Public House
Public House

Public House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.publichousechicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 265-1240
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 am
    Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 am
    Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 am

    Weekend Brunch: Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: David Blonsky
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Public House features a full catering menu for off-site private and public events.
  • Entertainment: The hop heaven features an unprecedented selection of multimedia capabilities that would make Steve Jobs blush. Ceiling operable windows and an HD video wall to a 27 plasma television spread and laser holographic key board technology. Public House also boasts a photo booth, gaming machines, full Disc Jockey capabilities and a concert quality sound system.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kinzie
  • Public Transit: Public House is located 2 blocks South of CTA Red Line"s Grand stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Public House offers Valet parking in an indoor garage for $14. Street parking also available in addition to a self-park garage across the street.
A word from Public House
Beer aficionados will pledge their allegiance to Public House, a 10,000 square foot beer-lovers paradise featuring beloved American fare with an upscale twist, unprecedented multimedia capabilities, and mouth watering libations.

With 100 beer selections and featuring Dineamic Group's signature table tap technology, which includes 12 table tap booths with 2 types of beer and liquor on tap, Public House is home to one of the most extensive – and impressive - beer lists in Chicago. A third table tap will allow guests to pour chilled spirits of choice. Public House will thrill your taste buds with a menu featuring American favorites with tantalizing twists including beer-infused dishes, house made sauces, flights and bites, food and beer pairings, and superb sweet treats and desserts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Public House reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.6
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (19)great for lunch (16)good for groups (15)hot spot (9)great for outdoor dining (8)fit for foodies (8)late-night find (8)neighborhood gem (7)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • A nice selection of food
    threefriendsVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We dined at Public House on a frigid monday evening - the restaurant was warm with many large screen TVs for viewing sports. Most of the seating was tall bar stools (rather than tables). The wine list is good but the restaurant is known for the beer selection. The food was good with portions large enough to share - mussels, and the kale salad was super - crunchy fried kale with avocado, cheese and chicken.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a must visit when you r in Chicago!!
    glutenfreefollowme
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food is excellent! Many gluten free options!! Amish chicken was to die for!! We sat at a booth with taps so u didn't have to wait for beer!! We come here every visit to Chicago and r never disappointed! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Spot
    BizTraveler
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Good place to meet for lunch. Great crowd and food was solid.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wagyu Sandwich
    BusinessdinnerVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I was with a client so I don't know what The Public House would have done if I had complained, but their Wagyu Beef sandwich was all fat. Terrible sandwich. I have had it before and it was delicious. Maybe it was a bad day
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst Chicago meal experience ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Table beer taps did not work, service very slow, food not good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The hunt for wings downtown
    GretchenVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I was on a hunt for some decent wings in the loop with some coworkers one Friday at lunch. Although these were by no means the best wings I've ever had, they were good. The beer list is very good, service was fast and friendly. I'll go back for lunch again I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WOW
    vedhead
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was the best place I ate during my entire Chicago stay. It lived up to every Zagat, Yelp and Trip Advisor review I read. I ordered the Amish chicken and that white BBQ sauce was just so flavorful. Best bite of food I'd had the entire time. Service was excellent, crowd was fun and rowdy (opening night for Chicago Blackhawks!!) and the place was convenient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Game On, Go Here
    Mulder1996
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The atmosphere, service, food and location is incredible. You must get their pretzel for and appetizer and then go for their PR Burger - best burger I've ever had! The beer selection is one of the best I've seen in the Midwest. Sunday Night Football was on and it was just an exciting place to be while enjoying great food and a great beer. It is definitely a Chicago staple.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PUBLIC HOUSE!!!
