Permanently Closed - Public School - Atlanta

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Located in West End, not far from the Atlanta Beltline Trail, Public School is a fun, school-themed gastropub that features a wide selection of local craft beers, classic drafts and craft cocktails. PS delivers "An Education in the Art of Food & Beer." We offer a chef-driven menu that is made from scratch using only the freshest quality ingredients. "Recess" (aka Happy Hour) is held every day from 3pm-6pm and Late Night Recess (food only) is everyday from 9pm to close. Brunch is in session every Saturday and Sunday until 3pm.
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here is super flavorful and yummy! The food came out quickly and so did the drinks. Our server was nice but sometimes disappeared for long stretches and we had to ask someone else to get us some more water. Other than that it was amazing! The new chef also came around to ask us what we think of the food and that was really a nice gesture. I love the setup of the place too!

We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Awesome service. Cute concept.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Made a reservation and had to wait 10 minutes to be seated.
No waitress showed up at our table for 10-15 minutes,fortunately there was UNO to play with for our 13 yo.
Then they wouldn’t honor the special (a beer, burger, & fries) that was posted on the trifold on the table because she said they were out of that beer. We asked if they would honor another beer woth the burger at the same price and she said no.
Next they were out of wings and tater tots.
Took forever to get my wine his beer, not to mention the food also took forever.
Food was decent but not worth going back for. The 13-year-olds chicken fingers are pretty sad. McDonald’s Tender’s would’ve been better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

the food was weird but it was a chill vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Calamari came out cold and so did some fries. Not the best service. Our server was nowhere to be found while our food was sitting there on the counter. It was not a busy time:

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CarrieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Made reservations same day. Good drinks and apps.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The only time I have been to a restaurant that had no food, insufficient wait staff or kitchen staff. We were not told when we were seated that they had not received their food delivery for the day. We asked if they had food we could order from the menu. When we ordered they told us there was no chicken or seafood. We ordered drinks while we waited and ordered other items listed on the menu. After an hour and a half the manager came over to tell us that they were completely out of food. Communication was poor to say the less. We were told they continued to take reservations because they didn't want to ruin anyone's evening.(Really?) They certainly ruined ours as we left at 10:15 pm looking for somewhere else to eat.

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vipAshley
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

terribly long wait to get seated (even after having a reservation and being on time). The hostess welcomed us and was looking for menus.. the phone rings.. she answers and decides to make us wait while she takes a very long to go order. We waited for about 5 minutes to get seated (with several couples coming in behind us waited to get seated too). Once seated, we ordered and the food took over 30 minutes (for two main dishes). Our server reassured us the food was coming but that it was a busy day for the kitchen. Overall, not worth the money or the wait for unapologetic staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We met family while we were in town for cheersport. We all had the valentine pre fixe menu and it was wonderful. The buffalo cauliflower was very good, the Cesar salad was fresh and the harissa salmon was flavorful. We ended our meal with churros and it was so delicious. Needless to say we left full and delighted by the great service provided by Justin Baker our server. The valentine drink special was love potion with a lavender flavored drink with vodka ...no complaints on this visit to public school. It’s a must try if your in the ATL area 😉

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vipKirkS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the atmosphere! Offered a Valentine’s price fixed menu that was reasonable.

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Imaf00die
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

This place is OK but it’s really just a bar. They have great service and OK food, though really not worth the price. The chilli is very good and so are the deviled eggs, everything ese we tried just had almost no flavor. The steaks for example, did not have any seasoning and tasted plain, not to mention they were cold.
The service though, is outstanding. Extremely friendly and helpful so I will probably return for a snack and a drink, but not to have a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It's ok! The ambience is fantastic, but the food is just ok.

