By Sarah Moomaw, jour­nalism, ’13

Cit­izen Public House and Oyster Bar, a chic neigh­bor­hood tavern located behind Fenway Park, hits a home run with patrons who seek mod­er­ately priced cui­sine in a casual atmosphere.

The cozy restau­rant is bathed in can­dle­light and out­fitted with cast iron tables, deep booths and a sprawling bar. Daily spe­cials are written on a chalkboard.

Oys­ters, $12, and clams, $11, are avail­able on the half shell or fried and served with a house dip­ping sauce.

Snacks” — quick, salty bites, like the ham and cheese bis­cuit with mus­tard gelee — go for $5 and are made to pre­pare the palette for what’s to come.

Starters,” which include soups and salads, are per­fectly por­tioned. The Field Green and Rhubarb Salad ($8), topped with goat cheese and grape­fruit vinai­grette, is light and fresh, but lacks a strong, citrus-​​like kick from the dressing.

For the meat-​​lover, Cit­izen offers a robust selec­tion of “Roasts,” including ribs, pork ten­der­loin and a rack of lamb in the $18 to $22 range, plus two classic burgers:  ground sir­loin ($14) and tuna ($16).

The main courses include a variety of dishes that will please anyone’s taste buds. The grilled Atlantic sole ($20), for example, is served warm over a bed of toasted faro with peas and a salsa verde, whose citrus zest brings out the flavor of the fish. The grainy tex­ture of the faro con­trasts nicely with the light, flaky sole.

Cit­izen pays homage to southern fried chicken with its Duck Fat Fried Game Hen ($19), a juicy bird whose skin soaks up the rich flavor of the fat. The bird is sea­soned, fried whole and served with corn spoon bread on top of a light pool of gravy—a meal big enough for tomorrow’s left­over lunch.

Deciding whether to tackle the bird with your fin­gers or with a knife and fork is a lot of fun.

For $380, par­ties of 10 or more can enjoy a family-​​style pig roast, which includes fresh oys­ters, whipped Yukon Gold pota­toes and a whole suck­ling pig that is slow-​​roasted for 14 hours.

Cit­izen Public House and Oyster Bar is located at 1310 Boyl­ston Street. For reser­va­tions, call 617–450-9000.