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“Didn't live up to the hype”
Review of Tico Boston

Tico Boston
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Ranked #405 of 3,206 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $13 - $28
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: St. James
Transit: Arlington Station is one block from Tico
Description: 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.
Buffalo, NY
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23 reviews
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“Didn't live up to the hype”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

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.

  • Visited September 2012
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Tequila lover? Here's your heaven.”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Great spot near Copley. We met friends for a drink and stayed for hours. Great bar well-stocked with a hundred kinds of Tequila, plus the usual bar brands. Bartender made a perfect martini.

Visited September 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Food was good, ambiance brought it down”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

A group of us went to Tico in and we ordered several plates each along with some drinks. All the food was good however, the octopus had no flavor to it, only a disappointing charred taste (grilled it seems). Each of us had something that we thought was the best plate as far as the rest of them. The drinks were great. Service was normal. The music was as loud as a rave in an industrial park and it was early evening on a Sunday with about 15 people in the place. It was pretty ridiculous. I don't think I'd return as the food and drink didn't outweigh the annoyance of the loud music.

  • Visited September 2012
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“Fantastic food, service and great atmosphere.”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Awesome. Great atmosphere. Busy and vibrant. Great food. Tacos, octopus, oxtail, cauliflour dish - all excellent. Chocolate tart was fantastic. Service was great - friendly and prompt.

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Weston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Love to sit at the food bar and watch them cook”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

I very much enjoy going to Tico. Enjoy sitting at the food bar and watch them cook. Kelsy and Ron and Dimitrius are great and the food is awesome. Nice small portions with amazing flavors. Deserts are awesome too and adult drink deserts are also great. Just a fun and delightful experience.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Peter H
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