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Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant, Whisky Bar, and American Restaurant$$$$
Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood, Boston
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  • Rachel
    "Crack fries, oysters and the whole pig roast!"(5 Tips)
    Ajit V.
    "Beef jerky and fernet on tap also great."(3 Tips)
    Good C.
    "Great oysters and incredible bar and drink options!"(21 Tips)
    Sam .
    "Tuna burger with its sauce, AND the skillet roasted..."(4 Tips)
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  • Maya J.
    Maya Jimenez 😬October 9, 2013
    The best advice I can give anyone is to order one of each of the oysters to see what you like (unless you're an oyster connoisseur). As for cocktails, I have yet to try something I didn't enjoy.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayAugust 19, 2014
    This tavern offers the unique experience of a family-style pig roast. Available for groups of 10+, the meal begins with assorted shellfish & ends with a slow roasted (for 14 hours) whole suckling pig. Read more
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneSeptember 14, 2017
    Good food & vibe, but got a lot of attitude from our server bc the host sat us at the raw bar & we apparently weren't ordering enough food in his estimation. Try Mac & cheese bites & fried pickles.
  • Erica A.
    Erica AyotteAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Just eat everything--it's all good. The duck cassoulet was out of this world, the burger is awesome. Oysters and 75 types of whiskey that can be poured over a 3 inch sphere of ice.
  • Tavonna M.
    Tavonna MillerMarch 1, 2015
    Swanky swanky swanky ! Love the dark ambience and the liquor selection! Totally a spot to discover new spirits indeed. I just wish I had only discovered this joint when I actually lived in this city!
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 17, 2011
    A top-of-the-line whisky bar featuring all of the bourbons, ryes, Canadian, Japanese, Irish, Scotch and white whiskys you can dream of, and plenty of those you can't. Read more
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DApril 22, 2012
    Try the Foie Gras Burger - With swiss & caramelized onions and chunky foie gras butter. The foie alone was fantastic.Usually a cheeseburger purist but this one was awesome. .
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MeggisonAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite spots in Fenway. Try a whisky flight and if you have enough people go for the suckling pig! Also excellent oysters!
  • Alyssa C.
    Alyssa ChristiansonSeptember 8, 2011
    The ice spheres they use for whiskys are so neat! They have a special mold that compresses a block of ice into a perfect globe which makes for a gorgeous (and delicious) drink
  • Katie W.
    Katie WelshJuly 4, 2013
    Fresh oysters were delicious. The braised pork and roasted chicken were top notch as well. So many different flavor combos I highly recommend it.
  • Nancy D.
    Nancy DeolFebruary 15, 2013
    If you love oysters, this is a yummeh place to sample a variety. Challenging space for larger parties, but the food and service are top notch.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MegganSeptember 27, 2013
    Portions are small but high quality. Chicken was amazing. Stay away from the cheese plate unless you really like strong cheese. Awesome drinks and beer.
  • Ajit V.
    Ajit VergheseNovember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Duck & sausage cassoulet, oysters rockefeller, polenta vegetable tort, fried chicken livers and ribeye roast are great - but if you like duck - get it. Beef jerky and fernet on tap also great.
  • Ricky E.
    Ricky EngelbergJanuary 1, 2017
    Fantastic brunch on sunday. Great pancakes and benedicts. Dinner until 1:30 am! Great oysters. Great cod. Great burger.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 15, 2010
    This is a guy spot - we're talking leather booths, wooden beams, meat, & whisky. We're in this one for things like the roasted pork loin with warm homemade apple sauce. Read more
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixDecember 15, 2010
    Our favorite entrée was confit-duck-and-smoked-sausage cassoulet. The white beans here were fully cooked, the garlic sausage excellent, and the confit duck lightly cured and plentiful. Read more
  • Hillary B.
    Hillary BoucherAugust 11, 2014
    We did the roast a whole pig with a big group. Great experience and delicious food.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HSeptember 13, 2015
    Best whiskey selection in town. American single malts and other small batch stuff up the wazoo. Drink up!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 15, 2010
    This upscale neighborhood tavern's got a healthy assortment of craft cocktails, over 70 whiskeys, and a pleasing lineup of draft suds. Also: A 100-year-old fireplace. Read more
  • April T.
