Publico

4.7
496 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Imagine yourself wandering through a local public market, enjoying culturally unique street foods, socializing and immersing yourself in new or familiar surroundings. We believe, for the public good, everyone should have the chance to experience this magic.
We proudly invite you to join us at Publico, where our goal is to channel the senses of exploring a new locale through globally inspired fare, libations, and mid-century meets rustic décor.
Our simple plates meld elements and flavors from Europe, South and North America. Prepared with traditional techniques and time tested recipes, our approachable offerings highlight the season’s freshest, sensibly sourced ingredients from local farms and purveyors. Paired with handpicked wine selections from small producers around the world, rotating craft beers, or indulgent cocktails, your experience is designed to leave you with a modestly priced passport stamp for your palette.

Offers

  • 3 For $38 Menu! (Tuesdays and Wednesdays Only)

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Join us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a 3 course chef inspired menu! Each course provides 3 or 4 choices to make this mid week meal a hit.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 496 people are saying
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vipBostonian
New England
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Always a pleasure working with Tina when I need to book my large group dinings!

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vipCraigM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very underwhelmed first visit to Publico. The cocktails were not balanced and we had to send one back. Also, the same cocktail between bartenders were inconsistent and tasted completely different. The food was mediocre. Nothing special. The space is really nice but they need to overhaul quite a few things. Also the giant “El Jefe” martinis are the biggest rip off. The regular sized glass is just as big. It’s supposedly 5oz vs 9oz which these glasses most certainly were not 4oz different.

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

I'm sorry for your experience Craig. It seems like you caught us on a bad night. Please feel free to reach out to me directly to discuss this further Joe@publicoboston. A note on the martini the 5oz/9oz pour is based on volume. We do use two different glasses that are 7 and 10 oz capacities respectively. I can assure you they are different sized glasses. To compare, we offer a 6oz and 9oz wine pour that utilizes the same glass, with a different volume of wine based on what is ordered.

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JaneM
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We mostly ate small plates and pizza. Everything was absolutely delicious. And the cocktails were really fun. Highly recommend!

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much Jane!! Visit again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. Publico has the best food and vibe in Boston, and Serena is the best waitress EVER! This will be my new go-to spot.

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

That's so great to hear. We'll definitely let Serena know too! She's the best!

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ELMS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great variety of drinks. A little something on the menu for everyone !! Tad bit loud but expected - very crowded & hopping place !!

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much ELMS! We hope to see you again soon.

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xxxxx
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great meal. One of our favorite places to eat.

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

Thank You!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The menu doesn’t offer that much of a variety. It could be due to the currently Resturant climate or just a new direction from the chef. Past experiences definitely offered more of a variety to tease the taste buds. Food was good.

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

Sorry you feel there is a lack of variety. We do change our menu every few months and this is one of our larger selections of items we've ever had with over 40 individual items. We also offer a completely different menu as a special every Tuesday & Wednesday (3 courses for $38), so please do check back again to see if we have any new items you might want to try out!

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Chris
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food and service were good but the restaurant is incredibly loud. The music is club-level loud in the dining room and there was a strange mix of people who had been drinking there all day and people coming in for dinner. Made for an awkward dynamic.

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

Sorry about the experience Chris. Weekends are a little different vibe for us than weekdays. We do hope you give us another chance.

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sheaB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Publico. One of our fav, go to places. Highly recommend.

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much Shea!! Hope you see you again soon.

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JerryS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice place-excellent server. Salad had way too much dressing.

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

Sorry about the salad Jerry. Please let us know next time and we'll make it right. Glad to hear the service was great though!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great friendly staff!

Publico
Responded on November 4, 2021

We appreciate it!! Please come back again soon. =-)

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vipriker
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My grandson loved the gluten free pasta with parmesan. I enjoyed the delicious charred octopus followed by 6 lolly-pop lamb chops (and that was the SMALL size!). Terrific place.

Publico
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thank you so much Riker!!! Hope to see you again soon.

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KrisPK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful meal! We both ordered the same things from the 3 for $38 Tuesday menu. The Butternut bisque was absolutely delicious: a little spicy, mild but complex curry flavor. The swordfish and vegetable rice were the same: fish and vegetables cooked to perfection! The only disappointment was the cookie dough bread pudding, which sounded wonderful but was only pretty good; definitely didn’t live up to our expectations after such fantastic first two courses. Would highly recommend this place for the food. Ambience was nothing special, and it got very loud by 8 pm.

Publico
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thanks Kris! Sorry about the bread pudding but glad you enjoyed everything else. We change our 3 for $38 every month so be sure to check back again!

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KatherineM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

Publico
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thanks Katherine!

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HappyCamper
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - the hostess, manager, and waitress that we had all made for a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really great experience. The food was delicious (steak frites, and a chicken dish). Service was timely and present. Also enjoyed the Orange Rhymes With What? cocktail. Just a great night overall. Very cool ambience to the setting as well.

