Tico
Tico

Tico

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ticoboston.com/
  • Phone: 6173510400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 11:30a-2:00a
    Saturday 11:00a-2:00a
    Sunday Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Michael Schlow
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Tico has small semi private areas for group dining ranging from 8 guests to 100. Please contact for more specific information.
  • Private Party Contact: Thomas Holland 6173510400x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. James
  • Public Transit: Arlington Station is one block from Tico
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking on St. James Street from 5:00 PM until 2:00 AM and there is a public garage in our building as well.
A word from Tico
Tico, Michael Schlow's award-winning venture, located at 222 Berkely St (corner of St James) is casual, fun, inviting, energized and energizing. The restaurant has a personal, somewhat eclectic, "found" feel, with lots of reclaimed wood and unusual pieces. Perfect for friends that want to share cool cocktails, plates of tasty, sometimes spicy food, while listening to great music, in a fast, uncomplicated restaurant that provides knowledgeable, quick, playful service.
The restaurant has an open kitchen with 6 stools right on the counter to watch all the action. It also boasts a large bar, dining room for 100, a chef's table, and a lush outdoor courtyard that features a fireplace, dining for 50, as well as some "soft" seating near the fire if guests wish to be outside for a drink or snack.
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Tico reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (40)fit for foodies (35)great for outdoor dining (30)vibrant bar scene (20)hot spot (16)neighborhood gem (15)special occasion (12)great for lunch (11)romantic (7)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (5)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Amazing food & fun atmosphere
    JanG
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Loved Tico! It was our first time and the food was excellent (we had 5 small plates) and the cocktails were fun and different. Cool atmosphere and decor. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected more
    Beacon
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Service was ok. They sat us in a bar when there was clearly other seats and we had made a reservation. Not thrilled all around.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous small plates!
    Whats4DinnerVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Particularly good small plates include scallops, corn, calamari, and kale salad! Great bread.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but LOUD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We brought an out-of-town guest because the food has always been so good when we visit for lunch. The food didn't disappoint; it was very good. But the table was so loud it was difficult to have a comfortable dinner conversation. THe management should wait to turn up the music until the dinner crowd is over and the bar scene is fully in swing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, great service
    beats
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food was creative, varied and excellent. Our server, Michael, was knowledgeable and attentive. A few small plates plus a shared salad and entree. All excellent. Left full and satisfied in every way.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really solid food!
    LikesToEatOut
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We decided to check this place out since we were heading to the Opera house and wanted to do something new. Stuck to the small plates over the entrees. The roasted cauliflower was the best! Highly recommend it. Everything, including the drinks, was very good overall. Service was consistent/solid. I would definitely go here again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good small plates
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Tico has an energetic environment, great tapas and margaritas. I went with a small group of friends and everyone really enjoyed the food. We were all pretty hungry and the service was a little slow, but besides this, we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good tapas. Service needs polish.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Overall we thought the food was good. We had a party of 4 and shared 8 small plates/tapas. Garlic shrimp was just okay, but could have used more flavor/garlic. Very good plates were the duck tacos, mac-n-cheese and risotto with chorizo. The server(s) were rather unenthusiastic and borderline rude. We had a reservation for 7:45, so the restaurant was quite busy, but still no excuse. When we reminded our server about our drink order, after 20 minutes, she seemed quite annoyed and said that she had to take orders from the other tables around us first. Just a quick apology for it taking so long, would have sufficed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service Rush to our Turn Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We booked on open table, got there for a 6:30 reservation. they gave us seats in the bar area even thought there were tables in the main area available - they said, we have reservations for those tables - larger group. They gave us a very a small table for 4. we ordered about 14 dishes and they began to bring out every dish all at once. We had no room on table and had to find the waitress to tell her. when we commented about all the food coming out at once, they took back a couple of dishes. When they returned later with the food, it was cold. unprofessional. In my view, we were being rushed through dinner to get the bar area open. As soon as the table behind us finished, they removed the table and chairs. Not worth the effort.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service: what's that?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This place was obviously quite popular, and the tapas dishes were innovative and outstanding. However, the "bar crowd" was loud and inebriated. The servers seemed intent upon catering to the big drinkers. After about 20 minutes without a seeing a server, it was clear that I would be more likely to have beer spilled on me that to be served. After pointing that out to the hostess, the servers were more attentive.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tacos and Service
