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BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
amex, discover, visa, cash, mastercard
Price Range
$$
Neighborhood
Washington Square
Categories
Taverns, Family Style Restaurants, Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Brew Pubs, American Restaurants, Night Clubs, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: No

Cuisines: Brew Pubs, Family Style, American

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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EagleEv

12/07/2010

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Overall
I used to love this bar...

That being said I had a horrible experience last week. Saturday night a small group of friends and I went to Publick House for drinks to see a friend who had recently moved back to the Boston area. Feeling generous, I offered to buy drinks for our group of 6. About a while later after about 12 drinks total had been split amongst us, I went to the bar to order another beer for myself, my 3rd beer in several hours, and much to my surprise, the bartender refused to serve me. I explained that I had been buying drinks for my whole party, and that each of us had only had 2 beers, but he refused to do anything but close my tab for me and suggest I leave, saying the Brookline Police are very strict and that is why they have to monitor this. Unbelievable that our entire party was cut off after only 2 beers.

kaymhango

08/19/2010

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Overall
Worst Meal I've had in years

Went here last night. Menu was very limited and the main courses over-priced. I ordered the veggie burger - could not finish it. It was moist and paste-like - nothing like a burger. I would describe it as a fat potato pancake, undercooked. When put between white bread it was horrible. It was a paste with a horrible combination of spices. I like my veggie burgers to have texture. The fries were horrible too - sodden with oil, that I suspected was overused due to the fact that the fries were very dark. I had a stomach ache for hours afterwards. And the waitress was very off-hand. She plopped everything down in the middle of the table on top of the wine menu that she couldn't be bothered to remove. She kept trying to remove our plates before we had finished. The place was not crowded (Wednesday fairly early in the evening) so there was no reason to hustle us out. The place was shabby - no maintenance in years. It probably looks good in the dark but needs a serious overhaul.

Suliko

07/15/2010

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Overall
The Worst Restaurant Management Experience Ever

This past Saturday (July 10, 2010) my fianc? and some of our friends experienced the worst experience at the restaurant ever.
After a long day of work, I was meeting my fianc? there who was having dinner with our friends. They must have been there for hour and a half when I got there. Every one of them had just finished a full meal and were still having drinks AND were planning to have another round. While I was looking at the food and beer menu, a hostess came by and told us that there are people waiting on the list for that exact table, and I will not be served any food. Basically, we were told to leave. When we asked to speak with manager, Mike Murphy, he explained that it is business and he can?t have people sitting there for few hours and enjoy only their drinks (even though at the table right next to us, there was a party of six having only drinks). At least to my friends, fianc? and I, the approach taken was extremely disrespectful. If exactly that table was needed for a larger party (and it was 6 of us), the manager could have offered a smaller table we could sit at. We are very easy going people and would have not had a problem with that at all. Instead, without ?I?m sorry? or any other explanation, we were asked to pay our bill and leave.
I have never been disrespected like this in my life. Manager, Mike Murphy, definitely does not possess the right skills to be an effective manager for the business. My friends, fianc? and I have always enjoyed and recommended the Publick House to others, but it has become a place that does not deserve a second chance, and we would never come back or suggest it to other people again.

juliacantor

05/07/2010

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Overall
Everyone loves the Publick House

Seriously, everyone loves the Publick House. This is a fantastic place for drinks and dinner year-round. It has tons of beer on tap and the food is delicious. They have cheese plates, fresh salads, and a bunch of entree and sandwich options. My personal favorite dinner option is the veggie burger, made in-house (yum), but I also really love getting a cheese plate and sitting in their outside seating. They have some of the only outdoor seating in Brookline--and not much, at that. It is picnic table-style (only outside, not inside!), but so nice on a spring/summer day. Because it is such a popular spot, it gets crowded, so if you like your space get there on the early side.

