Citizen Rail

4.4
566 reviews
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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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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:45PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:15PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 566 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mussels were delicious and John and Cory at the bar were great.

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Denver
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chilaquiles where different but tasteful, great place

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MW
Denver
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for lunch. A friend and I went and we were torn between two options - when we said we could taste each other's choice, the waitress immediately asked if we wanted to split the two dishes. The grilled escarole salad was a great mix of fresh flavors and texture.

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K
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful waitstaff and they really went out of their way to make a birthday celebration special.

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DN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall an excellent experience. The service was outstanding! Our server was very attentive but did not hover, which was perfect. My husband and daughter ordered the Tomahawk steak which was not tender at all and so after a few bites they stopped eating it. The manager offered to replace their entrees but my husband said that wouldn’t be necessary. The manager took it off our bill even though we hadn’t asked them to do that. Amazing customer service! The rest of the meal was delicious and we enjoyed our drinks as well- they make the best Lemon Drop I’ve ever had! We definitely recommend Citizen Rail.

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Denver
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best short rib in Denver! Pork chop also amazing! Great place

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was unique and delicious.

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LD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We ordered an appetizer, two different salads, a steak, ahi, and a side, but nothing stood out. My husband liked his steak but everything else was bland.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server was great, and we sat at the chef’s counter, which my husband and I usually prefer. However the food runners mixed up our order and the orders of the patrons on either side of us. Not sure if it was maybe new staff that night??? Food was good, but not the par I would expect for the prices. We won’t be back.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great and welcoming experience for our Anniversary!

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1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was amazing! Staff was great! The whole experience was so awesome! We loved the whole night. Definitely a great place to go for any occasion.

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B
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Hostess wasn’t accommodating. Seating was very close together and grill heats up the entire restaurant area.

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MP
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

The service was outstanding but the overall experience was not good. The noise level is almost to the point of yelling to have your companion hear you. Also, the the place was so hot that we almost left. The food, overpriced and just average. This was a one and done.

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AH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great time had by all. We were celebrating a birthday and they did a great job. My only slight complaint was the noise level. I highly recommend, and I'll be back for sure.

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SP
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food was great, including the Octopus appetizer, the Poke on a tortilla chip (chef's compliments), the Bison NY strip and the dry aged Ribeye. Our water glasses never reached empty, because multiple staff members would quickly fill them up for us. Napkins would be re-folded by the waiter if we left our seats. Everything was great, and the restaurant itself has a very cool vibe.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. We shared the tomahawk steak and the flavor was incredible.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Citizen Rail for my husband's birthday because we wanted to try out a new steak restaurant. The food was very good, the drinks were delicious, and the service was outstanding. Our waiter went above and beyond to make our evening perfect. We had a number of staff stop by our table throughout the night making sure we had everything we needed (but didn't smother us all night) and brought us free mini appetizers to tide us over until we got our food. The whole experience was exceptional and made for a very special birthday for my husband. Thank you, Citizen Rail!

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate at the bar and had a great time. The bar staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I will be going back next time I'm in town.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was mediocre. The staff was neither here nor there. For the price the food should be much better. The octopus had no flavor. The lamb was mealy and fatty. To accompaniments were pointless. Disappointed unfortunately.

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and experience! Drinks are a little pricey, but they have a wonderful selection. Staff was amazing! Will definitely be back.

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BS
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the counter and had such a great experience. It was more like an event than it was dinner. I would definitely go back!

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m
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I think during non-resturant week the food would have tatted better. The best part of my meal was the main course. I wish I could see what their main menu offered, but was unable to.

Loved the cocktails and bartenders.

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AE
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and value for Denver Restaurant Week. House cocktails are amazing!

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Denver
28 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here, and definitely won’t be the last. Our service was great and the food was amazing. After we drove around for a while to find a parking spot we did see that you can valet park at the hotel the restaurant connects with.

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C
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!

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CF
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. The service was thoughtful and perfect in every way. The food was mind blowingly good. From the first course to the dessert we were wowed again and again. Would absolutely recommend to a friend and we will be returning!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Seating is terrible. No privacy

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant week menu we saw. So excellent. Fun to sit at the counter and watch the magic happen in the kitchen.

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Definately a spot for a celebration or fun night out, not a quiet and romantic evening. Service did not match the level promised or expected. Food was perfectly prepared and original, but some dishes lacked significant flavor. Most prices matched the expected cost of the dishes, but wine list is inflated for what is offered.

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JS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great salads and veggie bowls!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing. One of the salads was just ok but everything else was great!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Denver Restaurant Week, food was amazing, timely, and delicious

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1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing place! Had the opportunity to be seated at the counter and watch the food be made in front of us. We’re seated quickly but took a little to get out drinks ordered. Other than that food was melt in your mouth great. People were friendly, and even got to speak with the executive chef about the food. Enjoyed a three course meal, charcuterie board, and desserts for around $170.
Loved it!!!❤️

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MS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine but nothing was exceptional or even great.

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CV
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Citizen Rail and we loved it! We came for Denver Restaurant week, when we try new restaurants every year. This one was an excellent find!
We were seated at the chefs counter where we could watch food being grilled on the open wood fire grill, just perfect on a cold day in Denver.
The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable and helped us with our chives. We will definitely be back!

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This is based on brunch experience only, because dinner service was amazing.

Brunch however fell flat. Service was mediocre, food was too salty (biscuits and gravy, fish and chips) or overly expensive (dutch baby pancakes was maybe about 3 or 4 bites and the lemon curd and whipped cream were already liquified by the time it made it over to our table).

I'd say give dinner a shot but skip the brunch especially with better options around the area.

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Nicole was fantastic! Food was amazing.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow but that’s to be expected since it’s restaurant

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RW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pick for Denver Restaurant and even had large portion sizes (which is typically not the case during this special week). The best most attentive service and great options for all of our different flavor preferences.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the Chef's Table where we could observe the kitchen crew, and we absolutely LOVED it. The staff was friendly and very hard working, and the food was some of the best we've had in Denver, and is now one of our top restaurants. Drinks were delicious, too! We will definitely be going back in the future.

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