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The Publican

New American Restaurant and Gastropub$$$$
Fulton Market, Chicago
349 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • lively
  • pork
  • trendy
  • brunch food
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 7, 2016
    The Publican is known for serving the best ceviche in the city! Their sliced raw fish is lightly sprinkled with citrus juice and olive oil then arranged with pieces of grapefruit, avocado, and chile. Read more
    Upvoted Jun 2
  • Mary A.
    Mary AlesandriniMay 30, 2016
    9.5/8 - Explosion of flavors. An attack on your senses. Come with a group to try all of the different types of pork, served family style. Well priced for trendy dining.
  • C R.
    C ReyFebruary 14, 2016
    Ah. May. Zing. Came for brunch and left with a smile on my face. Spicy house made Bloody Mary was legit! Had the crab scramble, sirloin and pork shoulder. Absolutely exquisite. Reservations preferred.
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 15, 2015
    "From its large selection of oysters, to its grand, three-tiered seafood tower and aged ham with goat butter and peasant bread, there'€™s munching of all kinds." -Gayot, one of our featured reviewers Read more
  • Ghostly International
    Ghostly InternationalAugust 8, 2011
    Nearly impossible to go wrong with the Red Wine Poached Egg (with sides of Prosciutto and Arugula) and a Mint Julep. We'd venture to say this is travel-from-another-state-worthy.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 31, 2013
    Start with some fresh oysters from the east coast, then try the maple sausage corn dog, rock crab scramble, or duck confit. And as always, don’t forget the popular syrup-braised pub bacon.
  • Ariana V.
    Ariana VoyerApril 30, 2017
    Unpretentious yet high quality food/flavor. Loved the fried broccolini with a light tempura batter & fried cheese. The soft shell crab and cuttlefish ink pasta were 👍🏻. Can't go wrong w/ anything!
    ✞CONSTANTINE ✞March 27, 2014
    I ate at this restaurant with three friends on Saturday night. The food was outstanding from start to finish. The charcuterie plate was incredible, as was the porchetta.. Don't miss the BBQ carrots...
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsOctober 16, 2012
    Platters of gleaming, fresh oysters, piles of juicy porchetta and a ribeye steak dry-aged for 60 days are extraordinary, and even better paired with beers from Publican’s world-class beer list. Read more
  • Brian S.
    It’s hard to overstate how good this place is. Place yourself in their competent hands and go with the super-reasonable tasting menu at $65. Pork Rillette, Cajun Sausage were standouts. Beer me!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinApril 11, 2013
    Great oysters, pork belly, steak, and other meats. Beer list and service are top notch. Can be loud and crowded. Sneak a drink in at aviary before or after.
  • Suli C.
    Suli ChongApril 15, 2013
    Great brunch place although waits are understandably long. Had the braised lamb which was excellent but hands down, the best thing on the menu was their maple syrup-braised bacon!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    For the city’s best oysters and aged charcuterie, head to Paul Kahan’s buzzy restaurant, the Publican. Across the street, his just-opened butcher shop serves a killer barbecued veal brisket sandwich.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 16, 2016
    The Publican — the crowning achievement of Paul Kahan’s One Off Hospitality Group — is one affirming interpretation of the percolating cuisine of late. Read more
  • Suzanne E.
    Suzanne EL-MoursiOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Every single visit confirms to me why this place has won a few James Beard Awards! Deliciousness all around! The scrambles and alone poached egg dishes are excellent. Brioche French Toast is to die 4
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SApril 12, 2016
    WOW. Really great food and impeccable service. We got the taste of 3 hams which was phenomenal as was the brussel sprout salad. The pork belly was great, a little sweet. Semi-small entree portions
  • Adam S.
    Adam StevensJune 1, 2014
    Had the oysters, pork rinds, ham sampler, pork belly, porchetta, half chicken and pain perdu. Memorable by far was the pork "crunchtastic" rinds, pork belly is incredible and the porchetta is unreal.
  • Holly M.
    Holly MooreDecember 17, 2013
    With clients last night and had a fun time sharing lots of amazing dishes. Big hits were the pate with lovely berry jam and amazing bread, the country rib - incredibly tender, and the suckling pig!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BMarch 9, 2013
    Decadent and so tasty, the chicken liver pate is a must! Recommend the farm chicken with fries (soaked in chicken fat) and the perfectly cooked pork belly. This place is a must for any meat lover!
  • ブルーノ
    ブルーノJune 6, 2017
    Stopped by for Sunday brunch and The Publican did not disappoint me. Good food and cocktails in a great atmosphere. Loved the communal table!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneDecember 22, 2014
    With a focus on seafood and pork this gastropub won't disappoint. Make sure to try their charcuterie, farm chicken, or any of the seafood offerings. Read more
  • s p.
    s pJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    one of the best chicken dishes in the city. country ribs (more like pork chop), daily pickles, fried eggs & fries, brussel sprout salad. outstanding beer/wine selections. house made yogurt at brunch.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HorkOctober 12, 2013
    Stay for dinner, or stand near the bar area for a drink and snacks. Both are amazing, but keep an eye on the beer prices. Their curation of gems from far and wide can warrant hefty bills.
  • Kate L.
    Kate LeeJanuary 4, 2013
    Try different beers: they have good ones on draft. The half charcuterie plate and pork rillettes are great appetizers. The menu changes seasonally. Prepare to share plates. Save room for dessert.
