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Niko's Bistro
Niko's Bistro

Niko's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nikosbistro.ca
  • Email: nikosbistro@shaw.ca
  • Phone: (403) 270-0082
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Niko Miletic
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Unique catering customized to all your specific requests, location, etc.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th St NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Small parking at the back of the building.
A word from Niko's Bistro
Located just minutes away from downtown Calgary, in trendy Kensington, Niko’s offers a diverse menu with big flavours at modest prices. Enjoy dinner and lunch seven days a week in our modern restaurant.

Niko’s is perfect for sharing wine, stories and food with friends and family. The atmosphere is always lively and full of excitement!

Please note that all reservations 6:30pm and earlier are welcome to dine until 7:30pm, as our second seating begins at that time.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I try and go to Niko's often...the food is super, and the casual atmosphere and friendly service is great!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Niko made this such a personal dining experience, he was so friendly and welcoming. He gave us lots of space, and only came around when needed - he was funny, and really added an authentic flair to the dining experience. As an Italian, I'm picky about dining out for Italian food - and I was impressed! He noted we didn't order desert, and came around with complimentary after dinner shots for us to enjoy. When we left, he even came out on the street to say thank you and goodbye to us !"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed this small friendly restaruant in the heart of Kenningston. Service was friendly and well paced and the food was enjoyable. I had the sable fish in a nice tomatoe base, not over whelming and complimented the fish. My friend ordered the Salmon and pasta dish and he enjoyed the favor and fresh pasta. It was the prefect place to sit and enjoy a good meal after a long day of work."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was not our first visit but it confirmed our rating as consistent. The price score on Open Table should be closer to $50 per person"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "had a great dinner with friends. staff was very friendly and the food was fantastic"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Niko's is a wonderful little Calgary gem. Great food and attentive staff. Best bruschetta and calamari in town!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I couldn't say a bad thing if I tried. My husband and I have gone to Nikos a few times and each time we are never disappointed such a great atmosphere delicious food and the service is impeccable. Kudos to the Niko family!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food, service and ambience were all excellent! The flavours, portions and quality of food were perfect. Service was helpful, timely and very, very welcoming and friendly. Definitely value for money experience. Can't wait to go back for another great dinner."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good atmosphere and ambient. Food is always fresh and at home feeling. I always tend to refer others to Niko's where I feel like at home."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I eat here often as not only is the food amazing the service is as well! Calamari is the best you will ever eat! They make you feel very comfortable and welcome. One of those places that make you feel they are happy you came and willing to make your dining experience all you expect! We work in the area so it is a great location for a business lunch and everyone I have taken there requests we return! Thank you for doing an awesome job!!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Went there wit a group of 6. The service was great and the food was outstanding. I will definitely go there again. It's a little small for a large group, but we enjoyed ourselves non the less."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Niko's was amazing as usual! The owner Niko is one of the best parts of going to the restaurant because of his friendly hospitality! The whole staff is very friendly and makes it feel like a family affair. I always enjoy when the owner/chef comes out to see how things are going. He had great recommendations for wine and the food is and always is delicious. I have been there on a free occasions now and every time is fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Delicious food. I highly recommend the penne con vodka. Great service and a nice, quaint atmosphere. Attended with my boyfriend for our anniversary and had a lovely evening."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This was our first time and we loved the food and staff, would definitely go back ."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My friends and I had an enjoyable evening at Niko's. Not the best cannelloni I've ever had. None of us were very full which meant we had room for dessert. Tiramisu good but not great."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Finally had a chance to check out Nico's bistro after hearing about it for a while. The food was wonderful (calamari, octupus salad, seafood spaggetini, salmon). The service was attentive without being overbearing and everything came on a timely basis. The restaurant was full so make sure to make reservations. Can't wait to go back. The food was way better than many other Italian restaurants we have tried downtown and in Kensington area and at a more affordable price point to boot. Thanks for the Ripassa wine recommendation. Paired perfectly with our meal Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "A friend recommended Niko's, and we finally gave it a shot. The place is very small, and it's not exactly cozy or romantic, as it's very open, crowded, small tables, and kinda loud. However, the food was excellent! We had the calamari, as it's rated top 3 in the city, and it did not disappoint - lightly battered rings covered in a spicy tomato sauce, just perfect. My husband had a meal that came with a starter, and he selected the bruchetta. I personally loved it! A huge basket of hot bread slices drizzled with olive oil, and cold, fresh tomato bruchetta on the side. The bread seemed almost creamy, it was so good! I had the cannelloni for my entrée, and it was so delicious, but so tender it's almost a soup. