HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >

Citizen or Coppa?

the_sneeb Apr 25, 2011 08:49 AM

In a bit of a dilemma. I've been excited to try Coppa ever since I booked my ticket to Boston. However, I'll be dining with a party of four, two of which haven't had a lot of experience with offal, anchovies, urchin, and the like. Someone had recommended going to Citizen Public House. I don't know much about the atmosphere at either, but we're in our mid 20's and looking for something lively and fun. Also, this outing will likely be after 9 on a Sunday which I assume will factor in. Someone help me out!

253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. s
    sdwr98 RE: the_sneeb Apr 25, 2011 09:11 AM

    I ate at Citizen this weekend and was not very impressed. The food was OK, although the bourbon selection was excellent. If you're going for food Coppa is a much better bet. If you're after lively and fun, Citizen might be better.

    If you want a lively atmosphere and more "normal" food you might check out Toro, by the same guys who run Coppa. The food there is fantastic.

    1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    1. r
      robwat36 RE: the_sneeb Apr 25, 2011 09:21 AM

      I'm a fan of both, although Coppa is better for food and Citizen is better for drinks. Both will be lively even after 9 on a Sunday. I think even less adventurous eaters can find something at Coppa; you can always show the online menus to your guests and see what they think.

      1. l
        LeoLioness RE: the_sneeb Apr 25, 2011 09:24 AM

        I vastly prefer the food at Coppa (though to be fair, I've only been to Citizens once). There's enough on Coppa's menu to satisfy a more pedestrian palate (pizza, arancini, cured meats, chicken, etc) but I think the small plates concept allows people to leave their comfort zone a little, since their whole meal (and price for an entree) isn't on the line if they don't like it.

        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

        1. the_sneeb RE: the_sneeb Apr 25, 2011 02:15 PM

          Thanks for the input, this affirms what I was thinking. Can someone give me an idea on the size of both places?

          2 Replies
          1. re: the_sneeb
            robwat36 RE: the_sneeb Apr 25, 2011 02:32 PM

            They're both pretty small. If you're doing Coppa, make a reservation (they just started taking them). I think Citizen only takes reservations for large parties. Also, it's Fenway-adjacent, so avoid it if the Sox are in town.

            1. re: robwat36
              LeoLioness RE: robwat36 Apr 25, 2011 03:50 PM

              If you eat during the game, many places around Fenway aren't busy at all.

          2. k
            Kinopio RE: the_sneeb Apr 26, 2011 01:40 PM

            I'm a pescatarian so obviously I don't eat offal and I found plenty to enjoy on Coppa's menu. There vegetable dishes are great, and they have pasta and pizza options that are fairly common. Despite the fact that they don't have a full liquor license, I enjoyed the cocktails. So I would say go to Coppa if you can score a reservation.

            I actually think the menu at Coppa would satisfy a broader range of people than Citizens would because Citizens menu is very heavy and meat focused. I usually just drink when I go to Citizen. They have a killer Whiskey list and $3 Fernet.

            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

            1 Reply
            1. re: Kinopio
              sallyt RE: Kinopio Apr 26, 2011 06:59 PM

              Kinopio -have you ever tried any of the fish at Citizen? I don't eat meat either, but I LOVE their fish - some of the best that I've had in Boston.

            Show Hidden Posts