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  3. Distance: 4.45mi
  4. Distance: 5.09mi

About Publick House

Built in 1810, this beautiful structure serves as a restaurant and tavern in the heart of Chester, NJ. The Publick House's goal is to provide a consistent and quality cuisine while offering a unique dining experience.

We believe our guests should feel at home when they join us. The Publick House is the place to be; whether you're seeking fine dining, innovative cocktails at the bar, a seat in front of the big game or a relaxed gathering with family and friends.

111 Main St.
Chester, NJ 07930
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm,

Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
RT 206

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(908) 879-6878

Website:
http://www.chesterpublickhouse.com/

Entertainment:
Check in weekly to see who is playing in the Bar area for your enjoyment.

We offer private shows accompanied by a four course meal as well, ask about are current headliners.

Entertainment for your own private parties in the banquet room available as well.

Parking Details:
Huge parking lot located directly behind the restaraunt that provides plenty of parking.

Public Transit:
n/a

Private Party Facilities:
Three beautiful rooms to choose from that can accommodate a small gathering of 15 people and up to a large party of guests that can be perfectly set up in our new spacious banquet room.

Private Party Contact:
Freddy Palacios : (908) 879-6878

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Publick House Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.4

service

3.6

ambience

3.8

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (6)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good for a Date (4)
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Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Absolutely the worst restaurant ever. Food was unavailable, dry, overpriced and not cooked to order. Worst yet, the manager had the nerve to tell us it was a busy week and the 400.00 bill could not be ammended to reflect the numerous complaints we had. One drink was pawned off as a better one, never try that on a bourbon conneiseiur. Will NEVER attempt this joke of an establishment again, nor recommend to anyone. Very sorry to have wasted my friends money and time. Avoid this place.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

When a restaurant includes gratuity, servers do not care. Server did was hard to find and also did not bring out appetizers. Brought out main dishes and no apps. When questioned, server really did not care and asked what we ordered.
Very poor service. Then it made sense when the gratuity was already included in the check. Restaurant was not busy either. Server only had a few tables.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food was okay, limited menu on healthy choices. Service was outstanding. Ambiance was good, and it is a central meeting place for our group. Wish there was a few more choices on the menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Met friends for dinner. The owners were attentive and very friendly. Food was delicious. Happened on taco Tuesday with a trivia contest. Atmosphere was a little loud because of the contest, but we could hear ourselves converse nonetheless. Will go again and again.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was good, it was above average. Pizza seemed to be a specialty! Service was slow which was a detractor for a resturn visit.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Decent local fare.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food and beer selection. Appropriate for family: we came with 3 generations of family.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Made dinner reservations for 3 on Open Table. Lots of empty tables but we were seated in the bar side of the building. Nearby bar seats were full of very energetic folks which made the whole place very loud and harder to talk at the table. Service was incredible.(Thank you). Food came out in a record 5-10 minutes which makes me question if it came out of a boilly bag. It all tasted good but not like it was freshly prepared to order. Drinks were excellent. Likely go back for bar & apps rather than dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I've been a fan of PH for awhile, but this was my first time back in about 4 years. I ordered the arugula salad with chicken. I love this salad, but it definitely seemed smaller than I remembered. It was also completely missing the candied walnuts, and was very skimpy on the pears and goat cheese. The chicken was generous, but not worth the $7.95 upcharge (on top of the $10 salad). Very poor value. My two friends got pizzas and they looked delicious and are a fair value at $11 and $13.

