Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar
Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar

Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicostacobar.com/
  • Phone: (612) 345-7688
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar
Inspired by traditional Mexican street food, using indigenous herbs and spices used throughout the very heart of mexico. Chef Alejandro Victoria brings authentic recipes from his homeland in Michoacan to your plate. Beautiful ingredients, many organic and custom grown, are used to re-create timeless recipes with bold flavors and immediate freshness that jump off your tongue. Enjoy the upper level tequila bar with over 50 different tequila selections (100% agave reposado, blanca, mezcal), a scratch-made margartia menu, and a Latin American wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)great for outdoor dining (18)fit for foodies (16)great for lunch (7)late-night find (7)romantic (5)hot spot (5)good for groups (3)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Stick w the tacos; skip the rice & beans
    CindyMinnie
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    CON: We sat by a window & it was persistently cold throughout the evening. PROS: Everyone's tacos were yummy. Favorite of mine was carnitas. Loved the cheese tamale too. Flan & Tres Leches cake were good, but churros were delish. Margaritas were acceptable although not the best ever. Overall it was a great night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    What a great restaurant, a gem in uptown. Great ambience, expeditious service with a smile, and most importantly, Fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Everything we had, from the guacamole to the tacos, was fantastic. The spicy green salsa was divine. The margaritas were exceptional - so hard to find a combination of good food AND good margaritas. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant but frugal
    bunnymommy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a lovely dining experience with out parents. Attentive service, lovely atmosphere, and delicious food.l Everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • really slow that night
    timoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    While our appetizer came quickly, we waited more than an hour for our food. They comped us one dessert to share among 6 of us, but it was a long wait given that we with with my folks and kids.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Slow Service
    JVSLP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great tacos and margaritas, decent guacamole. No free chips (which should be a gimme for a Mexican restaurant.) The service was really not the best. Our server never came back to check on us, the salsa order we put in never came, and we had to wait till the check came to even get a refill on water. All in all, I'd go back if I was in the neighborhood but not a place I'd go out of my way.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nan7
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had a great experience for our first time at Nico's. Enjoyed fabulous food and wonderful service. We'll go back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    RockyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Nico's was recommended to us the night before and we had to try it out. It was Sunday afternoon, so it was really quiet. The guacamole was awesome , as were the other items. Our table had huevos rachereos, tacos and sopes which were all outstanding. Our only complaint is that it took a really long time to get our food-like 40 minutes. It hadn't even been busy when we got there. We will go back to try all the other menu items, just make sure you are not on a schedule.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing fish taco
    frozenhipster
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Drove by this place while on hennepin, amazing food, parking can be hard but its worth it! Their salsas are very good but the ability to buy your taco's one at a time is great. The fried fish taco was by far my favorite out of all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    HockeyHeart
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I am a huge fan of margaritas. Most of the places around the cities seem to dump a shaker of salt in theirs (and usually too much sugar too). Nico's has the perfect balance of flavors in theirs and I'd keep coming back just for the bar even if I didn't like the food, fortunately I do! The burritos are quite sizable. I haven't had anything else but my friend had quesadilla and she needed to box part of it to bring home. The staff was really attentive- even the ones who weren't assigned to our table- and very friendly. I will be coming back. It can get a little noisy on the 1st floor (but I've usually been there on weekend nights), I haven't been upstairs but that or outside may be better if you need a quieter setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Surprise
    jk2eat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We traditionally go to a Mexican restaurant for our anniversary so I decided we should try out Nico's Tacos & Tequila Bar. My husband was skeptical when I told him but after one sip of the tequila and one bite of the guacamole and he was convinced. My "house" margarita was excellent and my husband enjoyed his Pacifico from the tap. We tried three different tacos: Carne Asado, Pastor and Pollo de Tinga. They were all delicious and we would gladly order them again. Finally, as a special treat for our anniversary, we split an order of Churros. They were a perfect ending to our meal. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 69 reviews are from the Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar reviews archive.
