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Nico

4.6
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3272 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, Farouk Bazoune.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3272 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ElizabethB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was absolutely incredible. We loved everything we ate. They were extremely busy so no one checked on us until we were done. But I would definitely go again

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Marchello
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was very nice but the beets from the salad had no taste. Not sure if it was overcooked when they we boiling them. Also, the pasta dish I had with the sauce and sausage had at least 5 big pieces of garlic in the dish which made it very salty and overpowering. I wish the menu had written that before I ordered it.

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vipArianaS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite north end restaurant! The food is always delicious and the menu is traditional Italian but with a unique spin on some of the dishes

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vipErikaS
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food!!

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vipEllenR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Solid NE spot. Food is great

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JuliaF
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible and service was great. We hit crazy traffic and were over 45 minutes late to our reservation, and the staff held our table and was extremely accomodating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food but they made us wait an hour after our reservation to be seated.

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KatieM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, & very authentic atmosphere!

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Buddy
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The menu pricing on Open Table was about $10 cheaper per item than on actual menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite spot to go before vacation. Food and Service also fantastic.

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StevenM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

B day and evening dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

30 min wait even

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vipSteveK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Made a reservation for 8:30 and had to wait over an hour before we were seated. We were told they were running 10 minutes late so we waited and waited. Ridiculous.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t get to go because reservations were an hour and a half behind schedule.

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MichaelD
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food and good service by our waiter, but we were seated over an hour late to our reservation. The restaurant was over booked and overly crowded environment with many people waiting.

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Juan
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We had a reservation for 6:30, got there in time to valet park the car and were told to go back to Strega to valet park the car (Have you ever done a U-turn in Boston's crowded North End? I had to). Then the hostess told us that they were running 15 minutes behind. We were told to go to the bar next door and wait there. At 7:10 (40 minutes later) I called to inquire about our reservation and was told "It'd be 15 more minutes." At 7:50 (again, 40 minutes later) I was told, once more "it'll be 15 minutes." At 8:20 I had no choice but to confront the hostess. We were finally seated after almost a 2-hour wait. The food was ASTOUNDING. The wait staff was overwhelmed but did their best to be friendly and our food was cooked and brought to our table quickly. Sadly, the ultra long wait without a reasonable explanation and the valet parking snafu would preclude me from recommending this place, despite the out of this world food.

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MichelleK
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food overbooked .. waited a hour with reservations

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Waiter was wonderful. Some of the best in the North End.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was good except we had to wait for 45 mins after our reservation time to get a table and ended up sitting so close to another couple we were basically at a table for 4. My boyfriend got the Fusilli with shrimp and for $29 they didn’t even take the tails off the shrimp. Food was great otherwise, would go back

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vipHiro
Acapulco
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

小さなお店ですが料理、雰囲気、サービス全て満足です。

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had an 8:15 reservation and waited until 8:45 ended up leaving for another place nearby

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great, the table next to us was very loud but the server was amazing and kept apologizing, we understood it was out of their control. The hostess was slightly rude when we got there is the only complaint.

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KatieG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were quickly seated at Nico. Service was great and the food was amazing. The price is reasonable for the value/quality of the meal. I would recommend to others checking out great Italian in the North End!

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PeterF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We started with the grilled pear salad and spinach rollatini which were brought together so the rolatini was cold after the salad was eaten. However, both were very good. The prime sirloin with red wine reduction was literally smothered under a sauce that was more akin to a bland gravy than any reduction I've ever seen. The accompanying vegetables were pedestrian. A poor end after a promising start.

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vipSteveK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are consistently fantastic.
I surprised my wife with dinner here and everything exceeded our expectations.

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viplisalisa113
New England
38 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Table was in lower floor and next to kitchen only separated by a curtain. Did not love this table location - my only complaint. The food and service made up for this and I will go back!

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vipcoupleouttodinner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a great staple place in the North End. I have eaten here several times and am always pleased.

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vipDaniel
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosato was awesome! Food was amazing as always.

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Kath
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was absolutely delicious! We ordered the chicken Marsala and chicken parm, portions were large for the price and very, very good. We ordered the antipasto board, which came out on a plain small dinner plate, so the presentation was a bit disappointing. Unfortunately we were seated next to the bathroom in the basement when there were other tables available and we had made a reservation, so the ambiance was not ideal. Overall, a great culinary experience. Next time, would recommend asking to be seated upstairs.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My boyfriend and I are typically picky with what italian place we should go to because most places taste the same and some are more pricy than others in the North End. We have never tried this out and we did not see the best reviews online but, once we received our food it was amazing! The tables are very close together and it gets pretty loud in there as well. If you are looking for a quiet place to go to and not get disturbed by other people this probably is not the best place to go to.

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PH2020
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time ever going to Nico and it will not be my last. I always get nervous that NYE means that the restaurants aren't bringing their A game. Nico sure did. Server was great and attentive even though we were probably his loudest/obnoxious table. Every single thing we ordered was amazing. Calamari, meatball, arancini, eggplant, chicken parm.. you name it and they nailed it.

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LizzieS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wanted to give it 5 stars, but made a reservation for 6:30 and didn't get seated until 7. Otherwise, place is very intimate with tables close together. Was perfect for a date. Food is AMAZING. I got the mushroom truffle ravioli and my boyfriend got the special, lobster risoto. We split the shrimp bruchetta. All were so so good. Would love to go back! Just have to make a reservation planning on not getting seated right away.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Seafood Ciopino special was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. I had

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vipjanemaried
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Nice table in front- really enjoyed our evening

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vipmomoflej
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our all time favorites in the North End! Great food, and service. Gnocchi and Meatballs are the best!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It's coo lots of fun for Christmas dinnah.

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AnneS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Nico. The food was delicious but, really, it was the service that was outstanding.

FAQs

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

Nico is rated 4.6 stars by 3272 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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