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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/
  • Email: reservations@nicosf.com
  • Phone: (415) 359-1000
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: T-Sa 5:30pm-Close
  • 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
  • "Always excited to try a new neighborhood restaurant... No open spots for neighborhood drop in's was the first disappointment. Got in after waiting 3 weeks ... And it was not worth the wait. Food was the blandest I have ever tasted... If u are desperate to try it stick to the oysters, champagne and bread."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We wanted to love this place. It could be a great addition to the neighborhood. It isn't there yet, though. First, service: there were lots of employees walking around and still the service was very uneven. Drinks took forever and keep in mind, it's just a wine bar! The food was uneven, too. I had a veal entree that was very nice - delicious, as was my husband's black cod dish, but a spring garlic soup had the consistency of wallpaper paste. I couldn't finish it and it should not have been served. The atmosphere is lovely as is the chef (owner?) who made the rounds of the tables (always a nice touch). Let's hope Nico irons out the wrinkles. It could be great, but it is definitely not there yet."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I was hoping a restaurant in walking distance would add to the choices. But Nico fails on a couple of levels. It is so noisy -- there is not a soft surface in the place, so even at 2/3 full it is loud. I'm not a fan of loud restaurants generally, and never for a restaurant near home, where you want to have a relaxing evening. And while the food was impeccable, there is a reason they offer a five-course menu: the portions are so small that after a starter and an entree, we were not full. Considered a rare dessert but the 3 choices were unappealing. So the limited menu of small portions also didn't work for us. Would not return unless they revamped the decor and menu."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food was terrific, our waiter both charming and amazingly efficient. The room is lovely but it's very very noisy - almost too loud for good conversation to happen - the only drawback to a great addition to the neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Outstanding work with the Nico's! The food was wonderful, LOVED the wine pairing options and glass option of vintage champagne. Our server was great and very knowledgable about gluten free options (1 celiac in the group). Looking forward to going back each season to try the different flavors. Congrats!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Very limited menu, over priced. Food was good but poor choice would prevent me from returning."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Limited menu but every item is well crafted and delicious. I would definitely recommend Nico both for the food as well as the ambiance."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "There were three of us, and we were seated at the prime table in front of the kitchen. The wait staff and entire restaurant crew delivered a memorable experience. Food, wine and service exceeded expectations. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Innovative good food and atmosphere but a little over priced."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "What's to say? Everything is superior; from design, front, service, food, etc.. Worth a special trip."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "A bit expensive but worth it, as the food is great. Nice wine list with many wines at fair prices."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is a total find, but do make reservations unless you come later in the evening--and this was on a Tuesday night. The restaurant hits everything just right--a low-key, friendly attitude but very high-end food, service, wine selection, plating, and--well, everything! Try each course; they are small portions designed so you can have each one without overeating. We had a lovely Zinfandel from the wine list, which is extremely well selected and offers wines in a range of prices. We didn't try the wine pairings but will on our next visit. The cod and veal melted in our mouths; the oysters came on a bed of sea pebbles and made you think a shore wave would wash over the 3 delicate, delicious oysters before you plucked them from the plate."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food is great (particularly the peas and the lamb) and it's a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Unfortunately the terrific cuisine is undermined by poor service. 20 minutes from being seated to asking for an apperetif order. Little knowledge of the wine pairings. General confusion about menu items, preferences, time between courses. Seemed like the servers just didn't care that much."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I booked a reservation for my birthday after reading the review of this restaurant in the San Francisco Chronicle. I'm so glad I did. We were a party of five and given the perfect table in front of the kitchen. We watched as they prepared the wonderful good and brought it out to the tables. From cocktails to dessert everything we ordered was perfect. Wine markups are the most reasonable I've seen in a very long time. It's a place I plan on returning to for any special occasion or just dinner."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My friend & I tried Nico on a Friday night. The crowd was a mix of couples & groups, with a casual elegance. We had a really good time, enjoyed the option to pair 1/2 glasses of wine with each course. We had the oysters, croquettes, beets, English peas., Halibut. & duck. All of the food was delicious, especially the Halibut - amazing texture & taste & the Duck was perfectly cooked and so tasty. My least favorite was the English peas, but only because it had toasted farrow-- my first time with farrow-- for me it over powered the freshness of the peas. You can see into the kitchen here, separated by glass , & it is very tightly run. The chef came out towards the end of our meal. We'll be back for it's charming elegance & tasty food!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The service doesn't do the food justice, especially having to send back the white wine twice because it was not chilled to the proper temperature."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood! Lovely service and imaginative but not weird food. What a treat to have it nearby!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We were so excited to try this new neighborhood restaurant and disappointed in the minimal menu options, very small portions, overall bland food, and expensive wine list. The service was on the slow side that we waited so long between entree and dessert that we decided to skip desert. Also, definitely not a place for small children, though we had left ours at home. We left feeling underfed, underwhelmed, and out of pocket."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great service, cool surroundings (gorgeous light fixtures!), very good food. Can get loud, though -- hard surfaces."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This was a good find for having an unusual eating experience; not your topical menu choices, interesting pairings with dishes, knowledgeable staff about food and wine, no problem adjusting dishes to my tastes. It was a true eating experience not just the dishes y could make yourself gat home. Really enjoyed the meal."