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“Great outdoor seating”

PUBLIC kitchen + bar
Ranked #70 of 985 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$34
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Focusing on scratch cooking, our seasonally changing menu of features artfully crafted salads, pastas, house-cured meats and charcuterie, seafood, steaks, and desserts with a contemporary american twist. PUBLIC kitchen + bar features local craft brews, a great selection of wines by the glass and classic cocktails with a focus on using quality ingredients.
Reviewed July 1, 2018

We had a nice meal at their sidewalk cafe, very pleasant and the food was great. Good people watching at this spot. Our service was also very good. Was inside to use the bathroom and it's also quite nice. We had a beautiful May Day so chose to be outside,

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Management response:Responded July 2, 2018

I am glad you were able to take advantage of our patio when you were here. The activity in Mears Park is always entertaining, especially on Thursday nights when they put on Music in Mears. We hope to see you back soon, and if the weather is bad, we have some great big windows with views of the park to enjoy!

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Reviewed May 18, 2018

A few sidewalk tables across from Mears Park, nice for lunch. Yummy veggie burger, sriracha mayo, fries, salad, jalapeno biscuits. Salad portion skimpy though, and service was slow. A little pricey, but a fun alternative with stiff nearby competition.

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Thank brianbalk
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Management response:Responded May 20, 2018

Thank you for your review! We are working hard to increase our service here and bring it up to the level that our management team expects. I am glad the food has been good and we will work on our portions. Is there a salad in particular that you feel is skimpy? You can email us with any additional feedback at managers@publickitchenstpaul.com

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day Brunch - very slow to refill food stations and buffet area was not cleaned up often enough. Unlikely to return for another visit.

Thank ESH000
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Management response:Responded May 20, 2018

I apologize that our buffet on Mother's Day was disappointing. We want everyone to leave our restaurant feeling satisfied each and every time they visit. If you have any additional feedback, we would love to hear how we can improve. Please feel free to send us an email at managers@publickitchenstpaul.com

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Reviewed April 22, 2018

We went here yesterday to grab some coffee and a bit of brunch. Were seated right away but then our server disappeared and never came back! Seriously! We ordered two coffees and waited 20 minutes, nothing. The table next to us, same issue - waiting for him to run their credit cards. I was SO bummed too because the restaurant looked cute and the menu sounded yummy! Although the guy at the table next to us said he paid $13 for ONE pancake. Hahaha
We ended up telling the host to cancel our order and left. I couldn't believe it?
They were NOT busy so no excuse for this. I am hopeful that this was a fluke...

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Thank AJLmama
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Managers P, Manager at PUBLIC kitchen + bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2018

I am terribly sorry about your experience here a few weeks ago and sorry for my delayed response. This is not my standard of service for this restaurant. I would love an opportunity to make it right if you are willing to give us a second chance. Please email me at managers@publickitchenstpaul.com.
Thank you,
Carolyn

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Reviewed March 30, 2018

My wife and I went here recently before a show. All the servers who waited on us were super friendly and helpful, without being overly intrusive. I had the tri-color gnocchi, which was spectacular. Unlike many places, the gnocchi were bite sized, not so huge you have to cut them into pieces. And the flavor combinations in this dish were excellent. My wife had a simple steak which was perfectly prepared. We also had the maple wings for an appetizer--very tasty. Drinks were served quickly and they let my wife sample a house wine before buying (which was a good thing, because it wasn't her style). Would definitely return for a nice dinner.

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Thank SonofAslan
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