Publico

4.7
544 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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SB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great execution of delicious Latin American foods, all smoked and cooked on a white oak grilling hearth. The arepas are our favorite! We had them for an appetizer, then ordered more for dessert after an excellent dinner. So sorry it will be our last memorable meal at Publico. Unfortunately it is closing on 22 December.

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MA
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner, meeting friends, etc. The food is unusually good and surprising in a very good way--so many fresh foods and such a creative approach to the flavors. It's too bad it's closing--one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis.

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CM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a delightful and delicious dining experience, but unfortunately I can't really recommend it unless you want to go one last time, as we did, because this restaurant is closing next week. So sad!

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JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was overpriced but good flavors. I had fish tacos which has two bones in it and was never notified to watch out for bones!!! I almost got them stuck in my throat and could have choked. Very risky and disappointed. After each dish our server keep asking us how we’re things and did not let us enjoy your food. Seemed like they were looking for validation. For all the hype it was a huge let down.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a shame they are closing in a couple weeks. The food we tried was all awesome, I just wish I could have visited with a larger group so I could have sampled more dishes. Very different to the average neighborhood Mexican restaurant, the same combinations of flavors though just with incredible quality and attention to detail.

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MP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

it was fine - nothing was actually bad...but nothing was great either

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SE
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Publico and are so sad that it is closing. The restaurant scene in St. Louis is very competitive, but this has always been our favorite Loop restaurant!

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M
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sadly this place will close in Dec 2018, so get there while you can. It was fabulous. Food, service, everything. I hate Brussel sprouts, until you’ve had theirs. It’s expensive. Our bill for 3 was $198 but we ate and drank. Worth every penny—and comparable to high end places in NYC and Chicago. But if you are a foodie, this is one not to miss before it’s gone.

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DT
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I are so sad that Publico is closing later this month. We have eaten there many times since it opened and we believe it is on a very short list of the best restaurants in St. Louis. The food is always consistently great, inventive, complex but perfectly balanced in flavors. It is a culinary adventure. Publico also has the best margarita, the mezcal margarita, we've ever had. The flans are always stellar, as is are the arepas with guacamole. This restaurant will be sorely missed!!!

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LF
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love this restaurant. This was our fourth or fifth visit. Innovative food, great cocktails, good service and lovely ambience. The portions are decent but not overly large, which is fine with us. And the prices are also reasonable.

So very sorry it’s closing its doors in December. We’ll miss you, Publico!

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JM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great staff made this dinner date so much fun and somewhere wewould definitely return!

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AJ
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I am so sorry this restaurant is folding for the ambiance and food are excellent. It is a very New York looking place and menu is unusual and delicious. Although I don't drink, the cocktails looked intriguing as well.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place all around! Really glad we found it! Service was awesome and the food was absolutely amazing!

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KD
St. Louis
40 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the pass, it was great to watch food prep. Food outstanding. Great service.

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M
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

So much fun!

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AR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular, imaginative food, perfectly executed. Kathleen was a gem of a server and really understands food.

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B
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Publico is a favorite of ours for their hand-crafted cocktails and inventive, tasty cuisine.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh and yummy!

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RH
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't tried Publico, you're missing out! Food, Service and cocktails are awesome!

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OT
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Get the arepas so you can taste the queso! Outstanding ceviche (just the right amount of heat). Drinks were awesome, rarely have had more knowledgeable and attentive service, dinner was much more filling than expected. Wasn't sold on the dessert we had, but very happy with the rest of the meal. Ready to come back with other friends and eat more of the seafood dishes.

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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
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brisket taco .... very good

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OT
St. Louis
38 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
44 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
18 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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OT
Chicago
14 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
4 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
12 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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