Publico

4.6
524 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
A true Taberna, Público features Hand crafted cocktails, a custom wood burning hearth and an exploration of Latin American flavors. Central and South American traditional style of cuisine with a strong Spanish and Island influence. All coming from a wood fire hearth. Located on Delmar in The Loop.

Please call (314)-833-5780 when booking parties of 6 or more.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, South American, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(314) 833-5780
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Randolph
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kingsland Ave.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 524 People Are Saying
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CD
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu was very limited and it was very over priced. The wine and drinks were also okay, not great by any means.

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DD
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brisket taco .... very good

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OT
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative menu items. Food was well prepared. Person who waited on us was well informed and accommodating.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guacamole arapas are the beat thing I've eaten all year

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The food , drinks, atmosphere - great for date night

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite locations in town for a one on one night out. Share plates of masterly crafted selections while enjoying fantastic ambiance and a cocktail or many.

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AB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Publico continues to serve great, creative food and wonderful, interesting cocktails. Each time we've gone, they've exceeded our already high expectations. Helpful, friendly waitstaff. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food and drink they serve. We look forward to returning soon.

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BJ
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was very good. The space was comfortable. I found the menu to be limited. The food was OK for this style of restaurant, but a poor value at this price point. I wasn't disappointed, but won't be back. There are just too many better options in the area.

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LS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the food here! It’s pretty expensive for the amount you receive, so I tend to only go on special occasions. However, it’s extremely delicious food, so definitely worth it now and then. Drool-worthy, for sure. Only other caveat is that the music was turned up too loud for the few of us that were there, which was obnoxious (I suppose we could have requested to have it turned down, which we didn’t) but the service was nice and the cocktails were fantastic so we had a great time :)

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

They were sold out

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great! We sat at the bar and shared several tasty things. Bartender was complacent and distracted by seemingly nothing.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, oysters were fabulous. Top notch St Louis Restaurant

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S
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I miss the former manager Jack. He brought a feeling of warmth and hospitality that is missed.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Our table reservation was an hour late, they did bring complimentary appetizer but it was a long wait. It was also very hot in the restaurant. Service and food was great

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Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was visiting S Louis on a business trip and found this restaurant after few minutes reviewing options. This is a well hidden secret until today.... excellent service and very tasty menu . We tried several dishes and everything was delicious . I will definitely come back again. Enjoy!

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DT
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Publico is always absolutely terrific! I have never had a less than stellar meal there, and I've dined there maybe maybe 10 times per year since it opened. It's a wonderful place to share small plates. There are always tried and true favorites plus creative new dishes to try. They also have the best margarita in town in my book, a mezcal margarita that is fabulous.

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Food, service, drink— so good. Nice birthday dinner, and they were great with kiddos being there too.

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LT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding.

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SL
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so fresh and excellent at Publico. Love the restaurant. Creative cocktail menu as well as food menu. Super nice and efficient server. Fun and delicious place to go!

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m
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

we enjoyed the small plates and intend to return for a big fish meal to share with friends.

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DT
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a terrific dining experience! Best margaritas I've ever had; creative, delicious food that's always offers very pleasant surprises; great place for ordering lots of small plates and sharing the vibrant tastes of food prepared with great attention to the perfect mix of flavors and textures. A long-time favorite restaurant that has never disappointed.

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DS
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great as always but our wait staff lost our drinks order and seemed distracted all evening (it was not busy). Have been here numerous times before and love it. This time did not shine.

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B
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful as well as the service. It was a great way to sample a number of great small plates.

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c
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Not our cup of tea. Service was very good. The food did not meet our expectations, especially for the price. It was different, but not in a good way. Even the margarita was different, and just not at all enjoyable.

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M
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Had a reservation at 7:15 and didn’t get seated until 8. Manager was kind, apologetic and sent us appetizers. Waitress forgot to enter an item and wasn’t the most personable. Food was great.

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was really delicious, wait time was average, staff was friendly and attentive, and the building is well decorated and fancy feeling.... however, as a warning to anyone with audio sensitivity, this place is LOUD. The main issue was the very sharp clanking from the bar and kitchen, which was made worse by bad acoustics in the restaurant. My husband and I actually stepped out while our food was being made to get some relief from the noise.

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Small portions and high prices made us still hungry afterwards. Nice flavors of food but too small. $9.00 for six green beans put us over the edge.

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CH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I shared gaucamole arepas and a variety of tacos. Our server was great; the food was great; the ambiance was great.

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JR
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my last day in St Louis with my girlfriend and we wanted to go someplace different and fun so we tried Publico. It was fantastic! So much fun and great service, terrific food and such a lovely restaurant. Outstanding!

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MP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal, every dish was delicious. Great for sharing and tasting a lot of different plates in one sitting. Get the guacamole arepas!

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DS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately, upscale Hispanic Cuisine is difficult to find. Publico does it and does it well. The fare was authentic and you can definitely taste the difference when drinks are were handcrafted with fresh fruit and ingredients vs prepackaged syrups and artificial flavors.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I have had mixed experiences at Publico, but this was definitely a miss for me. They did accomodate expanding our reservation from 4 to 5, but the service was slow and the food was off compared to others times I have dined there.

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, great food! Favorites are the whole fish and tacos. Drinks are always great.

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LG
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, but a bit pricey...drinks also interesting and yummy!

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DT
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have eaten at Publico numerous times since it opened. Publico offers food that is remarkably consistent, terrifically creative, and mouth-wateringly complex and delicious. We have long loved Latin American flavors and this restaurant has stellar offerings of guacamole and arepas, tacos, tamales, and other unique takes on familiar dishes, as well as terrific treatments of vegetables, wonderful oysters and the best pinto beans I've had anywhere. We rarely make it to their fabulous entrees because we love to share the small plates and sample so many lively flavors. Oh, and did I neglect to mention the absolutely divine versions of flan that they regularly serve? I could not give this restaurant from Mike Randolph higher marks! We're also wild about their libations. The mezcal margarita is the best margarita I've had in the St. Louis area and one of the best anywhere. The agua frescas are always delicious and refreshing, particularly in a hot, humid summer. I hope this restaurant continues for years to come. Its dishes never cease to be fabulous.

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent

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TH
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious, unique food! Wait staff is very knowledgeable

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PL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great find! The menu was super interesting and did not disappoint! The server was super friendly and really knew everything about the unique menu. I loved that this was not "tex-mex" but rather more interesting Mexican inspired food. I will definitely be back!

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AB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had in a while. Forgive my spelling but we had the Guacamole Arechas, octopus, nachos, smoked brisket tacos, squash, and one other item I am forgetting. All very very good and authentic.

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. All of the dishes were balanced and complex, and the staff were great. At Steven's suggestion, we tried the Higado. It was delicious, and so different than anything I've ever had.

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