Publick House

4.3
1452 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
We are excited to be re-opening on 4-1-21! Offering lunch and dinner with indoor and outdoor dining following all COVID precautionary guidelines. Reservations are highly suggested! Outdoor seating is available by request and availability. Please add a note to your reservation and 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 in 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 ET or call the restaurant for assistance.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1452 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenO
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I have been to the Publick House many times over the years and would normally rate them very good plus! I don't know if "Covid" is to blame for the service, a new/lack of staff, lack of attention, or what yesterday. We were meeting friends for lunch and I had recommended the PH (their first time there, half way for all of us, over an hour drive for all). Our reservation's was 12:30, the food didn't come until 1:45. While it was very good, it was just warm. We had to ask for a second round of beverages while we sat there with empty glasses. I will go back again -- it usually is great. The Bake Shoppe was excellent as usual and I came prepared with a cooler to take "goodies" home.

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DebC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great...great food and great service. It was a very relaxing evening!

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JaniceM
New England
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good meal, service, and ambiance. Have been going there for years and no disappointments yet. Always enjoyable.

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Sandy
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We have eaten there before and enjoyed it. This time the food was mediocre. The chicken pot pie crust was chewy and not flaky.

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Foodie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Publick House! It's always a treat to go there.

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LoriJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere, many fond memories here! The staff was wonderful.

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vipBebe
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is an adorable place, excellent comfort food and a waitress who was fabulous. A guest at the bar bought us dessert. Great surprise for dinner as we were pressing on to Mt. Desert and stopped overnight in Sturbridge. Don’t miss the smoked salmon flatbread.

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great staff. Looking forward to returning in the future. Vey impressed with Sara who waited on us, very helpful and professional. Great job 👏

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vipBob60
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Not our first time. Usually stop on our way through. Food this time was mediocre at best. Had the pot roast. Very bland and tasteless. Wife had the turkey sandwich said it was just okay. Service was very good.

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for lunch/ dinner. Food , service and outdoor dining was so good and made for a lovely birthday luncheon.

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vipMelK
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Loud enough to make hearing our dining companion across the table difficult to hear, but the food and the waitstaff were very good.

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DianeW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a relaxing lunch at a shaded table outside. the tables were nicely spaced apart. The food was very good with generous portions. It turned out to be our dinner. The wait staff were very good. It's a pretty setting

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Gimmel1
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our staff was wonderful and very accommodating - great with kids. The turkey dinner was amazing and the children's portions were nearly as generous as the adults for just a fraction of a cost. Worth the visit - only wished they were open later on Sundays!

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vipNYCTheatreMonkey
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Three of us from different States, were meeting up & we chose the Publick House for a quaint lunch. We were only informed (when being seated) that the dining room was no
longer open for lunch and that we’d be sitting in the Tavern. This was a real disappointment and quite frankly a dreary setting. Cornbread & sticky buns were served first.
The cornbread was tasteless and for those of us who had been to the restaurant before, the sticky bun wasn’t the same. We found out there was a new baker and therefore
some changes had been made. The spinach salad was nondescript & the special turkey spinach wrap was tasteless. The one positive was that our waitress was
attentive. All in all though, it was a pretty disappointing
lunch and probably will not be on our radar to eat at in the future.

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Igor
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a great historical place to eat at it. What was interesting and unusual, but very good was that they gave cinnamon buns and corn bread instead of bread for free with butter.

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Paul
New England
50 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The chowder was the best. The rolls were lovely. Our server was great. Really nice place.

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Shermanator
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was very classic, old-school American. The bread basket included something that looked like a pastry with pecans on top and the sweetest corn bread I have ever had - it was more like cake. We ordered pot roast and the turkey dinner. Nothing wrong with either, they were just very simple (almost no seasoning). The portions were generous.
My first thought when the entrées arrived was that my parents would have loved this place (I'm in my 50s). Turns outs, my companion (also age 50+) was thinking the same thing.
Anyway, the server was great, very professional.

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vipJudy
Tampa
79 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Duck was very good! Food in general was good and exceeded expectations. But too noisy and much much too cold. Freezing!

