Public School - Denver

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$30 and under
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American
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.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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redheadc
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Yah could have been better. Great for a lazy afternoon but I expected more for our money based on the reputation. I don't think I will be going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I just wasn’t very moved. Food was great, we had a couple appetizers off of the happy hour menu. Server was good. Just the atmosphere was slow and boring. Was hoping for a better date night scene.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and the value of a meal off the normal menu and not the preset menu was slightly cheaper than the preset one. This was somewhat disappointing as i have come to have really high expectations for the restaurant week menus.

However! The food we had was delicious and the service was awesome. The beer was good and well recommended by our server

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RubyS
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Of the four dishes we tried, there was way too much lemon in all of them. The dishes were beautiful and had a lot of potential had they not been showered in lemon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time there (we're locals) and we loved it. We will return.
FYI, since we dine out every weekend, we try new places on Restaurant Week. We really enjoyed PS and we will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Please note this review is strictly off our experience with the long wait and poor service. This was a cool spot with good reviews. My friends and I were really excited to try this spot out. The decor is cool, location great, but outside of the hostess on Saturday night, the service took so long that we ended up ordering one round of drinks so we could drink them while we found another reservation somewhere else. We ran about 10 minutes late to our reservation, when calling to let them know the hostess was polite and accommodated us when we arrived. It wasn't busy when we got there, about 6- 8 tables total sat through out the restaurant, no more than one 6 top at one of them. It was over 20 minutes before our server even acknowledged we were there and we didn't even get a hello, just a "what can I get you to drink". We didnt try the food and I may down the road give this another shot but this first experience unfortunately wasn't good.

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Kaitlin
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Service was awful. I saw other servers were good but ours just sucked! Also, it was super loud. Not because it was busy (it was pretty dead actually), but they blared the music. For what reason, I don’t know. Think that’s their idea of ambience?! My food off the restaurant week menu was quite good. Others weren’t that big of fans. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this place.

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LaurenM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kid friendly, great menu selection, good drink menu

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JennyF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The bun on my burger was soggy. Our waiter was slow and didn't check in on us, forgot things that we ordered.

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ActualWaiter
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was really bad. Food was ok. Restaurant interior was actually very cool, but everything felt kinda sticky.

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ALYSSAD
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My boyfriend and I couldn’t decide on entrees because we wanted to try so many appetizers, it was delicious! The whiskey BBQ wings and Dijon mustard pretzel dipping sauce were phenomenal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was clear management was no where to be found. Staff was all sitting around a table on their phones laughing and needed to be waved down to order. Food was disgusting and not worth the price. Sparkling wine was flat and clearly old.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I wish I could think of something positive to say, but sadly I cannot. The restaurant had several very large parties and seemed overstaffed which may have attributed to the the service being dismal. It took 30 minutes to get one cocktail and the food was mediocre.

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DallasDisappointed
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I really wanted to love this place as I’ve heard several good things about it. Unfortunately, the food was like warm (I’m not one to send food back to the kitchen) and our server seemed like she was on 3 hours of sleep.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The service can be hit or miss and tonight was a major miss. It wasn’t crowded but we still had a hard time getting our server’s attention and when we did, she was rude. The food was great and the beer was cold.

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Megan
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Went for New Year’s Eve. It was advertised “happy hour prices until close.” Got there and a family was turned away in front of us for not having reservations. Note: the restaurant was almost completely empty all night and yet people were being turned away.

Turns out it was ONLY happy hour menu, which was a crappy list of well liquor and 2 kinds of wine, plus some beers. None of us were able to order entrees for dinner. Our New Year’s Eve “dinner” was sub-par appetizers that were small and overpriced.

The waitress was unenthusiastic about being there, and service was poor all night. Super bummed about our special New Year’s Eve dinner, and won’t be going back.

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Mimi
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience! Delicious food and great drinks!

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HarleyGuy
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fun place for New years Eve, maybe a little short staffed tho.

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MackenzieL
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

So disappointing. Server was nice but didn’t seem to know much about the menu. Mimosa came out with hair in it, sent it back and it came back AGAIN with hair in the carafe (neither were comped on our bill). Ordered appetizers that never came. Meals came out incorrectly. Advertised burger deals on the table that “weren’t available”. When the manager came over to our table he was very unprofessional asking, “what’s the problem?” And after we introduced ourselves he said “ok.” Absolutely won’t go back because of the manager which is a bummer because the food was good.

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vipSiliconSkyGuy
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Great food and service. Eardrum-shattering “music” volume. I like to talk during an evening out, so will not be returning.

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Mtngrl
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were group of 11 and the server did not bring entree for 4 of them. When asked she forgot to put the order. It was a team event and it embarrassing the team members were not served food. Server was not attentive, she barely came to the table. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Kitchen had water leak and we had to leave.

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RebeccaA
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, drinks and ambience. So much fun hanging out after our meal to play jenga and darts!

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JacqueeW
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food that was delivered fast! I met a friend here for lunch and we had a great time.

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IreneS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was extremely slow but the food was great as always

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vipMichaelF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and the server did a nice job!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service!

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vipColoradoRunner
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Too noisy, two big parties whose noise level overwhelmed our section of the restaurant. Food was good, service average.

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Sheldon
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Slow service and small portions but very good. Drinks were delicious

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vipNittany
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Too noisy, not very clean, mediocre service. Food not served hot.

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vipRocki9
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great casual dining. We sat outside which worked out well.

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JHou
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best happy hour in town!

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vipSuperpam
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We arrived in Denver to visit my nephew and his girlfriend, and immediately booked dinner at Public School. The decor is on pointe, the food was outstanding (we ordered seconds of the tater tot appetizer) and spent a couple of hours enjoying each other’s company. There was a kids menu for our 10yr old, and the velvet crush cocktail was supreme. We would be back weekly if we lived closer!

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BrianH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I went a public school in Vegas that had way better service was decorated more like a school that made it sound like its name and gave it a better atmosphere and didn’t really feel like that here. I felt like the food was better as well not that food was bad it was ok for the price we paid and our server didn’t really know the size of the portions very well and hardly came around to check on us. It was probably 20 min after our starters were eaten that she finally came back and we had to tell we wanted to put our orders in. Would I recommend it? Vegas yes, Denver no. Service makes a huge difference. Not bad enough to talk to a manager but bad enough to not recommend.

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TonyP
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere.

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AllieS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had the most delicious PB&J Burger here and would absolutely return to try other menu items!

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vipAermay
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Great location. Fun decor. That’s about all this restaurant has going for it.

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viphen48
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere, good food and good service. It was very crowded the night we were there and the servers still managed to get our food and drinks in a timely fashion.

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AprilR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Bottomless mimosas are the best, and interchangeable with brewmosas or bloody marys! Good deal, love the vibes ☺

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Nance
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place; food was excellent; service also good . It was noisy and probably fine for Happy Hour on Friday.

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Public School - Denver does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Public School - Denver also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 446-8671.

Public School - Denver is rated 4.2 stars by 145 OpenTable diners.

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