    EarlLee
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great food and restaurant. Awesome mac and cheese with lots of add ons to choose from. Would highly recommend the city of Chicago and Public House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I have been here for drinks and the beer selection was good. Was not overly thrilled with my lunch, though. I had gazpacho soup, which was okay, and a chopped salad that was a lot of lettuce and very little else. My companions ordered a turkey burger and a chorizo and goat cheese flatbread. The turkey burger got good reviews, but the flatbread was not too exciting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Place was busy, but a table was ready when we arrived. Food is good, noting fancy. The music was loud, very loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beer Guy
    LoveBeerVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It was a beautiful day so we sat outside. The pints of Guinness were perfectly poured, the shirt rib chili was fantastic and the service provided by Kristina was exceptional. Next time I'm in town, I will go back. This is my second time there and both times have been fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 64 reviews are from the Public House reviews archive.
  • Nice Sunday afternoon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It was a nice Sunday brunch for my daughter's birthday. Restaurant was not crowded and the service was great. We had plenty of time to enjoy our friends and everyone was full even though some of the dishes are in the smaller size.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TOTALLY AMAZED
    Rosiep
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We just "moved into the neighborhood" and are located across the street. Perfect location, food was awesome (can't wait to try everything on the menu) and our server was outstanding. Best experience in the downtown area in a long time. Can't wait to go back with my co-workers!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Must Stop when we're in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Love Public House - come there almost every time we're in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Borderline
    Fabrizio73
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Curios about the chance to choose beer in a decent list for Chicago downtown and to see some 'real life' chicagoans watching a sport finale, I came to PH. I was asked whether to sit at bar or table and, preferring the last, the girl bringing me to table made a disapproval expression. Table was in the dirtiest corner, my chair 30 inches from the cleaning equipment. Chicken was 2/3 days old, without any taste, fries were dramatically dripping oil and were destroyed by overcooking. Beers were decent but the vast majority of the list is served in bottles and the selection of local (Illinois) beers is non existent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!!!!
    Homerun
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I came across Public House as I was searching on the computer the day before we went downtown by per accident and I am VERY happy that I did! The place is awesome! We sat outside and people watched enjoying the site and the sounds of the city I love! The food is Great! We started with fried pickles and dry rubbed fries with a few dipping sauces. My wife had a flatbread one of my daughters tried the Mac N Cheese with pulled chicken, mushrooms and truffle sauce my other daughter had the fried chicken sandwich (which they grilled for her - A+++) and I had an amazing fish sandwich with a great relish. Our waitress was Elizabeth and she was a rock star!! We are going to be going back to our Public House again next time we head into the city.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the brunch!
    gejaslover
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The mexican egg burrito was great! It was a great spot to go with a group.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good spot for business lunch
    KathleenB
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Good variety on the menu - I brought clients here who ordered everything from burgers to quinoa salad. One person ordered wine, another had sparking water. It was quiet enough to have a business discussion but not so quiet others could overhear. Everyone enjoyed their food and I appreciated that the servers didn't rush us even though it was fairly busy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Day Out
    Nephewcc
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This time was my second time going and I took my mother and grandma out for brunch and they really enjoyed themselves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I have been to Public House a few times. My mussels were a little cold and the burger was pretty small. Waitress was great, so I will definitely go back, but they need to work on their food quality.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful time
    Nephewcc
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I went to the Public House for brunch on a sunday and it was a wonderful experience. The food was awesome and there was more than enough to get me full. I had a overall great experience!!! will be going again!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good spirits!
    MJOLN
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The ambiance was very relaxing, service was great. Food was excellent and drinks were exceptional. Would definitely go back and recommend to others. Great place for brunch or happy hour! Worth experiencing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neat place
    TouchedbyjulesVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    neat place with a fun bar scene. had been there once before for dinner and it was really good...we did a brunch there, and the food was just not as good as the 1st time..they staff was wonderful, and did comp my breakfast, i was just expecting something as good as before..definitely better breakfast places in the city...would go back for the bar and dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in Chicago!
