The Publican

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

41 Reviews
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

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
99
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
4.89%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
46
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 99
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visited with my girlfriend for our 4th anniversary dinner in July 2011.

VIBE: pristine and modern decor with beautiful lighting and a comfortable, medium-sized bar. An L-shaped communal table occupies the middle of the restaurant with two-seater "horse stall" booths off to the left and assorted tables adjacent to the patio. Crowd is upscale yuppy and all of the staff wear uniforms. We enjoyed marveling at the breathtaking ambience of this high-end American eatery while eating our meal.

SERVICE: we received impeccable treatment from a young and knowledgeable waiter. He briefly described every single dish on the menu, including portion sizes, and was quite helpful with his recommendations. At one point he brought a plate to the table that we didn't ask for (he thought we did), but he quickly assured us that we wouldn't be charged for it and he apologized for the mistake. I left a 25% tip because we were so thoroughly impressed with the service.

SELECTION: the draught lineup was chock-full of rarities such as Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier, Porterhouse Wrasslers XXXX Stout, and The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel. Throughout our four course dinner, I had a Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow DIPA, Lagunitas Zephyr, and Mikkeller Draft Bear on tap and a Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster DIPA out of the bottle. These beers were among the best that I sampled on our trip to Chicago, and they nicely complimented the hearty food. Much to my relief, the lady loved the wine that she ordered.

FOOD: unbelievable cuisine for surprisingly good prices. We split the Three Hams plate, Market Salad, a delicious fish entree, and a chocolate meringue pie for dessert. All four dishes tasted phenomenal with immaculate presentation. Truly superb fare.

OVERALL: I'm glad we chose this spot for our special occasion. We had a lovely time here and will definitely return in the future. The Publican is an exemplary model of sophisticated dining matched with fine beer, and I highly recommend it to beer geeks and foodies alike.

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Photo of Dmcdonald33013
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What a great hang out, beer selection, food.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

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%

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