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About Citizens Band

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.

1198 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
8th street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 556-4901

Website:
http://www.citizensbandsf.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is easy

Executive Chef:
Chris Beerman

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Citizens Band Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

3.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (488)
Fit for Foodies (447)
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Notable Wine List (92)
Great for Lunch (81)
Great for Brunch (67)
Late-night Find (66)
Good for Groups (56)
Special Occasion (37)
Romantic (24)
Kid-friendly (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Scenic View (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on February 21, 2013

Amazing salads with huge portions and friendly attitude towards modifications.
Just be prepared for a ongoingly modified menu... may not see all the items available as in previous web menus or reviews.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2013

Amazing twist to traditional comfort food. Everything we ordered was delicious and the flavors of even simple dishes far exceeded our expectations. The service was great -- young and energetic to match the trendy feel of the restaurant. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a casual date or for a night out with friends. You won't find it overly romantic, but Citizen's Band more than makes up for it in nearly every other measurable category.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2013

Fabulous food (esp. fried chicken) and excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2013

We ate there before going to the Orpheum to see Wicked. Was a little scary of a walk for two women, thankfully my son was with us. Food was excellent. I will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2013

Citizens Band is a very cool spot. The vibe is that of an old school diner but with fancier diner eats. They had a decent wine menu so we started with a bottle of pinot noir, followed by the mac n cheese, which was probably my favorite dish. The girls got burgers, which I didnt care for, but maybe because they ordered them more done than is my preference. My chicken was most and juicy, but with bland/saltless batter and I did not care for the gravy. But although the food was not my favorite, I just really loved the feel of place and will definitely come back for brunch when I am in the mood for greasier fare.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2013

The food was good, vintagy comfort food, tables are tight, inside is drafty/cold, and had poor fluorescent lighting, not flattering on a date. Hipster decor but really just kind of grundgy. Go for good home food, skip for romantic dinner dates.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2013

Very good fried chicken and butterscotch-chocolate pudding. Very friendly service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2013

Second time there we'll be back again and again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2013

The service was excellent. The space is cool. My only issue is that the food was bland. I got the pork chops. My partner got the fried chicken. My pork chops were ok. His chicken breading was lacking in spices. Even salt or pepper would have been a vast improvement for the chicken. Overall I would say both dishes suffered from needing spices. The dessert cupcakes were a bit dry (but still delicious).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2013

One of the waitresses scoffed at the $5 dollar tip she thought we left, she did not know there was an extra $10 on the receipt. It was kind of rude but I will get over it to go back to the delicious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2013

The restaurant was way too cold. Most of the customers were wearing their jackets during dinner. Every time the door opened we got anaadditional blast of cold air and we were sitting about two thirds of the way towards the back. How about turningup the heat and getting vestibule curtain. Also, the bright lights and interior gives it the feeling of a cheap diner. If that hip, cheapened ambiance is what was desire , it was achieved. I wouldn't recommendtthis placefor a date. On the positive side, staff was very friendly and prompt with service. Generous pours on the wine. Food was slightly above average for San Francisco standards . The the best thing we had was the machine and cheese with onion rings on top. Delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2012

Fantastic food with attentive service in a happening but friendly environment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2012

Wonderful grub perfectly cooked and served. This place is a "gem" no doubt about it. The neighborhood is up and coming and has a ton of interesting shops and bars. We will return again and again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2012

Unpretentious restaurant with delicious comfort food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2012

Food was great. Gourmet comfort food I would call it. Decor is more like a funky old diner. Service was very friendly. Good beers on tap.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2012

The go-to place in its corner of SOMA. CB has a diner feel, but a fine dining menu, if you like elevated comfort food, and a nifty wine list on the chalkboard. A little noisy for a romantic dinner, better with friends! Killer solo lunch spot if you work nearby, counter space usually available. Reservations pretty much required for dinner after 7.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2012

won't be back
food was good or average at best...very disappointed, came for a birthday, not thrilled
i understand what this place is going for, and they achieve it with the Menu and the ambiance, but just produce poor quality of food, i can't believe it had 4 stars on open table
the fried chicken was oversalted, there was a bunch of fried skin and it was difficult to find the chicken, it was greasy, the chefs didn't execute

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2012

The fried chicken was good as was the mac and cheese. It was well prepared, nicely seasoned but not exceptional, especially since it is priced a bit high. I liked it and might come back for lunch since I work nearby.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2012

Really good food and always a fun time

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2012

Very flexible when we needed a non meat dish, a nice combination was cooked up with the fish for my partner. The fried chicken was moist and perfectly cooked, but not much flavor. I had to put salt and pepper on it to taste it. A little disappointed because I had eaten the same dish before and it was much better. I think I got them on an off night.

Service was good, not friendly but attentive and competent. Server was nice enough to give us a taste of wine before committing to a bottle we were not familiar with.

Its a cool place and worthy of another try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2012

Great place to eat before heading to the Orpheum to watch a show. Everything is diner food, but it truly felt home made. The burger I got was delicious (by far the best burger I've ever had) as pretty much everything (pickles, fries, etc.) were all made in house.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 25, 2012

I thought the food and wine was outstanding. Limited menu, but excellent nonetheless. I have already rrecommended Citizen's Band to others.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2012

Fun, easy, moderately priced - great combo!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2012

service was great, we loved Frank. also, the food was amazing and came out quickly and at just the right cadence. they were not weirded out by our desire to order a bunch of things to share family style, and were overall very accommodating. GREAT dinner experience.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on July 14, 2012

Stone salad and vegetarian options were made with the freshest ingredients and amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2012

We started with a delicious wedge salad that had pickled squash and carrots. Veggie special was great--unusual combination of quinoa and stone fruit was delicious. My husband's burger was perfectly done; it's difficult to get an actual medium rare burger these days. The service was impeccable. The menu may be short but it seems that they make sure each item is executed well. We'll be back to try the fried chicken and Mac n' cheese!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2012

Not a fancy place. Cool vibe and good food. The menu is short but they use tasty in-season ingredients.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2012

Great food and great service. This was our first time, and we had a great experience. We ordered the rock cod, steak, and fried chicken, and everything was delicious. Our only complaint was that the portions on the rock cod and steak could have been a little larger for the price. The server was very friendly and helpful. The place has a very funky, retro feel, very typical SOMA. We would definitely go back again, especially to try the pork chops.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2012

Unfortunately, we really wanted to like this place, especially after reading the reviews. The food was okay. I had the fried chicken, but had a burnt oil taste to it. The Mac & Cheese appetizer was very good. While the burger with the works was tasty, it was certainly NOT worth $20. The service was somewhat sloppy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2012

Citizen's Band is a true testament to that old adage, "Don't judge a book by it's cover". It is not the best/prettiest room in the city, but the food is always outstanding (my fourth visit for dinner). The service staff (who are always attentive, knowledgeable and fun) and most of partons make me long for my youthful hipster days. But when the food arrives at the table, I forget all that and just luxuriate in the incredible items placed in front of me. I love this place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2012

Been here a handful of times and the food is AMAZING every time!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2012

One of my new favorites in SF!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on May 27, 2012

It was a nice quiet evening - due to the holiday - Matt, our server, was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2012

The high points - the smoked octopus, the sticky mushroom rice, and the vinegar sausages - were really, really unusual and delicious. I like the variety of 8-10 courses served family style. The only downside was that there was way too much food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2012

Great food; creative recipe; funky atmosphere;great neighborhood gem; friendly server; highlyrecommended!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2012

fried chicken and hamburger are fantastic!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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