About Public House - National Harbor

Since opening its first restaurant in April of 2005, the Public House continues to strive to be a leader in the bar and restaurant industry. Public House currently encompasses restaurants in Philadelphia, New York, and National Harbor, MD. Public House's mission is to provide a consistent and quality product, while at the same time, a sophisticated and fun atmosphere to our guests. We are your neighborhood restaurant and bar with a nightlife scene. We believe that our guests should feel at home when they join us. We strive to provide an experience second to none in the hopes that they will find their way back home again. Whether it is lunch, happy hour, dinner or a late night party that you seek, Public House is a venue that can meet your needs.

199 Fleet Street
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Friday & Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00am
Sunday: 9:00am-2:00am

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(240) 493-6120

Website:
http://www.publichousenationalharbor.com/

Entertainment:
Happy Hour Monday-Friday, 3pm-7pm

Karaoke on Tuesdays from 10pm-2am

DJ Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10pm-Close

Catering:
Public House National Harbor offers a separate catering menu and open bar packages. Contact Cherish Carswell at ccarswell@publichouseusa.com or 240.493.6120 for happy hour and private event inquiries!

Parking Details:
Limited metered street parking in the front. Garages close are The Mariner and St. George's Garages. Valet (not run by Public House) for $20.

Public Transit:
Green Line to Branch Ave and the NH1 Bus to National Harbor.

Executive Chef:
Rich Caballero

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Host your next special event at our House! Available for fully private functions, semi private events in our main bar area and full restaurant buy outs of up to 400 guests.

Public House - National Harbor Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.5

service

3.6

ambience

3.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Vibrant Bar Scene (313)
Good for Groups (266)
Great for Outdoor Dining (225)
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Great for Lunch (204)
Hot Spot (163)
Late-night Find (146)
Neighborhood Gem (136)
Great for Brunch (111)
Kid-friendly (108)
Fit for Foodies (106)
Special Occasion (105)
Romantic (73)
Scenic View (51)
Notable Wine List (23)
Fun (5)
Business Meals (4)
Casual (4)
Live Sports (4)
People Watching (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Cozy (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Best veggie burger of my life. Their bourbon BBQ sauce is something else. Speedy service and the fries come in a nice little fryer basket. Clean and calm atmosphere with a cozy environment. Personally I think it's the best restaurant in National Harbor and would more than happily go there again. Went for a date and was not disappointed. 10/10

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Cozy
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·Dined on July 19, 2017

This restaurant was in walking distance from my hotel. Didn't seem very busy which is generally not a good sign. We were seated immediately and the server was very attentive. Great food and environment. Would recommend for casual diners.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Cheyanne our server was very attentive and professional. The restaurant was clean and and the staff was very professional.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 4, 2017

It was after much deliberation that I chose this place for our after activity get together, and it turned out really well. There was actually far less trouble finding a set of tables close enough together than OpenTable led me to believe. (I had to get a friend to make a second reservation of 4 to accommodate our group) We had good food, and the whisky list was sufficient, if a bit on the pricey side. However, I'm guessing our server is quite new, as he seemed uneasy with the large group, and he made a hash of the checks at the end, having lost track of who had what.
Otherwise, it went very well, and the atmosphere was excellent for our shindig.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Meal started off good, food seemed above average. They take time to plate it thoughtfully. I ordered the mixed grill to share, cut into one of the chicken breasts and took a bite, immediately spit it out. It had turned, the smell of it was even too much to bear. Had others smell the rank odor coming from that bad piece of meat including my waiter and they confirmed that it was turned. Another man who did not introduce himself as a manager but I'm assuming he was came up to my table, told me there was nothing wrong with the chicken because they just received it in this morning. He refused to smell the chicken but offered to get me something else but I was feeling queezie and had lost my appetite after that as anyone would. If I was a manager at a restaurant I would want to get to the bottom of a problem that could have easily made my patrons very very sick.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Very loud environment. Average food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Our book club had a blast at brunch. The food is great and the drinks were even better. Public House is by far one of my fave places in the Harbor.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2017

The glasses and silverware were dirty. My husband ordered the chicken and waffles, the waffles were cold and hard. We informed our waitress she just stated ok i will put in another order for waffles, 20 minutes later no acknowledgment still no waffles cold chicken. We asked for the check without the chicken and waffles. I think she was overwhelmed with all the tables the hostess gave her. Unfortunately we won't be going back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Had a great time! AMAZING food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2016

This restaurant is convenient and close to the harbor. The staff are friendly and a wide choice of food. It is little pricey for the kind of food that they serve. Overall it is a nice restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Public house used to be one of my favorite restaurants in the harbor; however, I went on 8 Dec with a friend, and was truly disappointed. I ordered the crab cake sandwich, which is something I've always ordered. Needless to say it was not the same. The crab cake I remember was definitely more lump, but this one was not. It almost seemed like it was frozen party that was fried. The ambiance in the place has just changed...I won't be returning unless I'm planning to sit at the bar on a weekend.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 24, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner. The fillet slidders were excellent.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2016

We had two lunch salads. Which were really good. But no bread or crackers only if you pay for a side of bread.
I don't care to be "nickeled and dimed" like this. Just charge a little more for the salad and give me some crackers or bread.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Father's Day was quite special because of this place...my Dad enjoyed his meal and the service very much!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Our waitress was amazing. The seating was great. The atmosphere was great as well. I saw families, friends, couples, graduates, and all in between dining. There is a huge bar! I like the location of this restaurant because it not only sits directly on the corner, but it is attached to the public parking garage. My friends were able to find street parking while I parked in the garage.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 5, 2016

Convenient, easy, good food, great service. Opens early for brunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 29, 2016

We had my birthday brunch there on Memorial Day Sunday. The Crab Benedict is very good. One of the best I've had. The Old Bay Hollandaise is delicious and the crab cake had very little filler. Did not try the Bloody Mary bar or bottomless mimosas as we had a full day ahead of us.

