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Portsmouth Publick House

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American, Bar, Pub
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1 King Charles Dr, Portsmouth, RI 02871
+1 401-682-2600
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: The old Custom House Coffee is now Portsmouth Publick House! Offering the...
The old Custom House Coffee is now Portsmouth Publick House! Offering the same great roasted coffee as before, we are now offering table service from 7a - 10 Mon - Sat and 8a - 10p on Sundays. Our executive chef is featured on The Rhode Show weekly and has put together an amazing menu! Trivia Night Thursdays 7p - 9p Live music Saturdays 7p - 9p
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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lackluster Service, But So Much Potential

In sum, the food was good and the service only acceptable. Our server didn't seem to know much about the menu and seemed to put in minimal effort. I've seen this echoed in other reviews. My husband had the fish tacos which were fantastic and my salad was very good too. The draft list could use... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
emumarkland
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Newport, Rhode Island, United States
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

coming back from a late home depot trip my lady and i stopped in around 8.30pn on a Monday. Not surprising early Feb it was not busy, what was very good though was the greeting and hospitality shown to us. Dinner for 2 followed and both were very good. With a good range of beers aside from the generic American... More 

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Thank Michael C
rhode island
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went in on a very busy Friday night and waited apx 30 mins for table which was fine because we expected that and just enjoyed a drink at the bar while waiting. The bartender was excellent and got to us right away. Nice selection of beers and drinks offered. The hostess and manager kept in touch with us regarding... More 

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Thank leeca31
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

In sum, the food was good and the service only acceptable. Our server didn't seem to know much about the menu and seemed to put in minimal effort. I've seen this echoed in other reviews. My husband had the fish tacos which were fantastic and my salad was very good too. The draft list could use some character. The atmosphere... More 

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Thank emumarkland
ri
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Went there on a Monday evening with a Groupon. We asked simple questions about the menu and we were given an insulting answer by our waitress. We asked how much were sweet potatoe fries because the price was not listed on the menu as a side dish. She quoted 3.50. We waited 45 minutes for our food and the fries... More 

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Thank lurod
Taunton, Massachusetts
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Service was prompt and courteous. Drafts were just... meh. Nothing to be impressed by, not even the food. We'll probably stop by again, but just because its location and easy access to and from highway, and the waitstaff is nice.

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Thank C M
Honolulu, Hawaii
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112 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

I'm stuck right in the middle on this one. I saw the reviews before I went, but I always take those with a grain of salt because things can change. I saw the Groupon and decided to check it out. We walked in on a Monday evening and it was quiet overall. 6 people at the bar, 6 other tables... More 

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1 Thank Christopher D
Fall River, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

I used to love this spot as a coffee house. Now that they have acquired a liquor license it has changed considerably. Each time I stop here it becomes clear that new RULES are in effect. The most glaring is the welcome/entry. It now has a swinging half double gated door. Just like out of an old western! There are... More 

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2 Thank olliedoll
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

My daughter and I just had a wonderful lunch there today. We started with tasty specialty cocktails and then enjoyed seafood chowder, an eggplant panini with truffle oil and parmesan cheese, and pizza. The portions are generous; plan on taking some of your meal home with you. The service was great, and we loved the option of choosing indoor or... More 

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Thank Vicki L
Somerset, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

To start our waitress Shannon was a pleasure and very helpful on out choice of meals. I ordered littlenecks, they were fresh and the cocktail and horseradish was nice and spicey, my shrimp scampi was wonderful in white wine and butter with toast and my wife ordered baked cod and it was cook to perfection also they came with a... More 

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Thank Skimik
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The Publick House is out and that is a huge disapointment because it is right at the top of my street, The building is beautiful - everything else is not. As others have said, the service is terribly slow. And, the food is a perfect match for the bad service. We have dined in twice. I can't rven remember what... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 King Charles Dr, Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 401-682-2600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 28
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Pub

Description

The old Custom House Coffee is now Portsmouth Publick House! Offering the same great roasted coffee as before, we are now offering table service from 7a - 10 Mon - Sat and 8a - 10p on Sundays. Our executive chef is featured on The Rhode Show weekly and has put together an amazing menu! Trivia Night Thursdays 7p - 9p Live music Saturdays 7p - 9p
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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