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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 - 9:30pm
Friday*: 3:30pm - 10:30pm
Saturday Brunch: 10am-2:00pm
Saturday Dinner*: 3:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

* 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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (104)
Creative Cuisine (87)
Fun (84)
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Good for Groups (78)
Local Ingredients (65)
Casual (63)
Great Beer (59)
Good for a Date (57)
Special Occasion (53)
Hot Spot (49)
Comfort Food (48)
Great for Brunch (44)
Worth the Drive (41)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Authentic (30)
People Watching (30)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Tasting Menu (25)
Cozy (22)
Seasonal (21)
Business Meals (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Romantic (12)
Tapas (12)
Paleo Friendly (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (7)
Organic (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Spicy (4)
Vegan (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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·Dined 9 hours ago

Very good food and service

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

It is always a pleasure ring at this great place. Food never disappoints nor does the ever approachable service team. Just this week did I experienced a slight discomfort in dining here. This was only because I chose to take my wife there on Valentine's day. We came to town with reservations for two. The chairs were so uncomfortable close it was difficult to eat dinner. This is the only time i did not have the very best experience there. This should not stop you from visiting this fine establishment. I would just avoid Valentine's day.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 4 days ago

Great place to be.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Wow! What an incredible meal. My partner and I were looking for a special occasion meal and, boy, did The Publican deliver! We chose to have the chef's curated meal. A total of ten plates to share and all were fantastic. One of the best meals I've ever had. On top of that our server, Gio, and the food runner were absolutely wonderful. We had to hurry to make our showtime and they were so helpful in making sure we still got everything and weren't overly rushed. Would recommend to anyone looking for a special night. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Everything was excellent. Food is served family style as each dish is ready. Made for a really fun”grazing” as every 5 or 10 minutes a new dish would come out. Really creative. Struck me as sort of southern leaning comfort food. Excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food. Service was excellent and the overall feel of the place is great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Publican is always amazing. The charcuterie and the beef tongue are excellent. Save room for dessert
The chocolate mousse and cookie selection were delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The ambiance is similar to something you would see in Eastern Europe, lots of carved wood, open kitchen. If you have less than 3 people in your group, high likelihood of sitting at a communal long table. I had requested ahead of time to sit at a private booth or two top, but it wasn't available upon arrival. Luckily we were sat at the corner of one of the long communal tables so we had some privacy. Service was fast, intelligent, and friendly. Prefixed 6 course + dessert meal was fantastic, large portions, and well worth the money. My wife and I both got it and we received 9 courses and two desserts...we were very pleased and very full.

Great times, recommend anyone to go for a nice dinner and it is located off Fulton Market so lots of places to walk to from there for an after dinner drink.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

After many wonderful dinners here, this is becoming our favorite restaurant in Chicago. Recommend it highly!

Tags: Bar Seating, Spicy, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Unbelievable menu consisting of diverse foods and an extensive beer and cocktail menu. It is a given that this restaurant will put you outside of your comfort zone with options such as beef tongue and chicken liver paté. Just go for it. Each dish we ordered was better than the last. The food is simple in presentation yet has a complexity of flavors that I had no idea was possible. For example, the beef tongue looked and tasted like spam (not an insult) and melted in your mouth the second you took a bite of the beef to guess and crostini combo. Cannot wait to go back and explore the rest of the menu

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food is very interesting and delicious
Beer hall-like setting is loud and non-intimate
Great for a group
Great value — two of us — we had the tasting menu and the volume of food was extraordinary. Total bill with alcohol and tip: 275

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I went to publican when they first opened. This was my second trip there. I recall being pleased with the food at my first visit, and though I didn’t like the ‘communal table’ seating then, the food made up for it.

This visit, the food was nothing special; mind you, it was not bad by any means, but I wouldn’t put up with the crazy loud music, the tables with chairs stuck arm rest to rest together and the so-so food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The Publican always provides a great meal -- excellent food, wonderful service, great options for both apps, sides and mains. Took a coworker there tonight who was in visiting from out of town and he agreed it was an awesome experience! I'm already looking forward to a TBD future visit -- highly recommended...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The service was great, our server helped us choose the best dishes and more importantly, the appropriate amount of food to order, she was really outstanding. Everything we ate was really good, especially the squash thing, still thinking about that!

