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Citizen Rail, Denver, CO

Citizen Rail

4.5
4.5
1440 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 28 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

  • Christmas Day

    $105.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Citizen Rail will be offering a 3 course Prix Fixe menu for Christmas for $105.00 per person. We are also offering a children's menu for $35 per person. Check out our website, menu to come soon! www.citizenrail.com
  • New Year's Eve

    $125.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Join us at Citizen Rail for New Year's Eve! Citizen Rail will be offering a 3 course Prix Fixe menu for $125.00 per person. Please see our NYE menu on our website, www.citizenrail.com see you soon!

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What 1,440 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. ER

    EaterRI

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I would recommend CR but our waiter was slow to respond, forgetful, and lacked professionalism.
  2. SB

    ScottB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food cooked over an oak fire pit is amazing! Be nice if there were more steak options to choose from on menu. Pork Chop is huge and super juicy!
  3. JB

    JacobB

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Citizen Rail continues to be one of our favorite places in Denver for a nice night out. The service is always on point and super thoughtful. They even had Prosecco waiting for us as I was celebrating my birthday. The food is always incredible as well. We always start with the mussels which is one of our favorite appetizers ever. The pork chop and duck made for fantastic entrees. We can’t wait to return.
  4. BW

    BrandonW

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eric was great! Thanks for letting us end our evening with great drinks and great atmosphere.
  5. AW

    AvenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Soup and bread was just a little over priced. My bread was a little too crispy to were I was unable to cut it and it out of the very hot pan. My waiter could see that I was having trouble with my extremely hot bread and didn’t offer to get me a plate so that it would of been easier for me to cut my bread. By the time I got my bread I was almost done with my soup. I would of been better off not ordering this meal.
  6. PB

    PaigeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of food and drinks. Service was excellent. Fun atmosphere too
  7. J

    John

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  8. PC

    PaulaC

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    The staff was excellent. The presentation was appealing. The wine list so-so. There was nothing even remotely superior about the food or the atmosphere that warranted the price. There are plenty of dining options in the area. Save your $$ and go someplace else unless you just want to stop in for a bar snack....but you can get just as good someplace else for less.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Prices seem to have gone up and portion sizes seem to have gone down at Citizen Rail
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was great! They were very accommodating of our dietary restrictions and went above and beyond to serve us! The waiter was bey kind! They happened to forget one of our side dishes but not only did they apologize and gave us a big portion togo, but they also took that side order off our tab 😊
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional meal with incredibly knowledgeable staff. Amazing experience from start to finish!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Ribeye was hard and came cold. Not up to par for the price.
  13. J

    Jag93

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The tomahawk steak is great, but the sourdough is the best!!
  14. LS

    LynneS

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at chef’s table. Highly recommend the coal simmered mussels!
  15. s

    susanatthecastle

    Denver

    205 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    205 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My friend said his ribeye was one of his top 5 steaks it was so good. My husband’s petit steak was perfectly cooked and very tasty. The snack board had a good variety of quality products that we all enjoyed. My roasted ricotta dumplings, however, were very dry and severely under sauced. Service was excellent. Drinks were perfectly designed and met expectations.
  16. LP

    LeeP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Service was great. Food was cooked well, with fresh ingredients. Coffee was adequate. Overall, a good brunch value.
  17. j

    jmdmtb

    Denver

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great tasting food in a beautiful setting adjacent to Born Hotel.
  18. D

    Doodleicious

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The Ribeye Steak had enormous amounts of grissel . Not fat that’s normal but grissel. A lot was left on the plate. Good Flavor but would never order a steak again especially for the price. The pork chop had good flavor. Service was superb!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    We had reservations and yet they still sat us in the bar. The meal was over priced ($40 for petite NY Strip and it was petite and grisly). The menu looks like a high end restaurant but the ambiance is part sports bar. Not a good experience for a high priced meal.
  20. e

    emem

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Definitely recommend.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience.
  22. n

    nevets

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Sparse crowd for a Friday lunch. Parking difficult. Limited lunch menu. Friendly and efficient service. Tasty and reasonably priced food. We had a burger and hole in one eggplant- both winners.
  23. DC

    DeeC

    Denver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    we had a great meal. everything was delicious with one exception- the pear on the pear salad was so hard we good not eat it.It was not ripe and had no flavor. other then that it was perfect
  24. A

    Angela

    Denver

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food was so-so. Not worth the hype or the cost.
  25. D

    Denvertraveler

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing - several remarked it was possibly the best duck they have ever had!
  26. EP

    ElizabethP

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good menu options and excellent customer service!
  27. LL

    LisaL

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, ambiance and service from Sarah were all outstanding! We almost came back in the next night for more mussels :) Highly recommend!
  28. DG

    DavidG

    Denver

    141 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It’s been a while since I’ve been to Citizen Rail and I’m very glad to report that it’s still an excellent restaurant. I love sitting at the chef’s counter. It’s like dinner and a show! I had the hamachi cruedo to start. It was as beautiful as it was delicious. I followed it with the Ribeye which cooked perfectly and huge! It came with long stem broccoli and duck fat roasted potatoes. Quite a deal for $61! I loved it all. I took about half home and made two more meals out of it. I’m already looking forward to going back.
  29. j

    jlee

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service Nice ambience
  30. c

    christinas

    Denver

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is excellent . Service was good . Ambiance was ok. Table is very bare and trying to get a napkin was somewhat of an ordeal . For as pricy as the restaurant is I feel like they need to step it up a notch on multiple things
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was mostly really great though I got the dumplings for my main and found them to be a little drier than expected. Everyone else was very happy with their meals and everything else I tasted was delicious. The servers were pretty good but less attentive than expected. Also, I very discretely have my CC to the server and they brought back the ticket on a hefty wooden clip and put it in front of me on the table. I would have much preferred they discretely handed it back to me to sign under the table plane so as not to make a point that I was picking up the check. Also it was a little too noisy for a business meal of more than 4 people. Also they asked if we wanted anything else but did offer up dessert menus. I’m personally not a dessert person, I just like to make sure everyone at the table gets a great meal and has dessert if they want. I’ll be back just not for a business meal or with more than a few people where I have to divert attention from conversation to flag down the check. The cocktails were probably the highlight for me so a this place will be perfect for a 2-3 person cocktail, dinner situation before or after an event.
  32. JM

    JMF2013

    Seattle

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    What an outstanding meal. The server didn’t know much about the wine list but her manager was amazing. We closed the place down for a business meal and enjoyed every minute. Great food.
  33. M

    Mick

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed most of my dinner but as for the duck, it was quite dry. My husband's was not. Everything else about my dinner was delicious.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was outstanding in accommodating our large party
  35. CR

    CatR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service good. Food took quite some time but it was busy_preconcert crowd. Food beautifully presented, creative and delicious. Pork chops over cooked but still good
  36. DP

    DebbieP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food not that great for the price, desserts terrible
  37. WE

    WestonE

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Had another table close to us that had some questionable behavior and the manager and server continually checked on us to apologize for the other table and ensure we were ok throughout our dining experience. Very appreciative of the additional attention that we received.
  38. F

    Funglasses

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have wanted to go for awhile and Citizen Rail did not disappoint! Joe was awesome. The food was incredible. We all ordered different items and were salivating over each others items. Will definitely go back.
  39. KC

    KenC

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening! Great ambiance, delicious food and outstanding personable service.
  40. CL

    CLOSED

    Denver

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely LOVE this place!! Staff are so knowledgeable and friendly and "there" just the right amount. We haven't had such good service in quite some time!

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 1440 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 28 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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