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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
Overall, we really liked this place, especially the very friendly bar staff. The only drawback was an issue with a broken pipe in the building that set off the fire alarm and warning lights in the restaurant. It went on for a while before any of the staff approached us to explain the situation. Although the pipe was out of their control, I think they should have been more proactive about informing the guests. The flashing lights and blaring alarm marred what was otherwise an enjoyable night out.
Given how empty the restaurant was, I was surprised how poor the service was. There were three different waiters that came to our table throughout the night, and at one point we had to get the hostess' attention to get service. I've been here many times in the past, and had not experienced service this poor. The food was good, but not great. Why dress up the oysters with toppings? Kind of ruins it for some people, especially as a group when people have different tastes.
The food was all tasty. All of the items seemed to be spicy, with one spicy ingredient or another, so that we had some difficulty finding things that our non-spicy-loving family members would enjoy. They graciously tried to make some of the items less spicy, but it was impossible to remove the jalapenos from everything, and some of the sauces were what was good about the item and they couldn't make it less spicy. Anyway, I would recommend somewhere else if you can't do spicy.
That said, if you like spicy -- and they weren't even THAT spicy -- all of the food was delicious!
Enjoyed the food, but they must do team table service because we couldn’t figure out who our server was and we waited around a lot for drinks and to get our tab. As I’m pregnant I had to flag people down to get water and the music was so loud it was hard to have a conversation. There was a party on the other side so perhaps it’s a bit quieter normally. A great place to go for an app and cocktail but not if you want to catch up with anyone.
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.
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