3228 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94115Neighborhood:
Modern EuropeanPrice: $31 to $50
- 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.
A word from Nico
We offer a carte blanche 3-course or 5-course menu that changes nightly, along with pairings to complement the evening menu. Bites and a la carte selections from the nightly menu are available at the small 5-6 seat bar. In addition, we offer wines by the glass, bottle, and low proof cocktails.Continued
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Nico reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since July 28, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (81)neighborhood gem (68)romantic (43)special occasion (41)notable wine list (33)hot spot (15)good for groups (5)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Exquisite menu and wine pairingsSFEaterDined on 11/20/2014The menu is set - 3 or 5 courses. "Carte blanche", they call it. It's set, but the chef accommodated our gluten intolerance without any problem. Our group did the 5 courses with wine pairings. Both food and wine were terrific. Different than what you normally see in this neighborhood. This is more of a destination spot, I think. The food is incredible in it's simplicity. Nothing overdone or disguised by stewy sauces. Duck tastes like duck, carrots taste like carrots, persimmons taste like persimmons, only BETTER. The pairings were spot on and our server was very well versed in the food and wine. It got a little noisy in the restaurant. But, that is typical in SF. Great experience overall.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Interesting wine pairingsBroseVIPDined on 11/18/2014We celebrated a birthday with a lovely 5-course tasting menu coupled with the wine pairings. First, the cocktails are amazing - "faux" bourbon made with rice wine that was wonderful and a very nice sangria. The dungeness crab was light and so fresh! Favorite was the pork belly - decadent. The wine paired with the pork belly was a bit off-putting at first - had a "freshly mown grass" taste and aroma but it mellowed and was actually a perfect complement to the fatty rich dish. Our server quickly provided an alternate wine when he heard my comments, which I appreciated. The fish was delicate and very flavorful and the cauliflower dish with mushrooms was a big winner. I am not crazy about pomegranate (dessert) but my hubby loved it. I must say that the bread is terrific - big slices with a wonderful texture served with butter - yum! Also, I found that some dishes needed a little bit more salt and our server quickly brought a dish of sea salt that allowed me to season to my taste. All in all, a lovely evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It's Own Thing, BuT FineStreetguyVIPDined on 11/14/2014Once you get over its weird menu the food is fine and the service ok. There are five items on the menu and you get to pick three or five. Two of the items have Black Cod in their name, but one is black rock cod (I think) and there is no discussion of how they are cooked. So they may be different fish, but you don't know how they are prepared. Indeed, the first one is carppacio (sp?) (not cooked but raw) style and the second one may be poached. The other items on the menu include pork with much of a cooking description, and celery root,and desert. I picked a desert as one of my three, and my wife picked three entrees. That meant that I ate my desert as she ate her three entrees. That said the restaurant is pretty with an open kitchen, the service is efficient, and the food, often something of a surprise, was, as I said above quite good. Clearly, the owners have created the place they want. But the oddness of the menu is just a little off-putting and cuts into the pleasure one might haveSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food - Poor wine pairingRomainDined on 11/8/2014This modern bistro offers a daily 5 course menu which matches very well with freshness and innovation. The food was excellent, light, delicate with fantastic association of flavors, everything was cooked perfectly and served at the right temperature for ultimate savoring and enjoyment. I definitely give a 9/10. Unfortunately, the wine paring was a complete disaster, most the wines served during the meal were flat, without interest and not always a good match with the dish. I definitely give a 1/10. Overall, my final rating is 5/10, clearly insufficient with regards to the bill associated with the experience, near 260$ for 2 people (5 dishes + wine paring), I cannot therefore recommend this restaurant unless you choose your own drinks.Special Features:
- Wow! Bang for your Buck!diningglobetrotterDined on 11/5/20145 stars all around for Nico. We had the 5 course menu. It was delicious and beautifully presented. For $55, we had a tasting menu that would cost significantly more elsewhere. I did the wine pairing and my wife had a couple of glasses as she tends not to finish pairings. From my perspective, the pairing was well worth it and accentuated the meal nicely. Hard to properly describe the food - very seasonal and real. A carrot tastes like a carrot, but better. The flavor combos were incredible, but subtle. There was a great representation of texture in the dishes as well. The cod had a parsley powder that was cold, like it had been on dry ice. It was a really fun surprise. Great atmosphere and good service as well.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/1/2014We knew going in that there would be a tasting menu---we could choose 3 or 5 courses. Not a big eater, I planned to have three. When we were seated, we were told by our server that the"chef" wanted the whole table to have either the 3 or 5 course menu because it would be more convenient to bring out the food if everyone had the same choice. I couldn't believe it--I was no longer the customer--I was to do as " chef" preferred. I would have left, had not the others in my group decided to stay. And the food was pretty tasteless, and not special. Brussel sprouts, and chicken? The chicken especially had no taste. Wine list expensive and not inspired. Disappointing. Wouldn't return and would recommend that people not bother to go.
