Publico

4.8
423 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 423 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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viptravellingfoodie
New England
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago

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

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vipLivS
New England
1 review
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
56 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Publico
Responded 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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
3 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
2 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
6 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.

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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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vipAEDiner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was professional and gracious. The dining experience in the patio was lovely. And the three course meal offering was delicious.

Publico
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thank You so much. We serve our 3 for $38 menu every Tuesday & Wednesday and it changes monthly, so please try us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduations

Publico
Responded on May 12, 2021

Any event you wish to celebrate we will see to making it very special.

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vipAntoinette
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Publico is *~vibes~*. Love the multiple outdoor options- both in the front patio and the open area roof where I sat for brunch. The avocado toast with chili oil was fantastic. Drinks were fine. The pork belly benedict was fine too (a little dry). Overall a cool space and place to visit and the menu made me want to return to try more options. Hope Publico succeeds!

Publico
Responded on May 5, 2021

Thanks Antoinette! Sorry we underwhelmed with the food and drinks. I hope you visit us again soon and we can change that. Glad to hear you love the space though. Joe Marotta General Manager

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MaryA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time! Thank you for making the birthday celebration special!

Publico
Responded on May 5, 2021

Glad we could! Hope you see you again soon. Joe Marotta General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tremendous spot

Publico
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank You!!

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vipGarrison
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome yet again. Roof was open over the indoor patio and it was a great time. Also the breakfast burrito was wicked good.

Publico
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thanks Garrison! The Breakfast Burrito was a new addition to the menu. Glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again soon. Joe Marotta General Manager

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DD2222
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my first time there and is now one of my favorite brunch spots.

Publico
Responded on April 28, 2021

So glad to hear it. Please visit again real soon. Hopefully we can be one of your favorite dinner spots too! Joe Marotta General Manager

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ElizabethP
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUCH A COOL PLACE! Amazing seating areas, inside and outside....very unique menu items and brunch cocktails to die for. Especially the large format cocktails for groups. An unforgettable experience...we loved it.

Publico
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank you so much Elizabeth. Please come back and visit us again real soon!! Joe Marotta General Manager

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Lauren
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Publico!! Food is amazing, drinks are well made, a very fun atmosphere for sure and the staff is great!! 10/10 good times.

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vipElizabethS
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails (mojito & the pressed tequila one) are fun and delicious! We had the octopus and tuna tartare appetizers and they were both yummy. The lambs chops were cooked perfectly to medium rare and the bolognese was also excellent.

Publico
Responded on April 20, 2021

Thank You so much Elizabeth!! The cocktails are new features we just added to our latest menu change. Glad you enjoyed them. Hope to see you again soon.

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

Food always delicious and the atmosphere was as always light and airy.

Publico
Responded on April 15, 2021

Thank You!! New menu rolling out 4/15/21. Please come back soon to try the new items.

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MaxK
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaraunt in Boston. The owner is a beast!

Publico
Responded on April 15, 2021

We couldn't be happier about that Max! I hope we continue to be your favorite for a long time. You should come check out our new menu rolling out 4/15/21 and ask for Theo (aka The Beast!)

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StewartP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly and funny staff. Can’t wait till it gets warmer and the roof is open

Publico
Responded on April 8, 2021

Thanks Stewart! Our patio dining is open now weather permitting!! Joe Marotta General Manager

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vipGarrison
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great vibe in the indoor-outdoor patio. Love this place. Menu's a bit limited though

Publico
Responded on April 8, 2021

Thanks Garrison! We're rolling out a new menu April 15th and adding some new items for the summer we think are going to be a hit. Please try us out again! Joe Marotta General Manager

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vipErinM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken gyro on the Friday cafe menu is AMAZING! I cannot wait to get it again!

Publico
Responded on April 8, 2021

Glad to hear Erin! Please visit us again soon!! Joe Marotta General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Publico has very cool setting, and Brussels and bacon was delicious. Our server in the bar area was very friendly and upbeat. Offered suggestions and gave honest feedback about cocktails. She was very attentive too. I believe her name was Nikita — sorry if I’m misremembering! Great service though, much appreciated!

Publico
Responded on April 8, 2021

Thank you so much! Great to hear about the service you received. I will be sure to let your server know. Please visit us again soon. Joe Marotta General Manager

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CaitiM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it. Food was great as always!! Music was awesome. Favorite place in southie.

Publico
Responded on April 8, 2021

Thank You!! Our playlist is available on Spotify ;-)

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vipOnE3rd
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a kids menu which was a really nice surprise. Service was great and we’re excited about the addtl outdoor space in the front. Can’t wait to go again!

Publico
Responded on April 8, 2021

We know kids need to eat too =) We hope to see you again soon!

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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 423 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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