Nico

4.6
2861 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Nick Varano invites you to enjoy superlative and classic Italian fare in this boldly colored and romantic atmosphere. NICO’s friendly and enthusiastic staff set the bar for quality customer service. The kitchen is under the direction and expertise of celebrated Boston chef, Salvatore Firicano.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner Served Daily
Sunday - Thursday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(617) 742-0404
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Salvatore Firicano.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.
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Public transit
MBTA Blue Line

Aquarium, Government Center

MBTA Orange Line

Haymarket Station
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Entertainment
Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:45PM - 11:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 2861 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had to wait 45 minutes to be seated, without much of an apology or offer of a drink. It was freezing cold out and no place to wait inside the restaurant. They do not honor the timing of reservations, so DO NOT COME on the weekends! The food was okay, but overpriced for what we had.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!! Thank you James for the special service ☺️

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LC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and wine were unrivaled. We had a great table next to the window overlooking lively street. Totally recommend Nico's to visitors coming to Boston!

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LM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! I just wish we had time to eat at Nico another night before our trip home. We will definitely be back!

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AL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very delicious and very authentic. Our host also worked to get us this amazing two person table in front of the window secluded from the rest of the tables. It made for a really memorable evening!

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RA
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was well worth it. Started out with scallop appetizer and calamari. Both were best ever. Our party had a wide variety of entrees which were fantastic and portions were very generous. Took home most of it. The meatball was so good and smooth that only needed a fork. All dishes were top of the line.

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G
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter James was outstanding! His choice of wine to accompany our dinners was perfect.

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BM
New England
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tyler always picks out the right wine and does a great job taking care of us

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r
New England
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal and service. Never disappointed,

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nico offers authentic Italian dishes that are simply delicious.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great but there was very little seating even though we had reservations.

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best chicken parm I’ve ever had! Wine was great, too!

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T
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere and cozy seating. Food and service was excellent!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Found a table for use immediately in a busy restaurant. The waiter (Eddie) was great, engaging with great suggestions. Apps and main course were tasty. Nothing but good things to say.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was nice

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JT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time to Nico. Great place. A little tight but welcoming. Food was outstanding. Waiter was great. Hostess had a negative disposition. Had a 7 o’clock reservation. Called from airport that our flight would be delayed and they were accommodating to put us at 8. We did arrive at 7:15 but were apparently last of all the 8 o’clocks and were not seated until 8:30. We left restaurant at 9:45. It was a long evening after work and flights!

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K
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent and very reminiscent of the food we had in Italy, though it needed a touch of salt. Nice ambience and a charming waiter as well. Prices are standard for the North End. Would recommend.

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OT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely north end restaurant with authentic Italian food. The specials were excellent.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Restaurant was very busy and loud but evening was still enjoyable. We had the calamari appetizer and the vongole. Delicious!

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g
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful food. Make reservation ..cozy and small..
reservations. ask to be upstairs. be prepared to wait for table but worth the wait

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BJ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! When is Boston I try to get to Nico. The restaurant is small so we were waiting quite a while beyond our reservation time. To be fair we were a few minutes late. Overall I give Nico excellent marks for food and service. Our waiter was attentive and the hostess apologized several times. I highly recommend eating at Nico. When the restaurants around Nico have open tables and Nico’s is packed it should tell you something.

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BM
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tyler did an awesome job making a normal night out feel like a special occasion

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food is quite good, but the portions are insanely huge. Seriously, a meatball that is about 4 inches in diameter as an appetizer?! I ordered one appetizer-sized dish and was full after consuming 1/2 of it. My husband loved his clam/mussel app followed by a pasta dish, but he couldn't finish his either, and he's a "clean plate club" kind of guy. For their part, they were complete apologetic about the mountain of food. I'm not going back.

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RR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food! Limited bar with only beer, wine, and cordials, so if you're looking for a stronger drink, have it after your amazing meal! Cozy and intimate setting. Definitely will come back here next time in the area.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a blast we had celebrating our one year anniversary here last week!! The food was absolutely phenomenal because of how flavorful it was— from the spicy mussels and clams and pesto app to the scallops and veal we had for dinner. So much better than I remembered from our first date two years ago. We passed over the two window tables and were thrilled to cram into the table near the stairs where we shared our first meal ever together. The music and rose on the table as well as the red walls and gray service led to a wonderful ambiance! Highly recommend.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptional service and wonderful food! A bit cozy setting.

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J
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice small restaurant in North Boston. Very good food and great service.

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JW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is absolutely amazing, food is stellar. GREAT North End find.

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W
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico always delivers impeccable service paired with delicious food and wine every time I visit. It's one of the few places in Boston I can count on deliver a great experience and is one of my go-to place to bring guests.

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BH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife, son and son's girlfriend had dinner prior to a Bruins game. We arrived earlier than our son and were able to sit at the bar and enjoy the ambiance of the surroundings before our son arrived and we were seated at a table.
Our waiter had the friendliest demeanor - extremely helpful on food selections and continually expressed to us to take our time - never felt rushed or ignored.
We will be back.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went there for a birthday celebration. The service once we were seated was fantastic and the food and wine were great as well. It’s clearly a very popular place and was bursting at the seams at 9pm on Friday night. The only star docked is because we were seated 30 mins late at our table and there was hardly any standing room in the very crowded restaurant. But great food, wine and table service.

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been going to Nicos for years! We finally got a chance to get back after our second child-which has been about 3 years. It was just as we remembered and can't wait to go back again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is serious but they are very attentive and the service is excellent.

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DR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and wine. Cannot wait to go back during a future visit to Boston.

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Meatballs, kid

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LF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very small restaurant and we were a big party so we took over the dining room. Would not go there with more than 4 people next time.

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RV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal- my second time at the restaurant. Would love to see some salmon on the menu or other non-shellfish option. The sea bass sounds great but too pricey! Settled for veggie eggplant parmigiana both visits which was excellent. Friends had the lobster crepes-outstanding!

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice North End restaurant. Nice food; quiet atmosphere. Friendly neighborhood feel.

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JP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

delicious homemade pastas and fresh fish...seated right away with our reservation and service was attentive and fast and friendly.

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R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is delicious, we enjoyed every bite! Our waiter was awesome, being in the basement was weird, but we actually liked it!
Loved this place, when we come back to Boston we will be there again!

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