Publick House

4.4
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1144 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Starting Monday 6-22 we are moving our dining back inside for lunch and dinner featuring our special menu. We are seating in Paige Hall, the Barn and our outdoor Front Patio. It is required to have face coverings to enter the building. When you arrive to the Publick House, go to the rear of the building to our main parking lot and park. Walk to the Bake Shoppe doors and follow the signs for Restaurant Check-In. Handicap accessible parking is available in the front of the Publick House, park and go to the ramp and follow the signs. If you have challenges with stairs it is best to drop off those individuals out front at the ramp to avoid any stairs. When arriving for your reservations we are suggesting that you call from your vehicle to check-in and then we will direct you to either come to be seated or to wait and we will call you when your table is ready.



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JFishlover62
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

There were two wedding receptions at the same time we were there. Regular diners were crowded in a room not quite large enough to accommodate them comfortably. The noise level, accentuated by the bare floor, made conversation a little difficult. The food was good, though- pleasant New England fare. Service was a bit spotty; our very pleasant server disappeared for long stretches. Great martini! A pretty venue and generally a nice place for old fuddy-duddies to enjoy retro repasting. But check ahead regarding large events.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite spots! Food is great and service is good!

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AllisonN
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am vegan and the selection of vegetarian entries is very good. Mushroom ravioli was excellent.

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TraceyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Thought the place is outstanding given the historical age. The food was just average. The server was a little odd. We asked him what the soup of the day was and he didn't know. He found out and when he reported back to us, he made a face and said "you don't want to order it". While I appreciate him telling me it wasn't very good, wouldn't it make more sense to alert management that diners reported not liking it so the item is removed from the menu and not repeated? At time of payment, we gave him two credit cards to split the bill, even explaining that. He returned with two receipts telling us one was for each of us to sign. Upon further examination, one receipt was for the merchant copy and one was the customer copy for just one of the credit cards. We told him we needed the other credit card run through and that the other credit card was missing. He told us there never was a 2nd credit card, which made no sense based on his first explanation, stating the first two receipts represented a receipt for each of us. At that point, they couldn't tell us where the 2nd credit card was. Eventually another staff member indicated they had found a credit card on the floor and the matter was resolved but it wasn't a very professional transaction.

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Family
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting a friend

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vipLFNRJM
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Meals and service were terrific! Only complaint, the dining room was too bright, even for 2:30 pm lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. The waitress was patient and accommodating since my friend and I don’t see each other very often. We felt happy to be back at the Publick House and will be back agoan

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vipkarenk
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and history added to the healthy lunch.

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AngelaF
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We met for a late Christmas gathering. Location is perfect. An hour commute for all of us. Ambiance great. Food very good.

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JOYCEI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a holiday dinner!

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Diane
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Not completely pleased with experience from waiting for a call back from the hostess (which phone call was returned 2 days after I left a message)to actually being rushed off the call. Hostess clearly did not have time to talk. Waitress had a problem with splitting our check. Just didn’t want to take the time. Nice to us at the end when she thought it would help her tip. No can’t say I would return

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SteveA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Same as it's always been - wonderful. Good food, service and not too loud!!

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KellyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owen our waiter was excellent.
Our dinners were as always, delicious!
The atmosphere is beautifully decorated, and very cozy.
Don't forget to visit the bakery for a few amazing treats to take home.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our wait person, Lori was outstanding. Professional, friendly and attentive. I will ask to be seated in her station when I dine again.

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DGPERRON
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. Brunch on New Years day was excellent and loved the atmosphere.

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WilliamW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The main dining room closed early because of the ice storm so all the guests were seated in the tavern which was full and noisy. The staff was short also because of the weather so service was slower than usual but understood. We didn’t receive a roll basket but didn’t want to bother our waitress who was over booked. The food was great. Will come again hopefully in better weather.

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Leeha
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite place to meet for lunch. The food is always excellent- their turkey is delicious. It’s cozy and comfortable and it’s almost always noisy with conversation but that just means people are enjoying themselves

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My food could have been warmer. But overall quite enjoyable.

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vipFitz
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Great food, great service. This place at Christmas is like no other!