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Ate there for lunch with a friend. My salad was ok, was a bit on the tasteless side, could have used a bit of a tastier dressing. My girlfriend had the pasta and absolutely loved it. We both ordered a latte afterward, and we both felt it was probably a coffee with lots of milk and no froth. Quite disappointing. All in all, I might go back if I were in the neighborhood and felt like pasta. I would not make a special trip to go back."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The menu, the meal and the chef make this a great restaurant for a casual dine. We tried 6 different plates and all were superb in presentation, taste and delivery."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "First visit to Niko's so we sampled several offerings from the appetizer side of the menu and enjoyed them all. Great Antipasto plate and outstanding Calamari done with Marinara which I prefer over the usual Tatziki and a fresh salad. Anxious to try other offerings that sound fantastic. The room is nondescript but friendly and vibrant and the service was top notch."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We have been to Niko's on several occasions, but this was our first time there for dinner. The restaurant was full, so service was a bit slower than we have experienced there before. The calamari always delicious and our entrees were very good."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The pasta dishes were alright. The calamari appetizer was amazing, so was the banana dessert."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "A great dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely be back. Reservations a must."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Honestly, the food was good but not great. I was hoping for a neighbourhood gem but it was nothing great. Food is authentic and good quality but was not blown away by the taste. Service was friendly but not very skilled. Best part was Niko himself who comes around to tables to chat. Excellent host and made the night that much better. I'd go again but its not the first on my list."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Everyone at the office loves Niko's. Niko himself is a sweetheart who never fails to say hello. Wonderful place, wonderful staff."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Food was excellent as was the service. We really like this restaurant as a pre Jubilee location for dinner."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Niko's is a great restaurant in Kensington. It's a small restaurant with a cozy ambiance. Great service, lots of staff to keep the flow going. The menu has authentic Italian foods; portions are generous and leaves you for wanting more ;-)!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Best italian food in Calgary in my opinion. This place is the only one i go to, to savor tasty and delicious italian meals"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our Saturday night dinner at Niko's! We took a chance on a place unknown to us and our friends and were pleasantly surprised from the moment we walked in the door. All of the staff were very friendly and accommodating and our meals were very tasty. It is a nice intimate atmosphere and made for a very enjoyable evening out. The bruschetta was a great starter - highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Order the bruschetta - I have never had better! The meal was outstanding."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "On a cold winter night Italian food hits the spot. Niko's Bistro lives up to this expectation with delicious pastas and well seasoned entrees. Nice selection of wines by the glass -- we tried two reds which were both satisfying. Ambience is comfortable and the noise level is acceptable, better than many other restaurants. This might well become our new "go to" place for Italian."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Enjoy our dinner on Sunday, December 29. Delicious food, great service, welcoming owner and on the whole would go again"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Loved this restaurant. The food was excellent, service wonderful, and loved the small venue. The cost was reasonable and we had a great time. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I have a great night every time I come here. Thank you Niko and staff for always making it special!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Great for a date night. Small area so it was rather quite, easy to talk and it felt so private. Also the food came SO fast! Loved it, very friendly and not pushy"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Niko's is the best restaurant in Kensington- Niko himself will come by to see if everything is ok- the man believes in customer service & takes this seriously. Always a pleasure to support a local restaurant."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Niko is a gracious host and so welcoming to all guests. Food is consistently awesome."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Brought my sister and husband from Vancouver and also my son from Toronto. Everyone enjoyed their meal and service. The waiter was quite funny and niko the owner came around a couple times checking on us. I have been to Vancouver restaurants with my sister and her family and always hesitant to pick the perfect restaurant in Calgary , they were very impressed and happy to know that Calgary has restaurants to compete with."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "The food is amazing. Have the Calamari . The best I have ever had.. Tender with a slight spicy kick. Not deep fried which is a plus for those who can not have deep fried items. The restaurant is very small, very few tables. But this adds to the experience. The owner is always present making sure your experience is a good one. The only disappointed is that the coffee is very weak. Which is surprising being an European restaurant."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Had a nice dinner for 5 people. Good service and good food. Limited wine list. Good value for money."
    Dined on 12/6/2013