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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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (23)
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Fun (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for a Date (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Special Occasion (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Great for Brunch (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
People Watching (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Authentic (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Spicy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Cozy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Business Meals (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great spot for dinner on a Saturday night: beautiful space, fun vibe, good drinks! The food was pricey but quite tasty. We had a table by the gorgeous front windows and our waiter, Dennis, was fantastic!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service with a smile! Delicious and interesting array of small plate dishes perfect for sharing with friends. Many gluten free options too. Good cocktails. Everybody was happy!

Tags: Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was incredible. Cocktails were perfection. I would absolutely recommend this for dates or large parties. The atmosphere is perfect for any occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fun, Late-night Find, Casual, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Came for a girls retirement celebration and had Sunday brunch. 2 of us ordered the pancakes-one friend said,”Best I’ve ever had!”, one irdeeed the fried chicken-“moist and good” and I had the breakfasts burrito.-fresh and delicious. Staff was attentive but not too much, friendly. An all around positive experience!

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Terrific food and service. Try the shrimp diablo tacos, duck tacos, chicken empanadas (these were delicious), beef short ribs (these were just okay), and the winter red sangria (no benefit to ordering by the pitcher vs the glass though; it’s so delicious you’ll easily drink a pitcher). Tico will be our new go to restaurant spot before 9:30 Club shows.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Unique and delicious flavors, and though these are described as small plates, several are quite large (e.g. the chorizo risotto, or mac and cheese). Never disappoints!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Baller and bombastic

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very innovative food. Fresh ingredients. Guacamole topped with shaved black olive dust was totally unexpected.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love this little find. Doesn't look like a lot from the street but the moment you enter it's warm and welcoming. Great bartenders, too. Don't miss those scallops! Brussels good, too.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Delicious food and good service. We will go back again.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always a joy eating here. Love the food, ambiance and cocktails!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing as always! I love the food and the service is always great. I can see myself coming here for brunch at least once a month.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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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 (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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