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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
3
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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)
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

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!!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

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!!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Restaurant had horrible club music pounding the entire time and we couldn't wait to leave. Food was pretty good and we enjoyed it. Too bad the place was dark and loud.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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.

Value: overpriced

Atmosphere: great if you are in your 80s like the rest of the patrons. Not as advertised.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Public Kitchen and Bar at Renaissance Hotel is perfect for before or after a concert at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium.

Tags: Late-night Find, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2017

We liked that hey have expanded the after theatre menu. Did not like being seated too close to a nother table that was loud and too close.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2017

My third time attending, but my first lunch. Great service, good food and casual, quiet dining. It was slow but very much recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2016

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!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 12, 2016

This experience was less than rxpected.at best i would call it an adequate experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2016

So delicious! Something for every taste. Beautiful atmosphere! Just go!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Our regular spot before the Philharmonic; service is always sure we have time to enjoy a relaxed meal and the food is always wonderful.

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Overpriced food that is not very good, which is too bad, since the ambiance is nice. Will not be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Great food and drinks, we were going to the vets to see Norah Jones. So we decided to go to the Public Kitchen and Bar for dinner. Great choice very happy with our meal and our waiter was awesome.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2016

Overpriced food

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2016

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 24, 2016

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Food was just okay. Looking for a new spot to dine with friends and this came up. We tried it but I would not go back again. It was great if you were staying at the Hotel and needed a quick bite. Not for a night out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Wonderful filet minon and cauliflower steak appetizer!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Very good food and nice atmosphere

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Extraordinary sensory stimulation with amazing textures and flavors.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2016

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Decent food, but seem to want to rush you in and out, even if you ask for slower evening. Can not seem to get truly rare steak....Great cocktails.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2016

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.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Great Scenery inside and out. Staff very pleasant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Boring menu, empty and boring. Not a great birthday spot. Will not be back. Valet was nice.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2016

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2016

We have always enjoyed the restaurant so we brought a few more couples before Waterfire. Great Lamb Burgers! lovely decor with a nice feel.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Great place to grab a quick bite or a complete meal. good service & good food

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value
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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2016

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Our server, who unfortunately I cannot remember her name, was fantastic.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2016

I would love if the menu changed and maybe more vegetarian options soups Ect now that the weather will be cooler

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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