    April ThomasApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you order the "Asparagus Salad" - be aware, it's no salad. It's asparagus w/ranch dressing, almonds & pepper. If they add some lettuce and maybe a sliced tomato, THEN could be called a salad...
  • Punketta D.
    Punketta DoilieJune 9, 2011
    For an amazing summer beverage, try a Moscow Mule - vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. Refreshing, not too sweet, and packs a punch. Amazing
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetOctober 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Citizen Public House is now open with "70+ whisk(e)ys, 5 wines + Fernet on tap, 4 types of cocktail ice, 1 bad-ass Japanese ice ball mold & Duvel Green"!!!
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyJune 9, 2017
    Nice selection of raw oysters to choose from and a great menu of wine, beer and cocktails.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WangMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hidden Fenway gem with great appetizers and a massive whiskey/cocktail list. See if you can try them all before I can.
  • Jeannie W.
    Jeannie WaeyaertOctober 11, 2014
    Every single thing we ordered was phenomenal! Unbelievable!!! So good. The cod was a melt in your mouth dish!
  • Boston Magazine
    Boston MagazineNovember 15, 2011
    The raw bar here is one of the city’s best, the drink list superb. Perfect spot for cocktails and group gatherings. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    Excellent cocktails and well-executed tavern fare reign supreme here. Go for a $3 shot of draft Fernet to end the meal. Read more
  • holly h.
    holly hannonMay 31, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    This place has outstanding cocktails, whiskeys, food, servers & bartenders. Awesome all around.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiApril 11, 2015
    The Citizen Cioppino has great sauce, but tiny portions. Also try the Citizen Cured Antipasti Board.
  • Erica A.
    Erica AyotteJanuary 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    duck cassoulet, the carpet bagger, and the sticky toffee pudding are all things you'll want again and again. also the cherry cobbler cocktail.
  • 💫Coco
    💫CocoFebruary 19, 2014
    Full menu until 1 am... Great spot, solid food.
  • Kate
    KateJanuary 2, 2011
    The Pickleback is my new favorite drink, and try the special of mussels smoked in clarified butter if they have it. Excellent.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff ByrnesSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    70+ whiskeys, great food, amazing bartenders, this is a must-try place in Boston.
  • Valerie R.
    Valerie RobinNovember 23, 2013
    Just found this place. Love the idea of the shift drink. AND the bartenders are super nice.
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DohertyAugust 18, 2013
    Hidden bench at end of the bar.. Best seat in the house
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LaurinJune 27, 2011
    Very cool atmosphere, fancy but not over the top pricy. But then again.. Tasty Burger IS right across the street.. Read more
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DohertyJuly 15, 2012
    Food was salty but otherwise no complaints. Oysters yum and drink ( whiskey) selection great!
  • Agustin M.
    Agustin MohedasAugust 6, 2013
    beer & shot of bourbon, $5; scotch egg, $5; starting the night on such good terms, priceless.
  • Sam .
    Sam June 26, 2011
    Tuna burger with its sauce, AND the skillet roasted P.E.I. mussels special... Are very very tasty.
  • Sara L.
    Sara LaBrecqueMay 10, 2013
    Scotch egg is not to be missed-- bigger and more meat than Hops and Scotch
  • Colby R.
    Colby RabideauJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ryeder Die was exactly what I was hoping for. So was the sirloin burger.
  • El P.
    El PelonOctober 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best bartenders in the city and quality sincere service
  • April T.
    April ThomasAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Got short changed on the bacon today..... NONE in the meat lover's bloody mary, the BLT Sammies came without the B!! When they came back, only 1 small piece on my Sammy. Kinda disappointed!!
  • Steve S.
    Steve SchnelwarMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    New menu is solid...must have the pork shoulder tacos, period.
  • Shannon D.
    Shannon DempseyJune 11, 2011
    Nice restaurant (the Atlantic sole is delicious!) with a bomb drink menu, good location
  • Good C.
    Good CustomerJune 29, 2016
    Great oysters and incredible bar and drink options!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SigelApril 6, 2014
    Get the hake and be prepared to want to slurp the sauce.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BackhausNovember 12, 2014
    Great seafood, fantastic whiskey selection!
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 21, 2014
    Order envy is obsolete. It's all good. Don't forget to leave them a "Trust" on Wyngspan! http://bit.ly/KyJyDy
  • Adam D.
    Adam DDecember 14, 2014
    One of the best whiskey selections in Boston.
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