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Niko's Bistro
Niko's Bistro

Niko's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nikosbistro.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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 9th anniversary here and would definitely go back again. We started out with the Bruschetta. The bread was nicely toasted but not hard, and lots of it. The Bruschetta was very fresh. Not too much oil, which is a common mistake, and the perfect amount of garlic. My wife had the veal prosciutto special and found it enjoyable. I had the chicken parmagian, and it was the best I ever had. The sauce is fantastic. We shared the Tiramisu for desert. It was not too rich and surprisingly light. I wished it had more alcohol in it though. This was a great option for people that are going to The Jubilee Auditorium for a show as we did. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed our meal!! The calamari is the best in the world. The owner and staff were a pleasure to interact with."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Went there before a show @ Jubilee - was perfect night starter. Food and ambiance amazing. Bruschetta was best found in town - very traditional."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Had a very nice evening at Niko's. Service was terrific. Food was pretty good the appetizers were delicious. Had the shrimp and eggplant. Wwe both had veal, one with persuitto and one with Marsala. The Marsala veal was breaded and a bit slimy in the sauce. The veg were cooked al dente and tasty. We just wondered why in July with all the wonderful fresh produce the veg were broccoli, carrots and celery when it would have been so good to have beans, Swiss chard or zucchini in season. Winter veg in summer, a bit of a disappointment."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had dinner for 5 before the theater. The location was great. The food was great. The service was great. Enjoyable dining experience. Recommend the bruschetta and the antipasto for sharing with a group. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, full of flavour. Food was quick and staff were attentive. Ask for two shots of espresso in the latte however, it was a little weak. First time trying it out, we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We went to Niko's for the first time and the standard of the food was excellent, service could not be faulted. I love that Niko is on the floor, available and welcoming. The only problem I have with the place is the noise level - sooo loud! We were a group of 5 and I couldn't speak with those furthest from me. I know it's the size of the room and the way the sound bounces off the walls , but it really took away from our dining experience. We will be back and give it another try, but I really don't know what can be done."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This was our first time but not our last. The food was very nice, service was outstanding and overall night very pleasing. The owner came to everyone's table throughout the night. A great touch! The food was excellent and the restaurant was just perfect inside."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great Bistro atmosphere! Not too cozy. The tables are spaced enough that you don't feel like you are having dinner with the strangers sitting next to you. We were sad that they were out of the coconut shrimp but loved the other appetizers we had. The calamari was delicious and the ceasar salad light and tasty. The rest of the meal was also tasty with generous portions. We will return soon to try other dishes we were tempted by."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Delicious food. Great before shows at the Jubilee as the servers are so attentive."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I visited Niko's Bistro with 2 other friends for lunch. This was our first time visiting Niko's. There was a lot to chose from on the menu. Each of us ordered something different, and we thought our lunch was delicious. We all agreed that we will come back for a second time. Only one down side. This comment address to most of the restaurants in Calgary. We ordered iced tea as our beverage, and we could tell it was from a mix. Where we come from, ice tea is brewed from tea bags and then iced."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Fantastic restaurant find, great Italian food in Calgary, the nights Niko is there cooking and visiting tables it goes from a great restaurant to a to one with a special touch. When not he's not there it is a dining experience with good food and less of a personal touch. I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Niko's has become our family's favourite and we have brought many friends by as well. The food, ambiance and service are always fantastic."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Another great meal @ Niko's , food and service top notch I'm addicted to the Calamari"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The restaurant was easy to find in Kensington Road. Parking was not much of a problem in the evening. Our table was reserved and we were promptly welcomed by the staff and seated. The wine list was decent. Don't expect to find your favorite wine though. The menu selection included a bit of everything. All very appetizing. We ordered octopus salad for starters and it was well balanced with lettuce, tomates, and of course octopus. It was tender, although it felt a bit crunchy as it still had sand (not sure if it properly washed). My main dish was the cod. Although the tomate sauce was very flavourful, the cod was not quite fresh. Desert was great. I had a fabulous Grand Marniere Banana for dessert. Good place for a casual dinner."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great experience!! So glad we found this spot in Kensington, can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Attentive service and excellent food - what more can you ask for? You must try the calamari if you like spicy food. Not cheap but good value for the money. Note that we did make reservations since we understood that it was not a large place. We will be back to sample some of the other dishes."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great service from the two Ivana's , food was fab as always"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious and the service was fabulous."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed a very nice birthday dinner with family at Niko's. The food and service were both very good and although it isn't the quietest, mainly due to it's size, it was still very enjoyable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Niko's to family and friends."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Great pappardelle. Service was friendly. Appreciate the changing menu. Restaurant has a cosy friendly feeling. Easy to chat and enjoy theffod."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This restaurant is small,and not elaborate . However It's so clean, the food and service are both some of the best I have had anywhere in the city of Calgary. This is a busy location ,reservations are needed. The price is medium to a little higher. We have never been disappointed. Niko's is a great little secret. We will see you there. !!