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The Publican

#62 of 7,551 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West Loop
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837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607-1318 (Fulton/Green St.)
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Open now
All 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
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

They have a variety of cheeses and sausage you won't find just anywhere. The corned beef is simple and delicious. They sell steaks and fresh breads and have a wall of sauces and condiments for every Interest. Wish we had tried the sandwiches. Need to go back for that. The staff is friendly especially Ryan.

Olympia, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Hard to imagine a better place to enjoy fish, pork and great beverages. Well conceived and expertly delivered. A reservation is a must. But totally worth it. Staff is superior. Food is creativity prepared. Casual and fun.

Thank Mike M
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Publican offers a unique dining experience in Chicago. Featuring pork dishes and seafood dishes. Great Oysters for starters. The dishes are designed to be shared among your dining party allowing each person to try the unique delicious creations. If you are a mushroom fan make sure to try the wild mushroom. The farm chicken is also fantastic.

Thank marchuk
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I started with the honey crisp apple salad--just the right combination of FRESH ingredients and a very light, delicate dressing. We had fish and duck and it was excellent. Fish was perfectly cooked with a light coating on top and a hint of flavors. The duck was tender. Both dishes were seasoned just right. Left feeling like I had eaten... More 

Thank Michelle M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the decor, table seating arrangements, wait staff, menu, beer and cocktail selection to the tapas and larger courses it is EXCELLENT. If you are adventurous with food, you should go. Not your everyday run of the mill restaurant.

Thank Richard P
Laguna Beach
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149 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dinner at the Publican was good. Good waitstaff, but I would have pause on returning. 1. VERY LOUD. Hard surfaces and lots of people in an open space make it deafening. If you want to have a conversation with your fellow diners, this is not the place. 2. The ONLY want to serve family style, meaning the dishes are placed... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You need to be prepared to share a common table and close proximity with your neighbours. The ambience is nice but extremely noisy: you need to shout to be heard from the person in front of you. And there is barely room to place your phone or guidebook. If you don't mind all the above you can start thinking about... More 

Thank Michele M
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A group of chefs were off to a dinner and found ourselves at this "free-style" eatery: snugged onto a large table and seated between other guests. The tapas style menu is extensive and -typically to our trade - we ordered the chefs-choice. I can't recall the titles of each dish but it was plenty and some of the first and... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is great as it is at the Fulton location. Had the fish sandwich and my S.O. had the burger. Waitress said would you like fries, vegetables or a side salad. The menu did not indicate what the sandwiches came with and at about $16 each should have come with something. We both asked for the side salad and she... More 

Thank John V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great night here eating some delicious fare. This place offers some really exciting cuts of meat, very flavorsome. Loved the smoked chorizo, the braised beef and also the oysters which I stole from my wife´s plate, very fresh and delicious.

Thank Jakeclayton8686

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607-1318
    (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

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  • 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.
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