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Citizen Public House
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Ranked #12 of 1,276 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Craftsman Ct. & 5th Avenue
Reviewed May 1, 2014

I've heard about CPH for awhile and after reading all the positive reviews we decided to give it a try. It's located just off 5th Ave. in Old Town Scottsdale, the entrance being on Craftsman. It was early on a Weds. evening, and not crowded. We had a reservation and were immediately seated at a corner booth, where we had a great view of the whole restaurant. The Citizen Social Hour was in full swing; they have some great deals such as half-price draft beers and wines-by-the-glass as well as half-price bar snacks. We ordered a beer and a glass of prosecco, but passed on the tempting bar snacks. We decided to split an heirloom tomato salad that wasn't on the menu. It was delicious, consisting of small yellow and red tomatoes, field greens, goat cheese and cashews with a balsamic vinaigrette. My husband chose the scallop entree, and practically inhaled it. He said the scallops (there were 3, served on a small bed of grits and a few sprigs of broccolini) were the best he's ever had, anywhere. On the strong recommendation of our waiter, I chose the short rib entree. It came with pureed parsnip and lightly sauteed kale. This entree is in my estimation quite overpriced at $30, as you get exactly one short rib, 50% of which is bone, fat, and gristle. The small side of cherry barbecue sauce was kind of a non-factor: a bit too sweet and fruity. If you're in the mood for beef, it would make more sense to spring for the filet mignon for only $2 more. We chose to split an unusual bread pudding for dessert. It was dense, dark, and garnished with a tiny scoop of ice cream and candied tortilla chips. Hubby didn't care for it. I thought it was good, but again, not $10-worth-good. ($6 maybe, or even $7, tops.)
We found the service at CPH to be top-notch and attentive. The "Social Hour" has some really good food and drink deals. The food is flavorful, serving sizes are not overly generous, some items seem oddly overpriced. The bottom line is that we will definitely go back as we both saw other things on the menu we'd like to try, and the restaurant over all has a congenial, comfortable, upbeat atmosphere and an uncomplicated menu.

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Thank makany
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

We took business guests to this restaurant while they were in town for an annual meeting. They left raving about the great food. Two of us had the famous chopped salad and gave two (or would that be four) thumbs up. One person had the scallops and thought she wouldn't be able to order them anywhere else again. One guest had the duck and loved it. The seafood bisque was delicious. My husband had the meatloaf and raved about it. The bread pudding Du Jour was a great way to end the meal. The service was good but the noise was almost unbearable. It was very difficult to hold a conversation. That is the only reason I could not give an excellent review. We will be back for the food and just eat in silence.

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Thank 14Art14Trout
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Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

We came to Citizen Public House straight from the airport on a Thursday night after flying from Atlanta. We were starving. We were seated quickly, and our waiter was eager to help us. He shared specials and recommendations and was very helpful. Our wine was great and food delicious. Our waiter was very excited to share the cooking methods. The ambience was spectacular. Great place.

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Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I went for dinner Easter Sunday and we were not disappointed. Started with the chopped salad and pork belly pastrami which were both excellent. Entrees were the chicken (huge piece) and scallops which were both very good as well. Service was top notch and very helpful. Only reason for the 4 is we felt a bit rushed through the evening even as there were empty tables around. Example - my wife had not yet finished her salad and the entries were there! Would have liked a more relaxed pace but will definitely go again.

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Upscale dining without the pretense. Visited based on friend's recommendation. Ordered the scallops which were perfectly cooked, and followed that with the second-best (very close second) manhattans I've ever had (i was assured ahead of time they were good, and bartender delivered).
Definitely worth the stop if you're looking for a nice dinner out solo or with a group.

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1  Thank Adrian F
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