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  • Address:
    3228 Sacramento Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    Presidio Heights
  • Cuisine:
    Modern European
    Price: $31 to $50

Nico Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicosf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 359-1000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday 5:30pm-Close

    Nico will be closed for one week in January and one week in July each year. The 2014 closure dates are January 21-25 and July 1-5.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Nicolas Delaroque
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: The Maple Room at Nico, is our private dining room, named for it"s table that is crafted from a solid plank of maple and sits directly beneath a large skylight. The room accommodates 7-14 people comfortably, and is nestled away from both the main dining room as well as the kitchen, creating a truly private experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lyon Street
  • Public Transit: Muni Lines: 1, 2, 3, 43.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Nico
We offer a small market driven menu that changes nightly, with wine pairings offered by the glass and half glass to accompany your meal.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent and creative plates, friendly service, great tastes and combinations. Would definitely come back!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Expensive, nothing reasonable on the menu, but delicious."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I don't mind paying for a good meal but I choke at spending $250/person on a meal that is made from the same ingredients & is less interesting than other fine restaurants. Nico's produces truly interesting food without gouging their customers. It is not cheap but very reasonable. My wife & I share our meals because we enjoy tasting how talented chefs create meals plates. Every thing at our table was well thought out & extremely well prepared. From bread, to wine parings everything was delicious and felt like it was part of a well planned meal. The oysters were fresh, the juices superb. Soup & salad were interesting & main plates were delicious. Also impressed at how kitchen & service people worked as a team to deliver great meal..."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "4 of us went for our first time on a Tuesday night. Menu is very short so you don't have a lot of options - but the quality of everything on the plate was top notch in terms of ingredient quality, imagination and presentation. I had chickpea fries with a great sauce that everyone jumped in on. My main course was a roasted rabbit loin that was moist in the middle and rich/crusty on the outside - just the way I wanted it and very hard to do. The wine options are longer than the menu, and they make recommendations for every dish. The wine service was great. Service staff is superb."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Nico had received glowing write-ups from the SF Chronicle restaurant reviewer and the restaurant issue of San Francisco magazine, but disappointed our party of three (pretty experienced restaurant diners) across the board. Food wasn't bad -- just ordinary. Service wasn't unpleasant -- just sketchy, inattentive, and impersonal. Decor wasn't off-putting -- just bland and sterile. Extremely limited menu, from which we tried a total of eight dishes, none of them memorable: an odd and unsuccessful treatment of snails out of their shells with sauteed vegetables; oysters that were OK but not properly chilled; braised lamb with eggplant that was lacking any real spark of inspiration. A quite expensive venue that just doesn't deliver on any count."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Menu selection unusual with each dish outstanding in presentation and flavor...fine dining at its best. Wine menu a bit expensive."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great small restaurant. Fantastic wine list repping old world. Knowledgable staff to help navigate. Fun offering: they pop a magnum of champagne every night and offer it by the glass. Best lamb I've ever eaten! It will be tough to get in there shortly. Chef is very engaged. Came out after service to chat. Welcoming, lovely, attention to detail in every aspect."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We loved Nico Restaurant and will go back. The hostess and our server were very friendly and professional. We all loved the food. Service was slightly slow but we did not mind since there were four of us and we had great conversations between courses. One minor complaint: we would have liked to see a more reasonably priced white sparkling wine on the list."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "1. food: the menu changes daily so the selection is limited - however it is like the best of the best and having only a set number of items per day allows each selection to be very special and flavorful. Thanks to the chef who also was willing to change one of the dishes for us to make it vegetarian. the wine pairings were excellent & really enhanced the experience. 2. really warm and great service. no attitude and very helpful. the woman who brought the bread really made the experience great. The waiter was also very good at explaining the dishes and wines which was helpful. 