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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

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (13)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Cozy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Spicy (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Authentic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Our waiter introduced himself and was never to be seen again. We had to flag down the manager to put in our order. Multiple items on the menu were not available and the manager gave us zero suggestions for substitutions. The food was good but fairly typical. The manager tried to make up for the fact they were out of everything by giving us free fried cheese. It was gross. The restaurant was half full at 7 and there were at least 20 people waiting to be seated at the front on our way out. Terrible service and only time ever we did not leave a tip at a restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Loved Tico! Our server was James G. & he was a very nice & respectful guy. Our drinks were fabulous & the tapas we ordered were delicious! We will definitely be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We had a great time. We were loud and no one complained. Our party increased from 8 to 11 and they accommodated us with ease. The food and service were great. The pitchers of Margaritas were most excellent.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Casual, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Lunch at 1:30 on weekday (not crowded then and not very noisy) for 6 friends. Stayed 1 1/2 hours with no trouble. We had fish tacos, chopped salad, shrimp salad, fried manchego, tuna tartare, fried calamari, cuban sandwich. One of us thought shrimp salad was too spicy--but across a wide range of tastes, the rest of us were totally fine with level of "hot." Our friend's salad was quickly replaced with another dressing. Every one of us thought food was very good. Drinks good as well--service was easy: friendly and attentive, just right.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

My gf & I were doing a restaurant food hop. James was our server who made sure we had a great recommendation from before we started ordering. He was on pooin with his service and made sure we would come back for another visit. Cheers!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

A good feed. Pleasant ambience and the waitress was knowledgeable and helpful. Good casual atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Our Server wasn't very attentive for a quiet Tuesday lunchtime and he was sought on a number of occasions both for Drinks refill and getting the cheque paid in a timely manner.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

A little pricey and the food was inconsistent. Red sangria was very disappointing (too peachy), and that is a must at a tapas place, in my book.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Went here for Cinco de Mayo, and at first they gave away my reservation because I was 7 minutes late because my parking garage was a 5 minute walk and I have a knee brace and couldn't walk fast. However, they seated us a few moments later. The food was excellent, the pork tacos were very meaty and the duck quesadilla was tasty too. Definitely going back for the Chorizo which we were too full to order!

Tags: Tapas, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great food. Horrible service. Server forgot our margarita until after food came out. She also didn't even check on how our food was until over half of the plates were gone. Lastly, she didn't even give us a pen to sign out credit card slip.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Enrique and Mr Grant provided outstanding service - without a doubt we will be back for more fantastic food, bubbles and fun!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Read good reviews and was able to get a same day reservation Friday night. Overall fun and easy feel. We just had guacamole mix with chips and small bite tacos. The three guacamole were tasty; most original was with pistachios and chocolate. Fish tacos were good. Excellent margarita.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Ate at bar. Great recommendations for drink and food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

We came here to eat after the Boston Marathon. We loved it. The food was great. Our waitress was awesome. We traded secrets on Boston vs Brooklyn. Will definitely eat there again next trip!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

After specifically telling our server that we wanted our order spaced over time; we ordered 5 dishes, we ended up with four at once. Nothing like rushing us out when the place is 75% empty.....

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 14, 2017

This place was great. Took our kids and my food restricted sister in law. Food was creative and tasty. The drinks were good and everyone left happy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 13, 2017

We sat at the open kitchen counter and thoroughly enjoyed it. Tapas style small plates here are delicious. Cauliflower was tops. Chorizo wonderful. Duck quesadilla also a 10! Do try the tres leche cake highly recommended!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Waiter forgot about us. No one around for 15 minutes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Lively Latin American inspired small portion place.
Friendly staff--informal yet informative.
The Wrong Wright cocktail was brilliant. Keep this forever on the menu.
The roasted cauliflower and grilled octopus were wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Enjoyed Thursday night tapas with my daughter - great atmosphere - music, conversation, laughter could be heard, but wasn't so loud that you couldn't talk. Loved the cauliflower tapas, shrimp tacos, guacamole tasting. Most plates and wine were ~ $10 - 12. Good service, friendly wait staff.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Great food, waitstaff was very attentive. Prices are a little high.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Good times, fun food, great value. We would definitely recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Tapas, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great value , amazing appetisers. Friendly staff and lively atmosphere

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great casual and energetic spot for small or large appetites. Great variety and everything we ate was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

The restaurant temperature was too cold for everyone in our party.

