Citizen Rail

4.4
940 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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  • 3 Course Pre Fix Christmas Dinner

     $75.00 per person
    Dec 25, 2020 only
    Enjoy a 3 course meal for $75

Offers

Book your small family dinner in an igloo

Starting Dec 4, 2020 · Fri - Sat 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
We have three 12' igloos located outside, overlooking Union Station, a perfect experience for your holiday dinner for 4-6 people.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 940 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Michelle
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

My husband, daughter, and I had Thanksgiving at Citizen Rail. I spent a long time looking at restaurants for the perfect Thanksgiving meal, and seeing the great reviews, decided to give CR a try. It was expensive ($75/person), but as a nurse who works and is in school full-time, I was willing to pay the money for an extraordinary experience. I don’t mind spending that kind of money on a meal when the experience is worth it. We dined in a tent (COVID restrictions), the chairs were uncomfortable, my husbands chair was number up right to the edge of the tent, the heaters were puny (ambiance). The food was decent but not spectacular. The duck was undercooked and chewy. The wine was over-priced and subpar. The experience was awful. The waiter never told us his name, he had us scan the menu and order everything at once (prefixed menu with starter, entree, and desert), and he delivered the food and filled our water glasses. My daughter and I had him box up our meals, which he put in one box. My daughter doesn’t even live with us, and I’m sorry, with COVID, why would someone even do that? He was an Applebee’s waiter at a nice dining establishment. We were seated at 3:15 and out the door by 4:15. I felt sick to my stomach that we paid that kind of money for the worst experience ever. For my friends 50th birthday, we had high tea at the Ritz in Paris. It cost $80/person, and it lasted for 4 hours. It was one of the finest experiences of my life. The same with going to Flagstaff House, or the Greenbriar in Boulder. Eating out is not just about the food. It is about the experience. I cannot believe CR felt they could justify those prices with such a crappy experience. I will never go back. They need to put more thought and training into the waitstaff they hire.

Citizen Rail
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Michelle, Thank you for providing us your feedback, I would like to learn more about your visit. Please reach out to me directly jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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AlvaS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Not worth $95 for the meal and not worth $15 for the glass of wine.

Citizen Rail
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Alva, Please reach out to me directly, I would like to learn more about your meal. Jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was ok but not nearly as flavorful as compared to other restaurants of this caliber.

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TeganLouw
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food/drinks/service was good but unfortunately, I became violently sick a few hours after eating. I ordered the ribeye and it was extremely undercooked, not wanting to say anything because the rest of the meal was great I ate it. The next day we contacted the manager to inform him and all he had to say was sorry. At over $100 a head I would expect a little better customer service than that.

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TeresaT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting, unique food combinations. Like nothing I've ever tried before.

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LauraR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was excited to go downtown for the first time in several months. This restaurant was recommended to me by friends. We were sorely disappointed.
Service by Shelby was sad. Food was mediocre. We were outside in a loud tent. Covid is one thing but other servers actually cared about their tables. Ours was MIA and got order wrong more than once. Wine was way late to table. Check was wrong. What the hell?

Citizen Rail
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Laura, I am disappointed to read about your visit. Please reach out to me directly so we can follow up, jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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KenK
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, great service.

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Kristal
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, awesome food, and gave us a special treat while celebrating. Highly recommend.

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jnscook
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very unique and tasted good. My husband got the 30 Day Dry Aged Ribeye and it was superb! The staff was very attentive. We went for Denver Restaurant Week and thought it was a great price. However, I don’t think I would be willing to pay the usual prices for the amount of food we received.

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Musthaveshrimp
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a fun evening out enjoying Denver Restaurant week. The food was very good, however we asked for our burger to be medium and it came out very raw. Aside from that small issue, our prime rib and strip steaks were excellent. Great food presentation! Our server was great too!

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vipMischa
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food and lovely atmosphere! Best squash salad I have ever had!!!

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Elsa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Where to even start. Came here for restaurant week with my partner and was so disappointed from start to finish. For starter we got the beet salad and chowder. The beet salad was fine but very basic. The chowder was watery and not good. For the second course we got the burrata salad and the twice baked baked Yukon potato. Potato dish had good flavors but was cold, burrata was watery and bland. For main course I got the hickory Boulder lamb rack and this was just awful. It was Impossible to cut through because it was so fatty. Barely ate any of it. And, realized on my way home that they didn't include the kale or the Italian sausage that it was supposed to come with......giving it Two stars only because the server and drinks were great!

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ThomasS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the aged ribeye and lamb. Service was excellent

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vipCaleighD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Sadly disappointed by the food especially for the price. Some items were cold when arriving to the table. I got a filet and the grill must have been way uneven. One end was well done while the other was rare. Guess that equates a medium rare temp?

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Niko
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If all food was like this the world would be a better place.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & atmosphere!!

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vipBoulderFoodie
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back here since the COVID changes. Same amazing quality of food and great service! Everything always tastes great and you can't replicate the taste from the wood fired grill they use. The mussels are the best - its a dish we get every time we are there! We also had the ribeye this last time which was amazing. If you want good steak this is the place to go in Denver.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. A little more on the expensive side but well worth it. Was more casual than I expected, which was a good thing

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LOWELLK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

When we reviewed the menu we were concerned about the variety of choices. We did choose the fish and the porkchop. The waitress fired the main course early as we had not finished our appetizer and wanted to bring it out. We requested that we have time so that we could enjoy our meal. Instead of producing new food, they held the items and then brought them to the table cold. After taking our first bites, we sent them back. The second time, it was better, but the porkchop which was supposed to be medium was well done and tough. My dish was most likely re-heated and served.

For the price, this is not what one should expect. We were the last customers of the night when we left and our waitress was not to be found. We understand that it was a Sunday night and during Covid, but all customers should be treated with great food and service.

The reservation included a note that it was my girlfriends birthday. During our meal, there was no mention or consideration towards this occasion.

If you are looking for a meal near union station, go to Mercantile. They got it completely right down to every last detail.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cool place, good ambiance, great service.

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vipSarah
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow - took 30 minutes for anyone to even come to our table and another 10 before we got drinks. Food was cold - artichoke was flavorless.

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HollyE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Super loud group next to us-drunk drunk and kept being served. Cussing and discussing inappropriate things so loudly a family near us had to leave. Outside traffic noise is above average. Need some type of trees or barrier to street noise. We were overcharged on our bill which they quickly changed once brought to their attention but felt like we just wanted out of there!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Citizen Rail is a very yummy restaurant in a really cool part of downtown Denver/Union Station area. The biggest downfall to my visit is the portion size of the halibut entree. For $38, you get a bleak 3-4oz filet on top of a bed of creamed corn. The flavors were amazing but I was left wanting more and still quite hungry, which was the biggest disappointment for me. Would I be back? Potentially but not for dinner. Maybe brunch or just happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing and the best meal I have had being in Colorado. Definitely coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service here was absolutely amazing. The issue we had was a table of 3 women sitting across from us speaking extremely loudly about how terrible white people are and this made the night extremely uncomfortable.

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vipDavidG
Denver
107 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

It was great to be back. I have loved this restaurant since the first time I tried it several years ago. It’s just as good as ever. The wood fire grill makes everything taste wonderful! I had the chicken liver toast and a beet salad to start. I followed it up with a perfectly cooked ribeye! Great dinner, great restaurant! I will be back

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vipGregC
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very good experience. The service was excellent as were the cocktails. The food was very good but fell short of the rest of the experience. However, pricing for the food was pretty well on par for the experience. Overall, I will certainly put it on my places to return but it isn't a standout for me.

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vipfoodie
Denver
182 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The chilaquiles brunch item was disappointing. Too many boring chips. The wait person said it was a spicy dish but it was not at all. Would have been better with less chips and more chix, eggs and quacamole. Have been here many times and they seem to be inconsistent. Sometimes great and other times a disappointment.

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Bummil
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our service was spotty. It took forever to get our drinks which were brought to our table after our first appetizer was served. I ordered halibut. It was tiny for the cost of the entree. I asked for a slice of lemon and it took another 10 min to have it delivered. I know things are difficult with Covid. This was my first date-with my husband- since Jan. I will not return.i was very disappointed.

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vipRichardH
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Solid brunch, great cocktails and best Steak in Denver.

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JackM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the hostess to the wait staff.
Went for bday party we all had a great time

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vipbeegee
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new go to brunch spot. Thanks for a lovely slow morning!

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ELMC
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The steak was AMAZING. We had the Tomahawk Ribeye. It's 48 oz and served for two, but the bone takes up a lot of that weight, so it's not nearly what you're expecting. The flavor was phenomenal though! At $140 for the steak, we wish we had gotten two of their ribeyes instead of the tomahawk. UMM>>> BRULEED BANANAS are incredible. Get the fries with the seasonings. Yummy. We'll be back next time we're in Denver!

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vipJoeP
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was absolutely terrific in accommodating us. Their Tomahawk is hands down one of the best steaks I’ve eaten. Completed by many tasty side dishes.

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vipMegan
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Great service, delicious food. I’ll definitely be back.

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vipLauraK
Phoenix
53 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch on the patio. The poached eggs with avacado toast was perfect! My husband had the traditional breakfast and couldn’t eat it all. A mimosa or two and we were happy campers. Definitely will go back.

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vipDeeC
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing vegetarian options!!!! the grilled squash dish was incredible

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vipKindraH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food took a long time. Extras that we asked for took a long time or forgot altogether. Did give champagne for Anniversary which was nice.

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MelindaM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Hard to evaluate in these odd times. My pate and mussels were good, my friends burger and salad were just regular. The service was very slow and the second glass of wine that she asked for never showed up. With all the restaurants we like we probably won't return.

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Pork came out well done twice. Asked for burgers well done, both came out medium rare, we sent them back. Came back medium rare again.

FAQs

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

Citizen Rail is rated 4.4 stars by 940 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.