- CreativeWineman45Dined on 10/30/2014You can be assured, the prix fix menu is creative and thought out.Special Features:
- Simple and elegantShellDined on 10/30/2014The dishes offer unusual combinations of ingredients and exciting taste surprises (e.g., red beet puree with fig leaf ice cream). The atmosphere is casual, while the service is impeccable. For a small, intimate restaurant, the noise level was higher than ideal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- not good!CarinomioVIPDined on 10/29/2014We came to found out they only had a tasting menu of 4 options and 1 dessert.. blackberries and beets, trout, veal and sunchokes with a poorly cooked store bought egg. strawberry and basil ice cream. sounds good right? Not at all. had to ask for salt. couldn't really eat it at all and all those chefs looking pretty for all that. ? please.. they comped my meal because I did not like but I was hoping to pay and like it better.
- fantastic date night spotOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/23/2014Preparation and presentation of food are fantastic. One of the best service staff in the city. Everyone works together (chef, waiter, host) to make delivery and presentation perfect. Wine pairings were also excellent, with new types of wine I hadn't heard of but will now seek out.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous Food and Atmosphere in SF!sfcurbappealDined on 10/18/2014We've been to Nico four times and every time has been a delight! The ingredients are fresh; the chef serves creative and delicious dishes. The vintage champagne never disappoints and the wine list is impressive. The spacing of the tables give you enough privacy so you don't feel like you are on top of the person next to you. I've recommended this place to my friends and have taken clients here. We will continue to enjoy this neighborhood gem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- naroDined on 10/14/2014Was expensive, but high quality. The staff was great and I had heard they were snobbish after the opening; however, I found them charming. (This particular Oct Tues was a quiet, slow, early reservation evening, so perhaps not a good night to judge.)Special Features:
- Odd MenufoodieVIPDined on 10/11/2014I'm all for interesting menu options, but these just didn't work well together. Lots of odd tasting food. I had heard great things about Nico, but we weren't impressed the night we went. I ordered a cauliflower dish that was mushy and the tastes were indiscernible. The ambiance was good and the service was stellar. Maybe the chef just had an off night?!
- disappointing food and servicedisappointingVIPDined on 10/10/2014Expected a lot more quality based on Wine & Food magazine review. Food is unimaginative and sort of amateurish home cooking though ingredients are fresh. Wine list is alright but the service is not professional. We had to flag for wine for a while when the first one is long gone.
- Nico blew us awayEateryDined on 10/9/2014The ever changing menu at Nico never ceases to amaze. It literally changes daily based on Nico's daily trips to local farmers markets. It lends itself to fresh and local foodies and capitalizes on the bounty that our California climate provides. Nico actually visits every table to be sure his guests are enjoying their meals. My suggestion is go with a group of four and order EVERYTHING on the menu. You will not be disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/9/2014We were welcomed warmly. The food was delicious. The service was caring and efficient. We were delighted when Nico came by our table to make sure we were happy with everything, and we were.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not as good as expectedsfgirlDined on 10/3/2014The decor and ambiance was nice, but the food wasn't as good as we would expect for the price. It also took very long to arrive, and our server was inattentive.
- Lovely eveningCountryMousseDined on 10/3/2014I really enjoyed my evening at Nico's. The room is informal but attractive with a muted, but energetic buzz. Our waiter was congenial, attentive and informative. A lot has been written here about Nico's food and portion size. I found everything delicious and fresh. All the plates were a feast for the eyes and the ingredients and combinations of ingredients inventive. The cod was flavorful and perfectly cooked. There was plenty to eat, but no, you won't be asking for a doggy bag. My favorite part of the meal was the creme fraiche and strawberry desert!. The bill was not terrifying, but we didn't do all the wine pairs, just happily stuck with one glass a piece.I would definitely come back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- stupendous culinary masteryFoodieDined on 10/1/2014the forethought that went into each preparation was quite apparent throughout the meal. Wine pairing was also first-class!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pricey, small portions, but niceOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/20/2014Nico earns its spot as a Chronicle Top 100 restaurant. The food presentation is a work of art. Portions are very small for the price and $15 was the cheapest glass of red wine ($7.50 was the cost for a "taste."). That's pretty outrageous. However, the liver pate, halibut and veal were excellent. I don't know if I would return, but if a rich guy wants to take me there on a date, I would definitely go :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect!KleemanimalDined on 9/17/2014The entire night was a perfect execution of food, wine, and beauty. The restaurant is comfortable, the food was flawlessly executed, and the wine a wonderful course-by-course complement. And all of this worked due to a wonderful waiter to help us pull it all off. Make sure to find time to enjoy this sensational restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb presentation & tasteADMACDined on 9/10/2014My first visit to Nico was a real treat. The menu is interesting and in spite of the minimalist approach to the number of dishes, I found it difficult to choose among those listed...I found I wanted to order everything, but settled on the duck for main course. Combination of breast and confit artistically presented with wonderful taste..the rhubarb foam hit the right note. The wine pairings were wonderful. Leave room for dessert...I can still taste the chocolate mousse with raspberries & meringue toasts. Watching the kitchen staff assemble the meal was fascinating and a real draw.Special Features:
