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Date
Fri, 5/25
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The Publican

4.7
5500 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Creative Cuisine
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.
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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 5500 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Busy, alive place. Great food and service, certainly would return again and invite others. High energy.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Overall great dining experience.

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

Chicken pate very salty. The 2 fish dishes aversge to bad the only thing I like was the bread. I am no coming back

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely the best meal. Have been a customer a few times and every ... every meal & the service have been outstanding.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

We’ve been to the Publican many times before and had good experiences. However, this time, when we were there for brunch, the experience was a total disappointment. We ordered a few items and they came out IMMEDIATELY- like within 3 minutes, so they were obviously items that had been sitting.

One item was a waffle, and the menu indicates that the waffle will take a minimum of 10 minutes and that you should plan to wait. The waffle was dried out and somewhat cold. I really expect more from a place like the Publican.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was very average and expensive. We had the kimchi rice bowl with pork belly. The rice was mushy and bland. Not very much pork belly for the price. Also tried the duck confit hash which again was a small portion for the price tag. Potatoes were bland and not crispy. Egg was over cooked. Had high expectations and were pretty disappointed.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Love the communal vibe! Great food!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Went for brunch, too loud, poor service, food was average at best. Delivered oysters after our entrees even though we ordered first??? Overrated, I won’t be back. Really disappointing.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Been before for dinner and loved it. Went for lunch. Had a brunch menu on Saturday. Waiter had no personality nor any idea when they would start lunch. We had a drink and went to a dim sum restaurant on the corner and had the most amazing experience.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Awesome food and service in a very nice and rustic location. Infernal noise level!!!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Fantastic food, Jessica was a great server. Attentive staff to fill waters and remove empty plates. Awesome atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Simply delicious. Straight forward honest good food.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Celebrating birthdays

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Excllent service from Gio and great food.

Would recommend to everyone.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The food here was wonderful as always. I’ve been a few times so I always recommend it. Tonight I went to dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen forever so I was excited to catch up with her. It was so loud I felt like we were screaming at each other. Our server was great, but the hostess had serious attitude. I have no problem with the communal tables, but she sat us at the same time, at the same table as a group of about 10-12 ppl. We asked to sit elsewhere since we knew they would likely be there the whole time we were and she refused. We were there early for dinner (and it was Tuesday) so there were at least 50 (not exaggerating) other open seats. It was awkward and the group seemed pretty unhappy we were sat there as well. It was like we were crashing a private party, but weren’t allowed to leave lol. It made it very difficult to have a conversation as they were loud and the music was blaring.
Go for the food, not for conversation.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation. Despite seeing empty tables, the hostess had our group of five waiting awkwardly in the doorway for 10 minutes...we finally asked if we would be seated early; she informed us that "they were running on time", and we still had to wait another 20 minutes, but we could go to their sister deli market across the street. OK...might have been nice to volunteer that information when we arrived.

While at their sister deli, we had friendly service, saw some amazing meat piled sandwiches, and were generally excited about the meal to come. Fast forward to our actual menu - limited for brunch, and out of 5 dishes, not ONE of them lived up to the hyped reputation...or looked as good as the heaping sandwiches we saw at the deli. The only thing hyped was the check.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Really really good food. Friendly staff but not hovering. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

mothers day brunch with wife and son and lady, was spectacular!

great selection of beer, knowledgable staff, with great suggestions. attentiveness was very hood !!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The publican never disappoints. The staff and food was great!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My husband and I LOVE The Publican. It's one of our favorite spots to take out of town guests. It's an interesting and unique menu in a cozy setting. We love getting multiple plates and sharing. We ALWAYS get the ham hock!!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This place was bizarre. The milk on the table was curdled. Then the oysters came out after we had received our scrambled eggs. They also did not have any sauce to put on them. The eggs were also super runny, despite being scrambled. Essentially a disaster meal.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Took forever to get coffee refills. Back of chair was not clean and got food all over my jacket. Chairs are too close together and it's too cramped at the shared tables.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Amazing culinary adventure guided by Gio. Must haves include taste of 3 hams, spicy pork rinds, avocado salad, frito misto and duck breast. Cajeta tart was our favorite dessert of the 4 we tried. Yes, we eat, and this is a place to EAT! Thank you Gio and staff! We will be back! :)-

