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Citizen Rail, Denver, CO

Citizen Rail

4.5
4.5
1374 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Citizen Rail features regional American classics and contemporary riffs. The concept of grilling over a wood-fire resonates deep within the American culture, and our guests have a firsthand view of the show. An impressive wood-fired grill that incorporates the use of native hard and fruitwoods is the anchor of the restaurant space, kitchen, and menu. At its core, Citizen Rail is a restaurant that connects with the soul and fulfills Denver’s desire for restaurants & bars that are genuine, authentic and reflect the true passion of the artisans behind the stoves.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 323-0017

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Christian Graves

  • Catering

    Citizen Rail features multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces within the Hotel Born, please see our Private Dining page for more information, or give us a call.

  • Private party facilities

  • Private party contact

    Jaclyn Patrick : (855) 529-4052

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    16th Street and Wewatta

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Located directly across from Denver's Union Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Under the Stars

    $85.00 per person

    Jun 11 - Sep 10, 2022
    Join us for our Summer market dinner series, Under the Stars, a monthly dining experience showcasing themed three-course dinners curated by each of our spectacular chefs! - Outdoor communal dining - Limited Seating, for a truly intimate & unique experience - Price is $85/person (beverages not included) - Credit Card will be required at booking to hold reservation - 24 hour cancellation notice - Seating is at 7pm, and the experience runs from 7pm - 10pm Additional details to come... Executive Chef, Christian Graves - June 11th - Cherries Sous Chef, Tony Milano - July 9th - Squash + Zucchini Executive Sous Chef, Jared Becker - August 20th - Tomatoes Sous Chef, Anna Eveleigh - September 10th - Palisade Peaches

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What 1,374 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. KO

    KarleyO

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Perfect for special occasions or date nights!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, prompt service, excellent food and a very nice atmosphere!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Great food!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was not good the service was bad and all the taps for the beer were extremely flat
  5. H

    Harold

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this restaurant. Service is top-notch.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Good, but nothing blew us away
  7. FB

    FoodBabe

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Always a favorite place up eat when we’re in Denver. Last night we smelled this horrible smell at one point, my husband commented and said that smells like cow manure. A few minutes later than placed the mussels we had ordered in front of us. One taste and we knew exactly what that terrible smell was 🤢. We let the manger know and she just said okay and took them away. I’m still shocked that the two chefs cooking and the manager who were standing there NEVER thought~Hmmmm, Something doesn’t smell right BEFORE giving us the bad muscles. Chefs should know when something gives off a putrid smell while cooking it to find the source! Very disappointed.
  8. RH

    RHA910

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was superb and wait staff excellent. We are outdoors in a lovely evening. I would say this is not a restaurant for an inexpensive date night.
  9. GT

    GTrayc

    Salt Lake City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good lunch spot near Davita and VF CORP. I had the grilled Escarole Salad with Flank Steak. Really good value meal. Steak was perfect MR. It was too bad I didn’t have a nice glass of wine to wash it down. Next time! Looks like they have some real nice dry aged steaks on display (and on the dinner menu).
  10. HH

    HassanH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & libations, we also enjoyed the dessert
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Host staff is awesome!
  12. BH

    BrittanyH

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have the best service and food.
  13. N

    Nicole

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a great restaurant to experience downtown Denver. Fresh local food and sourcing, great waitstaff and a fun atmosphere. Nice venue to wind down after a day of meetings.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and meal! This was a business team dinner. My team loved the 30 Day Dry Aged Ribeye and Denver steak. Absolutely delicious!
  15. BS

    BartS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our - it should be ranked higher in the downtown restaurant scene!

    Citizen RailResponded on July 18, 2022Thank you Bart, we agree!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was nice. Service was great. Food was definitely lacking. Three people in our party ordered the Denver Steak - I would have to say it was one of the toughest steaks any of us have ever had. Our server told us they were know for their meat when we ordered - but we were highly disappointed in our food. Disappointing to say the least.
  17. M

    wayneM

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice upscale restaurant in Kimpton Born hotel. Stone's throw from Union Station right at the base of 16th street.
  18. KO

    KilaO

    Denver

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best burger we have ever had. Hands down.
  19. S

    Sasquatch

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant with exceptional aged steaks. Drinks were solid, too!
  20. TL

    TandL

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Overall, the quality of the food was okay. The tomahawk steak was cooked perfectly. However, the dessert (caramel nut tart) was terrible. It lacked any flavor or sweetness. The server was condescending and didn't not make the dinner enjoyable.

