Tico- DC

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$31 to $50
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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. Executive Chef Mollie Moore helms the kitchen with desserts by Pastry Chef Alex Levin
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National Margarita Day

Celebrate at Tico! $11 build-your-own margs + we're donating $1 for every Classic Margarita sold to No Kid Hungry.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 22, 2020

Ends: February 24, 2020

Availability: Sat 4:00PM-11:30PM

Taco Tuesdays

Enjoy a chef's selection of $2 tacos that rotates every Tuesday. Visit ticodc.com/tacotuesday to see this week's lineup.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 25, 2020

Ends: February 26, 2119

Availability: Tue 3:00PM-10:30PM

Presidents' Day Brunch

We'll be open on 2/17 for Presidents' Day! Join us for our popular bottomless brunch from 11am–3pm. Unlimited food: $29/Unlimited food & drink: $39

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 17, 2020

Ends: February 18, 2119

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

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.

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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.

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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 1245 People Are Saying
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JS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We arrived on time - check says 1203 - and sat next to two tables that had obviously been there for awhile. The first 30/45 mins where great, food came out super quick and the waiter was proactive. But after that we saw the waiter 4 more times. Once for a check in about 30’mins after the last time we saw him, once to bring a check that we hadn’t asked for (and it hadn’t been 2 hrs yet and we got the check at the same time as the other 2 tables around us) and to give us attitude when we asked for coffee and desert, again to take the cards about 30 more mins after that and then to drop off the check.

Food was great. Drinks where good. But after about 45 mins service was so bad we had empty cups more than we didn’t and we wanted more coffee with more dessert.

MP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the unlimoted deal. The food and drinks are amazing.

PW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food! Especially loved the Garlic Prawns!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was my birthday and we got the worst service imaginable. The waiter was flirting with people at the bar the whole time while my party of 8 was hungry and thirsty. We were in there for over 2.5 hours. It was stressful and not fun.

MK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The service wasn't the best but can be expected on a busy weekend

AS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch place! Food was great, service was great and overall a good time.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lots of food, lots of drinks for $40+ a good deal

HH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here with my friends for Valentine’s Day and our waiter was really nice . The food was good , it was a bit pricey ( but that was expected ) . I’ll definitely be coming back , such a good vibe . I loved that they had plenty of pescatarian options as well .

AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall, the food was pretty okay. Tacos were definitely subpar for that price tag. Could get cheaper and more tastier tacos elsewhere. The burger was pretty good though! And the fries that came with it. To sum it up, if you’re coming here for tacos I suggest you try somewhere else.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

La razón que no les doy 5 estrellas es porque nuestro mesero fue muy grosero conmigo y mis amigas.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went for the bottomless brunch and had a blast. It is a great value. We updated to the premium beverage option and The margaritas were fantastic. Totally worth it! The food is okay, but for the price, it is definitely worth the money! The atmosphere is cool and has a great vibe.

SC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an AMAZING time at Tico!! Came here for brunch on my birthday with a group of 11 and we all had the best time. Our server was very nice, helpful, and entertaining! Food was absolutely delicious and I loved how the service was quick to bring out food and drinks. They even had a fun birthday surprise for my friends and I! We will definitely be returning again.

A
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for brunch with my girlfriend. Fantastic food and drinks. Our server Ricardo was very attentive and was helpful with my girlfriend's gluten allergy. I would highly recommend this place for brunch.

PS: Great background music with all the spanish/reggeaton hits playing. Not too loudly but just right.

F
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Drink was good and food was good - but not worth the price.

m
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every dish was delicious. Certain items took a longer time to arrive (hash browns and churros in particular), but the waitress was very fast to fill up drinks and we definitely left full and satisfied at the end of our two hours. I will definitely be back.

WL
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tico-is a lovely spot on U Street. The staff were so accommodating when I needed a large table for my family gathering. We enjoyed the ambiance - it was not overly crowded, so we had room for our 2 small children. The tacos were delicious. We'll be back in the summer for more!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Food and service was outstanding as always, highly recommend! Always a great time

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The bottomless brunch is fantastic. The food is great, the ambiance is fun, and overall you get a good deal.

AS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our dinner with friends was wonderful - food was good, service was attentive but not overbearing. Overall the restaurant was very "young" and hopping. The only issue was with a large group it was hard to hear conversations with anyone other that those sitting directly next to youl

DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Good food as always. But I was part of a two top and our server paid so little attention to us compared to the larger brunch parties. Getting the "all you can drink" option was a waste when our waitress paid poor attention to us and forgot to put in the last three things we ordered. Disappointing.

