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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.
Providence, RI 02903
Contemporary American, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Dining Room Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7:00am -11:00am
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
5 Avenue of the Art, Providence, RI 02903
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet is available in the front of the hotel.
Chef Willis Stepp
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
Public never disappoints....the staff is wonderful and attentive and the food is always good! We never miss a dinner either before or after a show at the Vets Auditorium but it's also a great spot to dine when there is nothing going on at the Vets.....It's convenient because you can have dinner when other restaurants are closing. Also, it's nice to have access to valet parking so you don't have to worry about finding a parking space outside. I used to go to Temple restaurant when the hotel first opened and I much prefer it now that it's Public. Dino, the owner, has done and amazing job!!
Love this place after concerts next door at the Vets only request I have is I know and understand they use a different menu after the concerts or events but I attend the Phillamontic
6 times a year and the menu never changes being vegetarian it is very limited so please please change it up a bit!!
My fiance and I were staying at the Renaissance Hotel & found the Public House both convenient and delicious. Visiting Providence in the midst of a cold winter left us uninterested in venturing too far from the hotel - fortunately, Public House is conveniently located inside the hotel & has a wide-variety of delicious food. The service, atmosphere, presentation, and food was excellent. We will definitely return to the Public House in the future - and highly recommend it to all in the area.
We came for dinner before the ballet at the Vets. It really is the best option in Winter when you have tickets at the Vets. They validate parking which is wonderful on a snowy night. I had read mixed reviews so I was a little wary. Also - we had not dined since the restaurant had changed from Temple. We were pleasantly surprised by our experience. Our server was warm and attentive and we never felt rushed. We started with a fig and prosciutto flatbread for the table, with a side of Brussels sprouts too (especially for me, since I am gluten free). We all thought that the Brussels sprouts were the best we've ever had. For dinner, we ate on the light side - which our server did not seem to mind. My sister and I shared the seafood risotto (delicious!). My daughter had the lobster bisque (a special). And my mother had the crab cake appetizer (the evening's only disappointment as she felt it was a little too fried). My daughter and my mother made up for that by sharing a cheesecake dessert, which they loved. Great wine list too - and a lovely meeting spot for ballet aficionados before the performance. We enjoyed meeting the Festival Ballet board members who sat next to us as we all compared notes about performances we had seen and dancers we knew. Bravo!
We have eaten here several times, always just before a performance at the Vets. It's the only decent restaurant convenient to the auditorium, especially in winter when one doesn't want to walk far. Unfortunately, it's a really mediocre restaurant. The menu has barely changed in the time it's been open. The food is not at all inventive but rather totally predictable and no better than one could do at home. It's pretty expensive on top of that. One could get a much better meal for the same price at many Providence restaurants. The service is OK but certainly not spectacular. The best service is at the bar, where an excellent and efficient bartender makes very good cocktails.
Public kitchen is, as it has always been for me, the perfect place to dine if you are headed over to the Veteran's Auditorium for a show. The food and service are great, the ambiance and decor is very comforting, and the location provided diners with a perfect place to eat before a show or after a long day of shopping at Providence Place. So enjoy, and stop by Public Kitchen.
The food: I ordered pasta with broccolini, sausage, and white beans. The beans were do undercooked they were inedible and the pasta was overcooked and bland. I has to send it back and sadly the waitress was neither remotely surprised or concerned but she did take it off the bill. Husband got shrimp scampi and the shrimp were rubbery. Daughter got a lovely baked pasta with vodka sauce.
Service: the waiter couldn't figure out where to put our dishes. He had my husband hold something for him, while I scrambled to make a place for it.
Atmosphere: great if you are in your 80s like the rest of the patrons. Not as advertised.
We went New Year's day for lunch. We were surprised when we saw a Buffet only sign. We walked the buffet and were not impressed: eggs, bacon, home fries and salmon and salad for $26.95. We were about to leave when the hostess offered us a regular luncheon menu. Things picked up from here. We had a wonderful server. We ordered a Spanikopita flat bread and a Mediterranean appetizer platter. They were both excellent and the portions were large enough that we couldn't finish them. Check to make sure that you can order from the regular menu before you go. The buffet was overpriced and unimpressive.
We ate lunch at the Public Kitchen prior to a show at the Veterans Memorial Theater. We chose it due to convenience, although the menu looked rather pricey. We had a very nice lunch and the service was outstanding. The food was very good, though priced on the high side for what we ordered. Comfortable and quiet atmosphere v- easy for talking. All in all a good experience.
