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“Nice Spot, Great Food”

Newcastle Publick House
Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in Newcastle
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Made a visit to the Newcastle Publick House for lunch while visiting the area. The building is historic and a landmark in town. Upon entering the pub (from the rear of the building...the parking is a little odd) we waited for several minutes before staff even noticed we were there. We could hear them, but not see them and we weren't really impressed that they didn't have a hostess or at least someone at the bar in the pub who could see customers entering. We decided to eat our lunch on the patio outside which was in front of the building facing the downtown/waterfront area. It was a nice spot but hot. I'd recommend they open the umbrellas on the tables to keep the area shaded during the day, as the sun beats down on the patio area during lunch time. It is somewhat close to the street, so it may not be enjoyable for everyone. The service was slow, as mentioned in several of the reviews, but friendly. We ordered the haddock Reuben sandwich with fries. The sandwich was delicious! It came on toasted bread. The fries were super. This place comes close to being really, really good. If only the service was as good as the food.

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1  Thank Stephanie M B
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Good food, medium service. We were given wrinkled menus with stains on them. Table not bussed until the next course came. This could really be a fancier place but it has the feel that management isn't paying attention.

Thank Amy B
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

The Publick House has a Pub room on one side, outside deck eating, and a dining room in another. Very rustic, comfortable, excellent service, great prices. Very accessible to get to. Food is very eclectic. You can get pub fare, (burgers, wood fired pizza, etc) or more upscale food such as steak, pork, seafood etc. Great selection of wine, beer. Some nights they have music, some nights karaoke. Just a great place to eat and relax.

1  Thank Judi C
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

My take on this restaurant is that it is understaffed. Our food was quite good, but the wait for it (at 1 PM on a weekday) was unacceptably long. Indeed, we waited far too long even for our order to be taken. Our overworked waitress was pleasant, but neither she nor her supervisor (who was present at the bar but did not take up the opportunity to pitch in) was apologetic.

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Two years in a row just terrible service and mediocre food at best. In 2016 with 4 for dinner ordered a second glass of wine as the entrees were delivered (waitress never even looked our way betw salad and entree). Was finished with the entree when the waitress arrived with the wine--told her to take it back and bring the manager over. Manager less understanding than the waitress. Had to return this year because entire tribe wanted to try (13 of us plus a tiny tot ). Asked waiter for bread to give to the tot--sure right back--15 min later we flag down another server who says sure thing only to return with crackers because they have no freaking bread. Tiny tot's Dad orders an entree of Mussels which arrives with a small fresh baked loaf of bread. You can't make this stuff up--DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME HERE--eat at Damariscotta River Grill or King Eider's Pub or anywhere else in Maine.

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2  Thank Forrest L
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