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Nico, Boston, MA
Nico, Boston, MA
Nico, Boston, MA
Nico, Boston, MA
Nico, Boston, MA

Nico

4.6
4.6
3745 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 3,745 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

3,745 Reviews
  1. MichaelM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    We had heard great things about Nicos the food was in fact AMAZING and the staff were excellent from the moment we walked I. The door. However it was beyond EXTREMELY loud. The noise level was off the charts we had to literally yell at each other if we wanted to say something we could not hear our waitress had to keep asking her to repeat herself and the table of drunk girls at the table next to us were having extreamly inappropriate conversations for a dining room full of people. Again the staff and. The foods were AWSOME but something needs to be done about the noise level in there.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic dinner there tonight celebrating a milestone birthday. Robbie and the rest of the staff were just awesome. The food was just incredible. We will definitely be going back.

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  3. uscwest

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food. My wife loves Gnocchi and ordered the Baked Gnoccetti, consisting of Semolina Gnocchi, creamy tomato sauce, mozzarella and roasted tomatoes. She declared it delicious. I ordered the Rigatoni Di Nico, freshly made rigatoni, which I think is right up there with the best rigatoni I have ever eaten, shrimp, scallops, peas and mushrooms, in a Truffle Cream Sauce. Both portions were more than adequate. We also got to watch them prepare several servings of Tableside Cascio e Pepe, which looked absolutely delicious. They only have a limited liquor license, so we both enjoyed a wonderful Montepulciano wine. If we're ever back in Boston we'll have to give that Cacio e Pepe a try.

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  4. MorganM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was absolutely delicious! We will definitely be back!

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  5. RebeccaN

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were delicious! Service was great too!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    You can only get the table side cacio e pepe if you sit upstairs.

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  7. RMT16

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great night out with friends in the North End! Dinner and service were great!

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  8. KenG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We reserved table for 6 people and when we arrived they have had 6 people sit around two table , tables are good for two people we could not even fit our drinks and dinner plates and place was too loud, tables were so close can not even pass thru them it is not good put so many small tables to fit more customers mainly we were squeezed , but food was good , service was fine .

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'll get right to it. I ordered the tableside Cacio e Pepe and it was incredible. Best pasta I've ever had. Best food I've ever had.

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  10. DavidF

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Salmon piccata and meatball parmigiana were superb. Our server was fantastic! Highly recommend. Prefer sitting on main floor.

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  11. kvnb

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    They sat us 20 minutes late for our reservation. Food was average for the North End. We've had much better. Service was good, but they added a tip to the bill for a table of 4 without telling me. I was lucky to catch it. I've never seen a restaurant do that for a party of 4 and I find it sleazy. When we were done with meals, we were not offered dessert and servers and waiting guests were giving us the stink-eye trying to get us to leave. They have a strict 90 minute table requirement. They sat us 20 minutes late and we were there for just over an hour. I won't be back.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place all around! Our waiter Ermal and the whole staff was awesome and food was phenomenal.

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  13. Mary

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I have been to Nico several times but now I will not go back. The past few visits have been mediocre in terms of food. But this past Saturday brunch was terrible-I hope they learn patrons don’t appreciate the music cranked to the highest decibels. The music was so loud I may have some hearing loss. We moved to the basement where it was quieter and clearly where the service was poor. Our party of 4 was served flat champagne, the food was flavorless and cold. The pancakes were hard! The service was horrible and the noise was unacceptable.

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  14. RDubs

    Miami

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here is absolutely amazing, however the wine and drinks are overpriced (even for boston). Additionally, the restaurant closes at 11pm, however at 10:30pm on a Friday night, we were being obviously rushed out and were still finishing our entrees. No one was rude, but it was quite clear they wanted us out. I’ll go back because the food is soooo good, but they should really work on their service as this is the second time I’ve had this experience here (and I’ve only been twice).

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice and intimate date night spot. Favorite items: Rose Berry Sangria (Valentines special), La Romana and Lobster Ravioli, unfortunately we never save room for dessert.

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  16. DavidB

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, Drinks, Wine & Service were Excellent!!! This was the second time within a month my wife and I came to Nico

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  17. michaelc

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. Our go to pre-game Bruins dinner venue. My fave in the North End

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  18. GaryG

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an awesome restaurant with great food and service!

