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The Publican

4.7
5546 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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 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.
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.
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

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 5546 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

The food and service is always great at Publican. The bold rich flavors accompanied with a fun and energetic environment makes it one of the greatest restaurants in Chicago. They have something for everyone.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic!!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Everything was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We wanted a nice Sunday dining experience and The Publican fit the bill as they were open for brunch. The atmosphere was friendly and somewhat lively, but most importantly, the food was fresh and delicious. The pork shoulder entree and the bacon side were both outstanding. I would go back in a heartbeat if I lived closer.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

When we first came to Chicago 4 years ago we ate here at the Publican all the time because it was delicious; then we went exploring other West Loop hot spots and dined around the city, as there are lots of great choices. But we came here for Mother's Day and the flavors were just terrific; fish was some of the best we've ever had (and we're West Coast originals - we grew up with fresh fish everything) and we just love the Chicago vibe and of course what they're able to do with pork. So Father's Day brunch for me was a terrific treat - I think we ordered about everything on the menu. It's just got such a great sense of place plus the flavors and cocktails - it's hard to turn away from all the other choices the city has, but the Publican has sort of stolen our hearts in many way. Thank you for all you do. We'll be back shortly.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Publicans a great place to be treated fine dining experience but with a casual atmosphere. And the service is five star.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Truly top-notch food, beer & service.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing! Such creative, delicious, fresh, well- prepared food. Publica is a definite reason to visit the budding and very cool Fulton Market.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Consistently one of our favorites in Chicago. The food is always fantastic. We tried the beef tongue and it was so lovely and tender. Can't wait to go back, the menu is always changing with the seasons!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Nothing special honestly.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I in Chicago for business meetings. We went to this restaurant based on a recommendation from a friend who lives here. We really liked the place. Friendly staff, fun menu, we really enjoyed the food. You have to be open to a “family style” environment. Share your table and your plates! No individual entrees! But that’s a good thing!! We had the carrots, a few oysters, scallops, and the “choice of 3 hams”. Loved it all.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Not many appetizers. Food was not as seasoned as I would like.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

This was possibly the best server experience I’ve had in a restaurant in a long time! The food was phenomenal and everything our server suggested and brought us was so complex, interesting and beautifully presented. I wanted to visit a restaurant while staying in Chicago that Anthony Bourdain had loved, and I can see why this was a favourite. Thank you for such a wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Dining at the Publican was a great experience! The food was so tasty. We started with oysters, had a starter that was essentialy berry meat jam on sourdough bread (OMG so good!) Followed by several mouth watering pork dishes. Bring good friends, and order to share! Highly recommend.

Oh and the Negroni's... perfection!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We went for brunch and shared quite a few different options. It was really great! The bacon is incredible, I highly recommend for anyone wanting to taste authentic bacon. The buttermilk fried chicken on top of grits was so beyond our expectations. The cilantro leaves a nice finishing taste. I definitely would recommend this restaurant. The location is in the heart of the fulton market district, which has a lot of great options. The inside is fun, we went for brunch so it was a little quiet but i love the look of the pig pens to sit in. The only thing I 'winced' at was the price of the coffee, which felt a little steep.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great food

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was very good but portions were very small and pricey. Noise level was extremely high and was difficult to have a conversation

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The Publican is just great. The atmosphere is loud and exciting. You eat at either communal tables or in the pig pens along the wall. I would recommend the pig pens as you have your own space but I know lots of people enjoy the communal tables. Food is great. The belly pork is outstanding. Our server was entertaining and knowledgeable. A Chicago staple for sure. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Anthony Bourdain was a huge inspiration to my brother and I. This was one of his favorite Chicago restaurants. When we found out he passed away we immediately booked dinner to pay our respects....just as he would have wanted - great people, great food, great drinks, great conversation

Everything was spectacular as always!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Fun, unusual place with excellent and unique food. We enjoyed being seated in one of the stalls as it helped to hear each other because it is a high spirited place.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Everything was awesome. Portions were larger than expected.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We ate at the Publican on a sunny, warm day, so chose an outdoor table. The indoor seating is communal and the room can get very loud, so outside was a good choice. It was a busy night, so the only negative was the service, which was a bit slow. That said, the meal was fantastic.

We started with the chef’s special oysters, which gave us each one oyster of each type on the menu that night. All were fresh and delicious...I think we could have eaten 2 dozen. We especially loved the grilled escarole salad. For the other 3 dishes, we had the halibut, expertly prepared, beef tongue that also was amazing. The third dish was a grilled carrot dish...wonderful!

Dinner was approximately $90 a person with drinks.
We would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Second visit to publican, almost as good as the first.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We dine outside , it was delicious. We loved the octopus and the cookie jar.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Service was extremely slow from start to finish. Not sure if this is the norm or not but I think we waited over one hour for our food to be delivered..

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great spot. Food was excellent. Same for service. Hip neighborhood too.

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1.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very disappointed in amount and quality of food. I make a better salad for
Much less money. Beatrix across the street would’ve been a better place for brunch

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Publican is great food, as always. Brought guests from NYC. They liked it.

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Staffs were friendly and table layout was unique but that was about it!

Very disappointed by the limited brunch menu. There was nothing healthy....

Only one cucumber salad was ok.

A sausage was coated by maple syrup, over sweet lemon cake came with too much jam and cream on top, hashed brown was so greasy. No fresh fruit for the waffles.

No latte or cappuccino.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I always have an enjoyable meal at The Publican. They are mindful of my allergies and service is impeccable.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We ordered a bunch of stuff for the table. The timing and order of everything was absolutely perfect. The quality and most importantly the quantity of everything was spot on as well. A lot of times with family style, there is not enough of every fish for everyone to get a decent taste. This was perfect. Publican has been and still is my top restaurant in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Our meal at The Publican was simply outstanding. Each dish was exquisitely prepared and delicious. The standout dish was the Pork Shank. Three days later and we’re still talking about it! The service was attentive and our server made good suggestions throughout the meal. I don’t think that you could go wrong ordering any dish on the menu.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The food was excellent, the beer and wine list very good. It was a little difficult to get our servers attention, but the staff did a good job of brining the food out. I even liked the "communal" seating. The one downside (and it would keep me from returning) was the noise level. Very difficult to hear our server or carry on a conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

As always great food had 2dozens of chefs choice oysters..everything is fabulous.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food and service were great. Want to come back for dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Our family has dined at The Publican many times, a favorite restaurant in Chicago. The food at The Publican is consistently all of three things: fresh, flavorful and innovative. The service is helpful, and polite with just the right amount of suggestion. The resataurant is a little on the loud side, but the food is so good, the noice rarely bothers us!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Perfect. Loved every part of the experience. Thank you so much for one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We had an excellent dinner both service and food was fantastic, would return again when visiting Chicago!

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Probably the noisiest restaurant I have ever been to. Food and service was ok.
The top noise level in a Oktoberfest Bierzelt when the band is in full swing is much lower.
Nevertheless the restaurant was full - so check yourself, it might just be us...

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Always a solid meal. Well prepared interesting and fresh foods

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