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Nick's Fishmarket Grill
Nick's Fishmarket Grill
  • Address:
    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
    Chicago, IL 60654
    River North (Chicago)
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Nick's Fishmarket Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicks-fishmarket.com
  • Phone: (312) 621-0200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Perez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Large or small, every gathering you entrust to us gives us the opportunity to delight you and your guests. From our exceptional service to our exquisite cuisine, you"ll feel the difference from the moment you contact us.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private & semi-private dining rooms are available. Nick's Fishmarket can accommodate up to 220 guests. Rooms can be equipped with audio-visual equipment. Special menus are offered for groups from 20 to 250 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Lembke (312) 621-0211

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Orleans
  • Public Transit: Merchandise Mart on Purple and Brown Lines
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Merchandise Mart on Purple and Brown Lines. Complimentary parking after 6pm on the North Service Drive of the Merchandise Mart.
A word from Nick's Fishmarket Grill
A Chicago area culinary landmark, we are famous for serving the freshest seafood, premium dry-aged steaks and finest award-winning wines. Nick's Fishmarket Grill offers expertise in seafood preparation in a Casual yet chic dining experience. Located in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, the Grill is perfect for lunch, dinner or after work cocktails and features a menu of shareable starters and daily fresh fish selections. Whether you're dining for business or pleasure, Nick's Fishmarket Grill extends a first class dining experience with outstanding atmosphere and service.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Not what I expected...I expected outdoor dining on the river and it was a beautiful night. We walked in and it was closed off (not even a window)and we were the only ones there. Waitstaff was friendly enough...I had been seeing this restaurant on the river forever and thought it would be perfect for a great outdoor meal. They have moved or I was mistaken!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Delicious food, reasonable price, great service, and the right noise level and ambiance for a comfortable business or personal lunch."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "It's been a few years since I visited Nick's and it was the old location. The new location in the Merchandise Mart is not the white table cloths of old. The atmosphere is very modern. The food was wonderful, service was wonderful. Not a place for a romantic dinner. Great place for lunch as I imagine they are packed in that location. I went on a weekday expecting a romantic atmoshphere. Perhaps they do something different on the weekends."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Fish and Chips with slaw. Bring an appetite for this one, lots of fish. So nothing fancy, but great execution on battered Cod. Batter is on the lighter side. Slaw was nice and dry, and plenty of slaw too. Lots of better menu choices, but I was in the mood."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "7:00 PM on a Saturday night and there were about 3 tables booked, so that pretty much tells you what you need to know. My and my wife's Sea Bass were fine but my daughter did not care for the Nick's salad. Her comment - "it was drenched in dressing" and lacked the flavors she was expecting based on the menu description. Her scallops were soaked in butter. My son-in-law had the three beef medallions and thought that the different sauces overpowered the meat. In sum, an average to below average meal at 3-4 star prices. We were disappointed."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Went to Nick's for a business meeting with a new client. Great service and food. We were on a tight schedule and did not feel rushed. Restaurant was somewhat busy, but nice and quiet - perfect for a meeting like that."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Except for overlooking our reservation, our experience was marvelous. No one in our party of four had any complaints about their meal - the food was outstanding The wine was excellent."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "when looking for a higher end lunch option in river north, Nick's is a great choice - either for a casual or business lunch. the seafood is always fresh and the service is exceptional. and if you're not a seafood lover, plently of other options available. and service was also quick."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was very good - fresh fish, nicely prepared and presented. Service was friendly, attentive and helpful. But the dining room felt like a coffee shop in the basement of a small community hospital. It was institutional, dark and dingy, with bare Formica tables and insipid recorded music. The only wall decorations were two TV sets and a long electrical cable connected to some mysterious small appliance lying on the floor. The windows, which faced a parking lot, were covered with curtains. All in all, an unpleasant and depressing place to have a meal. Recommended only for take-out."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Prompt service, attentive wait staff, unbelievably delicious food: Nick's Fishmarket Grill is a must!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I made a reservation for five, for lunch hour on a Tuesday. Understanding that lunch hours are busier, we allowed ourselves an hour and fifteen minutes. We made it out in no less than one hour and 45 minutes, because we had to wait so long for our food an check. Every table around us was served efficiently, except for us. When my soup came, it had clearly been sitting under a warming lamp, as there was a thick film on the top of it. I have been to Nick's many times, but this was just disappointing and unacceptable."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I have been to the other Nicks in the Chicago area, and was expecting a similar experience here. I was hugely disappointed. The atmosphere is not at all like the other Nicks restaurants, this one felt like a coffee shop café in a hotel lobby, not the elegant dinning room with attentive service staff like the others. Our waiter was ok, but not very personable. All he wanted to do was take our order. We ordered wine to go with dinner, he opened the bottle, and then proceeded to fill, and I mean FILL up our glasses without offering to have us taste the wine and accept or reject the selection. Food was OK, but not up to the standard I was expecting for a restaurant with this name on it. I won't be back to this one."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "When we first entered the restaurant for dinner we had concerns because of this was not the Nicks we expected but Andrea took care of our group and did an great job. Ended being a great experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had a great evening at Nick's. The food was very good. My only issue was that the atmosphere was not very relaxing...too bright and a little loud."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "It has been awhile since I dined at Nick's. The old location on Dearborn was much more romantic. My girlfriend and I felt overdressed, however, the food and the service was fantastic. As I told my server, as long as my girlfriend is happy, then I'm happy. Now, we both like to try the location on Higgins in Rosemont."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food is very dynamite and the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dining experience. I had the Scallops special and it was the BEST!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Going to a 7:30 show at United Center. We did salads and 2 appetizers All was good. Great host and our waiter Billy was nice and very attentive!