Tico

4.5
1023 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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"Brunch After Dark" Mondays

Join us in the dining room for our new "brunch after dark" menu: $39 unlimited food and drink / $29 unlimited food - 2 hour limit.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 22, 2019

Ends: March 23, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-10:00PM

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J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

I found the manager (White guy) to be very unprofessional ! I had a reservation at 1230pm. I got there early (1215) to get the table. I excused myself to go to the bathroom. I had to run to my car. When all the guests arrived at 1230pm, we were informed the table was given away. It was reported that because I left the table was given away. However, our reservation was at 1230pm?!!! Then , had the audacity to say it would be 20 mins for another table ! Fortunately, he got us a table before we caused a scene.

Once we were seated and served by the black server, he was great! He allowed me to go from a table of 4 to a table of 6. Not to mention, he brought out complimentary champagne for the table .


I wasn’t drinking but was charged for Virginia Mojitos and that was lame !!!

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ES
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Love the small plates concept. We were able to try the entire menu. Service was good.

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KD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went, on a recommendation from a coworker, for a pre-concert bite to eat and had a great time. The food, service, drinks....it was fantastic. I will definitely be returning in the near future.

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M
Grand Rapids
52 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We grabbed dinner here on the last night of a short trip to DC, which was a Sunday night. It was fairly empty during the dinner hour at that time - it doesn't seem like a current hot spot, but we really enjoyed it. We ordered the smaller chef's choice option, which was a lot of food (I think you'll need to be ravenous or not eat everything for the bigger chef's choice). The service was very good. My fiancé had a margarita, and it was tasty. The chef's choice that night had a number of courses, I think mostly from the regular menu. We started with something like a jicama salad (it was clean and tasty). We then had cauliflower and the roasted shishito peppers, which were awesome, and I think possibly the salmon tartare. We had shrimp and beef tacos, which were divine, and then churros. I think this is the first time I've ever been to a restaurant with Southwestern/Border/Mexican food with a chef's choice menu, but I would definitely recommend this as the way to go, and again, although it was not very full, the service is great and I don't think this detracts.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Could not handle the Friday night rush.

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s
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I attended brunch with 2 other friends this past Sunday at 1:15pm. This was my second time attending brunch at Tico. However, this will be my last time attending Tico for any meals. The restaurant wasn't even full compared to what it usually is and the service was terrible. We waited for long periods of time to order both food and drinks. We opted for the bottomless option for food and drink but definitely did not get our money's worth. Because the waiter did not clearly explain the meal options there was some confusion with ordering and my friend was almost overcharged for her meal. I waited almost 20 minutes for my 2 small plates to come. When they finally arrived, the kitchen continued to resend the same dishes to our table without us ordering more or anything new. However, the biggest turn off for me was when I witness the "head chef" repeatedly use profanity and condescending language towards his kitchen staff in regards to keeping up with orders. My table was located in back right by the kitchen so it was easy to hear his interactions with the rest of the staff. During this visit, I also observed a waitress have a small heavy glass dish slide off her tray and hit a table and almost a customer before hitting the ground. A short while later, I witnessed another staff member drop and break multiple glasses on top of a table while trying to clear it off. The clean up for the amount of glass was not as thorough as it should have been. This was a very disappointing experience and I hope that management takes time to address the issues with the staff. There was nothing worthwhile of taking photos of.

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GF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, an enjoyable experience and would go back again for brunch. The food was great and the drinks were tasty.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic! Food and drinks were great as well. Fun place for brunch.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

lots of room!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I've always gone to Tico's for brunch as the food has always been excellent and I've always had great service. Unfortunately this time around, the service was not as great as we were constantly trying to get our server's attention. We had ordered all of the food that we wanted and it was constantly taking so long to receive each of what we ordered. In addition, we had to ask other servers to get our drinks refilled as our server was always nowhere to be found and had forgotten our last two dishes. The food was great as always, although they have a new brunch menu, I will always miss the breakfast burrito, I enjoyed the new menu but unfortunately this time around customer service was not so great.

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D
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

New brunch menu. So Tico changed from an a la carte menu to a preset $29 unlimited breakfast tapas. And with that change, unfortunately the quality of food has changed also. The restaurant is definitely busier now which makes a better atmosphere but also because of this service is worse. If you're looking for an unlimited food brunch then this is a good choice, otherwise try a different place for brunch. PS-gluten free, stay away, there's almost nothing on the menu for you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant manager, Justin, is always amazing.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful all around

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HL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated National Margarita Day at TICO and it was delicious! The starters were incredible (queso, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes). However, we were not very pleased with the taco selection. We got the pork and beef tacos and they had no taste which was a let down since the starters were so good!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food at brunch was what you’d expect for a bottomless brunch. It feels cafeteria style but s much nicer ambiance.

