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About 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.

1926 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20018
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour 4-7 Monday thru Friday in the bar.
Dinner begins at 5 daily.
Last reservation at 10:30 during the weekend and 11:30 Friday and Saturday.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm.

Cross Street:
U Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 319-1400

Website:
http://www.ticorestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
We are one block from the 13th street exit of the Green/Yellow line"s U-Street/Cardoza stop.

Executive Chef:
Michael Schlow/George Rodrigues

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Tico has a fun, sexy atmosphere, delicious and unpretentious food, amazing cocktails, cold beer, lots of tequila, cool music & people watching. Always a good time! Conceived by Chef/Owner Michael Schlow, Tico is American at its core, influenced by travels to Spain, Mexico, and South America

Tico Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (33)
Fun (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
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Good for Groups (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Casual (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Happy Hour (12)
People Watching (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Spicy (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Romantic (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great Beer (4)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Scenic View (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Reservation was over 15 minutes late which I HATE. They were really nice about it, verbally, no percentage off. And the food is amazing so I keep coming back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

We did the chef's selection--quite pleased with the variety and the quality of the offerings.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A fun selection of tapas and small plates beyond the usual Spanish variety. Good margaritas by the pitcher too! Perfect for a happy hour with friends or colleagues. Has a buzz, but you can still hear each other talk.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Creative dinning choices and excellent service. Can't say enough good things about Tico.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was fantastic! Be sure to save room for dessert, the caramelized banana split is LEGIT! This is an awesome spot for a pre-show dinner if you're going to the Lincoln Theater or any of the other theaters on U St. We are definitely going back!

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Special Occasion, Tapas, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always enjoy Tico. The service is good. The food is always delicious. No diff this time.. the meat was over cooked for both our meals - we both ordered medium and got well - but it was still very tasty! Too good to send back. And the restaurant made up for it with dessert. Will continue to go and enjoy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was delicious, but Marcus was the best at being attentive and following through!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our group of 5 had the tasting menu. A great assortment of delicious items. Service was outstanding the the food was even better.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Tasty and hot! Brunch all good
Dessert was the surprise winner

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

While the food was phenomenal with plenty of options that are reasonably priced, Tico lacks in adequate customer service. When I called to change my reservation the host was rude, abrupt, was not listening to everything I was saying, and hung up the phone without saying good-bye (basic conversation skills). Upon arriving, the waiter was polite and took our orders but it would take forever to flag him, or any of the waiters down. The decor is very nice, it is always a plus to be able to see the kitchen from your seat, the food was very tasty, but management should take greater concern in improving customer service.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Second trip here and again, the service was incredibly slow. We waited for over 15 minutes before we were greeted by anyone. Even after that, no refills on coffee and no one checked in. The food was good and the brunch deal on mimosas is a great value. I love the vibe here but not sure if I’ll come back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food and service were both amazing. We were meeting with friends we hadn't seen in a while so we really wanted to take our time. Our waiter was patient and helpful. The sea urchin ceviche and shrimp tacos were our favorites. I would definitely go back!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was simply wonderful. Our waiter was so attentive and caring. We had the tasting menu and he put together a balanced scrumptious supper and always aware of my friend’s lactose intolerance. My passion fruit dessert was the perfect ending. Awesome. The manager was also wonderful. You feel like everybody is part of a team. The gentleman who cleared the dishes was also very fine . Dishes were timed well, we had to be somewhere by 7.15pm but we were not rushed. Definitely coming back with more folks.
It was a random pick, close to where we needed to be and we were most happy with the meal and the evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Tico was very hit or miss. Starting with the good: our server was friendly, attentive, and quick. The drinks were creative and refreshing. Some of the dishes were excellent and kept us going back for more, such as the pork belly sliders. However, other dishes fell flat or were just so lackluster given their potential--the olive guacamole, while good, lacked any hint of olive and may as well have been normal guacamole without the upcharge; the fried fish tacos had no real crunch; and the duck tacos were just a dull mouthful with soggy cracklings. Would go again but try other menu items to hone in on the gems.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was not impressed with Tico. The food was mediocre and came out very quickly. We were completed with our entire meal within 25 minutes. The staff was very nice but I didn't really enjoy the meal. We had the salmon ceviche which was very watery, the shrimp croquettes which were good, the fried manchego cheese which did not have a great sauce, the chorizo risotto that had an odd gravy with it, and a golden beets salad which was our favorite. I will probably not be returning to Tico.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is one of my favorite places in 14th street. The food is always delicious!

