Photo: Joshua Lurie


Photo: Joshua Lurie

Seasonal ingredients and global flavors fuse together at this Beverly Hills hotspot

By Jennifer Swann

Having earned a reputation as a go-to spot in Beverly Hills since opening in 2016, this relative newcomer took things up a notch last summer by bringing in executive chef Seth Greenburg, who has made a name working everywhere from Dakota inside the Roosevelt to L’Orangerie to a stint as former executive chef at The Penthouse in Santa Monica. At Citizen, the LA native has designed and refined a menu that infuses New American favorites with global ingredients like chimichurri, saffron, furkake, and kimchi.

Citizen is nestled among some of the most high-profile entertainment companies and talent agencies in Beverly Hills, but you’ll feel miles away from the office when you step inside its sleek, retro-chic dining room. Decorated with an eclectic mix of red bricks, blonde wood, black leather, macramé, and funky textiles in splashes of tangerine and lime, It’s swanky enough for a special date night yet cozy enough to curl up on a couch for after-work cocktails near the outdoor fire pits.
The seasonal menu is stocked with both a range of hearty comfort foods—mac and cheese, Cheddar biscuits, chicken schnitzel—and lighter, contemporary California fare, like albacore tuna embedded in a perfectly ripe avocado, salt-roasted beets with pistachios and fried goat cheese, and juicy halibut cooked in parchment with fresh vegetables that will leave you feeling satisfied but not stuffed.

If the food and ambiance at Citizen don’t transport you into vacation mode, then the cocktails—many of them served tiki-style and with flaming citrus garnishes—likely will. And to top it off, Citizen’s #cocktailsforacause initiative donates half the proceeds from a highlighted cocktail each month to benefit different charities.


Dinner: Mon–Sat 5 PM–10 PM
Lunch: Mon–Fri noon–3 PM
Happy Hour: Mon 2:30 PM–10 PM; Tue–Fri 2:30 PM–7 PM; Sat 5–7 PM

price range

$23 (Citizen burger) to $53 (beef Wellington)