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Nico Osteria
Nico Osteria

Nico Osteria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicoosteria.com
  • Phone: (312) 994-7100
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast
    Monday-Friday 7:30am to 10:30am
    Monday-Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 12:00am

    Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Paul Kahan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Bold interior design, rich décor accents and innovative menus curated by Chef Erling Wu-Bower come together to create a luxurious private dining experience. Guests overlook the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, while enjoying Nico Osteria’s Italian fare in an intimate and inviting environment.

    Plush velvet and mid-century furniture envelop the second floor private dining room, which offers views of the cityscape along with a stunning gallery bar overlooking Salone Nico and its living green wall. The space is composed of three private dining rooms with floating walls that allow its shape and capacity to be dictated by the demands of the space. When combined, the private dining rooms can accommodate up to 70 guests for a seated dinner and 150 guests for a reception-style affair.
  • Private Party Contact: Ann Beteta (312) 994-7101

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rush and Bellevue
  • Public Transit: The closest red line stops are at either Clark/Division or Chicago Avenue.

    The closest bus route, number 151, stops at Division and inner lake shore drive.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Nico Osteria offers valet parking at our main entrance, 1015 N. Rush Street. There is also ample street metered parking available.
A word from Nico Osteria
From the team behind One Off Hospitality Group, Executive Chef Paul Kahan and restaurateurs Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Kimberly Galban present Nico Osteria. An authentically Italian seafood restaurant, Nico Osteria at Thompson Chicago hotel brings rustic simplicity to the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast.

Chef Erling Wu-Bower’s house-made pastas and fresh seafood, alongside Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman's unconventionally creative and approachable style are perfectly suited for the setting’s rustic elegance.

