Tico- DC

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$31 to $50
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American
Tico by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow offers modern American cuisine with Latin American and Spanish flair. The cool, hip 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. Executive Chef Mollie Moore helms the kitchen with desserts by Pastry Chef Alex Levin
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Free Dessert

Spend $25 with us and receive one free dessert! Offer is valid with dine-in reservations Sunday–Thursday, from 5pm–6:30pm only. Limit one coupon per reservation.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 13, 2019

Ends: October 14, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 5:00PM-6:30PM

Bottomless Brunch

$29 unlimited food/$39 unlimited food & drink. 2-hour limit.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 14, 2019

Ends: September 15, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:00AM-3:00PM
Sat 10:00AM-3:00PM

All Night Sunday Happy Hour (drink specials from 5-close)

Enjoy margaritas, craft cocktails, beer and other specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 19, 2019

Ends: July 20, 2118

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-10:30PM

All Day Monday Happy Hour (drink specials from 3-11pm)

Enjoy 1/2 price draft cocktails in the bar and dining room.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 18, 2019

Ends: April 19, 2118

Availability: Mon 3:00PM-11:00PM

What 1158 People Are Saying
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SV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Tico has some great appetizers and desserts, there could be more options for large plates. There werren't a lot of "wow" dishes on the menu but it's a great place to go in a group and share some small plates. We had a good time, though I wish they would make their margaritas from scratch instead of using the premade mixer.

OT
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Bartender was lovely as we waited. Great front desk. Nice waiter who got most of our order correct. But they almost refuse to clear dirty dishes. They piled up on our table and the food runner kept dropping food and leaving. When I finally asked to have some removed. Literally ignored. Back turned. I even yelled after the food runner. Nothing. Great food but you are eating in an unsanitary town dump by the end. Not returning.

V
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

I used to love this place, but the food has really gone downhill. This was officially my last visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We went here to celebrate a friend moving back to town after being away for 3 years. At first It seemed as if the staff was attentive but then we began to realize they were just trying to rush us out. As soon as we finished our meal and indicated we didn’t want desert, the manager came up to us and said “we need this table. We have a party of 9 and we need to take your table to convert it for them. They’ve been waiting.” Now when we arrived for dinner the restaurant was only a quarter full. You would have thought if they had such a large party coming in so close to our reservation that maybe they would have just set up for that earlier. It was super rude and we won’t ever go back.

A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food was bland. Did not have the Mexican south american spice and favors I was expecting. Great location and beautiful atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Helpful server guided us through the menu and kept our glasses full.

CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 5 for the all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch. The food was great, our waiter was super nice, and we stayed the whole two hours. No complaints.

A
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for the first time with some friends from college. The brunch was amazing! We were able to try a lot of different foods and drinks because of unlimited food and drinks and everything was really good. There was a great vibe throughout the restaurant from the moment you walk in to the moment you walk out. Great place!

FB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service and a wonderful urban space

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Fish tacos inedible due to addition of extremely hot peppers, and I like spicy food. Also virtually no fish.Mentioned to server; response: Meh. Calamari well cooked, nice sauce. Portion too small for price. Several better dining options within one block.

s
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We stopped at Tico before a concert at the Lincoln Theater. We LOVED it. Delicious fresh food served on small plates, allowed up to sample a variety of Tico's offerings. Reasonable prices. We'll be back.

TH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a great price ! Our server was awesome kept the food and drinks flowing for unlimited brunch. We’ll definitely be back !!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent atomosphere and very good food. A bit noisy for serious conversations but not a problem for a fun night out with family or friends. Only regret is that the restaurant didn’t propose anything for the birthday we were there to celebrate...

