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“Excellent casual dining in Port Townsend”
Review of Public House Grill & Ales - CLOSED

Public House Grill & Ales
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Portland, Oregon
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Excellent casual dining in Port Townsend”
Reviewed September 23, 2010

We arrived in Port Townsend on Sunday morning of the Wooden Boat Festival. The Public House was recommended to us by a local for lunch so we went for it. Our lunches were very good. The service was acceptable, a bit slow but given the crowd, understandable. Our experience was so good that we decided to return that evening for dinner. Best halibut fish and chips we have had in ages. Again the service was good even though the restuarant was full with a waiting line out the door. The only negative is that it is a large, expansive room so noise can be factor especially if there are a lot of small kids. We did eat in the bar for dinner and this cut down on some of the commotion. It was clean and has interesting decor. For a causal and very good meal in Port Townsend, you can not beat the Public House.

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English first
UK
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“have the po boy”
Reviewed September 18, 2010

we arrived late on a monday night - this was the only restaurant with people in it - we followed the crowd and were happy we did. Nice service, good ambiance, great local beer on tap and fresh tasty po boys. Yum

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Port Townsend
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“So many good things about the Public House...”
Reviewed August 25, 2010

IF you can get a table (there's usually a wait) and don't mind waiting for your food (they're a little slow, regardless of the crowd), it's one of the best places in town. The food is wonderful and the staff is always friendly - we never mind waiting. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and it's great for kids (you can color on the table cloth!). I would, absolutely, recommend the Public House to anyone.

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Thank MableC
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Pacific NW
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Silverware...?Really?”
Reviewed August 4, 2010

We had been traveling all day, and heard that Port Townsend was a cool little town. It is. It was kind of busy that night, but not awfully busy. After an acceptable amount of time to look at the menu, we ordered. 45 minutes later, they finally brought some tiny slices of bread with butter. We had no utensils to spread the butter with. Finally, we got a waitstaff's attention, and she said that she'd "try to find some." She asked another employee, who told us that they were "working on it". Fifteen minutes later, we finally got silverware, napkins and only one of the appetizers we ordered. After about another 45 minutes, we flagged down a waitress and asked her about our order. She looked at us with a dismayed expression, and asked if we would like her to check on our order. When we said yes, her look went from dismay, to total surprise. About a half hour later, we finally got our food. It was very good. Or maybe we were just so very hungry after waiting over two hours since we ordered.
While eating, we overheard one waitress ask another waitress if she knew if they had any forks left because she needed two of them. The other waitress said that she thinks that she might have seen one fork "over there, somewhere". Maybe this is just a crazy idea, but shouldn't a restaurant have plenty of utensils to serve their food with. Our late order might have had to do with lack of available utensils, but this isn't a very good way to do business. No offer was made to comp our check. We were kind of on a tight schedule, and this delay was unreasonable. We should have gone to the Manresa Castle restaurant, but we wanted to save a few bucks. But time is money, also.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good basic food, slow service”
Reviewed July 25, 2010

My husband and I had just come back from a great half-day of whale watching with PS Express and wanted some simple food for dinner. We shared halibut and chips at the Public House Grill. They were perfectly prepared, the fish moist, the chips crisp. The cole slaw was okay, made without mayo - a plus.

We also shared a piece of apple pie and ice cream. The pie crust could have been crispier. The apple flavor was good. The ice cream was from Elevated - so it was terrific. We'd seen people eating pie the previous day. It was part of what drew us to the restaurant so we were disappointed that it wasn't as good as it looked.

Our main complaint: the service was really slow. They were crowded but it struck me that they were either understaffed, terribly inefficient or don't know how slow they are.

The grill has a variety of boats hanging on their walls. I kept staring at the University of Washington crew shell that hung from the ceiling. It filled the entire length of the room. So the surroundings were fun to look at.

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