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Citizen – Saint Paul

3.9
198 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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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

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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 198 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Quiet
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good atmosphere, good food, great attentive service by our server Laura!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Maybe it was an off-night or it was not the normal meal prep (they had set courses for Valentine's day).
But my fiance and I had different selections for each of the 3-course selections. My soup was the only one worth mentioning....

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Once a luxurious restaurant with a small and perfected menu, now renovated into an American Diner experience.

This change has dramatically downgraded the quality of food and added a load of watered down meals on the menu.

The small seated area we were sat at was too small and too close to other tables to the point I could smell the fish on their plate and their conversations overpowered the small room.

When I first went before the renovation we were served the most beautiful plate of food and had such a great experience.

We will not be returning to the restaurant again after being so happy with our first visit to it being drastically changed for the worse... it’s such a shame as the chef is amazing and is forced to make crappy food.

Also found a hair in the chicken wings we ordered.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Our server was attentive and friendly. All the food except calamari was excellent. Really enjoyed soup and ramen and burger!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Due to winter carnival activities we were 30+ minutes late. While i called to let them know, i never expected them to hold the table and they DID! Very appreciative and grateful.

Service was great. Server knowledgeable and recommended alot of items. She forgot one of my wines but took it off the bill, no questions asked.

Food. Mushroom bruschetta was to die for. Beet and carrot salad was killer. Pork belly was good, not the best I've had but it was flavorful. Chicken and waffles was exceptional. Ramen was very plain and had zero flavor.

Overall, great experience. Would definitely go back!

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Unique and interesting menu. Dined here on a night when they were overwhelmed due to many activities in St. Paul: Superbowl, WinterCarnival, Fitgerald, Concert at EXEl to name a few.

Manager was gracious and rewarded us with a drink for the slow service.

Will come back when not so busy.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Didn’t have what I ordered so they comped my meal

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2.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Slow service and food was nothing special.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

We had a very good experience. We read a few negative posts but it was close to the ice sculptures so we went for it. Most people at the table had small plates. I had mushroom risotto which was pretty good. Another person had the fish bites which were really good. They were not greasy at all and had a unique dipping sauce with it. Our last person had a Quinoa/Kale salad with chicken. Pretty tasty. We also split the beets salad which was yummy. All in all a great experience. Not too loud so we didn’t ha e to fight the noise to hear each other.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Dined here for a double date with good friends. The service was very slow, especially for how quiet the restaurant, there were only a few tables occupied. However, once we got the food we were all very happy with it. You can tell they use quality, fresh ingredients and pay attention to detail. Was disappointed they didn't have a cocktail menu, just beer and wine. I ordered a standard cocktail and it was good, just like it when restaurants have their own specialty drinks.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Had a great time and food was good, some was pretty great! Will definitely come back again.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

I've been there three times so far. The food was good, but not outstanding for the price. The service was solid, but very slow. I'm guessing the vibe they are going for is 'take your time and enjoy yourself', but even so, it was unreasonably slow (all three times the place was 1/3 to 1/2 full). Shout out to the older Asian woman who refills the water glasses. She was by far the most attentive worker there. You will never go thirsty. Despite the slow service, I will go back. The location is great and they validate/valet parking.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This place has the feel of a hotel restaurant/sports bar, which we were not expecting. Food was pretty good once it arrived, but it took over an hour for our appetizers to arrive and another 45 minutes for our dinner to come out. Not impressed, and we will not be going back.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

You need to put cloth table clothes on the tables to cut down on the noise level and add some kind of sophistication to this place. The food was really good, but the noise was terrible and the atmosphere was nil.....
It was not a good hotel restaurant needs to be classier

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The most important thing to realize about Citizen is that it is a hotel restaurant. This is excluded from the overview but makes a world of difference because, well, it's a hotel restaurant. Ambience is zero. The food was good and our server did a nice job.

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