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Public

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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131 E Main Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464-1735
616-741-9772
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Entree was great. Bartender was great. Good is all very fresh. I suggest the meatloaf. Perfectly cooked. The desserts are made in house but lacked anything special. For lunch you can't go wrong with the grilled cheese. Very reasonably priced. A must go for a nicer dinner or lunch in the Zeeland area.

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Venice, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

This restaurant was a mixture of bad & good! The bad: crowded and VERY noisy- Beverages: Suggest drink only bottled beer-Had to order 3 different mixed drinks before a correct one. Vodka gimlet was simply NOT! Some sweet concoction(-not even close) Vodka/tonic (lacked vodka +flat tonic Finally ordered a shot + water on the side On the positive side the... More 

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Thank Enylorac
Dearborn, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We searched for a good restaurant nearby and came across this one. Located downtown among several small shops and restaurants. We ordered burgers and all were cooked perfectly. I had the olive burger and was pleased. The burgers come with a large portion of french fries. Nice place... Very pleased that we went.

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

A friend took us to dinner in Zeeland last Thursday. A delicious dinner, with wine, in Zeeland? Wow, never thought that would happen. I highly recommend the Public for its food and atmosphere. We will definitely return.

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Thank lwlevey
Stuck in North Texas
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

We had a very enjoyable lunch here on a Saturday. There was only one other table occupied and the food was outstanding. I had the salad special, which included fruits, especially strawberries. I couldn't eat it all, but I wanted to. My partner had a Club which he was very satisfied with. Friendly, helpful waitstaff, as well.

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Thank Brahmama
MI
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2016

Public is always a fun place to eat. Menu changes throughout the year. Monday night burger and beer for $5.00 can't be beat. Outdoor seating.

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Thank Oma44
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

My wife and I had a "date night" and decided to try out a little restaurant downtown Zeeland called Public. We started off with crab rangoons - very good. I had pork Marsala and my wife had the soft shell crab special. Both meals where executed very well, presentation also nice. Dessert however was over the top ridiculous. I had... More 

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Thank Dan H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

This little restaurant in downtown Zeeland, MI, has a very eclectic menu. One of my favorites is a gourmet 3 cheese grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup. So good during cold Michigan winters. Their appetizers are very unique as well! the only challenge is that the place is quite small, fills up quickly and can get very noisy. They do... More 

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Thank Kerry D
Nashville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

I'll start with the positive. Many of the food options were unique and our entrees were flavorful which gives potential to this place. However, the downsides were many. The bartender was smug and borderline rude. The waitress did not keep the water glasses full. The dinner portions were too small for the price charged, not to mention it arrived cool... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

This is one of my favorite lunch time spots because it's close to where I work and the food is excellent. Their menu is not your typical fare -- it's a little more creative with unusual takes on everyday fare. The place is pretty small, so get there early for lunch. Great service! They also have a small outdoor area... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 E Main Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464-1735
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ottawa County  >  Zeeland
  • Phone Number: 616-741-9772

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?