Citizen Rail

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$31 to $50
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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.

Be be advised our Holiday Hours.

Thanksgiving Closed Breakfast and Lunch
Special Dinner - 12:30pm - 8:00pm

Christmas Eve -
Breakfast 6:30 am- 10:00 am
Lunch 11:00am - 2:30 pm
Dinner 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Christmas - Closed Breakfast and Lunch
Special Dinner 12:30pm - 8:00pm

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended citizen rail by a friend while looking for date night places. The food here is amazinggggg. A little pricey but definitely worth it. The entire staff was very nice and welcoming. We are so happy we tried Citizen rail and we will definitely be back!!

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very approachable and non intrusive for our lunch meeting. Food was great also.

s
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch here, and ordered 3 entrees for two of us as we couldn’t narrow down our choices. We loved all three. When our waitress found out it was

SK
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening meal would highly recommend. Loved the burger and chicken dinners

F
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A class act from stepping into the door Through an outstanding meal with impeccable service, unobtrusive yet amazing attention to detail. Excellent advice and knowledge of the menu, food was amazing – everyone’s dishes were designed to impress - our diverse group was immediately planning other events here.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a chef and particular and I really enjoyed every aspect of my experience.

OT
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server and food was great. Noise level is SO LOUD

w
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attitudes from ALL staff!

N
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was pretty underwhelmed. The burrata and focaccia appetizer and the broccoli rabe side were probably the most impressive but the mains disappointed. Both our main's were pretty bland / under-seasoned, the steak had a fair bit of gristle and the pork chop was unevenly cooked (read: raw) in some places. And the service was aloof at best. For the price point, I expected this to be more on par with an Oak in Boulder, but it really didn't compare. I will say that the cocktails were great. Cheers to the bartender for two very solid concoctions.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Friendly staff

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Steak was extremely tough. Very lightly kissed with smoke . Ordered the spicy carrot side which were not all carrots but parsnips and raw or very lightly cooked. Found a hair, a full one at that, in a blended and slightly creamy chimicurry sauce. I don't know how you get a full course hair in a blended sauce but it happened, and it was at the bottom of the cup at that. I would highly recommend not eating here for dinner. They only took off the 2 sides after taking the recommendation from the server on the sides size. I had to order a second side. The manager came out and offered new food but I don't see how you could fix the multitude of problems I had. They didn't even replace my chimichurri they brought me 2 different sauces. After leaving I was still hungry because I could not eat the tough steak which was new york strip and I can get a more tender piece at Texas Roadhouse, I went to Anthony's pizza across the street to get something to fill me up. I ate an entire medium pizza from them. I do not eat much in a day and usually if I have a meal for lunch I will just have soup or something very small for dinner. If I am expecting a decent dinner I won't eat lunch so I won't ruin my dinner. Well I was looking forward to dinner so I only had some fries for lunch from my wife's plate. Not worth the amount they charge at all. Highly disappointed and I can tell the reviews do not match what people actually think as the place was empty. I bet most reviews are fluff/false to keep this place open.

f
Denver
175 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Second time there for brunch. The bus person seemed more attentive than our server. Requested the apple muffin to be served first but it was not. Requested hot sauce when order was placed and had to request twice after the food came. Biscuits and gravy w/ prosciutto weren't as good as the last time and plates not as hot so it was cold fast.

LP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The setting is more outstanding than the execution of the menu, which sounded delicious when we booked, but ended up being a bit inconsistent. I still recommend Citizen Rail and will try it again. It's a good spot to meet friends for a drink and to people-watch.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Can’t give Zero Stars. 3 course was a joke. First review I’ve ever wrote.. Feels necessary. Saved the worst meal of the decade for last meal of the decade.

Citizen Rail
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for your review, my name is Jason and I am the GM at Citizen Rail. I am disappointed to read this, please reach out to me directly to review. jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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T
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect NYE dinner, enjoyed every moment. Then celebrated our engagement with a breakfast the next day and felt so special. Everyone went above and beyond and I give it 5 starts all around!! Thank you Citizen Rail!

Citizen Rail
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you Tev7, hurry back !

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WD
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have enjoyed brunch and happy hour here, so thought we would try their fixed price menu for NYE. there were four of us. Our server was very friendly, made recommendations that turned out well. We were there at 5:15 and the place was not very full. We told our server we were in no hurry. He later told us that he had told that to the kitchen. Nevertheless our first course was delivered almost as soon as our drinks. And my soup was cold. I reiterated to the server that this was not the pace we wanted. He assured us the kitchen had been informed. Almost immediately our main course arrived. I should know not to order steak when there is only one on the menu. It was average at best. My companions reported better results. After the main course we were visited by a manager who apologized and offered to hold desert for how ever long we wanted. At that point, what was the point? We shared the deserts which were quite good, and left. It was not the NYE experience we were anticipating.

Citizen Rail
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hi William, I am sorry to read this, we will make it right. Please reach out to me directly. Jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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MK
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time dining at this restaurant on New Years Eve. The set menu was very good. I had the scallops and my husband the Osso buco, both meals were wonderful. The Desserts were excellent as well. Wines by the glass are over priced but this appears to be the norm these days, so no ordering of a second glass. Overall I highly recommend this restaurant and I was impressed that the chef came by our table to see if we were enjoying our meal. Nice place.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant.

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BP
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place, valet parking, amazing service and really went above and beyond for my dinner event! We will be back! Keep up the high standards!

LO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. The service was awesome. I will definitely go again.

Citizen Rail
Responded on December 28, 2019

Excellent!

