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
87 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (39)fit for foodies (34)great for outdoor dining (29)vibrant bar scene (20)hot spot (16)neighborhood gem (14)special occasion (12)great for lunch (11)late-night find (7)romantic (7)great for brunch (5)scenic view (5)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High energy deliciousness.
    ashleymspt
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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!!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night with great dinner !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud!
    Bahtan
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Tico has great food but it is extremely loud, service was minimal, and food is expensive. Will not be returning to what once was the best place is Boston. Now it is just a night club with food.
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    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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  • Great overall experience.
    Ambish12VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Great overall experience. Service exceptional until time to get the bill. Overall A
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tico is tasty
    JoJo2
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gratitude
    Dave
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
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  • Food was good but not up to
    OLDDAN47VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Food was good but not up to the standard set by TORO if you want tapas. Restaurant is very nice and comfortable
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went on a Saturday night and
    CoachBrezVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice find
    Romcl
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    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.
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    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go here
    BackBayFood
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Unbelievably over priced. 7 tapas and 4 drinks rung up a bill of $115. 2 of those drinks were cheap beers. Some of the food was good, some was very mediocre. Waitress was unattentive. Atmosphere and music was good. Way better options in Boston, don't come here.
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  • "Dunch"
    MMacBVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Four of us stopped in mid-afternoon for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The menu was imaginative. The food was excellent. We will definitely go back for a full meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my best dining experiences
    Sbathla92
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Tico was amazing, the food was delicious especially the roasted cauliflower with chipotle sauce and although it may seem pricey, my girlfriend and I ordered four tapas and three drinks and this was 35$ 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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very average food, terrible service
    PandaPouch
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We had brunch on Saturday and when we got there, we were surprised to only see kids (running around) and their parents. A band was also packing up -maybe a kids party? We ordered the scrambled eggs/bacon/potatoes and the confit duck. They arrived with 2 scrambled egg dishes and no confit duck. My potatoes tasted old and re-heated, eggs ok, bacon very chewy. The duck arruved 20min later- it was very average, poor potato although poached eggs ok. The manager apologized and the duck was on the house but it took them ages to ask if we wanted anything else. It came to $15 - I put$20 expecting some change back. I wasn't going to leave $5 top for service. Well I had to ask for the change! So when I did get it, I was so annoyed, I didn't leave any!
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love tapas
    wsoup
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    MoeL
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great small plates
    tacogirl
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Always fun doing the tacos and small plates--the roasted cauliflower dish is amazin, and blood orange margarita not too shabby either
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is outstanding, as is
    DEIRDREVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    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......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had numerous small plates.
    SandL
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We had numerous small plates. All were very good. Flavors and quality were excellent. Prices matched the quality. Service was attentive, available, and helpful.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to foodie level
    Lars
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Esquire rated this place among it's best new restaurants and the idea of Latino cuisine is a good one. I love that most of the plates are small so you can try a wide variety of food. The Tequilla list is overwhelming, but there is obviously good stuff on this list. The cocktail menu is interesting, but we found the high end cocktails to be just okay. Our food was quite good, but not excellent. I think this place is a good value for the variety you get though. And I was impressed with the noise level given the size of the restaurant and it's openness. It's quite lively and pleasant. Really, I think Tico is not far from being a top flight restaurant. I think the food just needs slightly better execution.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Excellent Food and Service
    Heeks
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    My only complaint is that towards the end of the meal, we lost the attention of our waitress.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Great food!
    Jerrygirl
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually much better
    jworldVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Had a meal on an off day here. Normally tacos and margaritas are great. This weekend brunch was way off usual standard. Plates way to heavy and greasy. Little choice. Surly service. Something was way off in a restaurant I usually really like.
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  • Better than expected
    foodVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    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.
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  • Always a good meal
    AtticusVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    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.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • large lunch potions, except
    tgk01
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    large lunch potions, except the tacos. Tapas is also ok but prefer speed of service during lunch.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • celebrate with a great small plate
    MaryA
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    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.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Buzzing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    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.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've been to Tico many times,
    JC13
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    I've been to Tico many times, and I'm never disappointed. The food is consistently great.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great summer dining al fresco
    invitingVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Tico has an inviting patio that enhances the dining experience! Try the lobster tacos... delicious.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food.
    Foodnerd
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chef's menu was great
    IHeartFrenchFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun restaurant, a little noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I went for a birthday celebration with a group of friends. Lots of small plates, nice options. We were all very impressed though it was a little bit noisy and busy. Would recommend and would return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting food but loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    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.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best fish tacos I have
    BostonDonna
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Tico keeps getting better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great - service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    The food was great - service not so much. We have been there twice within 6 weeks and both times we had to complain about the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Very hard to have a conversation with noise level in restaurant. Loud music made it worse asked if it could be turned down and were told no
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  • Great grazing options!
    MottC
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas!
    bobeVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Wonderful spot and delicious and unique small plates!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.