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "What a great spot we had a great night thanks to Niko's. Great food even better service and they love kids. I'm coming back!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food was of mediocre quality and very overpriced. $ small coconut shrimps for $12!!! The pasta dishes were better than the Fish entrée. We live in the neighbourhood and have always walked by but never dined there and will be walking by from now on."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The best Calamari in town by far!! Nicko's Calamari is rock star - my favorite best in town a must have me on every visit. Great food great service"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Enjoyable night with great food and great service. Always a pleasure to dine here."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A nice variety on the menu, we enjoyed appetizers, salads, entrees, deserts, and wine. My group agreed the food was delicious! We will definitely return! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was a great find in Kensington. Great service and delicious food. The owner Niko visited our table often to make sure we had a super dinner with our friends from Peru, one of which has never been to Canada before. I asked for Veal Limone which wasn't on the menu and they accommodated me. And it did not disappoint. The Veal was so tender. We were recommended a great Italian wine that was not expensive and so a most enjoyable night was had by all. Loved the Lemoncillo that Niko brought out at the end of the meal!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I would recommend this place to anyone that love Italian. This is a great family run restaurant that has great food for the price "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "If you are a foodie snob who needs a modern twist on everything, this is not for you. If you appreciate authenticity, character, and an intimate dining experience, I definitely recommend Niko's. Quaint spots like this are rare in Calgary; Niko's reminds me of little gems in Manhattan that are not pretentious and overbearing in their service and presentation. Food, wine, and service were perfect. Definitely recommend to anyone who gets what small family owned restaurants are all about. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We had the calamari that were very good though I would had liked to have them warmer. The coconut shrimps were regular sized and very tasty, not greasy at all.The Sicilian salad was nice but they announce artichokes and there is not more than one for sure, just little bits of it. The chocolate mousse was tasty and light. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Disappointed we had to have an early 5:45 reservation but so glad we took it. Restaurant busy even then with bustling but friendly atmosphere. The team very much seemed to work together and the product - food, drink, service - was excellent. Will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We arrived on a Saturday at 5:30pm and the place was packed! Usually this is a good thing but it was so loud we had to yell to hear each other. Our server was not very friendly and wasn't very pleased to help us accomodate any food intolerances, however the owner/manager was fantastic and friendly. Our food took over 45 minutes from the time we ordered....which we expected because the place was so busy. Overall it was okay, and the prices were reasonable. I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic date but could be a fun place with a group of friends."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "came for so s 25 birthday dinner. initial service adequate re seating and menu, appetizer of calamAri was stone cold. didnt know was supposed to be hot til we saw steaming plates go to other tables. at least 20 min til order taken. no bread served as orderd with pasta. at least another 20 min with plates done no service. every time needed something had to wave at waiter while he tended to other people.. no desert menus til we asked then no order takenfor 20 more min... which even though was a birthday due to bad service we declined. also soggy bread arrived after plates empty of pasta. we were very disappointed and will not recommend for food but especially for very poor service. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Niko and his team always deliver. Happy to accommodate custom orders. The calamari is the best in town in my opinion"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I called ahead to let them know it was my friends birthday. They said they would bring her out a cake with sparklers and sing!! She was really surprised and the food was incredible! "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I took a friend here for their Birthday supper. I was very excited as my first experience here was so good. This time the experience was lacking. The staff seemed a bit unorganized and it wasn't overly busy. We really couldn't tell who our server was as at various times we had several stop by and ask us the same thing. We got asked by one waiter after we had already paid the bill if we wanted to have dessert. They just didn't seem very attentive, not sure if this was because it was the easter monday. I was somewhat dissapointed as it didn't match my expectations from the first time and I really wanted it to be a special birthday treat for my friend. The food was still very tasty, but the service definitely wasn't anything special. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant after reading positive reviews. I noticed numerous tables receiving attentive service and food being delivered in a timely manner. These diners seemed to be known to the staff. Unfortunately it was our first and last visit. I arrived after the rest of my party and everyone had drinks but our waiter never asked for my drink order. He came by to tell us about the family style dinner and one nightly special. I had to prompt him to take our appetizer order. We had received the appetizers and consumed them before he came back to take our entree order. After entrees were consumed we neither received the bill or an offer for dessert. Poor service and only fair food is not a good combination."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Small intimate restaurant specializing in all things Italian. Good portion sizes of tasty food. The Tiramisu was excellent. Only negative - tables are close together and not private."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "An excellent experience. The smaller venue has an innate Italian feel, like being part of a larger family all gathered to enjoy a great meal and some wine. With no dedicated server, you're encouraged to enjoy your meal and not be rushed through your courses. The food was prepared to perfection - having a chicken entree myself, the chicken was a decent portion and very tender, liberally settled in the sauce and accompanied by delicious pasta. I have previously recommended Niko's to friends, family, and anyone looking for a nice romantic venue, or a delicious meal in a comforting setting. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014