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MW
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I definitely saw the potential but there were some disappointing issues. We went for a prix fix 3 course meal for $75 per person. The bone marrow was good but hardly any marrow and it was the last one before they ran out. The trout was excellent. The dinner we ordered the lamb which was good but got a little burnt from the fore more than the rest I saw come out. The dry aged strip was overcooked for medium rare and was only slightly pink in the center. The dessert we chose chocolate decadence which was great and the Lebowski ugly sweater mousse. This was frozen solid and the waitress apologized and brought us peppermint cheesecake which we didn’t want and was not good. The wine was excellent. Overall disappointed but saw the restaurant had potential. We watched cooking from the rail and saw significant inconsistencies in the seafood entree portion size of limp crab. Almost like they were trying to stretch it out. Finally the wait staff seemed knowledgeable but missing most of the time.

I have heard great things about citizen rail but was not pleased christmas night.

Citizen Rail
Responded on December 28, 2019

Good morning Matthew, thank you for your review. Please contact me directly when you have a change jason.gordon@citizenrail.co Jason Gordon General Manager

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EE
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Citizen Rail and we’re thrilled to be there for the pre-fix Christmas dinner. The dishes were all creative, prepared perfectly, a great value, and delicious. It was truly the best short rib I’ve ever had prepared and my husband was delighted to see that they didn’t skimp at all on portion sizes so there was plenty left for him to get a good bite!
We love sitting at the chef’s counter. The seats are comfy, you aren’t on top of your neighbor and it’s fun to watch the chefs hard at work.
The food is what we love here, but the service and ambiance is what keeps us coming back. Do yourself a favor and book a table here!!

Citizen Rail
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you EmsEats , come back soon!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious Christmas menu. Good and drinks were very good. And thoughtful, fun server who knew us stuff.

k
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Fun atmosphere - we enjoy watching the chefs cook. Food and drinks are always delicious, and compared to other restaurants with similar food and qualityin the area, price is great.

WF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a great dinner on Christmas Eve! The service was great and the food was too. Nice spot for a date night in downtown Denver.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner experience. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and entertaining. We shared the tomahawk steak, which was cooked just right. Our only complaint was there were limited dinner menu options for non steak eaters.

KB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I've been here for happy hour numerous times and the apps we ordered were delicious, however our dinner was horrible. I ordered the butternut squash dish and couldn't eat more than one bite. My husband ordered a burger which was alright, nothing special. We were bummed since we frequent so much for quick, small bites.

Citizen Rail
Responded on December 28, 2019

Good morning Katie, I am disappointed yo read about this experience. Please reach out to me directly to ensure we make it right. jason.gordon@citizenrail.co Jason Gordon General Manager

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The server was pretty awful. He would get upset and give us dirty looks every time we asked a question. He had zero patience. The food was okay. We’ve love the food in the past, but it seems like they’re slipping.

Citizen Rail
Responded on December 28, 2019

Good morning, I would like to hear more about your visit and sincerely apologize. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went early at 5:15 for my birthday. Parents night out without our young kids so it was early bird hour. Sat in bar area by the windows, super nice. Cocktails, wine and beer were all top notch.

My husband had the steak and I had pork chop. Very delicious. Had the Pimm’s Cup cocktail and a pino noir.

Our waiter was so kind and friendly, fast and professional. I wish I remembered his name - dark rimmed black glasses. Had amazing Big Lebowski dessert. Will absolutely be back.

RW
Little Rock
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome downtown restaurant. Best diner I had while in town this time.

C
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Prices outrages for food that falsely advertises the quality. They serve overpriced upscale bar food at best. Service awful and practically non existent. Waitress didn’t even ask how we wanted the burger cooked, then when burger came out more than over charred, she did nothing and seemed unphased. Ambience was awful and as loud as your average dive bar downtown. Would not recommend and will not be returning.

Citizen Rail
Responded on December 24, 2019

Hello Chloe, My name is Jason, I am the General Manager at Citizen Rail, I am sorry to read about your experience with us. I would like to discuss with you more in person, please reach out to me directly, jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

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j
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, staff and food. The have a good happy hour menu, and more lively in the bar area.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and Manager was awesome

JD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always AMAZING here! The noise level was a bit much on this visit but there was a rowdy large group sitting behind us. It was difficult to hear my dining guest at our table without having to yell over the people behind us.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great meal here!

r
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time to Citizen Rail and will be returning. The food is exceptional, the steak was cooked to perfection. Our server Emily did a great job . The restaurant is pretty loud but luckily we got seated near the back and we could have a conversation.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was very mediocre for the price; ordered the hot chicken sandwich which was dry and chewy and absolutely doused in sauce (which didn’t taste homemade). Fries were your run-of-the-mill (probably frozen) side that also didn’t taste homemade or have any interesting seasoning at all. Service was fantastic and I love the location and ambiance but I’ll have a hard time justifying $15 for a chicken sandwich here when I can get much better quality at a place like Birdcall or even Popeyes at a fraction of the price. $6 for a 6oz orange juice (albeit fresh squeezed) also seemed ridiculously steep...

RD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

A very disappointing experience. Rarely do I write something negative, but this experience was far below our expectations. Noisy, forgotten orders, and food quality that is nowhere near equal to the price. Don’t buy the hype.

Did see the lead singer of the Lumineers leaving though. So that was cool.

Citizen Rail
Responded on December 28, 2019

Hi Ryan, I would like to learn more about your dinner with us. Please contact me when you have time. jason.gordon@citizenrail.co Jason Gordon General Manager

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G
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! Some dishes were a little small for the value, but well worth visiting again and again.