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About The New Public House & Hotel

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

239 Sunset Dr.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southern, Café

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Sat 8:00 am–11:00 am
Sun 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Lunch
Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Hill St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 295-3487

Website:
http://www.thenewpublichouse.com/

Executive Chef:
John Dean

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The New Public House & Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (29)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for a Date (28)
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Comfort Food (23)
Cozy (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Special Occasion (20)
Casual (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Authentic (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Fun (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Romantic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tapas (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food, service, & atmosphere!! Highly recommend to anyone visiting the area!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our favorite location for New Year's Eve each year. But book it early in the year or you may find that there are no reservations available.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great fun and wine at a very good price point for a special Mom and daughter night out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food and menu but dining is crowded and loud especially in the front rooms. The front dining room is at the front door and directly across from the bar. Very cold and noisy.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were able to spend an enjoyable snowy evening with the team at the New Public House. The food was quite good and the server was very attentive. They had some interesting menu items that were good on the palate. We tried their nachos and were happy happy. Their mainstay is the meatloaf which was delightful. All in all a very good meal!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was fantastic! The service was great, quaint and quiet.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great find....I had only been here for local's night which brought me back and I was not disappointed. Great menu, friendly staff and good atmosphere! I will definitely be adding this to my go-to list of great spots in Blowing Rock!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Disappointing and not nearly as good as in the past. Seems like menu has been "dumbed down."

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We wanted to love this since we have a home in the area. The food was solid but not outstanding. Our server was attentive but overall the restaurant was not what we had hoped. Smoke from the kitchen greeted us as we arrived- just one example. There are no personal seats in the room.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Cute place with friendly, welcoming staff

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Visiting on vacation from Florida.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great follow up and a potential miscommunication. That’s The New we thought we knew!
Thanks guys!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

All was very good except for the service. Our waitress had another table that was a large group. Our group of 4 (2 couples) were an after thought. Very disappointing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My husband and I had dinner at the New Public House while visiting Blowing Rock. We started with the Chicken Livers, and I ordered the crawfish enchiladas and my husband had the lamb burger. Everything was prepared perfectly and was delicious! Service and cocktail list was good as well. We will return.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The new lunch menu is mostly burgers. First experience was good so we returned with out of town guest. Not so great second time. Burgers were over cooked and dry. We all order medium rare except for one rare. The rare was delivered to the wrong person and might have passed for medium, others were well done or more. The fries also disappointed being tepid. We love the night menu and always come about once a week so this was a disappointment.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Consistently great food. Service is top notch. Local’s Night (Thursdays) has some great wine and beer deals - even if you’re not a “local”!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great menu (I had a lamb burger) and service! Bar area is cozy while waiting for your table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Menu is different so check it out before you dine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service. Loud atmosphere. Food comes out very quickly. Good spot for a decent dinner in town.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Fabulous as usual. We live coming here for brunch

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Came in to town and was looking for somewhere to eat- Open Table helped to find something. The food was great and price was right. Quick and friendly service. A must go to place!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Just a great place. our dinner was great. Especially, the chicken livers and chicken chili.
Fun, intimate bar with a personable bartender, waitress and manager.

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We enjoyed our evening at the restaurant. Food was good, drinks were lovely and we were reuniting with old friends and spent time enjoying the company and the restaurant accommodated our time together.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My husband and I REALLY wanted to enjoy breakfast at The New Public House as we chose to eat there on the morning of our one year anniversary. Unfortunately, we were extremely disappointed!

We had high hopes in that we were able to customize our meal, allowing us to order our breakfast however we wanted. Grits or potatoes? How about both! Instead of toast, could I get a single pancake? SURE! We were very excited.

However, when the food came, I immediately noticed that my sausage patties were VERY pink on one side. We flagged someone on staff over who assured us that the homemade sausage cooks to a more pink color, and even if it is under cooked, it's homemade...so no worries, right? I couldn't even eat the sausage, and it didn't have much to do with the pink color. Their "homemade sausage" tasted like plastic! My husband ended up eating my plate of sausage, and said that it tasted like plastic, too. He had ordered the liver mush, which we both agreed was AWFUL. It is not a true southerner's definition of breakfast liver mush. It didn't have the traditional gritty texture of cornmeal. Instead, it was a fatty version of what we're sure was only livers...mashed and fried. Disgusting!

My husband didn't finish his one mug of coffee because it, too, was not any good. We both also ordered grits, which were the most loose/runny grits I've ever eaten.

I could keep going...

All of this to say, if you DO find yourself here for breakfast, scrambled eggs, the breakfast potatoes and a pancake are just about the only things worth eating. Steer clear of any of their meats! The New Public House gives the impression that it is a southern-inspired menu, designed and cooked from recipes that are CLEARLY not from the south. Truly disappointing.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was great and the reservation on OpenTable was so easy and the table was ready when we walked in. The ambiance was very contemporary yet kept the rustic/mountain charm. The menu wasn't too long but great options and everything we had from the Pimento Cheese and Naan appetizer tot he Gumbo and Catfish meals were great. They even threw in a free Brownie dessert since it was our anniversary.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best restaurant in Blowing Rock. We ate there 2 times on our weekend vacation!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was our first visit and will definitely go back. The atmosphere complimented the food. The menu had both small plates and regular portions.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great atmosphere. Service was friendly and attentive. Excellent food and a variety of options.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a wonderful time at The New Public House. We were visiting for the night and were very happy with the service and food. The ambiance was casual but intimate - perfect for a dinner with old friends! I had the gumbo and it was wonderful! Just enough kick for someone with a sensitive palate like myself. We will definitely come back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food & service. Loved the Fried Oysters!
Highly recommended

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Had the meatloaf with a BBQ sauce, collard greens, fried okra. Wife had excellent hamburger.
Both of us were very impressed with the quality of the meal and the responsive service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Two top table seating was too cramped and next door tables were so close you were in on everyone's conversations. A little loud as well. Most unbelievable thing was that the waitress brought us our craft beers in the cans. When we asked for glasses she went away and came back and said no sorry they were very busy and couldn't give us beer glasses!!! Didn't even offer a different type of glass. Very strange. Wait staff in general were friendly but did not know the menu very well and were clearly harried. Admittedly was a very busy weekend. Food was good- but I don't recommend this place if you're looking for ambiance and a higher end dining experience even though it advertises itself as such a place.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent meal and service with friends on a beautiful fall day!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was nice except all the food that we had was so seasoned with cayenne that there was no natural flavor to enjoy. I am very aware that many enjoy it this way and I would highly recommend for them.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We tried a big variety of items on the menu to share. All were outstanding. The Lamburger and Oyster Stew were my favorite. The Old Fashion Flight was the best! So creative. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Another great meal at The New Public House. We were there to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed a glass of wine in the cozy bar before dinner. The bartender was very friendly and came out from behind the bar to our table to wait on us. Once seated at our table, we started with the fried oysters and corn bread. The oysters were a featured appetizer that nite. Both were delicious. I ordered the seafood gumbo and my husband ordered a steak. The portions were good size and both meals were amazing. The restaurant was full but that in no way impacted the service or quality of food. During the fall I strongly suggest making a reservation. We go to Blowing Rock once a year and never miss an opportunity to dine there.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Nice surprise

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is a wonderful place to eat in Blowing Rock. We have always enjoyed every meal we have had here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Casual dining combined with good food. We were there on “locals night”. Will definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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