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
90 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (41)fit for foodies (37)great for outdoor dining (29)vibrant bar scene (23)hot spot (18)special occasion (14)neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (11)romantic (9)late-night find (8)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (4)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • 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
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    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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    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
    sfgal
    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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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Tapas! Love the service!
    SouthEnd76VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Have been to Tico many times and have always loved the food. This past experience was notable due to the exceptional service we were given by Michael. I was out with a friend who I had not seen in a while so we lingered for some time after eating just to chat. Michael was infinitely patient with us, never once seeming annoyed as other servers might have been with that table that "just won't leave"! Only thing about Tico that could be perceived negatively is that the noise level is high. I actually like it though as I think it makes it more kid friendly...the louder the better!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner Location!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Party of 8 for a casual business dinner. The food, drinks, and service were outstanding. Very friendly staff, which made for a great evening. I would highly recommend TICO!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    courtd512
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I love TICO; it is great for groups, good for sharing; the food is mostly tapas style so its good if each person order 2-3 sides; its fun because you can try a bit of everything and very delicious! Also great drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud Soundtrack
    OKNBostonVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food is outstanding. The service is very good. The soundtrack blaring from multiple speakers ruined the evening. Why rap and hip-hop? I asked the hostess if the music would continue like this all night. She said, "it's a very eclectic mix of songs". I could barely hear my dinner partner (we were at a table for two). I've had much better experiences there at lunch when the soundtrack is not as annoying.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food bad drinks worst service
    bostonbabymamaVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have been to Tico twice in the last two weeks and I can say the same thing for each visit - the food was good, the service was horrific. It takes forever for you to get your servers attention because they have so many tables to watch over. One person takes drinks, one person takes food order, another brings your stuff, another checks in, another comes over to ask you if you want more food, and yet another takes your drink order - then someone totally different brings you the wrong drinks...and even with that many people waiting on you, it is impossible to get someone's attention! The food comes out within minutes of you ordering it...and you have to wait 20 minutes for a drink, which tastes like watered down lemonade (margaritas = bad)
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  • Fast but disappointing
    DelightedDiner
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Pluses: plates came out quickly, the cauliflower dish and the lobster & avocado tacos were great Minuses: service was inattentive (didn't remember our full order, didn't ask if we wanted to order more, didn't offer dessert or tell us that most of the desserts were not available anymore), the other dishes were just okay
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sit outside
    RegularsVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We stopped in on whim one day while in Boston. Good food, nice servers but the best part was the little outdoor dining section. We sat in front of the outdoor fireplace and had drinks and lunch. It was great! The pork tacos and the pulled pork sandwich were very tasty. The tacos were a little small so if you are starving order two orders (four tacos altogether), but really good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal!
    Sammy11
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We went to Tico with the kids for an early dinner. It was wonderful! We had several different small plates that we all devoured and even ordered some twice! The kids and I loved the crab tostada!!! And the pulled beef tacos we so delicious! The server was fun and knowledgable and we went with many of her suggestions and it resulted in an amazing night out for the family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodVan
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Went for lunch and got 5 different pairs of tacos (for 3 people). Food is pretty good, but just too small portions (hence ordering 10 tacos total). We all left hungry and with empty wallets. Definitely too pricy to make it a frequent lunch spot with friends or colleagues.
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  • Fun night with large group
    grob7
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We had a group of ten and were originally seated in a table in the bar. The music was way too loud to hold conversation. We asked to be moved to a less noisy table in the dining room, by the window, and they did so without fuss. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating and the food was great. The tapas menu was perfect for our large group as it was easy to order just the right amount of food and variety with a group where some arrived a little late and some had to leave a little early. After we moved our table, it was the perfect atmosphere for our large group and we would definitely plan to go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Love the small plates. dont even bother with entree. Load up on cauliflower, peppers, chorizo, tacos..etc. Great place for groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    BosfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was my fourth time at Tico and it has gone downhill every visit. The service was slow and the food was mediocore. We asked for our small plates to be staggered and this request was not honored. The waitress was not attentive. The duck tacos were dry and lacked flavor. Only the drinks were remarkable. We were there on a Sat night and the restaurant was not even half full. Not a good sign. I work nearby and will not be returning.
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  • Not terrible, not fantastic
    Cmmm
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The menu was limited and they ran out of two dishes already by an 8pm dinner. Wine appeared to be served only by the bottle. The food was okay, but very small portions. It's kind of a cool atmosphere, but loud. We had a few different servers, and none of them were personable, but we got what we needed when we neededit for the most part.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas style
    Judy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We went for dinner early before theatre on a Friday. Food was quite good and interesting, sort of tapas style with lots of small plates to share, and service was quick and friendly. There was a very lively bar scene, which seemed likely to get quite loud later. I would go back, but not much later in the evening.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tico
    EatOut
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Tico had a great environment. This is such a great restaurant for groups. They have lounge seating on the edges of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so so tapas
    anyoung
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    inventive list, and everything was good, but just not great. the portions are small even for tapas and i left wanting a slice of pizza. still, the things that made it in my mouth were good, but there's certainly better tapas to be had in boston. the traditional marg tasted like it came from a mix but their skinny spicy marg was much better.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 672 reviews are from the Tico reviews archive.
  • Terrible Service
    Wildcat
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Made a reservation for 5 at 8pm. After arriving on time and being told that we'd have to wait 10-15 minutes, we went to the bar. After waiting 15 minutes to get drinks at the bar, we go back to see if our table is ready at the front desk. After waiting until 845, we ask the hostess if our table is ready again. Nothing. We're finally seated at 9pm and have a server come up to us in a timely manner to take drink orders, only to be followed by another server who thought she had our table. Once we had our drinks and ordered food things were ok until we didn't actually get served all of our food but received the bill and had a waiter clear our table. Needless to say despite good food (what we had of it at least) we won't be returning.
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  • Excellent food and service
    somedeliciouschocolate
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Every dish was more tasty than the next - a great find for mexican fusion. The crab torta was probably the most delicious dish we had but definitely too small for the price - it's so hard not to eat more of something so good. Our server was awesome, always available but not intrusive; this was especially impressive because she was managing some very large party tables and still able to cater to a table of two. Next time I'd like to try the tasting menu to get a full experience. Wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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.
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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.