Tico
Tico

Tico

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ticoboston.com/
  • Phone: (617) 351-0400
  • 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
99 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (48)fit for foodies (43)vibrant bar scene (24)hot spot (23)neighborhood gem (20)great for outdoor dining (19)great for lunch (16)late-night find (11)special occasion (11)romantic (8)notable wine list (7)scenic view (4)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Totally Worth It!
    Krauss
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Booked online-Super Easy!!! Parking or valet is on site!!! Really Nice area of Boston!!! Atmosphere-Upbeat yet romantic!!! All servers were incredibly helpful and nice!!! The Food was delicious, cocktails were top shelf!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NBBoston
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    menu was limited and duck was bland and lacked flavor. The dish was over heated in spots and cold in others.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food!
    BackBayFoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fun spot to dine in a casual atmosphere. Many small plates are perfect for sharing. Many dishes are spicy and delicious - the cabbage salad is out-of-this-world! Restaurant and bar are very festive and on the loud side. There are a few sliding walls that can be positioned to reduce the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and not too pricey
    fooooooood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband took me to Tico for my birthday. With a selection of not-too-pricey tapas and slightly larger plates, we were able to eat a fabulous dinner without incurring a huge bill. My favorite was the scallops, but everything we tried that night was utterly delicious. The service from our assigned waitress was just a little slow since the place was packed - but there were additional personnel on the floor checking on us and making sure we were taken care of, so we never felt neglected
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • combine with other Boston activity
    JAAM
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Though the tapas were terrific, the "feel" of Tico's is "on the run". I wouldn't make a special night of dining here. It's a great spot if you have tickets to an event or activity and, I suspect a fun environment for late night. Groups might help. One on one, it was hard to have a conversation without raising our voices. That said, we're past middle age------better for a younger crowd I suspect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - great drinks!
    Becks12
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have gone to TICO many times and it never lets us down. We love gettng a bunch of small plates and a variety of their taco offers. You can't beat their amazing spicy drinks! Service is always great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Seating was a little too intimate with other guests next to us. We could hear the couple next to us arguing and it really put a damper on the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service
    EmaliaVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was delicious. But what made this place outstanding is that the waitress was quickly ready with wine and tapas recommendations. For the Wine, I told her what I liked and she helped me narrow down that list. She also brought me two samples so I could make my choice. I haven't had that knowledgeable of a conversation about wine like that outside of restaurants that label themselves "wine bars". She also knew the menu very well so she could add details about the food so that we knew what we should order. All the staff were extremely friendly-including the people who brought our food and cleared our table. It make the dining experience more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but too noisy
    Marais
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Tico needs to decide whether it wants to be a bar or a serious restaurant. The noise level precludes enjoyable dining, which is a terrible shame since the excellent food is creative and deserves diners' full attention.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something Delicious for Everyone!
    JPGal
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I had a group of out of town visitors with various dietary restrictions and called ahead to make sure that the member of our party who eats gluten-free would have more than one dish to choose from. The knowledgeable waitress guided us through the menu and made recommendations. Everyone swooned when the dishes started arriving. This is truly a wonderful restaurant. The small plates concept is often frustrating -- it's difficult to know what you're getting, how many plates for a group to share, etc. None of those frustrations at Tico! The dishes were exactly as described, exceeded everyone's expectations, and the dinner was a huge success. Make sure to try the goat's milk cheese cake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Meal
    MFKfromRI
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoyed the food at Tico. As mentioned by other reviewers, the small plates and tacos are in fact, small plates. It's good food, but the size is as advertised, so set your expectations accordingly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super fun meal at bar.
    happy2eathereVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was in Boston for a conference, and solo for dinner at the bar. Bartenders all made me feel welcome and well cared for. Food was fantastic and well paced. Bar mates were fun and friendly. Super fun experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you sir may I have another?
    Roundsnrounds
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The four of us were treated well by the staff and the ambiance was great. But make no mistake about it, the star here is the menu. We ordered eight different tapas to start and each one blew us away more than the next. After the first rounds, we ordered four more and only stopped to save the tire pressure in the taxi afterward. When is mac and cheese or corn a highlight of a menu influenced by South American, Mexican or Spain? At Tico's and we'll all run back as soon as we can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night
    Susan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a group of 5 (including a picky 8 year old) and we all had a great time. The food was excellent. Our server was adorable and the manager was wonderful and attentive. I would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tico's patio is fun!
