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The Publican

#74 of 7,637 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
West Loop
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837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607-1318 (Fulton/Green St.)
+1 312-733-9555
15:30 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 15:30 - 22:30
Fri 15:30 - 23:30
Sat 10:00 - 23:30
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Chicago, Illinois
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133 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The concept of farm direct to table isn't new, Zingerman in Ann Arbor has been at it for a long time. I feel Publican food quality and taste is good but wasn't amaze or think they are any fresher than most other restaurants. I have eaten there few times, each time I come away not being impress and think I... More 

Thank Redshirts889
Lausanne, Switzerland
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133 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant theme is different as is the menu and I applaud their attempt to steer groups toward family style ordering and eating - why not try several dishes. But I found their menu a bit difficult with varying size portions. We over-ordered by a significant margin and it's not cheap.

1 Thank LausanneWanderer
Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic dining experience. Full of energy, rawness, and adventure and that's just the food!, It's michellin meets beer hall. I had the tasting menu, wonderful, after about 6 courses they realized they were giving me the 2-person portions, so I was well fed. I also met one of the managers who chatted abour the menu ( the... More 

1 Thank tjadolan
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit. It was recommended to us. These people also own the siena bar a block west. It was full so we came over to the Publican. Glad we did. It was less expensive, just as cool, and the bartenders were good and the atmospher was good. We'll certainly go back.

1 Thank WinamacBoiler
Dearborn, Michigan
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160 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, this place is absolutely amazing. Packed on a Monday night. Reservations a must. We decided on the nine course chef's choice. Didn't know what would come to the table. All was absolutely the best. Great service and fun evening.

Thank aphillips005
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After hearing about the Publican for years from friends, we finally decided to give it a shot. Overall, it did not disappoint. The broccolini came out first. The vegetables were fresh and with superb seasonings. We also had the wild mushroom dish, which was excellent. They were decadent and served on toast with I believe goat cheese. We tried one... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Warning: This is THE BEST restaurant I think I have been to all year. The service and staff is amazing and super helpful, strongly recommend making a reservation. This place is certainly worth it. The restaurant does a great job at preparing dishes to serve 2 people. Perfect. We started out with the tuna sampler (we tried all 3: light,... More 

Thank fithy07
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an amazing meal! I was a little concerned after reading reviews of the chef's tasting menu on other sites, but this experience was fantastic. The service the food were all top notch! We began our meal with oysters (which I don't often get) - they were outstanding!! Our next entree was fried sweet potatoes with candied nuts and... More 

Thank Susan M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My girlfriend took me there to celebrate my birthday. The small plate options are great for trying a variety of dishes, even for 2 people. We shared the barbecue carrots, avocado salad,farm chicken and half taste of a ham. All were excellent - with robust flavor and cooked to perfection. For dessert I had brown sugar pavlova as a birthday... More 

Thank Skipastone
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79 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

REALLY enjoyed the Publican. It's expensive, but this local farm restaurant with innovative dishes was an excellent experience. I'm very happy that our group had a more expanded pallet and encouraged me to try a variety of dishes - they were all expertly created with delectable flavor - loved them! Fine alcohol is also a staple, and we had a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
15:30 - 22:30
15:30 - 22:30
15:30 - 22:30
15:30 - 22:30
15:30 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607-1318
    (Fulton/Green St.)
  • Public Transportation: #8 Halsted Bus, exit on Fulton Market Stop. 3 blocks east of Morgan Green/Pink Line stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighbourhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-733-9555

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighbourhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.
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