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Tico- DC

4.4
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1329 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Peruvian
Tico, by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow, brings bold Latin American flavors to DC's 14th Street neighborhood. The newest iteration of Tico's menu is inspired by the recipes and traditions of Nikkei cuisine.

Our dinner menus features Peruvian and Japanese-inspired maki rolls, small plates, tacos, entrees and cocktails. Our menus rotate seasonally, and we have plenty of vegetarian options as well. Tico offers an extensive beverage program, including a robust wine and tequila list, craft cocktails and local brews.

The space evokes a playful vibe with upbeat music and artsy decor. We are great for groups and celebrations. Locals love our Bottomless Brunch and daily Power Hour!

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Special menus

  • Bottomless Brunch

    Starting Oct 24, 2020
    Enjoy our bottomless food menu for $29! Add a bottomless drinks package for $16 (upgrade to premium drinks for $6 extra). Brunch is every Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm.

Offers

Power Hour (3-6pm)

Starting Sep 3, 2020 · Wed - Thu 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Fri 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Enjoy food & drink specials at Power Hour, including $3 tacos, $5 drafts & $7 cocktails. Visit ticodc.com to see the menu.

Power Hour (5-6pm)

Starting Sep 5, 2020 · Sun 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Enjoy food & drink specials at Power Hour, including $3 tacos, $5 drafts & $7 cocktails. Every Saturday & Sunday from 5-6pm. Visit ticodc.com to see the menu.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1329 People Are Saying
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Rahwa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the space was cutely decorated and had music playing which added to the fun atmosphere. The bottomless mimosas are excellent. The only con is that the food isn’t great and there’s a limited selection for brunch, but you have to participate in bottomless food and can’t order a la carte. A bad deal for people with restricted diets (vegetarians, vegans, etc).

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vipDavidP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A decent fixed menu for their bottomless brunch. Definitely a fun, energetic environment. They do a pretty good job adjusting to COVID and making sure people are aware of their rules and spacing out tables.

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PaulM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service- food was great and prepared quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing...so many options for such a good deal

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was Great and food was delicious

SM
ShanelM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch. It was delicious. We’ve already been back twice!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

It was an awkward experience at Tico. The restaurant was pretty empty and quiet, yet service was very inattentive and poor which did not make sense. We got our drink orders placed, and once they arrived we proceeded to carry on with our appetizer and entree orders. I along with another guest of mine had went ahead and requested for our apps to hit the table before the meal, however they came out with our entrees. Our server, Ellis did not check in with us at all throughout the duration of us eating. I would have liked to have ordered more, and check the status of my second drink I never received, however she was no where to be found. At this point we were just really over it and wanted to leave. Will not be returning.

Overall- Slow and horrible service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I will not be dining here again.

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vipVincentS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!!! Loved the Ultimate joy

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MarT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Would not recommend the brunch. Service wasn’t the greatest.

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vipWorldwideFoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great brunch spot! Chaveale is amazing!

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food variety was good, but the flavor was bland on most dishes. The potatoes were my favorite, full of flavor with the aïoli.

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Bryan
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was incredible! Lawrence our waiter was very friendly and very helpful in assisting us! The food and drinks were amazing! The salsa was great and the carne asada was outstanding! Will come again!

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CourtneyR
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was good needed a little more seasoning but overall it was good service got a little slow after a while but staff was friendly great place for brunch

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vipLyziona
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Showed up exactly 4 min before my reservation & was told that have to wait until reservation time, then took awhile for actual service to happen(14 min) and since was brunch for 1.5 hours every min counts. However once the ball got rolling the food was great + great drinks.the spiked cold brew is actually coffee + beer which was awful but everything else was wonderful!

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vipfoodieinDc
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was impeccable. Our server, Lawrence was awesome and we will be back!

DC
vipDCfoodie
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Tico’s brunch and it was great! The food and drinks selections were amazing with our favorite being the pork tacos and the pork hash. We tried a few different drinks and enjoyed them all. Service was quick and efficient and the manager David stopped by to ensure we were enjoying our afternoon. Tico’s never disappoints!

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KLove
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AH-MAZING! Great service. Great food. Socially distant. Bottomless Mimosas. 💜

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was lacking flavor. Shrimp entree was a huge disappointment

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Great service from Lawrence but overall some of the service was spotty. We did not receive some food that was ordered and the drinks was alright.

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Slicedbread
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The food wasn’t that great to be honest. It lacked flavor because most of the ingredients on the dishes didn’t blend together. Instead you got dishes with no seasoning and the taste on individual bland ingredients.

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vipJoseZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have eaten at Tico many times for brunch and dinner, including work and fundraising events. I cut a lot of restaurants slack because of COVID-19, but the brunch food this time was beyond lackluster. With the exception of the Mac and cheese and churros, all else lacked taste. The breakfast tacos were a joke: cold tortilla, smattering of scrambled eggs, and disproportionate twigs of cilantro (the ONLY taste). And, while I know the management is trying to safeguard its servers, the instruction to mask every time a server approached you was tedious for a tapas restaurant. The only way that works is if you bring all dishes at once rather than piecemeal. Terrible experience!

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vipLisaG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a great brunch but for some reason there was about an hour thst no food was brought out :(
I know it was Labor Day but something was definitely going wrong in the ktichen
The bottomless brunch is only 1.5 hours... so when no food comes for 1 hour, it makes it hard to justify a good experience
Luckily, tico made it up to use by next extending our time for food and giving us great drinks.
Staff was AWESOME. This was my second time back in a 3 week period and I’ll be back again! The food is super good and comes out piping hot

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chevelle (apologize if I’m misspelling her name) was amazing. David was also a pleasure to chat with.
Def coming back!

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Tara
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Been here many years ago but this time was a total disappointment. My taco was very cold and my boyfriend could not eat his shrimp dish and did not feel good after (not picky eaters). The restaurant seemed understaffed but forgot our drinks and left us without water many times. It was a bummer...

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vipAlex
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

All in all no major complaints. Food was good, bottomless dishes and drinks are awesome. Service was a bit off, though, with dishes arriving late or never. Given they are operating at a reduced client capacity you would think they would be super efficient.

DC
vipDCfoodie
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to go back to Ticos! We really missed their food and speciality drinks. I was so impressed with their cleanliness and attention to ensuring guests are safe as this pandemic continues. David the manager was so attentive and insured guests including ourselves had a wonderful time. Stephanie was our waitress and she was fabulous – you should ask for her on your next visit. We had our favorite drink Mezcaroni and tried various dishes Which were all so great. Everything has a unique taste which makes a superb dinner. David let us sample their sushi which should be starting in September - You definitely need to try it. Fish is so fresh with a little jalapeño and roe; you can’t go wrong with any of the orders. Just thinking about the great food and service right now makes me want to go back again. This is a must try in DC and you’ll be so glad you did!

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PatriceM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was GREAT! I'll be back. Food was delicious and service was awesome. Restaurant was extremely clean.

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RicoN
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing short of amazing

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MelanieP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Tico has been a long time favourite of mine. Did the Sunday brunch with unlimited mimosas. The food was not as good as usual, seem like everything was just slapped together. We were also charged an additional $12 for our unlimited drinks simply because we chose grapefruit juice, but were never told that it would be extra, so read the fine print.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Wonderful! Waiter was awesome, food was great, wonderful atmosphere. Little pricey for the portion size but it was delectable

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CharlotteP
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Tico for Summer 2020 restaurant week. The place was super clean and pretty quiet. The food was incredible, especially the corn and potato appetizers. Margaritas were also super delicious!

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Antonioj904
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I thought it was a great deal and I will definitely do it again, but the 1 1/2 time limit on the brunch I think is a little too short. Especially with all the upgrades you can do to your drinks the bill racks up quick and an 1 1/2 seems like not enough time to really take your time to enjoy yourself. 2 hours I think is more fair. But whatever.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great and the food was terrific.

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vipFoodMatters2me
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tico did good with the delicious food (14th street tacos were delicious), great service, and physical distancing while socializing. Great dinner outside of the house.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for brunch and everything was great! The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. We all enjoyed our experience and will be back more in the future.

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quinno
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine! Tables were very spaced out. Drinks and food came incredibly quick. Staff were quick to let diners know that they needed to wear a mask while going somewhere in the restaurant (which gave me peace of mind know they were doing what they could!). The tacos were great but a little small so I recommend ordering multiple for the table. Overall, a great place, great food and staff made us feel super safe.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service wasn’t great

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EmilyD
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for early evening drinks + snacks! Power hour from 5pm-6pm had amazing deals, and everything was so delicious. Friendly and attentive staff and prompt service make dinner at Tico an easy choice.

JK
JakeK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lots of blacked out patrons

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Tico- DC using the Order Online button. Tico- DC also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tico- DC also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 319-1400.

Tico- DC is rated 4.4 stars by 1329 OpenTable diners.

Tico- DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/tico/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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