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 Order of Churros!

Order a dinner entree with us and receive one free order of churros! Offer is valid with dine-in reservations Monday–Thursday, from 5:30pm–10:00pm only. Limit one coupon per table.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 16, 2019

Ends: November 17, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 5:30PM-10:00PM

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.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 18, 2019

Ends: April 19, 2118

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

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What 1178 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My husband and I have been to Tico many times and have enjoyed its brunch. It had a wide variety of quality meals available at a decent price. With the requirement that it’s ‘all you can eat’ substantive portions and quality, and I emphasize quality, have gone out the window. Secondly, they force you to pay for the $49 all you can eat and drink just to get coffee. With this experience, we’re not going back for brunch again. The service was very poor as well, not once offering to refill coffee or ask if we wanted a second drink.

B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times and it’s never disappointed

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very attentive waiter and Host. Great for meeting friends or your older kids.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have been going to Tico since it first opened. It used to be a go-to spot. Unfortunately, over the last couple years the menu seems to be ever changing and getting smaller and smaller. There are a few long standing items that are standouts - cabbage and green bean salad and the corn - but overall the restaurant has lost a lot of its luster.

F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was full of flavor. We brought some first-timers and they loved it!

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was sub-par at best. We had to send one of the dishes back because it was so salty, it was not edible. Definitely will not go back.

AK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We wanted to try a new place and I’ve always passed by Tico and was curious. It was very busy and had a great ambiance. The food and drink were on the expensive side but decent. Nothing truly amazing but a good place to check out

f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I was excited to try Tico with a friend of mine. We went last night (Saturday night), and I don’t think I will be returning. The waiters were very kind and attentive, but unfortunately, the lack of a vestibule in the entrance and the food quality made the experience miserable. As I said, the restaurant doesn’t have a vestibule in the entrance. As we were seated in a table close to the door, every time someone came in (every 30 seconds), we got hit by a horrible cold draft. We asked to be moved to another table, which we were told we would, but it never happened, so we both ended up eating with out coats, which was uncomfortable and odd.

Second, we ordered the shrimp entrée and the queso dish and they were terribly executed. The size of the shrimp was great (very large), but they were so overcooked and salty that I was sad to see such nice shrimp be wasted. The queso was slightly better but also really salty.

Lastly, the tables are very tightly placed so I got hit by at least 3 people walking by. Lots of people and very loud, so sadly, I will not be coming back again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great girls night!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I invited a foreigner and she love it

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was really not that great. Chips were cold and tacos had too much sauce on them. The restaurant smelled bad and it took forever to get our drinks.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Nice waiter, fast enough service, good deal on brunch, nice drink options... food was good enough but not good, excluding the duck hash.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took a while to get our waiter’s attention to place our first order, but food was outstanding. Very tight eating spaces, so don’t plan on spreading out. Drinks were amazing and strong! Reservations are A MUST for brunch. 😊

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very much enjoyed brunch. Energetic restaurant and the duck hash and churros were great.

DC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tico’s is one of our favorite restaurants in DC for every day dining. On this occasion we were able to get our favorite server David who provides amazing service and recommendations. We tried one of the chef’s new dishes Fluke Ceviche With sweet potato, ginger and Leche de Tigre which has a true Peruvian flavor profile and was delicious. We’ve never had a bad dish at Tico’s but some of our favorite go to‘s are the spicy crab, ahi tuna and cauliflower dish; and all of their tacos are amazing. You definitely won’t go away hungry.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my birthday brunch! Our server was pretty attentive and she did her thing. The kitchen was slow getting the food out so it made things a bit strained at times. Overall, we had a good time and I will return at some point!

DD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service - desserts were amazing!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch and the food was very tasty. We enjoyed the variety of options available!

AA
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience and ambience. Food was good, the service was great despite how busy it was, and the staff was very nice and accommodating!

SV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

MD
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

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
Overall1food1service4ambience4

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
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and great service and a wonderful urban space

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!!! Would definitely return

DC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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