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Excellent pretty much says it all! Excellent food, excellent atmosphere, and excellent service! Had a great time with colleagues for lunch and would definitely return and recommend. Thanks! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Service and the food was really good. We got there at 5pm during the week and it filled up quickly!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • " My first experience at the new location...an excellent rating. The atmosphere was perfect, The wine list was impressive and the food was absolutely superb!!! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "In town for the night, looking for a quiet fish restaurant within walking distance off the hotel. Great choices of fish with multiple prep options. Had the blackened Talapia and it was excellent as was the special salad. Service was quick and excellent. The place was about half full on a Tuesday night with comfortable bancet seating and a quiet atmosphere. Certainly go back the next time I'm in town. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I've had better service, and better food, at Nick's Fishmarket at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Let's start with the waiter, whose attendance was virtually non-existent, and who "made a mistake" in making change from the bill when I paid him. The other waiters that day were courteous and attentive; my waiter completely ignored me. Let's talk about the food: the Manhattan Clam Chowder was EXCELLENT; I can't recall when I've had better. The Carne Asada Cobb salad was cold. The meat was cold, the garnish was cold, and it had clearly been prepared long before I got there. I should have known, the salad arrived right behind my soup. Really, Nick's Fishmarket? Really? Come on, people; you can do better than that. Fire that waiter."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My cousins and I dine out for our birthdays and its a normal thing for us to dine in large groups. we arrived- I made sure to mention that we were a louder group- the waiter jokingly said to tell the other guests as he wouldn't be bothered with the noise level. Needless to say he was - when the rest of the group arrived we got louder. The waiter then started to seem annoyed. And only then (which was at 8:15) were we told the kitchen closes at 9. Our reservation was at 7:45. During our meal our waters weren't refilled and tried to joke with our waiter he seemed overly annoyed. I failed to mention that our family owns two restaurants and we understand the business . I hate writing bad reviews but we were fairly annoyed with the service here."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Surprised my husband with an Amtrak Vacation Spectacular Getaway to Chicago. I had a choice of 4 hotels included in the package, 2 were "Moderate" and 2 were "Deluxe". I decided to go with the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza hotel as the "Moderate" selection out of the group. Well, the hotel was far from moderate and Nick's Fishmarket located in the Mart on the first floor offered a very fine upscale dining experience. Kudos to the chef and staff who made my husband's special weekend the best ever and one we will remember forever!! From the crab cake appetizer to the blackened shrimp and penne pasta topped off with excellent refreshing spirits.....We were in awe and in LUV!!!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I had dinner here 10 years ago and I loved it and when I found out I was returning for a conference decided to try it again and I was equally impressed. My salad and scallops were perfect as was the wine list! Thanks once again for a phenomenal meal!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our waiter, Benjamin, was very professional and friendly!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "In Chicago's giant Merchandise Mart one could get lost very easily but finding our way to Nick's Fishmarket Grill was easy and very rewarding. Nick's was a perfect venue for our three person business lunch. We all found a reasonably priced meal on the lunch special menu. The atmosphere was light and quiet enough to talk business. We will be back, again and again."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Many years ago I would dine at Nicks and 100% loved it! Great fish! And fantastic service! That not the Nicks of today! Very disappointing! Food was fair at best! Service was ok! So Nicks is off my where to eat while in the Windy City!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Nick's is a great spot for a business lunch. Service is quick and the food is both delicious and generous. The staff is friendly and very accommodating. I would not hesitate to return."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Nick's has become one of my go to places to dine. I've taken everyone from Friends to Clients and the outcome is always the same. Wonderful!!! I have tried every appetizer on that Menu. And I just need to tell you that they have ruined Lobster bisque for me everywhere else, Hand's down the best bisque I’ve ever had, It's the first thing I order. The service is always friendly and don’t forget to try the Mini Deserts."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The lobster bisque was incredible and the Dover sole was exquisite. Great Cosmos by the way."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Very pleasant even keeled experience with friendly staff and excellent fish (I had Atlantic Salmon with Island Fruit topping my friend had the same with asian barbecue sauce). Perfectly prepared. Good place for a business lunch."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Very reliable on all counts every time. Wish we could get there more often. The friends to whom we introduced this dining experience were impressed and pleased. And we learned of the free parking provision that we had not previously known about. We think Nick's is one of Chicago's best."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "It didn't appear that the staff was ready to handle the crowd on Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I didn't like my experience. The food wasn't good at all. Valentine's Day wasn't a good time to go."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Valentine's Day was a great celebration at Nick's! People complain that it's not the old underground haunt, but the new Nick's is just fine. It's hip, it's bright, and street parking is easy! Starting with lobster bisque and Nevada Nick's chopped salad, we shared tastes and loved both. Wine selections are not huge, but enough choices and decent prices are there. My wife had the seafood mixed grill as entree which she raved over, but I was in abalone heaven with my Classic Ricci style mollusks that were four smaller discs, rather than the single or double larger ones in the past. Incredibly delicious. Nothing else needed to be positive once i knew the abalone was available, but everything was wonderful. Service, ambience, the works. Hooray!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service was friendly and attentive. The sounscape was pretty lively. The decor had more of a bar feel in a bar. Overall good experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First visit, nice experience. I love the fact that free parking is available for the restaurant right outside the door after 5 pm. Offers a variety of seating arrangements. I thought the prices fit the value, this place is more substance, less hype. Staff is energetic and polite, friendly. Looking forward to going back, soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food, noise low to carry on a business conversaton - watiers very helpful - keep up the good work - thank you!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I took clients to lunch. The request was for a round table for six, we got it. Waiter was patient with special order request and the meal was delicious without constant interruptions. Absolutely will do it again. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/12/2014