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The Publican is a Medieval styled mecca of all things beer, pork, and oysters. If that's not appealing, you can't sit with us.

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About The Publican

From the team behind Blackbird and avec comes this homage to beer, pork, and fish. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Cosmo Goss have developed a network of proveyors to supply the restaurant with hand-selected, sustainably-harvested fish and seafood as well as sustainably-raised heirloom pork to anchor a rustic menu of simple, eclectic fare. The extensive international beer list, developed by partners Eduard Seitan and Terry Alexander, features 100 or so ales, lagers, stouts and ciders by the bottle, 12 of those available on tap. Like Blackbird and avec, The Publican is a design partnership from the James Beard Award-winning team of Thomas Schlesser and partner Donnie Madia.

837 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday*: 3:30pm - 10:30pm
Friday*: 3:30pm - 11:30pm
Saturday Brunch: 10am-2:00pm
Saturday Dinner*: 3:30pm-11:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

* denotes abbreviated afternoon menu from 3:30pm-5:30pm

Cross Street:
Fulton/Green St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 733-9555

Website:
http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking & limited street parking available

Public Transit:
#8 Halsted Bus, exit on Fulton Market Stop.

3 blocks east of Morgan Green/Pink Line stop.

Executive Chef:
Paul Kahan

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
In cooperation with the Greater Chicagoland Food Depository, Publican is accepting donations from Monday, March 18th through Sunday, March 24th.

In appreciation for your contribution, the Publican will be extending a voucher redeemable anytime for a beer, pork rinds or pastries depending on availability.

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Private Dining

Publican Quality Meats, located just across the street from the Publican, can accommodate up to 38 for a Seated Dinner, up to 75 for a Cocktail Reception, or up to 24 at the Chef's Prep Table. The Publican can accommodate up to 125 for seated luncheons, or evening Buyouts and 175 for Receptions.

The Publican Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (141)
Creative Cuisine (115)
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Good for Groups (97)
Local Ingredients (88)
Casual (87)
Great Beer (75)
Hot Spot (71)
Good for a Date (62)
Special Occasion (58)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Comfort Food (51)
Worth the Drive (50)
Great for Brunch (49)
Good for Birthdays (44)
People Watching (42)
Authentic (41)
Handcrafted Cocktails (37)
Seasonal (35)
Tasting Menu (33)
Sunday Lunch (30)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Tapas (25)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Cozy (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Healthy (13)
Organic (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Business Meals (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Romantic (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
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·Dined 2 days ago

I have never been disappointed when dining at the Publican. I moved to California 2 years ago and when I came back to Chicago to visit The Publican was one of my must go to restaurants. The food never disappoints and the service is second to none. I would recommend this place to everyone.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined 5 days ago

Every time I eat here it just is even better than the last! Highly recommended!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great Vibe, Awesome Service!
We enjoyed a delicious meal: liver pate, bread board with tasty pimento cheese spread, outstanding presentation of beef tongue, finished off with the basque cake(yum)-all the flavours were over the moon. The only thing better than the food was the service-top notch!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, People Watching, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined 6 days ago

This place would be perfect but for one massive and unnecessary flaw: noise level. The food is fabulous. The room is easy on the eyes. The service is skillful and restrained. The noise is night club turned up to ten. Why does this huge, high-ceilinged box of a room need piped RAWK music that nobody can hear clearly enough to savor and that just throws gas on the fire of bad acoustics in a crowded room?

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing. My favorite restaurant in the city. Perfect meal!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Enjoyed brunch at the Publican. As usual, the place was packed on Sunday morning and the noise level was high. Food was delicious, service was good. Not a place for quiet conversation but you can talk with your friends at the table.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

You have to be comfortable sitting at communal tables but the brunch food is outstanding. I dream of their bacon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love this place. Every time we come back it never disappoints. Pork rinds, oysters & charcuterie are our favorite. We tried the cauliflower & Apple salad this time which were very delicious!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a nice dinner but probably were seated a little too close to door at a low table and did not really feel like we were part of the rest of restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had booth. Ordered 6 things for three people. Food was incredible. Our four favorites were pate. Squash amazing. Ribs and ham hoc. We over ordered but loved every dish. Service was impeccable. Highly recommend

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great night out different take as there is communal seating - do not be fooled by tapas or sharing plates - they serve very big portions - had the chicken which is phenomenal - next ever - treated us to a glass of champagne as it was our anniversary very nice touch will be back when we get back to Chicago

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dining setup allows for an energetic atmosphere. However, the restaurant gets very loud and it was difficult to hear the server and our others in our party of four. Rib was extremely fatty and difficult to pull apart/cut. Apple and sweet potatoe starter small plates pleased the group. Would return for an earlier reservation to beat the noise.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was very average. The seating is communal. There are much better restaurants in Chicago for the price. My self and my 3 friends are from out of town and we’re disappointed.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great restaurant and amazing food! Excellent service from the wait staff and an amazing meal prepared by fantastic chefs!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Set up like a high school lunch cafeteria. We were literally rubbing elbows with strangers. Greeting from hostess was cold. Food not bad. Would not return. I was in dog house with girlfriend for making this recommendation.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Brunch was terrible. Disappointed. The Yorkshire pudding was just an empty crust.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This restaurant has amazing food and service. Their food and coffee presentation is beautiful. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because some of their seating involves sitting with strangers elbow-to-elbow with you. Literally. I could understand that seating if we had been a walk-in group, but we had a reservation. We will always come back and know now to request a booth.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Really great experience and excellent service from Gio. We had fun here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The honey crisp apple burrata was phenomenal.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Attended as part of a work dinner. Rude, defensive and terrible service. Given one menu for a table of 12. Took forever before we could order a thing. Food was fantastic, however. While everyone in the party enjoyed the food, the lack of service put a notable damper on the evening. Not up to par with other experiences with this restaurant group.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food was outstanding, service continuous and personal. Was a little pricey, but probably in line for the neighborhood. We had a lovely time. Was noisy - not a great place for quiet conversation. Definitely recommended.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The atmosphere was energetic, food creative, service quick.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Amazing meal and fantastic hospitality... fun to experience a restaurant that's hitting on all cylinders and knows itself.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Seasonal, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Absolutely amazing food and ambiance. We had a large party of 19 and they were able to accommodate perfectly!!! Great service and incredible food. Must try the pork bellies!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have been to Publican many times and normally have a good experience. However , this time they had some computer glitch that lost all our waitress’s orders. We waited almost an hour and a half for our food. A manager came by eventually and explained what had happened and comped our drinks and appetizers- cutting our bill significantly. So I will give them the benefit of the doubt this time

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I can't say enough about how good this food is. It's approachable but complex. The staff does a very good job guiding you through the menu and making sure you have a great time. Not terribly expensive either!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food and service was fantastic. Love this place!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love the mix of veggies fish and meats

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Publican has a vegetarian friendly designation, but I wouldn't recommend it for a vegetarian. I am vegetarian and gluten free and they did a great job accommodating me. The problem is that all the veggie dishes we had were quite acidic...it is really meant to be eaten with meat. My companion ears meat, but only got a few oysters because all the meat dishes are meant for sharing. Also, make sure to book a private table. The communal dining is a bit awkward .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Nick was our server, and he was amazing! I think he dared us to order the chef's choice, and I'm pretty sure he was standing with the chef as the plates kept coming, and they knew they beat us! Every dish was exactly what you didn't even know you wanted! It was so much, the only thing we could do was concede defeat and roll home! Worth every penny for amount of food, service and the overall experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

What a spectacular menu selection. Good beer menu as well. The side dishes were just as good as the main courses

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Publican has a well-done brunch menu that is not to miss. We had the crispiest hash browns and the house-made Nutella with grilled baguette was great. The egg dishes were phenomenal but our highlight was the cheesy spicy pork rinds. Whatever you do, do not forget to order those!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I️ have to say, I️ was thoroughly disappointed in the service at the Publican. My husband and I had been here years ago and remember it being a great experience, that was not the case last night. We brought our baby, and you would think we were asking for the world by needing a safe spot to put his car seat. They asked that we put him in the window sill? No thank you... we were then sat smack in the middle of a community table.. again, with a baby in a car seat.. not exactly convenient. I️ should also add that we made a reservation for 5:30 and when we arrived the place was dead. There was no reason we couldn’t have been sat at a table in the corner. Now for the menus, we sat down at 5:19, 11 minutes before the dinner menu came out. You would think that being so close they could offer the 5:30, dinner menu, but nope! We had to wait until exactly 5:30. Next, One of the guests we were dining with asked for a drink from the bar without alcohol, and our waiter told us that wasn’t possible! Are you kidding me??? I️ do not remember this place having so many rules, it makes for a really lousy dining experience. The food was good but honestly, this is chicago, the food HAS to be good. I️ will definitely not be back, due to the absolutely poor customer service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was really good. Even with eating restrictions of allergies, the kitchen was able to adapt to the restriction but still put excellent food. Great place with communal tables making it very lively.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 18, 2017

As usual, Publican delivered a great meal all around. The food came out very quickly and everything was extremely tasty. The whole chicken is always a must when dining here!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The drawback is the seating. Your seated at tables with other people with very little room in between. Several people get seated and asked to be moved it happened quite a bit. It’s very difficult to communicate with your guest as you have to lean forward and talk quite loudly and you hear everyone else’s conversation. At the end you get used to I guess. The food certainly made up for it. If your going for food great if your going to talk not great at all. I wouldn’t go back because of the seating. And yes there were tables that you could sit at in the middle but there were few.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a fantastic anniversary dinner at The Publican – we ordered the chef’s tasting menu and it was phenomenal. The range of flavors, the balance of spice, fresh ingredients, and the inventive seafood, veggie, pork, duck, and fruit dishes was truly memorable. (Incredible service from a uniformly high level of non-intrusive staff made the experience all the more enjoyable.)

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Be prepared for the communial seating. Drinks are skimpy but the food is amazing. Not the place for a romantic date but a good find to go for good food and friends.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

First time I was here the food was delicious. This time it was just good. Maybe it was just me so I definitely plan on going again. Service is great, noise level is high. Fun place to go with out of town guests or a local friend.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner. There is a great selection of cocktails and an extensive beer list. The food selection is filled with a variety of vegetables and a wide selection of ham. I jokingly referred to the restaurant as 'part of the farm-to-table revolution'. This person thought I was being serious but one could make this claim based upon the diverse menu ala Portlandia and the vibe if the restaurant. Really enjoyed it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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