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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.
Worcester, MA 01608
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Patio and Speakeasy feature live acts that change on the weekends.
COMPLIMENTARY Valet offered Wednesday through Saturday with on-street parking available, as well as municipal and garage parking facilities within walking distance.
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
Was very disappointed in the service I didn't finish my meal and asked for to be boxed up and they threw it away received coffee and it was warm not hot. Waitress didn't offer bread we had to ask for it had to ask for the oil for the bread asked her about an item on the menu which could explain it is very disappointed in her service
Excellent dinner, enjoyable evening, creative menu. Kitchen was on point!
TIP: Use the free valet parking. Street parking is limited and metered, and the parking lots are expensive.
I'm editing this to add one caveat and anecdotal warning. You can order a dozen or half dozen oysters at slightly reduced prices, however that apparently is voided if it comprises more than one variety, in which case it will be charged ala carte. Fine, except I specifically asked and was assured by the server that it was possible to have a half dozen oysters with two varieties, so I was surprised by the higher charge on the bill. When I kindly brought the issue to the server's attention, she rebuffed me instead of inquiring with a manager. I found this to be petty, but not that big of a deal, so I simply provided feedback about the experience in a private note to the restaurant. Having received no reply, I decided to share it publicly, since I can only assume the management has no intention to addressing (or even defending) the issue.
This issue aside, it was an otherwise wonderful experience.
This is the first time we ate upstairs and were concerned that the smell from the cigar bar next door would be problematic. While we did detect a slight cigar scent when first seated, once to food came it was fine. One of the best Groupons around for your prix fixe menu. We actually like the atmosphere downstairs better although the bar can get loud. We've been about ten times and have never been disappointed. Consistently professional wait staff as well, which is delightful . We definitely recommend! Have eaten with friends who have a young child and it worked out fine.
The downstairs vibe is casual so if you want to have a formal dining experience, go upstairs. The wait staff upstairs makes you feel like you are at a fine dining establishment, whereas downstairs you feel like you are at a bar. They do not serve bread with your meal downstairs, only upstairs, even if you are having the three course meal
The food is okay to pretty good, depending on what you order. Portion sizes for the appetizers, entree and dessert were large.
The servers that bring you the food are very nice.
We pulled up to The People's Kitchen and were informed by the vallet that he could not park our car because, "The cops are watching me." So we parked in a private lot. It was a weird start to a weird night at The People's Kitchen.
Then we entered the restaurant and were told by the hostess that the kitchen had closed due to a technical glitch. We were informed that we could still order cheese (...was that the good news?) or we could go eat at Mezcal up the street. We decided to just stay for one drink.
After having our cocktail, I had to flag down our invisible waitstaff twice to pay for our drinks. At one point, I place my wallet directly on the table and hoped that I could pay for our bill via wallet osmosis. The cocktails were good.
Now, normally I don't expect special treatment while I'm out to eat. But if you've booked reservations at a restaurant, and the kitchen is closed unexpectedly, wouldn't you offer some of that amazing cheese to your customers?
So, in closing, in our most recent visit to The People's Kitchen, we could not park our car, eat, or pay for our bill, all in a restaurant that was (not surprisingly) quite empty for a Friday night.
The best part of the story is that my date didn't want to go there in the first place because she's had similarly odd experiences each time she's gone there. Thanks to The People's Kitchen for proving her right. Again.
Our Server was doing the best she could with the kitchen staff be short handed so we could not fault her for that. The bar and kitchen were so backed up that it was getting ridiculous waiting for our food. We had to have 3 servings of bread just to keep the hangries from coming out.
When the food did finally come it was delightful even though they ran out of soft shell crabs so I had to get the lamb skewers. The first lab skewer was over cooked and dry so I had to send it back and it was replaced with a medium rare juicy perfect skewer.
Another great dinner upstairs at the People's Kitchen. Highly recommend the Groupon for two for the three course dinner. Consistently Good food and service.
Filet was fabulous. Corn bread was amazing. Oysters delicious. Arugula salad was awesome, the dressing was a keeper!
We had a great experience from drinks to desserts. The menue offerings were interesting with a little bit for everyone. The server had good advice when we asked for suggestions with cheeses and drinks. The cheese and meat tray was awesome with extra dips, sauces and fruit to complete it. We had steak, veal and ravioli as entrees. Everything was delicious with attention to detail. For dessert we had chocolate, sorbet and cream brulee. The chocolate was melt in your mouth delicious, the creme brulee was appropriately rich and the sorbet was very sweet. Would definitely recommend and return.
Very accommodating! Needed a last minute place for 16 people for a post-convention meet & greet. The Executive Director and hostess were able to pull together seating on short notice on a Saturday evening (early - but nonetheless!) and a great time was had by all. Excellent food and drinks - great vibe and ambiance. Looking forward to coming back for casual meals, drinks, and get-togethers. Thanks to the whole crew at The People's Kitchen & Citizen Wine Bar!
