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Nico

4.4
4.4
3463 Reviews
$30 and under
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, Farouk Bazoune.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 742-0404

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Farouk Bazoune

  • Private party contact

    Fruittie: (617) 737-0290

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    MBTA Blue Line<br /><br />Aquarium, Government Center<br /><br />MBTA Orange Line<br /><br />Haymarket Station

  • Entertainment

    Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 3,463 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. T

    0ut0fTown

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was pretty average for North End, definitely not bad but not the best. The tableside caccio e pepe was fun to watch but needed a bit of salt to really bring out the flavor, fell a bit bland.
  2. KG

    KeliG

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Always a reliably good meal at Nico. One of our favorite spots. Food & service were good, staff was accommodating & efficient, but not really engaged. We'll be back.
  3. MB

    MBRV

    San Diego

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Accommodating great service, delicious as always!
  4. NS

    NSspender

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Table for four business meeting by the open front window. Server attentive. Drinks/wine list good. Food menu - good selection of varied Italian dishes. Portions good. Timely service. Busy main floor. Only one bathroom in basement. Overall very good. Just nothing fantastic. Would go back.
  5. JS

    JasonS

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    1. Seated at 8:45 for a 7:30 reservation (no apology or care) 2. No manager on premises to speak with 3. Ordered wine never showed up 4. Overcooked pasta 5. Mealy lobster (not fresh) The sauce for the lobster pasta was good as was the flavor of the other food. Bread was good. So mostly a terrible experience.
  6. RS

    RebeccaS

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff. Great service wonderful food
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Had a reservation for 7:30, got there at 7:25 and were told to wait outside for a few minutes while they got our table ready.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    to start, we wanted to table side cacio e pepe which for some reason was not served downstairs. we specifically made a reservation for that exact dish and were seated downstairs. we still ordered the dish, but it was not very flavorful. however, we got another pasta dish with brocoli & sausage which was amazing. the shrimp appetizer was also delicious. the ambiance downstairs was a little off with the tvs playing …
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together.
  10. SC

    SueConnolly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    Our bartender and waiter were down right rude. Waited 35 for a glass of wine and Diet Coke, with reminding them twice. Will not go back.
  11. SB

    ShannonB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely great place. We were offered a table inside or out and took one inside close to the open windows. We took our 2 kids (8 and 10) and had a wonderful dinner. They split the meatball and spaghetti for my kids and it was perfect, best meatball I ever tasted. Burrata and prosciutto app was so yummy. Would definitely go back again.
  12. BF

    BostonFoodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was welcoming and conducted themselves professionally but not overtly so. Perfect for this restaurant scene. Food portions were large and filling, no one felt an ounce of hunger afterwards. Personally I had the linguine shrimp and it was PERFECT. The aromas have you itching for the first bite as soon as the dish hits the table. The flavors of lemon and garlic were perfectly proportional to create quite the flavor-filled experience with each bit, and they add just the right amount of spice to not be overbearing (although if your spice tolerance is low, you may want to try any of their other excellent dishes). Overall, the atmosphere, food, and drinks were perfect!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration , great food, service and overall very excellent experience
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  15. M

    Melissa

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The restaurant itself was in a nice area. The food wasn’t the best for the price. If you eat outside you cannot have the Cacio El Pepe “tableside” as they can’t bring the wheel out to the patio, (which is clearly marked up in price for that experience compared to other pasta dishes on the menu) and they didn’t tell us this until after we ordered. At first we were disappointed but we’re still excited to have it figuring it would taste amazing. Unfortunately the actual dish itself disappointed us as well. I don’t mean to sound harsh but it tasted like buttered noodles I could have made at home, that were over cooked and mushy. My husband had the rigatoni ala vodka and that was much better. If you do eat here, I would recommend avoiding the cacio el Pepe.
  16. J

    Jazzwoman

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great place. I love that it's tiny and with open windows in the summer it's charming. Food is great; cocktails are excellent too. Maybe they don't need the ball games on the big screens though. Still, it's cool.
  17. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was great as usual. Atmosphere was relaxing and exciting since all the widows were open, street visuals and sounds. We eat at nico a couple times a year, but this last visit service was a little slow,
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got the lobster ravioli and it was phenomenal
  19. j

    jefft

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    The service was incredible. The food was good but didnt live up to the hype. The whole experience was ruined by how loud it was being put into the basement. I understand the north end is small and they make do with the space but this was a hot box that i couldnt hear my wife speaking at all across the table from me.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely go here! Great food, staff was amazing! Calamari awesome! Carbonara delish! Fusilli with broccoli rabe and sausage on point and cacio e pepe table side was sooooo good!!!!!!!
  21. TO

    TOeatorNOTtoeat

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had another amazing dinner at Nico. The food and drinks were absolutely perfect. I highly recommend the Lobster Ravioli. I've been told that the Truffle Ravioli was the best my mother ever had...and that's saying a lot. The meatball appetizer, Caprese salad and also burrata were perfect starters. I look forward to returning to Boston so we can dine there again.
  22. HD

