Citizen Kitchen

3.9
23 Reviews
$31 to $50
Global, International

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Blending chic décor with an ambience of subtle sophistication, the Citizen Kitchen is part sports bar/part trendy urban lounge. Watch the game in high-definition clarity on the giant drop-down screen or on one of the many LED flat screens encircling the bar.
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
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Gourmet
Los Angeles
101 reviews
Reviewed on April 30, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

overpriced for what you get, small portions
Service was o.k.

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vipMiaL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was quite good and the servers friendly, but the food took forever to come out. The kitchen is obviously not managed properly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The Bad:
I got the Porchetta Pizza. It had good flavor, but it was under cooked and and the bottom of the crust was doughy. When I sent it back, word came back from the chef that "it was cooked right". There was no offer to cook it more, just kind of a take it or leave it attitude. So I ordered the Mediterranean Spice Fried Calamari. It was bland, lacking flavor, and... under cooked. I gave up at this point, and picked up a Jimmy John's sandwich on our way home from date night.

The Good:
My wife had The Best Boring Burger, and it was really good. The fries were... under cooked. The burger was under cooked as well (Medium Rare), but that's the was we like em ;-)
We had the Watermelon Poke as an appetizer. It was an interesting vegetarian take on Poke and was decent, with Wasabi, Cilantro, Green Onions.

The place is ultra contemporary, with changing light and wallpaper design. Small hotel restaurant. Staff was pleasant, but a little slow on service in the beginning.

There is no compelling reason to go back. I'm very put off by being told that my, very valid, issues were not valid by the chef. Seemed very arrogant to me. But you have to try new places to find the good ones, and weed out the not-so-good ones.

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BobS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Business lunch. Food and service were outstanding.

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vipJIMs
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Food was good no ambiance

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DexterC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The seating is weird- we were sat in a booth facing the server station and a door to an electrical closet with a giant "Danger High Voltage" sign on it. The tables and seats were comfy and nice just an odd way to position the tables. It's inside a hotel so it doesn't look like a restaurant really. Visually, it wasn't what I expected from looking at the menu at all. The music was some kind of 80s/90s classic rock playlist. It didn't seem to fit, really, but it was fun to guess whether more Bon Jovi or Van Halen was gonna play next.
Food was overall super yummy- the Brussels sprout Caesar was a large portion and I didn't realize fil I got home that the waitress forgot to give me the portion I had asked to be boxed up. :(
The service in general was odd- we told the waitress in the very beginning that we wanted dessert, but after our meals she just gave us the check and didn't even ask if we wanted dessert. My date had to remind her he still wanted dessert. They refilled my dates soda a few times because the soda glasses were quite small but never asked me if I wanted a second glass of wine. Kinda dropping the ball on upselling!
The curry mussels were delicious but the grilled bread served with it was way too buttered so It messed with the flavor of the sauce. I didn't end up eating more than a piece, sadly. I liked the calamari dipping options a lot and it was cooked really well, but overall sorta underwhelming and wouldn't order it again next time.
My date got the ham and cheese pizza and absolutely loved it- he said it wasn't what he was expecting but it was even better for it. He got the short ribs as well and said they were "ok".
The dessert he got was the sweet corn bread and it was amazing! The best part of the meal, probably.
The place seems to have its quirks, but overall it's pretty good and I'm glad we tried it. I do wish our server had given me my leftovers though! Grr.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow including getting our drinks and first round of food. The food was mediocre. We ordered five dishes to share and nothing really stood out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great having 2 infants. Staff were accommodating, in addition, food service was quick and food was good. Good tapas.

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vipFerracioli
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef is so creative. Everything looks beautiful and tastes amazing.

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SidW
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My lady and I came in for dinner last night 2/25/17 and had a very pleasant meal and evening! First off this place offers hand down the best happy hour I've ever experienced! All beers are $3 and fancy cocktails are $5. I had a beer which was normally $9 and paid only $3! Not to mention the food items available on their everyday happy hour are very good and quite the deal! We had several beers and few cocktails and order the happy hour cheeses plate which was one of the biggest and nicest cheese plates I've had in some time! Loved the blue cheese and the humboldt fog goat cheese the most! The wait staff was very friendly and the manager Natalia came by and had a very pleasant conversation with us and was very friendly and helpful with all of our questions and concerns! We also got the cauliflower bruschetta which was killer very tasty and the sauce was my favorite part! I had the orchard pizza as my main which was also very good but wish it came with more of that wonderful blue cheese!! My fiancé had the beet salad as her main and seemed very happy with it and enjoyed it a lot! Natalia swung by again and offered us dessert but at this point we were much to full so had to pass on it but she hooked us up with a free dessert coupon on our next visit! Overall very happy with the entire evening! At the end after all the food and drinks the bill was only $50 and I'm sure anywhere else it would have been more like $100 so WELL worth the price!! We will be back!!

