Food YES- Music-NO
As before, the food is wonderful, the service great- but the selection and volume of music alas is geared toward college students.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun place for casual dining
Went with three friends. Every dish was delicious. Service was a bit sketchy--we got a bit stranded between courses but that suited our purpose of wanting to stretch out the meal. Once the lapse was caught, we were treated to an extra dish and regal service.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great and fun restaurant
This was my third time going to Tico and as always everything was great. If your looking to mix it up i would suggest trying one of the menu options where the chef chooses for your table. It will force you to try new things, there's a few things at first glance that wouldn't interest me, but they have all ended up being great (the cauliflower is a good example). The atmosphere and chef menu make it a great date spot in my eyes, takes the pressure of of ordering and is fun trying new dishes together.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you are looking for a nice place to take someone special, Tico is your place. The portion size is moderate; the prices are reasonable; the ambiance is terrific.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time at
This was our first time at Tico and it was excellent. The food was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was great. Great music and we really liked the vibe of the restaurant. We cannot wait to go back!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always good at Tico and the ser vice is friendly. Nice selection of wines by the glass at reasonable prices. Great music at just the right level so that it creates good energy in the room but you can still have a conversation.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The overall experience was
The overall experience was fantastic. Seated right away. Waitress explained the menu and helped us make decisions. Interesting varied size dishes, fun to try several different dishes and share tastes with each other. Food came promptly, you could watch them making the dishes. Food was excellent. Prices very reasonable for the city. Service very pleasant and very good. Great people watching and tables were placed with space, did not feel jammed in, nice.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, excellent food...
Our only complaint was t he loud background music. That made conversation a bit difficult. Our young male waitperson was excellent! Knew the menu inside out and paced out meal perfectly.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good but not up to 'the hype.'
Enjoyed Tico, but admit that I agree that it doesn't live up to the hype. The menu is almost TOO elaborate and daring. My dining partner had a hard time finding anything traditional... beef tacos, tapas that didn't contain an unknown ingredient or flavor, simple sauces, etc. He is not an adventurous eater and I know he left hungry that night. It's clearly still considered a place 'to be and be seen,' and I really enjoyed my meal. But for the price, the portions are very small - even the ones noted as entrees- and it was fairly loud, even for a Tuesday. May go back with some more daring girlfriends but it won't be top on my list.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an early reservation
We had an early reservation so the restaurant was quiet and we had our pick of outdoor tables on a beautiful spring day. The spicy shrimp and pork belly tacos were perfect for a light lunch. The shrimp and pork belly complemented one another perfectly and were extremely delicious with the avocado. Service was swift and attentive and earned extra points for catching me before I left the restaurant with an electronic device I had mistakenly left behind. My friend had never been to Tico and will most assuredly return.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious and it was great ordering more than one item for dinner. Eating a little of everything is a Nice Change. The service was quick and polite. Would definitely recommend this place and would definitely visit again.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the chefs tasting. Plenty of variety and loads of food
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, great service.
We enjoy the flexibility of Tapas, the variety of items and the competent, friendly service.
Highly recommended for small groups.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Original food, flexible menu
Tico puts unusual flavors together in very accessible ways--it's as if bar food went to culinary school. Fresh, original, and offered in manageable portions so you can sample many things, tapas-style.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic tequila menu, knowlegeable waters and very good service
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great trendy place
This is a great trendy place to take your friends for a night out.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Daughter was Right!
Great meal here for lunch. 5 of us Great varied menu and all of it was good. Next time in Boston I am trying this for dinner. Some of the best calamari I have had. Loved the cookies and cold milk on the dessert menu. Some things don't have to be fancy to be good.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful spot and delicious and unique small plates!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great grazing options!
I had the lobster/avocado tacos and Chorizo risotto, both were fantastic and together completely filling as a meal. the small plates and taco options were abundant - I like to have a little of this, little of that and the menu more than satisfies that style of dining. Our waitress very helpful in describing drink options when we asked, and said the bar would accommodate how much "heat" we'd get in the hot and skinny margarita (no adjustments were necessary!). The only minor negative was that the music was quite loud for very early evening (6:30) - the volume was more suited to later night bar action. Definitely will go back to try more menu items!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tico keeps getting better
I had another great lunch at Tico. In the past, sometimes service at that hour has been sub-par and not overly friendly. Tico seems to have made some huge improvements on that front.
