Citizen – Saint Paul

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213 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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Citizen is the newly re-imagined restaurant and bar featuring Modern American Cuisine designed around a social culinary experience. Our approachable menu encourages guests to experience small plates, elevated comfort food, paired with crafted and aged cocktails. Located in the heart of downtown St. Paul at the intersection of Kellogg and Wabasha, adjacent to the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Daily: 11:00 am - 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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Phone number
(651) 605-0190
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wabasha
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Parking details
Both valet and attached covered garage are available.
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Public transit
Light Rail Train System, One block from the Metro Transit Green Line.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Historic, glamorous, and genuine, Citizen offers an unparalleled experience in the Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront. The edgy elegance and retro, mid-century style emits a lasting, nostalgic glow.

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Sun 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM
Sat 8:00AM - 2:00PM

What 213 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Great food, great service

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We made reservations at Citizen because it was within walking distance for a concert at the Palace Theater. We did not realize it is a restaurant within a hotel. There was a convention with very loud convention attendees at the bar. Service felt perfunctory. Menu was somewhat limited and overpriced. I would not recommend this restaurant unless you were staying at the hotel.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

My hair smelled like a grill all day so perhaps needs better ventilation. We were nowhere near kitchen but by front window....intersting characters walking by. Parking ramp old and somewhat creepy.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

It was restaurant week and we wanted to give it a go! The crab cakes were dynamite! Best thing we had!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Visited for Restaurant Week, very happy with value of items purchased, but entree's were not quite what I was expecting. Dessert was amazing

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great drinks, great food and great service. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Aliyah was a very good and attentive server. The food was very good except the cheese curds. They were very greasy, and pretty bland.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Very nice restaurant. We plan to go back and take our friends.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were three for Brunch prior to a matinee at the Park Square Theater.

There was a nice selection of menu items, and what we chose was flavorful, nicely presented and well served.

There was plenty of time to make the show.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Stopped in on short notice on the afternoon of July 4th. Was pleasantly surprised to fine Citizen open. Food and service were great!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Awesome food, service, and experience. Loved the small plates and even got a visit from the chef to tell us about the bacon powder served with the deviled eggs!!!

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

A pleasant surprise. Food was quite good (I had the lemon fish) and we had a great server. Add this to the list of places to go pre-Ordway or Xcel.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

They take their food seriously here and do everything to make it right if you don't like it.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Dependable food, the staff were helpful in giving me just a few fries and a little fruit--the correct proportions for what I needed that day. I wasn't paid attention to however, until I asked for help.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We booked because of the menu and it was close to our hotel. Got there they changed the menu 2 days ago and chef wouldn’t accommodate anything on old menu. If you’re changing your menus SAY SO. Our waiter was amazing, food was very good but they need to figure out noise canceling. The restaurant was maybe 1/3 full and we couldn’t hear each other so much for a romantic date we were horse by the end from shouting. Guess I didn’t take pictures of our main meals

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Birthday celebration. Everything was “good”. Nothing was great.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This location is wonderful, has a great atmosphere and an intimate experience for diners. The food is high quality and our service was impeccable. Everyone we encountered greeted us with a smile.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great location for dinner or drinks before an event at the Excel. Service was excellent as was the food. They even throw in parking in the ramp.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We enjoyed the reserved seats with a hi top which was very comfortable. We met some good friends at the restaurant and were able to have great conversation. The wait staff was excellent. The food was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wonderful inventive fare. Dined with friends - all very pleased, esp. with the salmon with blackberries and asparagus. Excellent service. Returned for solo dining and was just as impressed.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent food, made an accommodation easily. Server attentive but not obstrusive, very helpful. Quiet - there was a large party but they were festively cheerful rather than noisy. Altogether a great experience. My first time, but I will be back!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I was looking for a new place to try for a night out with friends and Citizen was a good choice. Service was excellent and the food was very good. We enjoyed our dinner and would likely go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food! Nice people and patient with us!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We love this place. The food is outstanding and our server, Laura is perfect, friendly, efficient knowledgeable and kind.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We were shocked that the restaurant wasn't very busy. The food was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant for a pre-show dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The food was more delicious than I expected from such a quiet restaurant; I’d call this a legit hidden gem in downtown St. Paul! The only bummer is that happy hour only goes until 5pm. Also I wish there were a few more people to add some ambiance.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We went for a date night and were pretty underwhelmed with Citizen. It was a slower night and the service still left something to be desired. Food was disappointing overall.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had dinner before a show. Excellent tomato bisque soup....best I’ve ever had. Very nice broccoli and beef, although portion was small for the price. A beautifully made Manhattan. A bit pricey.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We love this place. Deviled eggs are awesome, the filet is tender and dessert perfect. The server, Laura goes way out of her way to make your visit perfect

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1.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Absolutely terrible experience. Took almost an hour to get our food from the time we ordered it. On top of that, I ordered the Quinoa, kale and strawberry salad as my entree and when it came out, all it had was wilted kale and strawberry....no quinoa! Not sure how it's even possible to forget one of the main ingredients in a salad but maybe par for the course with this place. I didn't send it back as we were in hurry and didn't want to wait.

In any case, this place definitely would not be anywhere near the top of the list of places I'd like to return to.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We have been there three times now and I really want to like this place. Cool atmosphere and really friendly staff, but...
The first time there was for some quick late afternoon drinks. The place was empty so the bar service was great. Drinks were good too! Our second visit was for diner before a hockey game. Again, the place was pretty dead so the service was very attentive. Drinks were great but the food was hit and miss. The ramen bowl was good but the chicken wings were overcooked and the cheese curds were rather blah. Our third visit was for diner before a concert. We arrived ~2 hours before show time and they were surprisingly busy. Drinks were again very good (recommend the jalapeno martini) and our server was attentive and very apologetic as we waited nearly 1.25 hours for our food to arrive. My wife loved the lobster club but my Citizen Burger was overcooked. We both found the thin and crispy french fries addicting. Our server kindly took a couple of drinks off our tab to accommodate the long wait. Also, they comp your parking if you dine in the restaurant (even on Excel event nights). Overall, keep your expectations low and you will probably leave satisfied (especially if you take advantage of the free parking).

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The online menu looked great, but this is basically a Perkins style diner. Great if you are staying at the hotel and need a convenient average meal, but don’t go out of your way.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

My co-workers and I had dinner here Thursday night and really enjoyed it. We loved Mary Kay, our Server, who was celebrating 45 years at the same hotel. Wow, fantastic. The food and atmosphere was great. I would recommend to anyone.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great ambiance. Very friendly staff gave us just the right amount of attention. Drinks and food were spot on for Happy Hour.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

We happened to visit during Restaurant Week by happenstance. The 3 of the 4 of us opted to order off of that menu. The cheese curds appetizer with the bourbon ketchup was by far the best item we all sampled. The service was also stellar. Our group was talking how restaurants in hotels are often times over looked and can be such hidden gems! We don’t get to downtown Saint Paul often but would not hesitate going back!

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

I brought my wife here for her birthday as it was a part of MSP restaurant week, and their menu looked great! However when we got there there was no one to greet us, and we walked through the whole restaurant before asking the bartender how to get a seat. We even had reservations.

When we were seated the waitress was so informal and awkward. You could tell she didn’t care much about her job.

I ordered crab cakes with mango chutney for an app, and the jambalaya for the main. The crab cakes were so spicy I couldn’t taste anything. The jambalaya was just rice with marinara sauce with some shrimp and chicken. No flavor and I would never call it a jambalaya.

The one upside was the drinks were good.

Other than that I wouldn’t recommend this place, and won’t be going back.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Visited for restaurant week. Wonderful lunch and great presentation. Serving staff was polite and friendly. Virtually empty at 11am open.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The mushroom brushcetta was incredible! The cheese curds weren't bad, but not the best I've ever had. Homemade ketchup was interesting...seemed to have adobo in it, so my husband didn't care for it. I had the pork carnitas tacos as my meal. It was listed as a small plate, but was 3 tacos, so much more than I wanted. It was also quite spicy, so I didn't eat much of it. I would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very interesting mix of foods, a great place to go with a group and sample a variety of small plates. Particularly recommend the bacon and andouille bites. Server was attentive and helpful without hovering. Only downside is the price - not exorbitant, but a little on the high side, especially if you want to try several of the small plates - it adds up fast!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Wild game night, this place took reservations so I booked it. We were able to enjoy a meal and a drink in under an hour and a half and get to the game before puck drop. Staff was friendly, food was good.

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