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Publico, Boston, MA

Publico

4.8
4.8
595 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 wine selections from around the world, a selection of local craft beers, or indulgent cocktails, your experience is designed to leave you with a modestly priced passport stamp for your palette.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, International

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 622-5700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Joel Howard

  • Private party facilities

    We are open for small and large events, private and semi-private space is available. For more details please visit www.publicoboston.com or email events@publicoboston.com

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (833) 550-2748

  • Neighborhood

    South Boston

  • Cross street

    West First Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.
  • $1 Oysters

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Thu - 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Join us for $1 Oysters every Thursday night.

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What 595 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Contemporary American

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  1. SS

    ShadiS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best staff and manager (Tina)! Amazing experience and food as always!

    PublicoResponded 5 days agoThank you ShadiS. Tina is great!! Please come back again soon.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! I ordered the breakfast burrito and it was delicious. Also very easy to find street parking which is a win!!

    PublicoResponded 5 days agoThank you! We hope to see you again soon.

  3. JG

    JillG

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Ordered from the 3 for $38 menu and everything was delicious! Great music, good vibe. Definitely will be returning.

    PublicoResponded on July 28, 2022Thank you Jill! Come again soon. We change our 3 for $38 every month

  4. BK

    BostonKath

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Solid meal and service. Five stars all around if the steak had been rare. Loved the variety on the menu. Will come back for the tres leches dessert.

    PublicoResponded on July 20, 2022Sorry about the steak BostonKath. We are always happy to take care of any mistakes we make, please do let us know next time and we will fix it however we can.

  5. KC

    KylieC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent! Service slow!!! Would definitely dine here again.

    PublicoResponded on July 20, 2022Terribly sorry for the service Kylie, but hopefully the food was worth the wait. Please give us another try! We hope to not disappoint again.

  6. J

    Jessica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the vibe in Publico and food and drinks are great!

    PublicoResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you Jessica!! Hope to see you again soon.

  7. ST

    SmallTime

    New England

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great dinner with an old friend. The restaurant is a hidden gem it is very nice inside comfortable & cozy, I could see bringing my wife back for a date night. The food was well prepared and very tasty, I has the salmon. The service was excellent as well, were well looked after by friendly and happy staff.

    PublicoResponded on July 20, 2022Thank You SmallTime! Please come back soon. We're a great spot for date night. We offer an extra 3 course menu every Tuesday & Wednesday that offers a number of different options to try (including our regular menu) as well as a selection of wines and pairings we can offer to make the night perfect.

  8. JT

    JonT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've always had an amazing time at Publico. The service and food are great and among the best places in Southie.

    PublicoResponded on July 20, 2022Thanks for the 5 stars Jon! Hope to see you again soon.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and vibe for our business dinner. Highly recommend!

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Appreciate it. We're here for all occasions. Please come back again soon.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience3
    Service took forever

    PublicoResponded on July 28, 2022I'm sorry for your service on this evening. I hope we can be better next time.

  11. AK

    AK89

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, wide variety of options that are all delicious. Great environment and vibes and friendly service.

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Love the 5 starts. Thanks AK!

  12. SS

    StaceyS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Our server was attentive, knowledgeable.

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Great to hear Stacey. Thank You!!

  13. JP

    JessicaP

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!! Best frozen strawberry daiquiri I’ve ever had!

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Thanks Jessica!! Next time try it with a pina colada swirl. We promise it wont' disappoint.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! And your hostesses are lovely and very accommodating and professional!

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Thank You!!

  15. AJ

    AndreaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Too loud and not enough servers but the food was pretty okay

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Hope you give us another shot Andrea.

  16. AR

    ArturoR

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Público is a great space with an interesting menu mixing Mediterranean with Latin fare.

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Thank you Arturo!!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Great food, weak drinks.

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Sorry to hear that. Would like another chance to prove otherwise.

  18. DW

    DaveWc

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Appreciate it Dave!

  19. RS

    RyanS

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was fantastic! Super helpful, and very nice. Will ask for his section again. I believe his name was Darro.

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Thanks so much Ryan! Darragh is one of our newest servers. Great to hear he is doing so well.

  20. n

    nenaeats

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to brunch for Father's Day. Excellent food, drinks, and service. We had the Thai chicken wings, the doughnuts, the rib eye steak special, and chorizo hash. Everything was delicious. Staff was very nice and super attentive. Our first time and we will be returning for dinner.

    PublicoResponded on July 13, 2022Please come again soon!!

  21. l

    lasala

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate our son’s graduation. Everything was beautiful and delicious - and the interior patio was perfect

    PublicoResponded on July 28, 2022Thank You Iasala!! We appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager gave us drinks on the house for a birthday! Amazing food and drinks and outstanding expertise

    PublicoResponded on June 21, 2022Happy Birthday and Thank you!!!

  23. DW

    DanielleW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great choice for food and drinks in South Boston!

    PublicoResponded on June 21, 2022Thanks Danielle! Appreciate it. I hope we can get another star next time =)

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    The food was great, but the service was very slow and sporadic. Took over an hour to even take our food order. Was not representative of my normal experience there.

    PublicoResponded on June 21, 2022I'm sorry for your experience. This obviously isn't how we normally operate. I am sorry and hope you give us another chance.

