Publico

4.8
371 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.

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 371 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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vipKatZ
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were great! It wasn’t too crowded or loud which was super nice - highly recommend the coffee and donuts dessert!

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vipGsmi
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

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jobeezy
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was fantastic: Spiked Cider, Bacon BBQ Brussels, Truffle Fungi pizza and the Burger. The service was super quick and we were in and out in 45 minutes.

Publico
Responded 5 days ago

Thank You for the 5 stars. Hope we see you again soon!

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Dmars
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Never disappointed here. Everything was fabulous. Had a great birthday dinner. Thank you!

Publico
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the kind words. Happy Birthday!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12/10, place is gas. Best wings ever.

Publico
Responded 5 days ago

The wings were a recent addition to the menu. Glad to hear we didn't disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, the ambiance in there is the best in Boston especially during the pandemic. Come here to watch a game or just chill with friends. Relaxed, but upscale, delicious food!

Publico
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thanks for the 5 stars and kind words. Please join us again soon!

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vipFlow
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great vibe. Good food. We got unlucky with our table location and missed out on the fun. Would try again.

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MeMy
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Have had great experiences at publico in the past but unfortunately had a very inattentive waitress this time. We were done with our meals and drinks (first round) for a 40 min before she even asked if we wanted anything else or the check. Still love publico tho

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing staff. The best restaurant in Southie.

Publico
Responded on February 16, 2021

So great to hear! Thank You!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place so much!! Food is always delish and so are the drinks!! Top tire service!!!

Publico
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank You! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience5

Food not good at all

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!!

Publico
Responded on February 16, 2021

Great to hear. Come back again soon! Joe Marotta General Manager

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vipMadi
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice seating at the bar and good food. Espresso martini’s here are some of my favorite in Boston!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger in Boston. Doesn’t even need ketchup. Always cooked perfectly and amazing blend of meats

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Birthday Drinks and Apps

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We were sat near a speaker that was way too loud but otherwise it was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love publico, one of my favorite places to go in Boston

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vipOpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best restaurant in south Boston. A true hidden gem. Every meal I’ve had has been incredible. I cannot recommend this enough.

Publico
Responded 5 days ago

Thank You! This means a lot to us.

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al915
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food and service. We love going there. Chef is outstanding!!!

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ShaunaP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing tatziki dip, the bolognese could be better it was a bit oily, great staff

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billv
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the server and the manager were very friendly. Food was creative and the Tuesday night three course prix fixe was an exceptional value. The steak was prime and cooked to perfection!

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YMar
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always an absolute pleasure....the food and the service are impeccable.

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SammyD
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I got the beet salad and it was delicious! The guac and chips were really good. The dumplings were okay should have been called patties. Service was not great we sat down at 630 and we knew we had 90 minutes. We understand they want a fast turnover but our waitress was rushing us to hurry up and order. We were asked multiple times to put an order in and told “it’s because we have a 90 minute limit” but we knew that already and respected that! We just wanted to leave because she was not allowing us to enjoy our time. Hope next visit is better!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

I HAD A HOT DATE AND SHES LOVES ME NOW. THANK YOU

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love their food. Charred octopus 💣💣💣

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vipChris
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Octopus in the city! The service is always top notch. The food is always amazing. Theo has built such an amazing dining experience. Chef Joel is always on point- we've never had anything but an amazing meal. Christian, Meia, Serena, Marta are always so great to us. This is a must try.

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vipGillokingo
Caribbean
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, great food, good social distancing and overall a lovely brunch experience

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vipCatW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We were sat in the left side of the front room (opposite from the bar) it wasn't as nice as the bar area or back room where the ambience is very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Publico. Great service, great atmosphere. Went two days in a row!

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vipBrian
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Publico does a nice job following all of the safety precautions for COVID-19, my friend and I felt very safe throughout our time at Publico. The food (burger and pizza) were tasty and our service from Emily (server) and Lydia (bartender) was great. The space has a lot of natural light, which contributed to the nice ambience.

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Boston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lydia is the best bar tender. Great drinks. Fun spot

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had such a nice time in the Lodge ! Specifically want to call out the hostess Victoria, who was super sweet when we called ahead and made sure to accolade us in a thoughtful way! She even remembered me a few hours later !!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Southie best spots far and away without all the headaches that come with most of Southies popular spots

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Foodlover
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food, VERY nice and accommodating staff. Only annoying part is there are only three outside tables and you cannot reserve them.

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Nana
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time there, great food and ambiance, will definitely come back.

Publico
Responded on December 22, 2020

Thank You so much! We hope to see you again very soon.

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MeredithK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service. Always a top choice if making reservations in south boston.
The lodge is our favorite, what a beautiful job they do with decorating. Be back soon!

Publico
Responded on December 22, 2020

Thank you Meredith! The Lodge is our favorite part of Winter too. See you soon!

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EmilyD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to Tina from Publico to help me set up a great bachelorette brunch. You saved the day!
The food was delicious and the service was great. We loved the fireplace couch area, it made our small party special.

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moveablefeast
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Yuka fries are fabulous! The frittata delicious and the Chorizo hash a really nice unique twist. Publico is a perfect neighborhood restaurant and we really appreciate them in these challenging times!!

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naaaa
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb lollipops are amazing! Highly recommend. great drinks as well

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CaitiM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I love Publico. Food is always great, the atmosphere is on point, the manager is always welcoming but this time my service wasn't so great. We felt kind of ignored and forgotten. Wasn't too many people there but we were the smallest party in the room so that could've been why we weren't attended to well. Not sure, but I would definitely go back. It's one of my favorite spots in the area.

FAQs

Publico does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Publico also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 622-5700.

Publico is rated 4.8 stars by 371 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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