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vipSYC81
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We had the prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day. The appetizer (butternut squash soup and fig salad) was okay. The entrees (lobster and ravioli) were pretty good. The desserts sounded interesting on the menu but seemed to fall short on the execution. I have heard great things about the chef, but the experience did not impress us much. Not to mention, the portions were so small, we were still hungry after and had pick up a second meal. haha.

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OC911NP
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall3food4service5ambience5

This was our second time here. The first time was surprisingly good. On Valentine's day however, they had a fixed, limited menu and a price of $85 per person that did not include drinks or coffee. The food portions were small but the quality of the food was very good. I will return when they have their normal menu and pricing. In all honesty, I don't feel like the quantity of food was worth dropping about $240 for dinner for two.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food and drinks were good but the service was slow. I was really surprised to be walking into a hotel. That was a big negative.

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OC911NP
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool little spot tucked into the Hotel Fullerton. Smaller plates are reasonably priced. The short ribs, butternut squash salad, fried chicken and house-special bruschetta were excellent. Good sangria with fresh cranberries too.

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vipgoldharv
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I saw a review of Citizen Kitchen on Madhungrywoman. Since my wife LOVES tomato bisque, we had to try it. All I can say is WOW. The prices are right, $9 to $20 for small plates. The food was outstanding, as was the service. Our waitress even came running after us to give us a discount card for the next time we come.

We split the tomato bisque, spiced duck breast, pigs in a comforter and chocolate corn tart for desert. The only dish that disappointed was the desert. We should have listened to our server and ordered the home made peach ice cream.

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vipJohnS
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Citizen Kitchen is located beside a hallway in the center courtyard of the Hotel Fullerton. The hotel is like an oasis adjacent to the 91 Freeway in an industrial area of Fullerton. The food was surprisingly creative and quite good. The wine list is very small, but they are working on improving it. Most importantly, the service was outstanding. The enthusiasm for the cuisine was extraordinary, and made it more fun to dine. I will absolutely return when I need to be in the Anaheim/Fullerton area for business.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Ate there 3xs already!

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vipPpm2
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Update the name of the restaurant immediately. There was good effort by Chef to deliver the best. We tried almost all Appetizers, one was complete miss, staff was great at service and upon bringing dissatisfaction to them, immediately offered to replace the appetizer. For entree, meat was slightly on dry side for my wife.

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vipDiannK
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and awesome service. Loved the menu, very different.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience1

over all, the place was very uninteresting. the steak was very salty and the extras on the plate were not very fresh.
the food that I ordered did not need to be "chefed up"
rib eye, potatos, veggies................come-on! a little fire, some steam and that's all you need.

sorry about the review, but you asked!

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Bobbo
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2016
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I'll blame the abcense of the Chef for the poor quality of the food. Nothing was worth recommending, I even have forgotten what the four of us ordered. The only good thing was the quatity of octopus even though it was only slightly warm. It's as if the were sitting under the heat lamp waiting to be picked up. Of interest was the wine list or lack thereof. There were 6 bottles of wine all at $30 then at the bottom of the page was a Beringer Reserve for $350???? Definately will never good back and have told our friends who recommended it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A visit to The Griswold is like going on an adventure with food! The menu reads like poetry and the food arrives at your table as beautiful as a piece of art! The flavors mix wonderfully in your mouth and become a symphony for your taste buds. Chef Zach has interesting ideas with amazing results.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Very underwhelmed by this experience. Meals were small, and the food does not meet the hype as the other reviews mentioned.

Environment: Enjoyed environment, very cute and quaint and modern decor. Loved the interior and cool lights, lounge like feel.

Food:
* Duck Confit Salad: the salad part was way too salty and the duck is too salty. Like way too much salt. Did not fill me up.
* 4 oz filet mignon: My friend said it tasted burnt, and when it came out it looked more like a beef patty and it was too salty for her.
* Ramen: 3 friends ordered this and said it was bland. Rather eat at a real ramen house...
* Truffle fries: Not enough truffle, taste like In N Out fries with lots of Parmesan cheese on top can't taste the truffle at all.

Drinks:
* Whiskey sour: Really good drink!

Disappointed because all of my friends are Yelp reviewers and checked in, and in fine print it says if you check in you get one handcraft cocktail with one entree. We ordered multiple entrees. It does not say anywhere one check in per table, and our waiter told us the manager stated it was one per table. Change the check in if that's the case and don't change it on the spot.

Service: The manager Fredie was really nice upon arrival and greeted us and told us a little bit about the restaurant and hotel which I really liked and gave me a free drink. Our waiter was alright, kept having to ask other waiters for water since she didn't check up on us after giving us the food.

Price: Pricy for the how everything tasted.

Overall: Rather have gone to a steakhouse or ramen house or a Chinese duck joint to get better food. Was not filled up. At the end of the day they are nice for giving us a free drink for check in as it's optional for the business, but it does come down to the food and the food missed the mark with portions and tasted off.

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Citizen Kitchen is rated 3.9 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.