Publick House

3.4
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223 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Built in 1810, this beautiful structure serves as a restaurant and tavern in the heart of Chester, NJ. The Publick House's goal is to provide a consistent and quality cuisine while offering a unique dining experience.

We believe our guests should feel at home when they join us. The Publick House is the place to be; whether you're seeking fine dining, innovative cocktails at the bar, a seat in front of the big game or a relaxed gathering with family and friends.
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vipPatrickL
New York Area
14 reviews
Reviewed on 29 January 2020
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

food and atmosphere were good. service a bit slow.

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arianaj
New York Area
1 review
Reviewed on 23 January 2020
Overall4FoodServiceAmbience

Went here for a quick coffee and dessert and the atmosphere was perfect. Our server was so kind and warm despite us coming in close to closing.

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GaryD
New York Area
10 reviews
Reviewed on 6 January 2020
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

Typical menu. Not overly impressive. They used to have an amazing Sunday brunch - Best I ever experienced - but for some strange reason (staff I questions had no idea) they discontinued it. Outdoor seating is very nice.

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LindyLee
New York Area
8 reviews
Reviewed on 27 December 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

The food and menu are traditional and prepared without any added presentation or creativity. Their secret sauce is the setting and location, making it a convenient spot to meet. Our dishes were all acceptable but unexciting.

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vipkerris
New York Area
13 reviews
Reviewed on 18 December 2019
Overall2FoodServiceAmbience

Food was ok. Service could have been a lot better.

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Sweat2much
New York Area
2 reviews
Reviewed on 16 December 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Great neighbor bar steeped in a city feel. Atmosphere and selective clientele are down to earth. A bar that can be frequented and enjoyed every time.

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Cval
Toronto
1 review
Reviewed on 28 November 2019
Overall2FoodServiceAmbience

Smells like wet dog 89% of the time:/ service is okay I guess

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Mendhammom
9 reviews
Reviewed on 19 November 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

This a good stop for a beer. Service is typically good and beer selection is good. Food is mediocre at best and could use some creativity.

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RosariaD
New York Area
7 reviews
Reviewed on 14 November 2019
Overall4FoodServiceAmbience

Great food and atmosphere. We love sitting at the bar. Their pizza is one of the best! They have live music on the weekends, which is fun. Good place for private parties as well.

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vipJohnH
New York Area
8 reviews
Reviewed on 9 November 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

Consistent quality food with an unimaginative menu.

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Gramcam
New York Area
10 reviews
Reviewed on 28 October 2019
Overall2FoodServiceAmbience

Over rated. Food was not good, gravy on dried pot roast was glutinous. Would not go back.

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HarveyF
New York Area
2 reviews
Reviewed on 28 October 2019
Overall4FoodServiceAmbience

Charm of yesterday with well prepared food at a reasonable price
I would return

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HannaD
New York Area
1 review
Reviewed on 24 October 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

excellent! my parents stayed in a guest room there in the early 1990's!

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vipFrankP
New York Area
26 reviews
Reviewed on 12 October 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

So so food and way pricey. Probably would not recommend,

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vipGatta3
New York Area
17 reviews
Reviewed on 3 October 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Loved this place. Super Cozy and food is terrific. Great Date Night spot :)

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vipLisaD
New York Area
9 reviews
Reviewed on 30 September 2019
Overall2FoodServiceAmbience

With a great location on Main Street in Chester and a lovely outdoor patio it's such a shame that the food is just not up to snuff. They have a great pizza oven in the bar area and live music on the weekends. They just need to get their act together in the food and service department!

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Dianne
Charleston
13 reviews
Reviewed on 23 September 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

traditional and well established tavern in Chester.

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WayneC
New York Area
1 review
Reviewed on 2 September 2019
Overall4FoodServiceAmbience

Best pizza in the area. Great menu for a quick stop or a very nice relaxing dinner.

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vipNYwildcritter
New York Area
110 reviews
Reviewed on 12 August 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

Nice atmosphere. Good food. would come back. Rarely go to NJ.

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vipereview
New York Area
17 reviews
Reviewed on 2 August 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

OK bar food. We went to hear the band. That was worth it

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vipNaplesMark
New York Area
13 reviews
Reviewed on 2 August 2019
Overall1FoodServiceAmbience

Under poured and over priced drinks coupled with Sysco frozen food. If I am eating in Chester, it's not at Publick House.

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Staffmember
New York Area
1 review
Reviewed on 21 July 2019
Overall1FoodServiceAmbience

The food we ordered was bland, greasy and over priced.

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DeniseC
New York Area
3 reviews
Reviewed on 18 July 2019
Overall4FoodServiceAmbience

There are many places in Chester but this is a very rustic restaurant and worth a visit. The food is great and the atmosphere is comfortable.

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vipJoeandKim
New York Area
10 reviews
Reviewed on 8 July 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

It is decent. Nothing to Rave about. Middle of the road at best. Not bad, though nothing special. Pricing is about right to meet quality. I would say try it out. At least once.It was not bad.

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Sunny
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Mother’s Day buffet was not organized and wait staff didn’t not give any sort of instructions or insight. It took a while for food to be replenished. The place is nice but would b better for sit down dinners

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vipKate
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Mother's Day- totally understand its busy. Staff was less than attentive, I bused my own table, nothing of the buffet was replenished, nor plates to even get a piece of bacon left in a tray. Waited over 15 min to even be asked if we would like a drink then finally told its a Buffet around the corner in a few rooms. REALLY! Absolute horrible and not worth $200 for 3 my husband, daughter and myself.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall great and reasonably priced place for Mother’s Day brunch. We got a last minute reservation which was terrific.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Overbooked for Mother’s Day. Buffett was empty.

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TTamd
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Very disappointed. Super expensive for what you got and the gratuity was included at 20% for a buffet meal. Would not recommend it

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MatthewO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The Mother's Day Brunch at the Publick House was very good, but not spectacular. The buffet contained a modest selection of very good food, but not $40/person worth to be sure. Our waitress was very polite, but stretched over too many tables to be attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

The guy making pizza starting yelling at his wife who was serving or packing pizza... only one guy making pizza .. waited 45 min for pizza to be served for dinner.. waitress apologized and d d not charge for pizza... pizza was suppose to be margherita with sausage and they forgot the basil so it had to go back... will never go back.

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DawnR
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely lunch here. Warm and cozy atmosphere and delicious food.

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Gerry
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat at a table by the bar, had our traditional Old Fashion with WR. Could not choose one of the great selections from the menu, so we did one each to share and tasted TWO...!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food and service is very good. House wine is $9 a glass and not that great.

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JRHH
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

We have been to the Publick House many times off and on over the years. It is always reliable—nothing special, but safe and predictable. The food is fine. Our server was fantastic. We were very disappointed that we were seated in the bar area by default; although we did not make an issue of it, we would have preferred to have been given the option of sitting in the dining room.

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vipBoss
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Always a good meal, service is solid and a very friendly environment!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

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NYCnative
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Visiting this wonderful little town, Publick House was a warm welcome meal hile traveling through.

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JFJOB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

First time dining at the Publick House. Good food, lovely historical building...will definitely visit again!

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AlanM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Was cold in the restaurant

FAQs

Publick House offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 879-6878.

Publick House is rated 3.4 stars by 223 OpenTable diners.