Citizen Rail

4.5
988 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
During the Covid 19 Pandemic Citizen Rail offers both indoor dining and dining in our 40' heated tent.
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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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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 988 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNicoleC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good brunch!

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hannalora
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This food was INCREDIBLE!!! I have nothing but good things to say about our experience last weekend. The smoked muscles were probably some of the best muscles we have ever had. I would go back again in a heartbeat!!

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LexB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has great food! The mussels were delicious with a Dijon broth that was different for a mussel broth but on point! A good portion of mussels too! They tasted very fresh. The chicken was so good! It had crunchy skin with a juicy meat. It can with a black garlic bbq sauce that was to die for! Overall the food was amazing, ambience nice, and great service! Highly recommend checking this place out! They even age their own meat and have a meat locker you can tour! Next time I will try the ribeye which they are famous for. Happy eating!

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AmeliaL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels, wine and service were excellent. I would return to try other items off the menu. Cocktails also looked delicious. The bar has a youthful upbeat vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and service was very good. The restaurant itself was very cold though. It was -4 outside so some extra heat would have been nice but overall very good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here on Valentine’s Day. The food was incredible and the service was fantastic. The staff and managers were extremely friendly and attentive and made the dining experience very enjoyable. The wagyu beef tartare was melt in your mouth and the pancakes with caviar were fantastic. We split the scallops and the steak with lobster. Both were perfectly seasoned and extremely flavorful. The flourless chocolate cake and the cheesecake were the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good but too expensive

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AngieA
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. unique and tasty drinks. Was told it was last call as soon as we sat down since we were last table to be seated at 2pm. I guess they close from 2-4.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great.. I think it could have been a little bit cheaper for the amount of food you get.

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DanielS
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went for valentine's day and had a very nice time. We sat in the outdoor tent during very cold weather and it the temperature was pleasant. The food and service were fantastic.

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EmB123
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It was good just not great. Expected a lot more.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made the last minute decision to dine at citizen rail.
What a phenomenal dinner it was. From apps to entree everything was amazing! Will visit again soon!

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NestorR
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was prepared with the highest level of mastery - from unique plating to excellent ingredients.

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GatorGrl
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and food. They have done a wonderful job with their outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Awesome server.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a great environment!

JM
JacobM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t order the tomakawk- super tough. The table was wobbly, tiny, and the restaurant was so loud.

Citizen Rail
Responded on February 1, 2021

Hi Jacob, My name is Jason Gordon and I am the GM at Citizen Rail. I am sorry to read that you did not enjoy your experience with us. Please reach out to me directly to discuss, jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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HarrisonP
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Much too loud. Could not carry on a normal volume conversation at the table even with a small crowd and the music was not desirable at all (understanding that you can't please everyone's taste). Food was expensive, mediocre and not worth the cost. The check came rolled up on the table, like McDonald's, not even in a check wallet. Poor form for a supposedly upscale restaurant. I won't be back!

Citizen Rail
Responded on February 1, 2021

Hi Harrison, My name is Jason Gordon and I am the GM at Citizen Rail. I am sorry to read that you did not enjoy your experience with us. Please reach out to me directly to discuss, jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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NikolaiV
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service was very good and attentive for the most part. Server was friendly and personable. Food fell way short of expectations though. For a place that specializes in beef, they sure didn’t do a good job at cooking it properly. My wife’s burger was over cooked, completely dry and not enjoyable. We would have sent it back except that nobody checked on us until she was basically finished with the meal. My steak was over cooked as well (I asked for medium) but I didn’t say anything since it wasn’t as offensive as my wife’s.
Not sure if we will be coming back due to food quality. If I’m paying top dollar, I expect to get my money’s worth. This was not a meal that was worth the price paid.

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BrennaK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, the ribeye is unreal! Favorite hotel/restaurant for a nice weekend downtown

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viptlmumm
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast on a Sunday. Staff was friendly and accommodating. I will go back for another Sunday breakfast. I will probably try a weeknight dinner too.

SG
vipShelbyG
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here!! Incredible food, great cocktails and wonderful service! Always our go-to date night spot!

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vipJESSICAO
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was solid - nothing totally amazing but not completely disappointing either. I'd say it's probably a bit pricey for what you get, especially the $22 snack board that had one single piece of cheese.

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Disappointed
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Booked a table here to celebrate a birthday with some friends. I have always been impressed with the service and quality of Denver restaurants, so I was excited to try a new spot. Unfortunately this experience was a mess from the moment we walked in the door. We had a reservation for 8 and the restaurant called to confirm our table several hours before the reservation time, which was considerate and appreciated. We arrived at the restaurant on time and we were told that they were waiting for the group at our table to leave and then we would be seated. We understood and waited in the lobby. 40 minutes after our reservation time we were still standing in the lobby waiting on this table to leave and the restaurant was unwilling to ask them to leave. At this point, it’s 9:10 p.m. and the restaurant is closing at 10. We were finally seated and provided a few charcuterie boards to hold us over until we had a chance to order (which was very appreciated, I will say the restaurant made an effort to improve our experience). The service was slow and by the time our first round of drinks arrived at the table, we had to immediately order our next (and last) drink since the bar was about to close.
The group ordered a variety of items from the menu and none of the dishes were impressive. Several of the items were overcooked. The burger was undercooked. I honestly think the kitchen was just ready to close and didn’t put that much effort into making sure our orders were well executed.
I like to think I’ll give Citizen Rail another try in the future, but I would not recommend planning any sort of special occasion here. The experience really ruined the excitement of celebrating our friend’s birthday.

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Citizen Rail is always an amazing experience. Great service, nice outdoor seating, and amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Customer service was exceptionally poor. Felt unwelcome, thus questioned why I chose this

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Be156
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Three of the four dishes we had did not meet the expectations we had for the price we paid. My partner did love the steak!

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JamesC
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and nice touch with anniversary champagne. Will return ASAP.

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Megggie
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food is definitely not worth the price. The $18 cheeseburger I got wasn’t half as good as the $8 one from Tag burger bar. Go there instead and skip downtown!

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DuaneW
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall a good experience, it was our first time visiting and I had the porkchop which was great and my husband purchased the aged steak and it was slightly over cooked. We would go back

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Decent
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Was staying at the Kimpton Born over NYE and came here to eat for dinner. My husband and I ordered the baked potato as an appetizer which was really good, and then shared two entrees: ribeye and burger. The ribeye was awesome, a perfect medium rare with tasty potatoes and roasted broccolini. The burger however was underwhelming...almost tasteless and expected more since it was a mix of brisket. Service was just okay but adequate. Would dine here again when indoor dining is allowed again as restaurant is very modern and chic. Overall decent, just wish I would have ordered another steak instead of the burger.

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Mmmm
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating. Good food, service and atmosphere. Food took a little long, but everything else was good so wasn’t a huge deal.

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Lainey
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here for NYE and had a wonderful experience. They were able to easily accommodate our last minute reservation. The food + drinks were 5 star. We all had the steak + lobster and ate every single bite. If we are ever back in the Denver area we will be back!

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LeahH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine was delicious and our server was polite and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience all around

MB
MattB
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Mrs and I went there for Christmas dinner. The service was good, everyone was polite. We ate outside in the tents and the food was great. We will definitely be back.

JB
JudithB
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve dressed up the outdoor tent for the holidays and have a great heating system. The seating was comfy and the service was so sweet. Food was also incredible - grillmaster killed it!! Great char, incredible flavor, cooked perfectly.

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 988 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.