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Niche Restaurant
Niche Restaurant

Niche Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nichegeneva.com
  • Phone: (630) 262-1000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Bar: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close

    Late Night Menu: Friday - Saturday 9:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Ayukawa
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On Third, Between Rt 38 and James St.
  • Public Transit: The Metra train station in Geneva is located 5 blocks South of Niche on Third street. This is one of the more relaxing ways to travel to Geneva from Chicago, and a short walk away from the best dining Geneva has to offer.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Third street directly in front of the restaurant. Alternate parking is available on James street, a half block south of the restaurant.
A word from Niche Restaurant
Niche opened in August of 2006 with the goal of creating the best possible dining experience. We provide quality food, wine and service in an elegant, yet comfortable setting. Niche fosters relationships with local growers and suppliers in order to highlight the freshest Midwestern produce and products.

General Manager and Wine Director Vince Balistreri has created an award winning wine list featuring mostly limited production, boutique and cult wines that highlight the best there is. Niche Restaurant was recently rewarded the prestigious "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine in 2010.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was outstanding, if you are willing to try new & different things; unfortunately, my husband prefers more ordinary food and had a very difficult time selecting items from the menu. The tasting consists of items selected from the regular menu. It is not something special the chef has created; however, every course was nicely presented and tasted amazing. Our server was very eager to explain each course & then return to ask if we agreed with her assessment. We felt we were constantly being interrupted. We were seated so close to other diners we could easily hear each other's conversations. Fortunately, the restaurant is relatively quiet so we could easily hear each other as well."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Finally found opportunity to go here and was not disappointed. The specialty drinks were delicious. The portions were good sized. Perfect to include an appetizer with a dessert, but not feel too heavy. The atmosphere was chic. Will return again, or stop in for a drink at the bar."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My wife and i had not been back to Niche in quite some time. The 'new' chef as been a great change and in our opinion. Niche was back to what we first enjoyed and that is the diverse menu and wacky wine selections that are fantastic."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This is our new go to place in Geneva! Great service and food!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had dinner at Niche on a Thursday evening - 3 adult women and 2 young girls. The experience could not have been better. Jeffrey was our server and he was absolutely outstanding. He paid special attention to girls and made them feel valued. He made appropriate recommendations throughout the evening from appetizers to specials to desserts and after-dinner drinks. The food was excellent and the ambiance was lovely. All of us especially appreciated the homemade cotton candy! We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We had out-of town quests visiting and they wanted to have dinner at a nice, classy restaurant and Niche is the place. Never been disappointed in the food or service. Outstanding place to enjoy a great meal."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Service was good and informative. Food was very good though rather expensive, as we expected it to be. Drinks/wine very over-priced for our likes ($12 for Grey Goose vodka on the rocks, $10 for glass of cab). Don't serve any bread. Had to buy a special french croissant plate for $6. Was very good. Not likely to go back just because of price. But if money is no object, then it's an excellent choice."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We were here several years ago. It is not as formal. I remember white tablecloths, more formal service. More casual now. I liked the old version."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience as always! Our entire meal, from salmon to sorbets, were just great! Staff was very pleasant and personable."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Amazing experience and food was spectacular. Adam was our server and he was excellent, he was extremely knowedgeable and even suggested a wine off the list that paired with our meals. We had the gulf shrimp and pork belly appetizer, berkshire pork cheek, my husband had a steak special, all were done perfectly. For dessert, a shot and a beer and the milkshake torte, while the shot and a beer was good, the milkshake torte was out if this world!! We have been to Niche several times and we will keep coming back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I dined here two days ago and I'm still daydreaming about the food! The Monk fish is a must try and the their version of tomato soup perfectly spiced up also just blew my mind. There is only one other restaurant in the burbs of this caliber in the burbs and that's barrington bistro....but they don't have cotton candy on the menu for dessert haha I'll def be back again again!