Salone Nico is a welcoming gathering space, celebrating the European tradition of afternoon apertifis and low-proof cocktails. The approachable wine list features wines from Italy and Greece, as well as grower champagne, with an emphasis on small producers and older vintages. Grab a cocktail, sneak in a light bite or settle in for a night cap at Salone Nico.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. He suggested a wine that was lovely. Later, after finishing one glass when I asked for just half a glass he poured half a glass. How nice. We shared an Endive salad, refreshing. Spaghetti (pasta made in-house) with Lobster, delicious! Veal Meatballs, tasty. We each had a different flavor of gelato. A light flavorful treat. A Surprise before we left, a few Candies on a tray. We felt cared for."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Great new spot right in the heart of Rush Street. Excellent service, great food and a lively outdoor area. If you don't mind the street activity then you will be ok eating outside. The inside seems a bit "crowded" with the tables being tightly placed but very nicely done. The food is excellent and portions can be shared. Our waiter David was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Everything from and including the bread to dessert was wonderful. It was the best dining experience I have had for a long time. Quite memorable especially those desserts! Wait staff was tremendous. It is on the top of my best restaurants list."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great service and food. Enjoyed it very much. Wine was great, on the pricier side."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This may have been the best overall dining experience we have ever had. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, everything was absolutely excellent. The decor is modern and interesting, but also warm and inviting. We were warmly greeted at the door, seated immediately and had water and delicious bread moments later. Our server Jamie was, plain and simple, the best server we have ever had at any restaurant anywhere in the world. She was warm and friendly, attentive without being pushy and had excellent suggestions on the menu and the wine list. Oh, and the food....marvelous. From appetizers through dessert, everything was just terrific. We could not have been happier with our visit, and we can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The best restaurant in Chicago right now. The menu is so interesting, the food is spectacular and the vibe is cool."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The dinner at Nico was outstanding - we had the moon shoal oysters, the sea robin (never had seen it on a menu before), the heirloom tomato / crab salad (dressing and blend of flavors was wonderful), the goat cheese caramelle and the garganelli. The caramelle was fresh, vibrant with the orange, basil, pasta and shrimp. The garganelli were very light, bow shaped filled pasta. It was one of the best meals we have had this summer and we were able to be on their sidwalk patio - a lovely evening."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Enjoyed a leisurely lunch on a gorgeous day in downtown Chicago. Lobster BLT and Crab Salad were tasty and presented well. Service was outstanding until the food critics/celebrities at the adjacent table left. I think all the waitstaff disappeared at the same time! Ordered cheese for dessert and asked the busser for a glass of wine, but server didn't show up again until the cheese was gone."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I did a lot of research before our recent trip to Chicago and am very glad that I did. Nico Osteria kept coming up as a must try and highly recommended. We ate at several restaurant during our stay and this was by far the best. The oysters were the best I ever had and next time I will probably try them with the caviar. The big eye tuna was simply fresh and amazing the way it was dressed. I had the monkfish pasta and my husband had the lobster spaghetti. The bread was very good also (not the best ever but still very good). Dessert was absolutely wonderful too, we had the chocolate bonnet and then our waitress brought us a complimentary dessert that had 2 pieces of chocolate and some type of jellied square."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The crudos are amazing, get a fentuntta - so delicious - pastas are great. All the food is wonderful. And the service is really really good. It's just so bloody expensive.....It's really fun to sit at the bar and watch the crudo staff prepare each dish with such precision."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great food, service and ambience. A little "pricey" but worth it."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We absolutely loved this restaurant and the whole experience. I'm a huge fan of rustic Italian food and seafood, so this restaurant hit all the sweet spots for me. Sat outside on a gorgeous Chicago summer evening. Waitress was knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Food was outstanding. Best whole roasted branzino I've ever had, simply prepared with aged balsamic, torn basil and heirloom tomatoes. We had several courses and loved everything we tried. Dinner with a bottle of wine and two cocktails was about $280. While it's a lot of money, we felt it a fair price for the overall experience and deliciousness of the meal."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Every morsel of food brought to table was outstanding. Waiter was knowledgeable and Attentive without being intrusive. I highly recommend if your bank account can handle it. Definitely will return for a special occasion. Great vibe Warning: I ordered the sole which was priced per pound. Mine weighed in at well over A pound. Ask the waiter for a smaller one! Delish"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Love this place We are mini-foodies and love good food and service. Will return for sure."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. I have visited for lunch several times and dinner once. Everything has been delicious, fresh, and flavorful. Desserts are great. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "my second time at this place food is great but ask your server for help!! I saw ingrediients listed and thought that was the comprehensive list but noooo that is the flavor progile, the title of the dishes (in Italian) are the main ingredients!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed dining with another couple for brunch at Nico. We started out with the pastry platter (bring me more condiments, please!!), some excellent tasting (and shucked) oysters, and drinks. The entrees we shared were the bistecco, scrambled eggs, spaghetti dish, and one more that slips my memory. The presentation and flavors were paired well. Nico does a fine job of showcasing dishes that won't scare the average Joe but nudge a person toward new boundaries. The only critiques I give are about the slightly better than average tasting coffee and the very poor service on drink pours. I don't think we were ever served a refill without a slosh of liquid spilling on the table or saucer."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I was expecting the restaurant to be packed - we went there on a Friday night and it was showing nearly completely booked out on Opentable. When we arrived, the place was half empty (might be because people were using their very large outdoor seating area) I find the service at Paul Kahan restaurants to be attentive, but rather cold and aloof at the same time. Nico Osteria was no exception. It started with a bad Manhattan and a waitress that was rather awkward with us, but fortunately went uphill from there. The food was outstanding as we had hoped. We had the Baccala Mantecato, halibut, and Lobster Spaghetti. For dessert, we had the burnt honey gelato. It was so good, we had a second order. Overall, a very nice addition to the Gold Coast."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was the best meal of our Chicago trip. Every dish was exceptional, and the service was warm and attentive without being intrusive. I will definitely return here."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Perfect late evening, could not stop ordering crudo, paired w/verdicheo. Olive focaccia is to die for."