Citizen – Saint Paul

3.9
338 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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3.9based on recent ratings
4.0
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4.2
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3.7
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3.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vincea
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good food. Nicely decorated. Good location. Empty restaurant on a Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived after the Wild game and it was moderately busy, and we were greeted promptly and our waitress took our drink order and then our app order, then our dinner order. It was all spaced out nicely for us. It was a nice place and great food. It is attached to the hotel Intercontinental but that doesn’t matter to us, but thought I would mention it as far as location as we weren’t expecting it was in a hotel.

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vipLocalDiner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just okay. Servers were pleasant. Food was acceptable. Filet was a bit overdone and chewy. Wine was a good pairing. Not up to par with independent restaurants, but pretty typical hotel fare.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Steak was very chewy. Would not recommend this restaurant.

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JamesIrwin
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy, Vibrant but not too loud. Great Service on a Busy Valentine's Friday Night.
Food was delivered quickly, good portion size and presentation.

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VDayexpectationmet
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for Valentines 3-course. Very affordable for the quality of food. Steak and lobster tail was great! Service was timely, but lacked any description of food, which is always nice with a tasting menu. Nice place - loved the iPad menus where you could click on any menu item for a photo and more explanation.

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vipFoodie
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Was not busy so really quiet. Cheese curds had nice light batter. Salmon cooked well however sauce too salty

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vipbeachcat77
Minneapolis
213 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally foodie experience. There is nothing boring on this menu, which btw is a digital menu! Ask for Laura, she is the most friendly and efficient server ever.

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vipTomM
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So often hotel restaurants are misunderstood, not considered part of a neighborhood. Citizen is a restaurant with a serious chef whose cuisine takes into account diverse constituencies. I am looking forward to my next visit.

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vipHockey13
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience1

We wanted brunch but the breakfast menu ended at 11am. The food was mediocre. Our waitress was great. The ambiance is uninspired; rather boring and uncomfortable. Won’t be dining here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was mediocre. Service wasn’t very good and brought out food at incorrect times and cold.

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cristalV
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Cheese curds and Mushroom Farro are excellent choices.

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vipLindsayA
Montana
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The staff were very kind and accommodating. The salmon entree was so salty we could hardly eat it. The other food was fine, according to our friends, who had a burger and fish tacos.

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vipMissEppy
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

The food was good, not great- beet and burrata salad, Swedish meatballs, petite filet and salmon. Lemon drop martinis were not good. Entrees took forever to come out and we were pressed for time because we were going to a concert right after. We should’ve had plenty of time to eat. While waiting for our entrees, a very noisy group with a small unruly child was sat right next to us. We were already annoyed with the long wait- this didn’t help. Disappointing start to our evening, to say the least.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate dinner before a concert. Server was great. Food was good. The prices were ridiculous for what we ordered. $200 meal for our family of 4 where we ordered salads, vegan ribs and chicken wings for our main course. Cool atmosphere.

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DavidS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Citizen Christmas night. We had very different things; I ordered the Christmas dinner w/roast turkey, while my wife had the salmon sandwich. Everything was excellent! Soup, salads, bread, vegetables, turkey & salmon, dessert (caramel apple tart)...all excellent. Color us impressed!

Citizen – Saint Paul
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We are glad that you enjoyed everything, and are honored to have been a part of your holiday celebration. We look forward to having you with us again, soon!

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visitor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Friendly atmosphere. Accommodating for menu choice on Christmas day.

Citizen – Saint Paul
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad that we could be a part of your holiday celebration! Cheers!

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RBW522
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit of something for everyone, the menu is vegetarian friendly while still offering choices for the die hard meat eaters. Our food was prepared well and the presentations were good. Because this is a hotel restaurant, it is a great place for a late night bite to eat.

Citizen – Saint Paul
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We can't wait to serve you again!

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vipRobo
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Laura was our server, as we always ask for her; she is just that fabulous. The food is great and people are finally finding this place. It may be a restaurant in a hotel, but you would never know it. It is just that good.

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly Recommend!
Waiter was AWESOME!
Food was the Best I had had in a Very long time.

Citizen – Saint Paul
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! We LOVE that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to having you with us again, very soon!