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "First, I have to say the Rib Eye was the best thing in the world. I can not even tell you, you HAVE to try it! The barrel-age Manhattan was incredible and the bartender was sweet and knowledgeable. Our server Aaron was great he was also very knowledgeable about the wines and recommended a great one, my wife loved it. All of his food recommendations were on point too, including the milk shake torte, monkfish and pretzels. All of the food was incredible and competes with any restaurant in the city. I also like the new interior it is much more open and appealing however, I didn't like the plates on the back wall they seem out of place."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. The wine by the glass was expensive. I would not call this place cosy or warm. Too much light."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. I would love to make this our weekly date night."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have been to Niche before, but this time something was not the same. Thursday night very few tables, they were out of popular spirits, the little touch of class was missing. However the food and service did make up for the difference."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The new Niche is open, clean and sophisticated. There are so many whiskeys, bourbons and craft beers my husband was thrilled about this part. He tried some new beers and I got the seeing things which was amazing! We started with the pretzels, they came with this bacon onion jam that was out of this world. Our entrees were the seared tuna and the special of the evening the rib eye. My husband was in complete heaven; the steak was perfectly med-rare and every bite he claimed was better than the first. Now dessert was better than I could have ever hoped for. The milkshake torte, I cannot even describe how wonderful this is you just need to try it. Our server Jeffery was fantastic; he was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. Overall wonderful"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "If you're used to the old Niche: white tablecloths, attentive waitstaff, a touch of elegance, it is not the same The food is still fantastic HOWEVER the bar is now part of the restaurant..no table candles, the tables are a dark wood that show your body oils as you rub on them...we had a delicious pretzel appetizer served on a stone piece..because of no plate, all the crumbs stayed on the table through the entire meal...Jeffrey, top waiter in all of Chicago was off that day, disappointing. I would go back to sit at the bar, have a cocktail and an appetizer. But i am torn between the excellent food and the Alexander's type atmosphere. Ok maybe I'm stretching on the Alexander's comment..but wait..doesn't ALexanders serve on white table cloths?"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Based on Vettel's review inthe Trib we visited Niche. A long drive but worth it in terms of the quality of food. The gougeres lived up to the reputation. Salad a little unimaginative, but the main dishes were extremely good. Wine is very high priced, even for modest vintages. Extremely attentive service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything about Niche is just perfect. The dining room is warm and inviting and just the right size. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive about the food and wine offerings. The food was wonderful, the small but adequate menu really had something for everyone. I can't wait to go back, Niche is my new favorite place to dine!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food and service were both good to very good but not great to outstanding. I wish there was something memorable to report but there wasn't. Again, no problems, but it just didn't have that spark that would make me want to go back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 20th at Niche. The beer and wine list is extensive and the food is wonderful. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Niche is an oasis of taste and ambiance: delicious food, beautifully plated, surprising combinations, lovely wine, non-intrusive but impeccable service. (Thank you, Jeffrey.) This restaurant continues to offer the best of big city dining in a relaxed suburban atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a great expierence with our server. He was very competent, aware of our meal goals, and well schooled on both food and the resturant offerings. The Manhattan is a must have! Great place for a romantic two or group. Enjoy!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Service was very nice, felt cared for but not hovered over. Food was well-presented. I had an appetizer, mussels, that was fine, but not as good as I'd hoped. Ahi Tuna entree with purple sticky rice was fabulous. Dessert was lovely as well"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Nice eclectic menu, care to detail, excellent waiter. Noise level was high, but enjoyable meal nonetheless."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife took me to Niche for a Father's Day dinner - I had suggested it based on a review by Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune. We were not disappointed, both in terms of the exceptional quality and finesse of the food, as well as the attentive level of service. My wife's only criticism is that she felt the portions of her meal were too small for the price - an hour later she said she was hungry. Overall, though, Niche was outstanding - my wife and I both felt we no longer had to drive into Chicago for "haute cuisine.""
