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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:
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a public garage in our building that offers 10$ 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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