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Publico, Boston, MA

Publico

4.7
4.7
664 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 50 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.

Popular dishes

What 664 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Contemporary American

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  1. LS

    LeeSP

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Service was fantastic, and they were amazing with food allergies.

    PublicoResponded 3 days agoThank You Lee! We do take allergens seriously. Glad we were able to accommodate.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time at Publico. Reliable fun dining experience.

    PublicoResponded 3 days agoHope to see you again soon!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed an amazing brunch! Loved the boozy milkshakes and the homemade donuts with Nutella dipping sauce. Everything ranging from the food to the service to the atmosphere was fantastic. I will definitely be back!

    PublicoResponded 3 days agoThank you so much! Hope to see you soon.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Horrible service. The restaurant was empty and they came around once every 30 minutes for a table of 10. They missed food orders, over charged us for drinks and sent us drinks we didn’t order, sent our food to another table, didn’t get our food order for an hour and they still changed us for it and another appetizer they just straight up forgot… was really embarrassing to gather friends here for my fiancés birthday, friends coming from other states, and have such poor service. Our bill is still incorrect and we’re overcharged but we needed to leave so we just dealt with it. Do better!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the 3 for $38 deal. Loved everything we choose. The carrot ginger soup was delicious along with the lamb burger and mushroom truffle ravioli.

    PublicoResponded 3 days agoThank You! Check back with us often. That menu changes monthly.

  6. P

    Peep

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was delicious! I wish it wasn’t so loud.

    PublicoResponded 3 days agoSorry for the volume but glad you enjoyed the food!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, good (a bit loud) atmosphere. Amazing Bloody Mary! A great place for brunch!

    PublicoResponded 3 days agoSorry about the music, but glad everything else was great!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service

    PublicoResponded 3 days agoThank you so much Hope to see you again soon!

  9. O

    Olivia

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing vibes for a girls night out, fantastic food and mocktails for those of us still doing dry January!

    PublicoResponded 3 days agoThanks Olivia!! Hope to see you again soon.

  10. N

    Nick

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    First time here and it was horrible. We reserved Publico in the ski lodge. When arriving, they said no less than 4 people could sit up there even though thats not what was stated on the reservation. When speaking with the waitress, she said we couldn’t even order off that menu because it was only for tables in the lodge. The waitress barely came back, was rude, and gave an attitude when we said we were only getting drinks. Will NOT be going back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    It’s ok for apps and drinks, but the quality of entrees and table service were not good.
  12. SM

    SuburbanMA

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun place! The brunch life is alive & well! We are in our 50s and we’re probably the oldest people there. Great energy, food was awesome too.

    PublicoResponded on January 18, 2023We like to think we're fun for all ages!! =) Hope to see you again soon.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best time dining at one of my favorite spots!

    PublicoResponded on January 18, 2023Hope to see you again soon. Thanks for the 5 stars!

  14. 4

    4characters

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've never eaten a bad thing here. Food is always terrific!

    PublicoResponded on January 4, 2023We appreciate that. Hope to see you again soon!!

  15. CP

    ChrisP

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to celebrate my birthday, sat at a couch with fireplace, food and drinks were excellent-will definitely go back

    PublicoResponded on January 4, 2023Thanks Chris. Hope to see you again soon.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! Our waitress, Katie, was so attentive and gave awesome recommendations! We’ll be back so soon!

    PublicoResponded on January 4, 2023Thank You So much! We'll be sure to pass this on to Katie

  17. ER

    EllenR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious (had the salmon and my boyfriend had the piaya, both soooo yummy!!) The atmosphere was so much fun!! Loved the indoor firepit with the lounge area and bar. The drinks were unique and the service was fast and friendly. We will be back!

    PublicoResponded on December 28, 2022Thank you so much Ellen!

  18. r

    rbdiaz

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I think the Publico menu has improved quite a bit over the past 12-18 months. The restaurant is usually buzzing with activity, but not too tough to get an OpenTable reservation. I think it’s a little pricey, but not out of line for the area. Overall, a good place to check out.

