Citizen – Saint Paul

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

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RJ
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, services was okay for being on a slow day. Would recommend and go back. I loved the Tomato Basil soup, it was definitely in my top 5 I’ve ever had.

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MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Citizen and we loved it! Great food, good service, and excellent drink choices. Would definitely go again and absolutely recommend!

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DJ
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A quick bite before Wild game, they validate parking!

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

Admittedly we were there on 3/16 and there was a large MN Wild and St. Patty's day crowd in the restaurant. Nonetheless, the service was extremely slow and unknowledgeable about the food or drink menu.
Then, given the only restrooms are in the hotel lobby, the hotel decided to lock the restrooms and force customers to go the the concierge to get a key to access the restrooms. With over a hundred people in the restaurant and lobby this was a totally unacceptable action.
I will never return to this restaurant or, for that matter, stay at this hotel.

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CA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Citizen! The food was amazing. The service was excellent. The atmosphere is wonderful. This is my new favorite spot in St. Paul. We will definitely be back!

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g
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

They have a new chef and menu. A bit pricey but tasted OK. Will return.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really good. Ordered the crab cakes and their house burger - I kid you not the closest thing the Midwest has to in n out Burger. 🌴🍔❤️

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun menu, wonderful service.

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OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was pretty empty, which is surprising for a weekday lunch in downtown. Service and food were great, though it seemed slightly over priced for what we got.

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KB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The menu is limited, food just so so. I was expecting a more upscale experience, but was disappointed

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CC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Average food for a very inflated price. Restroom needs a keycard and is a long hike outside through the hotel. One dish was cold on the inside (Au Gratin potatoes).

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JD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dining experience at Citizen was outstanding. The staff was friendly, attentive, and efficient. The food was amazing - appetizer, drinks, entrees, and desserts were delicious! The location was close to everything. We will definitely make it there another time soon!

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for Valentines dinner and the special menu was excellent. The lamb chops were huge and cooked perfect. Desert was excellent. Great menu selections.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This restaurant is not bad for lunch or a quick meal. Definitely not good for a nice dinner. The service is not great and the food is ok.

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KM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We ate at Citizen on a busy Saturday made even crazier by the St. Paul Winter Carnival. I felt sorry for the wait staff as they just couldn't keep up. The noise level was intense. The food was adequate but not exciting. I would return on a quieter night perhaps if I couldn't get in at one of the other local places.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Citizens was outstanding! The service was friendly, and helpful! We highly recommend going there. We were there during happy hour and their were a lot of choices. We will have to come back and try the dinner menu some time. Thank you for a great experience!

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b
Minneapolis
168 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You wouldn't expect it from a hotel restaurant, but this is a real foodie location. Special thanks to our server, Laura, who was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, very unique and fresh, awesome flavors. Our server, Laura, was just lovely. Friendly, personable, so great!!

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OT
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are fantastic! Short ribs, Shrimp & Grits, and the Beet Salad (have had it 3 times!) Deviled eggs were above par and the Cheese Curds with home made ketchup are great starters!

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MH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Minnesota sushi was not to my liking but others may enjoy it. I thought the pickle was too big and the prosciutto was tough. Scallops smelled really fishy even the people next to us we didn't know commented on it. Prime rib sliders were good and the cheese curds were fabulous. Only 1 bartender on after the game and it got quite busy.

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MQ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great updates to the Saint Paul InterContinental restaurant CITIZEN. The ambiance was fresh, design forward and inviting. The food was really tasty with good portion sizes. The help was friendly and prompt. For sure check it out, even for a few cocktails with friends. Great atmosphere!

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BK
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mary Kay is a fantastic server and a delight to chat with. Pork medallions and beef filet were tasty. Really nice wine selection.

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JW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our food was quite tasty; we shared the Minnesota Sushi, an excellent green salad with cheese, walnuts and a maple dressing, short ribs, and mac and cheese with chicken. (The chicken was not necessary as the five cheeses were rich and tasty on their own.) Lovely and attentive service. A very nice experience overall.

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PL
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner before Transiberian Orchestra, mac n cheese with broccolini was yummy, just as good as last time. Husband ordered the citizen burger, great flavor and very juicy. Would definitely return.

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food quality was very poor. Dry.

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u
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went here on Christmas Day. The service was slow and the food was served luke warm - I would expect better for over $40 per person

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Worst experience ever. We waited over 45 minutes to place order. Food arrived and was cold and not correct. Second time food was under cooked. Asked for butter and it was never brought. Never received rolls and all of the other tables did. Asked for manager who was unsympathetic. The bill was $165.00 for 3 people and all he offered was to take 1 meal off the bill. We never even finished our meals, it was so bad. However desert was good. Will never go there again and will warn all of my friends to go somewhere else.

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E
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The side dishes were excellent, the main dishes were not good. The lobster sandwich had soggy, tough pieces of lobster served on regular sandwich bread with fries out of a bag beside it. The salmon was terribly over cooked. The crab cakes were small The garlic spinach and beets were excellent. Drinks were good. Likely won’t go back because the main dishes were so awful but if I did I’d get a burger and a beer during happy hour. The space is beautiful, service was OK.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceptional food and Ambiance. This is my fourth time dining at Citizen, and have always enjoyed the food and experience.

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T
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
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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D
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
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 16, 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
45 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
2 reviews
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
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 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
22 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
17 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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