Nico

4.6
3337 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 3337 people are saying
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CynthiaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

So sad to write this negative review, Nico’s had been our special place in Boston when we visited.
The hostess was amazing and was working hard to manage around the difficult seating (the outdoor seating is not convenient for the staff due to the Fire Station regulations and their service station was too small to be well equipped for a satellite location).
We asked to change seats since the table was next to a planter that someone had dumped drinks and a cigarette in long enough to have mold on the limes and a bad smell. The water glasses arrived with one very dirty.
The meatball was good, the focaccia was great! Unfortunately our main meals were not good at all - the homemade pasta in the carbonara was mushy and lacked seasoning, my husbands Ragu lacked much sausage and seasoning. We had only a few bites - the server noticed we weren’t eating and didn’t want to bring home. He didn’t appear to be surprised.
I’m sad to say we won’t make Nico’s a part of our regular Boston trip in the future.

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LilME
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. Great service. Welcoming modern atmosphere.

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vipCandida
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The waiter forgot to put in both main dish orders. The server brought one of the dinners and said we were going to share it. We thought it was odd since we both ordered a main dish. After the first dinner arrived we waited 10-15 miniutes, we caught the attention of the hostess/manager and they determined it was never ordered. It was a special occassion and we were very dissappointed. They did apologize but at that point we had waited another 15- 20 minutes for the second dinner and the first one was cold.
They did not charge us for the whole meal, which was generous, however, we left hungry and what was supposed be a special night did not turn out well.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for my partner’s birthday - the cheese wheel was quite the novelty. Felt as though it was a bit overpriced for it, under salted and the black pepper was overwhelming. The drinks were amazing though.

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BreanaB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Option for a date night. We sat outside with the lights and ambiance was great!

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CostyOsty
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nico was fantastic, busy night had a reservation but still had to wait but once we were seated our drinks and food came fast and furious. Absolutely loved their take on chicken saltinboca it was amazing

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Rabbit
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant - the ambiance & food were wonderful. Only downside: the parm cheese wheel is advertised everywhere but no where does it mention its not available outside. We chose this restaurant specifically for the cheese wheel - came from South Carolina - did not get the cheese wheel.

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vipNancyS
London
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!! We enjoyed our evening.

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MCF33
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cheese wheel was amazing. Would highly recommend.

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janem
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was amazing. Would definitely go again. Outdoor seating was perfect.

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vipLoris
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely fantastic from the minute we walked in the door. The waitstaff was very attentive, the food was amazing, the drinks were delicious!

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StuK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the North End. Great food and great service. You would think you are in Italy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town from Kentucky for a wedding and my girlfriend had never had real north end Italian dinner, the first place I could think of to bring her was Nico’s, the service is always excellent, the atmosphere and ambiance is great and the food is out of this world. Thank you for an amazing dinner, she was extremely impressed and everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

No one offered seating outside and the noise was too much . 1st experience and I would say I would not experience nico again . Staff was attentive , drinks were good and the veal and lobster ravioli were fantastic. Place way to small for conversation

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LillyF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and ambience! A little pricey but overall a great meal.

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ArtD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. The food was great, way above average. Very nice place. Staff makes you feel comfortable at all times. Our favorite restaurant in the North end. Always have a meal there when we travel to Boston

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obsessed with this place. Food is amazing and Ermal is the best server.

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TiffanyW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, location and service. I had the gnocchi, husband had the veal. It was delicious and served very quickly.

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KateM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great. The La Romana salad was surprisingly delicious and the cacio e Pepe is 100% worth the hype. It’s a small place so it was loud. It would have been tough to be on a first date or something but we loved it.

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BrookeB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Worst service I have ever had, gave us a plate we did order and said “too bad” and charged us an extra 23 dollars for it. Waiter came by every 10 minutes and was not attentive.

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SamanthaF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience and attentive staff. The food was delicious, too!

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Swalsh
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. Service was attentive but not overly friendly. Indoor dining was cramped and very loud but the delicious food made up for this.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nico is one of our favorite restaurants, and we often drive down from Maine just to eat here. Great food, great service. We’ve been countless times and never had a bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dining out with family before dropping my daughter off at college. The food, service and ambiance were great. However, the menu on Open Table was apparently not the correct one. The menu in the restaurant is much more expensive than the one given on open table.

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MakaylaM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always Nico’s was the perfect spot to take our out of town guests. Always delicious, never disappoints. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant. Only complaint was that the portion for the antipasto we got was a little skimpy. It tasted delicious though!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A flawless experience, per usual! Everything, from the wine to the dessert was fantastic, and a great way to celebrate any special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Honestly, I would not recommend anybody to go to this restaurant. I was really excited to go, but service was totally lacking, food was lacking flavor, and the carbonara’s bacon was pretty much raw. Also the eggs in the carbonara were barely cooked. Drinks over priced. Completely OK to spend money on a great meal, but this wasn’t it.

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ShivP
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Had to wait over 1 hour even though we had a reservation. Other parties who has also reserved were in the same situation. If you know you are at capacity during a time then dont have it available on the website.

The cheese wheel was not worth the hype, it was bland and if you were seated downstairs you had to go up to watch it get made. Other food was alright also. The dessert was terrible. The waiter said they had creme brûlée's with berries on top. What came out looked like a dessert in a cup that would be served at an elementary school. No burned, crispy sugar layer to crack. Just a pudding with canned blueberries and raspberries on top. Save your money and don't go here.

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StevenL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat downstairs. Much quitter. Service was great. Made many suggestions. Food was outstanding and nice sized.

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DoloresA
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing. We will definitely be back.

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DeboraK
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Whenever we come to Boston we have dinner at Nico, it’s always fabulous

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Christopher
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! I was nervous about some of the poor reviews I had read recently but those customers must be impossible to please. We were lucky enough to be seated at a table directly next to the open window. We were able to sit and watch people walk up and down Hanover Street and the fire trucks come and go. The food was amazing. The bread and oil dip to start was delicious. We ordered the burrata to start and it was great. My fiance ordered the cacio e pepe and I ordered the veal parm. Both were excellent. We hope to make it back again soon!!!

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LauraC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great. The service is excellent. It’s hard to ask for much more.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the perfect North End experience on a summer night.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pasta was way overdone. Didn’t taste good unfortunately.

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vipRichardG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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TomR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exceptional service!
Recommend highly!

FAQs

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

Nico is rated 4.6 stars by 3337 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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