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The People’s Kitchen & Citizen Wine Bar

4.3
1123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Gastro Pub, American
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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
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Phone number
(508) 459-9090
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Steve Champagne
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Commercial
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Parking details
COMPLIMENTARY Valet offered Wednesday through Saturday with on-street parking available, as well as municipal and garage parking facilities within walking distance.
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Entertainment
The Patio and Speakeasy feature live acts that change on the weekends.
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
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

This was our second time at your restaurant and we took two friends. We especially enjoy the quiet spacious atmosphere and of course the food is always a new, different treat.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Second date to this restaurant, Love it!
Very casual, Host is very welcoming.
Waitress incredible... very attentive..

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

wonderful place with great food and service as well a great wine selection.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Excellent, I had the American Chop Suey, one of the best meals I've had.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

As always, everything was perfect. We started with the chef's board and oysters. Both were delicious. Our drinks and sandwiches were just as good. A great meal!

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Very nice food, ambiance and service the best from Kailie. We had the fix menu , the bone in sirloin, the tenderloin pork and the oysters and we loved it. The place it's so nice. The valet guys were so nice as well. Thanks.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

The chef board is the best Charcuterie and cheese in Worcestrer. However the value is only 4 star, because you cannot add additional cheese on to the chef board for a discount.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Our grandson likes to go there every year for his birthday dinner. We have never been disappointed.

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2017

Atmosphere was good, location next to DCU was great , but food was just okay. We tried a bunch of items but nothing impressed us, not terrible, but not amazing either. Mixed drinks were bad. Stick to wines.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Traditional food with creative twists. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

What a great place in Worcester! Loved the food and wine selection. Absolutely recommend the Chef's Board.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2017

A Groupon brought us to the Citizen for the first time. The food was FAB and we will be going back!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was fantastic. The wine paring was also great. I cannot wait to go again!

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1.0Dined on May 24, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2017

It's OK but for the price point of their menu there's far better restaurants throughout Worcester.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

The atmosphere was great but the service was slow. We were there for Mother's Day so probably understandable. Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Everything was amazeballs!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Food and service were outstanding. Wine, paired with meal, was also delectable. Excellent dining experience overall!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

The Citizen and The People's Kitchen is all around spectacular. The service, food, and atmosphere were all superb. I was even 10 minutes late to my reservation, and they were so friendly and accommodating nonetheless.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2017

Awesome Service !!!! Waitress was extraordinary! Really helped us try new wines!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Appetizers were creative. Both entrees had similar charred/burnt vegetables which was disappointing. Desserts were OK. Bacon on ice cream was fun touch. Good value for date night with Groupon. Overpriced without.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Excellent dinner, food was perfect. The filet was cooked to perfection. Great selection of wines, beers and cocktails. Friendly staff too. Desert Orange Olive Oil cake & Chocolate Stout Brownie, two of the best deserts we have ever had.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

My friend and I sat in one of the booths in the upstairs dining room which is always the perfect setting for what almost feels like private dining. Service is consistently excellent and the food is a 99% win. I love the experimentation with ingredients.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

Thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

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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