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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.

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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 - 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

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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (142)
Creative Cuisine (111)
Fun (104)
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Good for Groups (95)
Casual (94)
Local Ingredients (87)
Great Beer (78)
Hot Spot (68)
Good for a Date (64)
Special Occasion (62)
Great for Brunch (54)
Neighborhood Gem (54)
Comfort Food (48)
Worth the Drive (45)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
Authentic (40)
People Watching (39)
Tasting Menu (36)
Seasonal (33)
Sunday Lunch (32)
Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Tapas (20)
Cozy (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Organic (16)
Bar Seating (13)
Business Meals (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Healthy (11)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Romantic (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Spicy (3)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Be prepared for the communial seating. Drinks are skimpy but the food is amazing. Not the place for a romantic date but a good find to go for good food and friends.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

First time I was here the food was delicious. This time it was just good. Maybe it was just me so I definitely plan on going again. Service is great, noise level is high. Fun place to go with out of town guests or a local friend.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

Good food, great service; but was extremely loud to the point of being uncomfortable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Worth it: food, service, cocktails. Raucous and energetic. Inventive salads.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing! We Loved everything we had, everything being equally delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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...

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very creative and very delicious food quickly served!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food was great, especially the pâté and charcuterie, but the “small” plates are better suited for four people. There were only two of us and a lot of food went uneaten.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Loved the pop up concept with state bird but I️ wasn’t blown away by the food - sorry.
Love your cocktails!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food and fantastic service! Highly recommend dining there !
We had the pork belly - 5 stars
Ribs - 5 stars - sweet potato fries awesome too. Our fantastic server sweet gal with red hair - very helpful and friendly! She's a keeper !!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fabulous foods, mostly meats. Don't miss the pickles.

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 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great Food, Great Value and friendly and helpful staff

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Fun, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very busy place. We had reservations at 7:15, we arrived at about 7:10 and were sat immediately. It was very loud, but you got used to it pretty fast. The food and service were amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food and drinks were great. This was a place on our bucket list and it did not disappoint. Would recommend going there in a heartbeat

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Extremely loud. Food was average considering it’s an award winning restaurant. Was seated at comunal table regardless of having requested a regular table for aniversary celebration when booked weeks before. Slow but courteous service.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent!
Service and daily menu were both on point!

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great food overall. Not a fan of the extremely close proximity to other diners at the tightly-seated communal tables. Also there was a pork dish with cabbage and hazelnuts that should be skipped. Otherwise fantastic service, great food and wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing in all levels !

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our meal was excellent! We loved the atmosphere, and the music was on point. Best bathroom ever. 11/10.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food, a little on the noisy side...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Mouthwatering menu with excellent service. Our reservation was for a large party and the restaurant was able to accommodate our group without a sweat.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everyone loved the ambiance, food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant as a must if visiting in Chicago ! Oysters, pork belly, sirloin, ribs, pork rinds etc. were all delightful.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great spot and happy we went but the action was a little much for us. If you are looking to have a conversation this is not the place. The food was exceptional

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We recently visited The Publican, and I can't possibly say enough good things about this restaurant. The beer selection was fantastic and the food was amazing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

LOVED Publican. Great food; great vibe. The pork scrapple and mushroom scramble were delicious. Next time I’m going to try some of their sweeter options. Everything on the menu looked amazing. You won’t be disappointed!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was a beautiful birthday brunch!

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We went for a brunch and the food was excellent!, the service too
Thx

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food in a great space. The staff is wonderfully friendly and attentive. I'll be back the next time I'm in the Chi.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very much enjoyed our delicious dinner. Not sure why music needs to be loud. Challenge carrying on a conversation.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food! We ordered too much as we didn’t understand the family style thing. Cramped seating arrangement and WAY TOO LOUD! Too bad...food was so good but probably won’t go back due to dining experience. Waiter was meh...

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