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Nico Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicostl.com
  • Email: nico@nicostl.com
  • Phone: (314) 727-0200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary European, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Darin Since
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call ahead for your box lunch or catering needs.
  • Entertainment: We offer live music on Thursday nights!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Melville
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Directly behind our neighbor Fitz's, there is a public lot with 90 free spaces and immediately adjacent to that lot are another 750 free spaces. There is street parking available as well.
A word from Nico
Nico is a Western Mediterranean Bistro in the heart of one of America's best streets, the Delmar Loop. We work with local farmers to provide the best meals. We take great pride in making our breads, pastas and cheese in house. We are open for brunch, lunch and dinner 7 days a weeks and have a beautiful bar featuring hand crafted cocktails and beers, with an excellent wine list too, of course. Please join us soon!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a good place to try different dishes. This is not your run-of-the-mill menu. The pork belly was not very tasty but the shaved brussel sprout salad was amazing and so were the stuffed peppers. My friend said the crab croquets were very tasty too. Make sure you look closely at your food before you eat it though. I had a hair in my salad that obviously wan't mine and the waiter acted like it was no big deal."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Nico always has good food. It took a long time to get it so we were late for a show, but we didn't tell them we had a deadline. Server wasn't that attentive.... I would have had another glass of wine if asked. The big drawback has nothing to do with Nico... U City is a nightmare to navigate on a Saturday night. Won't do that again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was very good but we sat down at 6:30 and didn't get our meal until 8. Unforuntately we didn't order salads so the time seem to take forever. The food was good when it did come."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have been to Nico 5 times now. 3 times for dinner and 2 times for lunch. A few days ago I had the salmon sandwich without bread again for lunch and both times I have had it I wanted to just beg for a gluten free version. I really would prefer my salmon grilled and not sort of fried. As I have been 90% gluten free, the sandwich without a bun is just a bunch of small pieces of salmon. In this day and age, it would be great if Nico could just keep some gluten free buns or bread on hand for others who might like a gluten free sandwich. Also, it seems odd to not have an alternate choice for the french fries. I ordered the delicious Brussels sprouts instead of fries and that added $4. to my bill, which for me was worth it. I do like Nico!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food was OK, but the only reason we'll go back is for the ambiance. Very great mood for a couple looking fora romantic night away from the kids."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Nico is a great place to take a date. The food and cocktails are fabulous."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife and I have walked by this place dozens of times, never once giving it a second thought. It's drab exterior never once pulled our gaze towards its door. However, this past Sunday we decided to give them a chance. Talk about a study in contrasts! As pallid as the exterior is, the food and service is 180 degrees in the other direction. We arrived shortly after opening and were the only two in the place. Our server seated us, got us our drinks and explained the menu options. He quickly realized that we were there for a relaxing brunch and provided us optimal service with minimal intrusion. As great as the service was, the food was the real highlight! I cannot say enough great things about Nico. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food was great; this was my fifth time to eat there, second for dinner. My only complaint was that it was loud. Restaurant was full (which is good thing!) and we were seated right in the middle ,near a door which allowed the servers access to the outside dining. About mid-way, it cleared out and the noise level dropped dramatically. Lamp burger is wonderful!!! Going again Tuesday evening to celebrate a birthday. There is something for everyone on the menu."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Pleasant surprise. Passing by, the restaurant always looked bland. The decor may be kacig lacking but the food was very good, server was very pleasant, and the service good and the restaurant was very accommodating to our large group of 12."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very surprised with the value offered by this restaurant. The wine list was unique and well priced. The food was equally impressive. And dinner prices were what you expect for lunch."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "You cannot do better than Nico for lunch! No stress, no rush, tasty food, and nice people. I'm looking forward to being able to dine outside soon."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "A varied menu that never disappoints. We love the warm atmosphere: the glow of the lighting, the windows opening onto the street parade, the subdued decor. A great place to go to talk and to celebrate special occasions."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was so very excellent. Kitchen was slow but we had a larger group. Valet parking attendant was so gentlemanly!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Terrific menu, I had a hard time deciding what to order!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The food wasn't bad by any means, and it's clear this place is making an effort to try to be a little different. But the preparation wasn't very good. Steaks were overdone, pasta was bland and had clearly sat a while before being served. This is not a place you want to try for the food. If you are in the area and can't find anything better maybe give it a try and you'll have better luck. It was the service that really stood out as poor. Our server disappeared for long stretches of time (and from what I could see he only had my table of ten and a table of four). On two instances he realized he'd forgotten to bring something to our table and then would just disappear for a few minutes, only to show up again waiting on a different table."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Imaginative menu, and better food than most places on the Loop. Good place for a "grown up" meal. Attentive and friendly service. Everyone welcomes you, everyone thanks you. Spacious interior with lots of windows, and simple decor. Right across from Blueberry Hill, and so there's a fun street vibe."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Seated behind a group of thirty. Service slow, one and a half hours to get order. Food itself cold and quite tasteless. Price for quality of food crazy. Won't go back ."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Nico is a great addition to the loop and does a great job with their menu. I highly recommend their vegan offerings and their desserts are great as well."