  • Mitty C.
    Mitty ChangSeptember 29, 2014
    Great for large groups or small parties. Just make sure to make reservations, or else get here early. There is also standing tables in the bar area. Great food. Great service.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    An equal-opportunity bivalve supporter, as evidenced by its diverse bicoastal selection of oysters ($3 each; $15 for a half-dozen, $30 for a dozen) and briny clams on the half-shell ($2 each). Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 30, 2016
    Dishes constantly change but you can expect to find fresh oysters from the coast and items like crab scramble and chili-glazed pork shoulder. Read more
  • David G.
    David GeorgeSeptember 30, 2013
    The food was beyond good...I was slightly skeptical at first but once the waiter gave a recommendation I was more open. The duck and beef were phenomenal! Slightly pricey, but worth ever penny!
  • Christina
    ChristinaMay 21, 2016
    Amazing food! Get the meat dishes they are delicious and farm to table. Sirloin dish is super tender. Breads are also great and they are freshly made from their own bakery
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 28, 2012
    Paul Kahan blends lambic with white beer, candy sugar and spices (such as cardamom and microhops, or juniper and rosemary) in kegs once a week, and serves lambic doux in the shared jugs. Read more
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.October 5, 2013
    This place is a beer enthusiast's dream come true - the Devil's Reign is a sweet local brew. Go family style & share the Scrapple, Blood Sausage, & Country Pork Pate for drunch.
  • amy m.
    amy millerMay 28, 2014
    Omg!! The bacon (pork belly) is AMAZING!! In also had the fries with egg and pecan roll. Everything was delicious! My bloody Mary was a.little too spicy for my liking.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 24, 2017
    Paul Kahan defines the twenty-first century beer hall, serving a raucous excess of craft brews, oysters, and pork. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    Diners come here for three things: to sample the massive list of brews, to taste impeccable charcuterie and oysters or to begin their Sundays with arguably the best brunch in town. Read more
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveAugust 15, 2011
    A mammoth communal harvest table, packed with a crowd downing mugs of Belgian craft brews and eating blue–ribbon pig sourced from local farms, served nose–to–tail (try the slab of woody pork ribs)
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HMarch 30, 2013
    Pork rinds and the rillettes with peach jam are a must to start. Suckling pig has an amazing North African flavor with cumin, pomegranate seeds, and yellow beets.
  • PJ S.
    PJ SchultzJuly 12, 2011
    Do NOT be quick to brush off the frites. The fries are cooked just right and seasoned perfectly with great salty flavor. The aioli is a perfect aioli. Put them together - I feel like I'm in Amsterdam.
  • Phil W.
    Phil WatsonDecember 14, 2017
    The chef’s menu is the way to go. Something like 8-10 dishes + dessert makes for an amazing selection from one of the best kitchens in Chicago.
  • The Quest For Zest
    The Quest For ZestJune 14, 2012
    This small town Hoosier boy had his mind blown. We will return with larger appetites. Hard to give a recommendation as the menu changes by season. Go with an open mind and make bold decisions. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    The ingredients change around but the ingredients are always top notch. The fresh pasta is cooked perfectly, coated with whatever delicious meaty concoction of the moment. Read more
  • Christina B.
    Christina BowersJune 8, 2012
    Oysters are some of the best I've ever had - super fresh. Farmhouse chicken was tender and amazing - we got the half portion and the serving size was still very generous for the two of us.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    PQM will offer two burgers each month on Tuesdays: a standard Publican Burger ($10), as well as a rotating special burger that, in the future, may be conceived by guest chefs, I am told. Read more
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle ShafferJune 22, 2014
    Bloody Mary's are fantastic and come with a beer sidecar, but their coffee is wonderful, too... We can't come here for brunch and just get one beverage!
  • InterContinental Chicago
    InterContinental ChicagoSeptember 7, 2011
    Marvelous beer-focused restaurant. Eclectic menu with hearty farmhouse fare specializing in pork and seafood dishes - a lot of the prepared meats are cured in-house! Great communal seating too.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    Diners come here for three things: to sample the massive list of brews, to taste impeccable charcuterie and oysters or to begin their Sundays with arguably the best brunch in town.
  • Deandra T.
    Deandra TanMay 26, 2015
    Come with a group for maximum sampling of beers and plates alike. Pork rinds, grilled carrots, steak tartar, and falafel were all very, very tasty.
  • Andre M.
    Andre MikaOctober 28, 2011
    Go for the fresh fried pork skins... and enjoy it all. Maybe the best roast chicken I've had in my life. Match you meal with artisan beers from around the country.
  • Pedro F.
    Pedro FernandezMarch 27, 2011
    I know the Publican. I love the Publican. The Publican & I take long walks along the beach. But, stay away from pork rinds. They're good, but you can get better at Mex grocers & Don Pedro's in Pilsen
  • Eater
    EaterMay 6, 2016
    A few years in, Paul Kahan's temple to pork and shellfish remains strong, with chef Cosmo Goss taking over for Brian Huston in the kitchen. Read more
  • Heather M.
    Sunday brunch is ridiculously good. Had the waffle, red wine poached eggs And pork shoulder. Drink prices are crazy good. Best bloody mary Ive had outside of Louisiana.
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