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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

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (122)
Creative Cuisine (104)
Fun (102)
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Good for Groups (95)
Casual (87)
Local Ingredients (80)
Great Beer (66)
Good for a Date (65)
Hot Spot (65)
Special Occasion (57)
Comfort Food (54)
Great for Brunch (52)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Worth the Drive (50)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Authentic (36)
People Watching (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Seasonal (30)
Sunday Lunch (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Tasting Menu (28)
Cozy (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Business Meals (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Tapas (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Romantic (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Paleo Friendly (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Healthy (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Organic (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Spicy (3)
Vegan (2)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food and drinks. I wish I went with more people so I could try more food, but I will be back!

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·Dined 3 days ago

salads were excellent, my husband was very disturbed that they charged for butter, ribs very good, not a lot of meat. Duck breast was un-under cooked.

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·Dined 4 days ago

The overall experience was good. However, the complementary pickled vegetables were not good and the pork belly was not great either. It was too expensive and the combination of flavors was not very interesting.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful dinner with family & friends. Many thanks to Monique for the outstanding service. We will be back again soon.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

All the food was well thought out and delicious, and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I liked it so much I bought a t-shirt! Absolutely would recommend to anyone visting Chicago that it is a must.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

I've been here many times, and every time is such a treat. The food is impeccable, as is the service. We felt cared for and not at all rushed. The ambiance strikes that hard-to-reach balance of elegant and comfortable. Everything we had was seasonal and delicious. I definitely recommend it for dates and special occasions, or just a pick-me-up for a drab day. Try a reservation to get one of the booth seats!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

As always the Publican is a great food and drink experience. The menu is always a culinary adventure. Fun.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Been here many times for dinner and always loved it. This was my first time for brunch. Just perfect. Two of us had the mushroom scramble, which was light and fluffy and full of flavor, and one had a cajun sausage dish...omg. I try not to eat too much meat, so I would never have ordered this, but I wish I had! It was outstanding. We also shared hash browns, a cinnamon sticky bun and fabulous coffee. All wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Spectacular dining experience. Food was universally incredible. Seafood was particularly exceptional. Will go out of my way to eat here again next time I’m in Chicago.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a blast. Went w/another couple, great fun, food and drinks were to die for. It’s going to cost you., but worth it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Food and service was amazing! Highly recommend this restaurant. It was a fun setting and perfect for a couple date.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Best restaurant I have been to in Chicago!! LOVE IT!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We enjoyed the food! Great combinations and a bit different. We didn't like the communal seating and noise level. That said we would return

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I came in with my cousin and his girlfriend from Denver for brunch. Kevin the manager was just amazing, he came to our table chatted with us and made us all feel like we were the only ones there. Zach our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, great service!! Thanks again Publican! Food was amazing!!!!

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Chicago - great food, extensive beer list and incredible atmosphere.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service and food was great! disappointing however that the online menu was completely inaccurate, for the second time the past few months. So if there is something you've got your heart set on, or have a picky eater with you, call ahead and check! I do wish they would update it daily or add a disclaimer that the online menu is just an example.

We did share our feedback with the server and he was very professional about it.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was great. Cool setting. Our waiter was terrible. He was absent nearly the entire meal and had no clue what was going on. The bus boys had to get his attention on our behalf multiple times.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food, atmosphere and service all outstanding.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We got married at the Publican and go back every year for our anniversary. The Chef's menu never disappoints :)

