Nico

4.6
2676 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner Served Daily
Sunday - Thursday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00am
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(617) 742-0404
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Salvatore Firicano.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
MBTA Blue Line

Aquarium, Government Center

MBTA Orange Line

Haymarket Station
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Entertainment
Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

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

Reviews from verified diners
2,676 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
71%
Very Good
21%
Good
5%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Newest
Filters
JC
5.0Dined 21 hours ago

Had the spaghetti and meatball. A basic choice, but very flavorful, delicious, and filling. Servers were efficient and attentive.

Report
Helpful
M
4.0Dined 2 days ago

Small place, food was great and of good quality. Especially love the gnocchi and the veal chop!

Report
Helpful
OT
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was incredible. Veal chop stuffed and scallops. Pure heaven.

Report
Helpful
OT
4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was a nice dinner overall! We got the lobster crepe and lobster ravioli, and while the ravioli portion was small as usual, the crepe was amazing. You could taste the lobster so well. Nice cozy place but pretty small, so be sure to make a reservation for weekends!

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Birthday dinner. Amazing food. A must try!

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful!

Report
Helpful
OT
4.0Dined 7 days ago

Great food and service cant wait to come back!

Report
Helpful
GF
4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food was excellent and the service as well. The only complaint I have is that we were not seated until over 45min after our reservation time. That was they only thing from being 5 out of 5

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Unreal food. Great service. One of the best chicken parms I’ve ever had.

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great dinner, great location.

Report
Helpful
T
4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Food was pretty good, the amount of food given was pretty large. Tables are a little small.

Report
Helpful
JH
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

While visiting Boston for the day and for an evening concert at the Garden, Nico was a reasonable walk (10 minutes) from the Garden and very easy to find. We had a reservation, were seated immediately upon our arrival and loved the open air environment. Our waitstaff were very personable, responsive and pleasant. Our food was quick to arrive and excellent in both presentation and quality, and was very reasonably priced for the portions that were provided. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Nico and would absolutely plan to go there again next time we are in the city.

Report
Helpful
R
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Outstanding meal at Nico, from the Meatball appetizer to the various pasta and meat dishes for our main course, everyone raved about the food. Appetizers were a little slow coming out, but otherwise exceptional service and will definitely be back as there were about 5 or 6 other items on the menu I want to try!

Report
Helpful
DC
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

My wife and I have been to Nico quite a few times: It is always very good.

Report
Helpful
R
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Dinner here was fantastic. Our server was very attentive and knowledgable. We had the meatball (polpetta) as an appetizer - one of the best, and biggest I've ever had. You can also get this with spaghetti as an entree. I also highly recommend the Rigatoni Alla Sal. The shrimp and scallops could not have been cooked more perfectly. I hope to find myself back in Boston and at this restaurant soon! There are so many more dishes to try. I also found the prices to be very reasonable for what it is.

Report
Helpful
CA
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

From the service to the wine to the pasta to the burrata salad, our evening was spectacular.

Report
Helpful
JP
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We had a party of nine and the service was excellent. Food was amazing from the veal chop to the swordfish to the ravioli. All around great night

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Outstanding food!! Service was wonderful. The only downfall was the heat. It was so very hot and uncomfortable. But the food and service made up for the heat!

Report
Helpful
EE
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Had a lovely dinner here. Gluten free pasta options available. If they have the Burrata with prosciutto as an appetizer when you go, GET IT. And their Alfredo sauce is divine. 5/5

Report
Helpful
TV
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Good choice for our July 4th meal. The North End was unusually quiet and NICO's was a great choice

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Great dinner. I enjoyed Luciano prepared for us. The Hostess with the most was amazing as well. Thank you for the great suggestion on the cannolis. Can wait to see you guys soon for dinner.

Ciao

Andrea

Report
Helpful
D
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The food was quite good but perhaps overpriced. One bottle of wine, two appetizers, five pasta entrees, and three desserts, $285 including tip.

Report
Helpful
LW
1.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Nicos lost their air conditioners two days before we dined there. It was the hottest day of the year when we were there. Our table was in the basement. We tried to hang in there but it was so hot it was stifling. We watched as five different parties with reservations walked out due to the heat. We should have done the same. They finally offered to set us up at the bar. The food was outstanding but it was so hot you couldnt enjoy it.
I would go there again but not during the summer after our experience.

Report
Helpful
OT
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food quality is always good. However, the service has become under-expectation during the past couple visits. It takes quite a while for us to check in. Sometimes, the staff just keeps trying to ask us leave. Today there’s no air-conditioning. We were just sweating all the time.

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Awesome food. Great service.

Report
Helpful
GM
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We arrived for our dinner reservation and were seated on time. Our waiter was prompt and very good with suggestions. The food came in large portions and was very good.

Report
Helpful
DO
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent food and service. The meatball appetizer is a must.

Report
Helpful
f
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food was fabulous. I got the Cioppino and it was more than I imagined. It was very tasty and the perfect amount of spicy. Lots of seafood and a huge half lobster tail. Plenty for leftovers. I would definitely go again and would order this meal again. DELISH!

Our waiter was very nice. Cocktails were good. Although, they do not have a full bar. Aperol Spritz was great.

Report
Helpful
l
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Awesome date place

Report
Helpful
J
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Fantastic experience, table was ready for our reservation (even tho there was a long wait outside ) and our server was a very nice gentleman who helped us pick out a nice bottle of wine to go with our dinners

Report
Helpful
SM
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great restaurant overall. Waiter was solid, fresh pasta! Meatballs were amazing.

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

One of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been too. The service and food was phenomenal. Will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
JC
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The staff and food was amazing!!! Best night/meal/experience ever. Thank you for making my kids birthdays great💕

Report
Helpful
OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Always a great meal at Nico. Our favorite is the lobster crepe. We go often and always have had outstanding service and food.

Report
Helpful
SR
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food was very good! Service was equally great! Can't wait for the next time we are in Boston to go back.

Report
Helpful
v
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We had a very enjoyable meal here. Generous servings, a more expensive than some Northend restaurants but worth it. Very small place. We were in the basement dinning room which was quieter than upstairs. Waiter was fun and attentive.

Report
Helpful
BB
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This is our second trip back to Nico’s for the meatballs! They are the best. Service was wonderful too! Love the atmosphere. Upstairs is much nicer but we didn’t want to wait. We will return!!

Report
Helpful
EJ
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Much smaller than i expected so if you're looking for an intimate, nice restaurant for a special occasion this is it; not if you're looking for a fun big restaurant. Food was delicious! The wine was amazing, I would definitely recommend this spot

Report
Helpful
BS
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Sat at the bar and had a wonderful dinner. Stuffed veal chop and the meatball were outstanding.

Report
Helpful
B
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Excellent food and fun atmosphere - great option before an event at the garden. Portions are large especially the meatball! Service ok but waiter arrogant and slow to take orders .

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
67