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Publick House

4.3
4.3
1946 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

7:00 PM


Booked 27 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 1,946 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central MA

    Good for Groups

  • Central MA

    Great for Lunch

  • Central MA

    Special Occasion

  • Central MA

    Most Booked

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  1. DH

    DanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most importantly, the food is delicious - prepared and served with care.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    Potatoes were loose and not great … stuffing was mediocre… squash ok but cold Turkey was good… Rolls were a disappointment from what you used to have No fire in fireplace Went years ago… Probably will not return .
  3. CW

    CharlieW

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Publick House is one of our favorite places to dine. Dress is casual, ambience is excellent, service is excellent and the food is consistently good. We both had the chicken, we have had it many times previous, and as usual it was excellent.
  4. P

    P80825

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Food is good but service is a problem because of limited staff.
  5. LA

    LisaAC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Place a reservation online and we arrived 30 minutes early and they happily seated us early. Had to ask for a knife when bread basket came to use the butter. Waiter seemed annoyed. When he brought the knives he then noticed we had no silverware and apologized. Crab cake was delicious but $14 for one was expensive for lunch appetizer, pot roast & mashed potatoes were not hot and disappointing. My Niece said her potatoes were gluey. Green beans extremely bland and there was water on the plate, sort of mixed with the potatoes. They were not overcooked which was the most I can say. Did not even have a pad of butter. $20 not a good value with 3 small pieces of meat and cold gravy. Turkey dinner was good but again not very hot and potatoes not great. Turkey, dressing, squash and gravy were all good. Cranberry tastes like out of a can. Would expect better quality for $24 for lunch. The pecan roll and cornbread were delicious. Stingy with 1 pad of butter for each person. Never was asked if we wanted more bread, water and had to ask for salt & pepper. Nice touch was the cupcake for my sister’s birthday. That was very appreciated. Overall not rushing back. The bakery never disappoints. Took items to go. All were terrific, assortment of cookies, scones, almond tart. I would drive there ( we are about 45 minutes away) just for the baked goods. At the bakery they asked for our itemized receipt and we would get a 10% discount. We only had our credit card copy. Bakery gave us the discount anyway. It would be very nice if the waitstaff made mention of that perk to encourage people to pick up a treat before leaving. I tried to engage waiter in conversation but just did not get much in return. My niece was in town from Florida and we drove there specifically for lunch for a New England experience but sadly the experience was mediocre and disappointing.
  6. MC

    MadeleineC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will definitely go back. It was great food and very good service. Thank you!
  7. HH

    HeatherH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Cold food for dinner and long wait and burned burgers for lunch. A total disappointment after going there twice before. Consider not scheduling so many events that everyone has poor results.
  8. F

    Foodies

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so delicious. The turkey dinner sooo good, and the pasta bolognese was delicious. The service was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable, accommodating, and delightful, actually, both servers worked so well together. We loved being in the upstairs dining room.
  9. MH

    MaryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambiance excellent! Only complaint is that the noise level made conversation challenging at times.
  10. P

    Paula

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Relaxing atmosphere. Very friendly and attentive staff! Bakery items were delicious!
  11. F

    Foodies

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was very good, especially the poutine (our favorite). My husband enjoyed the roast turkey sandwich, but it needed more gravy (a little dry). I was disappointed in the chicken pot pie. The filling was very good, but the topping was not a flaky crust as described. It was more like a hard cracker top. I did have to go for our waitress and we had to ask for service several times. But everything was very pleasant.
  12. DP

    DanP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Adriannna was excellent. Had the Scrod and it was perfectly baked. Good selection of local beers too. New England chowder was very good.
  13. K

    Keith

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good, service was excellent. We sat in the historic tap room.
  14. BF

    BernieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Best Time We Had We Had in a While! Would Go Back Again!
  15. KB

    KimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal as always Waitress was awesome and so attentive to our needs . You would never know there were a number of functions going on
  16. C

    Camper

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We have always loved the Publick House. Both the lodging and restaurants were busy and this was a Thursday evening. The food as usual is very good. Unfortunately the Publick House like so many other restaurants is short-staffed . Our waitress was extremely nice and it wasn't her fault she had more tables than any one person could handle. We will definitely dine again at the Publick House.
  17. S

    Simool

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Alicia saved the dinner for us. At first the service was bad to non-existant. Then Alicia came, got us the rolls and checked to see that our meals were ordered. When one order came out wrong she quickly corrected it. She really saved the evening for us - can't say enough good things about her. The food was delicious. Rich Loomis
  18. KA

