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Posted by anonymous on 10/08/2009
Took all my friends there for lunch with gift certificate I won at work. None of us were thrilled about our food. I have some $$ left on it and of course I am going to use it, but the menu is so limited and the food is just okay and some not good at all. I would not go there again and neither would any of my friends if they had to pay. Service was okay, she did not refull drinks and said "you know, tip is not covered by gift certificate" in a not so polite way. We knew that. We left her a good tip anyway.
Posted by Josh on 08/13/2009
I used to frequent Public House on occasion, but over the past few months I have been going there far more often. The food and service were great and the night life is also a blast. The other day I stopped in to check out the new menu for lunch, I must say it has taken a turn for the worse. The service is slow and the quality of the food is not the same. As a starter I got the crab soup with Chimay, it was short on flavor and crab. It needed salt which I had to ask the bartender for twice before I got it. After that came Uncle Hoe's chicken salad; it was not good. The dressing was flavorless and the cabbage was nasty. It was hard enough to find something new on the menu that I liked and the two things I got weren’t worth the money. Anyway, I won't be wasting my time and money at Public House anymore. What a disappointment
Posted by Samantha on 07/28/2009
When my friend told me that Al Paris was going to be head chef at PH, I was so excited! I heard a lot of great things about him... So, I decided to come in one day to check out what this chef is reallllyy like... and you know what- his food is AMAZING! 5+ stars! I ordered the uncle ho's grilled chicken asian salad and my friends ordered the egg roll cheesesteak + sweet potato fries and the grand BBQ vege burger with waffle fries! yum yum! Delicious! The atmosphere of PH is one I always enjoyed... clean, welcoming for the most part (when it is busy, it gets hectic, and this is understandable!), and fun! It's a place I know that I will have a great time at! The value of PH speaks for the company themself. The company has 2 other restaurants in Philadelphia: Mission Grill and Field House. This is a great company. And, the service was appreciated. The food came out hot and the waitress did not hesitate before asking if I would like some fresh pepper. It's all about the presentation, and both the waitress and plates had AMAZING presentations!
Posted by Ti on 03/26/2009
For the last three or so years, my co-workers and I have chosen to take each other to Birthday Luncheons at Public House because it's so close to our work place (six to eight of us each birthday) - usually and/or most times, our food is just a little later than we expect, but not like today. Our reservation was made a week ago (they knew we were coming) - we tell our waitress as soon as she greets us to take our order that we had viewed the menu before coming over and that we all knew what we wanted to order; we had a one hour lunch and wanted to get back as soon as possible. Well, with that said, we gave our orders to her and 48 minutes later, 4 of us finally received our lunch; then one more, then two of by 1:50 had still not received our lunch. So when we finally got served, we asked for our check and take out containers because we knew we would need them. At the same time, when two of the last orders were brought out to us - I noticed that they had not given me the side order of dressing for my salad. I see them (our waitress and found-out-later-that-he-was-the-general-manager) in the little black curtain room, so I get up, go over there, our waitress was interrupted as she was dialing on her cell phone and there was a gentlemen in there with her as well (the found-out-later-that-he-was-the-general-manager) - considering that we were served so late - one would think that he would be working with her to make sure that we got the service that we deserved, but she was dialing her cell phone and we were still not all served, right in front of him). That same gentlemen bought out our check (the found-out-later-that-he-was-the-general-manager) and we asked him lady-like and softly "why was our lunch so late"; he instantly stated "you all came at the end of a mad lunch rush (our reservation was for 1:00pm, when we entered, most of the patrons were eating and one would think, if we came in at the end of the rush, that we should have had perfect service) and acted as if he was mad at the customers (that would be us - 7 of us) for the bad experience that they had put us through. We had to wolf down our lunches - indigestion - and as the three of us (the others had to leave to get back to work) were leaving) - he cockedly said (perched up on that greeting bench and sarcastically) "Have a Nice Day" - well, I guess he didn't think we would care - but when seven people go out to lunch - we do care about the service we receive, so here, we're writing