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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.
Chicago, IL 60607
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday*: 3:30pm - 10:30pm
Friday*: 3:30pm - 11:30pm
Saturday Brunch: 10am-2:00pm
Saturday Dinner*: 3:30pm-11:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
* denotes abbreviated afternoon menu from 3:30pm-5:30pm
$30 and under
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Valet parking & limited street parking available
#8 Halsted Bus, exit on Fulton Market Stop.
3 blocks east of Morgan Green/Pink Line stop.
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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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
We really enjoyed our dinner. There is a great selection of cocktails and an extensive beer list. The food selection is filled with a variety of vegetables and a wide selection of ham. I jokingly referred to the restaurant as 'part of the farm-to-table revolution'. This person thought I was being serious but one could make this claim based upon the diverse menu ala Portlandia and the vibe if the restaurant. Really enjoyed it!
We ordered way too much food but everything was incredible. The mussels were outstanding. For appetizers, we had the pate and beet salad. For entrees, we had the ribs and half chicken with sausage. Everything was cooked perfectly and absolutely delicious. We have been to the Publican several times for brunch and dinners and they continue to blow me away with their food. We are very fortunately to live so close to such a great restaurant!
This place has shared seating which I don’t mind, however when it’s shared seating and loud I would expect the place to be casual dining. The way our food came out made it seem like it was Alinea type of fine dining where you have to wait for each course. Unlike Alinea this place is so slow! The time in between each item that was served was a good 30 mins. We ordered 2 appetizers, 2 fish items, and 1 sirloin. We came in at 6:30 we got our 2 app items and were waiting for our third at 7:30. The table next to us came after us and ordered 15 mins after us already had 4 dishes. I complained to the waiter about that and he said they were on the chef’s tasting menu so their food came out faster. Which did not make sense bc they had to cook it too unless the chef tasting menu is just heating up and they don’t have to wait. Our food only then came out at a normal pace after I complained. We initially thought when the waiter explained that it was family style that we would get a bulk of our food out at the same time. If you’re hungry don’t go to this place. It’s slow and they serve one item at a time. I always heard that this place is good but the bad service made me not enjoy the food. We went on a Monday and it was not busy. I wonder how bad service would be on a weekend.
Disappointing food. Some very good and favorable, some obviously trying too hard to be cool. Emphasis on Belgium and sour beers. The famous chicken is good but no better than your own organic chicken brined and then baked with some french fries. Not a single green vegetable on the menu. That was disappointing. Inedible chicken pate-- it was sour and clearly past its prime. Mixologist seems to have some good ideas and capabilities. This is a place to go if folks like the new beers and want to sit around a table with friends and strangers. I like that part-- eating banquet table style allows some interaction. Very busy, very popular, so I'm sure I'm in the minority.
Wonderfully fresh oysters followed by an extremely generous tasting menu! The tasting menu was very reasonably priced at $65 and I️ felt like I️ was served at least a $100 sampling of the kitchens best dishes The rilettes, boudin, tempura sweet potato were stand outs. Dessert was an amazing pear and apple crumble with a large serving of cinnamon raisin ice cream.
As always the food was amazing it was a loud busy night but that’s what u expect at Publican, but our server wasn’t good this time.... I work at another starred restaurant in Fulton Market so I’m pretty aware of good service and I watched our server chat with 2 other servers in the service station for our entire visit. I had to ask the back waiter twice for him to come over and as soon as he was done he’d go back and chat more.... honestly if I hadn’t asked for him the only times he would’ve come back after taking our order would’ve been to drop off the bill. I expect more from this restaurant company. I wish I remembered his name but I don’t...
I’m probably the wrong demographic for the Publican, but I’d heard great things about the food.
Overall the food was just good, not great or special. We had a charcuterie platter to share, ribs and the rotisserie chicken.
The whole collection could’ve been brought together at Wholefoods and I wouldn’t have noticed the difference. Not bad and not good.
The atmosphere was definitely there - loud music, busy vibe but in no way relaxing.
I think unless you’re under 30 this has limited appeal.
The food was excellent, but the music was SO LOUD you could barely hear the person sitting next to you. It's sad that restaurants feel the need to assault our ears - it's a place to eat not a concert hall. It was a one time experience for me - I prefer not for my ears to bleed during my meal.
Not a huge fan of communal tables. The room is intrinsically noisy. Food as expected was excellent and our waiter was quite helpful. However, pacing was not great. We had an entree and salad arrive simultaneously. Should not happen at restaurant of this stature.
This will be a must visit anytime I’m in Chicago! Every dish was well balanced. I’m not typically a fan of savory sweet combos, but i was consistently wowed by the flavor combinations. The bass crudo and raw oysters were my favorites of the night. My husband’s favorite was the skate.
Given the communal seating, I wouldn’t recommend this for a first date.
Summary: food was not great, atmosphere was loud, totally overpriced.
Went there for a date (birthday). Definitely not the place, but that may have been my mistake in choosing the place.
The food was just ok, and the grades I gave is relative to the price. Indeed, servings are small and haven't tasted the "amazing" quality everyone is talking about and for the price we paid, there s much better around.
Wine list is ok, but one is obliged to order 8oz wine "glasses" around 16/18$ each. No regular "4oz option".
A half serving of prosciutto? Translation: 4 slices of ok prosciutto for $17. Mariano's has a good one for $11/lb (no joke).
Then pork belly for her (5 slices of it, the only good thing we ate) and pork ribs for me (2 small ones, half of them was fat). Approx $25-30 each.
Total: $117 for an just ok "appetizer" in a gastro pub with metal as background music.
Rip-off! Unless you re the average bro-finance guy (who doesn't know how to throw away his money and has no food culture), spend your money elsewhere.
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