Niko's Bistro
Niko's Bistro

Niko's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nikosbistro.ca/
  • Phone: 4032700082
  • 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: Contemporary Italian, 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Niko's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (63)special occasion (36)fit for foodies (35)romantic (27)great for lunch (21)good for groups (17)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • One of our Favs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Quaint little bistro and we have never been disappointed with the food and the service is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great night
    SheppieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food was great, atmosphere was good and service awesome. Looking forward to the next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is our family's favorite for upscale casual dining. The food is always freshly prepared and delicious. Niko will make any changes necessary to accommodate special diets. It is a very friendly atmosphere and to top it off, the prices are very reasonable. We are never disappointed and return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    Beth
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nice dinner, quaint place. Love the owner he's terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    4evereternity
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant is always good. The food is excellent the staff was so friendly and helpful. We'll definitely be heading back there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pasta - poor service
    allyouneedisfood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went here on a Friday night around 7:30 for a dinner date with my fiancé. When we arrived they gave us a table that was practically in the entrance doorway and surrounded by tables of 4 or more. I requested a table in the back corner away from the door and quieter. The waitress wasn't pleased with the request and made it known with expression and attitude. It was confusing knowing who was our server as we had different people take our drink, appetizer, and entree orders - none of whom did so with a hint of a smile. I ordered the Penne con Vodka which was delicious. My fiancé got the chicken parmigiana which was bland but cooked well. We felt like they were rushing us to get out of the restaurant - just overall felt unwanted as a patron.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Gem
    DineAlot
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We selected this restaurant because the reviews were good and when we read the owner was from Croatia we had to try the food as we had just returned from a holiday in his hometown. The food was wonderful, the services was great, and we were quite surprised at the prices as they are very reasonable when you compare them to other restaurants in the city.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service suffered - food was great
    TrnrmomVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A family run operation, ppparently. Went on reco of BnB. Food was good but descriptions a bit off - wine sauce came out with cream added and I'm lactose intolerant. My fault for not enquiring mire deeply. Food was good - pasta with chicken (although a bit light on the chicken) and pasta dii mare which was a bit on the spicy side. Service was very slow likely due to a birthday party taking up a large table - that's the reason foe knocking off a stat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food - Thanks Niko
    food4friends
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Reservation process was easy - great service - wonderful food - and Niko greeted us personally and even bought our table a round of Grappa in celebration of the 2 birthdays at our table. Thanks Niko! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet meeting place
    SpyderGeer
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had a meeting over lunch. Niko's was a busy place with many regular guests who know the manager/owner. The staff was very accomadating. The food was great. Was there for an hour and 45 minutes with no issued. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    dkmacdonaldVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, great service and always full of regulars
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pieces of metal found in meal
    2plus2
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We recently had my parents over from Australia and decided to take them out for dinner. We were having a nice evening until my Dad found a piece of metal in his meal. When we brought it to the attention of the server he said he would inform the chef. The server did not return to our table and my dad was left to eat the meal or have nothing. About 15 mins later another server briefly apologised when clearing the table. I was very embarrassed about taking my parents to a restaurant with such poor service and food standard. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Annaladiva
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had been to Nikos when it first opened several years ago and thought it was a great little gem of a place. Since then I've been back twice and the food remained quite good although the service has never been stellar. My last visit - Saturday Aug 31 2014 however was rife with disappointment. The apps came out luke warm and had either been sitting under warming lights much too long or had been pre-made and re heated. The mains - we chose pasta dishes we brutal. I a mean brutal! The consistency of the pasta was like a reheat and the sauces must have come right out of a can. This meal cost me 200.00 with a bottle of wine and to say I feel I was robbed would be an understatement. I'll never go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    Den25
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I had a great evening at Niko's. The food and service were impressive. I definetely will have to get the calamari again because it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same
    Cardz
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nikos has always been obe of favorite restaurants in Calgary. We were very disappointed with our meals. Our server was not friendly. We hope we just came on an off night. Has it changed hands recently?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Niko's AAA+
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have eaten here since it first opened in 2007. It is our favorite restaurant in Calgary. We try to make it here at least 1 month to remind ourselves what good food tastes like .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    mojo68
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our visit to Nikos
    Patrickerisk
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We greatly enjoyed our meal!! The calamari is the best in the world. The owner and staff were a pleasure to interact with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little gem...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Went there before a show @ Jubilee - was perfect night starter. Food and ambiance amazing. Bruschetta was best found in town - very traditional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    NEfoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • simply enjoyable
    yycfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit, seriously
    WandKMK
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Jerkar
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a find
    SheppieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stefcia42
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Delicious food. Great before shows at the Jubilee as the servers are so attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit - Worth a Second Visit
    shewhaa
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant - Niko's
    EatItalian
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Meal
    Dano
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nevers dissapoints
    dkmacdonaldVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Another great meal @ Niko's , food and service top notch I'm addicted to the Calamari
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good variety, decent value/money
    palante
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!
    Mklass
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great experience!! So glad we found this spot in Kensington, can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    AlienTeacher
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ivana x 2
    dkmacdonaldVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great service from the two Ivana's , food was fab as always
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious and the service was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 111 reviews are from the Niko's Bistro reviews archive.
  • Good for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Great pappardelle. Service was friendly. Appreciate the changing menu. Restaurant has a cosy friendly feeling. Easy to chat and enjoy theffod.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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. !!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome (benvenuto)
    BistroJ
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate