Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

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Citizen Public House & Oyster BarCitizen Public House & Oyster Bar

Type: Bar, Eatery

1310 Boylston St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215-4302
United States

(617) 450-9000 | map

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Added by morebeergood on 10-11-2010

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Photo of PablosCafe
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I visited this place when it was relatively new and the staff were friendly. Not a great beer selection but decent, but the staff have changed and most were grumpy and not very friendly. This is basically a whiskey bar with food and its unlikely you will get a seat unless you are also eating and the bar stools are taken up.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.75

This restaurant is located on Boylston Street near Fenway Park. It has a large bar in the center of the establishment with booths surrounding the edge. Most of them have windows. The food menu is not extensive but of the items my wife and I had, they were all very tasty and well-made. The bar emphasizes their whiskeys and other liquors, but the 20-beer list, while limited, is high quality.

The service was polite and efficient, but not overly friendly. On the day we went, they had two styles of oysters, having run out of a third kind within an hour of opening.

All in all, if you're looking for a really good meal with a decent beer to wash it down, this is a good choice. If you are a beer snob looking for something weird and difficult to find, I suggest you go to nearby Lower Depths or Bukowski's.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is dark and almost gloomy, dark wood, dim lighting, upcale, kinda cramped feeling, in the amazingly rehabed neighborhood on the back side of Fenway park. Not really the place to go with the guys for a pre or post game bite and pint..much more of the date place with a fellow was meaty, well prepaired and presented, and was good, but not overly interesting. Mostly solid choices from a pack of the usual good beer suspects. So to recap, its dark in there, its upscale/sorta pricey, food was tasty and interesting, but I wouldnt say its gonna please everybody....go with a real good friend who likes fancier food and be ready to spend some cash.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here last night to check it out and have dinner. Very small place; much smaller than I expected. You literally walk right into the bar itself. There are table seats surrounding it. Seats at the bar allows one to watch the oysters being shuck at one end. The atmosphere is dark and cozy. Minimal lighting, dark wood and walls, and a nice fireplace in one corner. I really liked the look of the place. Old fashioned but stylish. Service was unusual. We walked in and stood at the front for 2-3 minutes without being greeted. So I decided to grab us a nice seat in the back. Well, we finally found the host, who gave others a menu but I guess overlooked us at first. He turned out to be our waiter too. He proceeded to give us a five minute speech on the eight specials of the night. Eight? C'mon, way too many. By the time he was done, I forgot what the first few were. His service throughout dinner was good, but sadly he gave us a bill with an incorrect price on it for my entree. The food was very good in my opinion. We started with the ploughman's platter. I had the duck and smoked sausage cassoulet, which I really enjoyed. My wife had the burger, which she thought was dull, lacked any type of crunch for texture, and was totally overpowered by the Stilton blue cheese. Beer selection was fairly good. On draft they had Harpoon, SN, Rapscallion, Brooklyn, Wachusett, Smuttynose, Ommegang, Pretty Things, and a few more. Prices were $5-7. Not a decent bottle selection at all; could be improved. I had an Ommegang BPA and a Smutty Robust Porter, while my wife had the same Smutty and an O'Hara's Stout. Prices for draft beer was quite fair, while the food was slightly expensive and the heralded whiskey menu was steep. Glad we ate here - good food, a step above the area. I'd returned for a pint here anytime, since it was a reasonable price for the Fenway area, plus Citizen has a really cool look inside. I can imagine it would be a madhouse trying to get into this small bar on a game day though.

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Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar in Boston, MA
3.73 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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