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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.
Boston, MA 02116
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
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There is a public garage in our building that offers 10$ parking after 4pm and 10$ all day parking on the weekends.
Arlington Station is one block from Tico
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
Tico's varied menu offers diners the chance to try a little bit of everything, particularly since the restaurant specializes in small plates as well as full sized entrees. The food is spiced perfectly and presented in a most appealing manner. I was there on a busy Saturday night when the restaurant was filled to capacity, yet it appeared that all customers were being attended to efficiently -- I know that my table of four was. The only down side was the noise level, which is through the roof, probably because the space is cavernous with hardwood floors and high ceilings. Other than that, it was a great experience and I'll definitely go back.
Chef Joshua Smith and his staff were perfection without pretension. The food was extraordinary, and the "small bites" format permitted us to sample a wide range of tastes, masterfully orchestrated by the Chef. In addition, the waitstaff was truly knowledgeable regarding the wines and the appropriate wine/food pairings. A truly memorable experience.
This was our first experience at Tico's and it was excellent. There were three of us in our party and we ordered six different small plates. It was perfect as we were able to share each plate and the variety of food was excellent. The best dish was the mushroom and cheese quesidilla, while we also enjoyed the riblets. We will definitely be back.
I'm not exaggerating when I say our lunch at Tico was one of the worst dining experiences I've experienced in a very long time. From the moment I entered the restaurant, there was a clear lack of focus by the staff. As I approached the hostess stand, I had to wait and look around for several minutes to find someone to assist me. After my friend arrived and we were seated for about 15 minutes, we had to once again look for someone to take our orders (or server was not be to found). Another server took our orders. It took about 20 minutes to get our food and while it was great, it didn't subtract from the lack of service. When we were done, we were forced to give our check to the bartender because we couldn't find the server and had to leave.
Would recommend Tico but with some reservations. The food was very good, however we felt it was a bit pricy for the size of the portions. Diners need to understand that the majority of the menu is tapas style and you will need to order multiple dishes to share. With that said, the prices charged are still high for the amount of food. This was especially true of the skewered items. We were also disappointed to learn that if we ordered a bottle of wine and did not finish it, Tico did not have the capability of corking and sealing it so we could take the remainder home. Apparently one must be sure to bring a designated driver. Some restaurants in Boston will cork and seal your bottle. Tico would benefit from adding that service.
The food - golden chicken - was fine but the service was very poor. It was very hard to get a second glass of wine or more water or anything after the entrees were delivered. The waiter's only job seems to be to take your order then a variety of other people bring things - or don't - and the waiter apparently loses his vision entirely based on our experience!
I had a ladies night with 4 of my girlfriends and we were very happy with the drinks (particularly, the hot and skinny margaritas), the tacos, and the little plates - the mac and cheese, spicy olives, and fried manchego cheese were fantastic. The ambiance was great, although, not the place if you want a quiet outing. The only problem was that the food service was lacking (the bar service was great). It was very difficult to get the waiter's attention to order. Aside from that, overall, very enjoyable.
First time visit but definitely not our last! From hostess, bartenders, waitstaff, to managers this place is fantastic! Really hard to pinpoint the individual aspects but every part of this restaurant works. The food is inspired, the staff friendly, the environment balanced between refined and energetic, cozy and social.
They made everything right and our experience was superior to many of not all back bay restraunts, we will most defIntely return(with friends), her highly enjoyed and reccommend Tico.
Have one of everything and you will leave full and happy. The food is tapas style, which means you can taste many things and still have room for dessert. AND SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT - the chocolate ice cream with caramelized banana, peanut butter mousse, Mexican chocolate sauce with toasted peanuts is not to be missed. The tequila menu is astounding and the bartenders really know how to make a drink. Service is pleasant and professional - no lingering empty plates, but no hovering. You will not be disappointed. Parking is $10 after 5pm in the Berkley garage, but they also have a valet. Metered parking on the street (just give yourself time to circle if that's your plan.)
Our food was very good, particularly the tacos and the corn. However, the service and issues with our reservation are why I rated Tico as "fair." I made the reservation for 4 on Open Table; received email and PHONE confirmation from restaurant confirming same. When we arrived, we were told that the reservation was for 2 and they'd "try to get us a table." 45 minutes later (after watching one table sit empty the entire time, and complaining to the hostess twice), we were seated at that table. Two of our tapas orders were never put in. As parents who are paying babysitters in the burbs, it was really annoying, because we had to rush through our meal to get home. NOT the experience we wanted.
Mediterranean and Spanish tastes. A small plates restaurant with a few main entrees. Very creative combining of foods. The 6 we tried we incredibly tasty. Near Copley Square and Trinity Church. Easy to reach. A Thursday night found it packed with local professionals. Make a reservation here.
Went for dinner on a Wednesday night with my husband and 8 year old son (had reservations for 6:15 p.m.). The place was hopping with many diners and a large, noisy, private party. We were originally seated in the bar area, which I don't think is appropriate for a child (tv's, noise, etc.), so we waited 20 minutes to sit in the dining area. Once seated and once the private party moved to the outdoor patio, the experience improved greatly. Food is great, service was appropriate. Just don't ever expect a romantic, quiet dinner.
We went for the Kind of Hungry 5-course tasting menu. All 5 courses were interesting and delicious, and there was a 6th course of 3 flavors of sherbet for dessert. We would highly recommend this restaurant and are looking forward to going back to try some of the many other possible courses.
Motivated by the renown of owner & head chef Michael Schlow, as well as the name ("Tico" is what Costa Ricans affectionately call themselves), four friends and I dined at Tico on a relatively quiet Sunday evening. I expected the flavor and freshness of Costa Rican cuisine, and wasn't disappointed.
Feeling adventurous, we chose the chef's "kind of hungry" tasting menu, which can be tailored to accommodate food allergies or restrictions. While all of the items were delicious, standouts included the fish tacos, roasted cauliflower with chipotle mayo, cabbage salad, and a stellar dessert platter that challenged the king of desserteries, Finale.
Tico is a destination for anyone who loves fresh, exquisite taste, and excellent service. Go.
Unfortunately, we felt Tico was good but just misses the mark for modest budget folks looking for a special occasion out. We are old fans of Olives in Charlestown and unfortunately use our past experiences there to gauge any new restaurant we go to. We tried the beef tacos, fish tacos, scallops, and several other plates and just found them to be edible but not exciting or possessing the layered flavors we are used to with other exceptional eating experiences. Just as a comparison, while in Boston, we stayed at the Ames hotel, and the next morning, we had complementary breakfast as part of our stay. The breakfast we had the Ames hotel was the most memorable eating experience of our weekend, and we should have eaten there the night before.
What a surprise!!! We had one of the tasting menus and loved everything. The roasted cauliflower was wonderful and the tacos with
bacon were great. It was a fun and delicious experience. I highly recommend anyone going gets one of the tasting menus.
It is a great way to try all. It will not disappoint.
The service was also attentive and the waiter assisting our waitress was very passionate about the food and helped us really get into the food as well. It was a young staff but they were all great.
It was a place I never thought I would enjoy as much but did. I will be going back.
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