BM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We asked SEVERAL times for Cubans but were never given them. It is the whole reason we came. Also food was very slow to come out in general. Service was AWFUL. Not worth the price.

MH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Great for all you can eat buffet, but we didnt realize this is how it was set and consequently would have been too costly for our large party.

JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Took 30 min for reserved table to be ready

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Decent food, poor service, disappointing experience.

B
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times, I don't believe I have had anything on the menu I didn't like. The Taco and Margaritas are my favorite. All around great service, cool vide, excellent food. Love their brunch as well.

The place is big enough that you can get a reservation easier than many other smaller restaurants.

C
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Tico brunch food was great and the variety on the menu served our dining cravings, but the establishment is extremely loud for weekend brunch due to the unfinished brick interior design and open space concept. If the ambiance you're shooting for is anything but drunk birthday queen, you're going to the wrong place. In addition, our waiter was extremely rude and barely attended to us because there was only four people in our party. In two hours, we were only able to order a few dishes on a bottomless food menu...pretty disappointing overall given the great quality of food.

C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We arrived for a 10:15 brunch with 10 month old. They were very accommodating but didn’t read that I warned them about babe. Off in a corner would have been better than center of the room. Very quiet at that time but got loud and busy at the end, but you’re in a city for lunch. Expected! Good food. Loved the corn bread, duck hash, and churros. The papas bravas and peepers left something to be desired.

m
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the ambience. Service was great and the food came out fast which was great as we had a 9pm show to get to. Loved the decor. Fun place for groups!

LP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere.

DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Had to wait for our entire party to arrive in order to be seated - that’s fine. However, when the last couple of people did arrive (10 minutes late), we had to wait an additional 15 minutes for the hostesses to kick out a table already sitting and then to clear and reset the table. Once we were seated, almost 35 min. after our reservation time, we waited another 15 minutes to get waters, drinks and order food from our waitress. The entire experience was just a lot of waiting around. Our waitress was extremely nice, but the restaurant was very busy and didn’t seem to be running the most efficiently (ie, the fact that even when we were all there, we had to wait even longer for a table to be kicked out and cleared). Not sure I’d go back bc of all the waiting.....

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went with a large party of 12. Unfortunately all the food came out at separate times, literally one dish then five minutes later another dish. The tacos took almost 2 hours to arrive. However that was met with the attention of the manager and free margaritas and they did not charge us for the late food. Was happy with the compensation and recognition of the errors. Would be happy to go back and try again for the food and drinks.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Subpar food and service. Would not return or recommend.

DG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent. It was freshly prepared, balanced, and tasty. Tico serves small plates to share, so be prepared to order 2-4 items per person.
The volume of the music was turned up at around 7:00 PM when we visited on a Saturday night and it was difficult to have a conversation over the noise.
The art on the walls and general bohemain feel of the place is very chic.
We visited on a busy night and it took longer than expected to place our orders and receive our food. We had ordered a four-course meal with dessert, but an hour and a half into our meal, we had to ask for our check before the desserts arrived. They did bring them just as we had signed the check and were about to leave. It was a busy night, though. I would come again on another night or on a night when we didn't have to rush to a show afterwards.

T
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing. The hibiscus margarita was also amazing. I had fish tacos and felt it was a little too fishy for my taste but overall it was pretty good. We also ordered the flaming fondue which was fun to watch, but once it cooled off it was hard to dip....tasty though once you spooned a chunk on.

T
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful small plates, lively atmosphere and great service. Try the eggplant spread. Great flavors. Will definitely be back!

SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Ugh I hate to be this person because I've had a lovely dinner here before but their brunch is just not it. The server asked at the beginning if any of us have any dietary restrictions. I told him that I don't eat meat and he said that is completely okay. Everything that came to our table had meat besides two dishes. When I asked if I could get anything modified he pointed at something on the table and said " that doesn't have meat." ...But it had bacon in it. I ordered the breakfast nachos without bacon twice and every time it came out with bacon. My friend asked if she could order the churros and the server said "not yet" and kept it moving. It felt like our table was a burden. I've never left a bottomless brunch still hungry before..

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. Will come back soon. Thanks

V
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We enjoyed the appetizers, but not the snapper entree. Sangria and margarita drinks are small with a lot of ice. Tables for 2 are on top of the adjacent tables.

E
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Happy hour does not apply to the tables. Restaurant was literally empty and bar was packed. Service was slow and the food is overpriced. Don't waste your time going unless you're doing the happy hour and you can be sure you get a spot at the bar.

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