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The Publican, Chicago, IL

The Publican

4.6
4.6
5742 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
A homage to oysters, pork and beer, Executive Chef Paul Kahan's eclectic menu is inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, European, Beer Garden
  • 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
  • Phone number
    (312) 733-9555
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Paul Kahan
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Kirsten Trelenberg: (312) 496-0012
  • Neighborhood
    West Loop
  • Cross street
    W Fulton Market & N Green St
  • Parking details
    Valet parking & limited street parking available
  • Public transit
    - #8 Halsted Bus, exit on Fulton Market Stop. <br /><br />- 3 blocks east of Morgan Green/Pink Line stop.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,742 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

5,742 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Still no great option for vegetarian diners, who also want protein.

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  2. KalenR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, always a great experience coming to the Publican!

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  3. JObi

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I noted the reservation was for a birthday, however when we got there they didn’t have any pastries left, not even a biscuit. And they don’t have anything for kids. Not even a crayon

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  4. WillG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Worth the money. So much food. Everything tasty. Amazing service. Will go again if we can.

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  5. AndrewM

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant with outstanding staff and creative menu.

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  6. JonathanEFS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great! We have been going there since they opened.

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  7. Heather

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food with lots of options for sharing. Highly recommend!

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  8. AudreyD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and drinks with friendly, helpful service. Great for groups: long tables, dishes eant to be shared. A bit pricey, but on par with other establishments in the neighborhood (Fulton Market)

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  9. Gillian

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fab Happy Hour Menu, oysters were to die for, don't sleep on the burger, and the Martini was great. Our server was a gem and my water was never empty, loved it all and can't wait to go back.

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  10. ChristineR

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service-knowledgeable, warm, fast (we had time constraints). Food was so delicious. Atmosphere lively and relaxed. There’s a reason Publican has been around and has received awards.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, very unique menu selection. Enjoyed all the dishes we ordered!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My once favorite restaurant is now a shell of itself.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I dined solo and it was such a warm experience. I work nearby and my server added some complimentary libations to my dinner. The food was complex but still so approachable and comforting. My tummy and I left feeling very happy :) Liz, Michelle, Chef Joe, and Alejandro were all so amazing! I can’t wait to come back - the team at The Publican is the best.

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  14. FLHT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The atmosphere was very communal and loud like a cafeteria. Drinks were mid. Food was mid, overpriced and overly sophisticated. Burrata with no bread? Overall, not my preferred type of dining experience!

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  15. PatrickL

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for a birthday, and noted that when making the reservation. We were greeted by our server with 2 glasses of Prosecco for our special occasion! Good value restaurant week menu and great service.

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  16. JayTu

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were seated near the entrance. Wind blew on us everytime someone came in. Cold! Someone also smoked weed inside restaurant nearby entrance and restroom. Not cool. Service was good. Appetizer was delicious. Scollops dish was good but very small quantity and pretty much nothing else besides 3 medium scollops and it cost $37. I would rather have oysters, at least I would feel I actually have something to eat. We were told those are sharable dishes. Country ribs dish is the worst dish we ever had for a long time and it cost $38. It was cooked so raw, it was no difference like beef tartare. The problem with this style of cooking is this cut of meet has so much fat and tough tendon. On top of that, they gave you one non-usable knife for you to cut the non-cutable piece of meet. Seriously, the dish looked like it was untouched after we were done with it because the only edible part is only 15% or less. We will NOT go back.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    for restaurant week: -changed menu to meat options only w no subs, fine just ordered a la carte but something to note -service was very rushed but again restaurant week so i get it food was very good great value regardless everything was delicious great selection of beer too!

