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“Great Gathering Place”
Review of Public House

Public House
Ranked #76 of 157 Restaurants in Ashland
Price range: US$10 - US$20
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Ashland, OR
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Gathering Place”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

The Playwright is a great place to have a glass of wine or a beer and listen to live music or visit with friends. A friendly atmosphere where locals like to hang out and relax. It was a pleasant surprise to find that they also have excellent food -- a limited bar style menu, but still good stuff!! (You can even order gluten-free buns for burgers.) The only drawback is that when there's a crowd, they often don't have enough wait staff on hand, so unfortunately service can be very slow at these times.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Ashland, Oregon
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104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good Atmosphere, Food and Drinks”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

A Street really needs a good restaurant or two, and The Playwright fills the bill. It's convenient to downtown and the historic district galleries so if you're in the neighborhood, stop in.

Food is tasty - love the shepherd's pie, rich with mushrooms carrots and gravy topped with a flakey crust, and the cheese plate is my favorite.

The Playwright is often crowded, especially in season, and service suffers. It's also pretty expensive - the locals specials and happy hour discounts stopped when the place became more popular. The big screen sports tvs seems a misfit and it's sometimes hard to find convenient parking.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Maureen F
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Hurricane, West Virginia
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86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“For locals”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

& tourists! They'll take anyone--they served me! Not inexpensive, but good service, food, & beer. Kid-friendly, live music some nights. And, as with all pubs in this town, a good selection of beers.

Visited August 2013
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Thank cpnegrad
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Ashland, Oregon
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129 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Drinks Good; Food Mediocre”
Reviewed 25 May 2013

Our dinner group ate at this pub last week. We found the place very noisy and the food forgettable. We did enjoy the selection of libations and the service was fine. The fries were limp, the burgers dry, and the shepherd's pie served so that the potatoes had to be mostly gone before you got to the meat and vegetables. There are too many good places to eat in this town to make this a place of choice, especially if you're with a group who would like to converse while eating.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank therman1936
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Los Altos, CA
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190 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Your New Local In Ashland”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

What other pubs want to be but aren't. Great drink and very good food. Entertainment to boot. What's not to love?

Visited May 2013
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Thank Wazito
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