They do not have regular Eggs Benedict, though, which we found odd.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2016

Great food and service ...I will be back soon !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Nice place, good food. Excellent choice on a Friday nite.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Absolutely LOVED this place! Went there for a birthday celebration - was able to get a quiet booth away from everyone and we enjoyed our meal!! The Cheesesteak Egg Rolls and Chocolate Lava Cake was the beginning and ending of the perfect mean!! Free dessert because it was my birthday!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

This was my first time eating at Public House. I wanted a place for me and the family to have brunch on my birthday. I usually celebrate out of the country or in New York, but this year had to stay close to home. Public House was AWESOME! My family loved it. My eight year-old son raved the food, which is surprising. All plates were empty. It was a great time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2016

An unremarkable brunch. We were there early on a Saturday morning, so it was nice and quiet, but there is truly nothing special about the ambience or menu. We won't be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2016

My husband and I found a babysitter for the night and were able to get reservations for Public House. Despite being a little late, we were seated right away. The service was good - our waitress check in on us a couple of times throughout the meal, and the food was good. We shared the mixed grill plate. All in all was a welcomed night out.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Our waiter was attentive and responsive to our requests. The food was very good, not fancy but fresh and nicely presented. I would go again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 24, 2016

Food was excellent, music was loud and a little off

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2016

I had a business lunch at Public House and found the lunch menu excellent and the noise level low enough to have a good discussion. it was very easy to access from the Gaylord Hotel which was another plus.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Great weekend meal. The joint was humping and it had energy and a great vibe. Service was on point, Makayla, was a charming and gracious server. She kept is on drinks and food, monitoring the table and keeping an eye on us.

Food was great! Wings were huge and the hummus was taste. Fish tacos were good but did not seem to match the rest as the fish looked processed and not what I saw going on in the balance of the plates.

Entrees were also great, burger, shrimp and grits and fried chicken.

Great job by all!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Overall the experience was just ok. Food and drinks were overpriced and there's not much variety on the menu.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 24, 2016

Overall it's OK, certainly nothing special. Atypical chain type restaurant serving the business community.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Food was not well seasoned. Was not a fan of the cheesesteak egg rolls. Waitress did not ask why the plate was barley touched. My husband liked his seafood pasta. My chicken sandwich was bland. No taste. Over priced for basic food. Will not go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was not seasoned well. Overall we did not enjoy our food and will not be returning. The server was pleasant and the manager did allow us to send a dish back and select something else so they really did try...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Waitress although nice was pretty lackluster.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Public House was not good, in fact it was the worst meal I have had in years. We had the Philly Cheesesteak Eggrolls for starters, which tasted like greasy flavorless meat in a fried shell. They were served with "house made spicy ketchup" which was also not good and the flavor didn't match with the appetizer at all. For our main course, I had the jambalaya and my girlfriend had the turkey sandwich. The jambalaya tasted like canned tomato sauce over rice with some un-marinated proteins thrown in, and the turkey sandwich almost had no flavor at all. I was very disappointed because we (my girlfriend and I) were excited for a night out in National Harbor for the first time. And, to make it worse, both of us got upset stomachs soon after the meal and had to call it an early night, and return home. I will NEVER patron this restaurant again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2016

Hostess/check in process wasn't great. Two different members of our party waiting a while to be seated while servers / staff stood around nearby. Otherwise, good place for food and good waitstaff service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2015

We went for breakfast. The restaurant was pretty much empty at 10a.m. The home fries were particularly delicious. My husband has been to Public House for appetizers and drinks and thought the atmosphere was fun and lively. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2015

Food was great, server was great. There was a trout dinner on special that night and it was very good. House beer was average, but pretty good beer list from other breweries.

A few big groups of people around us were very loud and made it hard for my wife and I to hear each other, so that took a little away from the experience.

Overall this is probably somewhere I'd go to again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2015

My wife, daughter and I ate at Public House for the first time on Friday night. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was very good. My wife had the chop salad, daughter had the salmon, and I had the Mahi-Mahi special. We will definitely eat there again.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2015

My friends and I try to do brunch twice a month and usually choose a different spot each time. We chose this place because we all like the National Harbor and the menu appeared good online. We had not been here before. We are pretty low-key, not high maintenance customers. The service was rather poor (not very attentive and I'll add that it was not very busy). My friend and I did the $18 unlimited mimosa deal and they were not good. 90% orange juice with a splash of champagne (not worth it to do it this way). The food was fine-- nothing to rave about or complain about. Average brunch food. Maybe this place is worth another try? We all traveled 30-40 minutes to get to this spot.. so not really worth it when there are a ton of options closer.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Just note that if you go before 3pm on a Sat that they will be serving brunch instead of their regular menu

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2015

The atmosphere was great, good food and music too. I'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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