Publico

4.7
464 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 464 people are saying
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vipFoodiesnapstagram
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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RNills
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KayEss
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 a day ago

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

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vipAngela
New England
8 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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
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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OpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such awesome food - I don’t know how the chef made those garlic chicken wings but the skin was amazing. Also the spiked slushees are a must-try. Awesome outdoor seating too. Will be back.

Publico
Responded on August 31, 2021

It's chefs secret recipe = ) but if you ask next time you're here, he might share. Thanks for the review. Hope to see you again soon.

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Sarah
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails, delicious food, attentive service despite being busy!

Publico
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 stars Sarah! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipMilly
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Unfortunately a poor experience, expensive food and overcooked and underseasoned. Extremely slow service

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vipAngela
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best restaurants in the city - hidden gem of Southie!

Publico
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you Angela! We think so too ;-)

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suzannes
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place loved the setup will definitely go back again.

Publico
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars!! Please come back soon.

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SophiaR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, service!! Will be coming back soon:)

Publico
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you for 5 stars! We hope to see you again soon.

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SamanthaS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had the bolognese and it was absolutely amazing. Highly recommend. All the drinks looked fantastic, but I did not have any of the cocktails. Definitely will go again!!

Publico
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you so much Samantha! The Bolognese is one of our favorites too and is a menu staple from day one!!

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vipKirasami
London
29 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our last visit was infinitely better. Last night was only passable because our threesome were happy to be reunited. Our server was barely capable. Untutored. Unskilled. Her goal was to escape from our table as quickly as possible. at every encounter of which there were too few!! The noise level was excruciating. Appetizers were good: tzaziki and shashito peppers - not too much can go wrong w those. Our lobster rolls were costly and soggy - 1/3 mayo. But Publico is well situated, parking us usually possible, and outdoors is pleasant, weather permitting.

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KathrynR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time coming to Publico. First time was with my husband, second time was with my parents and cousins. Restaurant is great for dates and also family dinners. Tasty drinks and food, great service, fabulous restaurant layout. Will be coming back again.

Publico
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thanks so much Kathryn! We certainly strive to accommodate all occasions! Our weekend nightlife isn't so bad either =)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Cute little restaurant in southie, if you can sit in the garden, it’s ver aesthetic. Not very welcoming, my friend and I were sat in the far corner and basically forgotten. Had to ask for the basics like dinnerware, straws, water etc. the waitress was rude but we gave her the benefit of the doubt but we were sitting for about 40 minutes before our order was taken. Mostly an older crowd like 26 and up.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

the food and drinks were delicious! one thing was that the service was quite slow

Publico
Responded on August 18, 2021

I'm terribly sorry about the slow service, but hope the food and drinks made up for it. Staffing is an issue across our industry and we are trying our best to stay on top of it. We are fortunate to be very busy, which is a blessing and a curse keeping up. We hope you visit again soon though and we can be better.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, awesome service, fun vibe.

Publico
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank You so much! Please visit again soon.

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moveablefeast
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, friendly efficient service and creative delicious food. So happy to have them back after a tough year!!!

Publico
Responded on August 18, 2021

Aww, thank you so much! We are so happy to be back as well. Please visit us again soon!

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vipJustASouthieMom
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love heading to Publico for a nice dinner out. The food is delicious and the staff is always amazing. Taking a toddler out for dinner in Southie isn't always the easiest thing but Publico makes it a breeze.

Publico
Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank you Southie Mom! We're just playing the long game for our future regular guests =)

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labellerouge
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. We celebrated our 8th Anniversary there. The oysters were so delicious.

The staff was kind and friendly. We really enjoyed our time there.

Publico
Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank you so much! I'm glad we could be a part of your special day. Please visit again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cheeseburger was one of the best I have ever had. The special sauce added so much flavor I didn’t need ketchup. The fries were outstanding. Well done!

Publico
Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank you! We're obviously biased but we think our burger is the best in Southie! Glad you enjoyed it. Please visit again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Server was very attentive!

Publico
Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars! Glad we were able to provide great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Sat us in the upper bar and we were surrounded by standing room only crowd of drinkers. People bumped into us, dropped empty glasses on our table and at one point a random guy sat down at our table while we were eating. You shouldn't seat people there on busy nights

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AriJ
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing, plus the drinks are always 10/10!

Publico
Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank You AriJ!!

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vipdinnerclub
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always…. Fabulous!

Publico
Responded on August 4, 2021

=)

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Aaron
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was okay, drink were weak. Nothing special especially for the price.

Publico
Responded on July 21, 2021

Aaron, I'm sorry we weren't at our best for you. Please reach out to me directly if we can make this right. Our reviews and reputation speak for itself and I believe for this visit maybe we weren't at our best but doesn't speak to who we are joe@publicoboston.co Joe Marotta General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

No air conditioning in the garden area. We sweat buckets. Otherwise, great food and great service. But just turn on some AC!!! Or fans at least!!

Publico
Responded on July 21, 2021

Thank you for your review. Unfortunately the garden space is open air and while we do have exhaust fans and air movers in place to try and alleviate as much of a hot air as we can, we must submit to mother natures will during these summer months. In the future, please don't hesitate to request a seat in the main dining area where the AC is always blasting away =)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Too loud for a first date

Publico
Responded on August 4, 2021

We're sorry about that, but we hope there was a second date!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

all of the food was soo good!! the espresso martinis were bomb!

Publico
Responded on July 21, 2021

Thank you so much!! We're big fans of the martinis too =) Please come again soon

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I’ve had dinner here several times and the food was great. First time having brunch and it was terrible. Eggs were very undercooked, food in general arrived cold. Drinks were good.

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vipRyanS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I went with my mom because I wanted to stay in Southie but not have a really loud dining experience, Publico is always my go to spot when I want something more intimate and relaxing!! The food was amazing I also love all of the shareable portions at Publico! The beet salad was the best beet salad I ever had!!

Publico
Responded on July 15, 2021

Thank you so much Ryan!! We're glad you and mom enjoyed it. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

Publico
Responded on August 18, 2021

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Dinner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have such a great time and experience at Publico! Great food and service. Love the atmosphere. My go to!

Publico
Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars! Please visit again soon.

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LisaR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waitress was so kind. Great eye contact and very genuine towards accommodating our wants and needs. My only issue was how loud it was. There was a 50th bday celebration but loud music as well. We got right in though which was nice!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was excellent! Went for brunch. Food and drinks were awesome. Will definitely be back!

Publico
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thank You so much. Visit us again soon!!!

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Ethan
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small portions for the price you pay. Otherwise the food and drinks were great! Good spot for a date or night out with friends

Publico
Responded on July 6, 2021

Thanks for the kind words and happy to hear the food and drinks were tasty! We do evaluate our pricing and portions regularly to be competitive as well as cost conscience. We experience a lot of out of stock items from vendors and rising prices coming out of the pandemic. We hope the experience and quality helps in part to justify the things we sometimes can't control. We do appreciate the feedback and hope you continue to dine with us!

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NYCFood
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fun place! Great center outdoor space (better for casual drinks/apps than for dinner); and there is also sidewalk seating with heaters. The drinks took awhile to get (order in advance of needing one!) but the food was good, our server was attentive. Highly recommend the 3 course meal!

Publico
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thank You!! Hopefully we can get those drinks out faster next time and get all 5-stars!!!

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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 464 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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