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About Public Kitchen and Bar

Throughout the space of Public, a modernist sensibility is blended with a classic American, Newport mansion drawing room theme. It's design is inspired by the existing architecture of the Masonic Temple and it's Rhode Island Capital Statehouse neighbor. Public's masculine and warm setting will be a meeting place for hipsters and Senators alike.

120 Francis Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Dining Room Hours:
Breakfast:
Monday-Friday: 7:00am -11:00am
Saturday-Sunday:7:00am-11:30am
Sunday Off Menu or Breakfast Buffet 7:00am-11:30am

All Day Menu:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm.
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am-11:00pm



Bar Area/ Lounge:
Serving All Day Menu from 2pm-11pm Daily

Cross Street:
5 Avenue of the Art, Providence, RI 02903

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 919-5050

Website:
http://www.publickitchenprovidence.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet is available in the front of the hotel.

Executive Chef:
Chef Willis Stepp

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Hump Day Happy Hour Specials Every Wednesday (4-6pm & 9-11pm)

Public Kitchen and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (6)
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Romantic (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Sports (1)
Authentic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Husband's duck was very good. My lamb patty was tastey. Service was good.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

4 people met here for a pre-theater dinner. Made sure the waitress knew we were going to a show in 1.5 hours. Food arrived promptly but my Margherita pizza was black/burned on the bottom. When I pointed it out to her she seemed embarrassed but pointed out there was not enough time to re-order. My husband's pasta was cold and bland and my friend's burger was overdone.

Would not go there again.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was amazing...great for my limited diet! Was disappointed when the waiter took too long to bring back my leftovers and we had to make a meeting.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Vegan, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall great time. Only complaint is the drinks are pretty pricey. After just a few rach the bill was pretty extreme.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Public Kitchen and Bar is a fantastic restaurant. For the past three years, I have come with co-workers for breakfast before an event at the VMA next door. Each year, we truly enjoy our experience. The other evening, my wife, daughter and I frequented the restaurant for dinner before a show at the VMA and we truly enjoyed ourselves. The service was fantastic. Our server, May, was outstanding - very accommodating and informative. The food was great as well. Each of us truly enjoyed everything from the appetizers to the main course. The updated menu offered a great selection. The atmosphere was perfect. We definitely will come back for lunch or dinner. We both highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service was VERY slow and my meal was not hot when I finally did receive it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Worst food (choice, taste, presentation0) I've had in Providence over 7 years living here.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We go after the Philamonic concert at the Vets!! The food is very good BUT... there was a private teen party Friday night and the music and noise level was terrible!!!!
I will check with them next time I go
It was VERY disappointing!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My fiancé and I went here for dinner on Saturday night. The restaurant is very nice, with a mixed crowd of hotel guests, people on dates and even a birthday party. We were pleasantly surprised by the portion size and the taste of the food. It was nice having the manager and then the owner circulating through the restaurant checking on guests.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had breakfast here as we were staying at the Renaissance hotel. They must have had one chef because it took roughly 50 minutes for a small breakfast order to be delivered to our table of 3. When it did arrive the food order was wrong and cold. The waiter was very forgetful and could not be found most of the time. I don't know why they kept seating people without telling them of the long wait for food despite the fact that the restaurant was only half full when we arrived. Our breakfast cost was over $70 for eggs. Don't ever eat here - not worth the wait, the food and especially the price! Very disappointing.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We love the Kitchen Bar. The bartender was great, the martinis excellent and the food also excellent.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Food was great and service (Andrew) was amazing. Truffle fries are def worth a try.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Will definitely go back! Service was fabulous and you could tell everything from the sangria to the salad dressing was made with thought, and tasted amazing!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The drinks were very good. We thoroughly enjoyed the cauliflower steak, specialty pizza and lobster roll. The lemon cheesecake for dessert was a nice way to end the evening. The wait staff was very attentive and the manager came by the table as well to check on us as well. They seemed very eager to please and well informed about their menu and options. The location was a short walk to Waterfire and the Providence Place mall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 20, 2017

For a hotel restaurant, we found the meal to be better than average. The menu wasn't very large, but it had some very nice selections. Two of us had excellent dinner salads, and the third person in our party was very happy with her meal. Our waitress was friendly and made us feel welcome. Very few others were in the restaurant, but I suspect that it would be more busy on a weekend evening.

