Took a quick two day getaway to Boston to see the sights, do some shopping, and enjoy the good food in the city. At the recommendation of the hotel concierge, we took a walk over to Tico, a tapas bar. Things did not start off well when we were seated at one of the few tables in the loud bar area. I mean it was LOUD! We agreed to wait a few minutes for another table and we were accomodated within 15 minutes. Even on the other end of the restaurant the music seemed to be louder than normal - perhaps to cater to the younger, college crowd in the restaurant.
After ordering a bottle of wine from our college-aged server, we waited a full 20 minutes to be told it was out of stock. He recommended another bottle which he said was "similar" to the out-of-stock one we wanted. It was not similar, nor was it what we wanted. The manager did alleviate the situation by comping us a nice bottle that was not on the Tico wine list. I personally believe it was a sample from a salesman, but regardless, the manager was professional and knowledgable of the wines on his list.
We selected four "small plates" as this is a tapas restaurant. The fried manchego cheese was tasty and satisfying as was the shrimp ceviche. The seared tuna was disappointingly small for the price, but not as bad as the Spanish sausage tapas. Small indeed: two half dollar sized slices for $10!
After that, we asked for our bill and went down the street to finish our meal.
I know Boston is a college town, and was not surprised to see the young wait staff. But our server was either new on the job or else indifferent to the needs of those he was supposed to serve. Very disappointing for a highly rated restaurant such as this.