Public Kitchen and Bar

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388 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Throughout the space of Public, a modernist sensibility is blended with a classic American, Newport mansion drawing room theme. It's design is inspired by the existing architecture of the Masonic Temple and it's Rhode Island Capital Statehouse neighbor. Public's masculine and warm setting will be a meeting place for hipsters and Senators alike.

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MPCR
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing and delish! The GM & staff are also amazing and hospitable. Would recommend a meal here any time!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Portions were tiny, particularly the pasta entrees. The cocktails were not good. Our server was great. We chose not to spend money on desert there with such an underwhelming appetizer and entree experience. Location was amazing.

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Renee
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I loved it because it was literally underneath the venue where we were seeing a show and parking is abundant and well lit.

Since I was visiting my son who I can't hear on a good day, the acoustics of the restaurant made it especially difficult. As an advocate for folks who may have issues with access (being able to hear is access, too) I would recommend that they ask about a spot in the restaurant where they have a better listening experience.

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WendyA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

It was just ok. Wish they had a bigger menu, no dessert was offered and we were there for a birthday.

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KathleenB
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Very dark. Saw people using flashlight on phone to see menu. Very loud. We each had pasta dishes and found them bland. Server knew we were going to show, but service was slow. Don't think it was her, seemed to be kitchen.

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vipCindyL
New England
25 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My guest and I shared an appetizer, salad and pizza so we could try a few things and I must say the selection is always unique and delicious! We like the fact that the menu changes each season and the chefs are always creative putting options together that are sure to delight every individuals taste. The staff is always attentive and Christopher, the General Manager works a room like a pro making certain that everyone is acknowledged and feels welcome!
All was delightful as always!

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vipMariceann
New England
94 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Christopher always makes us feel so welcome and special. The server, Matt, was spot on. Could not get any better. My wings were a bit dry this last time. You must try their calamari - yum!

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KristenC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

First, We didn't realize that this restaurant was part of the Renaissance Hotel. We were there in a Wednesday night at 5, so the place was dead. Which was exactly what we wanted. I could see this being a very busy place on a weekend or Friday night.

Second, I got faked out by the GoProvidence website. We booked it for restaurant week thinking there was a 2 for 1 dinner deal. There wasn't, it was $49 Prix Fixe per person. Not the end of the world, but still confusing advertising that was possibly someone else's fault. (Or I read the post wrong.)

That being said, we split two entrees for a reasonable amount. No drinks this time, but husband wants to go back seeing as 3/4 of their dessert menu is whisky.

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CathyC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service excellent, food very good, music from a band playing way too loud.

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mike
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Convenient to the VET. Great for show night. Limited Menu.

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AnnM
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is extremely good voice if going to an event at the Vet's Memorial. Make a reservation earlier than you think necessary so you are not rushed.

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JudithH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Public Kitchen has great ambience, wonderful service, very delicious food, and is located right netxt to Thevets . With the valet parking it was the perfect one stop for a wonderful evening with our adult grandchildren. Thank you!

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vipYumyum
New England
44 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Great for Xmas day.

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vipktse39
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Food not very good. Fried Calamari batter extremely greasy and no flavor. The cheeseburger was also greasy and not good. I would recommend not getting either of those. Drinks are steep at $14 each.

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Nada3
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For the past 3 years Public Kitchen and Bar has been our family’s meeting place for the holidays.
It’s a central location for us and we enjoy the variety of menu offerings, Crafted drinks, great service staff and the Renaissance a hotel’s festive decor...Where our annual family Christmas photo is taken. Thank you Public Kitchen and Bar!

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vipFollowingFoxy
New England
62 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Creative killer cocktail list! Love their bar area. Very cool vibe.
Steven the bartender is great!

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vipMariceann
New England
94 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Christopher always makes us feel welcome. Matt, our server, was excellent.

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vipGerry
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

Would not make omelette other than what was on menu. Never had that experience before!!

