The Publican | Chicago, Illinois
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The Publican
Excellent based on 28 ratings
Type: Restaurant

837 West Fulton Market
Chicago, Illinois United States 60607 [ print map ]
312 733 9555 | twitter

Hours: M-Th 3:30p-11:30p; Fr-Sat 3:30p-12:30a; Su 5p-10p

Mayor: ben4321 (2) | Taps: 13 | Bottles: 80

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Beer Available At The Publican (arranged by most recent)
5 Rabbit 5 Lizard 68, Anderson Valley Highway 128 The Kimmie, The Yink, and the Holy Gose 92, Saison Dupont Vieille Provision 99, 3 Sheeps Really Cool Waterslides IPA 92, Goose Island Madame Rose 99, NÝgne ō / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter 99, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietorís 2013 100, Off Color Scurry 83, NÝgne ō Two Captains Double IPA 99
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28 reviews for The Publican
 Ambiance  84%
 Service  78%
 Selection  75%
 Food  85%
 Value  52%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  88%
Rating Distribution

3fourths  (1322) Boulder, Colorado | July 5, 2012
friday-night visit with reservations, it actually wasnít full but still busy and quite loud. itís definitely a food-first destination, with about a dozen taps that range from common to those rarely seen elsewhere, and the list appears to be selected with food in mind. food quality was certainly good but not what I would call great (for Chicago).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog  (744) Glenville, Pennsylvania | May 10, 2010
May 2010. Visited on a very busy Friday night. No surprise -- no table available "for about an hour and a half." We were at least able to secure a spot at one of their few stand-up high-tops, where we could peruse the very unique draft and bottle list. We didnít get a chance to eat much more than a little snack, which was good, if enormously overpriced. All in all, our impression of this place was a little pretentious. Not sure Iíd go out of my to go back, except maybe just for a beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
BVery  (448) Burnsville, Minnesota | December 7, 2011
Visited here on Dec. 6, 2011. Fun spot in downtown Chicago. Trendy vibe, excellent service. Nice beer selection, although the prices arenít exactly on the "excellent value" side. Food was very good as well.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34  (438) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
I finally made it out to Publican, a Friday night for drinks and snacks. A typical West Loop joint, meaning modern looking, new and clean, wide open space with adjoined tables. Cool place for having dinner probably not exactly what I want out of a place for drinks. The booths are awesome though as they basically look you in with wooden doors like your in a horse stall...The beer list is organized pretty good, draught then countries and styles. About 10 draft and probably 50 or so bottles. The selection is pretty decent, a lot of base staples, some stuff Iíve not seen before. Fluxus on tap is nice. The service was decent, talked to 2 people new basic beer stuff and things about the beers available, suggestions were not spot on...The snacks we had were good, nothing special though. The fries were very disappointing, guess I was expecting something Belgianesque. It was not crowded at all for Friday, making me wonder why its impossible to get reservations. Way too expensive for the beer and good. A cool place to go, would go here for dinner for a special occasion because they have decent beer but I wouldnít come back to just drink. Paramount room is close enough, if downtown head there for cheaper beer with similar quality.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones  (308) Buffalo, New York | June 16, 2010
Great food, great atmosphere, solid draft list (Stone OG, DDC Penombre, GI Sofie & Matilda, Cantillon Vigneronne) gREAT BOTTLE LIST. fOOD WAS HIGH END & VERY GOOD. Real nice place, higher end dress/ a must for foodies
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan  (279) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | January 9, 2013
Charcuterie place with a very cool vibe. Awesome paintings of giant characterful pigs, booth seating that amounts to a miniature fenced-in stable or paddock for your party, while the central floor boasts common tables of enormous length to share with fellow diners. The food was, without exeption, excellent. Probably the best pork belly weíve had (certainly the most generous portion!). Beef heart was also a standout. Our server knew his stuff and was spot-on. Beers were top quality, with a few Three Flloyds to choose from (including Zombie Dust , Snow Weasel, and Alpha Klaus). Just a great great evening! Would return in a heartbeat.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321  (268) Hoboken, New Jersey | July 9, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
cratez  (222) Toronto, Ontario | September 11, 2011| Updated December 28, 2013
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 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 didnít ask for (he thought we did), but he quickly assured us that we wouldnít 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: Iím 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel  (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 9, 2010
Probably one of the best restaurants in Chicago, and the fact that they carry an extensive beer list of gems is pretty awesome. If you like rustic farm to table food, definitely hit this place up.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16  (208) Naperville, Illinois | April 5, 2009| Updated March 31, 2010
Great restaurant. Menu is focused on fresh and regionally sourced food broken in to categories for oysters, fish, meat and vegetables. Service was really good with the waiter helping us guide our food choices and he was knowledgeable about all of the beers I asked about. Some beers are overpriced but others seemed reasonable. The food is excellent and well prepared. Beer list is good and variable but represents a good range of styles from English Bitters to Lambics. Value is entirely subjective but for the quality of food and beer here Iíd say it seems just about right, even if some of the bottled beer prices are beyond what I would pay there are plenty of realy high quality draught and bottled option that wonít break the bank.

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