Cave Cibum

01/11/2010

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Overall
Make it My House

The Publick House often gets derided for its food and waitstaff, and yet, I've never had a bad meal there. The mac and cheese, with a plethora of add-ons like bacon(!), is decadent, hearty, and just what you need to get through the long Boston winter. The top is crispy, all browned from the over, and the orecchiette pasta underneath are coated in the creamy, gooey cheese. Yum! And the veggie burger might just be the best one in the world - it actually tastes like vegetables (I know, crazy!).

The beer selection is, of course, amazing, but if you're interested in the food, try visiting early to beat the mad rush.

CSheps874

12/19/2009

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Overall
I love this place

One of my favorite places to have dinner in the neighborhood. I am hard-pressed to find another beer menu that compares to the Publick House, both in scale and variety. I'm surprised to read bad reviews of the food here, but to each his own. I've been eating here pretty often for several years, and I can't think of any bad meals ever. The mac and cheese in particular, is great.

My only advice to anyone who wants to try this place, don't waste your time on a weekend night. It's crowded, and loud, and not nearly as pleasant. And good luck getting a table. Go for dinner on a weeknight. You'll be much happier.

Louis1982

11/26/2009

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Overall
Bad service, Food was out of date, Still had to pay!

Last night we ordered the whole evening different kind o Belgian beers, until we got 3 of them which obviously weren't fresh anymore. Even though I asked gently, the bar tender didn't want to give us a new beer and started a pointless discussion with us about taste. He insulted us by saying we had no experience. I can tell you I'am from Belgium, I know the taste of beer since I was a kid.

Finally we got the bill of 140 USD including the 3 beers we refused. Bastards. 2 thumps down for this bar/restaurant!!

Chester1

06/10/2009

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HORRIBLE!!!!!!!

went for a simple bite to eat on 6/9/09. The beef stew was overly salty and cold. The mashed potatoes were also cold and very salty. The waitress could have cared less.
I should have sent the food back and not paid.

Horrible dining experience. thank God there are other restaurants in the area.

KJC

05/15/2009

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Overall
Great beer, good food, wrong attitude

I've been to Publick House many times over the past few years. It has in my opinion the best beer menu in town and some very decent comfort food to compliment. I've never been impressed with the staff, who are less than attentive and often arrogant, but I had two experiences recently that are worth highlighting.

About a month ago, I ordered a draught beer and was brought a bottle (an honest mistake). I informed the waitress and asked for the draught version. She brought back the same bottled beer that had been poured into a glass (the wrong glass I might add) behind the counter. I told her I knew what she had done and she finally came back with what I had asked for, but the staff at a place like this should know that the clientele will know the difference between a draught and a bottle, and I was quite surprised to find that she would even attempt to trick me.

The second problem I had at Publick House was last night, and it's the reason that I won't be going back again. I was in a group of five; we ate and drank for a couple hours, and then were met by four other friends. We asked our waitress to close our tab. Our friends ordered a round, and not surprisingly she brought the tab for the five of us with their four drinks on it, which is what we wanted to avoid. We told her what had happened, and she walked away. We took that to mean that she refused to split the tab up, so we asked our friends for cash for their drinks, and then I paid the balance. When she came to collect the check, I informed her to take off the 18% gratuity for parties of 6 or more. My reasoning, which I gave her, was that we were a party of five, we had asked her to provide our tab separately which she did not do, and she refused to split the tab when we identified the issue. She said that she would get her manager to take off the 18%. The manager brought the tab back over, and of course, it's still on there. He dropped off the tab and fled, never to be seen again, so I asked the waitress what had happened. Her response was ""I don't have time for this."" At this point, I'm irate, I pay the tab and leave. Now I have to file a dispute with Visa and have them collect my money for me. How annoying. I have never been treated like that by wait staff anywhere before. The funny thing is, if she had done what I asked I would have given her 20% at a minimum. Now the restaurant won't be compensated at all for my entire meal.

I would recommend going to the bar at Publick House. I can't say the same about the dining room. You will find more polite and attentive service at the RMV than at Publick House.

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