Public School - Atlanta

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$30 and under
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American
Located in West End, not far from the Atlanta Beltline Trail, we are an American gastropub offering a variety of your favorites as well as a range of unique twists on the classics. From fresh salads and vegetarian cuisine to one-of-kind burgers and hand-tossed pizzas, Public School 404 has something for everyone.
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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Awful. We came in for a 230 reservation on a Sunday for brunch. By the time the whole party was ready to order, it was 3 o'clock. After we ordered off the brunch menu, our server came back to tell us it was after 3 so we couldn't order brunch. We decided to order off the happy hour menu. As I held the happy hour menu, I pointed to it and said I want the cheddar tots and pig and pineapple flatbread. I asked about the happy hour beers listed on the menu. Was told they actually don't offer happy hour drinks. Odd as it’s listed on your menu but okay, I ordered a regular beer. When we get the check, everything is regular price. The server goes oh well you ordered the regular portions not the happy hour. I said no, I pointed to the happy hour menu when ordering. The manager comes out and says well you received and ate the regular size so I can't change the bill. Excuse me? This is our first time in. How do we know the different portion sizes? I pointed to the happy hour menu when ordering, if you prepared the wrong portion that's on you. Not me. The manager was rude, off standish, and would have rather been anywhere but helping our table.
The food was decent. But the lack of customer service and rudeness of the manager and server will mean we never go back.

GG
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is great. I just wish the service was more consistent. On each visit an order was wrong. The staff is friendly but I had to keep getting up for salt, water, check payment. I'm rooting for Public School and hopefully the kinks will get worked out

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They forgot.

FH
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were great. The interior is decorated like a school. Fun atmosphere.

K
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun restaurant with good food, beverages and staff. We played jenga for hours and had a blast. Made me wish I was in public school again.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cute place. Family friendly. Food was better than expected for a place called Public School. Not cafeteria style. The decor was cute and creative. And it was in a fun location. I’d encourage my friends to try it. I’m certain they’d love it!

RS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good vibe overall, but the food was so-so. The two “bowls” were lacking in flavor. I wouldn’t suggest those for anyone.

AT
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was my first time at Public School. I went as part of a lunch group for work. There weren't many people in but service but a bit slow. The lunch options were good and the food tasted good. I liked the atmosphere with the Public School theme. You have to pay to valet for parking.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

They had a few hiccups. The manager was pleasant and tried to take care of the issues.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter John is always awesome
& the Manager Hunter is the best
Great diverse menu and excellent food

GT
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a delicious and delightful lunch with friend this past Wednesday. Justin was our server and most helpful and informative as we ask about menu items. This was our first visit to Public School 404 and it will definitely NOT be our last. I’ve already recommended your restaurant to others. Keep up the good work and you are sure to enjoy much success at this location.

MM
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! I always try something new when I come and I am never disappointed.

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Experience was blah and the food was a waste of money. Could've went to Captain D's for what I got and saved $20.

B
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our brunch! Bloody Mary’s were delicious!

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I LOVED the buffalo cauliflour appetizer. SO DELICIOUS. The salad dressing was a little flavorless for the entree, but overall I loved everything. $5 moscow mule too!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great appetizers and fish entree. Awesome beer menu, although not a lot of local beers the selection of craft beers is good

SJ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow but the waitress was very nice and the food was really good

A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great & the staff was very friendly. But service was extremely slow.

G
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really nice and fun

T
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Fish tacos and crunch peanut coleslaw were delectable. And my girls thought the Bison burger was one of the best burgers they had ever eaten. Loved the Brussels sprouts! Having different options for side dishes is a Winner!

LC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Vet nice server. Food was good. One complaint but no biggie.

OA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice concept. Decor and ambiance is nice. Went on a date with my love and we had a good time. Parking in West Midtown is trash but they do have valet. Food was bomb... Buffalo Cauliflower was scrumptious. I had the Impossible Burger and it was good. Would recommend and definitely will be back...

AM
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with my husband and another couple who’d never been before. We all had a great time and enjoyed the very relaxed atmosphere before heading to Actor’s Express for a show.

Highly recommend the buffalo cauliflower appetizer!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything about this place. PB and J burger was amazing and the drinks are worth the price. Our server was insanely helpful in celebrating my friends bday. Definitely going back.

MS
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome spot for a good meal that’s casual & won’t break the bank! Always a winner

MM
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have come to love this restaurant. The food is unique and good. Our server, Canyon, was helpful with decisions and we loved her energy and humor. Will definitely attempt to sit at her table on our next visit.

A
Sacramento
38 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ve been twice—both times the hostess station seemed a bit out of sorts, but the food is excellent and the decor is great! The burger with PB is delicious; on the “recess” menu, the flatbread pizza and fish tacos were only ok, but the tater tots and macaroni were pretty good. Speciality cocktails are excellent.

P
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good. The desserts were amazing. The restaurant was a little loud and it wasn't that crowded.

i
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Enjoyed it.

MM
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

went with a family of 4 adults.
Apps, dinner, drinks and one shared results were about $150 which is a little higher than the overall quality of the food would generally deserve.
Our waitress was very knowledgeable and responsive but did not check on us very often.
The Humus was the best app I tried there and suggest it and ask for extra bread as you will need it.

MS
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there after an Atlanta United game and had a very good meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It would have been great but the table directly behind us had 2 obnoxious kids beating the table and plates with sticks and screaming loudly. Both my table and the referenced table were close to the door where u check in so the hostesses clearly heard the over-hyped children. The women with the kids attempted to quite their kids but had no control. I thought a rep could have intervened. No such luck.

N
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They were clearly short staffed on a Saturday night

GF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Average food, terrible service. I give this place one more year—a million better options in the area.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was SO TERRIBLE. After appetizers, service disappeared. Ten minutes passed between ordering a drink for entree service and then having to ask the waitress about the drink during entree, another 15 mins for the drink to arrive after all plates were cleared and we ready to leave. Another 5-8 mins for check to arrive, only after asking for the check. We didn’t even want to risk losing another 30 minutes by ordering dessert. Many recent reviews on yelp all describe similar experiences. So frustrating after a very long day.

c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and drinks served in a warm atmosphere with interesting decor

t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the food and the environment here! Not a huge fan of the high top tables but it’s a small price to pay. Service could be a little faster - we found ourselves getting up from our table to find our waiter as we were trying to have a quick work lunch.

E
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a BIRTHDAY meal and it was DELICIOUS!!!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food and great service.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The idea of the restaurant is great. The composition notebook styled menus and the games they have for you to play while you wait for your food brings back a sense of nostalgia. As for the food it was mediocre nothing I’d be dying to have again. The Mac and cheese was bland and the chicken bowl was okay.

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