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“What happened to the sparkle?”
Review of Public House Grill & Ales - CLOSED

Public House Grill & Ales
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Port Townsend WA
Level Contributor
68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“What happened to the sparkle?”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

I returned to this restaurant to once again try a dish I had loved in the past - the oyster poor boy sandwich. Perhaps memory failed - but more likely it was the kitchen. The lovely sandwich I remembered - with the fresh, soft,steaming hot oysters tucked inside a light, crisp breading- had now become mostly breading coating dry, emaciated and tasteless oysters. A small amount of hot sauce was spread on the bun which was the only thing that elevated it from being simply breaded oysters on bread. The romaine in the Caesar salad side was good and plentiful, although wilted from being overwhelmed by an excess of a dressing that tasted more like mayonnaise than a real Caesar. This restaurant was either having a bad night - or has stopped making the effort to serve really good food. It is amazing to me - that here in the NW with its plentitude of oysters, it has become so difficult to find them fresh and well prepared!

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank WanderingP
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English first
Silverton, Oregon
2 reviews
“Unexpected Gem!”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

8 PM looking for a meal. Looked inviting on the outside, but we (4 of us) were not optimistic.We were blown away! Excellent, friendly service. Rib eye cooked to perfection. Potato croquettes - marvelous. Broccoli superbly cooked - not easy to do. We would go out of our way to return.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank mathematicaster
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Abhorrent”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

The food was acceptable but the service was very slow and not terribly friendly. When our food did arrive, it was barely lukewarm.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Snshine150
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North Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best Fish and Chips Ever!!”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

Great service, great atmosphere, great charm and like I said the best fish and chips I have ever had.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Stacerss
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Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“This place is the BEST”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

the service is friendly and attentive with an obviously well managed, happy staff. The food is just as good and the bartender is reliably on his game. The cioppino is hot, flavorful, fresh and perfectly seasoned. I order seafood because it can't be beat here, though my husband is a fan of the pork chops which he gets every time!! The atmosphere is fun and energetic, but not so loud that you can't have a conversation. The music is always enjoyable - perfectly unobtrusive but never your standard blase elevator music. We love dining here and make a point to stop by any time we visit Port Townsend. It's a must.

Visited May 2013
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Thank kateyrose
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