United States > Virginia > Charlottesville
Travlr (1378) Washington, Washington DC | April 7, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Right on the strip, so parking is a challenge. We tried to get in on a Saturday around noon, but there was an hour wait. So we came back Sunday night and easily got a couple of places at the bar. The tap list was interesting, and there were several things I hadn’t seen elsewhere. The burgers were very tasty and filling. Service was good. I wouldn’t wait an hour, but this was a good off peak place.
jackl (321) Charlottesville, Virginia | July 16, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I stopped in here for dinner as I heard it had one of the better beer lists in town. Citizen’s an attractive place. A long, dimly-lit narrow room with brick walls and a long bar. Relatively comfortable, laid-back ambiance. The service was bright, attentive. The beer list is indeed pretty large. I counted around 100 bottled beers available plus another 10 or so on keg. While there was plenty to choose from, I wasn’t bowled over by the selection. A US power rater will definitely have tried most of the stuff available. Beers from larger breweries like Ballast Point and Victory abound. Only a few local options from Devils Backbone etc. featured. The burgers were legitimately impressive. This place focusses on local product and it really shows. My burger was very tender and flavorful. I thought the value was decent. Other raters seem to mention that the place is too expensive. As I’m not used to prices in Virginia, I can’t really comment. All I can say is I’d expect to spend much more for food of comparable quality in London. Overall, a pretty solid option if you’re in the mood for a great burger and a large beer selection.
DrSilverworm (66) Cincinnati, Ohio | September 5, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited this place while in town for Labor Day weekend. Food was very good, but not cheap. Service was good. Pretty cool decor, nice cozy wood materials and tables. Impressive beer list - a good amount of interesting local stuff on tap, and an impressive bottle list. Overall, satisfying place to go if you want to spend $14 on an enormous burger. I was in pain when I left, but it was tasty. How about something lighter and cheaper for the common folk? I guess that’s "upscale" for ya. Nice place to try once and treat myself, but not a place I’d go out of my way to visit repeatedly.
Drake (453) Free Union, Virginia | June 25, 2012
56 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 7/20
I was excited to try this place, but left with mixed feelings. The place looks exceptional. Definite upscale vibe. Lots of dark wood, dark lighting, exposed brick, and even an exposed portion of the building’s original wall, which was kinda cool. Located on the downtown mall, so there are pay lots within easy walking distance. 10 taps and 91 bottles during my visit. There were a few macro bottles, but most of the beer is good quality. I had a pint of Devils Backbone Vienna. The food was... OK. I like the local, grass-fed angle of the place, however the burger was undercooked (I’m fine with that but many wouldn’t be) and was a little busy. A mushroom swiss burger should have identifiable swiss on it. The fries were seasoned well, but were mushy and limp. The prices are very high. One pint of beer plus the burger was $21 before tax and tip, and the burgers can get much more expensive than that. For a place that offers a burger with wagyu beef, foie gras and truffles, I think that "citizen" may be the wrong name for this place. Customer service at the bar was pleasant enough but pretty average. I will try back again in a few months to see if they’ve worked out the kinks, as they are brand new (though started by someone who’s had numerous successful restaurants in the area).
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