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The Publican

Not Rated.
The PublicanThe Publican
BA SCORE
98
world-class

40 Reviews
Reviews: 40
Visits: 95
Avg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 46
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-1318
United States
phone: (312) 733-9555 | map
thepublicanrestaurant.com

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Place added by: rhoadsrage on 11-26-2008

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Reviews: 40 | Visits: 95
Reviews by GoldenVIKE:
Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the best "gastro pub" in Chicago if not the world. They have an incredible selection of meats and organ meats, and all are prepared, cooked, and served masterfully. The sweet breads is my personal favorite. Unreal.

Then there's the beer list. They've got hundreds of craft brews available including many on tap. You can even order hard to find brews like Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout and Founder's Breakfast Stout--of course you have to pay a heavy price for beers like that, like $45 for a bottle for example.

My only beef with this place is that I don't really care for the atmosphere. It sort of feels like a cafeteria due to the high ceilings, open rectangular room, and long bench tables. I know that's what they're going for, but it makes the place a bit loud and crowded feeling. This place would be even better if it felt more like a tavern.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rcjennings
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of wdberkley
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This place is wonderful. Meats - and high quality ones shine and only improve when paired with one of their extensive beers. Seating is a little strange if you don't know what you're walking into.

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Photo of barleywin
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

This place is tremendous. The European-style beer hall vibe is great and the food is really excellent. Tap and bottle list is not super-extensive, but what is on there is great. If you are in Chicago, don't miss dinner at the Publican.

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Photo of JoeMans
4.85/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mojiboo02
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Clutch5
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Amazing food and amazing selection of brews. Great place for any occasion!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of djgoodwi
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of beinerso
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of pagriley
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

just okay. beer menu was interesting, but nothing really exciting, food was sub-par.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

First class food here at The Publican - this is somewhere for meat lovers, as you might expect from the name. Tucked away on a slightly less busy part of the booming West Loop neighborhood. Excellent beer offerings, that often provide a great balance to the very extensive food choices. Their drink menu changes often and is picked to reflect the menu, though some standbys such as their 'house' lambic tend to remain. Consistently top class.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First of all I am one of those foody's so am picky about food. First of all this is a very fun vibe with the communal tables and Pig photos and wood everywhere. Nice noise level and unpretentious servers with excellent beer knowledge. Very solid list of locals and imports/regionals with BCBS available by the bottle. Food is very good overall with some dishes rating "excellent". My vegetarian wife was happy with the big selection of fish and vegetable dishes. Must try the pork rinds. I had their collab sour for a starter with oysters - excellent way to begin, followed by a 4 Winds Rye IPA and then an Biscotti Break (on tap no less) with dessert. Don't miss this place if in the windy city!

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Photo of saemick
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Ken134
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of wellsnb
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

My favorite mid-tier beer and food place in Chicago.

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The Publican in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.