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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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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Reservations
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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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Unexpected Jem in Portsmouth, RI

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Somerset, Massachusetts
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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8 reviews
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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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Somerset, Massachusetts
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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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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Stopped into the Publick House on the way home from a day at Newport. They have a simple raw bar of oysters, little necks, and shrimp all for a buck. Great deal. My wife got the white clam pizza and I got the little neck clams with a delicious broth of garlic and butter, both were tasty. Definitely will come... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Prior to trying out the Portsmouth Publick House, we read all the other reviews and walked in prepared for the worst. The majority of the other reviews were good but there were enough bad reviews to make us second guess this establishment. The good news: the service was very good and the waitstaff was trying very hard. The food was... More 

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Vermont
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I have been twice and I it has been consistent. Poor service and tasty food. The last visit we were seated quickly and then we waited over 5 minutes for the waitress to greet us. Maybe she was on a break as the restaurant was not busy. Any waitress/waiter that does not welcome you and also say there name when... More 

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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We went on a Thursday afternoon and spent an hour waiting for a slice of quiche and a bowl of seafood chowder. Given the amount of time, you would have thought that maybe the quiche was being warmed in an oven, and then maybe I would have overlooked the time. Instead you could tell it had come out the microwave:... More 

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Newport, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

the food was great and they were able to accommodate my Aunt's no salt diet as well. Great service and location.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Food was above average. Had the Portuguese burger which had a great mix of flavor and truly impressed me and the shrimp Mozambique which was good. However it took an hour and a half from the time I was seated until the food arrived. Truly unacceptable. Server blamed it on the two big orders ( table of 10 and a... More 

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Streator, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We ordered a couple pizzas and a salad. When my daughter told me how much her plain salad was going to cost me, I was stunned. Almost $10 for lettuce, cheese, and croutons. There was an average of $5. to add meat to these salads. Way too expensive! The pizza was alright. Can't really complain there. Although we didn't need... 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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