Stone's Public House

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613 reviews
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Stone's Public House, in the time-honored tradition of New England and the old country of Ireland, invites you in for a pint, a conversation and, of course, some of the finest cuisine Metrowest has to offer. Our Public House prides itself on a rich history of fine food and drink, friendly service, camaraderie and, perhaps, a whisper of spirits not to be found anywhere else!
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New England
80 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had not been to John Stones in years but with the exception of it being extremely noisy (we could not hear each other across the table) we found the food good and will return on what we hope will be a quieter night.

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R
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It was just too noisy! Ladies screaming at bar was ridiculous.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

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SO
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very attentive but not overly so. I had the seafood stew, which was yummy. One other person at my table had fish and chips, and the 3rd person had the cod in a cream sauce. The cocktails, beer and wine were also very good. I was worried about Stones awhile back. The new manager is turning it back around. Can’t wait to go back!

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n
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a bad meal there - I highly recommend the braised Brussels sprouts, lamb, pulled pork sandwich, and the beet salad. The staff is friendly and attentive. I love the fireplaces in the main dining room, which are always lit in winter. They can accommodate groups of 6-8.

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great local friendly place. Good servce and food, plenty of choices for beer. Never disappointed from dining there.

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evening started but one of the most pleasant and attentive servers. She was very helpful and had some good suggestions. Appetizers and entrées were fabulous and a very good value.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was okay when it finally arrived. The service was poor. Our server was not pleasant and mostly unavailable. Some of our party did not receive their food and had to wait. It was loud and dirty. I will not be going back.

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AJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

It was really nice as usually. Same atmosphere we keep coming back for. But this time we could tell the kitchen was definitely rushed and scarifying quality. Both our steaks were under done. Curry wasn’t as flavorful. Mashed potatoes were bland and the fingerling potatoes were over cooked. Hopefully next time it’ll be much better.

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GP
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The beer selection was amazing, the food wasn't the best for the price having to pay.
Service was great and food came out quickly.
I tried the Fish n Chips which was a big disappointment, thought it be better with all the rave reviews it received in Yelp. I have had fish n chips locally that was so much better at half the cost.
If I were to come back it would be for the great beer selections.

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ST
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I live in Ashland and have been to Stone's about a dozen times. Nothing there ever impressed me, food is OK, service is mediocre, and they can't make a good drink. (don't ever ask for a Manhattan, they don't know how to make one) I do try to support local businesses, so I kept going back. Not any more. After being seated for 10 minutes, I had to stop the server as she went by for the 4th time, to ask for a drink. Pint of Guinness did arrive quickly, the Cosmo came back looking and tasting like Vodka with a splash of cranberry juice. After another 10 minutes with no service, I stopped the server again and asked for some bread and water. The bread was cold and mushy, like it was just defrosted, but not completely. Ordered fish and chips and a hamburger, medium rare. The fish was good, but the fries are always skinny little end pieces that are over done. The tartar sauce looked like it had been in the little cup for at least a week with a dark tinge around the edges. The cup of ketchup/horseradish was just as old, dried out and looking like a dried up lake bed. The hamburger came out rare, and only the outside edges were edible. ( we do like our meat pink, but this was rare!) It is usually difficult to get a table on a Friday night, but reservations for 7PM were easy to find, and by 8PM the dining room was empty. I will look to see if management or chef change and maybe give it another chance.

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LJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate a 50th birthday with a group of 10. They were so accommodating. Great service, awesome drinks. Nice craft beers on tap and the bar area with the fireplace is so cozy and welcoming. BlackBerry Margarita was to die for. Everyone enjoyed their food, from fish and chips to fish tacos to Guinness Stew. We plan to come back.

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RR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual. great food, service, management and atmosphere.

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GM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food , always decent service, and in a setting that is comfortable and historic. It remains one of my go-to places to get a good, reasonably priced meal.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Easy Sunday vibe!

