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Citizens Band

4.0
227 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Dine on creatively prepared American fare at Citizens Band, located in San Francisco. Its casual setting features an open kitchen for guests to watch their food being prepared. Owners, as well as chefs, Chris Beerman and Cheryl Burr opened Citizens Band to showcase their culinary skills while offering a comfortable dining experience. A small plate of grilled asparagus or a bowl of warm tomato soup will please the taste buds. Chicken pot pie, pork belly with parsnip pur�e, pot roast or a burger with a choice of delicious toppings make for a satisfying entr�e.

Citizens Band has numerous reviews in publications like New York Times Magazine, Eater SF and The Wall Street Journal. It offers brunch, as well as tasty desserts from Cheryl's very own Pinkies Bakery.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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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
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Phone number
(415) 556-4901
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Beerman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th street
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Parking details
Street parking is easy
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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4.2
service
3.6
ambience
4.5
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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badink (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

Tasty food, great energy. Service was terrific! A rare gem in the neighborhood. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2015

Friendly staff and helpful staff. They didn't judge me when I ordered both the Mac and cheese and the poutine and it was just me dining alone.
They have a nice wine list and are knowledgable about what they serve.
The food was incredible and reasonably priced.
It wasn't busy yet when I was there. 5:30 on a Thursday evening but I can imagine that it would get loud when it fills up

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vipHappyEater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2015

This is a fun little restaurant. The food is great -- I'd particularly recommend the burrata and the fried chicken! The service was excellent -- the staff made the meal a perfect one!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2015

The food was fabulous. Lots of flavor. Great service. A bit on the expensive side - $80 for 2 meals, 1 non-alcoholic drink and 2 ice cream desserts, inc. tax and tip. But, I would definitely go there again.

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Bonappetit (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

Great wine list. Food American classic with some flair and fresh invredients.

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KRSEater (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 24, 2015

Basic but hearty dishes that fill you up. Try the fries - amazing! A pretty decent wine list too.

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kspater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2015

Three of us dined here before a show at the Orpheum Theater just a few short blocks away. Service was at a great pace (not rushing us but attentive and full of tips); food was piping hot and so good. Fried Chicken along with a melt in your mouth honey topped biscuit and escarole side dish was out of this world. Shared the Poutine and the Tomato Salad appetizers (both unique and delicious). One of us had the hamburger with fries and she loved it too (I didn't get a taste of that one). Would dine here again in a heartbeat.

We realized after the theater, that we'd totaled the credit card incorrectly (by $10) -- so, we made sure to stop in on our way to our car to correct the error (the servers totally deserved that part of their tip as they were very friendly and service was great).

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vipMarie (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on July 8, 2015

Not fit for those with food allergies. Was rushed to the emergency room after dining here. They did not take food allergies seriously.

If you don't have food allergies then this review doesn't apply

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 27, 2015

I saw pictures of the Mac & Cheese online and I had to come here to try it...I was NOT disappointed! The pork fries were also pretty good. The burger I had was HUGE and I couldn't even finish it. They have a great service staff that were all very attentive and friendly. This is a cool place. Next time thought I want to save room for dessert. There's some good options, but I couldn't fathom eating ant more food.

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vipStevenS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2015

you'd pass Citizen Band and not even know its a quality restaurant connected to a fine bakery (Pinkies); we had their wonderful bacon/carmelized onion cheese burger and fried chicken with a biscuit, all very good. we'll certainly be back!

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APEY (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on May 30, 2015

The place looked cool and unique inside with its postcard and old vintage photo wal/decor. It's connected to the bakery and the bar/club next door. The staff was very friendly. I was excited to try this place for my goddaughter's graduation dinner (she loves these type of restaurants). We ordered the the poutine fries (with the pork on the side), Mac & cheese, and the fried chicken. The first time, the server forgot to tell them to put pork on the side (I don't eat pork) so she had to return it, which was perfectly fine. When she did bring out the correct plate, it was simply delicious! It had an amazing blend of cheese and gravy. It was a perfect combination of everything.
My goddaughter said that was the best part of the dinner and I would have to agree. She did enjoy her Mac & Cheese. Although, she said the onion rings on top were better than the Mac and cheese on bottom. I'm not a fan of baked mac & cheese so I didn't really have a take on it. Presentation was unique. My fries chicken on the other hand, I was let impressed at all. The dish came with 4 pieces of chicken, a large biscuit and some greens. The chicken just had an odd taste to it. I tried dipping it in the gravy and without, but I just wasn't thrilled with the flavor of the chicken. I can't pinpoint what it was exactly that made me find it very unappealing. So, I ate the rest of the biscuit and oil the chicken to go (maybe someone at home can try it and see if they like it. Unfortunately, no one wanted to eat it or even try it. What a waste.) overall, the feel was the place was cool and the poutine fries were bomb! But, that pretty much ends it for me right there. Nothing too great after that. It's another place my goddaughter can cross off her list of restaurants to try.

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RosaleeU (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2015

Food was amazing!! Little hole in the wall joint but very tasty!! Glad we found it!

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falgalla (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

Citizens Band has a very eclectic atmosphere - very small, so be sure to get a reservation. Good wine list. Food was good southern comfort style food. Not the very best food for the price, but I suppose you're paying for the atmosphere. Overall, we had a great time.

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FingerLickingLissa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

Unexpectedly superb food and flubber sized portions! Citizen's Band is a hidden restaurant disguised with slummy street frontage, unassuming entry and invisible signage. Take a walk on the wild side.. You will be glad you did!

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Lenna (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2015

I was greeted when I walked in and seated right away to my reserved table. The place fills up rather quickly. The food is delicious! I highly recommend the Poutine and the Mac N Cheese, which is served differently than most places. Their wine list is small but the selection was perfect. Our server was so sweet and checked in on us often. I would definitely come here again.

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