Nico
Nico

Nico

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicosf.com/
  • Phone: 4153591000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday 5:30pm-Close

    Nico will be closed for one week in January and one week in July each year. The 2014 closure dates are January 21-25 and July 1-5.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Nicolas Delaroque
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: The Maple Room at Nico, is our private dining room, named for it"s table that is crafted from a solid plank of maple and sits directly beneath a large skylight. The room accommodates 7-14 people comfortably, and is nestled away from both the main dining room as well as the kitchen, creating a truly private experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lyon Street
  • Public Transit: Muni Lines: 1, 2, 3, 43.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Nico
We offer a small market driven menu that changes nightly, with wine pairings offered by the glass and half glass to accompany your meal.
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Nico reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (39)notable wine list (38)romantic (31)hot spot (14)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Perfect!
    Kleemanimal
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The entire night was a perfect execution of food, wine, and beauty. The restaurant is comfortable, the food was flawlessly executed, and the wine a wonderful course-by-course complement. And all of this worked due to a wonderful waiter to help us pull it all off. Make sure to find time to enjoy this sensational restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb presentation & taste
    ADMAC
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My first visit to Nico was a real treat. The menu is interesting and in spite of the minimalist approach to the number of dishes, I found it difficult to choose among those listed...I found I wanted to order everything, but settled on the duck for main course. Combination of breast and confit artistically presented with wonderful taste..the rhubarb foam hit the right note. The wine pairings were wonderful. Leave room for dessert...I can still taste the chocolate mousse with raspberries & meringue toasts. Watching the kitchen staff assemble the meal was fascinating and a real draw.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful evening
    MajorTom
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second time dining here and once again we were blown away by the food. This is fine dining in a neighborhood gem with some very unique presentations and preparations. The wine pairings are an added bonus. Very reasonable price point given the quality of the food and service. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfect meal start to finish
    Ingall
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The oysters were outstanding, you got 3, and they were buttery and sweet. I had the duck leg confit and breast for my main course. Most restaurant usually only get one of them perfectly cooked. At Nico both the leg and the breast were perfectly cooked and the skin on the breast was crispy and perfectly rendered. For dessert, our party of 4 had one of everything. The presentation was unique and the favors were well thought out. I had the cheese course, which had a nice collection of cheeses (3) a goat, cow, and sheep with an amazing tomato preserve. I Highly recommend this restaurant and I'll be going back
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Explorer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Nico restaurant is an absolute gem! First of all the service was outstanding! The octopus appetizer, the duck entree and grilled romaine topped with a fried egg and snails were outstanding! Great wine pairings as well. The berry dessert w/ creme fraische, a sprinkle of crunchiness and hay infused ice cream was possibly the best dessert I've ever eaten. And there have been many! We were visited by the owner/ chef three different times in a very quiet, genuine and non intrusive way asking how everything was. Fabulous of course! We couldn't be more pleased! The restaurant has great ambiance. A nice level of chatter that is perfect for having your own personal conversation. Will highly recommend Nico to my dearest friends.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost great
    PrinceOrloffVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very small but creative menu that changes daily based on what's fresh. A brilliant and well-chosen wine list. Casual yet chic setting. Terrific waitstaff (super friendly but totally professional). Romantic in a subtle way. But I feel the chef is holding back. His menu conceptions are provocative, but it seems everything is toned down and "tasteful." Don't get me wrong: you'll have an excellent meal. But the "wow" factor is missing. And Nico could "wow" because it knows how. This is an artist in his early stages, still a bit bound by "correctness." But anyone who's serious about food should go NOW. I's the beginning of a dialogue about where excellent cuisine is headed in San Francisco and whether this town can support such talent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Great Date night place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This resturant has an amazing and beautiful interior. Great for a date night. The service is impeccable and the food presentation is beautiful and flawless. But beauty does not equal great flavor. We were very disappointed with the food. Is seems that the method of cooking is not imparting much flavor into the food. The meats are rather bland and flavorless. I don't know if it is just the method of cooking or the quality of meats. My Lamb basically looked and tasted raw. It was tough to chew due to the lack of firmness of being undercooked and the amount of grizzle in it. The vegetables and fruits, like tomatoes and watermelons seemed lackluster in flavor even tho they are supposed to be at their peak of flavor this time of year (summer).
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    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great creative food.boring wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food outstanding. Service random. Wine is a disaster. Terrible selections. Would definitely come back for the food but I will bring my own wine and tolerate the mediocre service.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little gem
    GabsaacVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent and creative plates, friendly service, great tastes and combinations. Would definitely come back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sincewhenVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Expensive, nothing reasonable on the menu, but delicious.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal & Attention to Details
    SenorRex
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I don't mind paying for a good meal but I choke at spending $250/person on a meal that is made from the same ingredients & is less interesting than other fine restaurants. Nico's produces truly interesting food without gouging their customers. It is not cheap but very reasonable. My wife & I share our meals because we enjoy tasting how talented chefs create meals plates. Every thing at our table was well thought out & extremely well prepared. From bread, to wine parings everything was delicious and felt like it was part of a well planned meal. The oysters were fresh, the juices superb. Soup & salad were interesting & main plates were delicious. Also impressed at how kitchen & service people worked as a team to deliver great meal...