- Wonderful eveningMajorTomDined on 9/6/2014This was our second time dining here and once again we were blown away by the food. This is fine dining in a neighborhood gem with some very unique presentations and preparations. The wine pairings are an added bonus. Very reasonable price point given the quality of the food and service. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- Perfect meal start to finishIngallDined on 9/6/2014The oysters were outstanding, you got 3, and they were buttery and sweet. I had the duck leg confit and breast for my main course. Most restaurant usually only get one of them perfectly cooked. At Nico both the leg and the breast were perfectly cooked and the skin on the breast was crispy and perfectly rendered. For dessert, our party of 4 had one of everything. The presentation was unique and the favors were well thought out. I had the cheese course, which had a nice collection of cheeses (3) a goat, cow, and sheep with an amazing tomato preserve. I Highly recommend this restaurant and I'll be going backSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Culinary ExplorerOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/5/2014Nico restaurant is an absolute gem! First of all the service was outstanding! The octopus appetizer, the duck entree and grilled romaine topped with a fried egg and snails were outstanding! Great wine pairings as well. The berry dessert w/ creme fraische, a sprinkle of crunchiness and hay infused ice cream was possibly the best dessert I've ever eaten. And there have been many! We were visited by the owner/ chef three different times in a very quiet, genuine and non intrusive way asking how everything was. Fabulous of course! We couldn't be more pleased! The restaurant has great ambiance. A nice level of chatter that is perfect for having your own personal conversation. Will highly recommend Nico to my dearest friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Almost greatPrinceOrloffVIPDined on 9/2/2014Very small but creative menu that changes daily based on what's fresh. A brilliant and well-chosen wine list. Casual yet chic setting. Terrific waitstaff (super friendly but totally professional). Romantic in a subtle way. But I feel the chef is holding back. His menu conceptions are provocative, but it seems everything is toned down and "tasteful." Don't get me wrong: you'll have an excellent meal. But the "wow" factor is missing. And Nico could "wow" because it knows how. This is an artist in his early stages, still a bit bound by "correctness." But anyone who's serious about food should go NOW. I's the beginning of a dialogue about where excellent cuisine is headed in San Francisco and whether this town can support such talent.Special Features:
- Great Date night placeOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/30/2014This resturant has an amazing and beautiful interior. Great for a date night. The service is impeccable and the food presentation is beautiful and flawless. But beauty does not equal great flavor. We were very disappointed with the food. Is seems that the method of cooking is not imparting much flavor into the food. The meats are rather bland and flavorless. I don't know if it is just the method of cooking or the quality of meats. My Lamb basically looked and tasted raw. It was tough to chew due to the lack of firmness of being undercooked and the amount of grizzle in it. The vegetables and fruits, like tomatoes and watermelons seemed lackluster in flavor even tho they are supposed to be at their peak of flavor this time of year (summer).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great creative food.boring wineOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/27/2014Food outstanding. Service random. Wine is a disaster. Terrible selections. Would definitely come back for the food but I will bring my own wine and tolerate the mediocre service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Little gemGabsaacVIPDined on 8/23/2014Excellent and creative plates, friendly service, great tastes and combinations. Would definitely come back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- sincewhenVIPDined on 8/21/2014Expensive, nothing reasonable on the menu, but delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Meal & Attention to DetailsSenorRexVIPDined on 8/19/2014I 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...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Quality over QuantityGregVIPDined on 8/19/20144 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.Special Features:
- Very disappointing -- pricey+boringJohnnytVIPDined on 8/15/2014Nico 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.
- Fine diningMaryDined on 8/14/2014Menu selection unusual with each dish outstanding in presentation and flavor...fine dining at its best. Wine menu a bit expensive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic, innovativetwildbDined on 8/13/2014Great 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Very Pleasant ExperienceMimiDined on 8/12/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Neighborhood French BistromarsVIPDined on 8/12/2014The food was very well prepared, but the small menu can make for problems in finding items for picky eaters. The wine pairings were well-suited to the menu. Service was attentive.I would recommend this to a friend.
- wonderful experiencecleoVIPDined on 8/9/20141. 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 chairsSpecial Features:
- Entrees not as good as bitesCat1Dined on 8/2/2014The 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 goSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Could have been amazingMissKTVIPDined on 7/31/2014Unfortunately, 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!Special Features: