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Citizen Rail, Denver, CO

Citizen Rail

4.5
4.5
1472 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

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
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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

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What 1,472 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. KM

    KMiles

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Short rib was great but overall it was more expensive for than the value of the overall experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The menus was very limited for lunch
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Missing dishes simple things like bread etc Mediocre food at best Real disappointment for me
  4. c

    crudeman

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    They don't have a big selection on the menu, the food was good but not great. The staff was excellent very helpful.
  5. SS

    StacyS

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful brunch while staying at The Hotel Bond and will be back to enjoy again in the future!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Overall great meal. They are on a limited menu due to a good fire in the kitchen. We started with a snack board that was delicious and I had a filet for my main course. The steak was excellent.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Meh. Honestly we’ve come here twice. The second time was on accident. We forgot we came here before and we’re absolutely underwhelmed - both times. Ambiance is nice. It’s definitely clean. Service was blah. No added value there. Simple order taker like previously. Food was very unsatisfactory. When the only part of a two person meal that was worth mentioning are potatoes and the San Daniel Prosciutto - you’ve got problems. The filet - was under an inch thick and pre cut in half and obviously overcooked. For a $48 piece of meat - it was embarrassing. The sour dough pasta itself was decent - portion small - sauce left my tastebuds bored. I’m so baffled why this place gets such good reviews. Perhaps the guests never dine out - so if you’re a rare dinner - do yourself a favor and try somewhere else. There’s so many great places with fabulous food and servers that add value. This is in line with a hotel restaurant - on an all inclusive resort.
  8. RK

    RuthK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Citizen Rail, especially for their Happy Hour! The Tommy Margarita and the burger are top notch!!!
  9. J

    Jostens6

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect location for a Nuggets game! Love the vibe, food and service!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best staff ever. Y’all were so accommodating every step of the way.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to do our Christmas Dinner at Citizen Rail . Our waitress was very friendly and attentive.We opted to do the experience,which is 3 course meal .Everything was very good & presentation was beautiful.Unlike many restaurants I made a reservation for ,we were actually promptly seated upon arrival .
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Christmas menu was good. Drinks and apps were fantastic, really good desserts, main courses weren’t quite up to the same standards as the others, but still quite good. The duck was great, the short rib was really yummy, the filet was too smoky but cooked perfectly and the potatoes were delicious. Would go again.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great Christmas lunch with our family of 10 from Australia.We could not fault it.Thank you!
  14. KK

    KrisK

    Denver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner here was wonderful! The food is incredible, and the service is the absolute best! Everyone really made us feel special and helped celebrate our anniversary- we had the best evening! Love sitting at the counter and watching all the action in the kitchen. Thank you so much!!
  15. SF

    SusanF

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked Citizen Rail for a family Christmas Eve dinner because we are visiting from out of town. We had read great reviews and the menu looked perfect. The 48 ounce Tomahawk steak was enjoyed by all of us. Other entrees were equally delicious. The hostess was very welcoming and our server Taylor was friendly, attentive and super knowledgeable about the drinks and food. We’d highly recommend this restaurant.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Burger was very undercooked. The middle was barely warm, I asked for medium well. Appeared it had been seared and served. The server was good although service was slow. The server did take the burger off the bill and offered a dessert to make things right.
  17. LW

    LindseyW

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious options for dinner and breakfast, everything was so good! Our service was great, though if you need a quick dinner this isn’t your spot. The ambiance is great for a downtown restaurant with lots of natural lighting and the big grills in the back with fires blazing. It smelled amazing when we came in. For dinner, my husband and I each had the mussels and rosemary fries, and he had the brisket burger. The sauce on the mussels was so creamy and delicious, they were crisp and moist! Highly recommend. They are the feature dinner on Wednesday so if you’re there midweek you can get a deal. For breakfast, my husband had the Dutch baby pancake and breakfast potatoes (get those as a side, even if it’s to share due to lack of space, you’ll want more). I had the egg white omelet with a side of sausage- very fresh and tasty. We would come back and stay at the hotel and eat at Citizen Rail again in Denver :)
  18. ED

