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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Southern BBQ Tasting Menu

$49 feast of our chef's favorite barbecue dishes and southern comfort food, including fried chicken, pulled pork, ribs & more. You won't leave hungry. | Sept. 15, 6:30PM–8:30PM

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 15, 2019

Ends: September 16, 2118

Availability: Sun 6:30PM-8:30PM

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 1136 People Are Saying
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CL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Brunch selection is fun. Lots of tacos.

RH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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

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!

F
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Overall acceptable; however, the food was lacking flavor.

AB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, quick to bring us more brunch drinks, and they kept the food flowing. It was a great way to spend a birthday.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for Tacos

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat n awesome customer service. We definitely plan on coming back especially for the duck hash n the amazing sliders!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly unbelievable

A
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and fun atmosphere. Delicious steak and rice. As much as we enjoyed many of the dishes though, to be honest, the Mexican fare was not as enticing as the Spanish tapas like when the restaurant first opened. This was our first time back after a couple years and we were not expecting the dramatic change. I think they would benefit from more dinner specials.

RV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great menu options and drinks! Our server was lovely and attentive. She brought our drinks quickly after ordering, and food also came to the table quickly. Would definitely attend again. Quite a younger crowd for brunch, so keep that in mind when visiting!

VZ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Bad for dates if you actually want to hear people talking. Very loud. Tacos are mediocre. Tortilla is soggy. Otherwise the shareable plates/ guacamole and chips are ok.

JL
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great service. Would definitely come here again.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Had a reservation. A table was not available for my party to be seated until almost half an hour past the reservation time. What's the point of a reservation if the table won't be available at the time you reserve it? Service itself was great, food was good and came quickly.

LS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch. It was awesome! I wish I could remember my server’s name- he took care of us. We loved him!!

R
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Waiter was trying hard but kept messing up order and food came out slow

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great bottomless brunch! And great service!

s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Tico! I came here three times the week it opened and have been a faithful patron since that time. I am a huge fan of tapas-style eating as it lends itself to trying new flavors and sharing the experience with the entire table. Everything I've tried on the regular menu has been delicious! My favorite dishes are the shredded cabbage salad, roasted cauliflower and sweet corn. I have had brunch here once and was not impressed, but for lunch or dinner with friends, this place can't be beat.

CH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us really enjoyed the food and the service. We ordered the nachos, calamari, roasted potatoes, chorizo bites, and sweet corn, plus two margaritas and two corazon de fuego (a mescal cocktail). All were excellent, and our server was attentive and well informed.

CP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Worst experience ever. Service terrible, noise incredible high

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

Overall was great but the brunch menu is very heavy

FM
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Yummy! Another great meal. I am not sure how I feel about their brunch structure of 'all yo u can eat and/or drink' for a flat fee ($29 or $39, i think) but i know it's expensive to be in my neighborhood so if this helps them meet financial goals to keep a happy staff, yummy food and the lights on, I'll deal with the higher fixed price structure.

O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tico was great! They brought out so much food. They were a little slow at refilling our drinks but we told our server that they could just bring our pitchers of drinks and that made it much faster and easier for the servers. The only upsetting thing was that they did not have the Earl Grey Gin Fizz which we were all looking forward too.

ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service of terrific tapa dishes and tacos. Noise level is loud but so many restaurants today are (equally) too loud.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

The $29 fixed price for brunch was a total ripoff. And $39 if you wanted to drink. There was only one item for eggs and bacon for $14 if you didn’t want the all you can eat. The food on the all you can eat was small (even for a small plate restaurant) and subpar. We had come here a few years ago and the brunch menu had a lot of options at reasonable prices. Over $100 for 4 people is ridiculous and we will not return there for brunch or dinner. It was no wonder that the restaurant was about a third full at noon.

BK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of food well prepared with interesting flavors. Our server was outstanding, always willing to accommodate any request. Look forward to a return visit.

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