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Tico- Boston

4.1
4.1
1151 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 351-0400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Schlow

  • Private party facilities

    Tico has small semi private areas for group dining ranging from 8 guests to 100. Please contact for more specific information.

  • Private party contact

    Kristina McSharry : (617) 351-0400

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    St. James

  • 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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,151 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome spot for a business lunch.
  2. b

    bigcabeza

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good night overall Food was good lots of options for sharing including the tacos which were great
  3. IP

    IleneP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and generous. Can't believe it took us so long to come here!
  4. l

    loveburgers

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the ambiance and the food. The wait staff was very friendly. Food is served fast.
  5. SR

    ScottR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The service was the worst I've experienced in Boston. We were there for a business dinner and wow, we will never go back.
  6. RS

    RichS

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nachos were delicious, as were the fried chicken tacos. The garlic shrimp was too oily, and the chicken wings were one note - too much chili pepper, not enough other flavors. Service was efficient. Blood orange margaritas were excellent. No problems with reservations or seating.
  7. LM

    LeighM

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Not the Tico of past visits. I was so excited to go. The food was good not fantastic and the service was good not fantastic. I was impressed with the servers ability to take a large order without taking notes and get it all right, simply wished she would have come by more frequently. The food also came out fairly quick.
  8. A

    Annie

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They were great! The noise level was pretty intense but the food and the staff were fantastic.
  9. DS

    DanaS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    As soon as I entered I felt the vibe and wanted to dance! The excitement honestly ended there. After being seated we realized there was only one waiter in charge of around 8 tables... let’s just say he was not very attentive. In terms of food, we ordered the classic nachos, the patatas bravas, the tuna ceviche, the spicy chicken quesadilla, and the crispy chicken tacos. All of the food was below average. The only thing that saved it was the dessert. We ordered the tres leches and were extremely impressed! The passion fruit sorbet that came with it was out of this world! All in all if you are looking for a fun place to start out your night, you may enjoy Tico.
  10. F

    Fantastic

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service... drinks not great...
  11. PV

    PatrickV

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We have always loved Tico. Couple of thoughts: 1. The Fried Manchego has been removed from menu. A true shame. 2. My entree order (tacos) came over very late after my companion’s food. Had to keep asking.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had after work drinks and snacks here — well-priced and fun ambiance. Will definitely be back.
  13. G

    Gavronda

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food! Service was a bit slow even though the restaurant was not filled. Took a while to get someone to take our drink order. Once that was completed, service was attentive.
  14. DT

    DTT1

    New England

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The entrees as well as the margaritas were blandly unimpressive. We had great hope for this menu and looked forward to trying it out but we won't be back. The server was good and certainly trying his best but the place is uninspired.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is consistently good. Waitstaff is attentive. No complaints.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Beyond disappointed with the dinner and service. It was NYE and I had originally requested a reservation for 9:45 which was cancelled because of the inconvenience to the staff. I then rescheduled for a 8:30 dining. After being seated our server didn’t inform us until we were ready to order about the extended wait time on food. We received items we didn’t order, and many things were sold out. Patatas Bravas, a Spaniard staple of tapas, sold out on NYE?! Not even the last to be seated?! Our garlic shrimp were far over cooked, and we were never asked by our server how our food was, or had plates cleared. In addition, our server didn’t come to us until the last call for food asking if we wanted to add anything else. Half of the order didn’t come, and other half they didn’t have. Eventually we were able to make a certain substitution, but definitely not returning. Tico had a great run when it was good, now it’s time to move on.
  17. TS

    TodS

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was very friendly and welcoming, and service was excellent! They wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time! The food was just the kind of eclectic mix we were looking for.
  18. R

    Rich

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    New Years eve
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    New Years Eve last minute reservation. Happy to get in somewhere but we were not impressed with the food (paella) or drinks
  20. EO

    EatOut

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Stopped in at 4:30 on New Years Eve with kids ages 4 and 2 on the way from Copley ice sculptures to Frog Pond ice skating performance and kids fireworks. Super nice and helpful waitstaff. But seemed like a lot of difficulty to get the simple order correct on the tiny menu. Fried fish tacos were excellent. Beef barbacoa tacos were also good but not amazing. $44 got us a “pitcher” of literally two margaritas each. Prices seemed fairly exorbitant for the quality and quantity of food and drinks served. However the wait staff was excellent and the ambience / atmosphere was a great mix of comfortable and cool. Hey
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Tico has changed. Gone are the days of the beautiful fried manchego cheese and best shishito peppers in Boston. Everything was mediocre and spicy - as if to conceal the lack of flavor throughout. The margaritas were undrinkable, unless you go for the sour mix. And the place was basically empty on a Friday night. Skip it.
  22. KT

    KathyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved the fish tacos. The staff was very friendly and would come back again.
  23. MA

    MadisonA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and staff and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend
  24. CB

