Citizen Rail

4.4
1168 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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Experiences

  • Thanksgiving Pre Fixe Dinner

    $75.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Citizen Rail will be offering a 3 course pre fixe menu for Thanksgiving. Check out our website, menu to come soon! www.citizenrail.com
  • Christmas Day Pre Fix Menu

    $75.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Citizen rail will be offering a special Christmas pre fix menu for $75 a person. Stay tuned to our website for the menu, www.citizenrail.com
  • New Year's Eve Special Pre Fix Dinner

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Come ring in the new year with Citizen Rail! Enjoy a special pre fix menu at $95 a person

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 1168 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday and had amazing food, amazing service and they brought us a small bit of Champagne at the end.

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Christina
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was Mo. Fabulous service, perfect. Took my sister for her 50th. As nice a table we could get, very good food…..loved the appetizer ( cheese, meat tray) and the dessert was incredible. I’d come back for sure, if Mo was our server!

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KenB
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous, staff was fun and gave great recommendations. We had a wonderful dinner before heading to the Van Ghoh Immersive.

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MoonGirlNow
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The Corn Soup is amazing - definitely try it ! Our server, Brittany, was 5-Star Top Notch. Next visit to Denver we will definitely dine here!

JR
JackieR
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My boyfriend took me there for my birthday dinner and the food and the service was fantastic! I had the duck breast and he had the pork chop. Both wonderful. Will def go back!

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WilliamH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was spectacular. They went out of their way to make sure I could have the right table to watch the MLB playoff game. Bartenders were able to make a drink that I brought to them from a different restaurant even though they’d never heard of it. My GF and I split the burger and duck breast. Both were excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fabulous service, soup was delivered cold and they made it right. Wonderful menu.

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Booblies
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Noisy for a small restaurant.

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DanetteS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was incredible and so helpful with even a little cheat sheet she had personally made to help vegetarians and vegans order a fabulous meal. We loved being outside, weather was perfect. The bar didn't have a wide selection and had limited mixers (no ginger ale, no 7-Up, so the bartender just dumped Sprite into the glass and handed it over, like that was the same thing!) The pork chop was excellent as were the mussels! Would highly recommend either dish.

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BobB
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Food was awesome. Great service at the bar and in the restaurant.

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Grant
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ribeye cooked perfectly, excellent cocktail selection and a super fun bar staff! Great spot for a date or drinks before a concert/game.

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Brena
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! It was our anniversary trip and they treated us really nice 😊Really love the food! Umm the duck was amazing! Our service was spectacular and the ambience was romantic!

KJ
KristinJ
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was great, very attentive and the food was good. The appetizers and salads were delicious, but I just felt like the entrees were't worth the hype. The desserts sounded so terrible, we didn't even order-not a problem I usually run into.

KD
KateD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This place was okay, but not great. It's got the right ingredients to be a cool spot, but is relatively empty (has been the few times I've been there) and the food is just okay, not great.
The service was very good and the noise level was fine. But perhaps some investment in ambience, some directed marketing to locals and some warmth..it feels a bit cold.

JS
JillianS
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Our waiter was great, but the food was so so. I didn’t find anything very special, just average brunch food

BW
vipBillW
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful night. The table we sat at wasn’t much to be desired as the outdoor patio is just okay, but the food was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Drinks were good - but we got there fairly early before our concert and ordered and app and a burger to split. The burger took 50 minutes to get to our table and the “truffle fries” were nothing but fries. The manager ended up comping the meal - but rightfully so. The wait to split a burger caused us to be late for our concert and miss the entire opening set. Normally this place is good but service overall this time wasn’t the best.

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vipAmyA
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Happy hour with my team was good. The food was great and the drinks were interesting!

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vipAuggiesman
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server was fantastic, and the dishes were great. Tried a new cocktail that I really liked, and the server made great recommendations for the table. Couldn't finish it all, but what we did manage was very very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went here as this spot was on the list to try. The menu was simple - which isn’t a bad thing - but the price point and general appeal with the menu could improve based on the nearby restaurants and trying to differentiate but keep to value with the pricing. The $31-50 price point listed on open table isn’t correct. Just to make sure this helps anyone to know. It’s more like $39 lowest dish on the item up to the $140 top price, which is a dry aged tomahawk for two. But you can go to quality Italian restaurant and get an amazing shared meat for half the price. But I recognize all meats are different. It’s more to get an understanding of their menu price range and offerings.

