Nico

4.5
3352 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 3352 people are saying
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vipMarkW
New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. My only critique would be, we were with people who were not wine drinkers. There was very few lower cost wines that I would order with them. There were some nice high level wines! Also, not a full bar!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service4ambience4

Every time we go to Nico, we have to wait 45 minutes to an hour, despite having a reservation. What’s the point in having a reservation if they don’t really hold to them? The food was very good but there are hundreds of other restaurants in the North end with good food. Nico should be more considerate and respectful of their customers’ time and not have them wait as long for a reserved table.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food was delicious!

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vipBostonPete
New England
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Friendly waiter. We’re good to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening. We were joined by friends and everything was perfect. The food was excellent at every course and we shared some lovely wine. Everything was enhanced by the outstanding service provided by our server Eddie. This is definitely a must try if you’re looking at the north end. Thank you Bill & Julie

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vipbruceK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great meal
great being outside on 10/14
great waiter
will be back for sure
thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend reunion

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The lobster arancini was incredible. Also, their handmade pastas were fantastic. Don’t miss the clams fra diavolo!

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KristalynL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Our second experience at Nico waiting over an hour for our table with a reservation made. Last time we were at least given free appetizers by management for our extra wait, however this time we weren’t even acknowledged and the hostess seemed to brush us off when we checked on our wait time. We also ordered the Cacio E Pepe and because we were seated downstairs they did not have the cheese wheel available to us, they really should not be charging for a “table side experience” if all of their downstairs seating is paying without the experience. While we enjoy the food and our server was great, we will not be returning again.

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KG14
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We made a reservation for 7:30, and were not seated until 8:45. The food was not amazing, not a ton of flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We were seated at a small table that was two feet from the bar on one side and next to an open window on the other. On the bar side, a couple of times someone would bump up against the table while the window side has a bench immediately underneath with people waiting outside to be seated. And right above us was a speaker with loud techno music playing. The server was pleasant enough but it took an hour and ten minutes for us to get our entrees. Not once during that time did anyone come and check on us. We got water refilled once by a server that was clearly miserable to be there. My wife had the Chilean sea bass which was $44. Overpriced for the size. Overall, food was good but ambiance and service was sub-par at best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We had a reservation for Saturday night and they couldn’t seat us for over 30 minutes past the reservation. I understand the North End is crowded Saturday nights but what is the point of a reservation then? I saw several other people with this problem as well. Also - Nico advertises “North End’s only table side cacio e Pepe”. When we ordered this, they came over and said it was too crowded to wheel the table over to do it table side. What is the point of offering this then? Overall - amazing food but sub par experience. I had to keep apologizing to my guests for showing them a bad north end restaurant.

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BarbS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to when in Boston-it’s amazing, make a reservation and enjoy!

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Sharon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The garlic bread was the best, the food was great and my brother-in-law said, “this is probably the best meal I’ve had eating out”.

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vipJamesD
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Love the food, atmosphere and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & amazing food but the music was way to loud.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the parm wheel experience!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.. highly recommend it

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vipStephanieK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a wonderful evening at Nico. Food and service were great. Eddie, our server, went above and beyond. Veal chop special got rave reviews. They did a nice job helping us celebrate a birthday with a cup of tiramisu, sparkler candle and the whole restaurant singing happy birthday. We’ll be back!

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CWR21
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, great presentation and we loved our servers especially Eddie!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food + the most perfect wine parred with our meals. Highly recommend!

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OliviaG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nico was so fun! I would recommend it to everyone.

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vipPaulaC
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Very excited to try Nico for the first time. First off, the pop music playing was VERY loud which I wasn't expecting for a North End restaurant. We could barely hear the waiter tell us the specials. The only bathroom was out of order during the time we were there - they suggested we use the fire station across the street. We ordered the zucchini & sausage appetizer which was delicious. We placed our entrée orders and they took quite a long time to arrive. We noticed others who were seated well after us receiving their meals before us. Two of us got the tableside Cascio de Pepe and it was delicious. The other two got the Shrimp Scampi and the Carbonara. Both were very good. We were then presented with the check without being asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. We let the server know we wanted after dinner drinks so he apologized and got our drinks. All in all it was a very good dinner but really loud and slow/rushed service. Expected a little more from a place that I've heard so much about.

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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
3 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
16 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

FAQs

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

Nico is rated 4.5 stars by 3352 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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