  25. KN

    KimNotK

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Publico is a great restaurant. Went fro brunch with a couple of girlfriends and it was such a vibe! the ambiance is great and the food was such a pleasant surprise! Planning to visit again o try their dinner menu which also look amazing!

    PublicoResponded on June 8, 2022Thank you so much Kim!! Please visit us again soon.

  26. TT

    TammyT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time there & everything was beyond amazing. Food...drinks...atmosphere We can't wait to go back

    PublicoResponded on June 21, 2022Thank you so much for the 5 stars Tammy!!! Hope to see you again soon.

  27. NT

    NTown136

    New England

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place with some outdoor dining available. Food was good with a varied menu and cocktails very good. It did get quite loud as the evening progressed. Our waitress was overstretched and we waited 15 minutes extra just for her to get the check Overall if you are in South Boston it’s worth a try. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go there however.

    PublicoResponded on June 8, 2022Thanks? Appreciate the food and cocktails, but we would respectfully disagree, please do try us as a destination and if you happen to be in South Boston.

  28. t

    tratch

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Really enjoyed the food, which included the octopus, seared cod, Brussels sprouts, oysters, fish tacos, steak tips. The ambiance is cool and interesting. The atrium is nice a nice space. Our server was mostly absent for the night. We would go long stints waiting for her to reappear so we could order more drinks, put our entrees in, or get the check. The dining room didn’t seem particularly busy and as it cleared out, she still could not be found. Our table was only bussed as we prepared to pay the bill, which was unfortunate because we had order many apps, drinks, and had spilled a glass of wine. By the end of our meal we had plates plates piled high among empty beer cans, dirty glasses, and dirty napkins used to soak up wine. The food was generally priced fairly. Some of the raw bar prices seemed high. The drinks were delicious but exorbitant.

    PublicoResponded on June 8, 2022I do apologize for the service on this evening. We were clearly not at our best. Not an excuse but this was a Thursday evening before a holiday weekend on which we served $1 oysters from our raw bar and happened to be the busiest we have ever had and ran out of oysters by 8pm that evening. Our total sales were double a "normal" Thursday evening. We were very busy, but you should not have been ignored regardless. I do hope you give us a second chance.

  29. NG

    NG12345

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3 for 38 menu is the best

    PublicoResponded on June 21, 2022Thank You! Please check it out frequently as it changes monthly!!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was Amazing

    PublicoResponded on June 8, 2022Thank You!

  31. HB

    HannahB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great brunch

    PublicoResponded on June 8, 2022Thanks Hannah!

  32. A

    Alcla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very cool spot!! Good vibes, fun music, good food

    PublicoResponded on May 25, 2022Thank You!!! Hope to see you again soon. If there was a reason for the 4 stars on service please let me know. We want that to be 5 stars across the board next time. joe@publicoboston.co

  33. GD

    GabiD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome place with good priced food and drinks. I loved the way everything was laid out and it was an overall good brunch spot. Would go again!

    PublicoResponded on May 25, 2022Great to hear GabiD!! Thank You so much. Try us for dinner too =)

  34. k

    kellyt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch and drinks. Can't wait to go back! Food was tasty

    PublicoResponded on May 25, 2022Thank You Kellyt!! Please come back again soon!

  35. KJ

    KatieJ

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food! We had dollar oysters (18 of them), the tzatziki dip with pita and split a burger! The tzatziki dip was to DIE for with the warm pitas on the side and love the french fries with the burger!! Will definitely be back, as always :)

    PublicoResponded on May 25, 2022Thank You KatieJ!!! Love to hear all the great feedback. Hope to see you again soon.

  36. P

    Paula

    New England

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and attentiveness were perfect. Food whimsical and delicious

    PublicoResponded on May 11, 2022Thank you so much Paula!! We love the 5 stars. Please visit again soon.

  37. GS

    GinaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Very nice layout and decor with a big bar and lots of tables. We were there at 11:30 a.m. and ordered around noon, but there were limited lunch items on the menu. I had the chorizo hash which was very bland. I expected a little spice with chorizo. Another person at our table had the corned beef hash and he said the same thing. We asked for hot sauce twice but they never brought it. Drinks were good. Servers were very pleasant.

    PublicoResponded on May 11, 2022Hi Gina, Apologies on the menu, during Brunch service we hope to have a mix of breakfast and lunch, but do agree is skews more towards breakfast. Sorry you didn't enjoy the hashes. We do find them to be some of our more popular items but to each their own and hope you will give us another try.

  38. I

    Ivana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Music was awful . Waitress took forever each time
  39. M

    Mandy

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite

    PublicoResponded on May 25, 2022Thanks for the 5 stars Mandy!! Hope to see you again soon.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i recommend their burrito bowl! great drinks too

    PublicoResponded on June 8, 2022Appreciate it!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Publico is rated 4.8 stars by 595 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Publico

11 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127

Additional information

  • Cross street

    West First Street

  • Neighborhood

    South Boston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joel Howard

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 622-5700

  • Private party facilities

    We are open for small and large events, private and semi-private space is available. For more details please visit www.publicoboston.com or email events@publicoboston.com

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (833) 550-2748

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