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MG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch/ Outstanding service and friendly waiter. Great time had by all. Go when you're hungry. Many good choices in the fixed price menu. Result was a food coma.

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MK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This restaurant was great for a girl's night, would be great for a big group, and the food was delicious. I definitely recommend getting the cauliflower!

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best brunch in DC. Everything that is wrong with bottomless brunch in big cities goes right at Tico. Unlimited food and drink and they really mean it. Service is exceptional. When you order one dish, they bring enough for the whole table and don’t waste your time by giving you mini drinks. Heavy pours and delicious plates - unbeatable!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was so lovely throughout. A bit pricy but the service definitely made up for that. Would dine here again.

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TC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for Tico for Valentine's day at 6pm. We sat at the bar because Sonya and Stephanie were working the bar and they are really great. We had the Hibiscus margaritas, calamari and Tico burgers....all very good! I will be back again.

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PT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Sunday brunch and had a great time. The restaurant was busy, as it usually is, but the noise level was fine and the service spot on. The Sunday brunch offer was generous $29 unlimited orders w/o drinks, $39 w/drinks. The menu was robust and featured several of my favorites including Shredded Cabbage Salad. TICO is one of favorite places, I am never disappointed by the food or the service.

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UC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good good. Great service.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Sonya, was fantastic: her attentiveness and recommendations really made the meal feel special. This was not my first time dining at Tico, and this experience left a much better impression than prior visits; I now look forward to returning and will make Tico a regular place. Thanks, Sonya!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was phenomenal, and we appreciated our waiter’s attentiveness to our drinks with large parties flanking our table.

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a
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Different menu than typical Mexican restaurant! Although I missed chips and salsa, the dishes we tried were very good and interesting. Fun, lively atmosphere and great hibiscus margarita

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S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious as always. The service was great as well. The downsides are the price, it ends up being rather expensive for a meal when you get multiple tapas, and the noise level. It's hard to hear people talking at your table.

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was subpar and overpriced, very small portions yet our waiter stressed that it was not tapas..

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s
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Way over-priced for the quality I am also slightly annoyed by the $ rating on Open Table. It's definitely more like $$. Big difference.

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S
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Brunch - Best for eating with friends, as you get unlimited small plates and drinks for 2 hours. The food is very good, and the only downside is that not everyone knows how to handle 2 hours of unlimited drinks.

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L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love going to Tico. They have the best cocktails - definitely recommend the hibiscus margarita! Food is always amazing - can't go wrong with anything on the menu :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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KE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sorry we went to Bstcelona down the street on Saturday night, jam-packed, and u can’t believe the personal service we got in 2 crowded rooms! Tico, about 8 parties at the most and service was slower than me tapping molasses from a tree! Then the portions. Shrimp bacon tacos with avocado. 2 shrimp each or 2 tacos, $12-$14. Pretty ridiculous! No thank you. Next!

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VR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

The food is definitely the worst part of this restaurant

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GP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Yes I'd recommend at least giving Tico a try. I would not recommend opting for the chef's choice, however. Although my group decided to be adventurous in allowing the chef to pick our dishes, we wound up be slightly disappointed with the picks. I think we would have enjoyed the food more if we had made our own choices.

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j
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was restaurant week so it was a huge amount of food for one person. Nice fun place. Food was average, service was great

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s
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great place to go on a date or with a group of friends or family. They have small plates so it’s great for sharing, and the portion sizes are pretty good for the price. The service is spot on, and they have a lot of options for drinks. Overall it’s a great place to check out. However it does get busy and noisy as the evening goes on so I would recommend going a little early. I had reservations at 5pm on a Saturday and it wasn’t to busy.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great brunch place with tons of options & flavors, good value & service.

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KM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

A friend and I went to Tico on a random Tuesday night. It was quiet, with many open tables. There were two main problems: service and food. Service: After we ordered a bottle of wine for the table, it took 25 minutes until it arrived at our table. Our server also couldn't be found when we wanted to order food. Food: We ordered 6 small sharing plates for the table. Most were good, but the shishito peppers tasted like a sour patch kid. There was too much citrus/lime and we puckered out faces every bite.

I've been to Tico many times and have enjoyed those times. But this instance isn't one of those. Not sure when, if, I'll be back.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I normally really like Tico, as I have been here a handful of times now, however, I found the service on 1/12/19 evening (my bday dinner) to be subpar. At first I thought it was perhaps an isolated case of just our waitress being in a bad mood or something, but throughout the meal, we both found the whole wait staff to be inattentive and overall just unsatisfied to be there. They completely forgot my friends drink, and when we pointed it out to the waitress, she never checked back if everything was OK. I am not sure I want to return here again, because it definitely was not worth the money.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely fresh food with excellent service - our Australian dollar made it a bit expensive but a wonderful meal none the less. Amazing sweet corn and cabbage salad. The churros recommended for dessert were delicious

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