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was great and the energy was fun romantic for Valentine's Day. We look forward to going back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food. Hipster but professional service. Fun location on the Loop."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were at Nico for Valentines day. they asked us to select the table and we chose a corner booth not realizing that it was close to the kitchen - our fault but it might have been pointed out to us. The white wine bottle of the day was excellent and very reasonably priced. The server (Melanie) was outstanding and we never felt rushed through our meal despite it being a very busy night. Our meal was fabulous - calamari ap was crisp and fresh, hangar steak perfect, seafood risotto brimming with large pieces of seafood. The dessert special was not great- a flan- weird consistency. Charging extra for grated cheese seemed wrong for a Mediterranean Restaurant - our server removed the charge without us even asking!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A touch of class in the Delmar Loop. Creative menu. Wished server knew more about how the food."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The place is romantic, comfortable and cozy with dark light. Food is very good, enough portion but not excessive. Server is friendly. It is a little pricy, but I had a groupon. Overall, it was a good dinning experience. I will go back again."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I took a group (9 total) of employees and their spouses to Nico on a Thursday night. Everyone really enjoyed the food (mix of appetizers passed around, entree's and deserts). The setting was great for a large group as the restuarant was full, but not too loud. Service was exceptional and the wine recommended by the bar was a hit with everyone at the table (and very reasonably priced). Definitely plan to go back."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We went to Nico on Sunday evening at 6 pm and had a very nice server who answered many questions politely and seemed to really enjoy her job. My date loved his lamb burger and the garlic shrimp appetizer. I found the bouillabaisse to be very tasty and if I order it again, I would share it. The next day, I tried the lunch with a friend and we had another excellent server. I had the salmon sandwich and it was very fresh and perfectly cooked. For 9 dollars I could not find a better sandwich in the Loop. I will go to Nico again because the chef is communicative and accommodating when it comes to special dietary concerns. The food is prepared with care and awareness regarding sustainability and farm to table. I feel a sense of trust."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Excellent food! Love to go with a larger group so I can have the gnoochi again and still try more of the menu. Valet parking was terrific, the loop can be tricky for parking this was totally convenient."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Nico was fun, people watching on Delmar delightful, parking was awful! Sure wish the valet parking was more heavily promoted! The food was eclectic and delicious, service was just right!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Nico's is a charming little restaurant in the U.City Loop. The menu offers certain unique items, like the bouillabaisse and lamb burgers. We had the latter, which came with tasty homemade fries. The only real negative was that they were both way too salty! Service was excellent."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner here. The staff was attentive and professional. My wife had a fantastic pasta with meatballs (which I, of course, tried - it was seriously delicious) and couldn't have been happier. Being the uncouth schmuck that I am, I ordered the burger... Hey, what can I say - I was craving a burger! Luckily, it was the lamb burger, and I was also craving gyros. This burger satisfied both cravings at once! We'll definitely be going back on our next trip into St. Louis, and next time, I'll have to try something a little more adventurous."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We all tried this place for the first time on NYE and we were all very happy with the service and food. Not a single one of us left a bite on our plates...def. going back here!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Quiet, cozy, with great food and drinks. One of the best meals ive had in a while"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The open atmosphere and delicious food made for a nice dinner. A little unique but enough variety to please many. Pretty good wine list as well. Service was prompt and pleasant."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Server was very nice and tried hard, think she was new as was somewhat slow - the shrimp appetizer is fabulous"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food and service were good, not great. Ordered the roasted cauliflower salad, which contained very little cauliflower. The gnocchi was good, if not a bit too heavy-handed with the rosemary. Decent wine selection. It wasn't a bad experience – there are just other restaurants I would prefer for the money."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We have always loved mediteranian quisine and were excited to find out about this restaurant. Our visit to Nico was a disappointment. The restaurant was not busy, yet we waited for our drinks for at least 15 minutes while watching our waiter taking care of table near us almost constantly. We only got our drinks after having reminded him. Food portions were small (soup, entre and dessert), food was mediocre quality and we were never offered bread."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Great ambience, but we've been several times & the only thing that everyone in my family all likes is the lamb burger. However, this last time the lamb burger wasn't even that great. We've really tried to like this place...great decor & atmosphere, but the Middle Eastern food is not the traditional we're used to. We like Al-Tarboush around the corner better (Lebanese food) & Cafe Natasha."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "This was my second time at Nico. The first time was OK, but not particularly memorable. This time I went for a work dinner with 2 colleagues and it was outstanding. Good service, good food, good ambiance. I had the seafood risotto, which was tasty."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Food was delicious and service was fantastic. Restaurant is fairly rustic and the waiters and waitresses were dressed in jeans and flannel shirts. Based on that, you could be business casual or jeans and still fit in great. They have a nice wine list, not huge, but some very nice wines on the list."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our visit to Nico. The service was great, the complimentary warm bread was a nice touch and they allowed us to substitute ingredients in the Shrimp risotto. We'll definintely return."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Went to Nico for a special lunch celebration last week and had a wonderful experience! Great service, yummy food... And a delightful chat with the owner! Try the roasted cauliflower quinoa salad, the rosemary gnocchi, or the lamb burger (ground in- house) with an egg on top! You won't be disappointed!!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013