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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
8:30 PM
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Tico

4.3
1047 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Tapas
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
Tico, Michael Schlow's award-winning venture, located at 222 Berkely St (corner of St James) is casual, fun, inviting, energized and energizing. The restaurant has a personal, somewhat eclectic, "found" feel, with lots of reclaimed wood and unusual pieces. Perfect for friends that want to share cool cocktails, plates of tasty, sometimes spicy food, while listening to great music, in a fast, uncomplicated restaurant that provides knowledgeable, quick, playful service.
The restaurant has an open kitchen with 6 stools right on the counter to watch all the action. It also boasts a large bar, dining room for 100, a chef's table, and a lush outdoor courtyard that features a fireplace, dining for 50, as well as some "soft" seating near the fire if guests wish to be outside for a drink or snack.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Monday-Friday 11:30a-2:00a
Saturday 11:00a-2:00a
Sunday Closed
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Phone number
(617) 351-0400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Schlow
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
St. James
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Parking details
There is a public garage in our building that offers 10$ parking after 4pm and 10$ all day parking on the weekends.
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Public transit
Arlington Station is one block from Tico
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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
What 1047 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EmilyE 
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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JohnS (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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JBoston (Miami)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 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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Carsten (Richmond)
4.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  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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simplybex (New England)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  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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vipRegulardiner (New England)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Always excellent

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vipDisappointed (New England)
2.0  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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Shopack (Naples)
4.0  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.

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Ibis (New England)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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Marcella5 (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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!

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