The New Public House & Hotel

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Welcome to The New Public House and Hotel located in historic Downtown Blowing Rock. Our food is a wonderful selection of local seasonal entrees and small plates.

We serve breakfast Monday through Saturday from 8 until 11, Sunday from 8 until noon. We serve lunch Saturday from 11 until 3 and brunch Sunday from noon until 3.

Breakfast items include fresh home made biscuits as well as fresh sausages that are all made in house.

Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday nights from 5 until 9
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AB
Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lobster nachos were terrific as was the pork chop. The facility was much too hot, fans did not reach most and the best place (outside) only had limited seating.

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Charlotte
54 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were only there for lunch. Food was average, service was above average. On par with other everyday lunch places in Blowing Rock.

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TW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food is overpriced for what you get. I ordered the seafood gumbo for $20 and it was bland and just not something I thought was worth $20. The seafood gumbo was the best looking thing on the menu also! It's definitely an older crowd in the restaurant but that didn't stop the lady in front of me from taking off her shoe and placing her barefoot on the table to show the group at her table something on the bottom of her foot. Cocktail drinks were okay but for the money spent on them its better to go to the rooftop bar in downtown Boone where they actually make great drinks . Overall super disappointed asked for an outdoor table but was ignored.

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SP
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food!! The shrimp and corn chowder was superb. Succulent large shrimp, chock full, with lovely subtle flavors. I had the shrimp burger, very tasty with just a bit of kick. The fries that came with it were killer good. Hubby’s meatloaf also hit the killer good Richter scale. Go there. Make reservations...very busy in the summer.

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e
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Delicious martinis! Tried many seasonal items and they all were amazing!

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KB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food (pork chops with sweet potatoes and spinach) was amazing, the wine really good (Newsprint Cab), and servers showed just the right attentiveness and were fun to talk with.

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l
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed the casual ambiance of this restaurant. The decor is very attractive and table spacing is wide enough to allow conversation. Food quality on the relatively small menu is very good but nothing outstanding. My husband's blackened fish was too spicy but my bison burger was well-seasoned and tasty. Salads were very fresh with a variety of greens and vegetables, and house-made Greek Vinaigrette dressing was delicious. Service was prompt and efficient, too. The wine list is extensive.
Prices are reasonable and those who enjoy upscale casual dining will be pleased.

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Terrible dining experience. Sloppy service. Messed up orders on several counts. After forgetting to bring us the apps we ordered they really messed up the mains. We ordered flounder and they gave my wife tilapia. When I complained they insisted it was flounder. The fishes don’t look anything like each other. I cook flounder all the time. It is a different texture and flavor. This was not just dishonesty (tilapia is much cheaper and passing it off as flounder is a bad business practice) but also unsafe. People have particular fish allergies. When a restaurant lies about menu items they risk serious reactions.

Used to be good. Now a place to avoid.

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B
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thx for great evening!

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E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Ambiance LOUD!!!! prepare to shout to be heard
service excellent
food poor
will not return

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

Remy was an exceptional waitress and answered all our questions and made some great food and drink suggestions. We have dined here many times and always love the food and atmosphere. Great Blowing Rock treasure!

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined at The New Public House many times over the last three years, usually on Thursday night when they have the locals' menu. This last time was on a Friday night which gave us an opportunity to choose from a slightly different menu. From our party of four, one chose the seafood gumbo, another chose the beef gyro, one chose the blackened flounder and another chose the meatloaf. All of us were pleased with our choices. Josh was our server - he answered all of our questions and took very good care of us. We'll definitely be back.

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Took over 45 minutes to get out drink order, by that point we had all of our food (order was placed 10 minutes after we ordered drinks). Server (Allie) was great, very professional, and apologetic but pretty unreal that they couldn’t get us a drink before the food came out. Food was good but not enough to make up for the lack of process. Taking this one off the list.

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

We love the food and the atmosphere at the New Public House. Our go-to restaurant!

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ME
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch on Sun., Jun 30. We had the cat head biscuit and the French toast with berries and chicken sausage. The berries were so fresh! The atmosphere was very pleasant for a wonderful Sunday brunch. Our server was attentive and helpful since we were new to visiting the area. We will be back!

