What Insiders Are Saying
The Publican is a Medieval styled mecca of all things beer, pork, and oysters. If that's not appealing, you can't sit with us.
Dinner at the Publican is spot on, but brunch is lacking in the service department. I think they aren’t used to timing main courses, as dinner is mostly shared plates. There were 5 of us dining and 2 were served and we waited 10 minutes before the rest of us received our food.
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This was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in quite a while. We visited on a Sunday morning around 10:15, it was not especially busy when we arrived. Our waitress talked to us two times during our entire meal- first to take our order and then, after we had eaten most of our meal to ask if we needed anything. When we ordered initially I mentioned that I intended to order a beer but was still deciding- no follow up visit so I could order a beer. The waitress visited the table next to us to take their order, did not glance at us. The waitress followed up with that same table when they received our food, she literally kept her back to us during this visit and did not turn around to check on us. I had to flag down a server to get ketchup for my son, to order more eggs for my son. The only bright spot was the server named Alex who did assist us and was extremely helpful. I sincerely hope that the Publican staff carried out my instructions to make sure he received the tip we left instead of our waitress.
The food was passable, but not overly impressive. I would have given the food a 3/5 rating. My "country ribs" consisted of 4 thin pieces of pork, One of which was too fatty to eat, plus some other components that were just ok. My wife enjoyed her avocado scramble. As noted before my 3.5 year old enjoyed his plain scrambled eggs. The beer list looks impressive, but alas I can't speak to whether it lives up to the expectations.
Brunch menu was innovative and our food was great. Pork belly was perfectly prepared and delicious. Johnnycake with perfectly scrambled eggs was very good. Service was attentive. Only less than stellar service was valet guy began to point us to car down the street so we could get ourselves but then thought better of it and got car. Was snowy day.
Visitors from out of town
Excellent food and service. Got Chef’s plate - lots of food, but a good way to go for first visit, plus they will box up any of the extras. Get to experience a wide variety of food.
Staff is great. They explain all the dishes when they bring them out which is fun to hear. Very different beer list. A large number of European beers, plus some very well selected domestic crafts.
Easily a top 5 meal I’ve ever had. The attention to detail with the food was immaculate, the service was flawless, etc. Could not recommend more strongly.
Food is very good to excellent. Depending on the dish. Unique menu/presentation, without being eccentric. Hams and oysters are top notch.
The service is as good as it gets! Superior!
A Home Run every time we go, and we live in northern Michigan.
From the welcoming Greeting to the fond farewell our visits have been delightful.
Enjoyed the happy hour prior to dinner...what fun! Fabulous oysters and martinis!
Food was excellent. We did the tasting menu and everything was amazing. Food came out at a good pace. Service was good. Water guy was eager to refill our cups for almost every drink we took. Noise level was insanely high. I couldn’t even hear the waitress or food runners. Great overall though. Definitely go back again sometime.
My girlfriend and I went to the Publican to celebrate my birthday and had a wonderful time. Our server, Gio, took great care of us and made the night really special. The chef's tasting menu was incredible.
I brought my niece, who was a college student visiting from UW-Eau Claire for dinner. We ordered the bread plate (couldn't pass it up), two vegetables: Celery dish and brussel sprouts (they were both amazing) and then two fish entrees: shrimp tagliatelle and salmon. Unfortunately, the shrimp dish had jalapeno peppers which meant I couldn't eat it but my niece liked it! Interestingly, I had asked the server if the shrimp dish was spicy and she said no....later we found out that the jalapenos were a surprise to all the servers! I guess the chef just decided to add them! The salmon dish looked appetizing but upon inspection, we found it terribly undercooked---pretty raw. The wait staff was very helpful and took it back for further cooking! We were very pleased with the service and would definitely return!!
I've been to brunch at the Publican three times now, and this was the most disappointing. Nothing was wrong with the food, but I was looking forward to trying two of the entrees listed on OpenTable, and then found out neither of them were available yesterday. I love that the Publican rotates their menu to keep things fresh, but in this case it was a bummer, given that I chose to dine here because I was craving something specific. I'll still be back!
