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About Tico

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.

222 Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 11:30a-2:00a
Saturday 11:00a-2:00a
Sunday Closed

Cross Street:
St. James

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 351-0400

Website:
http://www.ticoboston.com/

Parking Details:
There is a public garage in our building that offers 10$ parking after 4pm and 10$ all day parking on the weekends.

Public Transit:
Arlington Station is one block from Tico

Executive Chef:
Michael Schlow

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Tico Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Spicy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Business Meals (3)
Authentic (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
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People Watching (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Good service, but it was way too noisy, and the food was really disappointing and overpriced. My beef tacos were absolutely tasteless, and despite ordering tons of mediocre appetizers, I was still hungry after leaving the restaurant because the portions were so tiny. I don’t have a huge appetite, so it’s rare that I leave a restaurant still feeling hungry. I will not be returning.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing. Went on a date for valentines and tried a bunch if different items which were all outstanding. Very unique menu as well. I only wish they had a couple more vegetarian options, specifically in the main entree section but worth the trip!

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This used to be my go-to place, so it pains me to write this. Service was bad, menu wasn't good, the chip and salsa are a joke, and it's clear by the amount of people not there on a Saturday night, it's gone down hill. There were only 1 or 2 things on the menu that looked good, and even the cocktails looked just okay. Margaritas were so-so. Not sure if the waitresses were covering a large area, but were not attentive. I used to take guests here every time I had visitors. Won't be going back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was a good meal, liked trying all the different tapas. The service was alright though. Waited a long time to order and receive the bill.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The burger lived up to it’s billing and the service was great. I enjoy sitting at the bar when I eat alone and the bar service was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I think the online presence of the restaurant is misleading. I came here for a date but the ambiance was not great. This is advertised as a tapas place but it felt more like an extended appetizer menu (if extended at all... the appetizer list still felt small). The kitchen was super bright and there was a cold draft that could only really be seen/felt if seated in the dining area. The food came out (and plates cleared) so quickly and abruptly that we felt rushed, and when asking simply yes/no questions we would get an extensive, overexplained non-answer. The wine was good and the food was delicious- however the food kept my date and I on the toilet for 24 hours after (not romantic at all of course). If anything, I'd recommend coming here for the bar- it was large and perfect for after dinner to split an app. But I will not take a date here again.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was “just” fine. Nothing to remember but the value. I live in the neighborhood - I remember going once before and we decided it was expensive -
On Friday night I went out with some girl friends - we hadn’t made a reservation anywhere - Tico had tables . The bill was outrageous for corn dip and chips and some cheese things .

A “ no repeater” - there is a cool new place around the corner - Somethjng and Salt from the Buttermilk and Bourbon people -

Service was great though

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Really nice tapas place. The bar was super crowded, abut the restaurant had plenty of room and we had a very nice meal with excellent service.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Always excellent

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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Loud music, spare and worn furniture, over wrought menu, average food preparation and presentation, average flavor profiles - feels like a concept at the end of its run.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Overall, we really liked this place, especially the very friendly bar staff. The only drawback was an issue with a broken pipe in the building that set off the fire alarm and warning lights in the restaurant. It went on for a while before any of the staff approached us to explain the situation. Although the pipe was out of their control, I think they should have been more proactive about informing the guests. The flashing lights and blaring alarm marred what was otherwise an enjoyable night out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Bar Seating, Fun, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Given how empty the restaurant was, I was surprised how poor the service was. There were three different waiters that came to our table throughout the night, and at one point we had to get the hostess' attention to get service. I've been here many times in the past, and had not experienced service this poor. The food was good, but not great. Why dress up the oysters with toppings? Kind of ruins it for some people, especially as a group when people have different tastes.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great service! Good music. Cost a bit high for size of portions. The special mule cocktail was delicious!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The service was cheerful, but it was over-priced and unimpressive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was all tasty. All of the items seemed to be spicy, with one spicy ingredient or another, so that we had some difficulty finding things that our non-spicy-loving family members would enjoy. They graciously tried to make some of the items less spicy, but it was impossible to remove the jalapenos from everything, and some of the sauces were what was good about the item and they couldn't make it less spicy. Anyway, I would recommend somewhere else if you can't do spicy.

That said, if you like spicy -- and they weren't even THAT spicy -- all of the food was delicious!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great margaritas, delicious small plates including roasted cauliflower and very attentive servers. Definitely fun evening!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Enjoyed the food, but they must do team table service because we couldn’t figure out who our server was and we waited around a lot for drinks and to get our tab. As I’m pregnant I had to flag people down to get water and the music was so loud it was hard to have a conversation. There was a party on the other side so perhaps it’s a bit quieter normally. A great place to go for an app and cocktail but not if you want to catch up with anyone.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The bar side of the restaurant was buzzing in a nice, not too noisy way. Our server was excellent. Everything from coctails to apprtizers and entree were distinctive and delicious!

