Tico

4.3
1124 reviews
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Tico, Michael Schlow's award-winning venture, located at 222 Berkely St (corner of St James) is casual, fun, inviting, energized and energizing. The restaurant has a personal, somewhat eclectic, "found" feel, with lots of reclaimed wood and unusual pieces. Perfect for friends that want to share cool cocktails, plates of tasty, sometimes spicy food, while listening to great music, in a fast, uncomplicated restaurant that provides knowledgeable, quick, playful service.
The restaurant has an open kitchen with 6 stools right on the counter to watch all the action. It also boasts a large bar, dining room for 100, a chef's table, and a lush outdoor courtyard that features a fireplace, dining for 50, as well as some "soft" seating near the fire if guests wish to be outside for a drink or snack.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small plates. Wonderfully different. Will come back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I was looking for a tapas place. Tico was neat so we decided to give it a go. Upon arriving to the restaurant we waited a few minutes to be greeted, the restaurant wasn’t busy at all. Once greeted were taken to our seats and waited for the waitress. While we waited I noticed the staff body language and they appeared to not like they’re job. The place was big, low lighting and American music played in the background. Our waitress was nice, we placed our drink and food order. When our drinks arrived, red sangria and tamarind margarita, they were nothing to rave about. Our dinner entrée came before the apps, which wasn’t a big deal. We had the steak and chicken tacos, they were actually pretty tasty. The calamari was good and habanero chicken was ok, but wouldn’t order again.

Overall, my experience at Tico was okay. But if I’m looking for a real tapas experience I will go to Barcelona or Tapas in the Southend. With that being said I think Tico is good for tourist.

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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was way too expensive for what it was, but the service was good.

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FD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

TICO is a pretty good restaurant, good food, excellent service. But it wasn't the restaurant that I had in mind. Their menu on OpenTable was more than five years old, and none of the dishes that I wanted was on the new menu. The waiter swore they never served those dishes I mentioned and then came back and said the menu on OpenTable was before his tenure. He had worked there for more than 5 years. Imagine you went to the wrong restaurant but it was V-day night and the staff was also very friendly. Awkward!

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it - food was amazing, waitress was very nice, food came out super fast, etc.

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PB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I wish they had the full lunch menu on Saturday.

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S
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Business lunch with a colleague - service was fast and friendly, and the food also came out very quickly. Very fresh, great flavors in both of our salads, and having been there previously for dinner, I know Tico does not disappoint whatever you may order!

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w
New England
181 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tico has an active bar, some hightops and many low tops. It is definitely an after-work spot. The music was too loud for our more senior ears. The server did try to seat us away from most of the speakers, which helped a bit. We all had tacos, which were good, but a bit over priced. $13 for 2 very small tacos was a bit much.

It is not bad, but it is just not our style.

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B
New England
103 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Tico is a “go to” for us. Food is good, service is above average.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was really friendly. Good service all around!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food at Tico is really bad, period. Service, location, physical plant, ambiance all good ... but we will never be back ... every single tapas dish was terrible. I am not a foody and I have a pretty open mind about restaurants, and like just about everything. We will not be back.

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EC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow. Menu wasn’t as robust as we had hoped

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PH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

When our plans changed, we were welcomed a bit earlier than our reservation, which we appreciated. The margaritas were fantastic -- and we've sampled margaritas all over! However, the menu was a mere shadow of what was featured on the website, so were quite disappointed with the rather pedestrian tapas plates -- hardly any seafood, which is a favorite of ours. The portions of guacamole and dip were stingy, but tasty. We were surprised that it was necessary to order a separate plate of salsa and chips for an additional cost -- you couldn't get guac and salsa and chips. The cheeseburger and fries were fine, as was the beet tapas -- the only vegetarian, non-creamy tapas I could find. Fish tacos were okay -- again, stingy on the serving -- two small tacos? Most other places serve 3 for a similar price or less. At least the fish wasn't too fried. The service was polite, but slow. Tico is fine -- but there are so many great restaurants, I don't think we'll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great food presentation, but the portions & quality aren't worth the high prices.

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CA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for conversations as you can actually hear, and a good vibe in the restaurant with an open kitchen and great bar! Asked for a skinny, spicy margarita which wasn't on the menu and it was delicious and not overly sweet. Food was fantastic as well.

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DU
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tasty food, friendly service, value equation, however, less than optimal —lots of money for little food.

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BH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service quite slow and inattentive.

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PM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a good time. Our meals were delicious and thankfully, perfect portion sizes. The music was too loud to hold an easy conversation. The service was outstanding, our waitress was terrific.

