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Tico

Tico

South American Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Back Bay East, Boston
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7.4/10
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  • Jeremy K.
    "great Mexican fare from Michael Schlow"(4 Tips)
    Bob E.
    "The blood orange margarita is amazingly delicious."(5 Tips)
    Lisa
    "Get the fish tacos or the chorizo risotto."(3 Tips)
    Cindy P.
    "cabbage salad and the lobster tacos"(3 Tips)
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  • Brian K.
    Brian KernNovember 16, 2013
    Saturday Kid's Brunch is great. Arts & crafts from 10-11 with free coffee & OJ, then live music, full adult brunch menu (& cocktails), & kids menu starting at 11. Not cheap but worth it.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 3, 2011
    Menu of small plates like quail with mango & aji amarillo looks great, but the tequila list is even better, ranging from blancos like the Gran Centenario Plata, to the 1800 Collecion Reserva. Read more
  • Morgan L.
    Morgan LintonDecember 4, 2012
    Great ambiance, good music and awesome drinks. For an extra special night order the frosted monkey - not on the menu but most of the bartenders know how to make it.
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixMay 25, 2011
    Try to work yourself up to eating a little blood sausage in the brilliantly revised Spanish tortilla and don't miss the shishito peppers or the chorizo risotto. Everything goes with tequila!
  • Bob E.
    Bob EricksonMarch 12, 2016
    The blood orange margarita is amazingly delicious. Don't believe the troll who said otherwise about their margaritas. Chili's doesn't even come close!
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityDecember 22, 2011
    Chef and owner Michael Schlow operates some of Boston’s most elegant establishments—but Tico is his opportunity to let loose. He’s described it as “a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
  • Sam S.
    Sam SternApril 2, 2011
    Enjoyed the fried manchego, the civeche of the day and the tacos. Fried shrimp was not what we expected. Next time, we will get an entree, some of them looked very good
  • cass c.
    cass corcoranNovember 16, 2014
    Wow is the food fantastic! However the music is horrible. Pop/ Rock extremely loud. Hard to eat excellent food when the music makes you wanna drink hard and party. Not a romantic spot, it could be or
  • Steph F.
    Steph FellFebruary 17, 2013
    Ceviche has a very authentic and great Peruvian taste. The plate of serrano ham was huuuge. Chocolate tart is GOOD
  • Erica D.
    Erica DSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Any of the tacos are a WIN. Try their shredded cabbage salad with salsa verde. Makes a great side dish to those tacos!
  • Justine R.
    Justine R.November 14, 2011
    Go with friends and get the "cant decide" the chef chooses your meal, its awesome small plates! 3 each and dessert!
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityJune 6, 2011
    We love the restaurant's Tequila Club, which rewards any patron that drinks 88 tequilas in an 8 month period with a bevy of special gifts. (We also love the braised octopus and truffle quesadillas.)
  • Carol Pinto
    Carol PintoDecember 18, 2013
    Wonderful and divine food, the cheff is very friendly and kind, andnice atmosphere, good music!!!
  • Gianna N.
    Gianna NebbiaFebruary 15, 2015
    Their tequila cocktails are all delicious and creative. The chorizo and beef tacos were also delicious.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzNovember 7, 2014
    Guzzle down a few Paloma cocktails and wash them down with great Mexican fare from Michael Schlow and his team
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comJanuary 3, 2012
    In the midst of this year’s tequila and tacos boom, the upscale Tico, from Michael Schlow of Radius, Via Matta, and Alta Strada, offered an instant party. Read more
  • David G.
    David GerzofOctober 29, 2011
    If you like fish tacos come here, but make sure you're not hungry because it takes awhile - but worth the wait
  • David C.
    David CunninghamMay 26
    Been here 5+ times
    People often overlook the outdoor space in the back. Not a great people watching street, but not too much vehicle traffic going by.
  • Lisa
    LisaMay 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the fish tacos or the chorizo risotto. Tasty! But don't come if you're in a rush.
  • Reggie L.
    Reggie LoweNovember 16, 2012
    Steak Taco was delish..get two because 3 is not enough...suprisingly spicy but really good
  • Cindy P.
    Cindy ParrishJuly 18, 2012
    Love the blood orange margaritas, shredded cabbage salad and the lobster tacos
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KelleyMay 1, 2011
    I only had a few dishes, so I can't speak for everything. But the roasted cauliflower w/ fava beans was really, really good...
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Lobster tacos and tequila are the new version of upscale pub fare and whiskey. Read more
  • Erica A.
