The New Public House & Hotel

4.4
811 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Our meal was easily the worst we’ve had in years. Both dishes were below room temperature when they arrived at the table. They replaced one with a hotter dish—good—but the dish was still very blah. One side order was frankly cold and dried out. One of our dishes was a bison burger. It was undercooked despite our medium-well order, and it tasted like it had been cooked on a griddle or skillet with rancid or reused oil. It was inedible. To his credit, the server was a very nice young man and did his best—and he gave excellent service. We are not difficult people and we chose not to complain because the situation was just hopeless, so other than asking for the one dish to be reheated, we just chose to be friendly and nice to the server, who was nice to us. We never write reviews, but it would be a disservice to prospective diners at this restaurant if we did not in this case. Ugh.

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N
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Sunday brunch for Mother's day. The food was delicious and the price was very reasonable. I felt very fortunate to get a table for 8 at such a fine restaurant on a busy holiday. I highly recommend this restaurant. I've eaten here on three other occasions and have always had a good experience!

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Well, we travel a good bit, and I booked The New Public House because it was both Mother's Day and App State's graduation weekend, and I wanted reservations. The food and the service were just okay; however, the dining room could use some updating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After my daughter graduated, our family celebrated with dinner at The New Public House. They had a private dining room for us which was intimate and the perfect setting. The service and food were amazing. Wonderfull experience!

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MP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A bit pricey for what you get but the food and service is very good. Ambiance is excellent.

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SG
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! Meatloaf wrapped in bacon a big hit! You won’t regret eating here.

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TW
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

It was very good food. Service was excellent. But it was extremely loud.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

College graduation

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CW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In general the experience was average. The timing of the main dishes was very close to the arrival of our appetizers, so there was a lot of plate crowding and feeling of being rushed. The whole meal lasted approximately 40 minutes. Cocktails were decent, chicken pot pie was good. We were surprised by the loud ambient noise in the restaurant, considering it was not full. I would go back if invited, but would not choose to go back independently.

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BL
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at the New Public House & Hotel on Friday May 3. We dined on some delicious burgers and craft beers. Our server was attentive and courteous. The restaurant is conveniently located only a few blocks from Main Street's many shops and attractions. Every time we come to Blowing Rock for the Wine Festival we try to eat at the New Public House. It is a great place for both small and large groups to enjoy a wonderful meal together.

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SS
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place in my town, fun to go to Weiner Wednesday.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The wait staff seemed overwhelmed and disorganized when we arrived. We were seated at our table for 15 minutes before we even got water — and that was when we asked after seeing other tables receive service. Service was batter after that — except for waiting 5 minutes to get a soup spoon (and they finally brought a TEA spoon — and the food itself was excellent.

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J
Greensboro
29 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We had been frequent customers.

This experience from start to finish has put a return in doubt. From placing us outside of the normal dining area in a cold room in which the heater was not working until we completed our meal, to some unfortunate changes in it’s classic dishes, we had our worst recent dining experience.
The classic blue cheese wedge was anything but blue cheese. The burger was as cold as the room. And who
doesn’t offer a condiment with fries.

Best to make another choice.

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C
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Husband’s birthday. Shocked to see sanitation grade was 90. Overall, food was ok and service was great!

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r
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The setting in the old house was great. The food was pretty good. For entrees starting at $20, I expected a little better. I will say my adult son said the chicken pot pie was the best he ever had. My daughter liked the fried chicken. The chicken was moist and tasty, but the fried part not crispy or all that delicious to me. The collard greens were very good and the cheese grits were the beet part of the meal. We also had the donuts and buttermilk pie but they were lackluster.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Had to send food back. Undercooked burger and fish.

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DC
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was the first time we had eaten there and it was fantastic! Nice diverse menu and great food. The service was excellent. Much better than our meal at The Best Cellar located next door. Take a few extra steps down Sunset for a greater overall dining experience We definitely will be going back soon!

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HT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service! They do need some more reasonably priced wines considering the range in price of their food. Cheapest bottle was $36 but you can get dinner for $15 (and that’s about a $15 bottle at the store). Or you could do like we did and buy a great $15 across the street and pay the $15 corkage fee and still play less. They’d sell more wine if they had cheaper bottles.

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RG
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is part of a bed and breakfast which fits right in with the Blowing Rock vibe. Homey decor with top notch service. The great disappointment came from the food, particularly the coffee. We ate breakfast there on Sunday morning after a weekend get-away. The coffee itself is locally roasted, which was a fun fact. However it carried strong citrus notes. Not sweet but sour. It was weird and not at all to our liking. It tasted odd enough that we asked to have others taste it to make sure it was how it was supposed to taste. We were told it was how it always is. We changed to decaf which, while slightly better, still had the sour taste. The restaurant offers several selections and variations of Eggs Benedict. I ordered the Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict which substitutes a fried green tomato for the Canadian bacon or ham. Very delicious except the center of the tomato was too hard to eat. Very unpleasant. The egg was cooked to perfection and the hollandaise sauce was tasty if a little bland. The Sausage and Gravy Eggs Benedict substitutes a sausage patty for the bacon or ham which was fine except it was basically flavorless sausage. The biscuit was quite dry. The English muffin was fine but both dishes were clearly prepared with little to no seasoning. The gravy was gloppy and blah. Both of us asked for salt and pepper. Neither of us finished either cup of coffee.
Hopefully this is not the regular fare since they are rated in the top tier of restaurants in Blowing Rock for breakfast. But we will never know. Too many other places to explore.

