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Nieto's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nietosrestaurant.com
  • Email: acarlos1st@aol.com
  • Phone: (847) 432-0770
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Monday: 5:00pm - Close. Closed Tuesdays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Nabor Vazquez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Carlos offers 3 private dining rooms seating from 12 to 30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Toni Gramm (847) 432-0770

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waukegan
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Nieto's
A Re-Concepted Restaurant in the Fabled Carlos’ Space by Carlos and Debbie Nieto. Nieto's is decoratively updated although the gracious wood paneled walls remain. The dining room still has an imtimate feel to it, with a more "club" like atmosphere. The menu is extensive but familiar with modern day tweeks. Comfortable for family gatherings and dates alike. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "We love Nieto's and the owners, Carlo's and Debbie. They have three restaurants, Nieto's, Cafe Central in Highland Park and Happ Inn in Northbrook and we enjoy each of them."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "From the friendly greeting at the door to the fun waitstaff to the reliably good food, you can't go wrong with Nieto's in Highwood."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The menu is limited but of good quality. Hamburgers, crab cakes, nice sides. Service was attentive. Tables were close together since the restaurant itself was small, so one can observe what neighboring tables ordered and sometimes small talk was exchanged. Parking may be a challenge in this neighborhood, so be prepared lot take advantage of the valet service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been here 3 times and I am never disappointed. They are so kind and wonderful at this restaurant. I had the roasted artichoke appetizer with this delicious dipping sauce. I also had a turkey burger with cheese, guacamole and egg on top and it is SOOOO GOOD!!! They normally serve it with fries but I opt for veggies and they have this awesome roasted cauliflower. I normally hate cauliflower but Nieto's makes such delicious cauliflower I'd say go for it. Their desserts are amazing. I've had their cappuccino ice cream and also their cookie/ice cream dessert. Thank you Nieto's! See you soon!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had heard great things about Nieto's but it is not for us. Whilst the food was ok, we cannot get past how incredibly loud the restaurant was and we felt like we were shouting at each other just to talk. Nothing they could is going to make up for that so we won't be going back. Wish it has turned out better."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Nieto's serves wonderful American food with a European twist. The menu delicious includes short ribs and roast chicken along with a really great burger with crispy fries. My husband also loves the tuna tartare appetizer. The service is excellent. Perfect spot for a bistro- type meal on the North Shore."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Since we do not live in Highland Park, we were not aware of Nieto's but we had a gift coupon for the restaurant that was expiring. We were very happy with the friendly staff; cozy ambience; and food selections. The dishes we chose - BBQ ribs and roasted chicken were very good. We are going to recommend this restaurant to our friends."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Nieto's is a worthy successor to Carlos'. The food is delicious. This is a restaurant to visit again, and again and again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Deb's warm greeting to all her diners sets the tone for the rest of the evening. Our dinner, served by the friendliest servers, was in the cozy library upstairs . The food is delicious and beautifully presented. Our table enjoyed the tender whole grilled artichoke appetizer the crunch caesar salad, the mediterranean salads topped with perfectly cooked salmon, and turkey burgers. Carlos came over to say hello and ask if we were enjoying our dinner. We walked away feeling well taken care of, satisfied and healthy."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Debbie (Owner) and the Chef - as always welcome her regulars from past generations as well as the young professionals who are experiencing Nietos (formerly Carlos) for the first time -- Chef was very accomodating to offer mixture of house specials based on guests desires. Great place to eat always - safe neighborhood - many great memories -- run dont walk and try the best food service in the northshore"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Very welcoming hostess and great staff. Very good course selection, excellent value for the amount and quality of food you get."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have dined here 4 times in the last 4 months. You always feel very welcome when you arrive. Menu selection great. Not all things are the menu are great. Maybe this time we didn't select the best choices. My tuna tartar was not good, nor was my husband's hamburger. Service sometimes a little slow. However we really like this restaurant and will dine again because we love the ambiance."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Whenever my daughter comes home from college, she wants to go to Nieto's - and for good reason: she sings with Luis, we enjoy great food, and are always welcomed by the lovely hostess/owner. I highly recommend the ravioli appetizers and the guacamole made tableside and to specifications when space permits (every seat, and then some, seemed taken at our last visit). Everything I have tried on the menu - and I'm probably coming round on the full circle - is delicious. My only minuscule kvetch is that it is occasionally hard to hear, but I blame my aging ears and the enthusiasm of my fellow patrons."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were just thinking of a great place to go on a Monday night in the area. Nietos is always a great stand by. The food is always consistent and the staff & owners are friendly. I always like to recommend this place because I always leave with a good feeling."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "This was our second visit and we are now hooked. The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. Loved the coconut cheesecake."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our dinner at Nieto's was good. The food, that is. We waited for our table downstairs, near the bar and the busy eating area. When it was time to be seated for our dinner, they took us upstairs. The room upstairs was much quieter than the downstairs room, which was a plus for conversation, but the most boring room on the planet. It felt like we were put "away" from all the fun. The food was good and the service was good, although it took me asking 4 times for a Gluten free menu to finally get one. Prices are a bit high, $19.95 for a mediterranean salad, for example. But in general we all enjoyed our meals. I would definitely return if we could sit in the lower room, not the upstairs room."