    Erica AyotteMarch 6, 2011
    chorizo risotto 4/5 noms, cheese plate is great, and fried manchego is also awesome.
  • Julee P.
    Julee Peck JonesAugust 16, 2015
    Love the blood orange margaritas. Great jazz on Saturday mornings
  • Sean P.
    Sean PerssonJuly 17, 2013
    Pacifico on Draught, and late night menu. Great Spot.
  • Aysu O.
    Aysu OzgurNovember 6, 2016
    Margaritas were pure sour mix aka sugar... would avoid cocktails and stick to wine or beer unless you enjoy $13 juice
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew T.September 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 tacos at the bar 2:30-5pm and then late night as well. And they're tasty.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CiolinoMarch 3, 2012
    Saturday mornings they have a live band for kids starting at 11 am
  • Jason M.
    Jason MahoneyMarch 11, 2011
    Not bad, but just ok. Better than the suburban mall quality food (Souper Salad, Fire & Ice etc.) in its immediate area, but if it were near Toro, Estragon & Orinoco it would go down. Quickly.
  • Victor P.
    Victor PinkesJune 18, 2016
    Flavors were excellent however 35 min between courses and the portions were minuscule expensive typical overrated Boston dining
  • Lori
    LoriFebruary 27, 2011
    Order the brussels and tuna tartare . Great service and sangria too!
  • M. G. S.
    M. G. StellaAugust 6, 2013
    The cauliflower and the meatballs are the best!
  • Kinesha G.
    Kinesha GoldsonAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pomegranate martinis are made with real "POM" juice which is ALWAYS a plus!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CMMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Tuna tartar tostada is flavored perfect, needs 1 more tostada to share.
  • Tony U.
    Tony UrsilloAugust 2, 2012
    Blood Orange margarita is the way to go.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BatorJuly 23, 2011
    Cabbage salad was amazing. Grilled branzini was fantastic.
  • Jill M.
    Jill MulliganOctober 2, 2014
    The breakfast potatoes are extremely good
  • Suzanne W.
    Suzanne WenzAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Corn on the cob is to die for!
  • JoAnne B.
    JoAnne BorselliMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Loved the drinks. Blood orange Margarita was amazing!
  • Murdo C.
    Murdo ConnochieAugust 5, 2013
    The Great Bacon Cheeseburger is indeed great.
  • Leigh M.
    Leigh MJanuary 21, 2015
    Great for a group!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BatesJune 2, 2012
    Kids brunch with music saturdays from 11-12:15 is a great time
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DavisOctober 12, 2011
    Watch Michael Schlow (the Chef of Tico) prepare an insane pop-up dinner at Fenway Park last summer. Read more
  • Brooks F.
    Brooks FinneganApril 4, 2011
    This place is 'meh'. Tried 3 different tacos (fish, fried chicken, edamame) - all bland. Too much sex-mex competition in Back Bay now with Lolita and Cactus Club to be serving such mediocrity. Shame.
  • Samara S.
    Samara S.March 8, 2015
    Margaritas! Portions are super small
  • Brett M.
    Brett MossApril 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    get to Tico for brunch...perfect spot for friends and kids!
  • Sean O.
    Sean O'ReillyFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Many fewer mice here this visit. Slowish bar service.
  • Saad F.
    Saad FazilApril 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Spicy Marinated Olives
  • Brian C.
    Brian CantwellMay 29, 2011
    If you haven't been seated, do yourself a favor and go elsewhere. Uninspired food did little to make up for horrible drinks and service. I've had better margaritas at Chilis.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HarperFebruary 26, 2013
    Totally awesome joint!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CuginiJanuary 6, 2012
    They play the music of the morning after a male on male one night stand
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GoldsmithJune 9, 2012
    The food here is great!
  • William M.
    William MountApril 11, 2013
    Great lobster tacos.
  • Rebecca W.
    Love the patio!!
  • Mike V.
    Mike VolpeAugust 6, 2011
    Try the sangria!
  • Marcelino H.
    Marcelino HernandezMarch 16, 2013
    The bartender is so rude, she told me to wait a minute. Meanwhile I can see her texting, while I wait!!
  • Ben K.
    Ben KirschmanFebruary 17, 2011
    13 bucks for a shitty 8oz watered down "special" margarita. Total ripoff and terrible atmosphere to boot. Never coming back here again.
  • Patrick T.
    Patrick TomasiewiczDecember 12, 2011
    Lights dim at 6:33
  • Alice C.
    Alice CuthbertApril 19, 2012
    Don't go for lunch the service sucks
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