Publico

4.8
442 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 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Tue - 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 442 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJustASouthieMom
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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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.

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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!

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

Food was outstanding! Server was very attentive!

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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!

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

As always…. Fabulous!

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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

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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
2 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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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!

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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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
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
67 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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viptravellingfoodie
New England
49 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and decor. Service was excellent. Not just for the younger generation. Food choices are great! Waitress was excellent.
Will be back.

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vipMichelle
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Publico has a great vibe. Fun cocktail options, and the food was fresh and delicious. Overall we had a great experience. Our server was very helpful and friendly.

Publico
Responded on June 17, 2021

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

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vipLivS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Took us 45 minutes to leave because our server wouldn’t come back to the table to give us our check. And gave major attitude when we asked for it.

Food was bleh.

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
59 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Incredible service and amazing food! I’ll be back!

Publico
Responded on June 17, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 stars. Please visit again soon and tell all your friends!!

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moveablefeast
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to have Publico back to a full menu and normal service. Have missed this!!

Publico
Responded on June 17, 2021

We're glad to be back too! Please visit us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a night out with no kids!!! The food, drinks and service did not disappoint

Publico
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you so much! Glad we can be a part of your night off and made it enjoyable. Trust us, we get it =)

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Dinner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Publico! Food and service was amazing as always

Publico
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thanks for the 5 stars, hope to see you again soon!

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sheaB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with child in tow 😃 publico is always the perfect place for this. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the amazing day. Ordered from the 3 for $38 Wednesday menu and enjoyed all of it. We brought food and drink for our son but our servers brought him a drink in a cool bear cup. He was thrilled!

Publico
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thanks for the 5 stars Shea! Glad we put a smile on the little one's face. Come visit again soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Very slow experience today.

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GingerD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! The food, the atmosphere, the people!

Publico
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank You Ginger!!

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vipSBSB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good service, food, and atmosphere.

Publico
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank You so much!! Hope to see you again soon!

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vipemilyK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good sergice

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes. Great food. Great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Great service! Great ambience!

Publico
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you so much! Please come back again soon. Joe Marotta General Manager

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vipMarianneD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The restaurant is beauitful inside, the food was good, I liked the wine selection and our server was very nice.y only critique is the music was so loud you could hardly have a conversation. I understand they want it to be a fun environment but it was too loud for me. Other than the volume on the music, this was a great experience and we will be back!

Publico
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you Marianne. Sorry about the music, but glad to hear the rest of your experience was great! Please do come back and don't hesitate to ask us to turn it down next time. We want all 5-stars=) Joe Marotta General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED IT! The ambience, the drinks, Tina the server, it was all great.

Publico
Responded on May 19, 2021

Thank You so much!! Visit again soon

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DonnaR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've always love Publico and is our "go to" local spot just 2 blocks from us. The food is always outstanding as is the service. And we love the atmosphere, unique courtyard. We especially love the new expanded menu and the 3-for-$38 on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tina is the best

Publico
Responded on May 19, 2021

She certainly is!!

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juliap
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, along with a very vibrant atmosphere

Publico
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thank You Julia!!

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Yummy
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding food and service

Publico
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thanks so much. Hope to see you again soon!

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AngelaS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

I tried to reserve a high top in the courtyard when I booked my reservation but was told I could not and that that area was first come first serve. When we got to lunch there was an open high top table in the courtyard but I was told it was reserved for another party. That was disappointing. Otherwise everything was good.

JM
vipJMarz
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Food was delicious. Would go back for the $1 oysters

Publico
Responded on May 12, 2021

Buck-a-Shuck every Thursday. Please do come back.

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FAQs

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

Publico is rated 4.8 stars by 442 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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