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JeannetteL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Our waitress was terrible. She didn’t ask for a drink order, we had to ask for bread, and she never checked to ask how our dinner was.
Food was ok but was pricey

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Nada3
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for Thanksgiving but also had offerings off the dinner menu as well, which was great for the non-turkey & vegan family members.
The setting was festive. The front counter/check-in was welcoming & offered coat check in.
We had Matt as our waiter. Matt greeted us with a welcoming smile. He was attentive, courteous and friendly. The food was delicious(salmon,
filet mignon, margarita pizza, impossible berger) & their crafted drinks were amazingly good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

An odd mix of good and not-so-good. The server was nice, but rushed and seemed stressed during every interaction. The COCKTAIL SHRIMP was terrible (possibly some of the worst we’ve ever had)—odd texture and flavorless. The SHAVED HONEYCRISP APPLE AND KOHLRABI was an odd combination of ingredients that did not work—it was almost inedible, but being hungry we ate most of it. This “from the pantry” item was attempting to be something interesting and unusual, and failed at being something clearly classified as food. After that, things improved. The dinner course we had was excellent all ‘round: PORK BELLY GRILLED CHEESE, GRILLED FAROE ISLAND SALMON, and STEAK FRITES WITH FILET MIGNON. The desserts were also quite good: CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT CRUNCH BAR and the COFFEE TART. The main course and the desserts definitely saved the meal.

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vipJoanP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

Food was exceptional...but restaurant was too dark! One guest and 2 servers either dropped or knocked over glasses causing them to break and splatter!

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vipCindyL
New England
25 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christopher, the Manager, who seems like he is ALWAYS working manages to make everyone feel special as he makes certain to greet everyone with a smile. He is very attentive as he "works the room" to keep an eye on things and make sure your needs are met. Our server, I believe her name was Meg? (I feel awful that her name escapes me!) as was equally attentive and patient in suggesting items off the menu to try. I find the selections unique and I like the fact that the menu changes seasonally so there is always something new and different.

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vipMariceann
New England
94 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Christopher always makes us feel so welcome. He stops by to check if everything is going fine. I lovethe personal touch.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food with good friendly service.

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DianeE
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was fantastic, the meal was excellent a as well

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

The service was not great, the food was okay, and I just didn’t understand the menu and the selections to choose from

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vipBevSRI
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! It is also immediately next door to Veterans Memorial Auditorium where we were headed after dinner. ALSO had valet parking. Super good place. Great food, service, ambiance and value. Would go again in a heartbeat 💓

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MelissaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

This brunch spot has gone downhill in a big way. Our plates looked like we had just gone through the buffet line on a Monday morning at Courtyard by Marriott. Tasted like it, too.
The prices however....

There is nothing to recommend about this place anymore. You can do better.

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Frenchie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seated in a quiet booth near the back away from the bar and loud party of 8 - thank you to the kind manager who seated us there. Able to concentrate on the menu, enjoy conversation with my husband on our night out and enjoy to the maximum all the delightful fare there is to choose from. Can't go wrong on anything- we had the exquisite clam chowder, scallops, filet mignon and the tagliatelle. Dessert: s'mores -- so fun and inviting to the palate -- and the cocktails were full of zest and offered a balanced experience.

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CarolynG
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came in from out of town for a show at the VETS auditorium, it was right next door and we were pleasantly surprised at the great ambiance, as well as great food, drink and service! We would definitely return!

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frequentvisitor
New England
24 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had reservations for a concert next door and told the waitress about it. She was prompt with service and pleasant. The food is pub-type but good, and prices were reasonable. Glass of wine was very generous.

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ClaireO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Unique dishes, great service and accommodations if you are going to see a show!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food, great and accommodating service.

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SteveK
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. Just right for a pre-show dinner at the RI Philharmonic next door!

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vipDanC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food! Very attentive staff! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and wait staff were excellent. Ambiance was beautiful.

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Faye55
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was really good. However a small amount for the price

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

People were extremely friendly but the they were having a private function so they were very busy and we felt we were left aside.

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