    SullyJP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had a great sandwich and enjoyed the ambience at the patio at Tico recently. Food is interesting and atmosphere is terrificv. I'd go back -
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • decent lunch at a decent price
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    nothing special, nothing wrong. interesting Mexican-influenced menu, executed like any corner bar might do. bar-like setting. again, nothing wrong, but nothing memorable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but loud
    MattGVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Good service, good selection, and the food was excellent. We were originally seated near the bar, under a loudspeaker, and couldn't hear ourselves think. After being reseated away from the bar it was better, but only because the speaker closest to us was broken. Go for the food, but be prepared to yell to your dinner guests.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food
    EandJakeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a really great time the food was very good, we had the octopus which is not a favorite food of mine and it was prepared so well I loved it. I'm planning to go back this week to try more of the menu with some out of town guests even though we were there Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cmeldropVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Appetizers were pretty good but the tacos could of had more flavor. The drinks were outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place with yummy food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I really liked this place. It's a little loud inside but we sat outside and it was perfect. Food was really good and the service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    BostoniansVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We needed a place to eat on a perfect weather Friday night and put our info into Open Table and Tico popped up. We loved it. There was room outside, the calamari was perfect as an appetizer. We had duck and lobster tacos and cheesecake and gelato for dessert. Everything was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Cocktails and Food
    annaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went to dinner here - Cocktails were good - highly recommend Tale of Two Cities. We ordered small plates - Shrimp Ceviche, Chicken wings - spicy and delicious, chorizo risotto - my fave, Roasted cauliflower - the best of our evening, Calamari - the usual type. For dessert we had Tres Leches Cake - excellent and the bittersweet chocolate tart - nothing special. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for after work drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    it's a good place to go after work. the spicy margarita is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for lunch in the Back Bay
    DiscriminatingDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Electic mix of Latin and Spanish cuisine. The service is very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    eatinsleep
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wasnt much to really choose from the menu..the food was great but they could add more to the selection
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tico delicious!
    Mickey
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food at Ticos was delicious and came out super fast which was awesome as we were having a "working" dinner. We order the Jonah Crab Tostada twice! because it was so crunchy and full of flavor. We then order the shrimp and lobster tacos which had just enough spice to add to their flavor. Dessert cookies were OK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was good, but no great. Did not live up to our expectations. Perhaps Mexican is not the best cuisine for Michael Schlow.
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  • Even the large plates are small
    sfgalVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Interesting menu but the large plates were no bigger than the small plates, just double the price. The service was good but the food was less than impressive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner success!
    SBBohVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great atmosphere and large space which is great for big groups. Small plates are ideal for sharing with the table. The music was questionable but they changed it almost immediately when asked which was very nice. The wait staff was friendly and on top of the water and drinks, not a lot of waiting. I have been here a few times and will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Fun Atmosphere
    Happy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Enjoyed a great lunch on the patio where the fish special was cooked perfectly. Menu was interesting and service was friendly and effcient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected gem!
    SteveB
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    It seems too many celebrity chefs mail it in, as their empires grow. Not so with Michael Schlow. The food at Tico takes center stage, with the freshest ingredients. The lobster and avocado tacos were perfect for a hot summer day: light and loaded with zesty flavor. The outdoor patio provided a delightful spot for a truly enjoyable lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night
    Mayogirl
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner with sensational service. Eating outside was perfect and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful patio in heart of Boston
    BlueEyedBlonde7
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Tico has it all--drinks, food, and a fantastic location. This is a great after-work spot to come to with friends, co-workers, or a date. Although the tables are a little small, the open kitchen is gorgeous and there is tons going on at all times. Definitely come early, as it gets packed on weekends!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 66 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 696 reviews are from the Tico reviews archive.
  • Good location
    Winelover
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Convenient and spacious. Food wasn't good both times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasting menu! Yum!
    somedeliciouschocolate
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Delicious food - tried the tasting menu and it was a ton of food! (the middle option of the 3 priced levels) My only complaint was that the dishes drifted farther and farther away from Mexican flavors as the night progressed, ending with a fried or roast chicken served on top roast potatoes and broccollini - it was good but tasted like it abandoned Mexico at the border. Service was excellent (Mark, I think? Tall, fit, short shaved/sculpted black hair, Latin background I'm guessing). Had reservations and was seated right away on a Friday night. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty but tiny portions
    Kell
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food, great ambiance but portions are very small. Prices are high due to portion size. Want to feel full when I leave a restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food is quite good, though a bit on the pricey side for lunch. The noise level is too high. The music is blaring, both indoors and outdoors, and therefore all patrons are shouting. The air conditioning is on the frigid side.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great lunch
    pbuttenVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was my first time at Tico's and it was wonderful for lunch. The fish tacos are great -- I had the lobster taco -- and there were a lot of other things on the menu I'd like to try. Good service, very reasonably priced, overall a great place for a business or social lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice outdoor patio
    ckdang70
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have eaten at Tico before, but this was a 1st for outside on patio. It was a beautiful day, so it was a great experience. Food at Tico is aways good and our waiter was attentive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatoutoften
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Enjoyed our meal and the whole experience! Tico is one of the best neighborhood restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.