    ElenD

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best steaks I have ever had. The wood fired grill adds so much smokiness and the duck fat fried potatoes are spectacular!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was awesome and food was incredible. We split the NY Strip and the pasta, and our only regret is not having any leftovers!
  20. AF

    AndrewFujii

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joe, our server, was great. Talked us through the menu and was very attentive. Food was fantastic. We will back the next time we are in town.
  21. TM

    TexMexfan

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting town for early Christmas with family. Found the Rail on line and it was amazing. Phil our waiter was on it as well. The ribeye was amazing as were the Happy Hour specials we started with.
  22. DR

    DannyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very very good, one of the best steaks I’ve had! I highly recommend
  23. BH

    BrookeH

    Denver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Our food took a very long time, the ribeye was over cooked and over priced, the broccoli was not great either. Expensive meal that did not have great food.
  24. AG

    AmandaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff at the bar and the restaurant were just wonderful and very attentive. Foods good too :)
  25. L

    Lynn

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a for a graduation brunch. Excellent service and food.
  26. JL

    JenniferL

    Denver

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Yikes! Terrible service. Had a great experience last time we were there but this time left us wishing we went somewhere else, especially because we were there on special occasion. Our server had zero personality and hardly came back to check on us. We had to ask multiple other people for what we needed. Rough experience.
  27. RV

    RobertV

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go here once every couple of months and it is always fantastic! The H.H. menu is great, get the burger, its the same exact burger on the dinner menu but substantially lower in price. Todd was our waiter this time and his pork chop suggestion was spot on and the duck fat potatoes were amazing. The open kitchen concept is very inviting and the smells are wonderful.
  28. WD

    WilliamD

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of six old friends catching up on the past few months They have a nice brunch menu during the week. Everybody said their meal was great. Service was great and new stayed for about two hours.
  29. k

    kenb

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Citizen Rail was awesome! My wife and I were in town for the Broncos game and went based on a rec from a friend. We sat at the Chef's table and had a great time watching them work. The GM engaged with us to get our feedback and tell us about the food and the line chefs were super-nice as we watched them do their thing. It was a great dining experience in a convenient spot downtown next to the very cool Union Station facility.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Birthday dinner. Service was not great, server waited for at least 30-45 min to even put in our dinner entrees
  31. RB

    RayB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal. The burger fries were exceptional. Our waitress gave us great service.
  32. KN

    KelseyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time sitting and watching the chefs at work! They spoiled us with surprises & great company for my husbands Birthday! It was a great experience we wil not soon forget!
  33. ER

    EaterRI

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I would recommend CR but our waiter was slow to respond, forgetful, and lacked professionalism.
  34. SB

    ScottB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food cooked over an oak fire pit is amazing! Be nice if there were more steak options to choose from on menu. Pork Chop is huge and super juicy!
  35. JB

    JacobB

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Citizen Rail continues to be one of our favorite places in Denver for a nice night out. The service is always on point and super thoughtful. They even had Prosecco waiting for us as I was celebrating my birthday. The food is always incredible as well. We always start with the mussels which is one of our favorite appetizers ever. The pork chop and duck made for fantastic entrees. We can’t wait to return.
  36. BW

    BrandonW

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eric was great! Thanks for letting us end our evening with great drinks and great atmosphere.
  37. AW

    AvenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Soup and bread was just a little over priced. My bread was a little too crispy to were I was unable to cut it and it out of the very hot pan. My waiter could see that I was having trouble with my extremely hot bread and didn’t offer to get me a plate so that it would of been easier for me to cut my bread. By the time I got my bread I was almost done with my soup. I would of been better off not ordering this meal.
  38. PB

    PaigeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of food and drinks. Service was excellent. Fun atmosphere too
  39. J

    John

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  40. PC

    PaulaC

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    The staff was excellent. The presentation was appealing. The wine list so-so. There was nothing even remotely superior about the food or the atmosphere that warranted the price. There are plenty of dining options in the area. Save your $$ and go someplace else unless you just want to stop in for a bar snack....but you can get just as good someplace else for less.

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 1472 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
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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