The Publican

4.6
5731 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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

Weekend Brunch:
Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am-2:00pm

Weekend Dinner:
Saturday, 3:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday, 5:00pm-10:00pm

* Abbreviated afternoon menu available between 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.
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

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 5731 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Service was very good but slow.

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place did not disappoint. Unique pairings and flavor combinations made our meal very memorable. The slab bacon was divine. We will be coming back next time we are in Chicago

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CB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening. Fun and lively atmosphere - sharing plates (pork shank, rillettes, mahi mahi) were excellent. Good selection of beer and wine. Thoroughly recommend.

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TP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Lotta hype going into it and recommended by so many. Was just overall disappointed especially for what we paid. Got about 10 dishes, was only impressed by 2. :(

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DK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tried this place for the first time. The food was ok, no wow factor. The prices were way too high for the quantity and the quality of the food served. Not worth the money spent!

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CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went based on a recommendation and it did not disappoint. Food was flavorful, service was very attentive. Will definitely be going back next time I’m in the city.

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AS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The kitchen’s unwillingness to substitute for vegetarians was a major detractor. Plus, the famed publican bread wasn’t available for lunch. Disappointing.

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Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful, the server made great recommendations

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LD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food — creative and interesting.
Great service — Gio was attentive and knowledgeable.

We were not disappointed!!!

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CW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at The Publican and it was amazing both times. The first time my group did the chef's tasting menu, and it was so incredible I wanted to go back and try it again.

This time, I dined in a group of 4. Unfortunately, they weren't offering the chef's tasting menu, but our server said it would be coming back soon. We ordered 7 dishes, pork rinds, chicken liver pate, peaches and burrata, shishito peppers, mussels, lamb tagliatelle, and the half farm chicken. Each dish was incredible and the portion sizes were large in comparison to other restaurants that specialize in "small plates" (with the exception of the tagliatelle - way too small).

The service was excellent. Our waitress made great recommendations and came by to check on us frequently. The Publican is just a great restaurant with amazing food and a great atmosphere. I will be back, and I will recommend to anyone who asks.

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IS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Been here so many time and brought so many friends. Never disappoints.

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c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucky to get our favorite server, Gio. He's hands down the best. Love him, love Publican!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food as always, but drinks took a long time to arrive, and were infrequent.

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IP
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place. The food was delicious. It was so good we just kept ordering stuff. I couldn’t believe it. The wine was unique and very good. I’ve had two great meals in Chicago and neither were at a steakhouse.

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SH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vegetable plate was custom-made by the chefs and was incredible. So many diverse flavors on one plate. We had the veggie plate, the chicken, and lamb. All were excellent. Server took great care of us, and particularly made sure there were no nuts in any of the dishes for one of our guests. A really superb experience. Next time in Chicago, I will return to Publican!

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BP
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had oysters, the chicken liver pate and the steak. ALL of it was delicious. And the little pickles they have are stellar. It's probably the best liver pate I've ever had. The bread was great. But could only be made better by being challah rather than crusty sourdough (I think). The pate was bright and citrusy rather than heavy and bacon-y. The chairs are huge, like thrones. We were there EARLY on a Sunday evening so it was quiet then but I could see it getting very loud. And were it not chilly and windy, it would have been great to sit outside.

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r
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We’ve been coming here since they first opened and usually love it, leaving stuffed. Today was an off day for sure. No pork skins to be had - which is 50% of why we go! Brunch menu was tiny and uninspiring. So much onion on everything too - even the Johnny cakes, which is just weird. The best item was the avocado and boiled egg - seasoning was like an everything bagel! $80 for two of us and we both were still hungry when we left.

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OT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just amazing. Great caring hosts that give you up-to-date info about the wait. A fabulous server Gio with excellent food tips and pacing, and just a great ambiance all around. You owe it to yourself to try.

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KK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Took us a while to get noticed by our waiter. Slow service. Delicious food.

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C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, authentic food- fresh baked bread, delicious ham, wonderful roast chicken. A special place for a great night out.

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We told our waiter we only had just under 1 hour to dine, in order to get to the theatre, and she didn’t miss a beat making our dining experience amazing. Everything was perfect, food & wine delicious, and she checked in with us at 5 min before we had to leave to remind us of the time and give us our bill. Service at its best! Love this place and can’t wait to go back.

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PK
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love go to the Publican. The food is fantastic, service is friendly and ambiance good. I try to visit everytime Im in Chicago.

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ZA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, and great value. Music was a bit off and pretty loud, which drove up the dB level quite a bit.

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T
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Restaurants are often noisy but this took it to new levels. We couldn't even send short messages -- even shouting and ssitting right across a small table from each other. Our server similarly misheard part of our order. The food was very good and the service was great -- although OHSA should investigate for noise violations to protect the servers. I would do take-away in a flash from The Publican (and may from the store across the way) but wouldn't take a free meal if I had to sit here. I actually like being able to talk at least little over a relaxing dinner. Not possible here.

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EF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It is very loud. There is mixed seating - with some communal and some tables and booths. Wait staff is friendly. The menu changes daily, but some dishes like bbq carrots and pork rinds are staples. Wine is served in a drink glass, which is very casual.

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VD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Too high noise level. Food is good, but value for price not fair.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place for dinner. I will definitely return again.

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t
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch, and a great spot to sit outside. We especially loved the AMAZING biscuits!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was okay

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VO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Hip atmosphere in the Fulton Market area. Accommodated our large group of 10. Food was delicious however the portions were small for a brunch. Egg dishes only had one egg. Biggest negatives were that it was extremely loud and very warm everywhere other than the restroom.

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R
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We went on Sunday morning and, while I saw there was a brunch menu, I did not realize that the rest of the menu was not available at all. We wanted things on the main menu and brunch was underwhelming to say the least. That being said, our waiter was excellent and the drinks were really good. I'm sure it is amazing if you are not eating brunch.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to hear even if the person was in front of you

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d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

You will always find unusual food combinations here and the flavors never disappoint.

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was fantastic but be prepared for some noise. Overall, great experience and would highly recommend.

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may be the best meal I've ever had. Can't say enough about the service and the quality of the food. And you have to get the chicken! It's amazing!

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r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We were recommended to Publican and we were not disappointed by the food. Everything was delicious and presented beautifully and portions were generous. Our server, although very nice, was a bit remiss first with our drinks and then with the food. We love to dine and of course don’t like eating in a rush, but we thought there were times that she might have forgotten to put our order in.
Also, my husband was a bit surprised with the spirits list. He is a vodka drinker and there were two offerings, neither of which we ever heard of. I was very pleased with the bourbon selections.
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We would absolutely go back, we really loved our meal.

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J
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Flavor bombs in every bite. Don’t overlook veggies which are outstanding and paired in complex tasty arrangements. Half portion of entrees enough for one diner and full portion best for sharing. Helpful friendly service make good recommendations and team approach guarantees prompt attention. I seek this spot out whenever in town.

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ES
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch Athens republican. Food and service could not be faulted and he breakfast beer ‘mimosa’ went down surprisingly well.

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PB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service, great atmosphere . Wonderful place for summer evening dinner

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