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Durg18
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Limited menu, good New England comfort food. the only option for dining was the Tavern Room. would have been nice to know that when we made reservations. Tavern Room was not a good choice for a special anniversary/birthday dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great lunch with my husband at Publik House on a Saturday afternoon. Definitely make a reservation. Food, drink and service were all top notch.

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Jtandy
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Thought our reservation was for the tavern but was seated upstairs with a couple other people in a dark gloomy room.I have been eating and staying at the public house for 30 years it’s not like it used be.

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DonnaP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Publick House is a delightful environment. The Raspberry salad and salmon were absolutely delicious. The lemon Mascarpone cake was not as good. Everything at the a
Publick house always feels very homemade. The cake tasted more store- bought.
Our server as well as the wait staff were enchanting and most personable.
Needless to say we will come again for another visit 🤗

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

For an appetizer I had the New England clam chowder. That was really think, creamy and very tasty. It could have had more clams, but I only ordered a cup, so perhaps the clams missed the cup. ? The scrod I ordered for my main course was as good as any I’ve ever had. The scallops my date ordered were also quite up to a very high standard. My problem was with the beans, which I generally like cooked somewhat al dente, these were basically raw and inedible. When the server got around to asking if she could put them back I was already half done with the scrod so just decided to pass on the string beans, all of which were left on the plate.
Given that, it was pleasant enough. I would go back for a casual meal.

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Ei10
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely lunch with friends. The salmon was very good. The server and other staff we encountered were very accommodating. The only issue we had was the noise level.

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MargaretB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Restaurant packed and food just a whole lump of turkey and stuffing. Hotel room smelled moldy so moved me to another room. not returning.

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DudeT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a nice time- food is steady but not spectacular. We are downstairs, very nice atmosphere. The building is a couple hundred years old but in great shape and sparse but very well decorated.Waiter was excellent, food served hot and not a long wait. Been there 25?times- always a consistent, good meal. Bakery great way to end dinner!!!!

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HowardB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent choice to hold a birthday celebration for my 98 year old mom. The food was great and the service was outstanding.

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience
I would reccomend
Very quaint

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MarieR
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with our service and the dinner we had at the Publick House. We come in from Newington, Ct and have always had an enjoyable time. Our waitress was friendly and she was excellent. We are looking forward to returning there again.

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SusanCB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I am sure that my review would have been higher had and I not experienced the Public House many many times over the past three or four decades. It just did not live up to my memories or expectations. From the appetizer to dessert it was just not the public house I remember. The food was average as for most things except the ambience of the public house that didn't seem to have changed that much. Except for the fact that all the dining room's upstairs weren't open but that was to be expected.

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DonR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The restaurant was nice. The service was also good, unfortunately the food was not as good as it was on our last visit, two years ago. The Public House hosts several functions each weekend that might hinder the performance in the kitchen.

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vipjerry
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Dinner with our daughter

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JeanB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you ate looking for a historic house to dine in Public House is recommended. Old world feel made for an enjoyable dinner.

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ClaudetteB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. My daughter had her wedding there. I cannot say how much they did for her. Anything she needed was done without asking. I would have any type of event there. It was beautiful.

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Roxie
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was plentiful and delicious. Our waitress was polite and very accommodating.
Good experience and will definitely return.
So pleased you are up and running again

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CaroleR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve eaten here many times. The food is always reliably tasty. The service is great and the ambiance is fun.

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JimR
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was accommodating. There were 4 of us and we all enjoyed our meal. Waitstaff was very helpful advice pleasant. We loved it.

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Bizzy57
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!! Food and service exceptional! The dining rooms are really loud but it will not prohibit us from returning.

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner in a great atmosphere especially for a holiday.

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Markh
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Publick House has long been a favorite of ours for celebrating any event, from birthdays, and anniversaries to Thursdays or any other day of the week! The sumptuous Turkey with dressing is my absolute go to dinner. I don't know how they do it but it has the most amazing flavor. The outstanding gravy is the frosting on this cake! MMM, makes my mouth water.
The bread basket contains not only rolls but cornbread and pecan danish! you had me at bread basket.

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Publick House is rated 4.3 stars by 1452 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.