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About The People’s Kitchen & Citizen Wine Bar

Since inception, The Citizen has been the spot to enjoy wine, cheese and chocolate and to celebrate these perfect pairings without the price tag and fuss that often accompanies them. As our physical space expanded, allowing for a formal dining room known as The People’s Kitchen, we further developed our menu to apply our expertise and craftsmanship to artisanal products, whether purchased or prepared in-house. Dry-aged steaks, house-butchered charcuterie, burgers, sandwiches, comfort dishes and wholesome monthly entrées are all prepared honestly and offer a sense of place and depth of flavor. The Citizen is open everyday, while our formal dining room is available only Wednesday through Saturday, and our world-class cocktail bar Still & Stir is open on Friday and Saturday. Outdoor Patio seating is available and heated and covered during colder months. PLEASE let us know where you would like to sit when you make your reservation in the "Special Request" box. Thank You.

1 Exchange Place
Worcester, MA 01608
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Gastro Pub, American

Hours of Operation:
The Citizen: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Sunday 4:30pm - 9:00pm

The People's Kitchen: Wednesday & Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

Still & Stir: Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm-2:00am

Cross Street:
Commercial

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(508) 459-9090

Website:
http://www.1nichexchange.com/

Entertainment:
The Patio and Speakeasy feature live acts that change on the weekends.

Parking Details:
COMPLIMENTARY Valet offered Wednesday through Saturday with on-street parking available, as well as municipal and garage parking facilities within walking distance.

Executive Chef:
Steve Champagne

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The People’s Kitchen & Citizen Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (1441)
Special Occasion (1016)
Notable Wine List (960)
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Romantic (774)
Neighborhood Gem (742)
Good for Groups (736)
Vibrant Bar Scene (579)
Hot Spot (399)
Late-night Find (242)
Great for Outdoor Dining (153)
Good for a Date (87)
Creative Cuisine (68)
Great for Lunch (64)
Good for Anniversaries (62)
Pre/post Theatre (57)
Bar Seating (47)
Handcrafted Cocktails (47)
Kid-friendly (45)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Casual (42)
Cozy (42)
Great for Brunch (34)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Worth the Drive (34)
Fun (32)
Comfort Food (29)
Tasting Menu (29)
Local Ingredients (24)
Business Meals (22)
Authentic (18)
Scenic View (18)
Happy Hour (15)
Seasonal (12)
Great Beer (12)
Healthy (10)
Outstanding Value (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
People Watching (6)
Tapas (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
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 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Seated promptly. Gina, our server, described & explained the menu clearly. We went with the prix fix option as that was what the GROUPON provided. For 2-people, the $84 cost was reduced to $59. My Korean 3-rib appetizer was fatty with little meat; my spouse's Red lentil soup was tasty but thin. The Lamb-shank entree with chick-peas & lentils lacked depth & included was also fatty with little meat or substance.; my spouse's Salmon entre' with rice was prepared as requested. The warm-brownie dessert with vanilla ice cream & my coconut mousse were adequate. Tha $17 charge for the additional wine parring with each course was reasonable. Although only 4-couples in the restaraunt, service seemed rushed. Overall , the worst meal we've experienced in a Niche-group locationo.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great dinner as always! Our server made really great suggestions for cheeses and for wines to try. Steaks were perfectly done. The manager popped by the table to check in-as he done in the past. Overall a lovely evening!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Great as always. Friendly staff and fantastic food. Travis makes the best cocktails

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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food5
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service4
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

This is a great spot for Mechanics Hall performances, as the symphony is just around the corner. And in decent weather, The Hanover Theater is also within a close walk. We dined upstairs and think the ambiance is very pleasant, and have dined here several times. The Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie is always very good, a great combination of savory and sweet, with interesting cheeses to choose from. The Sweet Potato Turnover was very good, boasting a Mediterranean flair and delicious sauce. The beet salad was fairly good, but the Vietnamese Spare Ribs were very, very tough. Overall, it's one of the better choices in the area, but they need to up their game to get a 5 star review.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Food was good but I did not like my choices as I liked my husband's!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Menu changes monthly and we were there the first night of the new menu. Cheese plate was great, wine flight was a good deal, cocktails were better than expected. My partner's salmon was awesome but my noodles were really salty and didn't come with everything listed. Maybe they were just working out kinks in the new menu.
Our server Katie was great, we went late on a weeknight and had almost nobody there.
Overall, would recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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food3
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

