The Publican

4.7
6042 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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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.
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Private party contact
Kirsten Trelenberg: (312) 496-0012
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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.
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.
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4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A modern cuisine with the adequate number of choices but nothing extraordinary that you expect more and more from the Chicago food district. The charcuterie was the least memorable, uninspired selection and originality. Belgian endive salad on the other hand was excellent and quite refreshing. Oysters were served in the middle (not sure it is best order) and all 6 were of different type which makes it as interesting tasting exercise. And finally a pork shank which we shared was cooked to perfection.

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SR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The servers are always great and very knowledgeable about the menu. I always have a good meal here!

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J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is lively and bustling. The kitchen is producing high quality dishes with spot on flavor combinations. Order the whole chicken and go for a dessert.

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dining experience. The food was fabulous with just enough to raise your senses but not too much to weigh you down. We ate on the early side of a Saturday night (5:30 rez) and left just as the noise level was going up; we were fine with that. Lovely meal, great service!

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner! My husband has food allergies, and they took great care of him. Wonderful food and great service!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great to go in groups and try different types of small plates

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MT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Had an enjoyable time. The service was a little slow, though.

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BK
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and try to visit whenever I am in Chicago.

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Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great beer list and food! Really enjoyable experience. Would highly recommend.

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London
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and amazing location.

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CC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

great for big groups and sharing for brunch. we ordered almost everything off the menu and everything tasted delicious. We always order the schnitzel. It never disappoints. We had friends from out of town and they love to eat here whenever they are in Chicago.

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HJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

SO loud! Food was okay

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

It was very very loud. I didn't understand why were we seated next to another couple when there were 30 open spots elsewhere. The food was fair for the price. It is expensive for small portions.
I would not need to go back, this was very disappointing. Even the beer was expensive.
If I am going to have 225$ dinner for my husband and I, I would like better food or bigger portions.
He had one beer and I had a beer and a class of wine. 225$ is off the hook cra cra.
Never Again

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their Seafood tower was AMAZING!!!

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Communal tables put people way too close to other parties; I was rubbing shoulders with the person to the left and I could clearly hear both of their conversations. Instead of trying to completely maximize profits other than that Publican is a great restaurant with a great beer selection as well as different I would definitely go back but would ask not to be sat at a communal table as they do have other seating options

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AC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! My husband and I love the Publican

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AR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took our college daughters here for brunch. They loved it! Food was great. Energy of the whole neighborhood is terrific.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Visiting my daughter at college. Was terrible.

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IR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The staff was not accommodating at all. Not pleasant waiters or hostesses.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our waiter was very knowledgeable on the food and helpful in giving suggestions. Everything we tried was delicious. I highly recommend the barbecued carrots and getting any type of pork or seafood dish. I will definitely be back!

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BM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always interesting and unique food. Some things seemed a bit overly salty and over seasoned (barbecue carrots) this time, but none the less we had a fun dinner and experience. The cherry dessert wine finished in cognac casks was amazing!

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a good place to try once,but I am not sure I would return.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent fun place. You have to love meat. Although we had the chefs choice and the mackerel was probably the best dish. Jake was also good. Waiters are knowledgeable and attentive. A little loud and many seats are family style.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We opted for the Chef’s Menu, which I highly recommend. It is certainly the best value, and gives you a wide range of interesting and delicious plates to share. It is also plenty of food - we were all stuffed by the end. The only disappointment was the dessert, which was a Banana Sundae with caramel and pastry bites. It was still delicious, but fell flat relative to all of the other wonderful and unique dishes we had throughout the dinner.
Service was excellent and the somewhat medieval dining hall ambience is fun and energetic, especially for a big group. It does get quite loud, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for a first date or anything similar.

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MK
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and extremely well prepared, we liked it so much we bought cook books! The staff was also very helpful and offered to ship us the cook books when they realized they were out of stock. They went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful dining experience and we most certainly did! I would recommend The Publican to anyone in Chicago looking for some wonderful food brought to you by wonderful people.

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n
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in town to meet up with my cousin and catch up. The Publican was recommended by a friend. The place is nice, the food was amazing and the service was great. Only problem was the music and people having to yell to be heard over it. It really made conversation hard. I would recommend it for the food, but if you want to have a group brunch, go to eat, not to socialize.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my wife’s sixth birthday and I had invited our adult children. My wife’s and I have visited the restaurant before and we wanted to let the kids have a great experience. Which we all did.
The noise level unfortunately was on the extreme side.

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AM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal! Their brunch menu is so creative, innovative and perfectly executed. The service was just as amazing!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The BLT breakfast sandwich was soggy and was left un eaten. The hash browns where completely dry and crisp all the way through. The coffee was good, the service was great. It was way too loud.

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GT
St. Louis
52 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit noisy for my taste but fun. The food was great. I highly recommend the pecan sticky bun. Our server was very knowldgeable and his recommendations were spot on. Ive already recommended this place to my son.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and over all vibe was excellent! Way too noisy though. Could not hear our waitress at all and as a first time customer, this is so important since I ask for recommendations on food and drink choices.

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TH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to The Publican and we loved it! We were celebrating our Anniversary. The staff made a point of noting our occasion and celebrating with us making our day even more special.
The food was outstanding as usual - the mackerel was amazing, the beet root salad, the hams, the deconstructed banana pie, the porchetta, it was all excellent.

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AM
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Great place to share your entrees. Also good place to try new things!

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CH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was fabulous! The service was super slow and it was moderately crowded. They were out of two main dishes for brunch and took a while to come back and tell us. One main dish came out about 15 min after the others so 6 of 7 had their meals and were waiting for the 7th. The music was sooooo loud that we couldn’t talk to the person on the side or across the table without shouting. I usually love the back ground music combined with the food hall conversation in the back ground but this was exceptionally loud.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Muy mal servicio y. Calidad de alimentos! Demasiado ruido

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CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch. I would recommend getting a side of bacon with any dish you have. Bloody Mary's are spicy FYI.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Relatively poor service compared to past visits. Food was fantastic, though.

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SL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had to eat was amazing. Service was great and drinks were good. It is pretty loud in the restaurant so it wouldn’t be my first choice for a romantic date night but it was the best meal we had in Chicago!

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O
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great small plates options. You have to try the carrots. Exceptional.

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ER
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious! Two of us did the Chef's Menu together. We loved everything except the grilled rapini, which had a smokey, cigar-like flavor that we weren't fond of. The rapini that came on the striped bass plate was delicious though. We particularly loved the Trappist beers, porchetta, and the banana split dessert. For two people, the Chef's Menu was A TON of food. Probably enough to feed 3-4 people so come hungry if you plan on doing that. Overall it was a great experience!

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