    HeatherD

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Made 7:15 reservations on a Saturday night, wasn’t seated until 7:45. We were seated outside, about 100 steps to the left of the restaurant, on the street. Waiter warned they had no license to sell hard liquor, so choices were a set cocktail list or wine. When we ordered drinks and appetizers, waiter said the kitchen would only allow all orders at once to help keep them at pace so to speak. So we looked over the menu while we waited for our drinks, which took about 30 minutes to come out! Finally we ordered the food which was amazing! Seared Octopus and (1) Meatball (we split 4 ways) which was enough for apps. Entrees followed were delicious, the table side Parmesan wheel cooked pasta (not cooked table side in outdoor seating) linguine scampi, truffle mushroom pasta, and lobster ravioli. Brava! The only complaints we had were about the drinks, took another 30 minutes to get our second round, and ONE bathroom downstairs. So cramped waiting in a line shoved up against a wall and tables seated with patrons right next to you. Staff and patrons using one bathroom seemed almost unconstitutional! Everyone standing and waiting together to use ONE restroom!
  23. JP

    JonP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Really nice place with a super attentive and hard working staff. We were sat downstairs and there was a party of 10 sharing the room and they were having a blast, constantly clanging their glasses and having loud toasts/dialogue as if we were interrupting their private dining experience. Food was pretty good but we had expectations high from reviews and it didn’t live up to those. The carbonara was good, as was the meatball parm. I wouldn’t recommend the gnocchi tho the presentation was nice. Tough spot for kids, in the future I’d just get them butter pasta as the sauce is very peppery and to the kids it was “spicy”. Delicious gelato place right across the street tho!
  24. SP

    StephenP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was quite good and tasty. It was quite noisy. Service was pretty good. I will return.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Boyfriend and I come here once a year since we’ve been dating and always a treat. The mussels and clams app last night was the highlight of our meal, amazing. Great service, we sat outside and watched the st Anthony’s parade which was nice. Great spot! We love coming back to celebrate us and how far we’ve come
  26. DC

    DavidC

    Caribbean

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can't go wrong at Nico in the North End. Went twice in a week, rating against a dozen of the most popular places for lunch and dinner.
  27. CL

    CarolL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had never been to Nico's before but I will definitely be back! We sat outside on Hanover Street during the St. Anthony Feast. Our server, Ermal, gave us plenty of time to relax and made great suggestions for our dinner. Wwe each started with a glass of wine. My boyfriend ordered the appetizer that Ermal said was the best in the North End, a meatball served with Ricotta; called Polpetta Di Mamma Rosetta. It was $18.00 and was large enough to feed 4! Delicious!! I ordered the Salmon alla Piccata and it was the delicious too! Served over roasted potatoes and asparagus. Very reasonable at $39.00. My boyfriend has the special, called Zuppaa di pesce, which was 1/2 lobster, scallops, calamari, shrimp, muscles, garlic, served over linguini. Fabulous dinner at $53.00. We had a $50.00 gift card so the night was relatively reasonable. Parking in the North End was $45.00! Great experience.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    We were not seated for our 8:30pm reservation until 9pm and we did not receive our first cocktail until 9:30pm. The table was. On the street with fire trucks and honking cars driving by frequently. I understand this was a busy Saturday night, but really what is the point of making a reservation. Food was okay. Won’t be back…. Too many other restaurants in the North End to sample.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding!!!
  30. KW

    KariW

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was good, I’ve had better in the North End. Service was terrible. Our server was outside talking to people and on his phone the majority of the time, did not check on our food once and we sat there for a solid 20 minutes after we were done eating waiting for our check. We finally just got up from the table and went to the bar to get our check when he finally dropped it off there for us.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Food was ok. Meatball was outstanding. If they offer you to sit downstairs, don’t. You’ll be forgotten by staff and the acoustics down there are either pin drop silent or club level loud. Music selection is also very strange (see prior club comment). Won’t be going back on my own volition.
  32. JF

    JoannaF

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Rude server. The wait for food was 1.5 hours. We got the table side pasta. They didn’t cook the vodka out. But after waiting an hour and half to eat (10pm) I ate it anyway. Was very excited to go and it was total Bust.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We waited 30 minutes for our table and then 2 hours for our meal before just leaving after they told us it’d be another 30-60 minutes for our entrees.
  34. GL

    GaryL

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nico was recommended to us! We loved it! We have already recommended it to several friends and family.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Choosing a fantastic dinner place in North Boston is a daunting task. So many great places to choose from. Nico stands out as one of those outstanding locations. We loved the fact we could customize our meal selection with recommendations from the dinner team! They are amazing and work ever so hard to make your experience top notch! Thank you all for a wonderful evening.
  36. BG

    BuffGirl72

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly delicious authentic Italian with a corresponding ambiance!!!
  37. N

    Nice

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Very cute little spot and fun Italian carnival going on down the street! Highly recommend and we really enjoyed our evening!
  38. M

    Mary

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    We were seated timely but waited almost 2 hours for entree to arrive. The wine we ordered was apparently no longer in stock and they subbed a cheaper version without even telling us. When I questioned it the waiter did confess. Not what I would expect from what used to be a VERY reputable restaurant. I had guests with me form out of town and was embarrassed at my choice for the night's dinner. when did they do away with the plates and start serving in fry pans? takes away from the classic ambiance. the apps were ok in the pans but not my meal! Not impressed.
  39. EF

    EdF8

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I love this place. Food is always consistent. It’s a little tight and a little noisy but you got love the food! I always come here when I’m in Boston.
  40. CM

    ChristineM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was excellent, but guidelines like we couldn’t order appetizers until we ordered our main courses seemed random, and there were no desserts and we had difficulty carrying on a conversation

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Nico offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 742-0404.

Nico is rated 4.4 stars by 3463 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for Nico

417 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    MBTA Blue LineAquarium, Government CenterMBTA Orange LineHaymarket Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Farouk Bazoune

  • Entertainment

    Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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