There was nothing really wrong with our experience, but very little stood out as exceptional either. The waitstaff (both at the wine bar and in the restaurant) were good, but it took us a long time to get our meals. The food was fine (steak for me, chicken for my wife) but not at all special, and for the money we spent ($150 on the night) we expected a little more 'wow'. It was nice to have the valet parking, but we stood for quite a while on the cold sidewalk waiting for our car to be brought to us, and that was after the waitstaff alerted the valet service ahead of time that we were coming down.

Tags: Cozy
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food3
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service3
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My husband, 7-year old daughter and I went to PK for an early family Valentine's dinner. Service was great and the food was delicious! We will definitely return to the restaurant again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We totally enjoyed our experience here. The food and service was excellent . Gina our waitress was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Very good service! Quiet and classy restaurant with a great and selective option for food and drink. Would definitely recommend to anyone. :)

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2017

For a wine bar, the wine list is poor. Not much to choose from. We had the Kofte as an appetizer which was excellent. I had the lobster carbonarra which was overpowered by the salty pancetta. Another person had the tenderloin which he enjoyed very much. The service was good.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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food3
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was a little lacking in attentiveness but she more than made up for it with a killer wine recommendation. Wine presentation was classy and knowledgeable. Add to this complimentary valet parking and being met at the door by friendly (not to mention funny) staff and it was a lovely date with the wife.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Naples)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Food was terrific prices very reasonable service a little weak

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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food5
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service3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Wonderful food and ambience with excellent service.
Some of the entrees are reasonably priced wheres others (in particular the vegetarian option(s)), were very overpriced.
Overall, the experience was positive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

This is the second time I've eaten at The People's Kitchen over the last six weeks, and both times the food has been over-salted by the kitchen. Over the years I've been going here, I find the quality of the kitchen has gone down. Too bad, because I used to love this place.

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food3
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2017

I haven't been to this restaurant since it first opened. A few of my friends rave about it so when I was in town, we went. The server, a male, was fine, until we gave him a Groupon and then his disposition completely changed. We were sure to tip on the full amount, pre-Groupon total, and he didn't even acknowledge that so I'm not sure what his problem was. If your business frowns upon or looks down upon people using the Groupon, then maybe it shouldn't be offered. I was made to feel very uncomfortable. Also, the drinks and food were ok, my salmon was very salty and I could only eat parts of it. I will probably, at some point, be back as it is a good meeting spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food2
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2017

this was our first time. We sat at the bar to wait for our additional guest and immediately struck up conversation with the bartenders. they were very informative on the history of the restaurant and the area. They were helpful with drink suggestions, in fact genuinely so - with a nod to making whatever we would like.
We sat downstairs and ironically, had one of the same pleasant bartenders as our waiter - Tom. I had mentioned I heard that the cheese plates were good. Not knowing where to start, he offered to put one together for us - it was perfect. Service and meals were quite good - lots of flavor.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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food3
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service5
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2017

All of our parties selections were great.
Fresh quality ingredients were evident.
The locally grown food, with the seasonal updates, and professional staff are a prime reason we choose TPK, over the many choices we have in Worcester!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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food5
ambience3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Unfortunately the restaurant is connected to a cigar bar. The restaurant smelled of cigar, which negatively impacted our dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2017

A most enjoyable evening. I tried the wine pairings recommended with the prix fixe menu and I really enjoyed trying new wines. I tasted wines that I would never have selected on my own. I especially liked the pinot noir recommended with the salmon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Nice atmosphere great waitir