    CaptainBlock

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    Tico used to be an upscale romantic mexican/southwestern restaurant. The kind of place you would take a date. Taking cues from hiphop culture, and night-life bar/eateries, it has been transformed to a performance space for DJs. Food was OK but it mpossible to have a conversation or enjoy the meal.
  25. m

    mimi

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent, interesting food: charred kale quesadilla and cauliflower taco. Yum!
  26. MH

    MichaelH

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I will start by saying the service was excellent, and the ambiance was fun and great for an evening out. All and all though the food was lacking. Of the small plates and main dishes I have to say the chips and guacamole is the only item we would order again. The nachos had a fast food feel and the calamari was under fried. Where I wouldn’t say it was a bad night out, we wouldn’t go again.
  28. KM

    KateM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Way too loud for two people to have dinner! We never got our appetizer until our meal came and asked about it. The food was really good though.
  29. A

    Alih

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The food was very bland and margaritas were all sour mix. Will not be returning
  30. R

    Rinkledink

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Had a ladies' night with 5 friends at Tico on a Saturday night in November. The ambiance was warm and inviting with a variety of patrons both young and old. Initially service was very attentive with drinks coming out quickly and the waitress checking multiple times on our readiness to order food. Food was delicious, we tried a number of options on the "Small Plates" section of the menu and the mac n cheese was the crowd favorite. However it seems that after a large party arrived, our table may have become less of a priority. The second round of drinks (margaritas) had too much lime and when we asked for another pitcher and to have our food packed up, we were instead brought the bill and the food was cleared away. Not sure if our waitress was overwhelmed or if there was some confusion in communication - the energy got very lively towards the end of our meal and it might have been hard to hear. All in all the food was certainly worth the trip and all of us were pleasantly surprised by the reasonable check!
  31. S

    Soph

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tico has delicious and unique food options, for an affordable price for a young adult/working profession! Big inside with lots of seating and groovy lighting. Would recommend for a dinner with friends or a casual date night!
  32. CD

    CuylerD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We went to the restaurant to celebrate a special event and asked if they could help make it special. They ended up surprising us with campaign and desert on them which made the evening so special. Our server was wonderful and he really made the night extra special!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and reasonable prices
  34. JD

    JessicaD

    New England

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We went to Tico with an OpenTable gift card and I was disappointed with the food. The guacamole and shrimp ceviche were bland. The guacamole came out so fast, we had to wait a while for our drinks, and we had to wait even longer when we ordered a second round. The restaurant was not busy so there really wasn’t an excuse for waiting so long for drinks. On the other hand the food came out too fast. We ordered the paella for dinner which was good but it was really the only think we enjoyed. If I didn’t have a gift card I would have been upset by the quality and price of the food.
  35. DT

    DouglasT

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Several standard menu items unavailable.
  36. SK

    SusanneK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Really rude waitress. Had forgotten all about a dish for one of the guests - it came when we had askes for it twice - at the same time as the checks came...!!! Without ANY excuse what so ever...!!! No all right at all. This was my last time visiting TICO
  37. S

    Snickerdoodle

    New England

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I selected Tico-Boston for its location and its menu that could satisfy budgets and food preferences for a variety of folks. We had a several small plates--crispy cauliflower with a chipotle aioli, grilled garlic shrimp with a powerful chili pepper kick not mentioned on the menu, shishito peppers--plus two taco plates, two-textured beef and roasted cauliflower. Overall the food was tasty though the shrimp were swimming a bit in oil and I would have liked to have ordered a milder dish, lighter on the surprise chili. Since we were gathering for a business meeting (at 5pm on a Monday), I requested a quiet corner, which we discovered doesn't exist. It took about 4-5 requests to turn down the music before one of the staff revealed that the music is outsourced and piped/pumped in from an outside vendor. This is another area where transparency would have been appreciated. Tico-Boston is probably a great meeting place/watering hole for folks who don't mind having to raise their voices. It wasn't the right spot for us though the food overall was pretty good. I would recommend Tico-Boston for that, but not for a business meeting.
  38. GG

    GiGi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service underwhelms. Went with a group of 8. One of the eight had to wait 7 minutes longer than everyone else to get his burger. There is ZERO value in the tacos. They are way to expensive for the amount of food. Overall the food is not craveable, just average. Might be better for drinks.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was either incredibly salty or very bland. Food was disappointing. Service was mediocre, it wasn’t busy but drinks and apps took forever so our meals came before we had finished the apps and our drinks came just a few minutes before the meal.
  40. AB

    AB70

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was very good. Service was slow at times which was surprising since it was earlier in the evening and not that busy. We still enjoyed it and had a good time.

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Tico- Boston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 351-0400.

Tico- Boston is rated 4.1 stars by 1151 OpenTable diners.

Tico- Boston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    St. James

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Schlow

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 351-0400

  • Private party facilities

    Tico has small semi private areas for group dining ranging from 8 guests to 100. Please contact for more specific information.

  • Private party contact

    Kristina McSharry : (617) 351-0400

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