Besides the food, our service was terrible. We sat outside on the patio and I think once we ordered, our waiter basically disappeared and didn't return until we had asked a different server for our check and to-go boxes. Our glasses weren't refilled and we had to wait a rather long time to pay and leave since our server was MIA.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We always have a good experience at the Publik House.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We were a bunch of childhood friends getting together so we had a lot of talking to do. Waiter was constantly at our table which at a point became annoying. There were plenty of tables open so it's not like we were holding anyone up. I ordered the Lobster Mac N Cheese. It was a runny cheese sauce with no flavor, disappointing for the price. Once the band started in the bar next door it was very loud and hard to have a conversation at our table.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We were 2 senior couples who have met at the Publick House for many years because of its location and good food. This time the music was so loud that we were unable to hear each other speak. Our repeated requests to turn down the amplification was ignored. We were forced to leave early. The food and the table service was good. As we left we registered our complaint with what appeared to be the management and were ridiculed in response. We shall not return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I made reservations at The Publick House for Father's Day 2017 because I had heard such great things about the food. I was very disappointed. I'll start at the very beginning. Our server, Marcus had to be asked twice to bring my wine and my husband's soda... They were not busy at all, but even so, it really wasn't a big deal at first. When it was time to order, I was really excited to try the Chilean Sea Bass, and my hubby not being the adventurous type, went with a bacon cheeseburger. He specifically asked for JUST bacon and American cheese. His burger came out with an onion and pickle stacked on the top bun (they serve it open faced), so we requested a new top bun only... They took the whole plate back and came back out with a tomato and onion on the top bun... Like, what?? I couldn't believe it- he didn't even bother asking again... Like really? Come on, people- onions seep into everything they touch! My sea bass looked amazing, but I couldn't finish it because once I got to the center, it was translucent and I believe undercooked. The escarole and bean it was served with was delicious, though. At the end of the meal, Marcus came to clear some of the dishes, and proceeded to throw the dirty napkins on my plate; what if it wasn't under cooked and I had wanted to take the rest home? I know that sounds like a lame complaint, but think about it; you didn't finish your meal and the server comes and throws dirty napkins on it without even asking if you wanted to get it wrapped to go? At the very least, the gelato was amazing and my five year old ate most of her chicken fingers (chicken fingers aren't exactly the type of thing to write home about, though...). If we ever decide to go back, which is very unlikely, it will strictly be for the gelato. I'm sorry Publick House, I really had high hopes for you! :-(

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Horrible salmon and chicken Parmesan entrees. Will never go again and never recommend. Overpowering loudness and noise level. Server was polite and courteous.

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Had no idea when we arrived to take Mom out that the only choice was brunch. That being said I was fine that was my only choice for food although I would have rather have been able to choose from a menu. I would have thought that there would have been something said on their website that only brunch was being served for Mother's Day. Our party of four arrived at 12:30. Waiter came over and immediately took our drink order, we only ordered soft drinks. Setup for food was extremely cramped and food selection was par. Food was warm rather than hot. When we returned for desert there was barely anything left and it was not being replenished. We were shocked at the bill ($200) which we were told when it was handed to us that gratuity was included. For the price we were charged I would have expected a much better selection of items. Having worked in the restaurant industry, and also having children work in this industry, I would never not leave a tip. However to bring one round of drinks and clear four dishes did not warrant a 20% gratuity on such an outrageous per person charge for mediocre food at best. Very disappointed with today's experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Portions of fish both of us ordered were very small, not worth the money to go there any longer. Too bad since we enjoy the atmosphere. Menu hasn't changed in a long time either.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The Publick House is a beautiful and historic building. They had a good amount of food choices. It is very pricey. I ordered a garden salad that cost $10. I did not like it as it was very bitter. I ordered the chicken picatta which was good. Your only choice of potato was mashed. It was very dry and bland. The mixed veges were also good. Dinner for the two of us with a couple of drinks (no dessert or appetizers) cost $85 plus tip. I probably would not go there again. I don't feel like I got my money's worth.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The food was cold. The manager was horrible. It was way overpriced.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Very comfortable,

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Wow! That was far and away the worst dining experience we have had in 3 and a half years in the US. There was no element of the meal or experience that I could rate above 1/5. Impressively terrible! I hope this sick feeling goes away.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Food and service consistently good. Frequent this place and always will!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Food was very good.
Waitress, Julianna was friendly and professional.
Ambiance was great.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

service was terrible, waitress spilled an ice cold glass of water all over me, the table & the floor. Never offered any type of compensation. Took almost 10 minutes to clean things up. I had to ask for napkins two times to dry myself off.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

it was my first time. Requested a quiet corner table. We were given that. Their were 3 other couples in the room and we were all spaced out. We didn't even get our appetizer when a worker placed a mom with her 10 year old son right next to us. Their table was so close that we just sat there listening to their loud voices and conversation. They ordered pizza. We ordered $130 several course meals. Very disappointing! There were many open tables so they easily could have sat them anywhere else to text during their meal. My chicken francaisse and potatoes and veggies were lukewarm, nothing great and pretty bland. Almost like an Applebees type food. My husband got the rack of ribs and loved them. Very Good sauce. Triple layer dessert was the best part. Don't think I'd return anytime soon. (This was a pizza & bar kind of place. )

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The restaurant had great food, good atmosphere and overall a very good evening. Our waitress admitted it was her first night so there was a minor issue with the salad course coming out late but the rest of the staff picked up the slack ( and we were offered the salads for free; which was very nice) and overall we had a great night. Thanks,

