Publick House

3.5
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217 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm,

Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(908) 879-6878
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Private Party Facilities
Three beautiful rooms to choose from that can accommodate a small gathering of 15 people and up to a large party of guests that can be perfectly set up in our new spacious banquet room.
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Private Party Contact
Freddy Palacios : (908) 879-6878
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Cross street
RT 206
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Parking Details
Huge parking lot located directly behind the restaraunt that provides plenty of parking.
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n/a
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Entertainment
Check in weekly to see who is playing in the Bar area for your enjoyment.

We offer private shows accompanied by a four course meal as well, ask about are current headliners.

Entertainment for your own private parties in the banquet room available as well.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Take Away, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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C
Toronto
1 review
Reviewed on 28 November 2019
Overall2FoodServiceAmbience

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

M
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.

RD
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.

JH
New York Area
7 reviews
Reviewed on 9 November 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

Consistent quality food with an unimaginative menu.

G
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.

HF
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

HD
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!

FP
New York Area
24 reviews
Reviewed on 12 October 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

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

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

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

LD
New York Area
8 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!

D
Charleston
13 reviews
Reviewed on 23 September 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

traditional and well established tavern in Chester.

WC
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.

NY
New York Area
101 reviews
Reviewed on 12 August 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

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

e
New York Area
16 reviews
Reviewed on 2 August 2019
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

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

MH
New York Area
6 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.

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

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

DC
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.

JK
New York Area
9 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.

S
New York Area
2 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

K
New York Area
17 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.

OT
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.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Overbooked for Mother’s Day. Buffett was empty.

TT
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

MO
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.

OT
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.

DR
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

G
New York Area
17 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...!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

JR
New York Area
21 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.

B
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

NY
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.

JF
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!

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

Was cold in the restaurant

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice Atmosphere, Great Server, Good Food. Quick service

TL
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Pleasantly surprised. The more recent Yelp and Open Table reviews leave something to be desired, and I was worried when my friends and I decided to dine here again. The last time, roughly 6 months ago, wasn't very good. This time we were seated in a quiet room by the fireplace and far away from the noise of the bar. The service was much better than last time. Our food came quickly and was delicious. I had the salmon, one friend had the burger and another friend had a pasta dish. All were generously portioned and cooked properly. Glad we gave it another chance.

LW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

The entertainment was so much fun! our server was attentive and very friendly. This is a great casual place to meet up with friends

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Had a lovely table by the fireplace. Excellent Martini and J. Lohr Cab. Onion soup was very good as was my strip steak. Very nicely seasoned. Love their hot rolls!

E
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Food was okay. Very loud band made conversing impossible. For a pub, I would have thought there would have been a drink list, but there was none. They also advertise gelato for which there was one flavor...coffee.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place to eat, nice atmosphere.