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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 - 10:00pm Bar: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / 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 (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 all-American wine list featuring mostly limited production, boutique and cult wines that highlight the best American has to offer. 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 WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "We went here for our anniversary and had a great experience. Our waiter was extremely attentive and really knew the menu/food. We went on a week day so it was not very busy. We would definitely go back for the food and experience. It is a little pricey, but we expected that given other reviews and did not mind it for our special occasion."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "really enjoyed the food and service. A pleasant surprise!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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'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
  • "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
  • "This was our first time at Niche and it won't be our last. We were warmly greeted by a gentlemen who was then our efficient and pleasant server. We started with the brioche and the chicken with macaroni and cheese. Both were so good-I could have made that combination my entree. My husband and I both had the monk fish which was delicate and delightful. We did not order dessert but feel I must try next time to see if they're as outstanding as everything else we ate. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Considering the reviews on open table and the newspapers we expected fine dining. The food was good, but it was a turnoff seeing a server dressed in Levi's and a plaid work shirt carrying a baby through the restaurant and serving food, however our waiter did a fine job. We will not return to this establishment. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Both food and drink options were excellent. I had monkfish, perfectly prepared with grilled broccolini. Others in my party had wine, but I opted for the beer, which was very reasonably priced with many options to choose from. I appreciated that the drinks menu organized all options (wine, beer, etc) into varietals and type first, then ordered each section by price. It made it very easy to find something to fit our budget without having to look too hard over options that we'd never consider. Two out of the 3 desserts ordered were hits -- the creme brulee was the only one that didn't quite match up, a bit overly citrusy, and on the thin side in texture."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Laura, the hostess and Steve, our waiter were the gems, although a nice job by all of the staff, including those who cleared. Great meal, made to feel welcome & they treated the evening as a special night--which it was! Great job."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great food served with style. Scallops were done to perfection. Wait staff was short handed but were very friendly and helpful with the menu. Another nice find in geneva."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Wow, where to even begin at how amazing our dinner was at Niche? Start with the amazing ambience...or the staff...wine / cocktail / beer list...food? The location is just off of the main drag and perfect for that hidden nook vibe. Interior is classy and a bit modern without being stuffy. The bar options are stunning, food well exceeded expectations and reminded us of many of the finer restaurants we frequented while living in NYC. Highly recommended and well worth taking some time to enjoy everything!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Niche is as good as anything in Chicago! Loved it!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "To be clear, the food is very tasty and the service is attentive and polished. That being said, there are some simple things that would make it a place to eat whenever you are looking for a "great" dinner that they are not doing. To start with, $7.00 for bread service in a place that has a guest check average near $60 is nonsense, come on chef it's not 1985, the salted Brioche rolls are great but this should be an impressive start to the meal not an appetizer. Speaking of 1985, the portions need a little boost, I left content but every plate that came out was 15% less than it should have been (like eating in a white table cloth circa 1985). Lastly, the service is good but could be so much better if the "attitude" was more welcoming."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The menu was not at all what we expected. Too Many "weird" choices and no prices were shown for them"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We would like a different type of ambient music, more romantic and less techno. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was my first time at Niche. It looked as if the restaurant had been stripped bare (no table decor, very dark interior, no ambiance) and they concocted a special fixed price menu for a last-minute Easter brunch. The service was absolutely superb but here again, it looked as if the staff were told they could wear their own clothes instead of uniforms. Food choices were clever, but taste-wise nothing out of the ordinary and I don't believe warranted the price. I don't think I'll be back -- there's nothing special here aside from the great wait staff. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Remodeled and simplified menu everything works well. The bar area has been enlarged, the liquor selection excellent, bourbon lovers heaven, outstanding wine list and great craft beer selections. You cannot go wrong at Niche we are lucky to have such an outstanding restaurant in Geneva."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The food was very good with great presentation. The meat and cheese tray is wonderful and beautifully presented on a large tray of slate. The wine list is top notch, but you can tell they went with the standard three times retail rate. Expect to pay if you want wine, a lot. The service was incredible! Our server was fun, inergetic, and most importantly incredibly knowledgable of the menu and how it's prepared. She truly did elevate our dining experience and made us feel very welcome."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I had not been to Niche in a few years and went back last week right after the remodel and new Chef was hired. It was amazing! I adore that the room is not LOUD- I am so fed up with restaurants that are soo loud you can not hear your dining partners. The food and service was top notch. Will for sure go back!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We came to Niche right after they had re-opened following a remodel. I don't know what it looked like before, but I loved the way it looked now! Very nice interior and bathrooms as well. We had an AMAZING server. She explained everything to us, was very friendly, dropped in at all the right times, and was even nice enough to give us free champagne on our first anniversary. Our food was delicious. We tried the meat and cheese appetizer. WOW. Entrees: Amish half chicken and Grilled flank steak. Both were great!! We enjoyed every bite. I would say the only thing that seemed out of character were the desserts. They didn't seem to match the rest of the menu, so we declined. I"m sure someone out there would enjoy them though!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant!! great food, great menu, great server, great ambiance. It was all just wonderful. A new regular!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014