal! We also enjoyed the meatballs as an appetizer and whiskey bread pudding for dessert. The piña colada was delicious as well... not your typical over-sugary cocktail. This was next level! All A+++!

To celebrate our anniversary, they provided glasses of rosé to finish off our meal. Such a kind gesture and perfect end to a fabulous dinner!

FAQs

Citizen Public House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 398-4208.

Citizen Public House is rated 4.8 stars by 2982 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.