Tags: Vegan, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great service good food

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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Food was great

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Brunch on Mother's Day was basic and terrible. It was more like continental breakfast. Waste of money and my time.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The look on my wife's face when I met back up with her after dropping her off here for Mother's Day brunch said it all. This was not a special dining spot which was confusing as I thought I had read good reviews before booking. To her credit, our server quickly recognized our surprise and slight dismay. She graciously offered us the full menu in spite of the official buffet-only offering that day. We were grateful but didn't want to be a fuss so we tried the buffet. It was certainly passable. Just nothing special at all. We ate quickly and then waited for a bar seat at Salted Slate to closer to our expectations. It may have been our own expectations that undid our experience, but it was a Mother's Day disaster for us.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I ate at public kitchen for a Mother's Day breakfast. It was my first time, but assumed the ambiance and pics online would match the food quality. Boy was I wrong. They did not offer a la cart ordering and said we could only eat from the $20 pp buffet. The food was cold, the toaster wasn't working, I could go on and on. Needless to say, my wife and mother in law and entire party of 6 were not pleased and i left hungry, disappointed and embarrassed. Maybe it is better on a diff day, I'm not sure. But bc of this experience I would not recommend going here.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

As always, the restaurant did not disappoint!! Christopher greeted us warmly and made us feel at home. He selected a small table for two and although the restaurant was packed the seats are not on top of each other so you have some privacy for conversation. We ordered four appetizers: the cheeseboard, a pizza, a salad and spicy noodles. The server staggered bringing out the food so we were able to sample everything without being overwhelmed that too much was on the small table. Even though we were stuffed we managed to squeeze in gelato for dessert! The food was all delicious, service was top notch and the atmosphere inviting.....We'll be back and not just when we're seeing a show!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Our waitress May was sensational and was always available, friendly and great with recommendations. We took a while to order but she did not rush us or try to push us along. Very friendly and a great asset

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great service
Can be very busy and noisy
Wonderful staff

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Very limited menu and spendy. Most every entree was $30, even simple ones. Seafood stew which was recommended was ordinary - shrimp was dry and tough.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great food, tasty cocktails and excellent service. Ask for May - she was a terrific server. Great calamari, I loved my short rib risotto and my husband loved his cod puttanesca.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The fig and prosciutto pizza was fantastic! Loved the cauliflower steak too!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

My siblings and I went there to celebrate my birthday. The restaurant is inside the Renaissance hotel there's no parking so we had to valet the car (but we got the ticket stamped so it was free!)The food was AMAZING!! We each had different things so of course we shared! The salmon, lamb burger, buffalo chicken pizza and bolognese were ALL delicious! And our server was funny, genuinely nice, and attentive. We'll definitely go again

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

we sat for a while before a waitperson approached us and apologized for the wait. He was sincere and accommodating. Later he offered us complimentary desserts for the inconvenience - which we considered appropriate.
Food was plentiful and favorable. Charcuterie and cheese board was generous with nice touches, but the cheeses didn't have much variety. A critique: cocktails were big on ice, small on ingredients, compared with the price.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Stopped in for a lunch while driving through Providence. Food was tasty and fresh, and I appreciated the comp'd valet parking for ease of use!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Nice space, good service. 2 of our 4 meals were just average. 2 were very good. A mixed bag.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

This is our "go to " restaurant on concert nights. Good food, service and drinks. My server, Nolan was tops! And thank-you again, Christopher, for giving us our preferred seats.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Wonderful evening, from the warm welcome upon arrival to the great service and excellent food. And, as always, we were done in plenty of time to make the Philharmonic concert at VMA, without feeling rushed at all.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We always have a light supper before concert. Can be counted on to be consistent. Food is always good. Waitstaff very pleasant and efficient.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2017

As always, dinner at the Public Kitchen & Bar prior to a RI Philharmonic concert ... The food is always delicious, and this time even moreso! The chef is always re-creating and creating new menus. The service is always friendly and efficient. May [Mae?] was our server -- caring and friendly. We could also see how attentive she was to an elderly patron nearby. Heart-warming!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

As always we found Public Kitchen and Bar to be very good. The menu is eclectic and easy to find things that sound great to try, the food is handled well and the service is very good. The only issue we had this time is that my burger, which I asked for med rare to rare, was way over cooked. I sent it back and they got me a proper burger pretty quickly.

A word of warning- if you valet park on a night when anything is going on downtown, don't expect to get your car back for 1/2hr! This was a terrible way to end an otherwise very pleasant dinner. It's the hotels fault not the restaurant's. They should tell you there could be a long wait. When we complained they pointed to the to notice on the ticket- but by the time your gotten the ticket you've already left your car!!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2017

When I want Thai and my fiance wants a burger, we compromise and head to Public for the best of both worlds! I LOVE their Spicy Thai Noodles (add tofu) and he loves their grassfed burger. You can taste the quality ingredients in every bite.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Very pleasant atmosphere, great food, and the service was excellent both in the bar and dining room.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Nice menu selection. Went for lunch (little pricey) but very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

we were with a group of 9. staff was very accommodating and attentive. food was freat. got us out with plenty of time to go to the show next door at the Veterans Auditorium. overall a very good experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Had tickets to a show in the theatre next door, food was good, service efficient ,got us to show on time. We were seated in a room by ourselves which took some of the fun out of it, that would be my only issue.

Tags: Special Occasion
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