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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
Perfect evening in Tico. The food was so fresh, everything was delicious. The service was really good too, as was the atmosphere and music. We never had to ask for refills of water or anything. Perfect for a date or groups. The waitress recommended between 2-5 plates per person as it’s tapas style. We had 6 between us and that was ideal. Loved everything but highlights would be the duck confit quesadillas and the cabbage almond salad! Will be back!
Tico continues to impress. I've never been disappointed by anything I've ordered there, and tonight was no exception. The tender pork tacos were delicious, with pork so tender that I barely had to chew it. Tico's Mac and Cheese is creamy, with a delicious saltiness from the manchego and chorizo. We played capsaicin roulette with the shishido peppers that were warm and crisp, with some being powerfully spicy, and others being mild and slightly bitter (which was not a bad thing). Tonight, they were running a special of fried brussel sprouts that were so earthy and delicious, with a hint of cumin and pistachio. And the best dish of the night was the duck confit quesadilla, which was delightfully rich and savory. Our server James was excellent and gave us great recommendations and flawless service. I can't wait to return.
I've dined here twice prior to my latest experience and they have all been great. However, this past weekend it was clear the quality of the food has gone down a lot. I'm not sure what's changed but it's a shame because it has a great overall vibe and is decorated really cool. I got a margarita and it came in a glass that you would be served in at a bar in Fanueil. My friend's first drink was so watered down. Our chicken tacos and chorizo dish were horrible. The guacamole and fried manchego were ok but honestly could have gotten them at a place that serves $1 margaritas. However, the service was outstanding. We had such a phenomenal waitress who did not charge us for the first bad drink and chicken tacos that my friend barely touched. She was so nice and wanted honest feedback. I sincerely hope the food improves because as I stated early, it's a fun place to dine at.
Mac and cheese was good, guacomole was good, and drinks were good. The beef tacos and tuna ceviche definitely were not fresh. Fresh tuna has no fishy taste and theirs was pretty fishy and the beef tasted like it was sitting out or something. Two drinks each and 4 tapas, $150 later, won't be going back. Will gladly spend whatever amount of money on awesome food, this place just isn't worth it.
Very nice waiter. Unfortunately, the chef needs to come back and check on his people because they are clearly not executing his vision: A striped bass with a caper sauce was over cooked and didn't come with a caper sauce. Iced tea tasted like Lipton's. Chicken paillard salad needed more seasoning. Ceviche was good but would not return just for that. Expensive for what you get. Once was enough for me.
Hadn't been to Tico in about 4-5 years, but it was previously a spot I loved. Met with friends on a slow week night. The food was decent, however it didn't totally knock my socks off. We got a lot of the tacos. Maybe I would have been happier to do more of the tapas. Our waitress was nice, but not very attentive. It suited us fine as we were able to hang out for 3 hours, and we still had to flag someone down to get the check. So I'd go back again, but not raving about it.
Tico continues to be one of several restaurants that you can depend on for a nice dining experience. We had the striped special and it was truly out of this world. Vibrant crowd, great ambiance - just a great place that always hits their mark. Not to forget a fabulous tequila selection.
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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