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AM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Went for brunch with three others since I had been for dinner previously (dinner had been good) - brunch food was mediocre (hash browns not cooked) and server was odd. Very loud when we cam in at 12:30 since there was a large party in the main dining room. Fire was lit which gave it a nice ambiance, but was not kept going so became cold about halfway through the meal. Based on this experience would not go back.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always good. Somewhat crowded. I don't like the upstairs dining area.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite restaurant and had a delicious corn beef and cabbage meal

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All the staff was really friendly and the food was great! Will definitely be going back!

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CC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for casual “bite” to eat !
The Guinness stew for StPaddys Day was excellent !

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New England
25 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely our favorite place to eat when we are up for the drive from Westboro. Always great food, in particular, the lamb Shepherds Pie, the Caesar Salad, the mussels, the fries with a curry dipping sauce, the burgers, the scallop appetizer....need I go on?!

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual spot. Tasty food, very nice people. All great!

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T
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Stones. Fish and chips is a fave and my husband enjoys the blue cheese burger. Service was excellent. See you again soon. Nice choice of draught beer too!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I live in Ashland and have been going to Stone's since we moved here twenty years ago. We are both vegetarian and are pleased they offer a vegetarian entre and several vegetarian side dishes. The food is fabulous, the ambience is lively and fun, and the service is excellent. I highly recommend Stone's Public House, and definitely feel it is worth making the trip to Ashland!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

My meal was fine. Two of my friends had stale bread for the sandwiches. Same issue I had the last time I got a sandwich therefore have stopped ordering that menu item.

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MT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Excellent alcohol / beer choices. Had the burger and the sirloin. Started with bread which was very good. Burger and steak were both well cooked and tasty

Only two negatives. Burger came with fries which were mediocre, soggy and cold. Steak came with green beans, which were perfect, and risotto which was mushy and not warm. Pretty inedible actually. Other negative was even with reservations we got sat near front door which meant it was chilly inside as the don’t have any sort of cover for front door.

Anyway even with some misses the service and main components of the dishes made up for it and we will be back

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch, nice singer/guitarist

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MW
New England
127 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicely varied menu, cozy take hear the fireplace on a

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R
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was wonderful. Our waitress, Claudiana, was attentive and great. Will be back soon.

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S
New England
40 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was surprisingly pleased by Stone's Public House. The mustard sauce for the corned beef and cabbage egg rolls is really good. Half roasted chicken was decent as was the ratatouille. The mushroom risotto was bland and slightly undercooked. Sirloin was cooked well and the highlight of both of our meals. House-made whipped cream for the irish coffee. Desserts are not so great. Service was very good. Reservations are required for a Saturday night. Place is busy busy busy.

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NA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and range of beer. Food was prepared well and the service was also pleasant. Will return!

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d
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fast and friendly. Great food with a wonderful atmosphere! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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m
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice service, food was good. Parking lot very full at 6pm on a Friday, as you would expect.
A bit pricey but would go again.

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p
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a 7:00 reservation and were seated promptly. We ate in the bar. Our server was friendly and efficient. We ordered the chips & curry for appetizer, it was excellent. For dinner we had the lamb shepherds pie, fish & chips, salmon and the half chicken. All were delicious. This is a great neighborhood place, more restaurant than pub, casual with great food. I would recommend Stone's for a night out with friends or a special occasion.

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CB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I've recommended John Stone's in the past and we'll probably visit again, but our visit on Saturday must have been an "off" night. My scallops were way over-salty and my husband's turkey sandwich appeared on white bread that tasted like it was from a supermarket. I remembered the scallops tasting much better last time I had them, with seasoning that was just right. On the other hand, our server was wonderful, attentive without being overbearing, and our perennial favorite corned beef and cabbage egg rolls were as good as ever. So it was a mixed experience recently, but in the past it's been really nice.

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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food took a while and it was a bit loud upstairs
Waitress was wonderful and food was excellent

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N
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Kitchen was closed, only bar was open

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Manager turned lights down in bar area to point you could not see your plate. Bartender/server turned them back up sighting her own safety without much time passing. Otherwise review would’ve been outstanding.

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JK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! I had the meatloaf and my wife had the Mac & cheese. Would totally be back!

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AJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, amazing food, amazing atmosphere. Chips & Curry are great. Been here many a time would go back any time. We were at the high table next to the fireplace very nice.

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