An hour and half is not enough time for dinner before a show. I made the reservation for 6:00 because we had tickets to a 7:30 show at the VET. We did not order an appetizer, salad or dessert and we made it to our seats with 7 minutes to spare. The food is good but the service is slow. I thought we had enough time for dessert and tea, which I was looking forward to, when I heard the table next to me ask for his dessert and bill. I couldn't believe it was so late. I was at this location when it was The Temple, it was very slow service then too. The restaurant was busy but an hour and half should have been enough time for a few course meal. The Salmon was good but it is not a big meal.
We met for a quick dinner before a show at the VET Center. From the minute we walked in the service was great! Waitress made some great recommendations and we were served quickly so we arrived at the show o n time. The added convenience was the valet parking!
We had a wonderful early evening Thanksgiving meal at the public. There was 6 of us one of whom was a three-year-old and two of whom were vegetarians we also had a member of our party who is not interested in traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We all agreed that the food was delicious the atmosphere pleasing and the service great. We ordered all of the vegetable sides which included glazed roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, orange-flavored carrots, seasoned sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, meatless stuffing gravy and the tenderest juiciest turkey I have ever had. There were not a lot of people at the restaurant while we were there so we felt as if we had it to ourselves. The hostess and wait person were terrific to us, accommodating our wishes in every way. Because there were four of us who wanted Thanksgiving dinner we opted for the special 4 person offering. That meant that our dinner was served family-style. We had more than enough food but War also assured that we could have more if we ran out of what was brought to us. The delicious meal was followed by a delicious dessert which was also included. We had pumpkin walnut bread pudding with pumpkin ice cream and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. These choices were also delicious. I highly recommend the public for any occasion. I was concerned that I would not like my first restaurant Thanksgiving meal. On the contrary the food and overall experience that we had at the public made a believer of me. I will never prepare cook and clean up after a Thanksgiving dinner again. Thank you to all of the people who made our experience such a delightful one
Enjoyable Thanksgiving family dinner while visiting Providence. Stylish setting that offered a special holiday menu as well as the regular menu and flexible service to accommodate non Turkey eaters.
A bit pricey for traditional fare, but food was very good and cooked to order.
This was the first visit for all of us. We were 4 adults with tickets to a show at the Vets. We were all pleased with our entrees, all of which came out in a timely fashion. We ran into trouble when we ordered coffee and dessert. We were afraid we'd be late to the show so we ended up cancelling our dessert order although the one person who ordered a cappuccino was able to enjoy that. The server apologized but blamed the kitchen. We felt like they were short-staffed because we saw the hostess and a man who appeared to be the manager, bringing food out to us. We had a reservation so we were seated promptly, and again, we all enjoyed our entrees but the dessert just wasn't happening.
Perfect Before/After a Show spot. Located in the Renaissance Hotel, adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Public Kitchen's Seasonal menus, great food and well stocked bar make every visit something special. The menus vary from season to season, yet seem to always have something for every taste. So, if you are headed to show at The Vets, or just headed out for shopping at Providence Place Mall and want a special dinner, stop in at Public Kitchen and Bar.
Pre-Rush Hour Concert As Always
We always dine here before a concert at The Vets. The wait staff and food are so welcoming. With the addition of a smoker of some sort in the kitchen, the potatoes [that came with the perfect, sizzling salmon] are divine. The haricot verts w/garlic were snappy and delicious. 3 warm cookies with hot coffee made the perfect dessert.
Public Kitchen is my "go to" place when attending an event at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Located in the historic Renaissance Hotel in Providence, the former Shriner's Hall has been a wonderful restaurant for many, many years. The seasonal menu is always tasty, offing something for everyone. Adjacent to Providence Place Mall, it is a wonderful change of pace from Mall Food Courts and Chain Restaurants. Give it a try. You wont be disappointed.
My mother and I attended a wedding at the renaissance and after an overnight stay wanted to get some breakfast before the ride home. Reservations were easy via open table. We were greeted and seated quickly. The wait staff was cheerful and attentive. My mother had the pan cakes which were fine. I had the eggs Benedict with rustic potatoes which was absolutely horrible. The English muffin was barely toasted the pouched eggs were way over done the Canadian bacon was paper thin and there was barely any Hollandaise sauce. The rustic potatoes were deep fried for so long you could not cut them with a knife. Overall not a good first impression.
Restaurant has most of its tables in little alcoves along the side walls, and that provides a bit of intimacy. However, we had a group of six, so we had to sit in a circular table in the middle, and at first it was too noisy from the adjacent bar to have a conversation.
However, after our request, the management closed a curtain between the bar and dining room, and that made quite a difference. Three cheers for our waitress and her boss in understanding that we came there to talk---not shout---with each other! Too many restaurants these days don't understand that.
And, yes, the food was interesting and innovative. We knew that going in.
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