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Publick House

4.4
4.4
2030 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
We offer lunch and dinner with indoor and limited outdoor dining. Reservations are highly suggested as we fill up quickly! If you have a specific dining area request please note in your reservation and if there is availability we will try our best to accommodate! All guests must check-in at Ebenezer's Tavern podium located on the lower level, to be seated for all indoor and outdoor dining. General parking is in the main lot in the rear of the building, handicap placard parking is available in the front of the building, and someone in your party needs to check-in at Ebenezer's Tavern, or stop by the front desk to call the restaurant to check in.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 18 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (508) 347-3313

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ken O'Keefe

  • Private party facilities

    Something Old...Something New... For the wedding of your dreams, whether it be indoors or out at our 3 season tent venue, come to the Publick House Historic Inn of Sturbridge, MA. the ultimate venue for your memorable New England wedding. Our wedding consultants work with you to ensure your vision becomes reality. They will help you with every detail from planning the bridal shower, booking rooms for your guests, arranging your bridal suite, hosting the rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. The ambiance, the romance, the memories await you at the Publick House. Since 1771 the Publick House has been the site of countless successful meetings, functions and some revolutionary good times. Today, the tradition continues. We offer a unique mix of location, charm and hospitality. From sales meetings to corporate retreats to showers and birthday parties,we offer you a choice of 11 distinctive banquet rooms with colonial charm.

  • Private party contact

    Laura Skowron: (508) 347-7323 ext. 28

  • Neighborhood

    Sturbridge

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking available for up to 300, nestled in the back of our building. Handicap parking available in the front of the building.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,030 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central MA

    Healthy

  • Central MA

    Good for special occasions

  • Central MA

    Most Booked

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  1. DG

    DerekG

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    My wife and I have had lunch at the Publick House several times and always enjoyed the experience. This was the first time in the Tap Room. I liked it better than upstairs
  2. MD

    MicheleD

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The atmosphere of the Publick House is very quaint, colonial New England, which was perfect for our belated Thanksgiving meal. In general, people were very friendly, but our waiter responded very brusquely when we asked for bread. Apparently, they serve very sweet sticky buns and cornbread instead. “That’s all you’re gonna get,” he said. Later, he must have reconsidered because he found some dinner rolls for us. My entree of Yankee Pot Roast was very bland and covered with gravy to apparently hide the fact. Not at all what I was hoping for. We also had to request a dessert menu after receiving the check even though other tables seemed to be asked about dessert, and the dessert of lava cake, was quite underwhelming. Prices seemed average for this kind of fare. I probably would return just because of the historical colonial atmosphere.
  3. KN

    KarenN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere. A delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
  4. L

    Lischy

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Came in for dinner after a visit to OSV.We were seated promptly even though we were an hour early. Chicken pot pie is a home run on a cold night.Delicious. Will come here again if in the area
  5. HS

    HenryS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Server was very attentive. The sticky buns were great. My sister (in North Carolina) ordered a bottle of champagne for our anniversary which was waiting for us when we got to the table. It was delightful.
  6. JK

    JoeK

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food very good, like always. Cannot go wrong here!
  7. SP

    SheriP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The roasted turkey was delish! Service was friendly
  8. KC

    KennethC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although the room had a good size crowd, the service was prompt and cordial.
  9. PW

    PhilW

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing! What a great find in Sturbridge .
  10. TC

    TadC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    We were very disappointed with the food. The quality was not good. We have not been in a long time and it used to be so good.
  11. CH

    CherylH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food2service4ambience5
    Very surprised turkey dinner wasn’t carved turkey but pressed meat. Disappointed and wasn’t hot.
  12. TS

    TinaS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic good food perfect atmosphere
  13. MR

    MarilynR

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Reunion w out of state friend. We have met here for lunch over the years - About half way between Boston and Hartford. We had not met during Covid so 2 yr gap of tradition. Waitress gave us plenty of time to chat. Well paced but attentive service. Food food. Comfortable place well spaced tables.
  14. JK

    JKMK

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We ordered 2 lunches. My niece had a wrap with chicken and said it was good. Fries were very good. I had sweet potato fries which were also very good. But my Ruben sandwich was poor. The corned beef slices were very thick, chewy and tough. I would not recommend it. Ambiance was fair - too bad no one thought to give us any info about the history of the place. I had to ask for it at the front desk.
  15. MS

    MichaelS

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Turkey dinner. Very pleasant waitress. Good drinks. Definitely worth the hour drive.
  16. MF

    MikeF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s hard to find words to explain how wonderful this place is. We went for a escape weekend and the accommodations were exceptional. Dinner was fantastic. It was thanksgiving week so we had the Turkey. And I can say it’s as good as a nothing you will ever have at home. And not expensive either. 6 stars to Publick House!
  17. PA

    PaulaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent. The food could have been a little warmer. The people at the next table were a bit loud.
  18. KH

    KayH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Midweek dinner was not very crowded. Waitress was attentive and helpful re: portion sizes etc… Good quality food. Nice ambiance.
  19. j

    johnb

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent waitress. She had black hair about 30ish. Very good turkey dinner
  20. LK

    LisaK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fish and chips and try the maple chili wings for an appetizer they are fantastic
  21. A

    Andypie

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Three of us ordered the pot roast dinner and one fish and chips. All excellent and great portions. No salt and pepper on the table. Had to get up to ask someone for sweetener for coffee although creamer was on the table. Very loud table next to us. In the past we were usually seated in the upstairs room.The Tavern has more ambiance but upstairs is less noisy.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    I have visited numerous times over the years and I was truly disappointed and was so looking forward to my lunch. I ordered pot roast and it arrived well done and cold,, even the extra gravy was slightly warm. Our server was wonderful and apologetic but it was not enough to warm our hearts. Hope this was just an off day as it was the first unpleasant visit we had.
  23. RA

    RobA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Well prepared American cuisine. Deserts are quite good and prepared in their on-site bakery. Good service and ambience on Old Tap Room. Tavern restaurant is a bit more crowded and noisy so if its quiet you want dine in the smaller upstairs Tap room. A reservation is a must. Pricing is moderate, portions are average depending on meal. Publick House is known for its Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Half chicken dish is a great meal, and value. If you like New England style cooking, you will enjoy this place.
  24. BO

    BridgetO

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are seeking classic New England cooking in a historic setting, The Publick House will not disappoint. Come hungry because the portions aren't skimpy!
  25. R

    Rick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waitress (Lori) was extremely helpful, cheerful and related well with my group. She even assisted us by taking a picture of us all near the end. She was very personable. My wife used to waitress and knows it's not an easy job, so she recognizes that your crew were on top of their game. Thanks! We interacted off and on with 3 of your wait-staff and they all left a positive impression.
  26. TB

    TheresaB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We ate in the Tavern at The Publick house, and it provided a great dining atmosphere. The service and our waiter Greg were top notch. We had the clam chowder - highly recommend! For dinner we had the Turkey dinner and Scallops. Both were excellent but some of the items were not very hot (only negative criticism)
  27. SP

    ShelleyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    A little Soft background music would have made it perfect!
  28. DR

    DeanR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. Drinks and food always great. Turkey dinner is best I ever had 😋 can't go wrong with it.
  29. DS

    DorisS

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lunch was excellent. My salmon was cooked perfectly. The server was also excellent. The only issue was the noise level which is really loud in the downstairs room.
  30. r

    robert

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The Publick House has maintained its reputation as a nice place to visit for dinner. Its ambiance and atmosphere are quite good. The hospitality is noticeable friendly and upbeat from the greeter, waitstaff and dining room manager. Even a member of the kitchen staff gave us a friendly good evening as we left. Unfortunately, the message on the web page indicating a reduction of hours due to staffing challenges was foretelling. Although the waitstaff was efficient and a reasonable wait time for being served, the food was cold in some cases. (Party of 6) The kitchen may have been understaffed. The manager apologized and tried his best to fix the issue. I'm sure they are trying to get back to their standard. I will return in the future to support them. This may have been a one-off incident.
  31. KD

    KathleenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was exemplary, and the foodwas wonderful. I plan on returning more regularly and inviting family and friends. I love the colonial atmosphere.! Thank you for a very pleasant meal.
  32. p

    peterw

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely employees-very friendly and polite. Dining room could have been a little cozier.
  33. KV

    KarlaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch with great service from Jim, a very nice atmosphere and delicious entrees.
  34. M

    Mark

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been here in a few years- food was delicious- waitress was very friendly and attentive- ambiance was wonderful
  35. RA

    RACK

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner. We love the Publick House. From the sticky buns to the apple pie and everything in between, the food never disappoints. The service is always professional.
  36. JL

    JudithL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Charming setting in a very convenient location. The food was ok—not outstanding, and it was difficult to have a conversation because of the noise level. Nevertheless, being midway between our home in Massachusetts and our friends in New Haven, we’ll be back!
  37. EE

    EagerEater

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Not busy in the Tap Room Wed night when we went. Food high quality and attentive service.
  38. DR

    DavidR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great birthday celebration meal! Lauri, our server was very good. Food was delicious.
  39. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner! It was very good. The Historic Tap room was a little chilly- main dining room may have been warmer. Service was excellent- we had a very pleasant and attentive waitress.
  40. R

    Ren1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got our request to a T. Perfect quiet corner cozy spot for our anniversary dinner date night. Amazing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Publick House is rated 4.4 stars by 2030 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Publick House

277 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sturbridge

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking available for up to 300, nestled in the back of our building. Handicap parking available in the front of the building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ken O'Keefe

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (508) 347-3313

  • Private party facilities

    Something Old...Something New... For the wedding of your dreams, whether it be indoors or out at our 3 season tent venue, come to the Publick House Historic Inn of Sturbridge, MA. the ultimate venue for your memorable New England wedding. Our wedding consultants work with you to ensure your vision becomes reality. They will help you with every detail from planning the bridal shower, booking rooms for your guests, arranging your bridal suite, hosting the rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. The ambiance, the romance, the memories await you at the Publick House. Since 1771 the Publick House has been the site of countless successful meetings, functions and some revolutionary good times. Today, the tradition continues. We offer a unique mix of location, charm and hospitality. From sales meetings to corporate retreats to showers and birthday parties,we offer you a choice of 11 distinctive banquet rooms with colonial charm.

  • Private party contact

    Laura Skowron: (508) 347-7323 ext. 28

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