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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.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Mexican, South American, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Publico Ratings and Reviews
The food is quite good, but prices are very high and portions are small. My $12 margarita was about 4 ounces. Two tacos were $14.
I had to ask the server to slow down her descriptions of the menu a couple of times; she seemed in a huge rush but the place was not at all busy.
Had a stellar NYE meal at Publico - most incredible assortment of moles and perfectly cooked food. Cocktails are incredible on all occasions and the wait staff is attentive, helpful, exceedingly nice and knowledgeable. Will definitely be continuing to go as often as possible.
We had the fixed menu dinner for New Year's Eve and it was among the finest meals we've ever had. Creative without being pretentious, complex when there's a purpose, superb ingredients brilliantly prepared and presented. Plus, our waitress (Sarah) was over-the-top perfect. Very attentive exactly when we needed her to be, and zero hovering the rest of the time. For example, we spilled a drink and she materialized within seconds bearing towels. Didn't come first to needlessly ask if we needed them, didn't require our finding her, just clearly had been keeping an eye out without intrusion at all. Friendly, highly knowledgable about the nuances of the menu and drinks, and proactively responsive to our preferences. For example, we don't like sweet mixed with savory, so asked for a sauce to be left off one course. Instead, she had them prepare the meat itself in a different manner as the original plan would have been a little sweet. And to repeat -- the food was spectacularly good.
This was my third visit to Publico and the food is always great. Our server was warm and friendly and very attentive.
The flavors are interesting and satisfying. I wish I had a few more bites of each one.
It’s a very lively neighborhood place. The music is a little loud for conversation.
Redeeming points were a good cocktail and good corn tortillas. Everything else was a huge disappointment. The quality of the food was what I would expect at a chain mexican place, just plated beautifully. The service was bad in that my husband actually said to me "I'm pretty sure our server just plain doesn't like us." I would say that even if she didn't, we shouldn't know that! (Unless of course we were being jerks, which we weren't). We made the most of it, but left very disappointed. We thought we signed up for authentic, creative food, but just felt like we went to a dressed up Chevy's Fresh-Mex...but with a good margarita (even though I did wait nearly 30 minutes for the second one I ordered). We won't be back, and definitely told everyone who asked that it was a mistake to go there!
This was our third visit to Publico, and it has become one of our very favorite restaurants in St. Louis....and that is saying a lot because we eat at a ton of local places! Always a great experience, the food is amazing and the people are as well. Thanks again for another great meal!
Restaurant is much too noisy - hard to carry on a conversation. Our waitress was great. Servings are very small, but creative. We will not go back , sad to say. We can find equally tasty food in a much nicer/quieter setting, and at a lower cost, at many other STL restaurants.
Worst dining experience ever...and we recommended this restaurant to our friends because our last meal there was great!
The noise was unbearable. The waitress screeched like a parrot. The drinks were miniscule for what they cost. The chicken taco was inedible because of the pools of grease and the brisket taco was inedible because the meat was cooked into black, unchewable little squares. And whoever heard of charging $14 for 2 bites of guacamole in a tiny puddle of salsa and a tiny puddle of queso and 2 dried-up bits of corn bread? Absurd. We ended up spending $200 and one of my friends refused to even eat anything. We went next door to Seoul Taco to actually eat dinner. Never again.
We have gone often and love the food and format. This time we had the buttermilk chicken which was a wonderful surprise. The wine list is limited so if you are particular on that front, bring your own. A group of traveling chef foodies were at the next table and obviously enjoying the experience. Waitress terrific.
We went there with our son. We eat a whole food, plant based diet, and our son does not. I was very impressed with how hard they worked to meet our dietary needs. They created avocado tacos for us that were very delicious. Great service from the staff and the chef. We were very impressed. We would highly recommend Publico to anyone!
Creative, innovative,beautiful presentation of tapas. Each dish best to be shared by two, maybe 3 tiny eaters. Awkward amount for 4 adults. Delicious but overpriced. Strongly agreed with friends that each plate needs to be increased in amount. Service, ambiance ( if ur looking for noisy & lively!)was excellent
First time to Publico. Their tequila selection was awesome so we tried several of the top self bottles both in Margaritas and by shots. Both were great. Food was mostly tapas style. The guacamole, beef cheeks, tacos were great. The ribs were some of the best I have had in a long time. It was a wonderful evening and I plan on returning soon.
Hipster hell. The food was oversmoked and not that interesting. The lack of choices was annoying. The ridiculously tiny (even for tapas) potions were lost in gigantic plates, not even hot, and pretty unimaginative. Yes, you have fire. That doesn't mean you should not be creative. A dab of black beans is not appealing plating. The tamale could have been cream of wheat for all the flavor it had.
The volume in the place was somewhere between thrash metal concert and space shuttle liftoff.
I left hungry.
Another fabulous St. Louis restaurant checked off our list- Publico!! We started with the guacamole arepas, wonderfully charred sweetbreads, and the perfectly cooked octopus. We also got the opportunity to try the off-menu meat board, that also included an assortment of pickled things. As an entree we got the flank steak fajitas to share. For dessert we got the coconut flan with caramel and smoked blackberry. Y'all, this place is delicious and the attention to detail to not just the combinations of taste and smell, but also presentation, is beautifully done. Thanks Publico for such a wonderful dinner!
Great service. Really knowledgeable server and she was very attentive and friendly. I really enjoyed my old fashioned. Well done! Food wise, "too much cheese" isn't a bad thing 99% of the time, yet in the case of the grits dish, it was basically a bowl of shredded cheese over a little bit of bland, dry, cooled grits. I love grits so it was a bummer. May have just been a bad batch. The bowl-o-ceviche seemed to be missing something. The ceviche had a really great flavor but would have liked to see atop a tortilla with a garnish, or maybe with chips? I don't know. Something more...The guac and corn cakes had good flavor although corn cakes were also a bit dry. I'd maybe give it a second shot down the road but really, there's so many other great spots in the city to try.
You will leave hungry with a very light wallet. The food tastes good but everything is over sour and over priced. I tried beef and fish tacos. portions are tiny and no sides are included. We had a heirloom tomato salad that showed up 15 minutes after we finished the tacos, so that became dessert. Will not be going back. Noisy but not busy. We had to go to another restaurant to fill our empty stomaches.
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