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Spicy, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Thank you Tico! This was a great place to grab drinks and a bite to eat after a long week.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food here is sub par and tries too hard to be fusion. The prices are ridiculous for the size of the dishes. The drinks were just ok. Our server was amazing and very accommodating. That was the one plus.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great restaurant with a fabulous menu. You can have their tasting menu if you have two people. Service was wonderful and the server help greatly in our choices. Good wine list. Recommend reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We loved our night at Tico! It was a great place to have old friends get together. We had a private table in the back which gave us great space to talk and catch up! Food was fantastic and great sizes for sharing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We came here to celebrate our engagement the evening before, while we were in Boston and we were not disappointed! The food was delicious and our server was phenomenal!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We did not enjoy the food and would not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fine flavors and service, not extraordinary. Tuna Ceviche and fish tacos good, duck confit quesadilla just okay.

Tags: Tapas, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We always have a great meal here. Great tapas to share and interesting cocktails. We also love the burger! Wait staff is nice, knowledgeable and helpful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is superb specially the ceviche. Service is great. Good value.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and drinks, everyone there was great, a little expensive for the amount of food you get

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Perfect evening in Tico. The food was so fresh, everything was delicious. The service was really good too, as was the atmosphere and music. We never had to ask for refills of water or anything. Perfect for a date or groups. The waitress recommended between 2-5 plates per person as it’s tapas style. We had 6 between us and that was ideal. Loved everything but highlights would be the duck confit quesadillas and the cabbage almond salad! Will be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Got the "chef's choice" menu where the chef chooses what you eat. Everything was tasty ... esp liked the dish with Szechwan and beets!

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Tico is an absolute favorite of ours! The hospitality is incredible and not to mention the manchego cheese is absolutely to die for. This has been our spot for anniversaries forever and I would reccomend this to anyone who enjoys tapas and great drinks

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Tico continues to impress. I've never been disappointed by anything I've ordered there, and tonight was no exception. The tender pork tacos were delicious, with pork so tender that I barely had to chew it. Tico's Mac and Cheese is creamy, with a delicious saltiness from the manchego and chorizo. We played capsaicin roulette with the shishido peppers that were warm and crisp, with some being powerfully spicy, and others being mild and slightly bitter (which was not a bad thing). Tonight, they were running a special of fried brussel sprouts that were so earthy and delicious, with a hint of cumin and pistachio. And the best dish of the night was the duck confit quesadilla, which was delightfully rich and savory. Our server James was excellent and gave us great recommendations and flawless service. I can't wait to return.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Lunch menu. $14.50 for three vegetarian tacos and no sides included. Next time I'll go to Lone Star.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 11, 2017

I met three colleagues for lunch at Tico's. I had never met them in person before - Tico's was in a handy location, quiet enough for conversation, good food and an awesome waiter.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I've dined here twice prior to my latest experience and they have all been great. However, this past weekend it was clear the quality of the food has gone down a lot. I'm not sure what's changed but it's a shame because it has a great overall vibe and is decorated really cool. I got a margarita and it came in a glass that you would be served in at a bar in Fanueil. My friend's first drink was so watered down. Our chicken tacos and chorizo dish were horrible. The guacamole and fried manchego were ok but honestly could have gotten them at a place that serves $1 margaritas. However, the service was outstanding. We had such a phenomenal waitress who did not charge us for the first bad drink and chicken tacos that my friend barely touched. She was so nice and wanted honest feedback. I sincerely hope the food improves because as I stated early, it's a fun place to dine at.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Mac and cheese was good, guacomole was good, and drinks were good. The beef tacos and tuna ceviche definitely were not fresh. Fresh tuna has no fishy taste and theirs was pretty fishy and the beef tasted like it was sitting out or something. Two drinks each and 4 tapas, $150 later, won't be going back. Will gladly spend whatever amount of money on awesome food, this place just isn't worth it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Lovely environment around the fire place on their patio specialy on cold eavning climate,service excellent very warm cozy environment .for me just they need to add some relaxing soft song or music in late time to enhance the cozy environment

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Average Mexican food, a bit overpriced.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Very nice waiter. Unfortunately, the chef needs to come back and check on his people because they are clearly not executing his vision: A striped bass with a caper sauce was over cooked and didn't come with a caper sauce. Iced tea tasted like Lipton's. Chicken paillard salad needed more seasoning. Ceviche was good but would not return just for that. Expensive for what you get. Once was enough for me.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Loved Tico both times I went! Highly recommend this place! Great food and great margaritas for a reasonable price

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Tapas
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