The Saturday brunch at the Publican was most excellent! The Corned Beef Hash with Brussel Sprouts was delicious!
Fantastic food- just delicious. The waitress was very blunt which was...refreshing?? Great brunch date with the boys
Always enjoy an evening at the Publican. Great locally sourced ingredients, friendly service. Be back soon.
Met family for brunch. Food was delish. Such a cool place. Love it!
Wonderful experience. Wait staff was attentive and patient with one member of our party joining late.
Food was presented well and came hot to the table.
Always good. Love the Sunday brunch.
Food was amazing and so plentiful. Fun and lively!
Great! Food was fantastic and came out quickly. Server was informed and informative. Second time there, really fun.
Overall great experience with one of a kind entres. We enjoy this restaurant because it is unique in ambiance and cuisine.
Came for New Year's brunch. It was delicious. I had the prime rib. Asked for my eggs prepared over medium. Best over medium eggs had at a restaurant. 😋 My friend had the corn beef hash. She asked for eggs poached hard. They didnt come out correctly the first time. Remakes didnt come out until she was finished with her meal. 😐
Stellar experience. From the moment I walked in the door everyone was welcoming and friendly. Took time to explain the menu and make recommendations. Water was always full and smiles were readily offered. One of the dishes was a little spicy for me- I didn’t say anything but was asked when they cleared the plate. It was removed from the bill without any comment from me. Highly recommend!!
We were super disappointed in our experience. We asked for the Chefs tasting but mentioned that one of the 4 of us did not eat seafood, and if they could go lighter on the seafood, that would be great. Unfortunately, 3 of the 6 courses we received were fish...and on top of that, we felt extremely rushed despite the restaurant being fairly empty...and were shoved into a packed table, also despite the restaurant being fairly empty. It was very expensive for the poor service we received.
Really like this place...especially enjoy it on weekends for breakfast/brunch.
A hidden gem. Definitely be back on our next trip to Chicago !!
Ended up here as a happy accident, after the other place I wanted to go had a 2 hr wait. The boys and I sat down at a cozy little booth with cute privacy doors on it (which I loved), for a family style dinner. We ordered the chef’s choice 6 oysters, fries with fried egg on top, beef tongue, red snapper, sirloin, and the apple creme brûlée, and I had an old fashioned and a hot buttered rum to drink. Holy crap. The beef tongue was life changing. Like after dessert I tried to order another portion for us to share, but sadly the kitchen was closed. It was the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time. The snapper was great, moist and flaky with good seasoning (and the chorizo with cannelloni beans on the fish were delicious. The oysters were fresh, sweet and briny with a nice bite. The sirloin was a beautiful medium rare. Good, but not as good as the beef tongue. The fries were fries. The flavor of the creme brûlée was unexpected and interesting. The drinks were well balanced. I will absolutely be back here next time I’m in town, even if only for the beef tongue. The taste is like angels dancing on my tastebuds. Don’t miss out on this place.
Very loud! If you ask in advance for a private table, they should be able to accommodate you.
Absolutely amazing- we had to switch our reservation due to a flight delay and it was honestly the best! Great table, great service- AMAZING FOOD. Get the Old Fashioned and you can’t go wrong with anything else!
Awesome food. Met great people at our table. Would definitely return!
One of the most enjoyable meals we have had in a long time. The service and food were truly excellent.
Amazing food for both brunch and dinner! If you're a fan of high quality comfort food and beer this place is a must. I will return every time I'm in Chicago.
It was great! A bit loud but otherwise excellent. Best Brussels sprouts ever.
Xcellent food, wonderful locally sourced food and good service. Lighting is a little dim.
Great food, service was fine if a bit too West Loop hipster attitude.
Not to say this lightly, but we all thought it was WONDERFUL! We will definitely be back. My sister and her family was in town and I had heard this was a terrific place; we loved it!
Food was fantastic! Might have been because of the holidays, but it was noticeable not crowded and quiet. Would highly recommend, even if it were louder and more crowded!
Delicious food to share. Great service and fun atmosphere. Attention to detail in everything served. Can’t wait to go back!