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JenniferGascoigne
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends were visiting from Rhode Island and we were looking for a location downtown for brunch. The menu at Citizen looked great and we knew the ambience would be just their style. We loved everything, especially our server. She was so friendly and accommodating and really made the experience great. Thanks so much for a lovely morning!

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JillS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and the service was excellent. I would certainly go again. A little bit of a hotel atmosphere but still very nice. Quiet and relaxing.

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vipMelH
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Disappointed to see the lunch combos/specials were removed from the menu. Menu items are limited and overpriced for lunch. Service is OKAY, but server is not very attentive even with an almost empty dining room.

Citizen – Saint Paul
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Our culinary team is working on some exciting new lunch features to kick off 2020, we can't wait for you to try them!

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Lucy
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went there for a Thanksgiving 4 course meal. The food was very flavorful, and all 6 people were really happy with the meal! We would recommend it to others! Their was nothing disappointing, but the ambiance could've been a little better. The service was great, the food was delicious! The portion sizes were perfect for a Thanksgiving meal. The portion distribution between the entree and the side portions could have been better (ex. huge prime rib, small side of mashed potatoes or regular size salmon with small portion of beets as a side). Not too busy, so we were very catered to and felt very comfortable. Overall, great experience and food and would recommend it!

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ANASTASIAH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was okay, but don’t think I would return. The food was fine, but nothing special or memorable. The restaurant was super quiet even for a Saturday night. I think the pumpkin bread pudding was my favorite part of my meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The steak frites dinner was so-so.... super greasy French fries that I couldn’t eat because they were swimming in a pool of oil....gross. Brussel spouts were dry and ice cold. Best thing was the drunk U of M football fan yelling at the TV the whole time during dinner. Not worth the price of food. Will not be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

kinda average honestly, was expecting a bit more. However, drinks were tasty and I really appreciated the vast vegetarian/vegan options :-)

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FancyFeast
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish Tacos were amazing!

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CindyY
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service extremely slow and food was Luke warm.
Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Waited for a while to be noticed and seated. Took a long time to place food and drink order. Not sure I would eat there again.

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SaraB
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was fine but better on previous trips. Portions are small for the larger price. Dessert menu used to be amazing not so much now.

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vipCatherine330
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special birthday. Lonely daily special lunch.

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DonK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding meal; very well prepared and presented; great service; will come again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Surprisingly well done.

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BobD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great, but food was average at best. I expected more for the premium prices. I had the lamb shank dinner and it was heavily sauced, overcooked (tough and dry) when it should have been falling off the bone and lightly sauced. We went on a Sunday evening and there was nobody in the restaurant, so can't chalk it up to being busy. Probably the chef's day off, but no excuse. Apps and desserts were all good, and once again the service was excellent. I might try again on a weekday evening to give them another chance, but hesitant due to the expense.

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KenN
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great, we got a complementary cheese cake for our anniversary..

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LindsayC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! We had mimosas with our breakfast and they were seriously the best I’ve had! Awesome breakfast experience

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vipblnick328
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

We arrived for our reservation at 6 only to be seated at the worst table in the restaurant - right by the entry, server station and kitchen. The restaurant was very busy due to the Queen concert. We had a not very friendly waitress Karen. Didn’t care for the electronic menus because they’re heavy but, did like that you could get a description of the menu item but, thought that was how the server created a rapport. Ordered drinks but, they were out of the French rose we ordered so then my friend had a gin and tonic, I ordered a vodka soda. The drinks came mixed up which normally isn’t a big deal other than I’m allergic to gin. The food came and was great thank goodness. Had the dry rub wings for an opener - great spice, chicken was juicy, very good. Then had the walleye tacos- also excellent. But the waitress never checked on us until we were entirely finished. Then she was friendly - the restaurant was now empty. Unfortunately, even though the kitchen did their job (great food) because the hostess and waitress didn’t we won’t need to go back.

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JimW
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Smallish menu but good food and drink. Good service. Close to Xcel Energy Center, so a good choice for a pre-show or pregame meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, great ambiance! Food was delicious but fairly overpriced for small portions.

FAQs

Citizen – Saint Paul offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (651) 605-0190.

Citizen – Saint Paul is rated 3.9 stars by 338 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.