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The food was excellent. The service and overall experience did not match the prices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Overall, a disappointing night. We ordered drinks and a cheese plate at the bar downstairs while we waited for our table upstairs. After 30 minutes, the cheese plate hadn't arrived. We asked the bartender about it, and he explained that there had been a mix up in the kitchen and it would be out shortly. After another 15 minutes, our table was ready, but still no cheese plate. The bartender told us he would send it up to our table. It never arrived. Despite asking for a quiet and intimate table, we were seated next to the wait staff prep area. We asked for a different table and was seated just another table away from the prep area. Although there were other more romantic areas upstairs, the lighting was very bright in the room that we were seated in. Further, the music was a terrible mix that included the Pet Shop Boys techno, Michael Jackson's Beat It, and the Eagles' Witchy Woman. The atmosphere was definitely not intimate or even sophisticated. Our server was pleasant and prompt and the food was decent; however, for the price, it should have been more impressive. We dined here two years ago with friends, but it seems to have gone steeply downhill in the meantime.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

One of the best meals my husband and I have had. Service was outstanding (Katie). It's a well run operation. Very impressed!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2017

The drinks were outstanding at the bar. Every server and manager we met was friendly and outgoing
The food was superb ( a little heavy on the salt).
All in all. From this VERY particular critic. I'd rate them an 11 out of 10

Highly Recommended

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

My wife and I have been to TPK/CWB a few times in the past and have enjoyed the food and service so it was one of a couple of suggestions we offered when making plans to meet friends out for dinner (the other being Tommasso's in Southborough). Our friends had heard of Citizen's and had been wanting to try it.

Service was excellent, the food was delicious and the drink selection was quite satisfying for all tastes.

From the charcuterie to salads and entrees, everything was well prepared and presented.

Our friends were quite happy with their first visit and I'm sure they will be back in the future, just as we will.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Service is always great which matches the menu - Never disappoints!

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Amazing food with unique offering. Excellent service. Reservations available for no wait. I plan to return for sure.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Had the beet appetizer and the steak. My wife had the pear salad and lamb meat balls. It was all delicious.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We went on Sat night with 4 adults & one child. Food & service excellent. Will go back again

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Very disappointed in our experience all around including service and food! We have been here several times before and enjoyed our experience very much but I do hesitate to go back. I think I will try one more time but if service and quality of food are the same as this last experience I will not be back. It is too bad because I thought this place was great before.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2017

We always liked going to People's Kitchen and have been there many times - always happy. This time we went on a snowy, cold Sunday night. Kitchen must have been half closed. Food was not quite as good as usual. We give them the benefit of the doubt as weather was awful and no one was on the streets.
Service was good though - professional and quick.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Cheese platters are a wonderful way to begin the delicious evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Outstanding Value, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2017

The food was good and the prices decent.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2017

The wine selection was great and the appetizers were vey tasty

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great place, great food, excellent staff!!! Went for New Years Eve after working a busy 12 hour shift, so relaxing, couples dining by candle light... Waitress, Kailie outstanding!! Enjoy ourselves!!

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The restaurant was well laid out, which gave extra room between tables. They had a large wait staff, and they were very attentive. The food was excellent. A very nice spot for dinner.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

This was our third annual New Years reservation with you.
We had reservation for 7PM; table was not ready until 7:15PM. Drinks at the bar were overpriced. WAY OVERPRICED.
OK, so next time we won't order any drinks.

The second course: Potato Leek Soup was advertised as Oysters + Parsnips. So we did expect
more than one oyster; and more than one sliver of parsnip. Not happy. My wife could not swallow the soup.

The entrée was excellent; but ; was served without any cutlery; and the wine pairing did not arrive until half-way through the serving. That really spoiled the whole idea of wine pairing;
don't you think?

I had to take cutlery off an adjacent table so we could eat before the food was cold.
The head waitress was not amused, that I took the silverware.

Desert was excellent.
The waitress was nice; but I should not have left a 20% tip.

We will not return for New Years next year.

Yours,
David

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We loved everything about this place-from the greeting we got upon arriving to the service as well as the ability to make changes based on how we eat. Definitely will be coming here again! All the courses were delicious!! Thank toy for making our New Year's Eve perfect!!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Went there for the 1st time on New Years before a show. Granted,probably not the best night for a review.
I would say the service and food were good; the ambience...meh.
The bar looked nice, I wish we ate there. If you go, specify where you want to sit; booth...quiet table etc etc.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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