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Stine (186) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 7, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Very brightly lit, extravagantly designed place with a distinctly high-society feel, and most everything else about this restaurant also reflects this. The unconventional bar is made up of dining-style seating that is low to the ground, while the bartender serves you from what feels like two steps above. Though this to me was very awkward and uncomfortable, the service was excellent. The beer selection is solid, and the prices are of course high. Given the meat-centric foundation of the place, it was fun to be surprised by the incredible creativity and quality of the vegetarian dishes here. That they cannot offer a comfortable bar experience for my preference is my only issue with this phenomenal restaurant.
mikem409 (246) bloomfield, Michigan | January 1, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
very pricy beer but a high quality list. food is also pricey. very busy and loud.
Tmoney99 (509) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 4, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
ben4321 (341) Hoboken, New Jersey | July 9, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really great food goes along with a pretty darn nice draft list here. We really enjoyed our visit. Reservations are recommended. Prices arenít great, but I didnít think they were terrible either. Pretty much what I expected.
Lothore (71) California | June 1, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
After waiting about 45 minutes in the lobby, I realized they had forgotten about me. Once I got seated at the bar, the service was tremendous. The bartender not only was helpful but gave me lots of tasters including a couple beers that werenít even on the tap list. The food was excellent and the building itself was beautiful. Large, solid wood chairs, hard wood tables, excellent aesthetic.
ryanfolty (218) Bourbon County, Minnesota | November 14, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Hung out here with my boy Chino last night. The place was packed and it was Wednesday night. John Cusack was sitting 20 feet away from us, so that was cool. My buddy taking his picture with his flash on was lame, but we got a good laugh. Beer list was solid, but expensive. GI Gillian bottle for $65, really? Food was amazing.
drdisque (47) Illinois | August 30, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
Initially brought me the wrong beer and waiter disappeared. However, rest of waitstaff seemed to be working hard and had a cicerone there when I was there even though I didnít speak to her. Food was excellent and creative, although expensive. Seating was more cramped and crowded feeling than it looks in photos. High quality beer list but not much I hadnít had before. Some of the best beers of Europe, but again, if your a serious beer geek you probably wonít find anything new. They do offer their own lambic blend which I found interesting, although I did not try it (too pricey and not a huge lambic fan).
dinkle50 (77) Chicago, Illinois | April 7, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Popped in here for dinner on a Saturday night. Dinner was extremely good. The food here does not disappoint. Interesting dishes and excellent waitstaff. Lots of bottles with 10 or so draft selections. Iíll be back for sure.
SPDickerman (95) Texas | March 29, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really interesting place. Good waitstaff, though not fantastic. Excellent house blended lambic. Lots of bottles. All a little pricey, but overall, fantastic place.
fluffheady (109) Chicago, Illinois | January 13, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
The food at Publican is incredible. You must get the pork rinds. It is an upscale restaurant, so donít come here if you want to sit at a bar and drink cheap drafts (which is fine! this just isnít the place). What I appreciate the most, besides a really thoughtful beer list, is the training of the servers. I offhandedly pointed out to the server that Jolly Pumpkin was listed as being from somewhere out east, but itís from Michigan. She became wide eyed and said "oh my god, youíre so right! give me that menu!" and she ran it over to her manager. This place isnít known as a destination for beer, but they are an upscale restaurant that respects the hell out of beer. You can please your significant other if they donít like beer, and have a great time yourself. Also, this is the only upscale restaurant Iíve seen where a guy ordered a boot of beer, stood up, and the ENTIRE restaurant chanted him to completion. Iíve been here a few times, and that isnít a regular thing, but it didnít feel that out of place either.
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