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Date
Wed, 4/25
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7:30 PM
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The Publican

4.7
5442 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Groups
From the team behind Blackbird and avec comes this homage to beer, pork, and fish. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Dennis Bernard have developed a network of purveyors 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 and now Beer Director Adam Vavrick, 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday*: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday*: 3:30pm - 11:00pm
Saturday Brunch: 10am-2:00pm
Saturday Dinner*: 3:30pm-11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

* denotes abbreviated afternoon menu from 3:30pm-5:30pm
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Phone number
(312) 733-9555
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Kahan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fulton/Green St.
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Parking details
Valet parking & limited street parking available
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Public transit
#8 Halsted Bus, exit on Fulton Market Stop.

3 blocks east of Morgan Green/Pink Line stop.
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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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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

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.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

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.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 5442 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Always a good time, and food!!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

One day, if I keep trying I’ll be able to eat the full chef’s choice menu. Course after delicious course the hits kept coming until we had to tap out. Stellar service from Monique and amazing food!

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Music was ridiculously loud. Asked to turn down and staff was responsive but the differences in loudness between songs was so unpredictable it continued to be an issue. It was extremely hard to have a conversation and made the overall experience feel like it wasn’t worth the trip.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

I had to ask the server and busboy 4 times for coffee refill. Server said the coffeemaker was slow. He said that the busboy would be out once it was done brewing. Busboy never came to the table so I flagged him down....asked for coffee. Never saw the busboy again. Flagged the server was told that he was still waiting for coffee to finish brewing. Flagged the server again and had to point out that the other servers were serving coffee...finally got a small amount of refill.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Never disappointed when I come here! Coffee is offered as soon as you're seated, I love that! Bacon is a must order. The french fries are really good too, simple but delicious!

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

This is the second disappointing brunch we’ve brought guests from out of town to. My guest ordered the buttermilk fried chicken which was smaller than a deck of cards - he was still hungry after eating. The egg on top (sunny side up) was cooked hard. My wife had the wine poached egg that was also terribly over cooked and hard. Food came quickly but not very warm. It’s sad because the food used to be amazing. There just wasn’t the attention to detail I had come to expect from Publican.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Sunday brunch ranks right up there, Fabulous! Chicken liver pate is outstanding!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Awesome food, incredible Bloody Mary (we went for Sunday brunch)

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service; excellent drinks; excellent food. Enough said.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always good. Best to go with friends and share. Great beer selection. Food is always amazing.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Sharpen the knife hard go cut country ribs

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent menu with a wide array of offerings to fit any diet. Loved the smoked carrot appetizer and English peas. Menus changes daily, so always worth stopping back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food and sevice! Went with friends to celebrate my birthday and we had a really fun time

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

High value. Solid ingredients - creative, but unoriginal.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Overall a nice place. Food is a bit overpriced for what it is. There are better options in the area.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was great! A little loud and hard to hear at times but that’s nothing that can really be changed.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

It was a great experience for celebrating our anniversary. It was just fancy enough to be a special occasion place but down to earth that I did not feel out of place in jeans and a polo. Food was amazing and nothing we ordered disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The beer, the vibe, the bread and the mussels!! So enjoyed my dinner and the service was superb.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Very very good food, the chicken was a bit too salty, as were the French fries.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was nothing short of amazing and out server was so nice.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Such a cool spot with incredible food. We will definitely go back when we’re in town again.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We visited The Publican for brunch on my boyfriends 30th birthday and it was delicious! It had a great atmosphere, good service and the food was amazing.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

While the food was definitely the highlight of the meal, there were unfortunately a few negative aspects as well. Let's start with the good:

1. Went with a big group, and we all shared, so we got to try many of the menu items:
Beet Salad = 9 - Perfect!
Avocado Salad = 6 - Nothing special
Califlower Salad = 8 - Little too much Tahini, but great flavor regardless
Mussels - 6 = Mediocre at best
Full Chicken = 10 - Best chicken I've ever had
Fluke = 5 = WAY WAY WAY TOO SALTY

2. Our waiter was sarcastically friendly and rude! This was fun at first, however when we started getting our food, before our drinks had even arrived, and then the food just sat behind the bus boy counter until our food arrived, it was became rude (unsarcastically)!

3. Being put at the very first communal table, every time the door opened, we would be overwhelmed by a huge draft of cold air

Overall, the highlight was definitely the food. I would order out from now on!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very loud and difficult to converse. Great service and food.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great brunch. Enjoyed Bloody Mary mix, biscuit and spicy pork rinds especially.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was just okay, community seating was different, overall an okay experience but nothing I would rave about.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and drink.... but be sure to ask for a barn door booth! Amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Each dish is dependably excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

AMAZING Chef’s tasting menu, and beer pairing. Highly recommend this!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We have been coming to the Publican since they opened many moons ago. We love this restaurant and they always deliver. We love the high energy, fantastic food and incredible service. We'll be back, over and over and over again.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We had a wonderful meal sharing delicious plates !

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Have not been back to the Publican for over a year, and it’s just as good! Service was attentive and friendly by not stuffy. The food was delicious. Highly recommend the chef’s menu!!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very loud, meat was hard to cut

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

excellent simple food, stellar service, average environment. you definitely feel special eating there and i will always visit when in chicago.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This is my third time here and the food never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Bustling, bright, energetic ambiance, so good place for groups - including long community tables. High quality food with some unique menu items. Oysters, beets were excellent. As was the Porchetta. I had a nice smokey taste. Good sharing/tasting potential if you want to approach meal that way. Service was excellent. Booths around the walls have interesting door that closes you in like an animal pen, bringing another dimension to "farm to table" dining.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great food, and not identical to every other New American eatery. Genuinely different. The country ham was excellent, as was my mackerel. Great beer list. Very, very crowded and loud - this was fine with me, but there would be better places for quiet dates and/or conversation with friends.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Loved it.
Fun place for food sharing or individual dishes. The whole experience was terrific

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great waiter. Great food. When I mentioned to hostess that I was concerned about sitting near the door because of cold breezes she was very quick to say it would not be a problem . It was drafty and it would have been nice if she had offered our party a seat away from the draft - there were many open At the time. Always love this place.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Delicious food & great service. We felt the portions were nice and big, which is always a hesitation of mine for tapas / family style. Our server was really great at talking us through the menu and what we can expect from each dish. The timing from her and the kitchen was great, the meal had a good flow to it and the bus staff was extremely well trained and kept up with fresh plates and silverware as the dishes came out. The seating arrangement is a bit unique with most guests sitting at long tables shared by any number of parties and the rest being booths along the back wall that had little swinging doors. The doors were good for separating the flow of traffic from our meal but also created a bit of a crowded feel within (note the four of us all had coats as well as a relatively large gift bag to keep inside the booth). This is definitely not a reason to skip the Publican! But it's something some may want to be aware of before coming. Overall we had a really great meal and felt the food and experience was a good value.

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