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality over Quantity
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    4 of us went for our first time on a Tuesday night. Menu is very short so you don't have a lot of options - but the quality of everything on the plate was top notch in terms of ingredient quality, imagination and presentation. I had chickpea fries with a great sauce that everyone jumped in on. My main course was a roasted rabbit loin that was moist in the middle and rich/crusty on the outside - just the way I wanted it and very hard to do. The wine options are longer than the menu, and they make recommendations for every dish. The wine service was great. Service staff is superb.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing -- pricey+boring
    JohnnytVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nico had received glowing write-ups from the SF Chronicle restaurant reviewer and the restaurant issue of San Francisco magazine, but disappointed our party of three (pretty experienced restaurant diners) across the board. Food wasn't bad -- just ordinary. Service wasn't unpleasant -- just sketchy, inattentive, and impersonal. Decor wasn't off-putting -- just bland and sterile. Extremely limited menu, from which we tried a total of eight dishes, none of them memorable: an odd and unsuccessful treatment of snails out of their shells with sauteed vegetables; oysters that were OK but not properly chilled; braised lamb with eggplant that was lacking any real spark of inspiration. A quite expensive venue that just doesn't deliver on any count.
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  • Fine dining
    Mary
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Menu selection unusual with each dish outstanding in presentation and flavor...fine dining at its best. Wine menu a bit expensive.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic, innovative
    twildb
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great small restaurant. Fantastic wine list repping old world. Knowledgable staff to help navigate. Fun offering: they pop a magnum of champagne every night and offer it by the glass. Best lamb I've ever eaten! It will be tough to get in there shortly. Chef is very engaged. Came out after service to chat. Welcoming, lovely, attention to detail in every aspect.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Pleasant Experience
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We loved Nico Restaurant and will go back. The hostess and our server were very friendly and professional. We all loved the food. Service was slightly slow but we did not mind since there were four of us and we had great conversations between courses. One minor complaint: we would have liked to see a more reasonably priced white sparkling wine on the list.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood French Bistro
    marsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was very well prepared, but the small menu can make for problems in finding items for picky eaters. The wine pairings were well-suited to the menu. Service was attentive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    cleoVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    1. food: the menu changes daily so the selection is limited - however it is like the best of the best and having only a set number of items per day allows each selection to be very special and flavorful. Thanks to the chef who also was willing to change one of the dishes for us to make it vegetarian. the wine pairings were excellent & really enhanced the experience. 2. really warm and great service. no attitude and very helpful. the woman who brought the bread really made the experience great. The waiter was also very good at explaining the dishes and wines which was helpful. 3. the ambiance was really warm and romantic. Love the decor and liked that it wasn't noisy. The only suggestion would be to have more comfy chairs
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Entrees not as good as bites
    Cat1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The entrees were mediocre compared to the bites, stArters, cheeses , and desserts. I would not order an entree and get 2 bites and or 2 starters next time I go
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been amazing
    MissKTVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Unfortunately, our much anticipated dining experience fell short at Nico. While I understand the chef insisting on cooking the halibut medium, that is not what we were served. One of our friends asked if it could be cooked a little more when she ordered and the server explained that the chef would not do that and that she was welcome to select from one of the 3 other entrees (duck, veal, or vegetarian) The 4 of us all ordered the halibut, one was medium as expected, the others were rare. We sent 3 back and they did cook them more thouroughly but we were surprised that they served us the original pieces of fish and delivered them to the table without any regard for who's plate belonged to whom. The entree was delicious once it was cooked!
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Smart wine pairings; slow service
    MasVino
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The menu was limited but smartly paired with impressive wines. I enjoyed the heirloom tomato starter which included watermelon (very nice) and seaweed (unusual and too fishy). We all had the halibut main which was tender and perfectly sautéed. Nico is located is a great neighborhood and the decor is very stylish. The service was slow (which was surprising because the restaurant is small with a limited number of tables). Last thing I'd add... the wine by glass was priced by the 1/2 glass for $10 and $20 for a "full glass"... so I went for the "full glass" which I expected to be an extremely healthy pour but it was hardly "full"... I almost asked if she misunderstood my order and poured me a 1/2 glass in error. Oh well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an outstanding meal
    SausalitoVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is our third visit to Nico. The first visit blew us away. The second was just not as good as the first and a disappointment. However, on my third visit, every course was really great and of course the wine pairings were fantastic. These service was friendly and good. Overall, a very positive experience. We tried the rabbit rillet, the fantastic utterly tender squid, and the lamb. Every dish was great. My only quibble was that it got so noisy that everybody was shouting. I would really like to see more sound deadening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An absolute gem!
