Citizen Rail

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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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Denver
11 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The mussels were amazing and the mushroom cosumme was to die for! Our waiter was super nice, accommodating, and knowledgeable. I would love to see a few more dairy free menu options, but they were able to make most of their dishes without dairy and I really appreciated it!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waitress was very helpful but salad and sides did not arrive until after my steak. They did a good job trying to make it right by comping the late items. Good story here that mistakes are made and it is how you respond that sets your service level. Kudos on the recovery

KS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Caesar salad tasted oddly smoky, and grilled chicken was burned. I almost returned my salad. Disappointing culinary experience. Not surprised by how empty the restaurant was.

OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was exceptional and a plethora of gluten-free dairy free items. The service was on point.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good date night spot, tasty food, moderately expensive and noisy, phenomenal service from Emily!

EN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining and culinary experience. Definitely top 5 ranking - for food and cocktails in Denver in my book!

WW
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch of the biscuits and gravy!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails. Server was very knowledgeable of the menu and super-helpful. Food was incredible.

k
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu descriptions aren't very telling ... you figure out what you ordered when your meal arrives. Still, the food was good. Overall, it was pricey but a nice dining experience.

WJ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date. The drinks were amazing and the food just as good. Also, the waiter was very helpful in ordering and suggestions.

MK
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

They charged my card twice for dinner. Went to there the next morning to resolve this issue but with no success. Amount charged was not even what I had wrote on receipt that included tip. I am going to have to work this through my credit card company. What a bunch of crap. Food was to expensive for what you got. $40 for one pork chop is a joke. Left hungry!

Citizen Rail
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi Mike, my name is Jason Gordon, I am the General Manager at Citizen Rail. I would like to help you resolve this, please contact me at jason.gordon@citizenrail.co Thank you

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Huge disappointment

Citizen Rail
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi Annielgi, My name is Jason Gordon and I am the General Manager at Citizen Rail. I am disappointed to read about your experience, can you please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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DF
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always one of our favorite spots. We go to Citizen Rail at least every other month not only because the food is amazing but because the service is great and we feel very welcomed here. This was our first time with a bigger party but it didn't change the experience at all. The short rib is still one of our favorite dishes and we got a Tomahawk to share with everyone. Was amazing as always. Would highly recommend this - great steakhouse for a very reasonable price!

c
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Honestly, I wasn’t that hungry, but what I had was good. Everyone in our party seemed to enjoy their meal. We had 6 and it was a good place for a group.
Our waitress wad outstanding. Pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful.

SP
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate here for a team lunch, and while it was relatively pricey for lunch, everyone LOVED their meals (great salad and bowl options), and we were in and out within 45 min which was amazing. Definitely recommend!

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server did a great job handling a large group and getting us out the door in time for an event later that evening. The food and ambiance was great.

SE
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We ordered 2 Bloody Marie’a s and they were awful. It took almost 10 minutes for our server to come back to our table to take our order and get us better drinks. Our food order took long as well. We were waiting over 20 minutes for eggs which were cold. I will never return and suggest spending your money elsewhere.

Citizen Rail
Responded on August 25, 2019

Hi Samantha, I am sorry to read about your experience, I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your visit personally. Please reach out to me when convenient, jason.gordon@citizenrail. Thank you

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G
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner

p
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was terrible—every item. But they ended up taking it all off the bill.

Citizen Rail
Responded on August 26, 2019

Hello Peter, I am disappointed to read your review. Please connect with me directly at your convenience. jason.gordon@citizenrail.cm Jason Gordon GM

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MS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited Citizen Rail for Sunday brunch because of its proximity to The Crawford Hotel where we were staying. With reservations, we were seated promptly at a window table. The ambience was just okay, nothing particularly memorable and the brunch offerings were somewhat limited. I took the recommendation of our server and ordered the Poached Eggs + Greens and was glad that I did. It was an excellent dish and perfect with a glass of Veltliner.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Rolling Stones

a
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we went to Citizen Rail. Our waiter was awesome. We had him the last time too. Very helpful and accommadating. The food was great and the drinks are amazing. Thank you

