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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Taco Tuesdays

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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 25 February 2020

Ends: 26 February 2119

Availability: Tue 15:00-22:30

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: 16 November 2019

Ends: 17 November 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 17:30-22:00

Bottomless Brunch

$29 unlimited food/$39 unlimited food & drink. 2-hour limit.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 14 September 2019

Ends: 15 September 2118

Availability: Sun 10:00-15:00
Sat 10:00-15:00

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: 19 July 2019

Ends: 20 July 2118

Availability: Sun 17:00-22:30

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: 18 April 2019

Ends: 19 April 2118

Availability: Mon 15:00-23:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 10:00AM - 11:00AM 8:15PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:15PM - 11:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 11:00AM

What 1256 People Are Saying
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TW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food and drinks!

LM
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Kitchen employee blew his nose didn’t was hands

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! I would definitely go back if it weren’t for the noise.

L
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

we loved the food and drinks! However this restaurant was extremely loud even though it was not full. We had to talk/yell to have a conversation. I would not consider this an intimate place to have a meal.

RS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I thought Tico was a great choice! The food and drinks were great and there were tons of options to choose from. Service was a little slow as we were wrapping up our meal, but it was understandable because it was a really busy night. But throughout most of the night, it was pretty good—our waters were refilled quickly and our food came out SO fast!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was good, but it took 90 minutes for some of the food from our first order to arrive at our table. We thought maybe the kitchen was backed up, but the table beside us (that was seated and ordered after us) received all the items that we were waiting on during this time. There were some things from our second order that we never received.

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Restaurant was very busy for brunch. Despite having a reservation we still waited about 15 minute for a table. Food was slow however restaurant was extremely busy.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I’ll start out by saying brunch here is very very fun! Great vibe and music. The issue was that we had a reservation at 1:15 for my birthday brunch and weren’t sat until 2 pm. We did the unlimited food and drinks and then not all of the food on the menu even came out. Just seemed to bring us whatever and it was only about half of the items. Our waitress did do a great job and we only had to ask her to refill our pitchers a few times ... she was mostly on top of it. But I do think getting sat 45 min late and not even being serviced all the food is not fair.

DC
Washington DC
159 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fun place to meet friends before a show or night out. Small plates are a bit pricey, and tasty.
Interesting drinks and good service

JS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
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.

KB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I absolutely LOVED our brunch experience at Tico. The food kept coming and it instantly brought a smile to my face, not to mention it was absolutely DELICIOUS. Will definitely be returning.

MP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food! Especially loved the Garlic Prawns!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
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 on 15 February 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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

AS
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

HH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
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 on 14 February 2020
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 on 13 February 2020
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 on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 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 9 February 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
17 reviews
Dined on 9 February 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 8 February 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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

m
1 review
Dined on 8 February 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 4 February 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 2 February 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 2 February 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 1 February 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 1 February 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 26 January 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 26 January 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 25 January 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Took 30 min for reserved table to be ready

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Decent food, poor service, disappointing experience.

B
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 25 January 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 25 January 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 25 January 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 24 January 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
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere.

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