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The Publican

#292 of 8,461 Restaurants in Chicago
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837 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (Fulton/Green St.)
#8 Halsted Bus, exit on Fulton Market Stop. 3 blocks east of Morgan Green/Pink Line stop.
3127339555
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3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups
Local cuisine

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  • 227
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    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 17
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Swine feast

If you like pork and pork products, most of the menu at this place is comprised of pork products. I had the Pork Belly Bim Bop and it was amazing. The next time I went there, they didn't have it. That is kind of a bitter sweet thing as they keep changing the menu every couple of weeks to keep... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Whoseyn
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Chicago, Illinois
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Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you like pork and pork products, most of the menu at this place is comprised of pork products. I had the Pork Belly Bim Bop and it was amazing. The next time I went there, they didn't have it. That is kind of a bitter sweet thing as they keep changing the menu every couple of weeks to keep... More 

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Hingham, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Had a great experience at the Publican recently. The atmosphere is casual yet efficient. Service was very knowledgeable and not too pushy. Our waiter suggested an appropriate amount. The wide variety of food choices and family/tapas style led to a leisurely and pleasant meal. I am glad we went!

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I knew about the communal tables and didn't really mind them, other than they were very tightly packed. Could have used just a bit more elbow room. We saw many people request other tables and move to individual seating. The food was good, four people shared 6 items and it was plenty. The charcuterie plate was a great sampler with... More 

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Illinois
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41 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This place was so good! Our party of 4 adults and a 7yo arrived early for an 8pm reservation. We stood reading the extensive beer menu for a few minutes at a standing table at the center of the restaurant when we were told that a table had become available. We were seated and ordered drinks as we reviewed the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I should have started with dessert and gone backwards because I didn't have enough room left to truly enjoy it!! The Beer menu is extensive and that could have been the dinner. The meal was superb and the staff wa incredibly friendly.

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Austin, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The food is inventive and delicious. The layout of the restaurant is interesting. It's almost medieval-like with the community tables and closed (stall-like) booths. I do enjoy restaurants that encourage customers to order several dishes and to share them. It's a bit on the pricey side, but it comes with the territory.

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Stopped by here for the first time last week and I will be back. 2 blks North of Lake and a few blks West of Halsted, right downtown and what a great staff, choices and enough sausages for any occasion. I treated myself to 6 types of sausage and all have been excellent from Boudin to Snail all good bites.

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

OVERRATED SUCKLING pig was so tough, I have to check if I was using the right side of the knife Grilled artichokes had more potatoes than artichokes Definitely not worth the price

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is definitely a place I would recommend. It's not cheap but we all thought well within reason for what you're getting. The food is so unique (blood sausage, fried pork rinds) and oh so good. We sat at a separate table for the 5 of us but the communal tables and stand up tables seemed very interesting. The food... More 

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Naples, Fl.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Country ribs were a blob of fat with streaks of meat. Sea bream was tasteless and cold by the time the server finished deboning. We had to beg for our table of five to sit where we could converse. Walked out hungry after spending over $200. Only high spot, the bread is homemade and superb.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 837 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
    (Fulton/Green St.)
  • Public Transportation: #8 Halsted Bus, exit on Fulton Market Stop. 3 blocks east of Morgan Green/Pink Line stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 3127339555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?