    KennethA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely, quaint room, service was excellent, the food was outstanding, the portions were very generous.
  19. AM

    AnnaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food Nice atmosphere. Excellent service. Don’t miss a chance to eat here.
  20. M

    Mikeb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Never disappoints, fast friendly service, all dishes on the menu always available, willing to adjust all orders for individual preference
  21. m

    mariag

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had the roast turkey dinner. My husband had pot roast. Both meals were delicious! Love the Public House. Great food and service, every time we eat there.
  22. CP

    CherylPaige

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We arrived on time but waited at the downstairs podium for about 10 mins after our reservation, as staff members passed us and a line grew behind us. No one said anything. Customers in line were asking “do we just seat ourselves?” An annoyed waitress passed us at one point and said “someone will be here soon.” The same waitress then came back by and asked if we had a reservation. We said yes and she said, “well you’re in the wrong place, you have to go upstairs.” We proceeded to the upstairs dining room where we checked in, and proceeded to wait another 5 mins as the hostess stared at the screen and pushed buttons. We were seated and waited another 10 mins for a waitress to acknowledge us. She turned around and asked the other server, “where did she go?” The service was decent, waitress attentive. Food was prepared well. The environment was chaotic and decently loud. We specifically noted that we were celebrating a birthday on the reservation, however, there was zero acknowledgment of this and it left us feeling a little deflated, as we were trying to make the occasion a special one. We used to love the Publick House but feel it has declined over the years. Based on our experiences over the past few years, we likely won’t return.
  23. KG

    KennyG

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Very dissapointing meal. The menu was quite short and simple so you'd figure they would do the basic entrees well. Well, you'd be wrong. My pot roast was so tough and dry that I had trouble swallowing it, the mashed potatoes were awful and the green beans were almost raw. Two at our table had the chicken pot pie which was edible but very bland tasting. The turkey dinner another in our party of four had was just OK. All of us were surprised as to the poor food quality. We had to ask for the dinner roll basket and repeatedly bother workers for water. We felt bad for the waitress who seemed like she was inexperienced and in over her head. On top of it all the bill was steep. I could say more but you get the idea. We'll never go back even though we live nearby.
  24. EB

    EdB2

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect New England comfort food supper. Exceeded our expectations.
  25. SP

    SheilaP

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    I ordered a salad with chicken. The chicken was incredibly dry and difficult to cut. Obviously, it was old and not fresh. Try it anyway, super chewy & couldn’t eat it. Restaurant had a stuffy smell. Not enjoyable. Will not go back.
  26. NK

    NKG2022

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We always dine at the Publick House when we visit Sturbridge. We love the building and the dining rooms. Food, was very good as always. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  27. P

    Packard40

    New England

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This old tavern upstairs is great to have dinner. They didn’t rush you and food is always delicious.
  28. M

    Molly

    Louisville

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our drinks & food. We tried the pot roast and scallops. Both were absolutely delicious. Waiter was friendly, efficient & humorous. His recommendations were great.
  29. A

    Alphonse

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Good dining experience. We also enjoyed staying in the adjacent hotel though it was noisy with parties in the evening.
  30. r

    rhody

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Quaint historic, old fashioned food but good
  31. JB

    JolaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great: choice of table inside or outside, prompt and very nice service, delicious food. We plan to go back.
  32. A

    Andy

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Disappointed with the turkey dinner and the bolognese. The mashed potatoes were very lumpy and the dressing was mushy. The bolognese was not like any bolognese I have ever tasted.
  33. JL

    JuneL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is Yankee comfort food and it's delicious. Our server was outstanding.
  34. N

    Nicholas312

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant that we always try and stop at when in the area. The turkey dinner is an anytime thanksgiving.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time with great food and service. Everything was delicious.
  36. PS

    PegS

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous lunch for ten!!! Great waitress Chrissy!!!
  37. m

    maryk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with a friend , very good Open face Turkey sandwich, very accommodating for different requests. Friend a frequent flyer for past Thanksgivings sittings. Looking to have my daughters bridal shower there. And the pecan rolls, well took some to go!
  38. HH

    HenryH

    Atlantic City

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a reservation and were promptly seated. Because of previous reviews we both had the turkey dinner. We enjoyed it and add our hearty recommendation. Nice atmosphere and good service.
  39. C

    Charlemagne

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice surroundings and aim to please serving staff. Food is fine, but a tad institutional.
  40. E

    Easttdav

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Public house many times over many years, and have always enjoyed the food, and servers! Lillian was our server, and she was friendly and always prompt and helpful!

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 4.3 stars by 1946 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 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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