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The Publican

#227 of 7,763 Restaurants in Chicago
#247 of 8,516 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
West Loop
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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 241
    Excellent
  • 140
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very interesting menu choices

Needed to be a bit patient at first with the service, but our waiter was attentive and took time to explore ingredients carefully with the chef, since my wife is a vegetarian. Food quite delicious but portions a bit large...which I never say usually. Overall pleased with our meal and service at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
DLG1111
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Needed to be a bit patient at first with the service, but our waiter was attentive and took time to explore ingredients carefully with the chef, since my wife is a vegetarian. Food quite delicious but portions a bit large...which I never say usually. Overall pleased with our meal and service at the Publican.

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Tacoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

My third visit, a must-stop when I'm in Chicago. Each dish we ordered was simple, focused. Yet, even with more complexed ones, the ingredients combined to bring out depth of flavors. Prime example was the couscous we had - the tiny grains flavored by the braised pork shoulder, duck confit, blood sausage and olives. May not be there on the... More 

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114 reviews 114 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I ate with a friend who is a foodie, so my opinion was verified. The setting and communal tables are friendly and fun. They were out of non-alcoholic beer, even though it was on the menu. We had sweet peas with yogurt and pita - very good. Next came chicken liver pate - great quality but overly seasoned with chili... More 

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San Francisco, California
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47 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Everything about this place was great except I personally didn't care for the communal tables. David, our server, was genuine and fun and enhanced our experience. I would return if we were able to reserve a private table.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We were there for the NRA show, decided to go last minute so no reservations, we were a group of 8 with a baby, servers nightmare you think, split up on 2 tables back to back, no biggie we were just happy to be able to seat and eat... our food was delicious we tried just about everything on the... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I know this is a meat centric place and their owner is a multi James Beard award winner (that helps!). My clients are serious carnivores; however, this place also remembers the vegetarians & pescatarians. English peas (I just liked ordering it!) outstanding. Avocado salad...with tahini!! Bread pudding...because my hips are just TOO small... Vacherin ( meringue, strawberries, whipped cream &... More 

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Lexington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This place was amazing. We were seated at the bar after 7 or so. We spent the day at Wrigley field so needless to say we may have been a bit under dressed in our jeans, but we weren't thrown out. We ordered the bbq chicken and the pork belly which were out of this world. We couldn't decide on... More 

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Vancouver, BC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

They have food. Real food not covered in salt! But really, the food is quite good here and you should give it a try if you are sick of the overly greasy salty mess that seems to be served up everywhere else. I actually didn't really care for the communal seating, but as the financial/lawyer types cleared out, some regular... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Publican is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. We have been several times to both breakfast and dinner, and we are always full and happy! The menu is always changing with the season, most dishes are meant to be shared with the table. Make sure your dining guests are carnivores, and find sharing plates and table space fun!... More 

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Collinsville, IL
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60 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

More snap brim fedoras than a thirties gangster movie. The restaurant is located in the meat packing district and it is a perfect fit. We had the chefs pick special dinner. The food was interesting and well presented but I would have killed for a green salad. It's a large noisy space and lit up like a hospital operating room.... More 

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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>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: 3127339555

Price and Cuisine

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

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Publican staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.