JL
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were at Citizen Rail for out 10th anniversary. When we arrived we were quickly seated and introduced to our waitress Lauren. She was fantastic. We started out with drinks and appetizers. The drinks were exceptional. For appetizers we got the potato cake/sturgeon (fantastic) and the oysters (great but over priced for 3 tiny oysters). The next course was the Charcuterie board, it was great. For our main course we ordered the 48oz Tomahawk with Potatoes, Asparagus, and mushrooms on the side as well as 3 steak sauces. The first slight frustration was that the website listed the Tomahawk at ~$98 but once at the restaurant it was listed at $129. It was our anniversary so we figured why now go ahead and spend the extra, we love a good tomahawk steak. When the food arrived we only got the steak. After a couple minutes of waiting for the sides and sauces, I decided to go ahead and start cutting the steak to share with my wife, usually we have had our tomahawk steaks delivered pre cut, I was very surprise as this is what I saw in the pictures from previous guest. When I was done cutting, a lady shows up to the take to let me know they could cut the rest of it for us. This was a big miss. She asked if I needed anything else. I let her know we were still waiting on sides and sauces. About 3 minutes later they all arrived. The potatoes and asparagus were fantastic, the mushrooms were burnt charred. Thankfully as soon as I let lauren know, she took the dish and had a new dish ready for me in less than a minutes. The steak itself was good, but didn't stand out from other steaks I have enjoyed. For dessert we had the decadence cake with ice cream, it was good, but not memorable. Over all, we really did enjoy ourselves. The drinks/apps definitely made up for other areas of the meal. Lauren was fantastic. And they covered the cost of our sides and dessert as an anniversary gift. Our bill was $260 pre tip. We would comeback for a happy hour.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location and incredible food!

EP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We planned a date night and made a reservation for a Friday evening at 6:30. We were seated right away and the restaurant filled quickly as we sat perusing the menu.

Drinks were priced right around where you would think for craft cocktails and actually more affordable than the next joint we hit in Union Station. They took a good while to arrive but they were well made and delish.

When we do date night we like to do small plates and share a lot so we ordered some items from the starters area, the salad area, and an entrée to split. We were excited to try out their tomahawk steak, priced online at $96, but in store it was actually around $40 more. We asked the server and he said it is really market priced based on the meat provider.

Service was a bit on the slow side; Our server did not take our menus once we ordered like others around us. He also did not take the rest of our meal order after we put in for appetizers till after we had finished them.

For our first course we ordered the sourdough knot and the mussels. I asked the server how many mussels we were looking at and he said a good amount, around a pound. I will tell you this. We could have ended our meal with just those mussels and our drinks. They were delicious and there were so many of them! My wife enjoyed the sourdough knot more than I but the compote was great.

Next was our salad; this is where the server had done the task of ordering the food split amongst two plates which was greatly appreciated as we are normally fine picking from the same plate but this was great. Unfortunately, the expediter delivered our entrée prior to our salads and this cause some commotion amongst the server and the manager.

Our server and the manager came by to apologize and to offer to comp our salad course and dessert. We thought this was overly generous as we are not that fussy of people. We greatly appreciated this gesture. The server sent over their three layer chocolate cake and it was great.

BG
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was good the noise level intolerable. Will not go back or recommend to any one.

KG
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner find, with healthy food options, and great wine and beer selections. Very energetic vibe in bar and dining area.

DZ
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new go-to! Loads of dairy and gluten free options, and very attentive wait staff and management that made sure everything worked with those restrictions. Shared the bone-in ribeye—tender, savory. Asparagus and duck fat potatoes, perfect. Wonderful server, cool atmosphere. Yokohama coconut flavored Japanese whiskey cocktail—wow!

BB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was good. No ambiance. Noise level was unacceptable

L
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Bartender made it great!!
Drinks were on point!
Food... not so much!
But I would still come for apps & drinks, service was exceptional!

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service very friendly and helpful. Great food. Veal chop special was superb. Don’t live in Denver but would eat there again if I did.

TA
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Although the food was pretty good it was terribly overpriced and therefore will not visit again. Also the level of service and ambience did not measure up to entree’s costing $30 + dollars.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Nicole was superb!!! The food was wonderful. We fully enjoyed our dining experience.

C
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my fiancé’s birthday! We had a wonderful experience. The food was amazing! We had the tomahawk steak! The service was great! They really made sure we had a wonderful birthday celebration!

JO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the steak was amazing--just the right amount of everything. short rib was to die for as well. please keep going back and try one of everything!

y
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We're business travelers from out of town. We asked a couple of our local colleagues for a restaurant recommendation and Citizen Rail was highly recommended. The location, vibe and service were great but unfortunately the food was a disappointment. Appetizers were good but small portions (I had 3 small oysters) and my co-worker had the potato cake. Her chicken was flavorless while my short rib was just okay.

EM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, and amazing brunch food. Skip the line at Snooze and come here for some real food!

l
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Arrived way late so it was a quiet. We were quickly served and food was good. I would go back.

L
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Citizen Rail is a must for people you enjoy a good steak, attentive service and stylish surroundings.

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