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Niche Restaurant
Niche Restaurant

Niche Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nichegeneva.com
  • Email: info@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, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: APRIL 20th - EASTER BRUNCH
    APRIL 23rd - SOLEMN OATH/ PENROSE BEER DINNER
    MAY 11th - MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Niche always impresses with their incredible meals, attention to detail, and outstanding service. Each visit is a memorable experence from beginning to end. The wait staff takes the time to explain the features of each dish as it is presented. Niche is worth every penny."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Niche first time dining here. Food was wonderful service was high quality but slow. They had an unsuspected number of additional diners in bar area that slowed service. Our waiter did not skimp on time with us just longer wait between courses then I expected"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Outstanding service, and an elegant atmosphere (without being "stuffy"). The staff was an actual delight--how long has it been since you could say that about a place? Wines galore, great food and friendly service--just go."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The menu is deceiving. It looks very simple and basic but the dishes were impeccably done. Each dish is expertly crafted with different components which come together to a wonderful symphony. I can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This place is fantastic! I thought I has to be in the city to enjoy a restaurant of this quality, but I was wrong. We started with the smoked salmon appetizer which was heavenly. I then has the braised short rib and my husband had the strip steak. Both were perfectly cooked and well seasoned and the portions were great! The cotton candy of dessert is such a fun twist and the even have little bags to take home any leftover cotton candy, which you will definitely have! It's huge. My little one got to enjoy some the next day. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Niche made it easy for me to put together a quick birthday surprise with arriving to a bottle of champagne on ice and a prepared cheese plate. We enjoyed small plates - each was better than the next! We love Niche and are eager to return again soon!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Myself and two sisters chose Niche as is was fairly midway between Arlington Heights, Crystal Lake, and Oswego. It was our first time and the ambiance, amazingly delicious cuisine, and fantastic service made our girls night out very memorable. I would dine at the Niche any time and have recommended the Niche to others since our sisters dinner just over a week ago."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We selected the five course Chef Tastes which turned out to be a good choice. Food was great, but would have liked it to have included a small sample least one or two additional meat entrees (fish, steak, chicken, etc.). Service was great as well."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Love the creative cuisine offered. The flank steak was not my favorite, I would have preferred a more crispy or charred exterior and more seasoning in the meat. Just my personal preference. Always a pleasant experience dining at Niche."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "They have an extensive beer and wine list. Great appetizers-shrimp and grits. Their food is all made with fresh seasonal ingredients. The service great!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Been to Niche several times. Food is always reliably good with excellent service"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "All of the food items we had were well prepared with nice plating and excellent service. I highly recommend Niche (one of the best in the Western Suburbs). I am going to try the tasting menu next time"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We tried this restaurant on a whim. Niche is a warm, friendly atmosphere with a fantastic wine list. Our server brought us each a taste of a rose' champagne to start our meal. We ordered the appetizer special, my husband ordered two of their "small plates," and I had an entree. Fantastic food. All prepared wonderfully. We also had a dessert which was decadent. Service was prompt and friendly. I would absolutely visit this restaurant again, and would absolutely recommend it to everyone looking for a delicious, interesting meal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant I have eaten at in a long time! I can eat here once a week."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Always a great experience at Niche. The food is top notch but the service is even better. Pricey so a place to go if you are celebrating something. Order the butterscotch pudding for dessert."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was amazing. The wine and cocktail suggestions were amazing. Our service was amazing. Definitely an experience to remember. Niche is our first choice for an overall wonderful dining experience. Sit back and enjoy your meal."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Saw great reviews online and made reservations. Was worried because of their limited menu choices due to the holiday but was no disapointed. Everything we ordered was absolutely amazing and perfectly cooked. We had friendly service And a wonderful time. Definitely will be returning."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went as a Valentines dinner and the food was fabulous! We had the butternut squash gnocchi to start. They just melted in our mouths. My husband had the risotto and I had the steak. They were both perfectly cooked and were delicious! Lastly we had the butterscotch pudding. Our waiter was very attentive but also gave us the privacy we wanted. It was a perfect way to end the meal. We got the cotton candy to go for our daughter at home, she lived it! It was a very intimate dinner that was needed."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Overall great experience however we were a little disappointed they only offered a limited menu the night we were there. We loved the server Aaron but we were a little disappointed with the food that evening. Sole fish was under seasoned and the second piece of chicken was boarder line pink. Probably ok but still scared me a little. All in all not bad but excited to visit again when they make their new changes in March"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The asparagus soup was amazing light and flavorful. Entree of braised boneless short ribs with figs and a butterscotch scotch dessert all great! Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Great coffee."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The waiter was very helpful and did not rush us. The food was well prepared and served. We all had different dishes and they all looked great."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Our meal at Niche this time was quite disappointing. The restaurant is known to serve creative dishes at a very high price, but this time the high price remained, but the creativity translated into an uninteresting menu with odd flavor combinations that just didn't work. The wine list is good, but heavy with very expensive choices. The spirits list is extensive and commendable. We probably will not return to Niche soon as there are other restaurants which serve delicious meals at more reasonable prices."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Nice local dining. Never impressed with the cocktails. Every time I've dined here the cocktails need to be sent back for adjustment."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I love this restaurant! This was our third time at Niche, and it was perfect as usual. The service is great. Each time my table was ready at the time of my reservation. The wait staff was perfect, and the food is excellent."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "this place is a little on the pricey side but they do diner well. They also offer quiet a large beer selection which is the reason I continue to go back. Overall this is a great evening out or an impress your date restaurant. (and you still get great beer!)"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful night at Niche. The ambiance was excellent: a small and intimate dining experience. The service was stellar. Our server was beyond helpful and really enjoyed her job. The food was very, very good. The beer and wine selection was impressive and the menu made it very hard to decide on what to order. Once we did, we were not disappointed. Highlights included the smoked salmon appetizer, the three cheese and meat plate, and the Delmonico steak dinner. We will be coming back whenever possible!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Niche always offers a outstanding dining experience. Beautiful small dining room, outstanding service and a menu for foodies. Nice selection of west coast wines."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Niche in Geneva is a gem. Both food and service are excellent and you are encouraged to take your time and totally enjoy the experience! I highly recommend it for an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant when we want great food, great drinks, and great conversation. Its pricey, but worth every penny! Everything on the menu is simply amazing! We feel like food critics every time we go, noting how every flavor matches so well and each dish is something we've never tried before, but would definitely try again. They specialize in whiskeys - so many unique types - and the drinks they come up with are soooo inventive and tasty. Always what we wanted and have come to have high expectations...that are never let down. A must try for the foodie and those who enjoy a dinner with someone special in which you can savor every detail."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We have been going to Niche since it opened. A new chef has taken over since Serena left in November. Chris' food was phenomenal. Always such a nice experience to dine at Niche. Very attentive service, intimate and warm setting"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Exceptionally knowledgable waitstaff on both food and drinks"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant in the area. Good food, drinks and service"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I'm not really the 'ritzy' type, and don't generally go to fine dining restaurants, but wanted to take my Girlfriend out for a nice dinner where we could get a little cleaned up and have some good food. Niche was great for that. We had three courses with drinks and none disappointed, in presentation or taste! I'd absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice night out!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013