    foodieforlife
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Impeccable food, creative, artistic execution and presentation, extremely friendly service and attention to detail. Beautiful space, clean. Overall though the creativity and tastiness of the dishes are phenomenal and will keep coming back for many more dinners here!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dancer
    dancerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The octopus and salmon were outstanding. We were helped to order a wine which we liked very much. d
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely birthday dinner
    PandaBear
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went here to celebrate my birthday. The service was excellent, with just one perceptible delay getting my cocktail (but the server was really apologetic). The food was gorgeously plated and delicious, with novel but compatible ingredients. I ordered four courses (rabbit rillette bites, squid appetizer, braised lamb loin with red spinach and Little Gem greens, and macerated berries with white chocolate foam), with a glass of Chateauneuf de Pape. Portions were FINE (don't understand what others had a problem with), and we were FULL after four courses (we did not order a cheese course). Little bit pricey ($62 apiece before gratuities). The room is comfortable, and we could still hear each other when the dining room was full at 8 pm.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Nico
    FilippoVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great place for essentially a four course dinner or more courses if you share plates. Superior food which is perfectly seasoned. Very, very noisy.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great the 2d time
    rw25VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Often restaurants don't match up to your first experience. The first time we ate at Nico's was extraordinary in all respects. Great wine parings and food that was about the best we had eaten. Tis 2d visit was at the same level. The food was exceptional. The lamb was the best I have ever had. The rabbit was perfect. The wine pairings made every dish come alive. Service was spot on. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Adventurous dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    If you are willing to trust a talented chef and have an eclectic palate this is a great place for you. if on the other hand you want the classic or more traditional French bistro you should look elsewhere. the servers were like an oiled machine each course with new cutlery, each plate taken at the proper moment. The kitchen definitely had its game face on perfectly presented and prepared courses. Would keep this on my short list of great finds .
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • felixnoops
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Nico was a treat. It was super good. A lot of fun with the food and the ambiance and everything - it was my girlfriend's birthday, fun times.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Au Revoir
    biotechqueenbee
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Send off dinner for friends. Really a french menu, loved the chef and the varied selection, not Californian! Everything was superb. Try the Lebanese wine.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!
    AWWAVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Been wanting to go here since January. Finally went and what a great SUPRISE !! Great food,great wine pairings,etc. chefe Nico came over a couple of times to check on us ,what a great guy.kitchen vibe great and you can see everything.will bring my fiends for sure next time.
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  • Great Value; exciting wine list
    TonyPVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The menu changes every day and wine recommendations are suggested for each course choice. The wine list covers a wide range of prices and styles of wines. Nico is one of the best dining options in the City.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Had a fantastic dinner here. The service was extraordinary. We had many dietary restrictions and the waitress worked with the Chef to make sure all could be met without compromising the absolutely delicious food. The Chef even came by to say hello at the end of our meal. I highly recommend this spot!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Amazing
    Whatthefoxsay
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Stunning seasonal food! The atmosphere is perfect. Can't wait to return.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be sure to have dinner afterwards
    DeipnosophistesVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Main course: 3 miscroscopic potatos with a mushroom: $23. Pretentiousness with which it is presented: priceless.
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  • Really rushed service
    wine1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Server brought the entrees within ten minutes of placing order. Hadn't even received our drink orders. Rushed service continued. Won't return
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    NameVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A night when it just about all comes together. Yellow corn soup (superb!) and the duck rillete - excellent in taste and presentation. The beet salad was superb by incorporating flavor into the beets; the English peas with goat cheese/quinoa was an excellent marriage of tastes and textures; the med rare veal was cooked to perfection - excellent taste as were the miniature vegetables. Companion thought the lamb was perfect in terms of preparation and taste. Had all 3 desserts: the summer berries were perfect; the cherry dish was OK; and the white nectarine didn't work for me because of the macaroon, but the nectarines were perfect. Loved the warm interiors: wood tables and chairs. Service by Kristy: the best I've had in a very long time.
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  • Exceptional meal
    GregLVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Can't say enough good things about our meal. Everything cooked to perfection. It was our first time there, and we will definitely be going back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Worthy of top 100
    steveVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Artistry on a plate, each dish is composed to be visually stunning which compliments the freshness, textural diversity, and taste of the ingredients. Every dish was well balanced - seasoned to enhance without masking the natural flavor of the main attraction. Loved our appetizers of tempura snap peas and oysters, and main dishes salmon and duck. Perfectly cooked, and the suggested wine pairings worked well. Don't skip dessert, the summer berries, sable and sabayon was great! Service was good, except for the mishap of getting the incorrect wine with our appetizers, otherwise attentive and courteous. Nice touch for the owner to stop by our table, and the salted caramels at the end was perfect ending to a wonderful dinner.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Elegant, sophisticated, not cheap
    eduardo7VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Nico favors elegant and brightly-flavored dishes over quantity; three courses will leave diners delighted, satisfied and not over-stuffed. The wine list is interesting... but, like the food, hardly bargain priced.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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