    SouthShore77
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Lunch- really liked the lobster / avocado and crispy fish / jalapeño tacos. Super fast service. Would like to try dinner next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I took a friend here for his
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I took a friend here for his first night in boston and we definitely had a good time. The food is good although expensive and the drinks are wonderful. The service however is terrible, do slow and extremely inattentive. We sat with empty bar glasses for ten minutes and had to flag our server down for food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, but is it worth the wait
    smithan2VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had an 8pm reservation, and didn't end up getting seated until 9:00 PM. Our waiter seemed very scattered and disorganized, not really knowing what was or was not included in the various tasting menus offered. He seemed to push the more expensive one, but didn't know what was included in the lesser tier. The food was very tasty, but the service and hostesses need a LOT of work.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Stuff
    Cakes617
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Small plates. Good Service. Good Food. Great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Jennifer
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Everything was delicious! The cocktails were fun and creative and the food was just out of this world good! I plan on going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still work to do
    DunwichVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We tried Tico again because we read that it had a new chef and menu. We were seated promptly, but we had to ask for the table to be wiped again because of the sticky blotches. We started with drinks, which were uneven (one was too strong to drink without ordering another juice to dilute it). There was some bread, with oil that had something of a bitter taste. We got a lot of small plates, and also the salmon entree. The salmon was the best, and the ceviche dishes were pretty good. We made a good try at eating the fried calamari, but it was just impossible because it was overcooked (like fried rubber bands) and fried in over-used oil. They took that one off the bill, but we were still shocked at the total. Not worth it, go elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Come for the Tacos and Tequila
    MikeTrap
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Hasn't lost a step. Tacos are fantastic, all freshly made with great ingredients, and served hot. Fantastic selection of tequilas, and margaritas made with fresh squeezed juice. Cool spot, bar is happening on warm nights late in the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neat place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Not the usual fare. Interesting tapas choices, mostly of high quality, excellent service (those who complain about servers ought to learn how to talk to servers). Decent wines, reasonably priced. Go for dinner early if you don't like noise, go late if you do. And yes, it is a bit pricey, but worth it...way more food pleasure for the money than the typical boring and overpriced steak place. (If you like steak places or your idea of a good meal is huge portions, you won't like this place. Go chew on cow somewhere else.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My parents and I went to Tico
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My parents and I went to Tico for dinner. Our appetizers were good, and came out fast. However it was strange that we had two waitresses taking orders from our table the entire time. My dad and I each got the burger. We both ordered it medium rare and they both came out medium well. They tasted like meatloaf. We did not send them back; instead we politely informed the waitress, showed her that there was no pink whatsoever, and she told her manager who took them off the bill. Our entire experience was less than okay, with one waitress very pleasant and the other standoffish.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Service at Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Probably not a good choice for lunch...maybe a better crew at dinner time as food was decent
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small plate heaven
    amydVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    The tacos are a little light, even for a lunch; the sandwiches are enormous. The quality of the food never disappoints. This is a great place to go with good friends, order several small plates, and try a little of everything. Highly recommend the lobster and avocado tacos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meal before show
    Catchabyte
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Went to Tico for quick meal before a show as we only had 45min to eat. Service and food were fast. Food was overall average. Very expensive for the tiny bites we received. Left the restaurant hungry after $100. Chicken skewers are a ripoff. Shrimp taco was tasty. Kale salad average. Brussel sprouts and cauliflower average. Overall service was good, food average, price outrageous.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday celebration
    JPchick
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had a group of 7, celebrating a birthday. We all enjoyed the ambiance and the food. Service was good, we got a variety of dishes to share and liked them all. I know that some other reviewers found the music too loud but for us, the noise level was fine and the music added to the evening. We all agreed that it was a restaurant we would be happy to return to.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for Dinner
    Anon
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for Valentine's Day and the service was great- very attentive and friendly. Food was very good and served quickly- smaller portions because it is "tapas" style but delicious nonetheless. Dessert was fantastic- definitely get the chocolate tart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good size plates,
    FoodisloveVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Great food, good size plates, lots of menu variety, slightly watered down cocktails, loud music, but very fun. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cousins lunch
    nancy
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    I recently had lunch at Tico with three of my cousins. It was an ideal meeting spot since two were coming from the North Shore, one from the West of the city and one from South of the city. We had a reservation and our table was ready when we got there. I ordered the shrimp tacos and the waiter asked if I wanted two or three, without explaining that they were small. Three of the dishes came with french fries which my cousins never had a chance to finish, because the waiter was in a hurry to clear the table and removed two of the servings of fries when he cleared the lunch plates. The sandwiches were gone, the fries weren't. We were eating them slowly. They were delicious, I should say. Overall, the experience was good, not more than that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fun eating experience
    DinnerGuest
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. The waitress was excellent. But the music level was like that of a night club. Way too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and Drinks worth the Noise
    KateSark
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The small plates here are very, very good. It can get a little pricey because you tend to end up ordering more than you planned on due to the portion sizes. We got a pitcher of margaritas and it was nice to actually taste the tequila - some restaurants will skimp on it when they're serving it this way. The noise and crowded dining area is a bit challenging - might help if they broke up the room a little bit with dividers and/or some booths, but the food and drink are worth it. Ambiance is very nice too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    BobSVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We had to get in and out on an hour. The food came out so quickly for us so it was perfect. A full meal and dessert in an hour. Thanks Tico!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch at Tico with Colleagues
    AJB2013
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Something for everyone, yet not the same old offerings. I had and loved the Chicken Tacos. One colleague had the Pastrami that looked and tasted awesome (according to him). Another had the Chopped Salad and loved it too. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been great....
    FitfoodyguyVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Had reservation for me & my gf cuz we heard great things. Showed up 15 mins early & was told to have a drink until the table was ready. We landed stool seats at the bar. Asked the bartender for a corona & he said he didn't have any when there were a few behind him. Not making a scene, I settled for a bud. Later, host says seats are ready. They were the same high stool seats but at another section. We thought we'd actually get seated at a real table especially after getting reservations & showing up early. I was turned off by that. We stayed at our bar seats, ordered food. I would go again if invited by friends, but I wouldn't go by my own choice due to that poor initial service for people who actually took the time to reserve a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and Tasty
    JabostonVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Tico is a sure bet for a great meal. Thoughtful menu and attentive cheerful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud LOUD N LOUD
    ABjorn
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    A "vibrant bar scene" and "energetic" noise level doesn't do justice in describing TICO. Noise and music was way too loud that conversations have to be shouted out or repeated. Too bad since the food arrived fairly quickly and was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty and Busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Our 2nd time here, food was good, almost very good. I'm tired of the 'small plates' trend, but here it works. This place is loud and busy, with a very strangely laid out dining room. The bar area can be crazy busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food great. Noise intolerable.
    FoodieForLifeVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Went on "quiet" midweek night. Food was inventive and delicious. Service was excellent and attentive. Nonetheless, I'm not sure I will go again because the music was DEAFENING. We couldn't hear the staff describe specials. We couldn't hear each other. We couldn't hear ourselves. We asked twice (nicely) to have the music turned down. First time it went down incrementally but seemed to creep back up. Second time, we were told that this ear-blasting noise was "part of the concept" of the restaurant. Given the fact that by this time we were one of two parties left in the dining room, this seemed both inexplicably unaccommodating and unpleasantly corrective. I can handle loud, but this was absurdly--not "vibrant scene"--loud. SO disappointing.
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  • The food was very good. The
    finerdiner
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    The food was very good. The service was fine. Nothing exceptional but pleasant smiling staff. I found it to be very expensive, especially given the pretty small portion sizes of the tacos.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant!
    Anita
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent, not great, lunch
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    turkey sandwich was terrific, but Cobb salad was skimpy and WAY overdressed, while shrimp tacos were skimpy in size. again, overall not bad, but a lot of room for improvement in the food department. service was very good, however, and atmosphere is lively and modern.
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  • Great spot!
    foodieoftheyear
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time
    ElleDubs
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.