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Citizen Rail, Denver, CO

Citizen Rail

4.5
4.5
1345 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Citizen Rail features regional American classics and contemporary riffs. The concept of grilling over a wood-fire resonates deep within the American culture, and our guests have a firsthand view of the show. An impressive wood-fired grill that incorporates the use of native hard and fruitwoods is the anchor of the restaurant space, kitchen, and menu. At its core, Citizen Rail is a restaurant that connects with the soul and fulfills Denver’s desire for restaurants & bars that are genuine, authentic and reflect the true passion of the artisans behind the stoves.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 323-0017

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Christian Graves

  • Catering

    Citizen Rail features multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces within the Hotel Born, please see our Private Dining page for more information, or give us a call.

  • Private party facilities

  • Private party contact

    Jaclyn Patrick : (855) 529-4052

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    16th Street and Wewatta

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Located directly across from Denver's Union Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Under the Stars

    $85.00 per person

    Jun 11 - Sep 10, 2022
    Join us for our Summer market dinner series, Under the Stars, a monthly dining experience showcasing themed three-course dinners curated by each of our spectacular chefs! - Outdoor communal dining - Limited Seating, for a truly intimate & unique experience - Price is $85/person (beverages not included) - Credit Card will be required at booking to hold reservation - 24 hour cancellation notice - Seating is at 7pm, and the experience runs from 7pm - 10pm Additional details to come... Executive Chef, Christian Graves - June 11th - Cherries Sous Chef, Tony Milano - July 9th - Squash + Zucchini Executive Sous Chef, Jared Becker - August 20th - Tomatoes Sous Chef, Anna Eveleigh - September 10th - Palisade Peaches

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What 1,345 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. HP

    HeathreP

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We could not believe the amazing flavors in the ribeye, duck and roulade. Completely blew our minds. Excellent and completely worth the price!!!
  2. RJ

    RoJo

    Denver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food. Good fast service. Nice atmosphere.
  3. KD

    KyleD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Definitely will return again.
  4. MP

    MarcusP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had reservations last night. We wanted to stay for dinner but she wasn’t feeling great and had to skip out early. Our waitress was very polite and we tipped her 50% for the tab. We are excited to come back. VERY clean, hospitable, the one thing we did eat was REALLY GOOD. The drinks were amazing. Excited to be back soon!
  5. KD

    KyleD

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the tomahawk steak. Perfect amount for 2 and our toddler. Came with 2 sides and it was cooked to perfection. Our waiter was excellent. Very attentive and gave an excellent appetizer suggestion.
  6. S

    Steve

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Had to flag down server after he walked past us a couple of times, potatoes were under-seasoned, wine by the glass selection is lacking. For over $300 tab, I wouldn't return
  7. K

    Kazuo

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    CR Burger and Rosemary Fries are absolutely incredible ! My compliments to the chefs. Will definitely be back !
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family dinner post-graduation at the University of Denver. The staff were so kind, bringing us a celebratory round of champagne and congratulating me throughout the night. This was very unexpected and so kind. Thank you, Citizen Rail!
  9. k

    kapetown

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a nice and quiet brunch with good food and service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional! Second visit and extremely well done…again.
  11. BF

    BridgetF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Sadly the 4 of us all felt the same. We did not enjoy our meals and would not choose to dine here again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Bachelorette Party
  13. JW

    JohnW

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We sat in the bar for happy hour. Great service and food. Limited menu for HH but that’s understandable to allow the staff to prepare for dinner. We will definitely be back when we are in Denver!
  14. CO

    CONative

    Denver

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I will not be coming back here for lunch… definitely bummed to find out that only offer a “Brunch’ menu on a Friday at 12-noon. Was hoping it would have been a more robust offering knowing they have a more complex menu. Even the recommended crispy sandwich came on white sandwich bread. For $17 it should have come on some sort of roll?
  15. DG

    DaGaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    It was an alright dinner. Definitely think their demographic is more for tourists. It was unfortunate that for an empty restaurant they decided to seat the guests they did have only feet away from other groups. Our server was nice but I don’t think it made the restaurant worth returning too.
  16. r

    renees

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, good food and wonderful drinks
  17. JV

    JasonV

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    They tried. Service was prompt, but if you are looking for an amazing steak, it did not exist for us, on our visit. They tried their best to make it right and give us a good meal, however I just dont think the food is any good. Bummer!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Good food but extremely slow service. Even after a few in our group asked to order, it took almost 20 minutes for our server to come back around. Total dinner took nearly 3 hours.
  19. EL

    EthanL

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Everything but the service was great
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    We celebrated Mother’s Day at Citizen Rail and the brunch buffet was a disappointment. The items that would have made it worth the price were not eatable. The prime rib was undercooked and the crab legs were tough and tasted like dirty sea water. The spread was minimal and missing basic buffet categories like a salad section. We were seated at 2:00 and the omelette station closed shortly after we were seated. The French toast and potatoes were the highlights, but not worth the price of the buffet.
  21. HM

    HappyMama

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Mother's Day brunch was very nice. Simple selection of seafood, pastries, standard breakfast fare. I wish they had more fruit and a salad bar.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Unfortunately the food came raw, they did take it back and re-cook it but why you bring raw food from the kitchen. Easily avoidable,!No apologize from anyone one, we didn’t expect one but is just good customer service. The server just say I will take back. In the other hand not the waitress but I guess he was the guy bringing out food, he walk by and checked back on us. He’s star. So overall service was okay, would I give them a second chance probably.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Thank you!
  24. TT

    TTLSH

    San Antonio

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very pleasant dining experience- kudos to our server Phillip who was just perfect in every way. Food was beautiful and delicious from start to finish. The heated outdoor patio kept us comfortable throughout the evening.
  25. CL

    ChickenLady

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    Service was very slow and customers that were seated half hour after our table received their food before we did. Had a delicious cocktail and would have had a second but never had the chance to order another due to terrible service.
  26. M

    Mtngal60

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a nice dinner but wish they’d expand the menu a bit. Offering a 48oz Tomahawk steak everyday but the 8oz filet only one day a week?? Makes no sense
  27. P

    Patches

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Food was fine. Service was very lacking, we were sitting right next to the hostess stand and still ended up waiting entirely too long for our bill. Our food took over an hour to come out and ended up not even being hot. Tasted good but also tasted like it had been sitting under the heat lamps for many many minutes. They comped the two glasses of wine on our bill for the delay but imo that doesn’t make up for poor service. I still had to wait way too long for what’s supposed to be top quality cuisine.
  28. NW

    NoelleW

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious as always, our waiter was very attentive and friendly
  29. SG

    StuartG

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was great. They were closing their doors at 8 for the first staff appreciation night in 2 years but they assured us that we would not be rushed. Really appreciate the heads up.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Overpriced mediocre food. $71 30 day aged ribeye ordered medium rare was about 1/4” thick, over cooked (probably because it was so thin) and the fattiest piece of ribeye I’ve ever seen. The few bites I was able to eat after carving all the large chunks of fat away had good flavor, as did the chimichurri and broccolini. My date ordered the roasted ricotta dumplings which were prepared and served to look like pan seared scallops. Unfortunately the presentation was the only interesting thing about the dish as the actual “dumplings” were dry and flavorless. This is the second time I’ve been to this restaurant and the second time I’ve been extremely disappointed, two strikes and your out in my book.
  31. S

    Sofia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    There was a mishap with my main course but the manager took it off the tab and got us dessert on the house. Great service and food overall :)
  32. JT

    JonTay

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Very average food on a holiday buffet for 2. One drink each and the bill came to $250.00 (w/22% tip). The service seemed pretty good. Although, the server who opened a bottle of champagne at the nest table didn't seem to know how to negotiate the bottle and wasted a fair amount on the floor. Much of the hot food was cold (Never a good thing when hollandaise is involved). I understand that covid was difficult and the cost of doing business remains higher. But, I am beginnning to think that the first joint downtown to de-escalate their $12 to $20 cocktail prices to a more managable $8 to $12 will likely corner the market downtown. In the meantime, stale danish and cold prime rib is not worth $65 a pop, even with the tiny oysters on the half shell accompaniment.
  33. r

    randyk

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had Easter brunch there…. Great food! Great service!!! And a great ambiance!!
  34. B

    Brunchfan

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    We went there for Easter Brunch. The food was ok, the beer was cold. But I don't think that it was worth $65/person.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easter Brunch was lovely. Nice charcuterie and Prime rib and seafood on ice. Omelettes to order may have been delicious but I had the eggs and French toast from the buffet and they were tasty. The lox egg Benedict was not to my liking but prepared well. Pastry and cakes were tasty also. I feel coffee and tea should have been included. $6 for a tea bag is insulting on top of a $65 pp charge.
  36. JH

    JakeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was exceptional along with the service. We shared a dry aged 48oz tomahawk steak for the table which was phenomenal along with a sourdough bread with melted mozzarella and sautéed rapini greens on top, also exceptional and unique. The smoked strawberries with pistachio ice cream was the best desert I have ever had. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for quality and exceptional food.
  37. CT

    CarlT

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is tremendous (particularly the ribeye) and the service was excellent as well. Definitely going back!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour was amazing the food was absolutely delicious.
  39. BC

    BullC

    Naples

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Duck and hamburger was served much to raw! Hamburger was returned and returned again too raw. Very disappointing experience.
  40. AL

    AshleyL

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Our experience at Citizen Rail for brunch on 4/10 was pretty terrible. I ordered a coffee with cream and had to hunt the waitress down for a spoon for the longest time. Luckily I had brought my own sweetener because they never brought that either. The food was so, so bad. I ordered an $18 egg white omelette that the menu listed as having mushrooms, spinach and avocado. The eggs were so undercooked and watery. The "avocado" was the pre-made packaged guacamole you get in the container at the store which really grossed me out. I tried to remove it from the omelette but ended up just not eating it. To go with my omelette I ordered a side of bacon which was horrible quality and was so overcooked I took one bite and it practically turned to ash in my mouth. My partner ordered the brisket burger and added a fried egg and cheddar cheese, both an extra charge. The bun was completely stale and not worth the calories or the $26. He picked it apart and tried to eat what he could. We would have complained to the waitress but she barely ever came back to check on us. We sat by the window and watched several homeless people clearly messed up on drugs walk by for our entire meal (not really the restaurants fault) but we just wanted to get out of there at that point so didn't bother to complain. Honestly, I just think the restaurant has gone extremely downhill which could explain why we were practically the only people there on a beautiful Sunday for brunch. Would definitely not recommend.

    Citizen RailResponded on April 11, 2022Hi Ashley, I am disappointed to read about your experience for brunch yesterday. Please reach out to me directly so I can review with you personally and seek to make it right. jason.gordon@citizenrail.co Jason Gordon General Manager

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Citizen Rail offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 323-0017.

Citizen Rail is rated 4.5 stars by 1345 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Citizen Rail

1899 16th St Denver, CO 80202-5901

Additional information

  • Cross street

    16th Street and Wewatta

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Located directly across from Denver's Union Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christian Graves

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 323-0017

  • Catering

    Citizen Rail features multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces within the Hotel Born, please see our Private Dining page for more information, or give us a call.

  • Private party facilities

  • Private party contact

    Jaclyn Patrick : (855) 529-4052

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