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MM
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit to the New Public House and outstanding as always. We love the outdoor sitting area and beautiful flowers around it. We both had the lobster and scallop nachos as an entree -- they did not disappoint! Megan was our server and was very sweet. We'll be back on our next trip to Blowing Rock!

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Greensboro
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything in the menu looked so wonderful that we kinda overordered. Started with Smoked Trout Dip. We couldn't finish it but would've licked the bowl if we did! I was in major seafood mode so I ordered the Lobster and Scallop Nachos as an entree which was fabulous. My friend ordered the meatloaf which was also delightful, best mashed potatoes ever! Three gruyere okra was done in a cornmeal batter and wonderful too. We also shared a side of cornbread which was not exactly traditional Southern Cornbread but way better. The corn meal was so fresh and tasty, I wanted to but a bag to take home.

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PS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The food was so-so this time. And please stop putting cold draft been in hot glasses out of the dishwasher. Put some ice water in the glass swirl it around and cool the glass of before you put the been in it.
This restaurant has lots of great dishes. I just ordered one that had issues.

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W
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Best cornbread I have had in a very long time! We happened to be there when a large party was there as well. That party was loud but not rowdy, we prefer a more quiet setting. It wasn’t a problem, just not our preference. The quality of the food outweighed any negatives.

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F
San Francisco
318 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Have been here before many times over the years.Experience this time only fair to good. Nothing more, nothing less. “Signature” lobster/scallop nacho appetizer had one little piece of lobster, and I do mean little, and a few bay scallops. $ 15 worth of chips and sauce. In hindsight we should have sent it back. Wine was misrepresented as a blend- drinkable- borderline “send it back” but wildly overpriced. We should have stuck with the burgers, but you can get good burgers anywhere. Not a disaster but disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We bought some out of town guests here for a nice brunch because we knew they would not disappoint. Everyone was thrilled. Outstanding service from Rob! Everyone loved their food!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect breakfast. Foggy morning and we sat outside.

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c
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Always eat here while in Blo wing Rock.
The fish and chips are great and love the collards
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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Great food, but the service was horrible. It was 15 minutes before anyone even looked at our table to bring water to us, and that was after we flagged someone down. No air conditioning made it a very hot and long wait for food. When the food arrived it was great, but I wouldn’t go back.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

We were the only people in the front room. Dull.

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SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The cornbread for 2 was good. The chopped Caesar salad was not a chopped salad. The lettuce was as big as my hand. Also, blah dressing and seriously underdressed. Hamburger good. Fish on fish and chips good. Fries were the high point. Delicious. Slaw with fish and chips was seriously underdressed. Really nothing on the veggies. Service was slowish but we were not in a hurry and server was pleasant. Also, they were out of the beer we ordered. We would recommend with some reservation.

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E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for breakfast. Food was excellent. Biscuits and gravy was very tasty and French toast was great.

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TE
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great! Server was adorable!!! Food great!

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KM
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Public House is a great farm to table restaurant with fun small plates and shareable items and tempting burgers and entrees. My husband and I shared the smoked trout dip, which was amazing; Fish & chips, which was also so good. We also loved the scallop and lobster nachos. If you're there and you see the Lengua sliders (beef tongue), do yourself a favor and GET THEM. All in all the experience was wonderful and we're so happy to have a place like this nearby.

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Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot off the main drag - excellent food and family friendly! Easy return in the near future for sure

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal. Service was excellent. I usually look for the negative, but this was a purely positive experience. The value was very good as well.

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable and cozy breakfast spot with heat service and good food. Only the oatmeal was subpar; the rest of the food (biscuit sandwiches, French toast, etc) was very good and fairly priced.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of our favorites!

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KV
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had eaten at this restaurant last year and it was very good. But not this time. Service was terrible. Food just average. Not sure what happened. Very disappointed.

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JS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Will definitely go back and have told others the same.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was amazing

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Cheeseburgers were under cooked. Fries were over cooked and seemed they had been sitting under a warmer for awhile.

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SR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was okay/average as was the service. Nothing special. Be warned that the chairs only fit a size 0.

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VW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great; however, we were seated in the large dining room that was very warm, with no air circulation.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, good wine list, and friendly service. If you're looking for some different twists on savory dishes, you can't go wrong at the New Public House.

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