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Nico

4.4
4.4
3432 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

11:30 PM


Booked 27 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 3,432 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
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. N

    Nice

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!
  2. M

    Mary

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  3. EF

    EdF8

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  4. CM

    ChristineM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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
  5. BN

    BillN

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    food was incredible but it was so noisy hard to hear each other talk. But still loved it!
  6. CG

    CherylG

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great North End option right in the mix of it all. Food was great! My daughter enjoyed her tableside pasta preparation.
  7. R

    Ruthie

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had Alex as our waiter and he was amazing. Attentive to our needs...made a few dishes special and had a wonderful personality. The food was outstanding. Lobster Fri Diavalo is like a dream come true. I had gnocchi carbonnera...tasted like candy. Love coming to this restaurant.
  8. J

    Jack

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meatball is excellent
  9. CV

    CatherineV

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Definitely will be back
  10. BC

    BCA29

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is very delicious! Only issue we had was that they don’t allow you to have the cheese wheel come to you if you’re outside or in the basement so I wish they had told us that beforehand since that’s why we came.
  11. ST

    StephT

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Italian, some of the best pasta in town!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Waited 40 minutes for our reserved table. They don’t server the special “Northends Only” parmesan pasta table side to outdoor dining - no warning when you book. Food is eh, drinks are eh. Better places a few blocks away where they honor reservation times. We also asked to speak with a manager to understand why things were taking so long, they never came.
  13. RC

    RebeccaC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I had a great dining experience at Nico’s Ristorante. Our server and the other staff were all friendly. The food was amazing — we had the burrata with prosciutto as appetizer, and it was so delicious. For entrees, we ordered the shrimp scampi, spaghetti carbonara, and the braised short ribs. Each food was so scrumptious, all made with fresh ingredients. I highly, highly recommend the braised short ribs — they were melt-in-your-mouth tender and the mashed potatoes were so creamy and smooth. Literal heaven in every bite. The next time I’m in Boston, I’ll be returning to Nico’s!
  14. AD

    AllisonD

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Inside the restaurant is nice but since it's summer, dining outside was our call. Was concerned that since we were 1/2 way down the block that the service might suffer. It didn't. Our server was attentive and our meal was tasty. The North End is a waaaay better place to dine now that al fresco is an option!
  15. R

    Rich

    Austin

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Horrible food, barely Macaroni Grill level food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tokyo

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience1
    I’ve been here many times in the past. Food is always good. Next time I won’t bother if seated in basement. Our table was next to the bathroom line. Also, I’m sure the waiter was good and seemed very professional, but our table was the unlucky one that would receive only fair service. The young man serving water and clearing was awesome. I would have ordered more food and drinks and lingered if had a better table. I just don’t think their space is comfortable. It is more fun if you have a table for 4 and eat upstairs. Also, the menu prices shown here on open table are not correct. There is nothing on the menu under $20.
  17. W

    Wheretoeat60

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    There were two disappointments that I think the restaurant should be aware of 1)The host at the front said they only had outdoor seating, despite our reservation being for standard indoor seating (because it was hot outside). However, only a few minutes after we sat down, there were multiple tables open inside that remained open for most of our meal. 2) Our pasta came out at the same time as our appetizers/made it difficult to enjoy the appetizers. Overall, we would likely avoid this chain of restaurants in the future, given the mismanagement of the reservations.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Reserved a standard table expecting inside and they didn't have availability inside and couldn't tell us when they would. Food was okay, not anything to rave about. My boyfriend's clams were very grainy and my ravioli was just okay. For the price of the food, I expected better. The servers were nice.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    We’ve dined at Nico many times for anniversary dinners. Haven’t been in a few years so decided to celebrate our anniversary there this year. Took 30 minutes to be seated for our reservation. Music was very clubby and extremely loud (headache inducing level). Service was lacking. Food was pretty good, but not as good as it used to be. Overall, the place is just not what it used to be. Sadly we will not be returning.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal. Highly recommend
  22. DL