For example, they have a 30-day dry aged 14 ounce ribeye. Very tasty but it was $65 dollars and one of the only steak options on the menu. There should be a better price point selection of steak where someone who maybe doesn’t want the top tier can try a middle tier first and convert to a top tier. Perhaps at the $45 price point where the duck and chicken sat. There was basically one option for each food type - chicken, seafood, beef, pork, and duck. Again, not a bad thing but there wasn’t enough sell or differentiating appeal across these to easily be impressed by the description or offerings to the plate. At least not at the price point listed for each dish. If the price points sat lower this would have been an expected menu. I guess what I’m saying is this is a restaurant trying to be an Elway’s but also a Williams and Graham. I’m not sure I understand who they wanted to be as clear. With more customer experience, menu offering, and consideration to the price points I think it can improve. Didn’t hate anything but didn’t walk away feeling the bill total was valued, the menu was enough to recommend or refer friends, and that this would be a spot to return. A good one time experience.

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Breana
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time in and we thought we would try a restaurant recommended by yelp for his 50th birthday. We enjoy shareables as well as the option to have entree sized portions so the ability to have both is ideal making Citizen Rail a perfect fit for what we were seeking. The ambiance is great. Whether we were sitting near the kitchen or anywhere else in the dining room the vibe and warmth of the restaurant made it a very nice evening. The hosts were warm and welcoming and our server was awesome.
We both started with cocktails, which pleased us and for shared the cured salmon and salt roasted beets which was my favorite. We also went with a salad (nice sized portion) which was the baby red oak lettuce. Delicious!
Our server paced our courses and wine service perfectly. The pork chop was excellent. The mole that it used is very good. Lastly, the restaurant is located in a very walkable area which makes it ideal for meeting up with groups or a cute date night spot. I highly recommend making a reservation.

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LaurieP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My husband and I went to Citizen Rail last night to celebrate our anniversary. We discovered this restaurant during Denver Restaurant Week and were thrilled to return for the full menu of options.

The most important aspect of a meal, of course, is the food; which was OUTSTANDING! The atmosphere was very pleasant with people around, but not so much to feel crowded or too loud.

The only downside to our experience was the service. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, so perhaps our server was new, but there were a couple of misteps along the way. First, when she approached the table, I was surprised to not be asked if we were celebrating anything. Since we were, I was hoping to be able to say so. Then after clearing our plates she disappeared for 20 minutes. Since we needed to be aware of the time, I know how long it was. Then she asked if we wanted dessert?! That's the kind of question to be asked when the plates are being cleared. My husband then gave her the credit card to move the service along since he was afraid we may not see her again.

This will not impact our desire to return, but it was still just a crimp in an otherwise lovely dinner. I share this only to offer an opportunity for improvement since a high-end meal comes with an expectation of a service level.

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KendraZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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Landon
Dallas
38 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed brunch and the very friendly, professional staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Service was great and food was delicious.

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BreezyL
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Food was cold. No seasoning. Very expensive for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and sitting at the kitchen counter was very entertaining and helped solidify our menu selections.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our pre-concert dinner was fabulous!

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vipElyse
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our service was lacking and the food was too expensive for us to have been treated that way.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Family in town

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ChristinaG
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I wasn't all that impressed with our meal. The service was good and the wine was excellent. Looks like they had some really interesting and delicious cocktails but I didn't have any. Overall I'm not sure I would be back It seemed a little spendy for what we got.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing atmosphere and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was not worth the price. Best thing we had was the sourdough with the house made ricotta.

JH
vipJamesH
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We went out for a date night on Wednesday night. The service was slow, my $65 ribeye was over cooked, the $45 pork chop was so unevenly cooked that my wife didn’t want to finish the dish. By having these prices you expect a little more from a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Duck was very salty. They comped a round of drinks to make up for it. Overall great service. Parking in that garage is VERY expensive & they do not validate. I was told they did, but later found out they meant some other garage further away.

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vipPeyton009
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband’s aunt and uncle came into town and we had an early dinner at Citizen Rail.

Positives- the service was quick, efficient and all who worked there were very friendly and accommodating. I am one of those people who tends to change ingredients up in drinks and food dishes and they didn’t blink an eye at my requests. Food was tasty overall, but for the price point I expected it to impress a bit more.
We had: French fries- good. Could have been slightly more crisp
Smoked salmon and salted beets- delicious although it was a pretty dainty portion compared to the price
Aunt and uncle had ribeye with broccolini and mashed potatoes. They said it was okay- a little in the bland side
Husband and I had the pork chop with banana mole’. Again, good but lacking in flavor.
Ambiance was good as well

Negatives- other than the price point being a little on the high side and the food being a little bland I have no complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Not busy at all, the service was horrible we came for a quick brunch for 4 people and we ended up being 2 hours since the service was so slow will not be coming back.

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vipTonyP
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great food and service

KB
vipKathleenB
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was good overall but Bloody Mary’s were not good and avocado toast was bland. My husband enjoyed Dutch pancake. I will certainly try again.

RG
RyanG
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Camille was an absolute gem of a host, Eric gave great service, and the kitchen staff were extremely kind and accommodating.

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 1168 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.