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "WOW! I can't describe how amazing this restaurant is. A friend recommended me this restaurant while I was visiting Chicago and since i got back from my holidays, all I keep thinking about is Nico. Their food is mouth watering. My friends and I ordered almost everything on the menu and nothing dissapointed me. I am a huge foodie so to say that I had the best experience ever means this restaurants is #1 on my list. There is a reason for me to return to Chicago since there"s nothing like this in my home city in Canada. Great job Nico Osteria! Thanks for an amazing experience."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "...a relaxing late afternoon indulging in nothing but crudo and fettunta (flatbreads). We've sampled entries from the entire menu and encourage you to do the same - Nico's is an exquisite experience unburdened by pretension. While Nico's offers the "scene" - the heart of Nico's lies in the honest ingredients, passionate cooking and superlative, engaging service. Nico's has soul."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great food, great service, worst hostess ever! Extremely creative menu with unusual combinations of flavors. Food beautifully plated."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, but the atmosphere was not what we expected. We ended up at a table in a row of tables that ran across the middle of the restaurant. The other tables were about 3 inches away on each side of us, which made it very difficult to hear each other across the table. It was disappointing because we had made the reservation months ago, and specified that it was our anniversary. Not only did they not acknowledge that it was our anniversary (a table right by us got a special dessert with a candle!), but we were at one of the worst tables in the restaurant. As for food, what we ate was good, but while I understand that they order their fish fresh and things can run out, at 8:30 they were out of 2 different starters we picked."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We asked our server to space out our courses which worked OK until they brought the entree well before we were finished the our mussels. Not the end of the world as the mussels were mediocre at best. The crudo, heirloom tomato salad and black bass, however, all were excellent. On a different subject, we didn't quite understand all the people who looked like they had just come from the beach."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "They sat us 30 min after our actual reservation time and initially after the 30 minute wait, tried to seat us in the bar. In hindsight, the bar table might of been quieter with more space. The server did not come by for 15 minutes. Food was good but not worth having to wait with a reservation. The server forgot a side dish but we decided it was not even worth it to ask."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We expected more from Nico given the reviews and menu options. It did not meet our expectations when it came to the main dishes. The appetizers like crudo and octopus were delicious but the pasta and fish fell way short. First of the squid ink pasta was not fresh and lacked any flavor. Second the black bass we ordered as the main dish was over salted. Given the price point of the restaurant higher quality was expected."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "if you are not living or working in this part of the city you probably didn't know this great restaurant!!! don't miss a chance to check it out I think it will be pleasantly pleasing!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "One of the better meals we have had in Chicago. From the appetizer to desert. Soft shell crab with ricotta was phenomenal. Ricotta did not over power the delicate crab. The Bronzino was accented just right with tomatoes, balsamic and basil. Lobster spaghetti was heavier but you got to love fresh pasta."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I was in Chicago on business and my spouse flew out to spend a couple of days in Chicago. He made a number of dinner reservations and Nico Osteria was the best of all the places we ate. We had a couple of great cocktails to start and the food was impeccably prepared and presented. We decided to share the 5 dishes we ordered and all but one was superlative. We were a little disappointed in the "special" spaghetti with Lobster. Despite that, I would give Nico O my highest rating."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I met a friend for an early dinner. We had the delicious crudo black sea bream appetizer and the grilled octopus bruschetta. The sea bream was exquisitely prepared and was delicate and intricate. The octopus was bold, complex, and wonderful. The fruits di mare frito misto was a very large dish -- enough for 3-4 to share as an appetizer. It was well executed with crispy fish, scallops, razor clams, and other delights. We looked at the dining room -- it seemed a bit cafeteria-like in its setup so decided to eat outside. My only complaint was our server, though competent and knowledgeable, was extremely inattentive. It wasn't crowded and there were plenty of other service staff just standing around in the outdoor eating area."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "It's a great spot, great wine list, great food. The service, from the forgetful hostess to the discombobulated server, leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe they are just understaffed outside. Lots of errors are made and we observed a lot of frustration amongst fellow diners. It was a great day, however, and we were in no hurry and just went with it. Hated to leave a poor tip, but the service just was not good here."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Visiting Chicago, found this terrific restaurant on Open Table. Located on Rush Street, near the Viagra Triangle, these few blocks are bustling with activity. We were seated near the bar, the table arrangements not unlike those found in a Paris restaurant: long, linear arrangement, close to adjacent tables, with positioning of your dinner partner across from you. Some may not like this arrangement, but I thought it just added to the ambience. High energy place! We were dressed up for the eve, but dressy casual is ok. Fare is creative seafood, but NOT typical of American Italian. We had a bruschetta antipasto, salmon and pasta: just outstanding!! Service was quick and attentive throughout the evening. I would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Really! The menu was so promising but when asked about the various items our server could not tell us much, & had to go ask about the preparation of many menu items. (I realize they may change their menu, but "foodie" focused restaurant I would expect the server to be better prepared.) Shared the Cobb, it was lovely. But when our sandwiches arrived one was wrong, and they scrambled to bring the correct one which arrived on obviously burnt bread with half the amount of fries as the other 2 sandwiches (delivered by the maitre d', I would not have expected him to serve it to a guest.) Not sure how to end this review since I was just plain disappointed having eaten at other Paul Kahan places I expected so much more."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "No ambience. Horrible table- great waitress. Food was okay but was ushered to worst table in house despite reserving weeks in advance. Pass on this place. Will never be back. Only saving grace was the attentive waitress."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "What a great restaurant! The service was good and the food was amazingly delicious."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I loved the experience. Cocktails are awesome, food is incredible, service is top! A must to try for foodies!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "tables are really close togehter so you can hear everyone around you conversations"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My dad and I extremely enjoyed our dinner here. Not only was the food spectacular but the service was as well. They also gave us a tour of their private facilities which were amazing as well. I would definitely dine here again!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Beef tongue bruschetta delicious but very fatty. Portions uneven - some antipasta too big, pasta perfect for two. Panna cotta and hazelnut gelato very good. Service attentive and friendly but, pet peeve, please don't ask me "are you still working on that.""
    Dined on 7/14/2014