    DuffL

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    I have eaten here quite a few times and until now have been satisfied. This time, however, made me change my mind and I doubt I will be returning. We showed up for a 8:30 patio reservation and were finally seated well after 9. Others in line had been waiting over an hour for their reservations. The hostess was rude and unapologetic. When we finally sat down, the lights they had up were broken so we had to use our phone flashlights to see the menu and could barely see our food. The food was fine, hot at least, but as we were eating, they started to put all the chairs on the tables all around us then the staff sat on a bench on the sidewalk watching us eat until we finally just decided to take the rest of the food to good. Very poor experience and what a bummer when we were looking for nice romantic night out.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Amazing service, but kinda slow.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    It took over an hour for us to receive our food after the order was placed (other tables seated well after us received their food before us as well), and the servers were not apologetic at all (only showed us the order ticket to show it was the kitchen’s fault). Additionally, one of our diners has a dairy allergy and made a special order to avoid dairy, and she was initially served a dish with a cream-based sauce (again, the ticket indicated the order was placed correctly so the issue was in the back of house).
  25. C

    Ckrink

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a wonderful restaurant and the food is fantastic. It’s a small place, but that goes with the North End ambience. I’ve never had a bad meal here!
  26. VJ

    VJack

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic! Waiter was attentive but not annoying, answered our questions about several subjects. Would gladly visit there again.
  27. DD

    DanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Great time. Would highly recommend this restaurant. Great authentic Italian food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    We made a reservation early that day and got there 15 minutes early and checked-in ...we had to wait another 30 mins to get the table. Hostess was unfriendly and unapologetic... They gave us tiny corner table between two large loud boisterous groups. Conversation was imposdible...Waiter tried rush us to order... food was amazing but overall experience sub-par. There are so many places nearby, will find different one next time!
  29. MJ

    MichaelJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience2
    Not a great spot. If you get out in the basement, it’s an awful experience.
  30. KS

    KristinaS

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nico’s is the place to be for a dinner out in Boston.
  31. j

    jasonm

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great! Pasta was cooked perfectly. Only concern my party had was the choice of music.
  32. T

    Tduf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was great. Couldn’t recommend it less.
  33. TF

    ThomasF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Hadn't been for 2 yrs due to COVID. Food wasn't as special as I remembered, venue was very loud. Waiter seemed hurried, got our order wrong on two of the four orders, two of our party had to wait an additional 10/15 minutes to get replacement dinner order.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing experience, we sat downstairs and it was the perfect environment. The waiter was a pleasure to have. He was perfectly attentive and gave great suggestions. The food came out in a timely manner and the quality of the food was spectacular. I would recommend this place to anyone.
  35. C

    Cheesehead

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We got the tableside cacio e pepe and it did Not disappoint! The cocktails were also great, lots to choose from. We'd happily return!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed with Nico’s. Have gone here since you first opened & had a DISCO ball on the first floor with music! There were about 14 of us, spent a fortune (had soup to nuts), but well worth the money for a great memory. Even upon our departure each of us was gifted with a CD (Nico’s 2). Still have and play it! Now I bring my nieces at Christmas and my boyfriend for birthdays!! Kudos for keeping it real!
  37. JR

    JenR

    New England

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Great service.
  38. NF

    NicoleF

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Had an 8:15 reservation and we were told to wait outside until our table was ready. We weren’t sat until 9pm. We made a reservation to nico for the cheese wheel and once we were sat we were told they couldn’t provide the cheese wheel table side downstairs. The party next to us was wild intoxicated yelling and stumbling into our table many times. Not a single staff member apologized for any of these situations and did nothing to help us enjoy our experience. As a former North End resident nico used to be one of my favorite spots but I was so disappointed. I will not be recommending nico any longer.
  39. S

    Seafooddiner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Loud bad music, seemed more club like than North end Italian. Lobster and porcini Ravioli excellent. Lobster Fra Diablo’s too spicy for wife to finish, I tried and love very spicy food and tasted like red peer flakes dropped in it. Spaghetti for kids was fine.
  40. BL

    BillL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. The crab gnocchi I could eat every day. Lobster fra diavolo was spectacular, and very hot. Drinks, wine. and service were superb.

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 3432 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 27 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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