Publico

4.6
508 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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.
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
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was excellent

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Delicious, unique food! Wait staff is very knowledgeable

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Was so excited to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. Made our reservation with a note it was to celebrate an anniversary. No one at the restaurant said a single thing to celebrate that fact. The napkins were basically dirty rags. We ordered oysters and a few other tapas dishes to start. Of course the wait staff should know to bring the oysters first. No, they brought a heavy guacamole dish and then later the oysters....ruined the flavor of the oysters. Then we ordered tacos, asked for cilantro on the side. One order came with no cilantro on the side but major cilantro in the sauce. Disappointing for both of us. We decided to try one last dish to see if the meal could be redeemed. We ordered the octopus which had no mention of cilantro on the menu. The octopus came covered in cilantro. I was seriously disappointed. Overall, bad experience.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The portions were extremely small for the cost. Tasty, but you may need to stop somewhere for a snack afterwards!!!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We were there for our anniversary and were not disappointed. Our server Cody was very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was incredible and had enough variety that the adventurous and the sheepish could find enough to eat (with Cody's help). Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Fantastic!! My top 3 restaurants in STL for sure. Food unlike any other cuisine in the area. Wonderful service!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The restaurant probably holds about 40 people tops. Very cozy and the staff is very attentive. I would recommend ordering a few things off the menu and sharing around. The portions are good sized, especially if you like to try a variety of things with someone.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Superb flavors, creative dishes. If you like quality ethnic food (Mexican - South American) check it out. If you are looking for cheap, ordinary nachos, go elsewhere.

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Went here on Father's Day with a reservation to be told once we got there half the menu was sold out including the ceviche l was specifically going there for as my dad is from Chile and l really wanted to try here because few if any places in St. Louis They did accommodate a pisco sour for my dad his favorite drink. What we did order came out very slowly despite the fact we were one of two tables the entire time, and our server forgot to order one of our items and it came out as we wanted to leave. Everything tasted great though. Disappointed there were no salads on the menu at all. I complained about the spotty service to the host and was told Sundays are short staffed and that there was nothing he could do to remedy the situation. No offer to remove items from our bill whatsoever. I ended up taking it to go because l was full by the time it came out. A free dessert to go would have been a nice gesture. Very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This might be my favorite restaurant in St. Louis. I continue to go back because of the creative combinations and high quality of every dish. Every time I try at least one new thing and it never lets me down. If i had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life, the Guacamole Arepas would at least cross my mind.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This was our second time at Publico, and, if anything, we liked it even more than before. Really interesting, innovative tapas with complex flavors. Great, creative cocktails. Highly recommended -- we'll be back soon!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The guacamole is fabulous. We have eaten at Publico several times and had it each time and it is delicious. The tacos are also quite special. On this occasion I had raw oysters which were presented well and very tasty. What I did not like as much was phonetically "gnocchi," and consisted of the little dough balls and meat, but the item on the menu was spelled as if in Spanish. The doughy balls were very nice, but the sauce was much, much too salty and ruined the dish--at least for my palate. But this was our third visit and the first time a dish was not to my liking.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Our first time at Publico - everything was amazing / service, atmosphere, cocktails and food. The whole fish was perfectly cooked and delicious. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We had a lovely dinner for our 53rd anniversary, using a gift certificate from our children which we used to pay for part of our dinner. The food was very good and we enjoyed each item we chose. Our server, Kathleen, was very pleasant and explained each item on the menu (except the ones we knew we didn't want, e.g. oysters and octopus!) The flan and an unexpected glass of champagne topped off a wonderful eating experience. We were probably the oldest people there Tuesday evening and the music was a bit louder than we would have preferred, but overall it was a great evening.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Had several small plates. All were wonderful. Definitely great valie for the quality!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great food and great service! Publico is one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We sat at the chef’s table and had an amazing experience. The food was incredible. The staff is top notch. Definitely will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Oh, yum! This was our third time here, and not our last. Every single dish and cocktail was created with careful attention to detail. The flavor and texture combinations were fabulous; one dish was better than the last. Service was impeccable. We had a wonderful time. I will caution newcomers that the dishes are small and the bill adds up quickly.

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