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DanielleM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I wasn’t very disappointed by the service once we got a table. Our food came out late even though we ordered way before the table next to us and they got their food before us..then the waiter mixed our orders up insisting we had gotten a certain item already when we didn’t . Why be argumentative to the customer? We were there to have a good time but the poor service Overshadowed the mood. The service at the bar was good. If I’m ever there again I will just stay at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent! The food and service were wonderful, and my friends and I had so much fun playing the oversized games. I ordered the impossible burger and, even as a meat eater, it was an excellent choice

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HHMD
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great happy hour menu. Really enjoyed the 5-7$ menu and drink specials. Great spot for casual meet up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Specialty drinks are terrible and not worth the cost

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GaTraveler
Atlanta
55 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time visit. Very good experience: friendly and efficient staff; nice food prompt and attentive service; food was high quality and cooked as ordered. The Beer Cheese burger was featured and a big hit at our table. On-site valet parking efficient and conveniently located.

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Lesa
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Loved our food and the service. Will be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The kitchen was severely backed up! You couldn't get your appetizer with your entree

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KYMMI
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Order of events: Reservations made in advance; Arrived 10 minutes before time and had to wait over 20 minutes; Our server kept forgetting the basics (straws The food came out like 10 minutes apart; Server only checked on us when we were finished with our meal; The food was average tasting at best so I’m glad I had a friend with much better conversation. I don’t plan on returning to this restaurant unless it’s on someone else’s dime.

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vipPrissy
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu is great. Valet is free, but can tip. The staff are friendly and quick with bringing out drinks and food. I enjoyed the ease of getting in and out.

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Morgan
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the school theme is original and fun.

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vipSuperCool
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I least get the Impossible burger! It is consistently good! Jason was an amazing server!! He has a kind and warm spirit. The new PBJ Old Fashion is great, also!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food! It’s my 4th time coming and I’ll be back for more.

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vipTimB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome- great food service value

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EnjoyedtheFood
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location and atmosphere for a business meeting. The waiter was very professional and the Impossible Burger was to die for!!!! It is as A1 delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, John was the ABSOLUTE best!!

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vipMasonK
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall theme was well executed, food was good with an array of options.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Second time eating here. First time I had lunch during the week and it was excellent! This time came in on a Saturday. Not very busy at all. Waitress was never around. Deviled eggs were ice cold and tasted like they had been made night before and were flavorless. First time I had them they were great. Fries were also cold. No other food coming to tables ahead of my order so must have been not picked up by waitress quick enough. But again, she was non existent most the time. Not sure why everything was so different from my first visit. Maybe because it was the weekend. Hope you can pick things back up to my first visit and this was just an off day.

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Mikel
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

While the food was good, the service killed the experience. Our server (Christopher, I believe) was regularly either nowhere to be found, or was standing at the computer on his phone. I watched our drink set waiting and ready on the bar for a full 10 minutes while the server stood a few feet away on his phone. Thankfully someone else finally brought them to us. That was the experience throughout the meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new go to burger spot.

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EddieMascone
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice comfortable atmosphere. Great food and menu overall. Fun place for adults and also kid-friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Layout of the place is nice, and in a convenient location. Nice mix of people in the restaurant. Service was extremely slow, though. When we finally got an order for drinks in, the cocktail I ordered was really sweet, and my wife’s Prosecco was flat. Food overall was okay, but nothing I’d make a recommendation for. Service throughout was really poor (several of the things we ordered were not what we got, but they did fix it rather quickly). Too many other good places to go to so can’t really see coming back to here. Too bad because it did seem to have such great potential.

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vipGatorGuy
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and the service is gotten so much better. One my favorite places to eat

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CathyH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience food and drinks was great!!!

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JEREMYD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very unique restaurant. Went on New Years Eve and took the kids and we all enjoyed the meal. Kids liked the school type decorations.

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vipPaulaB
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed this restaurant very much. Love the theme and the food was outstanding. We will be back for sure!

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Munchkingirl
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was good ... we weren’t really impressed with our food.

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JamesE
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I come here for the service and the ambience. The atmosphere is always energetic. Decor and lighting are quite pleasing. The food quality had been inconsistent in my experience but many people love it. What has been very consistent is the service. They hire really good people. They're always attentive and engaging.

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KristenW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
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