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  18. cindyw

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The publican was an interesting experience, immediately stemming from the decor and general ambiance once you walk into the establishment. The dining room set up is a little funky as it is like a communal setting, and almost barricaded booths. Makes you feel like a founding father with the chairs and hog decor. Was also a little louder than expected, and doesn't help at the communal table surrounded by people you do not know. We tried out the restaurant menu, which was unique as it was entirely served family style. The courses were unique, and did have an oddly pre-1850 feel from taste to plating. Best thing on the restaurant week menu were the clams, and porkbelly, everything else was interesting but kind of meh. The flavor palate was slightly overdone and underwhelming at the same time. Oddly wealthy and inaccessible aura mixed with early American settler feel. Good to try out once.

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  19. CarlosD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for drinks with terrific atmosphere. Service was excellent! Keep up the good work.

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  20. TaylorK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely the best-value Restaurant Week meal I’ve had! Generous portions across several courses. Thank you so much!

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  21. kristineB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for honoring my seating request, it really made the date fun!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy and very good tasting. I particularly enjoy the turkey brunch dish

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  23. emilyb

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious brunch - and very kind, accommodating servers. Long seating isn't great for larger groups who want to be able to all talk to one another - so just keep that in mind when booking. File this under "fancy-ish" brunch. You can go and be casual but it has an upscale atmosphere and the menu is priced accordingly.

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  24. Jillian

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for Chicago Restaurant and it was fantastic! No surprise why the Publican is one of the more highly rated restaurants in Fulton Market.

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  25. markb

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Rip off. 500 bucks for 3 people and we barely drank.

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  26. ThomasA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    James Beard apparently isn't the one inspecting rest rooms.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Thought the flavors were really interesting - did not think restaurant week was worth the money.

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  28. FredM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd time at the Publican. It's become my go-to place in Chicago. We took a customer there during a tradeshow, and Publican did not disappoint. Our server, Blake, was attentive and awesome. He was very helpful and accommodating for a dairy allergy in our group. Every dish was great, but the brussels sprouts were utterly phenomenal.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is delicious and our server (can’t remember his name) was super accommodating.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! My guest and I were celebrating a birthday and really enjoyed our brunch! We really appreciate the amazing service!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The Publican is one of our favorites and the food was great as usual but this time was a little off. The restaurant was cold and the food came out randomly. One entree came out with the appetizer and the other was 5 min after everyone else’s entrees.

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  32. NancyB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It's a casual noisy group environment, but the food was delicious and we loved all of items we could taste on the Restaurant Week menu. The wine prices seemed a bit high.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Crispy Potatoes w Aioli, Shrimp and Grits, Shakshuka and Sausage were amazing. The potatoes and shakshuka are an absolute must! The service was great, food was delicious, mimosas were nice, overall a 10/10 experience

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  34. Bbdadd

    Naples

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Took our time and explored the menu on our first visit. Everyone very helpful with suggestions and pairings. Great food to share with family or friends.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant. Steak was like butter! Highly recommend the pork rinds

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Was disappointed in the charcuterie. It was all very ham-esque meats with not a single cheese. The bread & cheese bread was also disappointing. The spread was so fishy. It was all beer/bar food.

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  37. DanM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stopped in for my sons 9th bday (he loves this place). Lisa, Noel, and the Kitchen staff went above and beyond to make my boy feel special. The food was amazing as always, but the service and hospitality was on another level, thank you so much for making my son feel so special we will never forget it! Get the ham chop in hay you wont regret it!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The server recommended 4-5 courses to share for three people. We were told the portion is small. However, the portion size is big and we ordered way more food than we need. Food itself was good but the sever need to be more genuine in terms of the food size.

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  39. notank

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice gm and servers, food delicious Lovely

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall the experience was good. I was not a fan of the very fatty bacon, and our seats were a little awkward next to a post, but the service and all other food was very good.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Publican using the Order Online button. The Publican also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 733-9555.

The Publican is rated 4.6 stars by 5742 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Publican

837 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Additional information

  • Cross street
    W Fulton Market &amp; N Green St
  • Neighborhood
    West Loop
  • 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, European, Beer Garden
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Paul Kahan
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 733-9555
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Kirsten Trelenberg: (312) 496-0012
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