    Knoxy
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I was visiting Chicago for a work trip and happened upon Public House just north of the downtown loop. It was a great find - great beer choices and really good food - seasonal guac with papaya, pesto chicken flatbread with goat cheese and arugula! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheers
    foodnazi
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Stopped in before a comedy show and was impressed. They had a great selection of craft beers and options for trying them until you find ones you like. The food was great and really enjoyed the burger and parmesan garlic fries! Our server was great and well versed on the beers. The decor was modern and trendy and definitely inviting. Return trips here will definitely be happening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Living around the corner from
    lawchickVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Living around the corner from Public House, it's convenient for meeting friends for drinks. Spontaneous brunch plans Sunday morning and decided to give it a go. So happy I did. The food was outstanding and perfect portion size. Highly recommend for brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    bonbon24VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    This was my first time at Public House, and it did not disappoint. My friend, who's been there before, insisted we start off with the french-fried pickles -- and I'm glad she did! They were great, as was my salad with spicy adobo dressing. It's a cool-looking restaurant, and I'm sure it's a fun bar as well when the weather is good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago Fav
    ChitowngirlVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Every time I am in Chicago, this bar/restaurant is one of my favorite! I bring a lot of first timers and they love it as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very fun, good food
    bobby
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    If you like to have a few drinks with lunch or dinner, you have to get a booth with a table tap. Its awesome fun any time of the day or night. A monitor built in to your table keeps track of how many ounces of beer and alcohol you pour and charges you accordingly. We have Bud Light, Hoegarden and vodka at our table and our server hooked us up with Bloody Mary mix and fixings to make our own blood marys and cranberry juice for vodka cranberries and plenty of ice. Oh and yeah the beer was flowing too! Food was good, especially the chorizo mac and cheese and the garlic fries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Public House - Good Place
    basedonexperience
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The setting was comfortable; we didn't feel crowded. The waitstaff was attentive and knew when to be on hand. Nice pub food selection. The smoked wings were delicious; well-balanced blend of flavors. The pastrami sandwich was reminiscent of Katz's Deli in NY, which is high praise. Good beer selection.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar...that's about it
    mermays
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    If you want bar food and drinks, go here. If you want a full dinner, I would skip it. The portions are huge, but the food is really greasy. The mac & cheese is wonderful though and I'd go back for just that and a drink. The beer was sub par. They have so many beers on tap which is great but I thought taste-wise the volume affected the quality negatively.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We came for resturant week and were not all that impressed. The beer list is great, the food is just okay. I would not suggest this place for a nice meal, but just for beers it would be good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amkovacs@gmail.com
    AMKojo
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Great spot for a lunch meeting. Many menu options to satisfy all the -free diets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sports viewing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Good food, lots of tbs, tappers at your table. Great spot to dine with friends while watching your favorite sporting event
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great game day destination
    JoyceVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Plenty of screens to see the games. Not a bad seat anywhere. I had the roasted octopus, others had flatbreads, mac and cheese and skirt steak. Wide variety of food and drink so everyone can find something they will like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a bar with decent food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    It's a bar with decent food. Not much else to say.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not in a hurry to go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    I took my work team there for a holiday lunch. We had 7 people and they stuffed us into a horseshoe shaped booth even though there were plenty of other tables. Since it was lunch time on a weekday it wasn't super noisy, but you still couldn't hear what people were saying at the other end of the table. Our service was not good. Our waitress was grumpy and didn't say much. A couple of us tried to make alterations to a menu item and she basically told us we couldn't...how hard is it to make a chicken burger with either a chicken breast or beef instead of ground chicken? So we ended up getting the item as is and it wasn't good at all. It had absolutely no flavor. I ate the parmesean garlic fries and that's it. I won't be going back...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING SERVICE
    TtoleVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    Our waitress was so accommodating and the management was outstanding. We had such a positive experience and will definitely be coming back with our friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A level up from your normal sports
    Liddy
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    A level up from your normal sports bar/pub joint. Better to reserve seating ahead of time. Scenery can get a little loud. Busy place on the weekends. We went there on a Sunday, still was busy. Food ok. Drinks a little on the pricey side. Public house is a better place to go have a casual outing with a group of friends. Using open table to reserve seating was nice. No phone call needed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.