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The Publican

#85 of 7,676 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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121 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

One of our family members lives in Chicago and picked this place for all of us. What a great choice! It's a very casual place and you sit at primarily long tables. There are smaller tables if you'd rather. Very unique menu items, primarily small plates for sharing - they're huge and plentiful. Since it was 6 people, we tried... More 

Thank Bankerwon
Dallas TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with my wife for a late Friday dinner. Place was LOUD, so we could barely speak to each other. And while I understood it was communal dining, I didn't understand the extreme proximity to others (elbows basically touching). Service was slow and pacing was just off, though maybe that is a "feature" and not a "bug" given the... More 

Thank texguy32
Chicago, Illinois
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Long communal tables and 'pens' for smaller groups. Charcuterie plate makes a good starter and the pork ribs are straight from heaven.

Thank hanlievanwyk
Laguna Niguel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love restaurants that seat you at the exact time of your reservation! Four of us ordered 6 dishes to be shared and they were all outstanding. Definitely a place to order pork and seafood dishes. We began with an amazing broccolini item and a wonderful Brussel sprouts side dish. We ordered a tasting of all 3 hams and half... More 

Thank ElaineLagunaNiguel
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't care for it at all. It was too noisy and too crowded for me. It was also a real yuppie crowd. Didn't even bother to stay.

Thank bronxgirl2016
Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious brunch, wait is long even with reservations but well worth it. Favorites: pork shoulder, French toast with raspberry compote, sausage and bacon pancakes. Loud, bright open space, lovely for a family brunch!

Thank lectu
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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291 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of friends ate at Publican for my wife's birthday. We had recently found out she was pregnant and they altered the tasting menu for us so she could enjoy every course. We loved everything they served, and they paired beers with each course for us. There was SO MUCH FOOD. Everything was great. Dessert was crazy, including an... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Disappointing. On the good side, the salads/first courses were very fresh and tasty, and we liked the privacy of our dining "stall". The reasons we won't come back: The main courses were too salty; the courses were slammed at us--no sense of pacing; our waiter was brusque; the restaurant was uncomfortably loud. But what most ticked me off was that... More 

Thank LMDuchon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

We came to the city to visit to visit our son. He picked The Publican for dinner on Friday night. One word, WOW! Farm to table, local sourced. Small plates designed to be shared. Not cheap,but worth every cent. The chicken was the best I've ever had anywhere. Be sure to make a reservation.

Thank Joe C
Chicago, Illinois
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62 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

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 

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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
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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