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Saw the write up in the chronicle and excited about a "neighborhood" fine dining experience. the food was visually amazing tasted wonderful if only mini gripe would be the desserts....they weren't out of this world on taste but they were beautiful. all in all a decadent experience"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Tried Nico for the first time. I noticed a few reviews complaining about bad service, but our service was outstanding. It felt like 5 star service despite the menu's 3 star pricing. The menu is very limited, but the food was excellent. The best part of our meal was the wine pairings. They offer the choice of 3 or 6 oz. pours. We went with the 3 oz. so we could try more wines. The suggested pairings were excellent. The sommelier poured each glass, and explained each of the wines in great detail. We normally bring our own wine and pay corkage, but when we return to Nico we will stick with the wine pairings."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I am absolutely blown away from our dinner last night. From the moment we stepped through the door to leaving, everything was spot on. The food is simply stellar...I felt transported back to Paris. The service was PERFECT. I cannot wait to go back. And the pour/tastings of vintage champagne...fantastic!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "One of the best dinners I've ever had. Food, wine pairings and service were amazing. Thank you team Nico."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We are so happy to have Nico in our neighborhood. His food is delicious and beautiful without being fussy. Malcom is a fantastic somelier and his recommendations and wine list are spot on and second to none. We find the restaurant to be a little cold in temperature which is the only reason it's not a 5. This is a casual spot with fantastic food and wine. Modern Bistro +++ Everything is done to perfection. We love it. Shhhhhhh!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Not sure what happened, but the service was terrible and the food was underwhelming. Our entrees came out cool and it just didn't taste all that fantastic. I guess I had higher expectations considering Bauer and the yelp reviews, but it wasn't our experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was wonderful - I had several completely surprising dishes with surprising flavors and beautiful presentation. And I loved the wine pairing with each dish. The service, however, was too lax. We had trouble flagging down waiters, the staff didn't seem to know which course we were on, and though friendly, they all seemed a bit clueless."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Portions are a bit small, but the food was good and overall a very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great place to have an extraordinary dinner with the best Price/quality of San Francisco (even In Paris we don't find this price / quality). Server tooks time to translate the menu to France. A master Wine Waiter provides the best agreement between your meal and the marvelous wine cavern. NIco even rears his specific aromate. For the story it is the first time I ate Oyster in my 38 years old life !!! Thank you. MERCI. I will recommend to my friend, colleague and customer."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food and service were very good but we agreed that the overall experience was diminished by the extremely loud noise level. It made conversation with our friends (party of 4) almost impossible and we all felt exhausted when we left the restaurant. The decor is great but the noise level is exacerbated by entirely hard surfaces. Since noise is the #1 complaint on Zagat we don't understand why restaurants continue to encourage this annoyance."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The food was, in a word, outstanding. We were impressed that Nico himself spoke with many of the patrons, asking if everything was alright. Truly, this restaurant is phenomenal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Welcome NICO! So nice that we have another fine dining choice in the area. The meal prep and presentation is of superior quality which puts NICO at a slightly higher level than Garibaldi's which is also fine. Service is efficient and friendly and the décor pleasant, but at the end of the day it's the meal and the value. While the cost is significant the food supports it, both in design and the labor that must go into it. Thoughtful touch is the ability to pair glasses or half-glasses of wine with any of the courses. If you want to talk go early as the dining room is noisy due to high reflective surfaces so common in today's restaurants. At least the visible kitchen is shielded. Quaint "bar-light" as you enter is a nice touch."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We went for dinner here last week as well. If anything, it was even better. Exceptional wine pairing menu with recommended glass pours for each course. Love it. Very refined food at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Needs much better acoustics....difficult to hear person right across the table from you. Not the place for someone looking for "big" portions. Menu changes frequently but they say they always have a fish and vegetarian dish. Corkage fee is $30, which is high for the neighborhood."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Nico is off to a truly great start with thoughtfully prepared food, terrific wine pairings, and great friendly service. All but one of the dishes were really terrific. The one that fell short was cabbage with truffles. Unfortunately the truffle slices had almost no taste. Overall this was a great experience. I hope we can get in for our next special occasion."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Six of us truly enjoyed our experience at Nico. Special wines from our cellars were handled exceptionally well by the owner/som. The restaurant's wine list is very good and had an excellent white Chateauneuf-du-Pape recommended by the sommelier. The food was excellent and every dish "sparkled." We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The food was eclectic and excellent. Combinations and seasonings were extraordinary. Great recommendation from Wine Director complimented both black cod and leg of lamb. The service staff works together like an all star team. Everyone, led by the owner and chef, is committed to delivering a fine dining and memorable experience. We're hope to make Nico's our "go to" place. Fantastic bistro."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We found this after reading an article in the SF Chronicle. It was such a find. They have a limited menu (4 items) which changes daily and is paired with wines. The food was amazing and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Nico was a very disappointing experience. 4 of us shared 4 starters and there was barely enough for a taste of each for each person. My entrée sounded interesting and complex, focused around cabbage It was really small and had nothing to it. You have to request bread by the slice. Wine is only by the glass, and what I ordered with my entrée (paired for you) never made it to me...and I dare you to get the attention of a server or the sommelier. All were way over extended. The dessert I ordered, a beet almond creation sounded great and looked very pretty but had no flavor. Restaurants have gusto with the prices they charge, and I am happy to pay whatever the price for a lovely meal, but this restaurant was a total disappointment."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Now 4 months since opening, with lots of praise from all directions, we had a mixed experience. Outstanding service and great wine choice. Food was imaginative and beautifully presented but "what were they thinking?" in a few places. Raw asparagus with crab made both the crab and the wine taste off. Same idea in artichoke with lamb tongue. We still had a great time, and suspect that the wild ideas will be toned down a bit as time goes on."
    Dined on 2/18/2014