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Public Landing Restaurant
Public Landing Restaurant

Public Landing Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.publiclandingrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (815) 838-6500
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm


    Tuesday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 8:30pm

    Friday & Saturday: 3:30pm - 9:30pm

    Sunday: 11:00am - 7:00pm

    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chef Potter
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Custom All Occasion Catering Available!

    Call Julie to plan your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Public Landing features a full service banquet facility.
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Shepherd (815) 768-0017

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 158th & Archer Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available in all area city and business lots.
A word from Public Landing Restaurant
Step inside and experience 200 years of the historical beauty of our 22 inch thick limestone walls and original hand hewn beams.

Our scratch kitchen creates house specialties such as Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna; a Seasonal Small Plate, Gourmet 10oz. Burgers, Deli Style over-sized Corned Beef Sandwiches, Aged black Angus Steaks, Fresh Seafood, Homemade Pasta and more! Complete your meal with one of our Signature desserts, including Homemade Caramelized Baskets, Chocolate Mousse and Bread Pudding.

FULL SERVICE BAR featuring an extensive wine list, seasonal craft beers, daily drink specials and homemade seasonal Sangria.

SCENIC OUTDOOR DINING on our spacious patio along the banks of the old I&M Canal.

A DOG'S GOTTA EAT!! We are Chicagoland's premier location for Outdoor Dog Friendly Dining featuring the "Yappetizer Menu".

OPEN ALL HOLIDAYS!! Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We went to Public Landing to celebrate all our family birthdays together. It was a nice restaurant for a special occasion. Food was delicious and service was great. We chose Public Landing because of their gluten-free options. Those are hard to find. The whole family enjoyed their meals and said they will plan on going there again in the future."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were seated by a window indoors so we could enjoy the view of the patio while we ate lunch. Our server was excellent; she was efficient and helpful but never hovered over us or made us feel rushed. She was very friendly, but not overly familiar or chatty -- very professional. The spicy calamari was excellent, as were our very generous entree salads. I would love to go back for dinner sometime, because I the the setting is very romantic."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere was nice. Great day to eat outside. The food and service were good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went to the Public Landing to celebrate my wife's Birthday and we were not disappointed. My wife had a Filet Mignon (Prime) and I had the Pork Tenderloin. Both meals were very good. Waiter was attentive and support staff assisted the waiter in making sure that we were served appropriately. Appetizers and Salad selection was somewhat limited, but enjoyable and fresh. Will return again for a dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "our favorite place to wine and dine. never a bad meal,service or time. everyone is friendly and greeted by name. go and enjoy ask for Denise"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Have only dined outdoors - it's one of the nicer alfresco dining experiences. Patio has a large tree, view of historic building housing the restaurant and generally the surrounding area is nice"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First time here in several years. Much better now good and menu are now excellent. New outside massive patio for dining are beautiful."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Overall, the quality of the main course my wife and I had was mediocre. She had the small filet and it was totally lacking in taste. I had the crab cakes and was equally disappointed. They were equally without taste and generally flat. The sauce that came with them was of no help. Fortunately, the meal was covered by a gift card and we decided to not to make an issue. Otherwise, if it was cash out of our pocket, we would have complained."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Public Landing in a while (we used to go quite often). The menu has changed significantly since we were there last. The service was friendly and helpful, couldn't have been better....but the food? Just meh. We started with the appetizer trio (bruschetta, crab cakes, salmon carpaccio) which were good. We didn't receive the pretzel bread everyone else got with their salads. The mashed sweet potatoes (which were way too prevalent on the menu) were cold and looked unappetizing. The sugar snap peas (also listed as a side for way too many entrees) were tasteless. My turkey was ok, somewhat cold, as were my husband's crab cakes. We have to go back for a family party later this year - hope it's better than this was."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great for your four -legged friends, a little pricey but for a special occasion it was nice."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food and service was great. Nice variety on menu including vegetable only and gluten free items. Was very impressed with this gem to be found in Lockport."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "food was excellent. Very disappointed with "bar service" waitress was helpful"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I am on a Gluten Free diet and they had plenty of choices."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent, as was the service. Extremely noisy. Had to yell to be heard by our tablemates."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I generally hold lunch business meetings at Public Landing. It is quiet. Servers are not intrusive and try to be sensitive of their timing to break into the conversation. The food is always excellent and I can count on Public Landing to be a great place to build business relationships."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This is my favorite place to take my wife on special occasions. The steak is always cooked perfectly to our expectations and the staff are very attentive and make us feel welcome. Dining in the patio is a perfect way to enjoy summer."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "My wife and I have always had great meals here. Requested the lobster bisque when making the reservation and sure enough, it was on the menu that night."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Exceptionally beautiful setting. A wedding was going on outside the evening we were there, which made the scene even more special. Gorgeous patio to which you can bring your dog at any time to dine with you as long as your pet is well-behaved, which is an extra perk for the animal lover. Service was prompt and courteous and food was excellent with some less-common choices like duck, which my fiancé loved. If you love Illinois history and a nostalgic setting, along with great food and service, you will love this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Public Landing is our go-to restaurant for special occasions. The food is outstanding, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and we always find the drive worth it."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had reservations for four at six, and we were seated immediately upon arrival. We shared the three hors d'oeuvre sampler, with crab cakes and fried asparagus and it was superb. I had the salmon with garlic mashed potatoes, which was prepared to perfection. My wife had the sirloin steak, which was cooked to her liking, and she said it was moist and delicious. Our friends had lobster tails, which, judging from their empty plates, they also enjoyed. We had a lovely evening."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Have been here several times. Always a good meal. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We met with friends at this restaurant. Neither of us had been before and both of us had incorrect directions given by our GPS units. The building itself is located between a canal and railroad tracks and it's very appealing. We had reservations but our table was not ready for more than 15 minutes. The restaurant is quite nice inside but the noise level was very high. We each had something different to eat and we rated our meals just average. Because of the noise level we probably won't return. There is a patio outside that wasn't in use on our night because it was too chilly."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Took Mom and Grandma out for Mother's Day everything went great. Food was very good. Service was very good also."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great ambience and above average service. Server knew the menu well and for first-timers, it's important to have that guidance. Ordered the special of the night, sea bass. Thought the meal was tasty but portion too small. My wife and I will , and have, already referred others since our recent visit. Can't wait to return after the patio opens."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This was probably my 10th time at Public Landing and my boy friend and I had a wonderful dinner complete with a scenic panorama. The only glich was having the main course delivered before I had finished my salad. I am not a fan of rushing courses. I will remind the wait staff on my next trip there. Otherwise, it was perfect!!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Have been going to Public Landing for many years and the food quality is always excellent, no matter what we order. Salad portion and small plate sizes are large as well as the main entrees. Wait staff is attentive, yet not overbearing. The pretzel bread is amazingly delicious! Do not leave without trying one of their wonderful desserts, too! Daily drink specials are only $5.00. I've had the yummy Bloody Mary and the Margarita.. And their wine choices are always good, too. Fish is fresh and the salads tasty. Don't forget that the beef is tender and cooked to your specifications. We have had a bridal shower, there, too, so groups are welcome, too! A great restaurant in the heart of historic Lockport with a lot of charm!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My wife's fish looked great but was only warm in some spots and ice cold in others as if it had been cooked in a faulty microwave. My pot-roast was dry, not very tender, lacked the flavor of a good home made pot roast. We were disappointed in the food quality for the price. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our anniversary dinner here and was pleasantly suprised with the decor, service and quality of food. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We were a party of four who chose the Public Landing as a place to dine before attending a concert at the Rialto Theater a few miles away in Joliet. Arriving at 4:30, we were seated (as requested) at a window table with a view of the small park adjacent to the I&M canal. The building is 175 years old, of typical limestone, and was charmingly adapted in part for this restaurant. The canal museum is in an adjacent area convenient for visiting before or after a meal. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. The wine list is not very extensive but that did not matter to us. Two members of our party had pork tenderloin, one had crab cakes and one had blackened cod with lobster sauce and a small skewer of shrimp -- all delicious."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is Lockport's gem. The food phenomenal. Seafood special was fresh. Good cocktails. I had not been here in 6 years. I loved this evening out. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I would recommend this place to any of my friends for a special occasion. Great Food, and Service."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I found the food, service and ambience excellent. I liked the fact that tables were not on top of one another and the noise level was low...ideal for conversation. Waitress had excellent recommendations and provided great service without hovering."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Many years ago, we used to go to The Public Landing, but then both their food and service went down hill. We decided to give them another try and went there for dinner on a Friday night. We were pleasantly surprised and happy to see that they really have their act together now! The staff was very friendly and attentive. The quality of the food was great (although they could stand to thicken-up their clam chowder a little). The prices were also good. In many other restaurants of the same quality, we would have had to pay probably 25% more than we did there."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "There were 6 of us there to celebrate a Birthday. 2 of the party were early teens. They enjoyed the Historic background and food. It was easy to find something they would like as well as choices for all of us. We have been here several times but are looking forward to dining out on the screened in porch. This is a wonderful place for all ages. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "great atmosphere my steak could have been served hotter rest of the food was outstanding"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This restaurant has great ambiance with it's hewn-stone walls and dark timbers. Great contrast to the white tablecloths and shining tableware. But it's not intimidating. The bar is well-stocked and the patrons friendly, Food was very good and the menu is interesting. From fresh and natural fish dishes to comfort food steaks, this place has it. A little pricey, but worth it. Tucked away just outside of downtown Lockport, this is a little gem for a romantic dinner. Wait staff is terrific! Very attentive and helpful. Make a reservation and get there before the crowd hits!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We "happened upon" Public Landing while out running on the nature path behind it. Great ambiance, wonderful "re-use" of an historic property, food is very good and the wait staff couldn't be nicer."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Our first, but not last, visit to the Public Landing was wonderful. My husband and I took my mother there for a birthday lunch. What a lovely treat for us all."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We celebrated my daughter's. 36th birthday there last week. I never knew it existed. Because the food, ambience being a historical bldg from the 1800's, and a very polite wait staff; we will likely return. It is a special place for a special occasion"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Public landing is one of the best restaurants in the greater Lockport region. Located in the historic Gaylord Building, it has a warm and inviting ambiance. The staff is always friendly and the food is outstanding. In the summer, the outdoor patio area is "dog friendly", so you can bring your pooch to dine with you. It's very much fun. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/22/2014