  • Disappointed in policy
    Rose
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I requested outdoor seating in my reservation for a Saturday night birthday dinner. When we arrived for our 7:00 reservations we were told that outdoor seating is on a first come first serve basis and can't be requested on the Open Table reservation- which should be indicated or not allowed if the restaurant will not comply to this. We waited a hour on a waiting list for outdoor seating and then finally decided to sit inside. If someone makes a reservations with a request for outdoor seating they should bump first into the waiting line. The host was very rigid and not very interested in changing the situation. I was very disappointed and will wait awhile to return and I will share this incident with friends.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Outandabout
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    While the service was excellent - from the manager greeting us to the server being attentive and available, the food fell a little a flat. When we arrived our group ordered guacamole and margaritas. Based on this, we were really excited for dinner. Every margarita we had was delicious! Our table ordered tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and the corn. The tacos are very basic. If you dont order the extra toppings you literally only get the meat with a little pico. The corn was very flat, we only had 2 bites as it was not fresh. The quesadillas and enchiladas were the safer choice. Overall we had a nice evening. Id go back for hapy hour but would skip dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice time at Nico's
    Egprzytarski
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Went to Nico's with a couple of girlfriends earlier this week and had an enjoyable time. We tried their fresh guac and ordered a trio of salsas that were all delicious. They have a nice a la carte taco menu or you can get a large plate which has three tacos and rice and beans. The tacos were pretty good, very small though! Sat out on the front porch which was cute; I wouldn't want to sit inside there. Service was a little slow, but our server was really nice. Overall a good experience, but I'm not dying to get back there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun to dine outside- good food
    ready4dinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Fun menu - lots of options. Food was great- and lots of it. Very reasonable prices. Got to eat outside on a nice night. Wasn't a busy night (week night) but service was really slow and not so great although the waitress did get the basic orders right. We asked for salsa but it never came. Water glasses not refilled. Will probably try again and maybe get a different server - maybe she had an off night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    TleviVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Nicos is a great fun atmosphere and small 3-4$ Tacos lets you mix it up and try things. Tomatillo salsa excellent and the cucumber margarita perfect for those who find margaritas a tad too sweet! Light and refreshing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Food, Cool Ambience
    Ryan
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was pretty good but not anything amazing. It's a good value for decent Mexican food. The waiting staff seemed overwhelmed. My girlfriend asked for no pico de gallo but her burrito came out with it chalked full of it. They did offer to replace it, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this place...
    BettyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The service is great and the food is consistently yummy. It's so nice when you can find restaurants that will modify their dishes for you, in this case, grilled fish vs. fried. Oh and they have the best margaritas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tacos
    whitewolfjx
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Tacos were excellent. Chips, Salsa and Guac were fantastic. Service was OK. I would recommend offering some combo plates for dinner. I could easily eat 3-4 tacos for dinner since they are small (which is not a bad thing, just noticeable) and I know you have the rice and beans plate with tacos, but why not tamales and tacos? Why not an enchilada, taco and tamale?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We are very happy to have Nico's in the neighborhood. We have been going to Nico's since it opened - now close to eight to ten times. You need to be willing appreciate the quirky location of an old home/duplex location, but once you do - the food will make up for the creeky floors and old walls. I think we have tried all the margaritas and they're all great. I'd recommend the taco plate as a great value and variety as well. The tinga is as good as I've had anywhere and the pescado (cod) is my wife's. The naranja salsa is awesome and elote a great side dish.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, vibrant and good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had a larger group - 7. Made a reservation for 6, because their system maxed out there, but noted we had 7. We were accommodated and our table was ready when we arrived on a night where all the tables were full. That's great service. Our server was very busy, but readily available and water was replenished regularly. To me, that's an important indication of staff attentiveness. Prices are very reasonable and the food is consistently well prepared and very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheers to the Patio!
    DaniMarie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    All I wanted was to sit on the patio and eat some tacos and it was good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • run to eat on the balcony upstairs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We really enjoyed Nico's -- the food was great, and on a Memorial day weekend, it was fun to eat dinner on the open air balcony upstairs. The taco plate is really a great choice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night!