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 28, 2017

Great pizzas and salads. Music on weekends. Great for 40 and over crowd.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Nice atmosphere, but felt rushed throughout meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2016

The Publick House and its managers Freddie and Junior never disappoint. We've eaten and stayed here for numerous occasions and we've left happy, satisfied guests every time. Thank you to the whole staff for making each one of our visits outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Delicious and ample portions surprised and delighted me and my siblings at our annual get-together. The specials were great and cooked perfectly, and my house burger was big and yummy (fries, too). Not enough servers, but ours was excellent and super friendly. I will definitely be going back again in the near future.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2016

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we were very pleased. The food was delicious and the drinks generous. Great Chester hotspot!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

The food at Public House is always good! My only complaint is that you are often rushed through the courses, often bringing dinner before you finish your salad. Slow down meal service a bit and you'll be perfect. We will ask for them to hold our order if we order a salad going forward. I hate to feel rushed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2016

We had 9 of us and we enjoyed our meal and the company.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

They were able to seat us when we arrived early for our reservation. Our waiter William was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The service was impeccable. The food was all fresh made. Chicken nachos had fresh made chips, guacamole,salsa and the flavors see on spot. Dinner was gnocchi bolognese and chicken marsala. The gnocchi was hearty and made from scratch. The marsala was the most tender chicken I ever had. We had an overall amazing dinner for our anniversary and we can't wait to go back. It was busy but we were not rushed and William made sure we had everything we wanted. Sorry no dessert but we were stuffed!!! Great place!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Even with a reasonably early 6pm reservation, they were out of menu items - both main menu (only 1 steak left when we ordered 2) and dessert items (orange ricotta cheesecake). The service was definitely 'off'. It was spotty at best -- and when we did see our waiter he was rushing by on his way to do something else. This was likely because many large groups started to arrive during our meal. I was also surprised that the bus 'folks' kept coming by to take our plates when we were clearly still eating. I will return because I'm hoping this was a one-time faux pas.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Food was excellent, service was excellent. The cheesecake and the gelato were to die for. The atmosphere was my favorite part, very cozy and rustic setting. My only complaint was the portion sizes. Fairly expensive for the amount of food. I would definitely go back though, maybe another entree choice would leave me more satisfied.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2016

I find my experiences here a hit or miss. Sometimes food and service can be good other times it can be poor. The menu never changes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2016

My friends and I went here for a Saturday night dinner. The place was hopping with live music and a dinner show. So pretty lively, noisy and really busy. Several of us ordered the dinner special - stuffed grouper with crab meat, mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. The food was really good, and good value. We were just far enough to hear the music and still be able to have a conversation without having to shout. A fun evening and good food overall.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Great new menu with better variety and reasonable prices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2016

We were in the area for Oktiberfest and decided to have dinner here before we headed home. We arrived about 40 minutes prior to our reservation, and they accommodated us no problem. Food was good, and my toddler gobbled up his margherita pizza. Looks like a fun place to grab drinks and enjoy the live music in the bar area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2016

The short answer is that overall we thought it was just -ok. We were there celebrating 15 year wedding anniversary. Old historic building, charming/homey inside...probably great on a cold snowy night. We had a nice enough table. We thought the menu could have been more adventurous. I'm no chef but I do enjoy cooking and so on the off occasion we get to go someplace "nice" I like to have something that I couldn't or wouldn't make at home. We had looked at the menu before going (family living in the area had recommended Public House) so we knew the menu was kind of ordinary but we thought they'd have some specials not seen online. And they did. My wife was excited to hear about the Chilean Sea Bass and ordered it only to find out "they were out of it". Not kidding! It wasn't even 6:00 on this Saturday night yet! In the end, my steak was more rare than I would have liked and my wife's pasta and seafood dish was competent but nothing special. The French onion soup she had for appetizer was good but we thought $9 was kind of steep. We passed on dessert too for same rea$on. Public House really COULD BE great. It looks very inviting but there has to be better choices. The craft beer selection could have been better too. Nothing local!? What restaurant worth its salt doesn't know that a decent beer selection is a very hot trend and that it shows no sign of slowing down. Value? I had one craft beer. Wife had one glass wine. 1 appetizer 2 entrees no dessert. Total with tip was $95 (that was generous!). It was nice to get out and we still enjoyed ourselves but it's not likely we'd come back.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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