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  19. JeanetteC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was outstanding! Cacio e pepe tableside was phenomenal and other food we ordered was great also. Ambience is good, but a little bright. Tables are close and we unfortunately ended up next to some loud giggly younger women and it definitely ruined the vibe. That's out of restaurant's control though.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, but too loud for no reason. My voice got hoarse shouting to talk loud enough to hear each other at a 2-person table.

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  21. KatherineC

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nico was great, we love that place! We will def be back

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  22. PatriciaP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The background music was loud and more for a bar/club atmosphere in stead of a dinning experience. There were water droplets in my wine glass and the waiter poured wine into the glass before I had a chance to request a dry wine glass. Our dinners were excellent but a little skimpy with the pasta. My lobster fra diavolo was the best that I've ever had. Kudos to the chef.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food not cooked as I asked and the music was so loud I couldn’t hear my date downstairs maybe different

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, prices were reasonable, and service was very good! Noise level was a bit loud for my liking, but other than that I would definitely go again!

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  25. StephanieT

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Unfortunately, we were not impressed. They sat us in the lower level. It is a basement with loud music and no ambiance and a tiny table. The bathroom is in the lower level. There is only one bathroom for the restaurant. It is unisex. People wait in line and while they are waiting they can’t help but stare at you eating. There is 90 minute time limit once you sit at the table, which is fine, except the appetizers and food came out so quickly we felt slightly frantic. The food was ok. It wasn’t as good as our local Italian restaurant. The waitstaff is excellent. We were in and out in a half hour. Not quite what we were looking for going into the North End on Saturday night. We won’t be going back and we would not recommend.

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  26. LauraF

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Arman/Eddie was fantastic, prompt, and thorough!

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  27. LaurenT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was incredible, starting with the burrata appetizer and calamari. I came for the cheese wheel pasta and it did not disappoint! I will come back and order it again!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time at Nico didn’t disappoint. We wanted to try something new in NOrth End from our regular haunts. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Space is tiny and tables are tight but that is typical in North End. The food was VERY good. We found their pasta a little lighter than most of the typical places in NorthEnd and Sauces were excellent. We shared an arugula salad , antipasta app and calamari . All were very good. The seafood pasta and porcini mushroom ravilo were both excellent . The only thing we didn’t love was their bar selection. They don’t have any top shelf liquors. “House”Vodka ? My dirty Martini showed up without olives and a lemon, in small glass and their “house “vodka was harsh. And my friends had weak cosmos. We ordered a Chianti w dinner that was nice. We left and had dessert elsewhere. All in all a good experience at Nico and we agreed we wld go back .

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and very attentive service. Highly recommend!

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  30. MarcoD

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place was very warming with great hospitality. Service outstanding. Food was incredibly delicious. Enjoyed the singing.

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  31. NancyA

    London

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nico’s has the best food in the North End. Service is exceptional - from being warmly greeted by Phil to the knowledgeable staff. Great menu, great wine list, fun experience

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  32. CheriM

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sautéed shrimp and Chilean sea bass. Lobster diavalo was amazing

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly outstanding food and wonderful atmosphere. Love the photos and enjoyed our dinner. 100% will return!

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  34. BrianB

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nico never disappoints. The food is excellent. Staff are great. Prices are getting steep, but that is pretty much par for the course in the North End at a high-end restaurant. At least the food lives up to the hype. We will definitely keep coming back.

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  35. RobertaR

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I’ve been taking my family to Nico for Christmas Eve dinner for 12 years. Last night will be our last. Our server was so absent and disorganized that we stopped asking for things we needed. One of my daughters waited over 1/2 hour for a wine glass. Also the food was not up to par. I sent 2 entrees back and server also charged us for 2 appetizers that we ordered but never received and argued with me when I asked that they be removed from my bill. I could go on and in but am deeply saddened to have to find a new spot for our family dinner on Christmas Eve

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  36. Cool

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious meal in an intimate and cozy setting. Staff were personable and efficient. A special Christmas Eve.

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  37. Paula

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's always a pleasure to dine at Nico's. The taste and quality of the food is unsurpassed. The service is truly outstanding! We also love Nico's Italian charm and ambiance.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food and service, but The music downstairs was far too loud

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  39. lorim

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The food and service were great. The atmosphere was not. We were sat by a big pole at a tiny table for two. I understand restaurants in the north end are small, but this one was small and had no ambience. The bar was too close, and the music was too loud.

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  40. KAy5

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and nice ambience. Would definitely return again

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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 4.6 stars by 3745 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 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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