Publico

4.7
516 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 516 people are saying
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DSant
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are basically regulars here at this point. The staff is ALWAYS awesome. Not a single complaint, Tina is the best! Always so helpful and kind! 10/10 will always come back!

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sini
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time out party of seven for birthday celebrations. Fun theme and delicious food and cocktails.

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vipMofa
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

If only there was an option to choose seating at the Lodge in advance because not sure when it is open. Even when you make a note to sit at the Lodge the restaurant doesn’t reach out to say it isn’t available. I have already been twice trying to sit at the Lodge. They really need to start serving better hot chocolate because that nonsense tasted like Swiss Miss.

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vipjackson
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The host was a little quiet but the bar and wait staff were absolutely amazing.

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Rachel
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Publico has great service and their Chef is invested in the quality of food and dining experience their guests have. The food and drinks are always amazing, the service is excellent, and it is always a good time. The espresso martini is awesome!

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vipLoriR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We did not stay to eat. It was more like a rowdy nightclub than restaurant. The bouncer was friendly but the rest of the staff not so much.

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ASK2
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very very busy so our waitress frequently passed our table by to cater to other patrons so getting water refills was stalled but overall the service was friendly, helpful, and approachable.

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

I'm sorry to hear that. Regardless of how busy it was, we need to be better. Please do give us another chance.

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vipKatieS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food, drinks, and ambiance. Drink service was very slow on a Saturday for brunch - our food actually came out before our drinks did. We also had to ask for napkins and silverware when we got our food. It wasn't already on the table, and wasn't given to us when our food came out. Our waitress didn't address the delays, but was otherwise friendly. Everything tasted great, and I would still recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bolognese is the best I’ve had

Publico
Responded 6 days ago

So glad to hear! It's one of most popular (and favorite) items

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just a brunch with my girlfriends. Great spot and good food.

Publico
Responded on January 4, 2022

Thank You. Please brunch with us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Cool vibe.

Publico
Responded on January 4, 2022

Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Really great food! Fun ambience. Drinks were tasteful but barely any alcohol in them. Would return for dinner

Publico
Responded on December 28, 2021

Sorry about your experience. Please reach out directly if you wish to discuss this further. Joe@publicoboston

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Natasha
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Had a great brunch at Publico. We ordered the wings and yucca fries. The wings were amazing! The yucca fries had a ton of flavor but was a little salty. Drinks are outstanding. My friends and I all ordered the lobster benedict. I found it to be tasty but the egg whites were a little too runny. We finished with the oysters which were nice and fresh. Our waitress was amazing! definitely ask for Natalia :)

Publico
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thanks so much Natasha!! Please visit again soon and we'll be sure to let Natalia know she's doing a great job =)

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KellyS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service to celebrate having family in town for Christmas Eve. Burger and roasted beet salad both amazing.

Publico
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thanks so much Kelly!! Please visit again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We wanted to eat I think the cabin area but we’re told that no tables were available and there was no option to request to sit up there. Disappointed

Publico
Responded on December 28, 2021

Unfortunately our Lodge area is extremely popular and only around for a limited time. Because of this we must be first come, first served at all times. You can request in your reservation to be sat in that area and we will do our best to accommodate but admittedly we can't guarantee seating in that area.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun vibe, Great food, excellent service

Publico
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thank You!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

very slow service

Publico
Responded on December 13, 2021

We apologize for the slow service. If you wish to elaborate, please email me privately joe@publicoboston

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Abridge
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It's a bar. Not a cozy restaurant as described on website

Publico
Responded on December 28, 2021

I am sorry you feel that way. We do have a dining room and dining areas completely separated from the bar areas. We do consider ourselves a restaurant first and foremost. Please do ask to be seated in one of these areas if you choose to dine with us again, as I hope you do. If you wish do discuss this further, please feel free to contact me directly joe@publicoboston.co

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

After reviewing on Yelp, I decided to check it out with my date. Upon arriving, finding parking was such a task. I almost wanted to give up. Instead I was lucky to.m squeeze in front someone in the closest 2 hour parking area since everywhere else was permit parking. Got inside and waited about 7 minutes for my table to be cleaned, and was sat right by the bar and next to the windows. It was a nice setting, but even away from the more populated areas, it was fairly crowded and loud. It was difficult to hear my partner. Otherwise, the food was great. I had the Margarita Pizza, and my partner had the spicy chicken sandwich. The drinks were great too, but nothing special if you’re looking for some fruity sweet ones. I’d recommend checking it out.

Publico
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thanks for the review.

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KaitlynS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooooo delicious! The 3 for 38$ deal was impressive! My friend and I ordered an app because we were expecting smaller portions… I couldn’t even make it to the second course I was so full after the app and the first course!

Everything was AMAZING! Our waitress, Lizzie was very nice too! Always a good time at Publico!😊

Publico
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you so much Kaitlyn! We change our 3 for $38 monthly so please check back again soon.

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vipBostonian
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

Publico
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank You so much!! Tina is great. We're glad your experience is a pleasure. And we hope to continue to serve you well.

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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 on November 29, 2021

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
25 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 on November 29, 2021

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 on November 29, 2021

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

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ELMS
New England
6 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 on November 29, 2021

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 on November 29, 2021

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 on November 29, 2021

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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vipChris
New England
3 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 on November 29, 2021

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 on November 29, 2021

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 on November 29, 2021

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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WardenHallsNumberOneFan
New England
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
14 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. As a whole the food is really good and I highly recommend checking this place out.

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
23 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
9 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

FAQs

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

Publico is rated 4.7 stars by 516 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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