Citizen Public House

4.7
2105 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Open 7 Days a Week:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (midnight Fri & Sat)
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Phone number
(480) 398-4208
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bernie Kantak
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Cross street
Craftsman Ct. & 5th Avenue
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Parking details
Parking is a cinch with street parking, the S/W lot or nearby parking structure.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Host your next special event, private dinner or gathering at Phoenix’s “Best New Restaurant.” Choose from an upstairs private dining room/lounge, a semi-private alcove, and more.

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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Full regular menu served on Christmas Eve. Seating from 4pm - 9pm

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Serving a special three-course tasting menu only for $60 per guest. A la Carte additions to the menu are available. View menu at: https://www.citizenpublichouse.com/menus#NewYearsEve

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2105 People Are Saying
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chopped salad and a fun cozy place

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Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails, food and service is why we keep coming back here. It’s really a gem.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice dinner. Plan on returning soon!

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Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food has become very mediocre over the years and the service has become even worse. This is not the Citizen Public house of years past. It seems to think it’s doing patrons a favor by letting them eat there.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional and the food equal. Thank you - we’ll be back!

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TJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. Spilled water glass cleaned up in seconds!

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EA
Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First timers and enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service! I was craving The Original Chopped Salad and they delivered. Will definitely return!

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BS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience, it was our anniversary. Our waiter Paul was fantastic, he was attentive and knowledgeable about the food and wines.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time! Some of the best scallops I’ve ever had, wish there were a few more... only got three and the dish was $30, with no sides. My husband had the meatloaf which he really enjoyed. They also had great specialty cocktails, the social lite was really good. I would definitely go back.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

You asked, so here goes:

I have been to your restaurants many times and ordered takeout, also. The service on Friday started out fantastic ! As the night went on we had a parade of serverswho did not communicate with each other. Then we didn’t have anyone for long periods of time.

The Noble Bread plate was terrible. In the past the bread was warm and grilled. This time it was cold, not grilled. There were 2 slices of bread for $7!!!! There were 3 slices of generic white bread -cold. The presentation was not what it has been.

The Martinis were not icy cold! They seemed to have been poured, not shaken!

The tuna crudo was lacking in sauce ( not the creme) and had a scant amount of pistachios .
When I asked for more brown sauce , they brought the white creme! No pistachios!

The chocolate sorbet was delicious, but, the serving was hardly one scoop, and the presentation was just a very small scoop in a bowl. Something line you would serve yourself at home, not at a restaurant! A cookie? A piece of mint? A few berries? A sprinkling of chocolate? A bigger serving??? It appeared to be the very last bit that they could scrape out of the kitchen!

The Buttermilk chicken dish was fantastic!

Also, no salt and pepper on the table. When I asked for pepper, they brought those little glass shakers that you need to take the top off to get anything out!i

I asked for a grinder and he brought the waiter’sgiant grinder!!!

We were sharing the Mac and cheese and it was served in a cereal bowl!

If the waiter ground pepper on the Mac and cheese, the pepper would only be on the top. So what were we supposed to do? Call him back every time we got down an inch?

Also the cereal bowl was ridiculous because every time we went to serve ourselves the Mac and cheese would fall onto the tablecloth!!! It was an embarrassing (to us) mess! The relish should have been served on the side, because the relish fell out onto the table with the first spoonful.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and ambience but noisy

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

70 th birthday party.

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Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food is superb. Had the short ribs and they were delicious. The noise level is a bit much but all and all we had a marvelous time.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, atmosphere and food. What more do you need?

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J
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food! Worth the wait. My food was well prepared, fresh, and serving portions manageable!

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Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location in Old Town. The Filet Mignon Tacos & the Meatloaf were excellent. We enjoy eating at the Bar and it was quite comfortable and not noisy. Will definitely return!

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Definitely don’t go without ordering the chopped salad & the fondue. Cocktails were delicious. Our server Josh didn’t steer us wrong w his recommendations and was on top of everything.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Don’t skip the chopped salad!

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very flavorful, but to pay $30 for 3 scallops is somewhat overpriced. Waiter was good but he was very rushed because it was so busy. Noise level Is loud, so request a table outside if you can.

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EI
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal and experience! Our first time there and we will be back soon!

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CW
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine list! A true five star restaurant! The service was over the top! I highly recommend to all foodies!

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SR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Happy hour is terrific and you can sit at a table or the bar during HH. Highly recommend this restaurant. It can be noisy siring peak times so try for a table along the wall.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing chopped salad and great service!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sean, our waiter, was excellent...welcoming, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and informative. The food was excellent. You will not find dishes like these elsewhere. Citizen Public House is a gem!

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1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday get together

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from San Francisco area and found this yummy place on Yelp! Held up to its almost 5 star rating. Food was great. Unique offerings. Barrel aged cocktails were super unique. Would def go back if I lived here.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the original chopped salad and the scallops. We sat on the patio and the service was great as was the atmosphere

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RC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to grab a bite and a drink at the bar or a nice dinner. Apart from the noisy, open great room concept, I would say this is a perfect place for a couple to enjoy a romantic meal. The wife and I sat at the bar and grabbed a couple drinks and the Original Chopped Salad during Happy Hour. Great food, great drinks, great service and fairly priced. Very nice!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service was a cut above. It is a lively and friendly gastropub. Has a great cocktail menu. Our service was exceptional, and we look forward to going again

We had the rosemary roasted nuts and fondue to share. I recommend both of these dishes for sharing. We also got the chopped salad and fried catfish. The fondue had sausage, Noblebread pretzel bread, and Asian pear for dipping. The rosemary roasted nuts were slightly sweet and balanced out saltiness of the fondue.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sierra was an excellent server and the food was fantastic!!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service food and ticket time. Well done Citizen House! Bravo!

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Recommended by a local while we were visiting Scottsdale; food was excellent and service was fantastic. The meatloaf was fabulous (as good as ours) with a great presentation!

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Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sons birthday

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Portland
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Found you under numerous reviews for “Best of Scottsdale restaurants “ and confirmed with a “local” and everyone was right!! Pork Belly pastrami was so meaty and yummy and the ‘chop’ salad is also a ‘must have’ to start. Scallops were wonderful - just a fabulous meal!!!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Great service and very helpful about local favorites.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had mentioned in reservation it was my husband’s birthday. When seated there was a cute little happy birthday place card at our table!
Our waiter was friendly, efficient, and accommodating. Everyone works together ljke a well-oiled machine.
Citizen Public House is always on-point and never fails to impress.
My fish meal was absolute perfection and so good!! My husband had the carne tacos and the steak was so delicious!
At the end of our meal, my husband got a sweet dessert with a candle and more birthday greetings. Nothing over the top; just classy and appropriate.
Love this place! Oh and the bacon popcorn appetizer is crack!! It’s naughty, naughty, naughty - but soooo good!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun experience

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. I had the Sand Dabs and my husband the filet. Got there for the end of Happy Hour so took advantage of the cocktail and appetizer specials before dinner. Nice wine selection. The service was efficient, so friendly, and attentive.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and cocktails are always great. We had Gary as our server and as always he was awesome. My son asked for chocolate milk and he went above and beyond (ran over to coffee shop next door to grab some) when they were out.

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