3. the ambiance was really warm and romantic. Love the decor and liked that it wasn't noisy. The only suggestion would be to have more comfy chairs"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The entrees were mediocre compared to the bites, stArters, cheeses , and desserts. I would not order an entree and get 2 bites and or 2 starters next time I go"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Unfortunately, our much anticipated dining experience fell short at Nico. While I understand the chef insisting on cooking the halibut medium, that is not what we were served. One of our friends asked if it could be cooked a little more when she ordered and the server explained that the chef would not do that and that she was welcome to select from one of the 3 other entrees (duck, veal, or vegetarian) The 4 of us all ordered the halibut, one was medium as expected, the others were rare. We sent 3 back and they did cook them more thouroughly but we were surprised that they served us the original pieces of fish and delivered them to the table without any regard for who's plate belonged to whom. The entree was delicious once it was cooked!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The menu was limited but smartly paired with impressive wines. I enjoyed the heirloom tomato starter which included watermelon (very nice) and seaweed (unusual and too fishy). We all had the halibut main which was tender and perfectly sautéed. Nico is located is a great neighborhood and the decor is very stylish. The service was slow (which was surprising because the restaurant is small with a limited number of tables). Last thing I'd add... the wine by glass was priced by the 1/2 glass for $10 and $20 for a "full glass"... so I went for the "full glass" which I expected to be an extremely healthy pour but it was hardly "full"... I almost asked if she misunderstood my order and poured me a 1/2 glass in error. Oh well."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This is our third visit to Nico. The first visit blew us away. The second was just not as good as the first and a disappointment. However, on my third visit, every course was really great and of course the wine pairings were fantastic. These service was friendly and good. Overall, a very positive experience. We tried the rabbit rillet, the fantastic utterly tender squid, and the lamb. Every dish was great. My only quibble was that it got so noisy that everybody was shouting. I would really like to see more sound deadening."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Impeccable food, creative, artistic execution and presentation, extremely friendly service and attention to detail. Beautiful space, clean. Overall though the creativity and tastiness of the dishes are phenomenal and will keep coming back for many more dinners here!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The octopus and salmon were outstanding. We were helped to order a wine which we liked very much. d"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Went here to celebrate my birthday. The service was excellent, with just one perceptible delay getting my cocktail (but the server was really apologetic). The food was gorgeously plated and delicious, with novel but compatible ingredients. I ordered four courses (rabbit rillette bites, squid appetizer, braised lamb loin with red spinach and Little Gem greens, and macerated berries with white chocolate foam), with a glass of Chateauneuf de Pape. Portions were FINE (don't understand what others had a problem with), and we were FULL after four courses (we did not order a cheese course). Little bit pricey ($62 apiece before gratuities). The room is comfortable, and we could still hear each other when the dining room was full at 8 pm."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great place for essentially a four course dinner or more courses if you share plates. Superior food which is perfectly seasoned. Very, very noisy."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Often restaurants don't match up to your first experience. The first time we ate at Nico's was extraordinary in all respects. Great wine parings and food that was about the best we had eaten. Tis 2d visit was at the same level. The food was exceptional. The lamb was the best I have ever had. The rabbit was perfect. The wine pairings made every dish come alive. Service was spot on. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • " If you are willing to trust a talented chef and have an eclectic palate this is a great place for you. if on the other hand you want the classic or more traditional French bistro you should look elsewhere. the servers were like an oiled machine each course with new cutlery, each plate taken at the proper moment. The kitchen definitely had its game face on perfectly presented and prepared courses. Would keep this on my short list of great finds ."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Nico was a treat. It was super good. A lot of fun with the food and the ambiance and everything - it was my girlfriend's birthday, fun times."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Send off dinner for friends. Really a french menu, loved the chef and the varied selection, not Californian! Everything was superb. Try the Lebanese wine."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Been wanting to go here since January. Finally went and what a great SUPRISE !! Great food,great wine pairings,etc. chefe Nico came over a couple of times to check on us ,what a great guy.kitchen vibe great and you can see everything.will bring my fiends for sure next time."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The menu changes every day and wine recommendations are suggested for each course choice. The wine list covers a wide range of prices and styles of wines. Nico is one of the best dining options in the City."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Had a fantastic dinner here. The service was extraordinary. We had many dietary restrictions and the waitress worked with the Chef to make sure all could be met without compromising the absolutely delicious food. The Chef even came by to say hello at the end of our meal. I highly recommend this spot!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Stunning seasonal food! The atmosphere is perfect. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Main course: 3 miscroscopic potatos with a mushroom: $23. Pretentiousness with which it is presented: priceless."