Citizen – Saint Paul

3.9
237 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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 6:30 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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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 Street and Kellogg Blvd
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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
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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 237 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Would’ve been helpful to know that it was inside a hotel when we made the reservations.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Small plates were very small, food was average at best, waitress was unaware of specials advertised on the restaurant's website, even though she knew we were attending a show it took a long time to get our tab.

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PM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there on a quiet night and 6 of us were able to talk in normal tones. Service was excellent and the food was good.

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MF
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Hotel restaurant.
Typical bar food.

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K
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Cute place if you’re staying at the hotel - not worth a visit otherwise.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good wine selection, great service all for a good price!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Dirty dining room - dirty dishes on most of the tables. Food was OKAY. Berries in the side of berries were moldy but the server didn’t charge for them and replaced with fresh-squeezed oj.

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DC
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were a little disappointed in some of the foods the we ordered. The taste was good, but my short rib was more than 20 percent fat. Not what I would call lean.

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B
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

It was Restaurant Week. A Foo Fighters concert was booked at the Excel Center that night, so the restaurant was crowded and noisy at the time we dined. Service was slow because of the crowd, but server was pleasant and helpful with recommendations. Food was good quality and value. It's deserving of a return visit.

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L
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Visited for restaurant week; the appetizers were fine but not awesome, my friend said the scallops entree was just ok, and dessert was actually bad. However, the beef short ribs entree was fantastic. Our waitress was extremely considerate and attentive and it’s nice that they validate parking in the hotel ramp, but overall atmosphere and food were not enough to make me want to go back.

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AD
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch during restaurant week, had a great meal and will be back! Especially loved the tomato bisque soup. Service was excellent.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and the service were absolutely incredible. Between the 4 of us that were there, we all had different meals and no one was disappointed.

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LD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was interesting, differemt choices, well-done, variety of sizings, in a new restaurant so not noisy.
My Sprimp and grits was well seasoned and perfect. The augratin potatoes less so. The roasted chichen was nicely seasoned, large sized-(half of a large chicken), witn mashed potatoes.
SO comfortable comfort food choices, with other sizes and new choices to try.

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JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good spot for pre-show dinner. The food is excellent with the craft cocktails not far behind. The decor is interesting while still being inviting. The service, however, just barely misses the mark. Not horrible service by any means, it just does not match the quality of the other aspects of the venue.

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JC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised by this find. Defiantly try the cheese curds with house made ketchup. They offer small plates to customize your dining experience!

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b
Minneapolis
149 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food. Ask for Laura, she's the best server ever.

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

No where on their website (that I could see) did it state that the restaurant is in the lobby of a hotel:( Not at all what I was expecting or wanted!! We gave it a chance as we were already there but will not go back.....

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f
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Went here on a whim since it's close to the Xcel Center. Smaller menu, typical hotel restaurant. Had a burger (which was greasy) and fries (which were good). Since it is in a hotel, quite noisy with groups aggregating in lobby nearby. Works in a pinch, but I wouldn't go out of your way to seek it out.

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JS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not an expansive menu, which is quite nice. They have options for everyone. Started with a moscow mule and it was done wonderfully. Appetizer of Walleye tacos which had a nice apple slaw and just a hint of jalapeno. Had the lobster club with fries and it was delicious and very nice portion. Not too much and not too little. We went before a concert and surprisingly not overcrowded- just a short walk from the Excel. Service was great, she was helpful with the menu.

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TS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

First time visitors. Restaurant was clean, warm and friendly atmosphere. Chicken vegetable soup fit the waiters description of hardy. I enjoyed it. Humus and baba ganoush dip was delicious. Menu was interesting and numerous items intrigued us. Our entrees were tasty and portions just right. My wife had the crab cakes and I the jambalaya. Our initial seating was under a air conditioning vent and after a few minutes we requested a different table and they were very accommodating.
One issue stood out for us. Our waiter had accurate descriptions of the menu items and after going over several choices my wife decided on the crab cakes. She was served the scallops by mistake. My meal was served and after a few minutes we got the attention of a waitress who sent our waiter to our table. He remembered the conversation during ordering, apologized and removed the scallops and we waited for the crab cakes. We ordered a dessert, the opera cake 2.0 which was delicious. We thought the waiter could have offered a dessert on the house to make up for an obvious mistake and the awkwardness of waiting for an entree.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were going to the Bruno mars show next

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JE
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service at both the bar and our table was amazing! The food was ok...a few items we ordered (lobster club) lacked flavor.

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OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service. Food was good. Not great

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O
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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J
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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J
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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J
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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h
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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RA
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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P
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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B
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BB
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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DK
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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b
Minneapolis
149 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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I
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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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SB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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WA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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