Citizen – Saint Paul

4.0
220 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

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 220 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.8
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3.9
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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b
Minneapolis
139 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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OT
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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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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OT
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
15 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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CB
Minneapolis
3 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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DK
Minneapolis
4 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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b
Minneapolis
139 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
38 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
3 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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c
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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NC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Nice people and patient with us!

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b
Minneapolis
139 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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S
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

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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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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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SF
New England
43 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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b
Minneapolis
139 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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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m
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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b
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

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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LL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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