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Extensive menu. Wonderfully prepared food. Interesting and flavorful specials. Always a reliable dinner with excellent service and attention to detail. Luis makes every visit special for us"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Nieto's is extremely consistent-the menu quality of food and ambience. great place for eating with friends when conversation will not be overwhelmed by the food."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Went for Valentine's day. We were warmly greeted at the door. Though they had a 4 course valentine's menu we elected to order off of the regular menu. Our waiter, Miguel, was friendly and attentive. Salmon was delicious as was the beet salad which came with the beets carved as hearts! Also loved the molten lava chocolate cake. Nieto's is great for a special occasion or just a casual night out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Not fussy. Tables are tight. Food and Service were very good. I recommend it. Simple menu with interesting choices."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Could not have been happier with our choice for Valentine's Day! They had their regular menu available, plus a number of choices for the holiday. Thank you! And the service was Great!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Celebrated my 50+ birthday with my wife and four children. Had a great experience beginning with Debbie Nieto greeting us at the door. The food was excellent, flavorful, good portions. We have been known as finicky eaters; there was nothing left over to take home. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I wanted to find a place that had good food & wine but could accommodate a small group of 8. This was perfect! The staff was great and steered us all in the right direction for food. I was with a bunch of wine snobs and we all found the perfect bottles. Overall, I was very satisfied and would recommend to my friends."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Overpriced for what it is. Food is good, atmosphere crowded and cold."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Over price!!!!!! . Nothing special about the food. I'll never go back"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We enjoy dining here. Food is always good, service excellent and staff friendly and attentive!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "very nice indeed. A worthy and affordable descendant of the inestimable "Carlos"."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food here is very good and the service is extremely attentive. Tables are close together but that makes it fun and casual. The only negative is the noise level is high. If you have a hearing issue do not go here. Otherwise if you are looking for an energetic place this is for you!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Nieto's never fails to impress. From the hamburgers to the lamb shank, we loved everything we had - once again. Service is impeccable, including the most amazing singing waiter. Debbie always welcomes you as if you are her best friend, and it's really just a great place."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "What sets Nieto apart is the exceptional service. Debbie Nieto greets everyone like you are a special guest in her home and the wait staff is knowledgable and courteous."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "always top quality food and service for this casual evolution of Carlos restaurants. New menu items all the time served by people that you've known for decades."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Went on a snowy Sat evening. Slow when we arrived, but became quite busy and loud as the place filled. Greeted by very nice hostess and was seated immediately. Waiter was very nice/attentive when restauant was slow. Once filled, we felt as if we were being pushed to leave. He placed our bill on the table without us asking for it, just after we received our coffee. He appeared put out when asked for refills. Food was average. Had the veggie burger, which was mushy and without significant seasoning. Risotto was average. Would not return due to the below avg svc/food and above avg prices."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Not only was the food delicious, but the food was cooked absolutely perfect, and this is one of the few times in years where someone did not over cook the lobster. The entire meal was without fault."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "They sat us over 45 mins late and didn't even send dessert or apps to make up for it"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great food great service. Definitely would return."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "we love this restaurant...Great for all occasions. great atmosphere and food! Lots of choices. Very friendly and always lively."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed dinner at Nieto's on a very cold snowy night when no one was out. The wait staff were very attentive. The herb crusted rack of lamb was delicious. Another in our party loved Debbie's chicken. The chocolate lava cake topped off the dinner beautifully and served as a lovely birthday cake for out friend. I will absolutely be going back. Dinner for 3 with a bottle of wine with tip was under $200. Well worth it for the quality."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Fabulous food warm and inviting atmosphere. I had a great burger and my husband had the price fix menu both meals we're great. The owner stopped by several times and was warm and friendly. I never made it when it was Carlos but their reinvention is great and someplace we will enjoy frequently"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "we love Nieto's - everyone is so friendly, and the food is really good. We always enjoy ourselves there."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We brought our 3 young children for an early New Year's Eve dinner around 5:00 pm. We were among the first there, which was perfect. The staff was wonderful with our children who were behaving well, thankfully. We will come here again with our kids for those nights when we want to dress up a little more than usual but not have to worry about going overboard with formality. The food was great and the kids enjoyed theirs. I was concerned that this would be too fancy a place with the kids based on how formal this place was in the past. It does have a more formal vibe than we're used to for kids, but if your kids are in a good mood and you come early enough, this is a good place to go for everyone."
    Dined on 12/31/2013