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The Publican

5298 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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
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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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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 5298 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 14 hours ago

Very good food and service

RB54 (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

It is always a pleasure ring at this great place. Food never disappoints nor does the ever approachable service team. Just this week did I experienced a slight discomfort in dining here. This was only because I chose to take my wife there on Valentine's day. We came to town with reservations for two. The chairs were so uncomfortable close it was difficult to eat dinner. This is the only time i did not have the very best experience there. This should not stop you from visiting this fine establishment. I would just avoid Valentine's day.

OpenTable Diner (Oklahoma City)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great place to be.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Wow! What an incredible meal. My partner and I were looking for a special occasion meal and, boy, did The Publican deliver! We chose to have the chef's curated meal. A total of ten plates to share and all were fantastic. One of the best meals I've ever had. On top of that our server, Gio, and the food runner were absolutely wonderful. We had to hurry to make our showtime and they were so helpful in making sure we still got everything and weren't overly rushed. Would recommend to anyone looking for a special night. Thank you!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Everything was excellent. Food is served family style as each dish is ready. Made for a really fun”grazing” as every 5 or 10 minutes a new dish would come out. Really creative. Struck me as sort of southern leaning comfort food. Excellent!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food. Service was excellent and the overall feel of the place is great.

Marshy1nj (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Publican is always amazing. The charcuterie and the beef tongue are excellent. Save room for dessert
The chocolate mousse and cookie selection were delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The ambiance is similar to something you would see in Eastern Europe, lots of carved wood, open kitchen. If you have less than 3 people in your group, high likelihood of sitting at a communal long table. I had requested ahead of time to sit at a private booth or two top, but it wasn't available upon arrival. Luckily we were sat at the corner of one of the long communal tables so we had some privacy. Service was fast, intelligent, and friendly. Prefixed 6 course + dessert meal was fantastic, large portions, and well worth the money. My wife and I both got it and we received 9 courses and two desserts...we were very pleased and very full.

Great times, recommend anyone to go for a nice dinner and it is located off Fulton Market so lots of places to walk to from there for an after dinner drink.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

After many wonderful dinners here, this is becoming our favorite restaurant in Chicago. Recommend it highly!

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Unbelievable menu consisting of diverse foods and an extensive beer and cocktail menu. It is a given that this restaurant will put you outside of your comfort zone with options such as beef tongue and chicken liver paté. Just go for it. Each dish we ordered was better than the last. The food is simple in presentation yet has a complexity of flavors that I had no idea was possible. For example, the beef tongue looked and tasted like spam (not an insult) and melted in your mouth the second you took a bite of the beef to guess and crostini combo. Cannot wait to go back and explore the rest of the menu

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food is very interesting and delicious
Beer hall-like setting is loud and non-intimate
Great for a group
Great value — two of us — we had the tasting menu and the volume of food was extraordinary. Total bill with alcohol and tip: 275

vipManny (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I went to publican when they first opened. This was my second trip there. I recall being pleased with the food at my first visit, and though I didn’t like the ‘communal table’ seating then, the food made up for it.

This visit, the food was nothing special; mind you, it was not bad by any means, but I wouldn’t put up with the crazy loud music, the tables with chairs stuck arm rest to rest together and the so-so food.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The Publican always provides a great meal -- excellent food, wonderful service, great options for both apps, sides and mains. Took a coworker there tonight who was in visiting from out of town and he agreed it was an awesome experience! I'm already looking forward to a TBD future visit -- highly recommended...

vipJT60657 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The service was great, our server helped us choose the best dishes and more importantly, the appropriate amount of food to order, she was really outstanding. Everything we ate was really good, especially the squash thing, still thinking about that!

The only thing I'm not a fan of and it would make me hesitate to come back is the communal seating arrangement otherwise it's a worth every penny.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Made reservations for a table early in the evening and ended up a community table sandwiched between two groups. That was ok since conversation at table was great. However, took 15 minutes for waitress to come over to get the order...not acceptable