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (Berlin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great place. They change their menu frequently and unfortunately this was not the best we've ever had. Nothing bad, but the arctic char and pork belly were just a little straightforward for the price. Always fun to try totally new items every time we come, though.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It actually makes me angry at how good The Publican is. Everything is always executed to perfection.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Really fun environment. We had an earlier reservation and they seemed to be using loud music to compensate for the restaurant not being filled. Really loud. By 7:15 the restaurant had filled more and they dialed down the music- the buzz from the tables was just right to feel energy but not have to yell across your table to be heard. We loved the family style service as we could not have picked just a couple of items to share. The home made pickles were sweet and tasty and a great way to start. The avocado salad was a real avocado salad (not lettuce with some avocado) and the mix of other ingredients really brought the dish together. Then there were the bbq carrots. WOW. Expecting carrots glazed in bbq sauce but no, these are bbq’d (think smoky, charcoal grilled steak) carrots. Just incredible. Everyone at the table looked around at first bite and did a - “did I just taste that?!” look. The house made ham was of course delicious and it’s good they have the “taste 3” options wouldn’t want to have to pick. Seems strange to have bread as something to order but do it- again there’s a taste 3 for the homemade butter, white cheddar pimento spread, and muhammara spread. The mussels were perfect and served with a baguette for dipping up the broth- it was either that or give us straws. The pancetta was meaty with great toppings. Deserts were great too. The egg nog salted carmel ice cream was a great finish. We will be back.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was our second experience here. As good as our first wonderful experience, it was awesome! Simple menu names, but foods are amazingly prepared:) worth a try!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Could order only the $75 fixed menu, which we didn't know ahead of time. We were also seated at a massive table with a bunch of strangers despite booths being open and having a reservation, which we didn't know would happen ahead of time. Our server was quite unsympathetic to the fact we just wanted a dessert and some drinks, shrugging and walking away. Noise level was intolerable, though that isn't directly the restaurant's fault.

This was New Year's Eve, but man. At least ask the kitchen to make an exception for someone wanting just a dessert and drinks.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I met another couple for dinner on New Years Eve. We had a wonderful evening with amazing food. The menu was fixed for the holiday and I was not disappointed, in fact, I rather enjoyed not having to choose. Our waiter, Chad, was very friendly and helpful. All around lovely experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic service and wonderful New Years Even meal. Each course was unique and something that we wouldn't typically order, all of which were phenomenal and opened up my pallet. Wonderful service and great atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Casual, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We ate here for Sunday brunch. It was super busy, we had a bit of a wait past our reservation time to be seated. While I have no major complaints (food was alright, not too expensive), the volume level and the cramped space make it unlikely I’d return here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was amazing!!!❤️❤️So glad I dined here. Yes the staff was awesome 👏😎 My new New Years Eve plans.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It is impossible to please everyone, I understand that. This is definitely a subjective review but unfortunately if you don’t eat pork, there aren’t a lot of choices for you(at least for brunch). My wife and I basically left there still hungry because all that was left to choose from was a salad or French toast. Although the food was good I’m not too certain it was worth the cost. Service was ok, nothing great about it but nothing bad either. Atmosphere was loud (not saying that is a problem) like most restaurants as it certainly was not fine dining. Which again, is not a bad thing. I would say I was underwhelmed given all the hype and recommendations we were given about The Publican. I wouldn’t go back for brunch but maybe dinner if their menu expands and caters to a larger palate.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Without a doubt one of our favorite brunch spots in Chicago. The menu tends to be meat focused, but is always creative and fresh. With that being said, my wife prefers mostly vegetarian meals (though she is not vegetarian) and this is one of her favorite restaurants. We will definitely keep coming back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Thought the food was great, I would say the half farm chicken is enough for two. The cauliflower and carrot sides were amazing. Place was packed on a Saturday night. The experience of large communal tables was a plus as several other diners chatted with us and made recommendations. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The buttermilk fried chicken thigh was awesome! Also, the bacon is a must!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Enjoyed their brunch! Will keep coming back. Highly recommended.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was OK. They use too much cumin in some dishes and it overpowered the natural flavor of the ingredients. The seating it awkward too but I guess it’s part of the appeal for some. A bit overpriced for what you get.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food. Everything is shared. Didn’t care for pasta but ham, steak, chicken, and pork belly were all good.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing food (one of the best in the USA!!!), great place!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Loved everything about The Publican—food, service, drinks. We had a great night out.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, People Watching, Organic, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and drinks were amazing! Bus staff was ever present, kept our glasses full and plates cleared.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing food. The grilled octopus (imported from Greece) was better than the grilled octopus we had while we were in Greece last month. Beef cooked to perfection. Everything was delicious. Wait staff very knowledgeable, and attentive but not in your face every 5 seconds. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This was our first dining experience at The Publican, and we were thrilled with the atmosphere, menu, quality of food, and the amazing Bloody Mary's! Our waiter was very helpful and made the meal even more enjoyable. The oysters were so fresh and tasty, you have to try them! Our table ordered The Garlic & Wine Sausage, Smoked Pork Shoulder, and the Roasted Mushroom Scramble. But the Publican Bacon was the best treat! We want to come back!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual
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