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NR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful weekend. Staff were always friendly and helpful with everything. Breakfast tasted delicious. We will be back.

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SS
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place ,always good.First time eating brunch. Only negative, new metal chairs are so cold and uncomfortable .

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KJ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. George V. served our needs very well. Chairs were less than comfortable, but the overall ambience was excellent.

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had breakfast here. Overall it was pretty great. Baked eggs were flavorful, housemade sausage was a little spicy so careful there. Eggs Benedict was cooked very well with generous portions sizes of everything and a fantastic hollandaise. I would go again.

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M
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue. Ask for table in bar or front room for more ambiance. Great selection of entrees and delicious dishes. Habe to try the nachos. Meatloaf superb as well. Great service. Recommend reservations.

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J
Greensboro
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place with great menu that always seats you on time

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

Extremely nice staff and very attentive. The lodging is great and the food is terrific. This was the 3rd time that my wife and I had stayed there. We'll definitely be back again.

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BR
Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Sunday brunch. Grilled chicken salad, eggs Benedict, seafood omelet. All good. Nothing outstanding. Service was not very attentive, however, on a non-busy morning.

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LB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, great atmosphere and great food!! Staff was very knowledgeable about menu!! Definitely going back!!

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LH
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

HI, we dined with you last night and it was less than enjoyable.  The first issue was the heat.  We walked in and were blasted by heat...the thermostat was set at 74 degrees and it not being cold outside, really made it too warm for comfort.

Our waitress, Alicia, was very sweet but not knowledgeable.  That's not her fault.  She deserves better training.  We ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and it was UNchilled.  When she poured and I tasted, my comment was "it's warm" and she responded, "is it supposed to be cold?"  Bless.  She took it back and found a chilled bottle, fortunately.  The next issue is a kitchen issue...we would have ordered the chicken and chorizo taco but were told you have no soft (flour) tacos or wraps of any sort.  So, we ordered fried green tomato and deviled egg.  Deviled egg was delicious but the fried green tomato tasted like old oil/grease and was flavorless.  The chowchow was great, though.  We, then ordered the pulled pork sandwich (with fries).  BOTH of our first bites were of pork FAT.  There was more slaw than pork on the sandwich.  She didn't bring any ketchup and once we finally got her to bring it, we were more than half finished with our dinner.  The chairs in the picture on OpenTable are NOT the chairs in your establishment and very uncomfortable (I have some  health issues).  I just feel some fine tuning is deserved because the concept is good but it missed the mark last night.  THANKS!  

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J
Greensboro
30 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place consistent service and food. Always a great choice.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Valentines, was brought unexpected moments of clarity because of how beautiful and quaint the place really is. Great food, good service, quiet, and comfortable. Recommend highly for anniversary, date night, outings, bar, and location.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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J
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here on both of our most recent visits to Blowing Rock. We have have had very good experiences both times. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. We recommend the Brussels sprouts and cornbread appetizers. I mostly recently had the seafood gumbo, which was loaded with tender shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish. It had just the right amount of spice.

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MH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We arrived 30 minutes early for brunch and they wouldn’t accommodate and serve us early. We received the wrong drinks, they were out of some of the breakfast food we tried to order, the server seemed miserable... I would not recommend. There are other, better restaurants in the area.

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LP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food! It was a little loud but there was a large group of young adults having a very good time! Wonderful place! Enjoyed it immensely. The bartender was great at making martinis. Overall lovely evening!

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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Original food and great service, both lunch and dinner menus were great.

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CE
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service in this restaurant is simply atrocious, and if one looks on OpenTable, Yelp and other public review platforms she/he will see that this is a pattern of poor performance. I'm not certain what the problem may be or how to correct it, but if you are in Blowing Rock I would recommend finding another place to dine (of which there are plenty without service issues).

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LH
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun place to eat! Everyone is soooo nice!!!! Great food. Great prices!

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M
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great. Had seafood nachos, fish and ships and salmon salad which were delicious. Our waiter was sweet but needed to slow down and approach the table instead of asking us if we were ok from 10 feet away. Bar was little and cozy- bartender Marcus was perfect. Only one beer on draft though. Seating in restaurant was odd-blue metal chairs-could have been cozier-made it seem more like a cafeteria than fine dining but food made up for it. Overall a B+ because of ambiance but food a solid A.

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