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food was phenomenal !!!
Service, Clayton, was "spot on".
One problem was that we had more guests show up, yet they could not be seated.
Restaurant was only 3/4 full. Could have easily accommodated us. Yet, I understand with reservations you must keep seats open. Yet, do you really want open seats during that time of night, 5-8pm.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We had a large group & they were very accommodating. The 3 ham tasting was delish and other stand out dishes included the chicken, roasted beets with ricotta and pappardelle. Would recommend for a large party or small — plus the beer selection especially the homemade lambic was amazing. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Great veggie and pork dishes. Great beer menu. Very loud.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Amazing as usual, always find something new to try!!!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Best and favourite restaurant in Chicago. Food is unique and delicious. Everything works!!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Excellent food, fun environment, genial service overall very consistent with my experience at this standout restaurant

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Perhaps my most favorite restaurant in the world. I have been here many times, and they continue to do everything right. Standards remain high quality and they're always changing and innovating.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

A beautiful night in Chicago so we were able to sit outside on the Patio. I started with an Oyster Selection and draft beer. Both were great. We enjoyed the meal. Trout, Black Sea Bass and Shoshito Peppers. Will definitely be back! I also enjoyed the photos of The Wichita Packing Company on the wall. It's great to see the history of the neighborhood on display and a company that is still growing and a part of Chicago.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Never had a bad meal here, whether it's brunch or dinner. Very innovative and tasty dishes

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great Sunday brunch at The Publican. Friendly waitstaff and yummy food. (The avocado quinoa salad was especailly good.) We opted to sit outside, even though it was a little chilly, because the restaurant itself was SO loud. (Not ideal for conversation or Sunday morning hangovers.)

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Three of us ate here this past Sunday for brunch. Loud & boisterous as usual. Food was good, but seems to be lacking in that "wow" factor it used to have. Too many of the dishes featured a hard boiled egg as part of dish, and to me that's just boring. With so many options for brunch, that maybe why that were not full. Service was good.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Chicago classic- you can never go wrong at The Publican. Our server Kelly was a gem!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We had our server set us up with a tasting menu that was just fantastic. She was so knowledgable about the menu, wine, and every wine she paired with the with our plates were spot on. The only sad part was that I did not remember our server's name, as I would have loved to call the restaurant and tell them how great our experience was - she was AMAZING!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

A really enjoyable experience, overall. The restaurant is a busy, fun enviroment, with really good food and a staff that didn't seem to take themselves too seriously. The chicken and the country ribs were both really excellent, with great flavor that was extremely balanced--particularly between salty, acidic, and fatty. We also had scallops and frito misti, although I personally thought the two meat dishes were both better than the fish dishes. In retrospect, I may have passed on the frito misti. The beets were really good, and I particularly liked the combination of beets and mint.

We sat in a booth, which was quite nice. Though, I've never sat in a booth where you have small doors closing you in. By the end of the night, we decided we liked it. Our server was very friendly, and service, as a whole, was quick, kind, and helpful. For a place that can easily serve for a special occasion--if you don't mind it being a little loud, and I like that buzz--it is also casual enough in feel to become a regular hangout.

One final note: I've been to several other places that mark themselves as food served communally. Unlike some of the other places, when this place says you can share a dish amongst a group, you really can share it. This mattered to me, as I had been looking forward to checking it our for a while, and we all wanted to try several items.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Amazing!!! Started with oysters..waitress timed everything perfectly..bread..amazing..halibut and mussels..amazing..

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Made an 11:30am reservation and we were not seated until 1:00pm.

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