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CatherineB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I made reservations yesterday for a party of six for my employees. We were very disappointed with the service, quality of food and terrible attitudes of the staff. For an establishment that wants to portray class and quality it is a far cry from that. It took over 38 minutes to get our first round of drinks , our waitress looked to have a terrible cold and actually rolled her eyes when we asked her to take back a seafood dish that was burnt and the green beans were cold and not fully cooked. One of the six meals we ordered actually tasted good. I don't mind paying for a quality meal and I do understand getting good help is hard these days, but having a friendly staff would have made the experience much more tolerable. We will definitely not be back , nor will we ever recommend this business.--

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vipgigi
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was fine and the setting was just what I was looking for. Unfortunately, the staff attitude was not very friendly in fact, openly complained about how busy they were, voiced how much work Christmas was going to be, not very enthusiastic. Too bad their expressions were so transparent, and really put a damper on the experience. Not enough ho ho ho or jolly smiles.....probably won't return for same celebration next year.

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BrianK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For about 20 years now, we have made it a tradition to stop at the Publick House on our way to Christmas in Boston. Everything about it is perfect, starting with the atmosphere and certainly not ending with the service or the quality of food. It’s one of our family’s longest continuing traditions.

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CharlesK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

After 60 years, had to return for a prime rib dinner. It was huge, about 3/4 inch thick and almost plate sized. The best was it was tender and truly tasted wonderful! Used to stop in when taking my great aunt to Maine every trip in the late fifties. It was her must. Now, I guess it is mine.

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Joyce
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We go there every year as tradition. Unfortunately, the building needs some repairs which are easy. The wallpapers are ripped here and there, waste basket was full in the ladies room. Small inexpensive things. They should also invest in a bar tender in the dining room instead of making their wait staff mix drinks. Many of them aren’t good at it and it’s obviously stressing them out and taking away from dining service

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LisaA
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Publick House. We got married there 30 years ago this past July. Wonderful dinner once again. :)

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PatriciaM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always make it a point to have dinner at the beautiful Publick House when I visit the area from Maine. As usual the food, staff, and service was excellent. I wish I could remember our server's name but she was extraordinary and we will definitely ask for her next time we visit.

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BarbaraN
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such atmosphere, especially at the holidays! Food was delicious! Generous portions, enough to take home! Specialty, seasonal drinks to toast the season. Will return!

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MaryH144
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautifully decorated for Christmas. It was warm and inviting and our server was Julie and was just wonderful.

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Dboo
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Little overpriced for quality of food
Beautiful atmosphere at Christmas

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TeriL
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great. Young girl in main dining room atmonday at 430. Upstairs. Wish I got her name

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HollieG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute and cozy, good food. A few staff members seemed to be new but they were friendly so that made up for it.

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HeatherB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was pleasantly surprised by the food, staff, wait, and price. Everything was better than I expected . I would highly recommend and will definitely go there again.

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MaryZ
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the coming in to the going out , EVERYTHING and EVERYONE was wonderful.
Publick House is always on our 'go to' list!

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vipJude
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Went there with friends to celebrate pre-Christmas. Loved the lights and the decor and the special areas with Christmas trees and decorations. Used a coupon for one free entrée. Looks like that coupon is quite the draw as there were many dining there that night. The Caesar salad was excellent. The bread selection was quite nice and assorted. I got the steak which I ordered medium rare. It was a bit overcooked and tough. My husband got the scallops which he thought were a little on the small side though very tasty. Our two friends got the scrod dinner and were very happy with the fish and the sides that accompanied it. We had a very enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration...

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JIMBEV
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Quaint old inn. Rooms are very spacious and clean. Decorated up well for the holidays.
Very nice and full f historical charm.

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MadelineB
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our most recent visit was to celebrate my husband's birthday. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. My husband opted to not have dessert because he was full - believe me that is a first! However, we did manage to polish off the cupcake Charles, our server, brought us. His service was also excellent.

This will certainly not be the last time we celebrate a birthday there!

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ElizabethN
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for our family members to meet and reconnect. Unhurried, great meals all around and friendly service. Beautiful old historic building. If you go, try the Indian Pudding!

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ClaudiaM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the Turkey dinner. Peanut butter meringue was way sweet

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I was very disappointed because we have been to the publick house in the past and loved the ambience. I went in a Sunday night, it was fairly empty and would’ve expected the service to be great seeing they weren’t that busy. Our waitress rarely came to check on us and we had to ask for her after an hour and half went by and our food still hadn’t come. The food was ok, nothing was wrong with it, but for the price I was expecting more. And to change the sides was a $3 upcharge even though I was asking for sides from a cheaper menu item to go with a more expensive dish, and shouldn’t cost more. Not likely to drive an hour to go here again.

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