    Cicieats
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Had a lovely dinner outside. The service was good-- not great (they forgot our guacamole order; they did discount our bill). The salsas, guacamole and tacos were wonderful-- flavorful, good portion sizes. The chips were mixed-- some were tough and chewy. Being able to dine outside made it a wonderful experience. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy bites...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Sopes were absolutely amazing!! Their Cucumber margaritas had a great flavor and very refreshing. Aside from the very long wait for the server, food and check...I enjoyed my time. I would suggest that the wait staff get a better understanding of time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Margaritas, Subpar Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I went on Cinco De Mayo, so naturally half the margaritas were sold out and the kitchen was 45 minutes behind, but the drinks I did order (cucumber) were VERY delicious and the chips and guac were amazing. The tacos I ordered were extremely underwhelming and my two friends with me had different tacos with the same reaction. The service was still wonderful and we were given a complimentary dessert due to the wait. Overall I enjoyed my time on the patio and will be back for chips, dip, and drinks... NOT for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Lizzie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Nico's food and ambiance were very authentic. The understated decor and the Mexican music made me feel like I was back in Mexico. The food was very flavorful and it was fun to have a variety of salsas to suit the different food items and individual tastes. The staff provided really good service and seemed genuinely happy, which indicates a good management and ownership. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Mexican
    JuliebVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Nicos has excellent fresh, Mexican food. The service was awesome. I recommend the cerviche and the camaron (grilled shrimp taco.) My friend said the flautas were excellent. Wine is a good price, if you can get it on Happy Hour, so much the better. I would definitely go back again as there were several items on the menu I would like to try.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you're into large groups, noise.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was okay, nothing outstanding. Served well and relatively quickly. The kitchen mixed up my order but then corrected it. Attentive service. Can get very loud; groups nearby were boisterous, to put it mildly! Cozy space.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We went to Nico's as a group of nine and had a great experience. It is located in a converted house on Hennepin so the restaurant is divided into different rooms and levels. I loved the food, especially the beans and rice - nothing fancy but just delicious. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun spot for weekday drinks/dinner
    Ses535VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Friendly staff. The Chill Thyme is a tasty tequila drink that is a little bit different than the norm. Love the fish tacos.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Love the old house-turned-restaurant. Look forward to nice weather for outdoor dining! Food and drinks were great with something for everyone. I hope Nico's stays here for a long time!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time there, it was great!
    mudhonie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Service was fantastic and speedy and our waitress was so nice and helpful. The salsas were fantastic. Love everything about it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    datedinerVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I love this place. It is very close to my home and the best Mexican food in Uptown. Their menu is simple but well created. I love their variety of margarita too! I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting venue option
    supersonic410
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The restaurant is set in an converted home.They have a nice patio area.The service was slow with the waitress basically ignoring our table for large spans of time. We waited more than 15 minutes for the table to be cleared. If you are seated in the 2nd level make sure that you are not in a back corner. The food was slightly pricey for what you got. The salsa was pretty much all liquid.I'd recommend the guacamole and chips as an app. The pescado (fish) and camaron (shrimp) soft shell tacos were very good.I ordered the taco plate - included rice (very plain - no real flavor) and beans (very tasty) . I'd put this on the been there, done that, not visit again list. I'd say give it a shot. Your experience might be completely different than mine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, ok service
    jdworak
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The tacos were fantastic, but the kitchen was slow. We would go back, if we were not in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tacos Awesome Margaritas
    NinaG
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Had a wonderful brunch/lunch of tacos and margaritas The atmosphere was cute and sunny, and the wait staff was attentive and friendly Can't wait to go back when the weather warms up for the outdoor seating!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance
    Erica
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My fiance and I found Nico's on Restaurant Week. We love the easy going atmosphere that's still hip and vibrant. Great place for an impromptu date night. The guacamole, pastor burrito and pozole are delicious and leave you with plenty of leftovers! Do make reservations, though, even if you only make them an hour in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out!
    Cadence
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We are always looking for a good night out enjoying Mexican fare. This is it! The food is delicious and not swimming in sauce and cheese . Great guacamole too. We all enjoyed our meals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Brea
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    They make amazing tacos at a great price. They make every single ingredient in house and you can tell. Everything is so fresh. Their Margaritas are amazing. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate