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About Publico

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.

6679 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63130
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, South American, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Kingsland Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(314) 833-5780

Website:
http://www.publicostl.com/

Executive Chef:
Michael Randolph

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Publico Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Tapas (17)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Spicy (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Casual (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Romantic (2)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 7 days ago

The food is good and the fact that it's all made in house is great, but it's super expensive.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We love the whole roasted fish with taco fixings! And the guacamole arepas. What a delicious and healthy meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

This place is amazing!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Exciting food in a cool space without any pretension. We can't wait to come back here. Definitely don't miss the Whole Fish.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Cozy, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Tapas, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food and service are consistently outstanding. The whole fish is exceptional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve 6 course tasting menu! This was an outstanding meal. Each course was perfection. The roasted duck tacos were the best tacos I’ve had anywhere in the US or Mexico!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food but a little pricey. $11 for 2 small tacos is pushing it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tapas, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The music playing was really loud. Some of the dishes were really tasty and some were okay. I thought it was way over priced for what you got. I probably won't go back.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing. The small plates are small, but worth every bite.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This was our second visit to Publico and our first disappointing one. Our server was robotic, the food was rushed and mediocre at best. The octopus was squishy and coated in a ketchup like sauce. They were out of several of their specials.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I would recommend the squash with homemade jam compote. Great glaze and caramelized flavors. My husband got a street taco, which had tender chicken meat. We shared the guacamole appetizer with a type of corn bread, queso and salsa.

Tags: Organic, Bar Seating, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a great time. This was a redo, after our first trip ended in my wife going into labor. The arepas were fantastic both times, I was happily surprised with the R&T drink recommendation by the server and loved the pork lion!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great service. Ask for Karen to be your server, and she will guide you through the menu. Food was very good. Some dishes were outstanding and others were merely good. Inspired menu for both food and drink. Don't miss the guacamole!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Tapas
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Spicy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my second visit to Publico. The food is Latin-inspired, mostly small plates. The flavors was wonderful with a depth of flavor and dishes were unusual and creative. The staff was great and the restaurant has a lively ambiance.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I thought the dishes were very good and well presented. However, even though I knew it was small plate, I found the price a little high for the value. Wait staff was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our waiter, Mike was just great. We appreciated his recommendation!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Toledo)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Second time here - another great meal for a reasonable price. I'll continue to go back and recommend to everyone.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Will not disappoint the food is so so good and creative!!! Have to get the charcoal grilled market whole fish. Service was amazing too; you feel at home : )

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The flavors of all that we ordered was exceptional. Service was very slow but the food was amazing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Publico is the place to go if you want unusual ingredients and a great ambience. Some of the menu choices were too far out of mainstream for me but the food was delicious. I think the would be great for apps and drinks.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Love Publico. Everything we’ve had there has always been perfect and surprising and delicious.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing food. Takes mexican cuisine to a whole new level. Every bite was incredible.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The flavors were very good and the drinks excellent but the prices very high for what you get. This was a Manhattan priced restaurant in a mid-priced location. We also noted in our reservation it was a birthday event but that was not recognized.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Delightful on every level.

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