    Citizen RailResponded on July 12, 2022Hi TandL, I am very disappointed to read about your dinner with us. Please contact me when you have time so that I may review your experience personally, jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

  21. DM

    DaynaM

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food and drinks were delicious, and our server Phil was very knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations.
  22. AK

    AlisonK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    I ordered my steak rare and it came out burnt on the outside and rare on the inside. How do you burn the outside of a rare steak?!

    Citizen RailResponded on July 12, 2022I am sorry Alison, please reach out to me when you have time. I would love to review with you in person, jason.gordon@citizenrail.co

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mussels, burger and cocktails were delicious. Wonderful service from hostess and waitress! Great ambiance on the outside patio.

    Citizen RailResponded on July 12, 2022Excellent, thank you!

  24. H

    Homebody

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service here was outstanding. The staff are customer-focused and friendly. However, the 4 stars instead of 5 is because the ribeye steak was not very good. The steak had too much fat, gristle and bone in it. Frankly, I have grilled much better ribeye from Costco. Everything else that we ate was delicious. Come to Pearland, Texas sometime and have a Killen's steak; you will be spoiled for life.

    Citizen RailResponded on July 12, 2022Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you.

  25. I

    Ivygroup

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is small but the food was so flavorful we didn’t need a lot of choices. Our server Jennifer was knowledgeable and shared special descriptions of the menu items.
  26. HP

    HeathreP

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We could not believe the amazing flavors in the ribeye, duck and roulade. Completely blew our minds. Excellent and completely worth the price!!!
  27. RJ

    RoJo

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food. Good fast service. Nice atmosphere.
  28. KD

    KyleD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Definitely will return again.
  29. MP

    MarcusP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had reservations last night. We wanted to stay for dinner but she wasn’t feeling great and had to skip out early. Our waitress was very polite and we tipped her 50% for the tab. We are excited to come back. VERY clean, hospitable, the one thing we did eat was REALLY GOOD. The drinks were amazing. Excited to be back soon!
  30. KD

    KyleD

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the tomahawk steak. Perfect amount for 2 and our toddler. Came with 2 sides and it was cooked to perfection. Our waiter was excellent. Very attentive and gave an excellent appetizer suggestion.
  31. S

    Steve

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Had to flag down server after he walked past us a couple of times, potatoes were under-seasoned, wine by the glass selection is lacking. For over $300 tab, I wouldn't return
  32. K

    Kazuo

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    CR Burger and Rosemary Fries are absolutely incredible ! My compliments to the chefs. Will definitely be back !
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family dinner post-graduation at the University of Denver. The staff were so kind, bringing us a celebratory round of champagne and congratulating me throughout the night. This was very unexpected and so kind. Thank you, Citizen Rail!
  34. k

    kapetown

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a nice and quiet brunch with good food and service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional! Second visit and extremely well done…again.
  36. BF

    BridgetF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Sadly the 4 of us all felt the same. We did not enjoy our meals and would not choose to dine here again.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Bachelorette Party
  38. JW

    JohnW

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We sat in the bar for happy hour. Great service and food. Limited menu for HH but that’s understandable to allow the staff to prepare for dinner. We will definitely be back when we are in Denver!
  39. LW

    LWH2021

    Denver

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    I visited this restaurant looking for a suitable dinner meeting location for my executive. The hostess assured me that a table in the corner of the bar area would be quiet enough. Unfortunately it was not. My executive told me the next day it was too loud to hold a conversation, and the food was mediocre.
  40. CO

    CONative

    Denver

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I will not be coming back here for lunch… definitely bummed to find out that only offer a “Brunch’ menu on a Friday at 12-noon. Was hoping it would have been a more robust offering knowing they have a more complex menu. Even the recommended crispy sandwich came on white sandwich bread. For $17 it should have come on some sort of roll?

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Citizen Rail offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 323-0017.

Citizen Rail is rated 4.5 stars by 1374 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Citizen Rail

1899 16th St, Denver, CO 80202-5901

Additional information

  • Cross street

    16th Street and Wewatta

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Located directly across from Denver's Union Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christian Graves

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 323-0017

  • Catering

    Citizen Rail features multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces within the Hotel Born, please see our Private Dining page for more information, or give us a call.

  • Private party facilities

  • Private party contact

    Jaclyn Patrick : (855) 529-4052

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