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The Publican

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
98
world-class

41 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
97
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
5.11%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
46
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
The PublicanThe Publican
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-1318
United States

(312) 733-9555 | map
thepublicanrestaurant.com

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Added by rhoadsrage on 11-26-2008

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 97
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The Publican is a solid restaraunt that happens to have a decent selection of beer. the place looks like an old Norse dining hall that was transplanted to the West Loop, with new finishes and updated glassware and utensils. that being said, the food is exceptional and the beers are very inteligently chosen.

atmosphere is upscale restaraunt meets the aformentioned old Norse hall. bold and strong wooden furniture throughout, all medium toned with just-as-bold heavy wooden tap handles at the bar. booths along the far wall close off into their own spaces, which gives a cozy and private dining experience while still being a part of the overall space.

service and quality are near-perfect. artisan dining with great beers. focus of the menu is on pork and other meat dishes, with a good beer list of around ten taps and around 75 or so bottles. everything is a bit pricey, but the quality makes up for the price difference.

food is quite good. pork is definitely the focus, but all the food seen and tried was great.

overall, the Publican is an excellent restaraunt in the West Loop; the only complaint is the location, without too much around except for the street markets that close their doors mid-afternoon. that being said, once inside the patrons are transported to old Scandinavia. an excellent stop for those in the downtown area of Chicago. cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Superb restaurant located on the west side of the Loop. Super décor with large wooden table, close booth and plenty of standing room with an open view on the kitchen. Beer selection isn’t the largest but very beer is well chosen and fresh Lindemans lambic is quite the treat. The food is just about incredible with some of the best chicken and fried I have had the chance to eat. Waiter are super nice and they know their menus.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.59/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of wdberkley
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mojiboo02
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Clutch5
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of djgoodwi
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of pagriley
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -2%
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 +4.2%
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 -15.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Ken134
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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