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The waitstaff was friendly but otherwise not helpful. The wine list was small and the wines were overpriced. The music was too loud.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was pretty terrible for how expensive the meal was. Will not be returning.

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ET
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was good and we had a good time. The tacos are relatively small, definitely need more than just that for a meal. We tried fish tacos & pork tacos- the pork were great but the fish was a little bland. We also got the meatballs as an appetizer which were tasty. We got chips & guac which was good but not nearly enough guac to warrant the $13 price. We both got margaritas which were average. My #1 complaint is that we were given one taco dish first, then the appetizers 5-10 minutes later, then the other taco plate. So it wasn't the traditional drink- appetizer - meal order we were expecting. The overall bill for two of us ($80) was a little steep for the quantity of food that we got. But the atmosphere is great- awesome music and a beautiful restaurant.

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TL
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointed. I had Tapas 3 nights in a row doing some research. And Barcelona in East Passayunk, Philadelphia and Bodega Canal in Boston (near TD Garden) were leaps and bounds better.

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JR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated quickly at our table. Excellent service, friendly wait staff. Huge, delicious burger. Fish tacos crunchy and tasty. Cauliflower with fava beans and cojita cheese perfectly roasted and delicious.

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KR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was very excited about going to Ticos in Boston. I had been to the Ticos inDC and it was excellent. This location was a disappointment. The margaritas selection was limited and so so tasting. The food was good but not fabulous. The atmosphere seemed tired and a little messy.

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NC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Would recommend for a date spot or even dinner with friends. Good cocktails.

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K
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, great drinks and sophisticated and sexy ambiance.

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J
New England
33 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time dining at Tico, which tells you something about how much we enjoy it. Everything we’ve ordered here (which includes more than half of the menu by now) has been delicious. The first two times we ate here, the food was too spicy for me (my husband and our friend have a higher threshold for “heat”), but this time the heat level of the chiles seemed dialed down a bit, so I could enjoy the spicy flavors without discomfort. Fair warning: my husband ordered the Tico burger last night, and while it was beyond delicious, it was also huge! (Luckily for me, that meant there was enough for the rest of us to share a bite, too.) We look forward to our next visit.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very, very good, but a bit too much 'haute cuisine', i.e. too small dishes. It all looks very good, and the taste is also outstanding, but the amount of food is really too little (for the money).

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BC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

TERRIBLE service, took 40 minutes to get drinks served, and even then 3/5 came out and the others took an additional 10 minutes. The margaritas tasted like they came out of the Charles River. Food was average but the service was AWFUL.

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R
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mac&cheese was very tasty, the cauliflower was crunchy and delicious, the calamari was crisp and lemony, the red sangria was just right. Very good food, we ate outside and it was a beautiful evening. Will definitely go again the next time we are in Boston.

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TA
Columbus
42 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

For a Saturday night the service was very slow. Restaurant was not crowded. Not sure why. Food was all very good to excellent but was a bit pricey for the size of the servings. Just wish our service would have been better and I could give a higher rating.

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M
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Place was pretty empty. Once we got our food & drinks, never saw the waiter - literally. He finally walked through & we had to flag him down for the check. Roasted corn was good but bacon figs were cold. Beat word for atmosphere is flat. We had originally planned to order a couple more tapas but decided to leave.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good service. Fish tacos were as described and the sauces were pretty good as well!

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G
St. Louis
26 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great wait staff. Loved the cauliflower tacos and guacamole!

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I don't know what has happened to Tico. Wonderful restaurant with good food but the last two times I have been there is has been COMPLETELY EMPTY at what should be busy times.

I enjoy the restaurant and used to recommend it frequently but wouldn't recommend it to anyone now as they would likely be the only ones in there!

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and extremely fast service makes this an ideal lunch spot. Also great for evening drinks

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IA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal, with a great deal on prosecco that came with 2 juices to make your own mimosa! Came on a Saturday afternoon, it was very quiet but I had been during the week and the atmosphere was great, really busy. Love the crispy chicken bit and the brunch nachos were divine, even though I’m not a fan of turkey chilli, loved the busy of bacon that ran through and it was very well seasoned! Definitely recommend for bites and margs 👍

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S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was very fair and the small plates not equal in price to the quality. Smalls plates came before our drink order arrived. Margarita was way to sweet. So disappointing!

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P
New England
52 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and food options are great. The margarita pitcher is a great deal... But I was disappointed by the $25 guacamole app that had barely 3 tablespoons of guacamole. The flavor were good but way to expensive for the size. Highly recommend the cauliflower tapa and the mushroom fried rice.

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T
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The foods as really good, but the small plates are really small quantities of food for the price. The music was unnecessarily loud.

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