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Server brought the entrees within ten minutes of placing order. Hadn't even received our drink orders. Rushed service continued. Won't return"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A night when it just about all comes together. Yellow corn soup (superb!) and the duck rillete - excellent in taste and presentation. The beet salad was superb by incorporating flavor into the beets; the English peas with goat cheese/quinoa was an excellent marriage of tastes and textures; the med rare veal was cooked to perfection - excellent taste as were the miniature vegetables. Companion thought the lamb was perfect in terms of preparation and taste. Had all 3 desserts: the summer berries were perfect; the cherry dish was OK; and the white nectarine didn't work for me because of the macaroon, but the nectarines were perfect. Loved the warm interiors: wood tables and chairs. Service by Kristy: the best I've had in a very long time."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Can't say enough good things about our meal. Everything cooked to perfection. It was our first time there, and we will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Artistry on a plate, each dish is composed to be visually stunning which compliments the freshness, textural diversity, and taste of the ingredients. Every dish was well balanced - seasoned to enhance without masking the natural flavor of the main attraction. Loved our appetizers of tempura snap peas and oysters, and main dishes salmon and duck. Perfectly cooked, and the suggested wine pairings worked well. Don't skip dessert, the summer berries, sable and sabayon was great! Service was good, except for the mishap of getting the incorrect wine with our appetizers, otherwise attentive and courteous. Nice touch for the owner to stop by our table, and the salted caramels at the end was perfect ending to a wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Nico favors elegant and brightly-flavored dishes over quantity; three courses will leave diners delighted, satisfied and not over-stuffed. The wine list is interesting... but, like the food, hardly bargain priced."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was excellent across the board and the wine pairings were outstanding. The service was very good and our waitress made an outstanding suggestion to diversify the wine pairings. I recommend, if those in the a group are willing, to share some of the half glasses of wine to experience the thinking behind the wine pairings. The duck main course was cooked perfectly and showed imagination. The beet and squid starters were really good. Leave room for the desserts, which are also inspired. The location is also off the beaten track and parking right in front of the restaurant was not a problem at 6 p.m. on a Saturday in San Francisco."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Because it was so good the first time we went back. This time we knew the plates were going to be small but the main entres were rather uninteresting. Too bland. If a menu has only 4 items for mains than each one should be unique. I would suggest choosing from the starters. Friendly staff."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Nico exceed my expectations! I heard great things before I booked my reservation, but the food was incredible! I had the oysters and the halibut and they were both top notch! The halibut was the most memorable dish I have had in a long time - great wine list too! My friend and I split the chocolate dessert and the basil sorbet that came with the dish was divine! I will definitely be back and will be making recommendations to all of my friends. Bravo Nico!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Service was outstanding. Intricate flavor blends and a beautiful presentation. Cheese is is not to be missed and the salted carmels at the end were a lovely surprise "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food is excellent and beautifully presented but the portions are minuscule. It was the most penurious wine pour I've had in a long time, and itat $19.00 for a glass of pinot noir, they should be more generous. The service was "technically correct," but there was no sense that anyone cared if we were satisfied or would ever return, i.e. the place has no "soul." Too bad, It's two blocks from my house, and I eat out a lot, but I won't be back."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service in well appointed atmosphere. Wine pairing may be wonderful for those who are willing to spend a great deal. The corkage fee of $ 30.00 is excessive in my opinion. Will consider return visits for special occasions since it is within walking distance from ou home."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Friendly service. Beautiful presentations and delicious combinations. Loved everything but the veal was a little tough."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal at Nico, the food was excellent, the bread fantastic!, and the service was impeccable. And tables were not too close together which was a very nice touch. However, we felt there are not enough options in each of the course offerings on the menu, and several are overpriced. With tip our meal for two was $165, which I found to be high. Their house wines by the glass are $20 and $22, which I found to be exorbitant as the only choices (they had 'tastes' of the same fro $10 and $11, but they are only tastes); it would be nice if they had some other less expensive offerings. Corkage at $30 per bottle is out-of-bounds. For people who can afford it, Nico is very nice option. It is unfortunately too rich for my blood."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The wine pairings with each dish are terrific and interesting. The food was very carefully prepared and the staff friendly. Once you add the wine pairings (which are not great pours), you end up with a stiff price tag."
    Dined on 5/16/2014