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food is great, ambiance great, our server "Jeffery" outstanding. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Fabulous restaurant! As good as anything you can find in the Chicago area."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We always find the Niche to be one of the best restaurants in the western suburbs. A gem!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Niche just gets better and better! Both the food and wine stand on their own! Highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Celebrated our fifteenth wedding anniversary at Niche. Elegant, yet comfortable, environment with skilled welcoming staff. The Fried Chicken appetizer was amazing, but that's true of our whole experience. It's the first place I think of when we have a special occasion, or just a night out without the kids."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding, but the featured Frog's Leap Cab. at $80/per bottle was disappointing. We'd go back for the food, but the Frog's Leap, while complex and delicious on first tasting, became slightly sour and uninteresting when combined with food. Perhaps it was starting to cork? Niche stores their bottles vertically. Our cork was barely wet. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "really enjoyed the food and service. A pleasant surprise!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 8th anniversary here. We had 7:30 reservations on a busy Saturday night. We were promptly seated at a small table sandwiched in between two other couples. There wasn't more than two feet between the three parties. It felt uncomfortable from the second we sat down. No private conversations were to be had by anyone. Drink orders were taken promptly, but that was the end of the good service. At the end of dinner our server was apologetic about the way things ran in the restaurant that night. That's fine, but he offered nothing for our extended wait times or less-than-stellar drinks. I don't mind paying three star prices, but have high expectations. The food was good, but overall experience needs polishing."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Niche in Geneva has always been a favorite of mine however, I had not been there since Chef Ayukawa came on board. The restaurant space was completely overhauled and more seating was added as well as an expanded bar. The food was outstanding. We started with the cheese plate complete with local cheeses. I had the salmon, my girlfriend had the pork cheek and we shared a side of brussel sprouts. Both entrees were cooked to perfection and the brussel sprouts were some of the best I have ever had. As always, Vince's wine list is beyond compare in the suburbs. The atmosphere is more casual and the place was filled to capacity most of the time while I was there. You might say, Niche is back and better than ever. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We recently tried Niche for our first time and everything was wonderful. Fantastic beer list and a great selection of small plates. Our server made great recommendations and took the time to answer any questions thoroughly. They did get busy later so some courses took a little longer than expected to arrive. We loved our meal from start to finish though! My husband is still talking about how much he loved the Ribeye Special. The Grilled Asparagus Salad was one of my favorites."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "An unexpected champagne toast started our night. Thanks to Niche for that; I had told them we were celebrating our anniversary. The Cobia was succulent and my husband's ribeye was melt in his mouth good. Our server was one of our best ever - knowledgable, kind, prompt, and able to anticipate everything. We had a wonderful experience"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is a VERY expensive restaurant with poor service (our waiter was slow, disinterested and unfriendly) and the food was just okay. Nothing memorable except for an overcooked steak which was so well done when we asked for it medium rare. My meal was not hot when it arrived at our table. The ambience is nice here but not nice enough to bring us back. It is unfortunate because I think a more attentive waiter would have made our dining experience a lot better. I expected a lot more at this price point."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have seen dramatic changes in this facility over the last thirty years. From the iconic Twin Door to the "new" Niche, under new Executive Chef, Chis AYUKAWA, this restaurant reflects an elegant but warm atmosphere for any occasion. The staff was knowledgeable and welcoming. The food was delicious, the portions were perfectly matched to the quality of the dinner expected. About the only negative was the quantity of wine served per glass It was a wonderful anniversary evening, shared with my wife of 45 years. We will be back with friends on a more regular basis. Thank you. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We've been going to niche for special occasions since it opened, and it just keeps getting better!. There has been a total design remake of the interior, and it feels uh roomier. The starters have expanded but some favorites like their charcuterie and cheese plate remain. My entree of grilled monk fish with saffron yogurt and tomato confit was outstanding. We shared their "shot and a beer" dessert, which was hilariously presented, yet the flavons were most excellent. Exceptional service from a knowledgeable and gregarious waiter. A total experience start to finish, a must for anyone serious about good food."
    Dined on 5/10/2014