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The Publican

837 West Fulton Market
Chicago, Illinois United States 60607
restaurant  4.4/5.0 34 reviews
M-Th 3:30p-11:30p; Fr-Sat 3:30p-12:30a; Su 5p-10p

Taps: 13 | Bottles: 80
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
crossovert  (143) Chicago, Illinois | January 22, 2018
Odd bar setup. Only was here once for beer, they have their own lambic blend from lindemans. That is about it, smaller selection, ive heard the food is decent. Put it this way unless you are hunting for a rare lambic tick it isn’t a place to come drink. Went again just for brunch. Beer is blatantly overpriced here. The food is good but severely lacking in greens and vegetable fats. The oysters are good and fresh. Quick service. Only other complaint here is the busser at the expedition station kept picking her hair ears and armpits in plain sight without washing hands or using gloves. Now I work in the industry and I know this is common I just found it interesting because she was the most visible person in the kitchen and they also decided to sit me at the perfect seat to watch the kitchen. Anyways she didn't touch any of my plates or toast so that's cool I guess.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Boutip  (97) Gatineau, Quebec | May 28, 2016
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.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Luvystypotables  (176) Virginia Beach, Virginia | October 14, 2015
Nice selection with some unique and interesting beer. Good food and good service.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Stine  (259) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 7, 2015
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.
68
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
mikem409  (251) bloomfield, Michigan | January 1, 2015
very pricy beer but a high quality list. food is also pricey. very busy and loud.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99  (659) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 4, 2014
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ben4321  (507) 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 aren’t great, but I didn’t think they were terrible either. Pretty much what I expected.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Lothore  (75) California | June 1, 2014
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 weren’t even on the tap list. The food was excellent and the building itself was beautiful. Large, solid wood chairs, hard wood tables, excellent aesthetic.
80
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty  (247) Bourbon County, Minnesota | November 14, 2013
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.
66
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
drdisque  (58) Illinois | August 30, 2013
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 didn’t 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 hadn’t had before. Some of the best beers of Europe, but again, if your a serious beer geek you probably won’t 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).

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