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was good but didn’t at all feel authentic. Cocktails were a disappointment.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Love, love, love Tico!! The food is always amazing and the service spot on. We’ve been eating there for several years now and it is consistently perfect. I’m a Vegan but my friends aren’t, and the chef never ceases to amaze me with the tasty dishes he sends out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Casual, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food was great and the atmosphere was even better. All of the staff were awesome and made the experience that much better. I will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great service and even better food! The restaurant surprised us with a delicious free dessert just because. Definitely will go back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very disappointed in bar service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a very disappointing meal from a restaurant we have liked in the past. Appetizers were fine, but the beef in the lomo saltado entree was very tough--apparently an inexpensive cut. It was cooked medium rare so toughness cannot be blamed on overcooking. After the meals were brought to the table we did not see the server again until he brought the check, so sending the meal back to the kitchen was not a reasonable option. We will be reluctant to return to the restaurant, at least in the short term.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food and service was amazing! THE CHURROS! They were so good we ordered one before our meal AND AFTER. The fresh squeezed juice was incredible! Will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A bit noisy, but good service. Food was inventive and the brunch dishes are a good value. The duck confit with poached eggs was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I’ve gone to Tico twice recently. Both times the food was fairly good ... not amazing but quite good. Unfortunately on both occasions I’ve had terrible service. After this last time I’m not sure it’s worth returning.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We are regulars to Tico. The food always is good (that's why we keep coming), but on this occasion the service was really bad. We had to constantly flagged our server so she can pay attention to us and we could order more drinks, food, dessert, etc. We were only three people and for the price we paid the service was very poor.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The service was excellent. The grilled scallops were amazing. We really enjoyed the shredded cabbage salad and the fried chicken tacos. The cauliflower was not as good as I remembered.

Would definitely come back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I was invite a friend that I don’t see for long time so I want take her for brunch in a special place, affordable and good food so we decided go to TICO and we don’t regret!!
It was excellent and so tasty the food!! So fresh!! Plus we have a great time and service was very helpful! Definitely I will recommend this place!

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We LOVE Tico. I think it’s better every time we go! They switch up their menu seasonally- this time they had “squashmole” genius.

Customer service was awesome, especially the hostess. They were very accommodating.

It gets pricey quickly. Tapas style

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The air conditioning wasn't working at all and it was unbelievably hot, we had to eat somewhere else

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was tasteless and tiny. Overpriced meal definitely

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We chose Tico based on the outstanding reviews - so maybe we hit it on an off night. The food was interesting but extremely spicy and we usually like it hot! It is not a restaurant for children as there is really nothing on the menu for them except mac and cheese and a $15 burger. We ordered tacos for my son but they were too spicy for even my husband to eat. The service was very good and the restaurant is very nice but as far as our meal - I don't think we will return.

Tags: Spicy
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful experience.! The bar tender and waiter were both excellent! We had the lamb meatballs, shrimp croquettes, tacos, squid ink fideos and the Mac and cheese...all were delicious!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The air conditioning should be on and the windows closed when it’s humid 80 degrees outside.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is a great spot for a cool afternoon. The food was really good, & the staff was helpful. The Brussels sprouts were the best I've had out, & I order them everywhere I go.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

My shellfish had stones in it. The chorizo had cartilage. Drinks were rarely refilled. The restaurant was so hot that the wait staff were fanning themselves with their trays.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Super tasty! All of the dishes we got were great.
The portions were bigger than I expected - we ordered 3 plates and a taco order for 2 people and we were completely stuffed.
~$100 for 3 small plates, a Taco order (two tacos), 2 beers, one delicious hibiscus margarita, and tip

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner at Tico. The duck tacos, fish tacos and octopus were the hits of the table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wow I loved it here! I was so happy with the atmosphere it was not noisy at all. The wall art is truly amazing as well! I came here for brunch with my friends and loved every minute of it. We were all happy and satisfied with what we got. The food was fresh and tasty! This was so so good! I would come back in an heartbeat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We chose the $35 per person combination. Super choice. We were served a couple of things we would not have thought about ordering and every dish was absolutely great. Our server was perfect and dishes were well paced. The house margarita was excellent and not your standard. This is definitely worth a return visit. Yum.

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