    PublicoResponded on December 28, 2022Thanks! Hope to see you again soon.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    Food was tasty. Never got our appetizers we ordered and our waitress was very inattentive. Had to flag down other people to place our orders two, three times.
  20. PB

    PaulB

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Twenty-something sports bar hangout. Very loud music, big screen TVs everywhere. Not the place for a pleasant pre-theater meal. Very limited choices for someone with a garlic allergy. But the server was delightful and helpful and the option I did have was delicious, so not a total loss.

    PublicoResponded on December 21, 2022Weekends are quite lively Paul. Weekdays tend to be more mellow. We do hope you are able to give us another chance. Glad we could accommodate your allergy in some way.

  21. PA

    PeterA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch ! Service and hospitality was great !

    PublicoResponded on December 28, 2022Thank you Peter!

  22. CJ

    CathyJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely great food, great service. A little noisy. I don't see why we need 3 large tv screens in the dining room. The bar, OK, but the dining room?

    PublicoResponded on December 21, 2022Thanks CathyJ! Happy to hear about the food. The TV's are typically in use when our local sports teams are on-air.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent - our waitress Katie was quick, attentive, and very nice. The drinks were delicious, and we thoroughly enjoyed the meatball slides, burratta, and fish tacos.

    PublicoResponded on December 21, 2022Thank you for your kind words. We will surely pass on your praise to Katie as well! Hope to see you again soon.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my dad here and we loved it! Great service, great food, great drinks. Perfect to watch some football too.

    PublicoResponded on December 7, 2022Thank You for the 5 starts. Come back soon!

  25. R

    Radar1

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our table was ready and waiting, food was amazing, service was impeccable. The noise level was high which made it difficult to have a conversation across the table. Would go back and ask for quieter seating location.

    PublicoResponded on December 7, 2022Thanks for the review. Next time please don't hesitate to ask for anything. We will always do our best to accommodate.

  26. EE

    EliE3333

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    too loud for breakfast, but overall the food was ok

    PublicoResponded on December 7, 2022Sorry about the noise. It was busier than normal due to the World Cup game that morning. Please try us again soon.

  27. GB

    GardnerB

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch. We had a party of 9 and service was great.
  28. IL

    ILikeTacosAndMargs

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a 12 person table for my birthday and the staff were really nice and attentive even for such a big and rowdy group! They even stored the cake and served it after dinner which was also super nice of them. The food and drinks were amazing and reasonably priced. Overall, had an awesome night.
  29. S

    Southiebs

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my family in for, their first time and everything was wonderful
  30. PC

    PatrickC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I think our server was Isabelle. She was so professional and helpful and patient. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience because of her!!

    PublicoResponded on November 30, 2022Thank you Patrick. We will pass that along for sure!!

  31. LE

    LiaE

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Food was tasty! Service was very ok and Noise was extremely loud. Do not go for a quiet meal to catch up with your friend.

    PublicoResponded on November 30, 2022Apologies for the service. Weekends are certainly a more lively scene but don't give up on us. Sunday - Thursday is a great time for catching up with friends in a more subdued atmosphere.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    fun and good food

    PublicoResponded on November 30, 2022Appreciate it!!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and fun atmosphere! Lots of options for cocktails!

    PublicoResponded on November 16, 2022Thank You! Please visit again soon.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    Waited 45 minutes after my reservation for my table to be ready and the server was extremely slow
  35. AT

    AngieT

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The food was good, service was slow! Parking situation is horrible.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service is always the best

    PublicoResponded on November 30, 2022Thank You!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience4
    The hostess was very unfriendly
  38. S

    Spindoctor

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food - great service - music was loud when we arrived but staff responded to our request to turn it down s bit.

    PublicoResponded on November 8, 2022Glad we were able to accommodate and thanks for the kind words! Big fan of the Spin Doctors in the 90's.

  39. DC

    DeniseC

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    1st time eating at Publico. Very nice experience and love that it is a neighborhood restaurant.

    PublicoResponded on November 8, 2022Great to hear Denise. We hope to see you again soon.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fun! Everything was amazing!!

    PublicoResponded on November 8, 2022Thanks so much!

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 4.7 stars by 664 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 50 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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