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Citizen Burger Bar

212 E Main St
Charlottesville, Virginia United States 22902
restaurant  6 reviews
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM (kitchen closes 10:30 PM)

Taps: 10 | Bottles: 90
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier  (321) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | December 27, 2015
Hearing that they had the remnants of a keg of Hardywood Trickery on draft I stopped by here for lunch with two others. As luck would have it we caught the final two (and a half) pours which meant we got about 15 ounces for $20.00. In addition they threw in a sample of Rum Pumpkin.

Service took a while but while waiting for food the bartender was attentive without hovering nearby. When it did come the generous portions of meat helped soak up the booze of two high gravity barrel aged beers. Based on that alone I might come back even if there’s nothing interesting to sample.

Because of its location right in the middle of the downtown pedestrian mall I would say that this place deserves a visit even when there is not a tap takeover. While it was tough to gauge the normal list as everything was currently Hardywood they seemed to emphasize top quality locals over simply having a huge selection.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 8/20
Emeister84  (164) Charlottesville, Virginia | June 10, 2014
Went here once, about 6 weeks ago, and not sure if I’ll be going back. The bartender was a stuck up ass, who seemed like he had no time for anyone not directly pertaining to himself. Not to mention, when we asked for a sample he poured us a joke (maybe a 10th of an ounce). I haven’t eaten here, and I’ve heard mixed reviews from everyone who I’ve talked to. The draft selection isn’t small, but isn’t exciting either, and isn’t cheap. They have tap-takeover events sometimes, which can leave some better stuff on tap, though nothing you won’t see just about anywhere else. The bottle list is also not impressive to say the least.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (3078) Charlotte , North Carolina | April 7, 2014
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.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jackl  (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 16, 2013
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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm  (121) Cincinnati, Ohio | September 5, 2012
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.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 1/10
  • OVERALL 7/20
Drake  (849) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | June 25, 2012
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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