Tico
Tico

Tico

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ticorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2023191400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Opening daily at 5pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Michael Schlow/George Rodrigues
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: U Street
  • Public Transit: We are one block from the 13th street exit of the Green/Yellow line"s U-Street/Cardoza stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a lot across the street next to Black and Orange and we hope to add Valet Parking in the near future.
A word from Tico
TICO, an affectionate name for a local in Costa Rica, is gently influenced by chef/owner Michael Schlow’s travels to Spain, Mexico and Latin America, and was named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine. The rustic space evokes a sense of communal dining with smaller, tapas-style options to share, offering whimsical dishes that creatively blend flavors from all over the world. TICO has a playful, inviting vibe as it boasts an open kitchen with six stools at the ceviche bar to observe the behind-the-scenes action. TICO offers an extensive beverage program including draft and craft cocktails, local breweries and wines from Central and South American, Spain and the US.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Tico reviews from OpenTable diners
302 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (175)hot spot (165)good for groups (136)neighborhood gem (121)vibrant bar scene (117)special occasion (76)romantic (42)great for brunch (38)late-night find (35)notable wine list (22)scenic view (20)great for outdoor dining (20)great for lunch (18)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • ezdeepgreen
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was varied, interesting and tasted great. Service was also very good. There was not a lot of choice for dessert although the one we shared (banana chocolate gelato with peanuts one) was goood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre & Overpriced Food
    NinaKVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Huge space, nice ambiance/lighting, food mediocre & overpriced. Drinks tiny (even glasses of wine). Service fine, waitress was schmoozing for tips telling every patron how young they looked. Too many better options. Will not be returning
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ervine
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Loved the food. It was fast and the service was great. Great spot for a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, good food
    Malbec75
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had an 8pm reservation for two people and one of us was 10 minutes late, and though they didn't give away our table, we weren't seated until almost 8:30pm. The restaurant comp'd us two cocktails and an appetizer, which we greatly appreciated. We enjoyed trying a variety of small plates and found the service to be pleasant and efficient throughout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appreciatefinedining
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were two couples and we shared 7 small plates and then each got an order of the tacos. That was plenty of food, altho' it left a lot of choices for a return visit!! It is one of those places where literally everything on the menu looks great. We also tried some of their signature cocktails and the wine list was very selective.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh...
    hungryinDC
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Tico is ok. Not great, not terrible. We had about 6 small plates between us and nothing stood out as great. The service was on point but the food did nothing for us. The concept is confusing too. They are latin or spanish of some sort but that's unclear what. They serve bread with olive oil that's tasteless. It was all quite meh.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tico muy Rico
    Polo202
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was great. The service could've been better but after all I'm still satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was very delicious, all the seafood was cooked perfectly. I enjoyed every moment on my date!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip and delicious
    Beth
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We two old f**ts had a great late summer date night dinner here on our way to a show at the Source. Great ambience, distinctive menu, hip crowd, wonderfully attentive waiter. Loved the decor and open air.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad drinks
    PattyBoo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I loved the place when we got in and we were very pleased with the food. I am latina and he is Spanish and we are very picky about food when it comes to tapas and Latin food. To our surprise, our favorite was the cauliflower by recommendation of our server who, by the way, was very nice and helpful. The ceviches were really good, the duck tacos were good, and the risotto was ok. But mostly we were disappointed by the drinks: They were not good at all (except for the Chardonnay) and way too pricey. The mojito tasted liked a lemonade, not enough ice or mint. That would probably keep us from going back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Small Plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The small plates are awesome for a date night or a dinner between a few friends - they make it easy to try several fun dishes without feeling stuffed. The duck and edamame tacos and the chorizo risotto were stand outs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud,, loud Tico
    Phoebe
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Tico is a very "mod" restaurant aimed at the young people who live in the area. I made the reservation because I read about it and thought it was worth a try. The wall decoration looked like grafetti. The noise level increased as the evening went on, and it became impossible to have a conversation. The food was good and the service was adequate. We will not return to this restaurant because we are too old and the noise level is something we cannot live with.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great option for brunch
    Erim
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We tried the brunch menu and it was amazing. Service was excellent and we all had a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    FinchjdcVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I'm not a foodie and couldn't care less about food, so as a "non-foodie" this place knocked me off my socks. Great food, great atmosphere, great service. My favorite new place in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    Karen
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Tico is great! The dishes are flavorful, spicy, and the food seems quite fresh. I have eaten here twice, and both times my dinner companions and I have enjoyed it very much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & value
    suthersVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We were in DC for the weekend and decided to dine here. Have to say it was great. All the dishes were really tasty and the value was exceptional. Will DEFO return again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great food, love the outdoor/indoor ambience, incredibly attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good not great
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was very good, but a little pricey for what it was. We did the Chef's Choice "we missed lunch" but it came up to around the same price as what it would have been if we ordered those dishes, so I would say just go a la carte and pick what you want. Then you know what you are getting because the runners that brought out our food didn't tell us what the food was, they just dropped it off, so we were guessing what we were eating. Our waiter was great and friendly, but service was slow and food came out very slowly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kso1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I went here on a Saturday evening for my birthday dinner with a group of 12. Tico was very accommodating and easy to work with in terms of allergies. I will say, it would have been nice if we could have known in advance that groups larger than 8 are required to do a tasting menu and been able to book the group of 12 directly through OpenTable rather than having to call. The smallest level of tasting menu food was more than enough food and all parties left full and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    2nd time there and loved it even more!! We look forward to coming back and will tell our friends about it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big and Noisy