The only thing I'm not a fan of and it would make me hesitate to come back is the communal seating arrangement otherwise it's a worth every penny.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Made reservations for a table early in the evening and ended up a community table sandwiched between two groups. That was ok since conversation at table was great. However, took 15 minutes for waitress to come over to get the order...not acceptable

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Exceptional food, especially and unexpectedly the vegetables. Average wine/beer selection, condescending service, very negative to a member of our party who doesn't eat pork products. Would happily return, but probably wouldn't order drinks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We truly enjoyed dining at The Publican. The service was attentive and knowledgeable. Food quality was excellent. If you're not "okay" with communal table arrangements, make sure to request a booth or table.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

I thought the food was great. If you are a picky
Eater this is not a place for you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love the Publican bacon and sticky bun! The mustard for the weisswurst was awesome!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Chicken pate was the favorite at our table! My friend really enjoyed the spicy bloody Mary, and the biscuits and frites were amazing. Baked egg dish was underwhelming.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went with a group of 5 friends and proceeded to have a full-blown feast. One of the best meals I've ever had.

Loved the black bass, barbecue carrots, fried sweet potatoes.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food and some of the best service I have had in a long time.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was very good, they did not disappoint with their offerings. Had different varieties on the menu other than just oysters and pork, which was nice. The bread was even fantastic! Would definitely return to this place.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Portions a bit small for price!

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Came here with two friends for dinner. The food was excellent - we got Brussels sprouts, barbecue carrots (a must try!), scallops, and the pork shank. Everything was delicious. Only downside is the limited cocktail menu, but definitely not a dealbreaker!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Every single thing we ordered was fantastic., and I think we ordered everything on the menu. So may great flavor and texture combinations. It was absolutely delicious!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The bread and the ham - a dream! Nice European fusion kitchen eg mussels great, chicken and fries fantastic- rustic atmosphere, good prices - definitely going to be back

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We ordered the ham, pickled veggies, Brussel sprout salad, chicken platter and fish. The best things we ate were the pickled veggies and the thin sliced ham everything else was just okay. The food was not seasoned well and left a lot to be desired.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We were visiting Chicago for my boyfriends birthday from DC and we loved our experience at Publican. The restaurant has a great beer hall vibe with long communal tables. We sat at a two top which was nice. It did take a while for someone to great us but once our server, Monique, did she was absolutely fantastic. She gave great suggestions and even gave us some sight seeing suggestions at the end of the meal. We had the duck and the tile fish, both were amazing. The duck was so crispy and saucy at the same time, i'm not sure how that is possible but it was so good. The dishes are on the pricier side, but so so tasty. We would totally dine here again next time we're in Chicago.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Barbecue carrots and ice creams, and a cream puff were amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Ambience: the restaurant is loud
Food: aggressively seasoned and gilds the litly. there was a brothy clam dish unnecessarily topped with some sort of white cream. Food was good but not anything I haven't had before in similar types of resaurants
Service: cannot understand why on a Sunday evening when there were other tables available, the hostess sat a party of 2 at the communal table next to a large party

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fantastic restaurant! Amazing variety of mouthwatering vegetables; cauliflower and squash are must tries. Will definite eat here again

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food and overall service were outstanding! My friend received Happy Birthday wishes from our main server, as well another employee who dropped off some our food. And the whole table was treated to a free appetizer — with a lit birthday candle, no less. It was a really special meal, and we’ll most certainly return. Thank you!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I’ve lived in Chicago for 18 years and this was quite possibly the best brunch I’ve ever had. Unreal good.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food is very well prepared and is good. The portions are huge. One entre is good enough for two. We were seated at a high table and joined by another couple. All were polite even though crowded. The table was uncomfortable, I could not get my knees under it and my wife’s legs cramped and fell asleep. We couldn’t hear each other as the decibel level was just sub rock concert. Servers were outstanding and service was awesome.

It’s a great place for groups. You can share plates and try things. Make sure and check the menu, the food choices are great but a bit eclectic. The beverage scene is impressive.

I don’t think we would go back just because there are so many awesome places to eat in Chicago and the experience just wasn’t quite us.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Vegetarian section has to be more innovative. Few of my friends who didn’t eat meat didn’t enjoy the experience as I did. But overall I am happy with the place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I frequent One-off’s restaurants in every neighborhood and this is truly the first time that I’ve walked away disappointed. The server was good at first, but he never checked in and the coursing was far too quick, which is normally forgiven, but the food was really lack luster, the meats were barely edible and poorly cooked and the vegetables were inconsistently cooked. Overall the experience was disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We all enjoyed the food--the creative menu was fun, and we like sharing plates an tasting a variety of options. We all concur that the restaurant is especially noisy, making it difficult to converse. Love the lighting and the cozy booths.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great mean as always.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Fantastic! The Dear Rosemary cocktail is a great way to start the meal. Mussels and Half Chicken are perfection! All of the charcuterie and breads hit the spot, and were certainly highlights.

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