The food continues to be great. The menu is unique, fun and delicious. It is one of my favorite spots for a business lunch, a romantic dinner or a group outing.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best fish tacos I have
The best fish tacos I have ever had. They are small though, so next time I will do as the server suggested and get three. My group all had tacos...all different varietys and everyone loved them. I cannot wait to go back after work so I can enjoy a drink too!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting food but loud
We hada great time dining here with a small group. The small plates menu makes it fun to order a bunch of different things and share. The menu has unusual but delicious combinations of Latin-style flavors and the food was prepared with care and precision.. Portions are all reasonably sized which is always a pleasant surprise.
Service could be a little faster.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
chef's menu was great
Our party of 3 all ordered the smallest chef's choice dinner and it was great. We loved every dish that came out and had more than enough food. The ice cream and glazed banana was awesome, and the three cookies and milk was a nice bonus.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was great. Not a fan of the club scene that they seem to be going for. I would definitely come back for the food, but yelling across the table is not my idea of a relaxing night out. I would have given 5 stars had it not been for the crazy loud music.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great summer dining al fresco
Tico has an inviting patio that enhances the dining experience! Try the lobster tacos... delicious.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to Tico many times,
I've been to Tico many times, and I'm never disappointed. The food is consistently great.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and Buzzing
this is a place to go when you want to laugh, talk, drink, eat and be with friends. the food pairs well with all of what I just mentioned. It's the kind of place where the people at the next table feel free to engage in conversation without being intrusive. Go and have a good time.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
celebrate with a great small plate
We came for dinner after moving my daughter into her dorm. Great selection of small plates for a fun casual celebration. The lobster and avocado tacos were fantastic.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
large lunch potions, except
large lunch potions, except the tacos. Tapas is also ok but prefer speed of service during lunch.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good meal
Every time I go to Tico I'm always happy that I did. It is perfect for a light, delightful lunch. The tacos are tasty - my favorite is the lobster/avocado which are a bit messy but worth it. The tuna tartare is the right mix of spice to enhance, not overpower the fish.
9/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Better than expected
It's no Toro, but the small plates were good. We were all really unhappy with the grilled octopus, but in general the food was great. Our choices included mac and cheese, cauliflower, beets, asparagus, and bacon wrapped dates. Service was slow, but it seems the server could have used more training (wine presentation, approaching tables, pre-setting, etc). Overall we were pleasantly surprised since we have low expectations for food in that area because it's so touristy.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff were great and the food was delicious. My only complaints were that the music was very loud and very outdated. In addition, my Scallops Al la Plancha took a noticeably long time to get to the table and by the time they did they were cold.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Service
My only complaint is that towards the end of the meal, we lost the attention of our waitress.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had numerous small plates.
We had numerous small plates. All were very good. Flavors and quality were excellent. Prices matched the quality. Service was attentive, available, and helpful.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is outstanding, as is
Food is outstanding, as is ambiance. Only problem is that each time we go there, which is often, there seems to be some
sort of problem with our order due to waiter error. This time it took 30 mins. to fix......
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had been there a couple of times for drinks and decided to give it a try for dinner. The place was hopping when we arrived at 7. The decor was tasteful and very comfortable. Despite the crowd, we were seated at a table for two that allowed us privacy to chat and yet stay in the middle of things. The music was just right. The service was top notch. We chose the chefs choices for small appetites. It was perfect and included a cheese and honey appetizer; cabbage and nut salad
with a yummy dressing; fresh corn and bacon salad and tasty lollipop meatballs , The meal ended with a traditional pie and ice cream, Thirty five each wad a great value!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
great small plates
Always fun doing the tacos and small plates--the roasted cauliflower dish is amazin, and blood orange margarita not too shabby either
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
lots to choose from; and you can take anyone there. i love tapas, but my friends don't necessarily, and they ordered entrees so it's perfect for everyone. the food is good. they used to have this vodka gimlet on their cocktails menu; they can still make it if you ask for it. it's really really good.
