Citizen Rail

1899 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
303-323-0017
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Citizen Rail +

Danielle Lirette

Details

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Metered Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
Hotel restaurants don't have much of a reputation for inventive, chef-driven fare, but Citizen Rail, beneath the Kimpton Hotel Born, is among a growing number of exceptions to the rule. Not content to offer bland tourist fare to please the masses, chef Christian Graves turns his attention toward artisan food production, with dry-aged steaks (some for up to a year) and handmade bread and pasta. The heart of the restaurant is an open kitchen with several wood-burning grills, where everything — from those flavor-packed steaks to cocktail garnishes — is kissed with flame and smoke. Behind the scenes, a larger kitchen holds a butchering room where whole animals are brought in and broken down, providing cuts typical of steakhouse slates but also leaving room for oxtail, lamb sausage, rabbit loin and a decadent burger made from fresh-ground short rib and brisket. Yes, it's a meat-lover's paradise, but it's also so much more.

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