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Publick House

4.1
188 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

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

Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(908) 879-6878
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Freddy Palacios : (908) 879-6878
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
RT 206
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Parking details
Huge parking lot located directly behind the restaraunt that provides plenty of parking.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 188 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We have been to the Publick House many times off and on over the years. It is always reliable—nothing special, but safe and predictable. The food is fine. Our server was fantastic. We were very disappointed that we were seated in the bar area by default; although we did not make an issue of it, we would have preferred to have been given the option of sitting in the dining room.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Visiting this wonderful little town, Publick House was a warm welcome meal hile traveling through.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

First time dining at the Publick House. Good food, lovely historical building...will definitely visit again!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Was cold in the restaurant

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice Atmosphere, Great Server, Good Food. Quick service

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Pleasantly surprised. The more recent Yelp and Open Table reviews leave something to be desired, and I was worried when my friends and I decided to dine here again. The last time, roughly 6 months ago, wasn't very good. This time we were seated in a quiet room by the fireplace and far away from the noise of the bar. The service was much better than last time. Our food came quickly and was delicious. I had the salmon, one friend had the burger and another friend had a pasta dish. All were generously portioned and cooked properly. Glad we gave it another chance.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The entertainment was so much fun! our server was attentive and very friendly. This is a great casual place to meet up with friends

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Had a lovely table by the fireplace. Excellent Martini and J. Lohr Cab. Onion soup was very good as was my strip steak. Very nicely seasoned. Love their hot rolls!

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2.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was okay. Very loud band made conversing impossible. For a pub, I would have thought there would have been a drink list, but there was none. They also advertise gelato for which there was one flavor...coffee.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Great place to eat, nice atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Service and ambiance were great.
The consensus of the table was that all four dinners lacked seasoning.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Very pleasant, unpretentious, decent food in a historic building. Ordered coconut shrimp, salad, and crab cakes. Everything was very good. No complaints. A solid 3-4 stars.

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1.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on November 4, 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 25, 2017

Decent local fare.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

We always have a good experience at the Publik House.

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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1.0Dined on April 16, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Very comfortable,

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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,

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3.0Dined 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. )

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Nice atmosphere, but felt rushed throughout meal.

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