    DesignGuy20009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Thankfully, the food was great and the service wonderful from our particular server. However, I found the space a bit too large, garishly designed and decorated, feeling more like a space one might find at a shopping mall. The noise level deafening. Thank goodness we were near the hostess instead of in the middle of the space surrounded on all four sides. I know this is the trend to up the excitement level, but to the point where you have to strain to hear what your companion(s) are saying? I miss Coppi's.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seating Policy
    gada
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Really love the location food, and service. But really hate that I couldn't be seated even just because my companion was a few minutes late. There was no room at the bar and no seating area so it was just uncomfortable to basically have to step outside. The kicker: the restaurant was basically empty because my reservation was at 6:30 p.m. Just seat me, I would have gotten a drink or something and the waitresses tip would have gone up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kjhector
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a vistor in town and wanted to try Ted's Bulletin. We tried to indulge her but with over an hour wait we said to hell with that. My son had suggested we make reservations at Tico instead. Glad we did. the food, service and atmosphere was on point. My son had the fried chicken. It was the table favorite. I ordered the Serrano ham and Machengo Grilled cheese sandwich. Great spanish influence. Prices are very reasonable. Don't buy into the hype down the street. Tico is a much better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bari H
    Bari
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    really fun restaurant on the 14th street corridor. Food was delicious, with a combination of flavors that were often unique. High points were the roasted cauliflower and the beef tacos, even the seasoned olives were good! Only downside is that the place is LOUD, we found ourselves shouting to be heard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    Tdines
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our experience here was fantastic. The food was the only thing that was not 5 stars, in my opinion. It could have been what we ordered. But, the service and the place was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food & service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Love your restaurant!!! Wonderful food and the best staff in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I went here for dinner and have been back multiple times. Its reallya hot spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great new find!
    MMKWDC
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    LOVED TICODC! Great food and ambiance. Our waiter was very nice and polite. The only reason I didn't give the service 5 stars is because the first 3 'tapas' came out within 10 minutes of being seated - felt a bit rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Ready for Prime Time
    shino
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was muddled and mushy. Flavors and textures were diminished by their combinations. Compensated by using too much salt. Won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    SJG20005
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Very good food. Recommend the "Forgot my Lunch" pre fixed menu. A lot of food that we had to take back about 3 boxes and had lunch the next day. It was about $55 per person so it isn't cheap but I believe worth the value. It was a little crammed and the place was very popular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice addition to neighborhood
    HaneVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The cauliflower and beet small plates were amazing. salmon ceviche was a generous portion. We were not too impressed with the tacos- spicy fish and shrimp. Nothing bad, just not too interesting in flavor. great drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcome to the neighborhood!
    NMiller
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went for brunch and really enjoyed it. The food was very good, but I have to say the service impressed me as absolutely outstanding. Everyone was so pleasant and smart and professional - there was just something about them that seemed a cut above the usual, like they were happy to be there / proud of the place / better trained or managed - I don't know what exactly it was, but we really appreciated it. Will definitely go again. Glad that Tico is on our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • :(
    xolaurinxo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very disappointed. We waited almost 45 min for a server. During that time the person that brought us water checked on us every 20 min or so. After he realized I was livid, he decided to go ahead and serve us. Everything I ordered except for the fried oysters was horrible and I still ended up spending close to $90 and that was split between two people. I will probably never go there again. The best part of my evening was the sparkling water. The server was sweet and tried to help as much as he could until his shift was over. Maybe when he left we got the person we should have had in the beginning. A DISASTER!
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  • Delicious!
    HungryGirl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I loved everything about Tico! The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was amazing and I would be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent, good food/ambience
    lsal
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    menu was pretty predictable but everything was consistently good, service was good (not particularly excellent e.g. not fun/engaging, no good recos)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Middling
    mmud81
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Tico is just another of the bevy of middling restaurants now open in the U Street/Shaw/Logan Circle neighborhood. While the food was good, nothing I ate beckoned me to come back for more. I was also particularly disappointed because of the big name behind the operation: Michael Schlow. I expected better.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice brunch place
    LenHVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went for the food, stayed for the food. Duck confit with eggs were excellent, open omlettes were well constructed. Coffee was good, drinks were interesting, but not repeaters. Could have used some bread basket of modest sort. Definitely a returner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jury's still out
    HungryLobbyist
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    They've created a buzzy, vibrant atmosphere with a creative menu. The dishes are well done (of note is the lobster ceviche) but we have been twice and both servers messed up orders and were seriously in attentive. Front-of-house is poorly managed, too, as we waited 35 mins at the bar despite having a reservation. Check your bill carefully! They added about $30 worth of food we never ordered the first time we went. It wouldn't take much training to turn around these personnel problems, and I'm hopeful these are still growing pains. Will likely give it one more shot for the cuisine alone though.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was tasty but not memorable. Reminds me of a lot of popular tapas restaurants. Ambiance and decor were edgy and hip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tico's - Our New Favorite!
    EnjoylifeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The hibiscus margaritas were a hit with our party of 6. We ordered a pitcher and then by the glass (the later seem to have more flavor). The crunchy edamame tacos, crispy manchego cheese and roasted cauliflower were our favorite dishes. The sweet corn is quite spicy, and we found it best to mix with the risotto. Currently one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate