Citizen Rail

4.4
1113 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 1113 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jmason78
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the counter where we got to interact with the chef and staff and ask questions about everything. They were all
So gracious and nice and watching them do their thing was amazing! We ordered the duck and grilled tuna for our entrees, pork belly and sourdough as apps. They were all outstanding.

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vipdamong
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not great…

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CoGirl
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family brunch!
Menu choices were excellent.

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GMAD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food. A little pricey but quality was there.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! As always

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Atlas5280
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Fourth time here. First time in 1.5 years. Quality of the food declined significantly in that time. Wife’s fish was over cooked and my duck was tough and good, not delicious. In the past every dish of every meal was fantastic.

Citizen Rail
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Atlas5280, I am disappointed to read about your dining experience last week. Please reach out to me directly at jason.gordon@citizenrail.co so that we can ensure you visit us again.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to meet up with friends. Great food and great atmosphere!

Citizen Rail
Responded 4 days ago

We dig this review!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, high quality presentation and flavor

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OliviaD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great time and yummy food!

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CecilyS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Came for an anniversary dinner, wasn’t what I quite expected the restaurant to be. Not sure if it was because of a large dinner party that was also there, but it wasn’t as much of a semi intimate setting as I imagined. We ordered the tomahawk. It was a nice experience to say “I’ve had a tomahawk” but we weren’t too impressed with the flavor and probably wouldn’t order it again. Nice restaurant with the perfect atmosphere for dinner parties. Also, out of the 4 other restaurants we’ve booked through OpenTable, this is the only one that didn’t acknowledge our anniversary 🥺

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vipLovetoTravelSRQ
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious…the snack board, steak and eggs, and avocado toast. Their coffee is also great!

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Cory1
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caught brunch here on July 4 and then ordered in room breakfast on the 5th while staying in the Born. Phenomenal breakfast. You won’t do better, I assure you.

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SandyToes
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My “must go to” restaurant in LoDo Denver! Love the vibe, interiors, cocktails and the food is outstanding! Highly recommend this spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely best birthday ever!

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vipJessR
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you come right at HH the noise is a bit higher but nothing too crazy. Staff is great and they work together to make sure everyone has the best experience.

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BenS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Become a real steakhouse! Filets, porterhouses, etc.. not just the tomahawk

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vipJanet
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Egg white omelet nicely filled with oily spinach, avo and mushrooms but under seasoned. Waited for a while to flag someone for salt and pepper… friend’s burger was ordered medium but was not pink but well cooked. Took awhile for our meal to arrive. I liked my meal but it was underwhelming. The MEAT is pretty good…

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vipFoodieFrank
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and the food was delicious.

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Vikingdude
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Elegant and delicious but unfussy dishes and drinks! Citizen Rail does a great job of being excellent without being fancy. I look forward to taking family, friends, and business partners here soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I’m so disappointed in my last dining experience at Citizen Rail. As someone who supported Citizen Rail pre, during and post the pandemic. The service and honestly most of the food was so far below what I have come to expect. Started with a wobbly table when we asked to switch tables we came to find that the other tables were just as or more wobbly. When I asked our server to help wipe up the table since 3 of the 4 water glasses had spilled water during the wobbly table episode. She brought a dish towel out and just handed it over to me (not what I expected at a restaurant of this caliber). In general, our server was not very attentive and it would take several minutes to get her attention for lemons or to places additional orders.

To the food: please bring back the charcuterie board, the snack board felt anemic of meats (the highlight of the snack board was the pickled celery). The sauces on the grilled artichoke were heavy and didn’t work together especially the egg yolk one. The brown butter clam chowder (which was excellent on previous visits including 2 months ago) had too much bacon that overpowered everything else. The mussels were probably the best item we ordered. The tomahawk was over cooked (requested medium rare, ended up being more like a medium to medium well). The pork chop was good if you got the right bite, unfortunately it was unevenly cooked. The broccoli was over charred, the risotto was fine and the potatoes were uneventful. Overall, I think the grill must have been having some issues as we all left with a charred taste in our mouth that almost bordered on gasoline-y.

Found it odd that knowing we had issues with the wobbly table the manager failed to come and check on us. Additionally, we were never asked about the food to provide feedback while we were there. Unfortunate that this happened on Father’s Day as I was excited to introduce my dad to my favorite Denver steak spot.

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Desiree
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service. The outside patio was relaxing and quiet.

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DavidG
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best burger (CR 50/50) I've ever had, no BS! Definitely, a must-try.

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ChristobelF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and lovely food and drinks. They were able to modify the burger to accomodate our gluten allergies.

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GretchenT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic. The beet salad was one of the best salads I've ever had.

Will definitely be back.

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megan
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to sit outside, so there was a small amount of noise from people walking by, which is expected. We got the mussels and the pork chop and both were great!

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DarwinH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was ok, food was fair at best for price point

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vipLauraK
Phoenix
67 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice brunch. American breakfast and poached eggs with avocado toast were our entrees. Food was really good but the service was a little spotty, especially after our food arrived.

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vipMomokoW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious! Would have loved to see better dessert selection but everything we ate was outstanding!~

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vipRedO
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience!

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msmeww24
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great! From Hostess to our server to management, everyone was outstanding. Good food. Enjoyed apps and dinner. Good place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

They make one believe that they are a true steakhouse. But they are anything but. Stay away from their premium cut steaks as they overcook them and they do not come to the table hot. Wine selection is mediocre. Stick to the beer and burgers. Overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was top notch. We had cocktails, appetizers, steak, and tuna. Very pleased with everything.

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LeslieR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The food was great and clearly a lot of thought was put into each dish, from how it looked aesthetically to how it tasted. I'll definitely be back!

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vipJudiP
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not a large menu but everything the 8 of us ate was very good. We had the 50/50 burger, the pork chop, the mussels and the rib eye (which was a little pricey so that wouldn't be my first choice the next time).

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vipDAS531
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Limited expensive menu. Had a decent meal but wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice Restaurant

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vipMteaNest
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the quinoa-oatmeal and my husband had the Dutch pancake. Both dishes were delicious! The side of apple wood smoked bacon was cooked just right, but I had to sop the grease off.

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CourtneyC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a business dinner, atmosphere was professional yet relaxing. Service was outstanding and our waitress never let our glasses empty and cleared every plate as was needed. Very friendly and provided wonderful service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I think Citizen Rail is under new management! Our experience was not what it used to be. Very disappointed. Went there for breakfast and the service awful and the food was mediocre. Not sure what happened or if this was a result of staffing and COVID, but we won’t be going back. This used to be a neighborhood favorite… we live two blocks away.

The waitress forgot everything I asked for because she forgot to bring it in the first place… a spoon for my coffee and grapefruit juice that I ordered - which I took to go. The food was sad… my favorite eggs and greens was a disaster. The salad was SOOO overdressed, it was soggy and tasted only of vinegar. The avocado toast was missing the seasoning on top and the poached eggs were rubbery.

I would have sent my food back but the waitress couldn’t be found and by the time she came by, I was half way through and just said it was fine.

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KevinA
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a visit with family we decided to give the restaurant in our hotel a try. A little more expensive than our usual venues but it was definitely worth it. I had the pork chop and DW had the tuna and clams. Both were absolutely mouth-watering. The oyster chowder appetizer was excellent as well. Our server was great. We'll be back.

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 1113 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.