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Publico

4.7
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323 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 323 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Great food, compliments to the chef and bartender! However we had terrible service. Our drink order was wrong, our appetizers came with our entrees, and we never got checked in on. It took us forever to get our drinks,food, and check. We came for a 6:45 reservations and left at 9pm. Most of that was spent waiting.

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Katydid
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bloody Marys and the lump crab benedict were delicious!!

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MollyM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places I've been in Boston over the last 4 years. Amazing food & the atmosphere is so unique and fun. Highly recommend.

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SamanthaH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Overall a great date-night spot! Kind of industrial/residential neighborhood, very few parking options. Food was delicious and not overpriced, drinks were fun and yummy.

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Katie
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! A little pricey but the food tastes amazing so its worth it

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CaseyS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time, great food! Would definitely recommend to anyone in the neighborhood

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AgustinusS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drink is good, food is good, atmosphere is good will be back.
P.S
Presentation on octopus look skimpy, you guys can do better than that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food good vibes

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vipBostonGirl151
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service. The burgers were yummy and server was pleasant.

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vipSamF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for date night with my boyfriend. They did have a decent amount of outdoor seating for the city, however not all of the tables had heaters- thankfully we were able to get a table with a heater because otherwise the outdoor dining would have been way too cold. Hope they will get more heaters because everything we ordered was delicious. Both of our drinks were great. We got the gnudi for an appetizer which was so tasty. He had the ahi tuna special and I had the little leaf salad- both of which were well portioned, well seasoned and very good. Our waitress was great and service was prompt. Hopeful that they will get more heaters for the fall so we can continue to come back and dine outdoors.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pizza was amazing!! Best in southie (ask for it well done)

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Luvgoodfood
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had never been to this restaurant before, but my friend, who lives close by, goes there frequently.
We sat outside and it was very relaxing. The food was delicious and fish Tacos outstanding.
My friend loves the Yucca Fries and we shared those and the beet salad. So good. They even make their own hot sauce, in a miniature bottle, which you can keep.

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DonnaR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Publico is one of our favorite local spots. It never disappoints....great food, great ambiance, great people and servers. We highly recommend it for a unique dining experience in the courtyard, and a unique, but fantastic menu.

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Maura
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing - delicious food and excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. Excellent food and service. Lamb lollipops, brussel sprouts and squid from the appetizers menu made a great meal for two. The cocktails were really good. Definitely will be back 👍👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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Lafemme5388
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Good drinks! Beautiful place! Highly recommend!!!

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JenniferT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, outstanding service, great vibes!!!

DS
DanielleS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away. Restaurant does great with social distance and has partitions between tables as well. Food arrived quickly and drinks were well made!

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vipAnonymous
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great neighborhood. First time visitors and we loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Seating arrangements by the bar were a bit bizarre but overall a great night. Food and service were great

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vipPicabbo
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was noted in the reservation that the occasion for the dinner is birthday but nothing was done or said to our party.

Also the waitress brought us an extra cocktail we didn’t order but we didn’t say anything at that moment because the person was Ok to have a second drink.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience

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Virg07
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Publico is a cute bistro for a date night or lunch date! The noise level was just right and the music playlist had a great variety. However, I wasn't as excited about the food. I ordered the fish tacos and they weren't the best--almost like they were undercooked? I do plan to go back because the drinks and apps were really good (flavorful mussels, seasoned brussel sprouts, and crispy fries). Hopefully the next visit is better!

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NadegeF
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and Old Fashions. They were Covid safety measures taken Which I appreciate. Glad this place is still in business.

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vipChris
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always amazing here! Chef Joel does the best octopus and lamb chops in the city! Maia and Christian kill it at the bar. The entire staff is a reflection of the owner Theo whose hand is obvious in everything that happens. It’s a cant miss!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, food, to the staff outstanding

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around! Food came out quick and was delicious, drinks were great too!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great time

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good experience liked the atmosphere

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Taylor
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful time at brunch!! All of the staff were so kind and the food was great! We will definitely be back!

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vipTasty
New England
32 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good time, great discovery. Great fresh food with great combinations of flavors, great service. Location good, parking available, drinks were good, comfortable place. Definitely will return

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BobM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The brussel sprouts were delicious and enough for 4 people as an app. The fingers were delicious, not a huge menu, but enough choice. I went with the suggested cocktail and was please. Wed night wasn't crowded, so great way to experience a trendy spot!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and awesome food pairings. Had a wonderful time. Can't wait to see what the summer patio is like.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food prices were a little expensive for the portions provide me and my friend both left hungry and a little unfilled given the amount we spent

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charlotte
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner and staff were wonderful. They accommodated a large part of 14. The food was great and cooked perfectly. Would highly recommend.

DB
DannyB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice cozy place and good vibes! Went there with my girlfriend for an early Valentine's Day dinner and the food was delicious. Ordered ceviche, octopus, and the rib eye which were all amazing! Wait staff was very friendly. Noticed they have an area with retractable roof. Definitely will check it out, plus will be back for the brunch. Publico is a great restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday lunch. Very accommodating to a group of 9 people. Will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service!

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 4.7 stars by 323 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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