although there's a lot on the food menu, i do wish they'd have a few more vegetarian items. even their macaroni and cheese has bacon in it.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my best dining experiences
Tico was amazing, the food was delicious especially the roasted cauliflower with chipotle sauce and although it may seem pricey, my girlfriend and I ordered four tapas and three drinks and this was 35$ a person which is completely reasonable for the back Bay Area and I was pretty full. The drinks were great, could taste the patron in both and the service was great as well.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us stopped in mid-afternoon for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The menu was imaginative. The food was excellent. We will definitely go back for a full meal.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had never heard of this restaurant, the convenient location in Back Bay off Boylston St. influenced our choice. The food was fantastic and eclectic. Noise level was too loud for my liking. Will definitely return. Tapas and entree sizes are very great options. Wine was also very tasty.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went on a Saturday night and
Went on a Saturday night and the place was jumping. Really lively and high energy (the music a little too loud to easily converse, but a quibble.) Staff (with the exception of one woman who had some attitude issue) was very attentive and efficient. Now the food...what great flavors! We loved all the small plates that we ordered, save the beet dish, which was pretty pedestrian. The others exploded with flavor and spice. They were fantastic, including the Manchego cheese, the spicy shrimp (very spicy!), the mushroom cheese quesadillas, the roasted cauliflower, and a terrific fried calamari. Their sauces are really tasty!
Slightly pricey for what you get on the small plates, but overall a fun evening and we'll be back!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vladimire (GM) and Chris the bartender took great care of us. Great restaurant experience - amazing menu - lots of fun small plates. We tries lots of them and not a bad one in the bunch! Great cocktails and a very knowledgeable bartender. Attentive, prompt service without being overly attentive. Overall a wonderful experience! Thanks, Dave
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tico is tasty
The variety is interesting and allows you to try different interesting flavors without committing to one large dinner. We also find that our bill is always reasonable for food and drinks.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great overall experience.
Great overall experience. Service exceptional until time to get the bill. Overall A
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great night with great dinner !
My husband and I went to Tico's for our date night.
We were pleasantly surprised by the large menu (sort of a tapas menu with loads of little plates) , the equally large wine and beverage list and the wonderful service. The athmosphere is rather loud with club music and the guests were mixed (old, young, all races and loads of different nationalities) which we appreciated. Every single food item was wonderfully prepared and tasted sublimely. The waiter was very polite and knowledgable.
Could not be better.
We are already looking forward to our next Tico visit!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
High energy deliciousness.
Chose Tico after it came highly recommended by two people who live in Boston. The atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for and after dinner we didn't want to leave so we just moved over to the bar. Being in a group of 4, we chose to order rounds of tapas and share. Everything we ordered was delicious but what stood out the most to me was the Two Textured Beef Taco. Words cannot describe how amazing this dish was. Other highly notable favorites: ceviche, grilled octopus, and muscles. Oh! And I cannot remember the actual name of the cocktail but the spicy one with ghost chilis was by the THE BEST cocktail I have ever had! I cannot wait to go back!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good time
I'm a fan of Tico...it's usually not hard to get a reservation, it's kind of hidden on Berkely Street. It had small plates so you can get try a bunch of different foods in one sitting. The atmosphere is energetic and it's pretty loud by the bar. It has a dark, lounge vibe. I didn't love the Mac n creae but everything else was delicious.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tico had a great menu. We tried a handful of small plates and a few tacos, all were delicious. The drink's were great also.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food here was fantastic! I would recommend trying the cauliflower dish. That was incredible! They had a great wine list that was reasonably priced with plenty of different options, as well as various beer choices and an entire list dedicated to tequilas! The atmosphere was friendly and the ambiance was energetic and fun! The service was timely, and our waitress was very friendly and most helpful when it came to recommending dishes to try. This is one of the best restaurants I've eaten at in Boston and I would highly recommend it!
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM