Tico- Boston

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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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GG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service underwhelms. Went with a group of 8. One of the eight had to wait 7 minutes longer than everyone else to get his burger. There is ZERO value in the tacos. They are way to expensive for the amount of food. Overall the food is not craveable, just average.
Might be better for drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was either incredibly salty or very bland. Food was disappointing. Service was mediocre, it wasn’t busy but drinks and apps took forever so our meals came before we had finished the apps and our drinks came just a few minutes before the meal.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

The food isn’t good.

P
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately had a really terrible experience. Main plates took an hour to arrive, and when they did two people in our party were missing food. The food that did arrive was missing various sauces, etc. when we politely notified the waitress that one member of our party didn’t have his lunch at all, she brought over the check but no food. . Meanwhile the manager was refilling our waters and didn’t ask us if we were okay despite clearly noticing that we were missing food. He started clearing the table as the food finally arrive for the member of our party and promptly took away his fork! He ended up comping our appetizers but the experience was an utter and complete disaster. Manager was entirely unhelpful and seemingly unwilling to take responsibility for the gross error of the kitchen/staff. Will never be eating there again and would advise all to avoid it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. Really good services and great food. Thanks!

D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Underwhelming food. Underwhelming service. Poor value.

BW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food and drinks were very mediocre and pretty highly priced. Service was also pretty weak. Took about 20 minutes before I had to go ask someone if anyone was assigned to our table. We then had someone come by, but it was very fast/what's your order/disappear for a while kind of service.
Nothing special and not worth the price.

JR
New England
163 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Honestly, I was disappointed this time around. I think the lunch menu lacks creativity and is certainly not as good as dinner. There used to be a better variety. I had recommended Tico as I've always had a good experience. This was my last lunch visit.

From my last dinner visit, the cocktail program needs some work.

KG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was amazing! So kind and made our night lovely!

M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for a Saturday evening date and sat outdoors, and really enjoyed ourselves. The burger was a little hard to eat because it was so juicy, but absolutely outstanding taste-wise! The brussel sprouts had the perfect kick to them as well. Will definitely be coming back for more!

JK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely place. Food was good although a tad on the pricey side.
It was a Thursday after a long weekend so it was quiet.
We sat outside which was very nice for 8pm in the evening.
Service was great and I loved practicing my Spanish with Jackie.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks, service is slower so not a place in a rush

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely summer day with drinks on the patio

FF
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service, and atmosphere!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Larger parties take priority. Had two events occurring during my time there and I barely saw my waiter. Food was decent, not for business meetings.

TJ
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I made a 5:00 reservation 4 days in advance for dinner for two. When I arrived I was told there was only bar seating because they were holding an event that evening at 5:00. I didn't expect this. Bar was super loud.

SI
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful ambience. Great art around the restaurant, many types of tables. Drinks were divine!

HG
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

My party enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Our server needed work - she would get one bit of information from us then leave and not come back for ten minutes at a time. Once the food arrived, she only checked on us once. And, at one point, we didn’t see her for over 25 minutes.

OH
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Drinks were not good. They weren’t that busy, but staff was playing around a lot. Most of the food was good but not worth the price. It’s tapas and small portions. You could go to a better restaurant and eat better food for the same price. Restaurant was totally empty when we got there at 8 pm.

AL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have the best meals at Tico. Their menu items recently changed, taking away some of our favorite dishes, but also made some wonderful new additions. One of the new additions that we really enjoyed were the Papas Bravas - smoked red potatoes with a light cheese sauce - incredible flavor!! Just note that they are also quite filling when looking at the rest of your tapas roster ;) In addition to great food, ambiance is always great and the Blood Orange Margarita is always perfect!

CB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great drinks. Great staff! Everything about our visit was amazing!

MN
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, service was meh.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food came out wrong, the food is very mediocre once we got served. They need to clean up and rebrand as it feels tired.

DK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tico was a really great place to go and unwind with a few good friends. The atmosphere and mysic was great. The decor- super and so was the food.

M
New England
45 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in the high tips in the bar area due to a private party in the main restaurant. Food was delicious and service was good. Cabbage salad is a must and any of the tacos are delicious. We had a mix up and received cauliflower instead of shrimp tacos (one bite revealed they were not shrimp but super tasty! Maybe next time) They fixed it quickly and brought us the correct item. Everyone enjoyed the food! One of our favorites in the Back Bay!

D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is always incredibly accommodating and kind, and the food is fantastic!

JR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went to dinner with my sister and her husband. We got a few small plates. To start, We got the nachos to start which were quite good. We shared the duck quesadilla which was quite good. After that everything was rather mediocre. I got the fried chicken tacos which were ok; not great. Additionally, I got the Mac and cheese which was again good but not the best Mac and cheese I’ve ever had. I should also mention that we got a pitcher of the pineapple coconut margarita which was rather meh.

It’s a decent place but the bill was quite expensive and I don’t see the value. I don’t mind paying for a great meal but I’d rather spend my money elsewhere. There are too many good places in Boston that do what the lay do but better.

KL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The waitress was courteous and the atmosphere was nice, but the food wasn't very tasty at all. The shrimp tacos were incredibly bland and the guac tasted like it had come out of a bag. Definitely not worth the price.

EE
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was pretty good, except the beef had a weird crunch to it. There were two disappointments.
We asked whether getting a margarita pitcher qualified us for the Cinco de Mayo special of $3 beef tacos, we were told yes, but were charged full price.
Also, when I pay almost $30 for 3 tacos, I am expecting this to be a full meal, 3 small shells, 3 table spoons of beef, and 3 slices of radishes.
Ridiculously horrible value. Would recommend against eating there.

DW
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Modern Mexican taco restaurant. Cauliflower tacos were great. Drinks average

DV
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was beyond amazing. Service was not equal to the food.

JF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food and drinks were average. Waitress was distant and unaware. She did not seem to be in the game.

OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the music, ambience, painted walls in the bathroom! Staff was very friendly and service-oriented. Would have liked a few more choices on the menu, but food was very good! We’ll be back!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we had while in Boston.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything tastes so good! Even the wine list is wonderful.

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New England
68 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for lunch. Was *very* busy and seemed understaffed. Our waiter was very good, when we could get his attention. Had to ask for water refills multiple times and waited for a while before anyone came to greet us after being seated.

Food was good.

There is a major construction project going on literally right outside the window we were seated next to. Not enjoyable listening to the construction and having the workers right outside the window.

Will go back, but expect better.

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great ambiance! Service was fast and they accommodated our large group very well.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food. Great drinks. Slow service.

SL
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The restaurant looked like a very nice place and seems that they have a good environment at night. The food was okay but very simple and not great. We ordered avocado toasts, the chicken sandwich and the manchego. None of them where amazing, very simple dishes and not enough. Wouldn't recommend if you're looking for a full brunch that fills you or if you're looking for a fun brunch ambiance.

MK
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The prices were more expensive than my friends I expected

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