Public Kitchen and Bar

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Contemporary American
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.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

People were extremely friendly but the they were having a private function so they were very busy and we felt we were left aside.

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KA
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service..amazing food and great atmosphere!! Would definitely reccomend!! Loved it!!

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EL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was decent. My adult grilled cheese was very tasty. Boyfriend's lamb melt was only okay. Service could have been much friendlier. I gave the server a heads up when we ordered that we were going to the show next door, and she said snidely, "We're doing the best we can. EVERYONE is going to the show." Just not necessary to make a customer feel bad, even if you're frustrated. So yes, convenient decent place to go before a show at the VETS, but just know that the staff won't be happy about it!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good vibe, great drinks.

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New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My rule has always been never eat at a restaurant in a mid-priced chain hotel, you’ll always be disappointed. I broke my rule because this place is very close to The VETS theater. My rule stands. I had called to let them know I would be late, when I arrived the GM at the hostess stand gave me grief and questioned me. “You called here”? Finally the waitress who had answered the phone overheard and cleared things up. He was a jerk. The food was mediocre at best. I had the large size Cobb salad for $21 which was laughable, in small size, freshness and how it was plated. Others in my party had stacked burgers which arrived at the table barely warm. A pizza arrived after everyone else was done with their meal because the kitchen ‘made the wrong pizza’. WTF? The waitress was kind, but seemed frazzled. The space is very nice,but doesn’t make up for the bad vibe and weak food.

Bottom line, avoid the grief of a crappy restaurant, walk the extra few blocked and have a decent meal.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good breakfast menu with lots of choices. Some traditional some not. Easy access because of valet parking at the hotel. Be sure to get your valet ticket validated by the restaurant for free parking.
Good service and attentive staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Made a reservation for mother's day and we were the only ones in the restaurant and they were turning away hotel guests which didn't make much sense. Over all the food was good and the waitress was attentive and polite.

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C
New England
41 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We come here after every RI Philharmonic performance because it is so convenient. The food is good but has limited gluten free choices for me. I would love to see the pizzas available with GF crust and some GF pasta dishes.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Great service. A little noisy that night.

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was attending a conference and it’s the only restaurant option nearby. Sat at the four tops in the bar area. While busy, service was friendly and fast. Prices were high for what you got ($18 for a plain burger and fries is a bit much) but not unexpected for hotel dining. Burger was well cooked. Coffee was hot and strong. Not much else to add...

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AB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was awful. Just awful. It’s basically a really terrible version of a hotel restaurant menu.

We were there for a special occasion brunch and it was such a disappointment. It has everything else but good food. Great service. Good atmosphere.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Excellent service.

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Ok place if you are going to theater next door but otherwise would not recommend. Service extremely slow, my food was cold when it arrived and my friend’s halibut entree was not good. Waiter didn’t notice my friend had barely touched her dish until we were paying the bill.

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TT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous service and interesting menu. right next door to the "Vets"

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MP
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to eat and socialize.. "the road less traveled sometimes is better than traversing the main roads"

Would recommend before or after the show at the Vets

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

On the last night of a business trip, I went here for what I anticipated being a quick dinner. The restaurant was busy thanks to a next door theater show. I ordered one of the most basic things on the menu and ended up waiting 30+ minutes for my sandwich. My waiter was initially inattentive, but once the host noticed my annoyance, became more attentive and apogized for the wait blaming it on the restaurant being busy. I did not feel that I was a priority of my waiter. He was much more interested in waiting on larger tables. Aside fromy unhappiness with the service, the food I did order was excellent.

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JG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We were hoping for a better experience. We were sat at a table and then forgotten to be served. The waiter who finally came and the manager were apologetic and polite. The appetizer was delicious but our entries were mediocre at best. We thought the quality and presentation was slightly below average and the cost above average. The facility is cool but we were disappointed in the food.

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KM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was overall pretty good. The cocktails were great. The poutine was ok, the cheese was very hard.

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RG
New England
40 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was average at best. Burgers were over cooked and the drinks were so far over priced. Maybe we will try it again?

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TA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love to get downtown and enjoy a nice meal with friends. This particular evening we went to the Vets. Our meal at Public Kitchen was perfect before the show. Can’t wait to go back!

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K
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Started off not so great - host was on his phone as we walked in and didn’t look up for a while. He asked if we had a 7:30 - he said he’d been just about to cancel it. (Except he was on his phoj

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S
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Girls evening dinner at Public. There was a lively gathering in the bar, which was nice to see. Our server was a sweetheart. But organization in the restaurant overall, seemed somewhat lacking. We ordered Truffle fries as an appetizer. They arrived along with our dinner- so not right. I received the wrong entree entirely. Also, the dinner for 3 people- 3 entrees, 1 appetizer and 2 drinks each was $176. Although our food was good...this just doesn't seem to be the kind of place that warrants that type of a price. I liked my food...liked the server, but didn't leave with an overall great feeling. I would eat here again, but it won't be at the top of my list.

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DD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It is very convenient for events at the auditorium next door. Furthermore, the ambiance and service are very pleasant. I have had lovely meals there previously. This time I picked the plowman's meal which a friend of mine had ordered the last time I was there and raved about. But this time the platter came out with 2 tiny pieces of cheese and an equally scarce serving of pate, a bunch of unadorned parsley and some undistinguished grapes and strawberries. Hardly a lovely meal!

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EP
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the new menu
The pizza was fantastic
Our waitress perfect

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AE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great from start until end. We had May for a server and she was excellent!!!

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LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about it! The food was so good ,The service was great, we had Patrick who was super nice and very efficient. We had tickets-to see a show and he had us fed, he was on top of our drinks Without rushing us but also had us out the door in ample time to see the show! We will definitely be back with large group!

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CR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a show at the neighboring Vets Performance arts center, the second we walked in the door we were greeted with welcoming smiles. Our server, May was a delight and kept us smiling and laughing. My husband ordered the NY strip steak frites and devoured it. I had the salmon and enjoyed every bite. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone living or visiting Providence.

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PJ
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

One waitress on during Sunday brunch, the poor thing had every table, took forever to get coffee and meals, disappointing, also ran out of hashbrowns at 9:45... clearly subpar at brunch.

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beatiful space. Restutant quieter than bar. Menu offers a variety of foods, all well prepared and presented, and very tasty. Local yummy oysters, a wonderful strip sirloin, scallop appetizer, a bolognaise — all terrificFrom the maitre to our charming waiter and servers all were very attentive. We are looking forward to our next visit!

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New England
45 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our regular go to place before Philharmonic and/or PPAC performances. Always totally pleased, from the initial welcome do the final "see you next time".

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and close to the concert hall. They accommodate for the early concerts.

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MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great vibe at Public’s, service is grand.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I love this spot. I’ve been going there for years. This was the place I took my then girlfriend on our first date as well as the the night I proposed to her. So, yeah I love this place. The bartenders however was a different story. We were waiting for our table and figured we would have a drink and while these two bartenders saw us sat down, they continue to count their tips or whatever money they were counting and only after two or some minutes later one acknowledged us and took a drink order. We ate and our waitress was great and was the manager. After our dinner the wife and I went into the hangout area for a few more cocktails, but none of the bartenders came and take a drink order. My wife got tired of waiting and we took off to meet a larger group we had coming to meet us. We had drinks somewhere else.

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LC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there on Christmas Day and I must say the ambiance, as always, was beautiful. The view of the RI State House was breathtaking. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was excellent from the frito misto to the lamb sliders. The ancient grain salad was notable. I have only two small complaints. One was the cheese board. We ordered a large one for the 7 of us and to say that the tiny cubes of cheese and the few crackers probably should have only served three is an understatement. The other one is when we got into the lobby, I asked how to get to the restaurant. The young man at the desk told us to go down the stairs. He neglected to tell us that there was an elevator. So 3 elderly people (one with impending knee surgery) had to trudge down two flights of stairs. I will come back to the restaurant again.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here as couple & with family for birthdays, anniversary & holidays and NEVER been disappointed. The food is Great with vegan options & awesome crafted drinks plus a great ambiance with courteous service.
Our complimentants to the chef, support staff, wait staff & host staff for an A+ operation.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was OK at best. They were out of several items which happens, however, they had many menu options that are apparently "seasonal" but have not updated the menu to include other things that are in season. The price did not reflect the quality implied.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Love the interior and ambience but the food was very bland in my taste...But Kids loved the pasta they've ordered!

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LI
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good. A bit pricey for the quality. The calamari had a TON of breading and oil. The pasta dishes were delicious. The big disappointment was our waitress. She was apathetic to our dining experience bordering on rude. It is the worst service I ever remember receiving at a “nice” restaurant. I asked for a dessert menu at the beginning because sometimes a decide whether to get an appetizer based on the dessert options. This seemed to annoy her (and I promise I asked very nicely). She served our $30 entrees and there was no silverware on our table so we had to sit and watch them get cold until we waved her down for silverware. She practically threw the bill on our table at the end of the meal with an annoyed sounding “here you go”........not anything like “hope you enjoyed the meal”. It was startling to see a waitress at a more exprensive restaurant behave in this manner. We ate there because of its proximity to the Vets Auditorium which is extremely convenient. Next time, will save our money and eat at home. BTW - the waiter at the next table seemed friendly and pleasant. That may have been a completely different dining experience.

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EF
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my granddaughter to a show at The Vets, and we had dinner prior to show at Puclic Kitchen and Bar. Excellent ambiance and food, and our server, Jason, was very attentive and knowledgeable. Very enjoyable experience!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Celebrating a special dinner before a show.

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