I have been waiting to review this restaurant since I went on Thursday because it was just so good and I don't know how to sum it up. I don't think a review I give could do it justice. I went for dinner with my parents, aunt, and boyfriend to celebrate my birthday. We all got drinks to start. My wine flight was great and so were my family's/boyfriend's cocktails. We got a charcuterie and everything on it was amazing. Then we got the three course meals. We all got something different and we were all equally as pleased with our food. Personally, I got a lamb or steak skewer (I can't exactly remember what type of meat) and for dinner I got ravioli. It was all fantastic. I got angel food cake for dessert and I tried the special sundae my parents and aunt got which was amazing. My boyfriend got the chocolate board for dessert which was incredible. I cannot wait to come back to The People's Kitchen and maybe just try out the Citizen Wine Bar on it's own sometime. I did not go wrong when choosing this spot to celebrate my birthday with family!
My husband and I have been to this restaurant many times. We have brought friends and family and have recommended it highly over the last 5 years.
When we arrived, we were promptly seated and a very nice bartender took our drink order. When I explained I had purchased a Groupon , but also would also like to enjoy the charcuterie tray , he told us "no problem". He worked with us on the menu as well, and was very accommodating.
We were given the tray by a very knowledgeable staff member who explained all the different items.
A third server approached after our appetizer and asked for our entree order. We explained that we had been told we could substitute a few things but she seemed to think we could not. Our original server returned and apologized for the "miscommunication" , again assuring us this was not a problem.
My husband ordered an upgrade on his entree and there was again some difficulty with our 3rd server how to accomplish this. I tried to let her know that we had no problem paying for the extra items. I also noted our server had a gauze wrapped bandage on her right hand which she had been serving us food with. It appeared to be an intervenous saline lock, which was a bit alarming to me, as an Emergency dept. nurse. I don't think an individual who is directly handling food items should have any kind of IV access that could be a transmitter of body fluids to her customers.
Our server brought coffee which we had ordered with cream, in a tiny shot glass. After using this, I realized the liquid inside was milk, not cream. I asked for a larger container and was given an Old Fashioned glass, again filled with milk and not cream, which was not very easy to pour.
I was really disappointed with our evening and hope the management can rectify this situation. I have had many lovely experiences at this restaurant and am saddened I can no longer recommend it
I have been to The People's Kitchen &Citizen Wine Bar on two occasions and eaten both upstairs and downstairs. The wine menu is extensive and interesting, the cocktails are unique and delicious. The menu is diverse with options for all kinds of diners. I look forward to returning and trying the tasting menu with the wine pairings.
Excellent service experience. Delicious hand-crafted cocktails. Really enjoyed the arugula salad. The aged steaks are terrific. Try the cheese board! Many of the other menu choices are excellent as well. Portions are appropriate and in some cases you may even take home some leftovers. We have dined here several times and will continue to return.
We visited for Mother's Day and had a mixed experience. The service staff was attentive but it took two hours to get our entrees. In the end, the waitress was able to comp our appetizer "chef's board" -- which was nice. The surf-and-turf was really great but the salmon was over cooked and dry. We'll probably go again because they have a nice variety and it is an overall nice place for a family meal.
Avoid this restaurant on any night when there are concerts in Worcester. We had a Reservation, were seated on the patio, and then sat for a full 20 minutes before a server even greeted us. The waiter we finally got was fantastic, but the food was average and our great server did not make up for the long wait.
It was easy to make reservations online. Complimentary valet parking is great, as the location requires street parking which is impossible to find on Friday and Saturday nights. Greeted promptly and seated right away. Both the hostess and our server were friendly and attentive throughout the meal. Cocktails were unique and delicious. The menu is eclectic and refreshing, with the best deal on prix fixed offers. It was strange that the dining room was nearly empty on a Friday night. My dinner was excellent, however, my mother received burnt asparagus, lukewarm mashed potatoes and an overdone entree, which ruined her experience. She not only lives in Manhatten, but owns a gourmet catering business, so I chose this restaurant hoping she would realize Worcester has great restaurants too. Although I enjoyed my meal, I was hoping my mother's birthday dinner would make an impression. The waitstaff was outstanding! I have eaten here before, and will return as long as it's not a special occasion. I hope this was just an off night and not the new norm.
We ordered from the Prixe Fix Menu. We are never disappointed. My filet was terrific and my friend ordered the trout. The pork belly appetizer was good too. I had the beet salad which was good as well.
I enjoyed a nice Pinot Noir that was suggested by our person, and that was tasty.
The service and food were excellent, as always. I have never had a meal here that was less than stellar. The monthly changing of three-course Prix Fixe menu is an outstanding concept, and provides innovation and value that simply cannot be matched in the area. I love everything Niche Hospitality does, but this is, hands down, my favorite of their concepts, and my favorite restaurant in Worcester.
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