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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

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (5)
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Spicy (5)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
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Good for Birthdays (4)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
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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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

I've been to Tico several times, and it never disappoints! I've been there on a date, to celebrate birthdays, girls night out, and each time everyone has loved it. The food is excellent as are the drinks! The service is not as consistent, as I've had servers that were exceptional, and others that were less engaged and seemed rushed. But I will continue to go to Tico and look forward to future meals/drinks, as my overall experience each time has been quite enjoyable.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We liked the food but thought it was overpriced, portions could have been larger. Good service.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We had a party of 8 ranging from 24 to 58. All of us thought it was a really nice, vibrant and fun setting. The drinks were very good. All of our small plates were really good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Rude waiter. Felt the need to lecture us about the difference between Hispanic and Latino. Which had nothing to do with the question asked AND made no difference. Also described a dish in detail AFTER telling us they didn't have any. Waited 20min after finishing dessert to get the check. Food was good, though.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Decided to try this place because the menu looked interesting. I was seated and waited and waited and waited, I was at the point of getting up and walking out when someone came over and asked if I had been helped. The food was good but not timed to arrive properly. I was in the middle of my appetizer as they brought over the main course. I can't recommend and will not be back again.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Food is delicious, several small plates and taps style dishes to share. Plates are spicy and made with authentic South American flare. Everything we tried was delicious and each dish had a unique flavor profiles setting Tico apart from other restaurants. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Spicy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Waitress was great, hostess stand was awful. Didn't want to seat us a little early, didn't let us know when table was ready, booked us as a "no show" on Open Table when we decided to stay/eat at the bar area. Not sure why there is that attitude, restaurant was less than half full...

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Underwhelming...I ordered a margarita and it was in a tall water glass, no salt rim. Service was fair--waiter was not familiar with the menu, and seemed like he was rushing us out, which was weird as we were there at 5:30 on a weekday and there was only one other table with people! Dessert was never offered, but at that point we were pretty ready to go.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Food was good, not great, except for the gnocchi which is a must have.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2016

yummy food, calm but hip environment. will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Our service was terrible. We saw our server when she took the order (I had to ask if there were any offmenu items) and then when it was time for the check. Food was good, but the service again was terrible.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Great food and friendly service. Live music on Saturday afternoons with a fantastic Brazilian duo. A delightful experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2016

Excellent food and Maria our waitress was fantastic. Tapas and tacos were great.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, People Watching, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Had great service for my big party and was given a bottle of champagne on the house for my birthday! Food was terrific and prices were very reasonable. Margaritas were amazing!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Had the most amazing night there tonight. Our server, Amanda, was adorable. Food was amazing. Every recommendation was on point. Wine was reasonably priced. Everyone from the host, to the food runners (and our server obviously) were so sweet, and friendly, and amiable. Michael Schlow's restaurants are so amazing and warm and friendly. I'd give tonight 6 stars if I could!!! Thanks TICO!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Ok as long as you like spicy food - almost everything on menu is spicy. And not great selections for vegetarians, and some of the vegetarian dishes were only so-so. Others who eat meat and like spicy food were happier.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2016

The tacos were delicious and we got an amazing guacamole app courtesy of the restaurant. The order was a bit mix up when we got it but otherwise the service and food was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2016

My friends and I dined here on a Tuesday night and ordered the "Kind of Hungry" option, which came with seven individual dishes and more than filled us up! Each dish was unique and delicious. We are so happy we ate at Tico and feel like we got great value from the "Kind of Hungry" dish!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Great, now that the Schlow/Radius Burger is on their menu!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2016

I've walked by this place dozens of times, and every time thought, "I need to try out Tico." We finally did and were happy we did. We were in a bit of a hurry to get to a show at the Wilbur but had interesting cocktails, apps, and mains well inside of an hour without feeling rushed. And everything was good. The guacamole tasting was very interesting and delicious. Service was really good; at the table frequently but not hovering. And they kept our water glasses full, which I always appreciate!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Spicy, Fun, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

They should tell people up front that sparking water is $6 instead of asking "sparkling or still?" just as you're seated at a table.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

I have eaten here many times and the food is usually excellent but today it was lackluster - little flavor, food that should have been cooked was underdone and cold. Always a problem here is the noise level- recorded music is always too loud- on this day there was live music which was way too loud. We like to have conversation at restaurant meals and we could neither hear nor be heard

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2016

I wanted to love this place because it was referred to us by a friend. Upon entering the Boston eatery, the ambiance and the menu all seemed to point to a thumbs up experience. Even the cocktail menu had an enticing Maple Syrup Margarita that managed to prevent me from ordering my usual glass of wine before dinner . That's when the bough of the "Happy Happy Joy Joy" tree started to break. After the first couple of sips from the Maple Margarita, my palate was desperately longing for the taste of maple, but unfortunately, there was none to be found. The Maple beverage was really no more than a very sweet traditional Margarita. I started to miss my glass of Pinot Noir like the deserts miss the rain. But then came the salads...a much needed diversion. To my dismay, the salads came drenched in olive oil, to the point where the weight from the oil made the salad as limp as sleeping bizkit. Unfortunately the heavy hand didn't stop there. Our Quesadillas were floating on a river of grease and even our server nearly threw us an anchor! The manager could not have been nicer though. She seemed slightly embarrassed when she asked us if she could get us something else. At that point I was so hungry my belly thought my throat had been cut, so I politely asked, "How about the phone number to the restaurant across the street pleases!" She politely laughed and we bee-lined to the exit sign!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2016

Music was too loud, especially when you have less than a half full restaurant. Remember you're a restaurant not a club. DC location is much better.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2016

Great place for tacos and margaritas. Love to be able to get tacos at night as well, would go more often. Very nice staff. Know menu well.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Never disappoints -- always a fun place to get together with friends. They run a great national taco day deal!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Bar Seating, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. The fish special of the day was outrageous. Salads looked great and dessert was excellent. Great spot for a business lunch!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Margaritas were delicious. The octopus dish and the cauliflower dish were both outstanding! James, our waiter was informative and charming. We will return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Very accessible for wheelchairs. Amazing food. Lots of good options for vegetarians.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Disabled Access
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 15, 2016

I have dined at Tico's several times and love the fact that it is very welcoming. It is large enough to take a late reservation or even a walk in, which is rare in Boston. I think that the menu has excellent options and can be a lot of fun for folks who like to share food. There are a good variety of options. I strongly recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Four of us decided to order the "Can't decide what we want but we are hungry" tasting menu and everything was wonderful. Also enjoyed the ghost pepper margaritas.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

We were a group of 9 and had a great time with a wonderful variety of dishes. The food was delicious. I recommend dining at Tico!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Fantastic food, great service, wonderful ambience. We enjoyed the incredible treatment we received, the great seat by the window for our large group of 8, and the amazing small plates. I'd been to the Tico Washington DC and loved it - and Tico boston is equally incredible

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Late-night Find, Casual, Comfort Food, Outstanding Value
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2016

Nothing special. The fish tacos were good and the Caesar salad comes with a huge piece of chicken breast.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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