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!!! Would definitely return

DC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tico’s is one of my favorite restaurants!! Great drinks and the food is amazing. This last occasion there David was our server and he was so attentive and nice. Really took care of us and recommended a great bottle of wine. It was a gorgeous day and we sat by the open windows and had a wonderful evening. I’ve never had a bad experience there - thank you Management!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

While the food and drink was generally good, the service was TERRIBLE. Our servers switched, no one seemed to really care if we got the food or drink that we ordered and even when we got someone’s attention, we still didn’t get our items. We ordered tacos as soon as we sat and asked multiple servers about them. They finally brought them an hour and a half later. The last drink I ordered just never came. I think now that brunch is unlimited, they just don’t care, which defeats the whole purpose of going somewhere with an unlimited brunch.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not the best for brunch with large friends. Service is spotty and they bring out all the “cheaper” food options to fill you up. You literally have to make it a point to being out other food options on the menu or it won’t happen on its own

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - love the fish tacos. Great place for a big group.

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, quick service, great before the Lincoln theater.

RK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was just ok. I wouldn't go back for another meal. The wait service was terrible, but the bar tenders were excellent.

ND
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Got a nice table by the window. Excellent hibiscus margarita, not too sweet with a spice rim! Kitchen sink nachos a bit skimpy. Spicy pork taco ok, not spicy at all.

For a place called Tico, they should really have a couple of honorary Costa Rican dishes!

CL
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Brunch selection is fun. Lots of tacos.

RH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has great food, drinks, and service. It’s tapas, but you don’t need many to feel sated. Definitely stop in!

A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great margaritas in a casual hip setting. Liked the roasted cauliflowers. Fine hanger steak and guacamole. Good beef and pork tacos.
Friendly staff

KK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tico is a great go-to place in DC. The food is always good and I have consistently had great service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It is necessary to order 2/3 dishes to have a decent meal. One will not fill you up.

LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited Tico for the first time with a good friend and was incredibly impressed by how wonderful the staff is. Food was also good! I ordered the shrimp tacos and finished everything on my plate.

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect for large groups. Great service and food. I definitely look forward to another visit.

D
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

My friends and I decided to go to Tico for a morning brunch based on the aesthetics and all you can eat and drink special. The atmosphere was great and the food was decent for the portion sizes. The only reason I didn't give this place a perfect review was the service left a lot to be desired. In the beginning, our waitress was very attentive, but as time went on, she was less aware of our desire to get more food and/or drinks.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch experience! Fantastic bottomless offering!

G
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This lively, casual venue on the hot U St. corridor is a fun place to dine. It features small plates, but but they are of good size for the genre. We liked the loved garlic shrimp, and brussels sprouts and shredded cabbage plates were also good. Less so the duck empanadas, which were too smothered in cheese and hot sauce to taste the duck, even though there was quite a bit in there. Chorizo was....chorizo, nothing special, and a bit salty even by chorizo standard. Nice selection of beers at fair prices. Service was especially good for a busy place of this type, so bravo on that. Overall a good experience with fast service, and fun at a good price.

MN
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was solid. Great brunch menu on paper, but the execution was so-so...

TM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as always! The food is always quick to come out, the staff is always super polite and the atmosphere is always fun and relaxing all at the same time.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food was fantastic!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It is always a bit too loud so conversation is hard to hear. Other than that, delightful.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was awful and should not have been on the menu

CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a birthday brunch. We had a group of 18 people. Normally, with a group of 10 or more, they want you to use an event coordinator to put in the reservation (they should cancel that). I tried to contact the coordinator but didn’t get a response. My friend and I split up the reservation (she put in a reservation for 9 and I did the same). The day before, I called and told them the groups were together. The hostess and manager was so accommodating.

Brunch was amazing! They kept the food and drinks coming. Everyone was impressed with the service. My friend really enjoyed her birthday. I love restaurants that don’t make a big deal out of large reservations. I know it depends on the group of people but I really appreciate Tico DC for everything!

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend!! Great staff, super friendly and delicious food.

SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Tico DC for brunch and I will most likely go back for brunch. For $40 you get bottomless food and drink which our group thought was a great deal. The food was delicious, there were a number of food and drink options that were included in the bottomless brunch, and the environment was really nice - beautiful on the inside. Our waitress was very attentive also and made sure we were taken care of. We loved it!

n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bottomless brunch is one of the best in DC. The food is fantastic and the drinks just as wonderful. Some bottomless brunches leave a lot to be desired, but we all thoroughly enjoyed TICO having been to a ton of other bottomless places - this beats them all! Check it out!

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