Some of the small plates -- deviled eggs, chorizo -- came with 3 small (one bite) pieces for approximately $10. This seemed stingy. I didn't mind the price, but when there is a party of 4 people, they should send out 4 bites and not 3.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Amazing, it was my first time there and we had great service! The food was superb.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Enjoyed a great first experience with Tapas. Food was great, service exceptional, great ambiance with fun atmosphere. Parking garage under building with very reasonable prices after 5PM. Overall wonderful evening and will definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2017

The manchego cheese is easily my favorite on the menu, along with the unique drinks and the wide variety of ceviche offered. The ambiance is either incredibly lively, or far more intimate depending on how close you are seated to the bar. The waitstaff is incredibly friendly and will answer any questions you could possibly have. I will definitely be recommending Tico to as many people as possible!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Very good and unique and server was friendly and knowledgeable of menu items for dessert we got sorbet but serving size was a bit small for the price overall good lunch though

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

I went with a group of five girlfriends. We were one of three groups of women in a row. So definitely a great place for dinner to catch up. We all loved the food. I especially loved the octopus. The one minor knock was the red sangria, which we thought did not match the level of the food as far as taste and was a little weak.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tapas, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised upon arrival to be seated at the only table with a window view! That was awesome. The food exceeded our expectations, absolutely delicious, and very tasty. Our waiter was the best! The Sangria was perfect and the tapas were wicked good. Wow! Speechless. We are hoping to go back soon. One of the most enjoyable meals we have ever eaten. The crunchy Manchego cheese appetizer is an absolute must try.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Margarita pitcher was amazing! Great to meet with old friends, very lively vibe!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Stunningly underwhelming.

When we arrived, we asked our server what her favorite thing on the menu is. Unable to come up with an answer off the top of her head, she looked at the menu and pointed with her finger at what she liked. Her choice: Tico's version of mozzarella sticks.

So I think that gives you a good idea as to what to expect, overall, from Tico's.

The food was fine. Tasty but not extraordinary. (Note: I get the tapas thing, but each tapa was EXTREMELY expensive for what you're getting. The portion of house made chorizo was laughable. If you like tapas-style restaurants, stick to Barcelona Wine Bar in the South End or Comedor in Newton.)

The cocktails were really bad. (How long has that sour mix been in your well? Is that what you're going to be using for National Margarita Day too? Bleh!)

Interior design was a total afterthought here. The dining room is organized like a cafeteria. The fluorescent lighting from the kitchen spills into the dining room in a painful, unflattering way. The furniture would be chic if you were still an undergraduate student at Emerson.

Most of our meal was spent watching the wait staff awkwardly congregate, waiting for drinks we wish we hadn't ordered, and generally looking forward to leaving.

Will not come back.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Had dinner here to catch up with a best friend. Good vibe and energy. Not too loud not too quiet. Seems like a hot spot for after hours drinks. The tapas we had were delicious...portions on the smaller size... James, our waiter, was great...allowed us to own the table for about 3 hours without hassle. Will go back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for Groups, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was so tasty! We ordered five small plates for the two of us and we were happy with the quantity. The duck quesadilla was the only miss--a bit salty and gamey. Otherwise it was all delicious! Pro tip: get the poem tacos.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My wife and I were in Boston for the weekend to watch our son race at BU. Tico was a block from our hotel and we always enjoy the variety of eating tapas. We were not disappointed in the food, which was outstanding, creative and reasonably priced. The restaurant's large bar area was crowded with 20 somethings enjoying a Valentines Day fundraiser so the noice level was extremely high. Not sure if this occurs on a regular Saturday night but we will not hesitate to return and see.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2017

We had a business lunch here this week and although the staff and the service was great but the food was just average. Two of us had tacos plates and were less than impressed. The flour tortillas served with them were like eating cold cardboard. It would have been nice if they had warmed or grilled them before serving. Portion size was rather small too given the price point. My colleague said shrimp salad was good but a bit ordinary and uninspired. The restroom was so filthy we had to mention it to the host.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Outstanding service and unbelievable food!
Can't wait to go back :)

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

My boss was in town

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Good was very unique. We chose to have the waiter choose to us and he did a great job. We will definitely go again.

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