Citizen Rail

4.4
1088 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 1088 people are saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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megan
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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vipLauraK
Phoenix
63 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
8 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
1 review
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
42 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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DAS531
New York Area
52 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
19 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.

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AMYF
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I'm guessing they were short staffed in the kitchen and front of the house. We had a 35 minutes wait for cocktails at brunch. No water was brought out. The server checked after we finished which took an extremely long time due to the backup. Not great at all, huge disappointment. Provided a picture as an example, $22 for a snack board that was literally thrown on a plate.

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vipHeathC
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary dinner in downtown Denver in May

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JennaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and amazing food and drinks. Service was 10/10

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Citizen Rail was less spectacular than anticipated. We were looking forward to dining there. The food was good but the service personnel was distracted. A little more attention to detail to food, wine and service would elevate the experience.

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vipGFDiner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for Mother’s Day and the buffet was super pricey. It was yummy, but maybe for that price they could have included the coffee or a mimosa or something.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were a party of four going to citizens rail on Mother’s Day. They did call us and tell us it was a Buffay and it was $65 per person.

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vipKatarinaB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We accidentally had a $200 Mother’s Day lunch. It was delicious but we didn’t realize that was the only thing they were doing that day. Regardless, it was great and we will return to try the regular menu.

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Stephen
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Mother's Day Brunch - Inattentive waiter, very limited, overpriced and mediocre buffet. Prime rib looked gross and other than the shrimp, the seafood portion was not fresh.

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unsats
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

$350 for brunch for 4 for Mother’s Day - with only 1 cocktail… ? WTF? Food was just ok - scrambled eggs were bland, chilaquiles were lame, yogurt parfait meh… Won’t be returning. Food was not memorable, but the bill was.

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cobuffjensen
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Been looking forward to trying this place for quite a while and finally got an opportunity to go for brunch. Loved the atmosphere and the food and my whiskey cocktail was fantastic. Only issue we had was how long the food took to come out. It was not full by any means and our brunch order took about 30 minutes to come out. Brunch should be much quicker than this.

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CynthiaM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun night out- very good food. Pork Chop and Ahi were delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

So disappointed. There are a few servers that are great. The food is mediocre at best. Manager is terrible.

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vipDebsd222
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! The beet and goat cheese salad was amazing.. with hazelnuts I think for a little crunch. The Mary’s roasted chicken is a half roasted Mary’s chicken with the crispy potatoes. Don’t miss the banana dessert. Brûléed bananas with vanilla bean ice cream, berry sauce, whipped cream....awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner for our anniversary, the steak and tuna were both cooked to perfection and the pea risotto was outstanding! The drinks and wine were amazing as well and the service was great! Highly recommend dining here

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elliemae
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent the service was great, and the atmosphere was great. I would recommend this restsurant.

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Marie
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu options and satisfying meal! The charcoal-broiling is done well!

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Grant
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent courses and perfectly cooked ribeye. Cocktails were so fun and the staff and our server had amazing attitudes and energy! Overall fantastic dining experience.

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KerriW
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place and nice environment. They staff could have more help but it was busy for brunch.

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vipBrooke
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great drink, convenient location right next to Union Station. We had a great spot by the bar.

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KelseyT
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited citizen rail during denver dining week and absolutely loved it. Everything was delicious and the service was fantastic.

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EmilyTheFoodie
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great value for the price, and we got the dry-aged steak option which was delicious! Great wine options too. some of the apps were served in bowls that were hard to use is the only reason why I didn't give it a perfect score.

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SideofBacon
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall Citizen Rail was... OK. I think you kinda have to give places the benefit of the doubt during Denver Restaurants week, since they probably have a ton of business paired with a potentially different clientele than is standard, so I can't knock them too much for a less than perfect experience. That being said, food missed the mark a bit.

I ordered the 3 course meal deal with the chowder, sausage, and aged rib eye steak. Chowder was... On the colder side of lukewarm, sausage was not super heavy on flavor, but the steak was pretty good. I was with two other people and it was hit or miss for everyone. I thought our charcuterie board was good, and the artichoke app was good, someone else ordered the chicken main which was really good, but my buddies steak... Man was that thing was really undercooked and really fatty.

It was ordered medium rare, but was on the very rare/black and blue side of the "rare" spectrum, while being super super fatty and... Yea overall pretty substandard steak, I felt a little guilty that I recommended it...

Service was good, drinks were good, atmosphere was good, but will have to go back during normal operating procedures to get a better idea on the food. Restaurant week adjusted rating 8/10, normal times rating 5.5/10.

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 1088 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.