Publico
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great drinks. Great burger. Though, in the past, the fried chicken wings have been delicious, the past 2 times I have ordered, they had an odd taste. They tasted "off". An odd taste. Not sure what the reason, but definitely disappointing.

Publico
Responded on October 28, 2021

Thanks for the feedback. We haven't changed anything about our wing recipe but we will definitely let the Chef know. If you want to send me a private message, I'd like to discuss further joe@publicoboston

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vipRebeccaM
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My friends and I headed over after seeing the Van Gogh exhibit. We started with the burrata, fried zucchini and wings. They were all delicious. I had the salmon which was cooked perfectly. My friends had the fried chicken sandwich and they loved it! My sister got the fish tacos and she said they were fresh and light. Our server was outstanding. We will definitely be back!!

Publico
Responded on October 20, 2021

Thanks Rebecca!! Hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service

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vipMurph
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great owner great staff everyone was very friendly

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Allie
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service by our server, Hannah. She particularly made our experience memorable.

Publico
Responded on October 20, 2021

Thanks so much Allie! We'll be sure to pass it along.

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vipCarolineH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great ambiance but expect to wait. We only ordered 2 appetizers and didn’t receive our food for an hour and a half.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hits every time

Publico
Responded on October 14, 2021

Thank You!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent great food

Publico
Responded on October 14, 2021

Thanks so much!!

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JenniferV
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great environment overall. Ask to be seated in the dinner area or patio. The bar can be a bit loud.

Publico
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thanks Jennifer! Please visit again soon.

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vipDodge
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meatball sliders, Tuna tartare, and oysters were excellent! Good service as well. Highly recommend

Publico
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thanks Dodge! Hope to see you again soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unreal 3 for 38 meal deal

Publico
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you so much! Chef knocked it out of the park this time. Our menu does change monthly on the 3 for $38 so please do check back again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, loved the 3 for $38 special it was so fun doing that with a friend!!! Portions were so solid, really great bang for your buck. Everything was so flavorful too!! Cute drinks 🍹

Publico
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you so much! Our menu does change monthly on the 3 for $38 so please do check back again soon!

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vipSMendez
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food took way too long. There were people hovering over our table while we ate. The service was slow.

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Kelli
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great

Publico
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thanks Kelli!!

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vipFoodiesnapstagram
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for the $38 three-course menu, but as it was 80 degrees outside neither of us wanted the warm, heavy entrees included (carbonara, fish and chips, or steak), so we opted for the regular menu. With a special like that starting in summer, I was disappointed that there were no lighter options like a salad, etc. The frose that I ordered to cool me down was way too sweet, but the espresso martini was above average as it contained Frangelico, a prime ingredient for a good 'tini. We ordered the burrata, which was a solid 4/5, and the tzatziki dip which was out-of-this-world good. The restaurant is quite loud so it was hard for my friend and I to hear each other (we were seated at the high tops next to the bar area), so next time I would opt for the dining room. Overall this was a pretty good first experience -- the patio outdoor dining area is beautiful so next time I'll try to book outside, weather permitting.

Publico
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for the feedback! We are glad you enjoyed everything. We do our best to make the 3 for $38 the best value possible and different from our regular dinner menu, which is always available to order from as well, and does contain some lighter apps and entrees.

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RNills
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five out of five, it was busy for a Wednesday night. Only downside to the place is lack of blocking.

Publico
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thanks so much!! We hope to see again you soon.

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KayEss
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The banana nutella french toast was so tasty! I had the lobster Benedict which was so moist and good servings of lobster. Also ordered the magnum champagne with 3 fruit purrs which was more than enough for two people.

Publico
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you so much Kay! Please visit again soon and try us out for dinner next time =)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great young energy

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
67 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

Publico
Responded on September 29, 2021

We appreciate it!

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vipAngela
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant - never disappoints!

Publico
Responded on August 31, 2021

Best review we can get! Thanks so much Angela. I hope we always continue to impress.

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NoelM
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for brunch. Enjoyed the outdoor setting.

Publico
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank You Noel! Our dinner menu isn't so bad either =)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Good ambiance, poor service. Did not feel wait staff was attentive.

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vipDonaldY
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food never a complaint
Love this place

Publico
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you so much Donald!!! Please come back soon for more 5 star food and service.

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vipLuisa
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Vibes are cool, service was alright. But our food took almost one hour and a half to come out, and we weren’t even there at a busy time - it was towards the end of the night, before the restaurant was turning into a bar. And then when the food did arrive, it was not even good.. cool to see but will not come back.

Publico
Responded on August 31, 2021

I'm terribly sorry about this and your experience. While our nights can get very busy, I do apologize. I hope you do try us again as you can see by our other reviews, this is not a good representation of us. If there is a problem with your service we do hope you would let us know while you are here at the restaurant so we can try to correct it.

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FAQs

Publico offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 622-5700.

Publico is rated 4.7 stars by 496 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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