Nico

4.5
3333 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 3333 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LauraC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Sarah
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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vipRichardG
New England
9 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!

JC
JoanneC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food. We sat outside on the “patio” which was a little noisy but a beautiful Boston night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING

JK
JamesK
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service, fun atmosphere

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Amanda
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience4

Unfortunately we were made to wait in the rain over half an hour for our reservation. The food was great but the start to our night made it hard to fully enjoy the rest of our experience. Don’t know if we’ll be back.

EB
vipEricaB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe. Old movies playing without sound. The meatball appetizer was phenomenal. Would absolutely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food!

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vipSteve
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gnocchi was amazing. Food in general was amazing. Great service as well.

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Phishgirl
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This place has turned itself into a tourist trap with the cheese wheel pasta. This gimmicky dish brought me in. They promptly informed me the dish was an additional $5 from the price on the menu. Do yourself a favor and print new menus. It’s pretty ballsy to charge $29 for pasta with cheese. The worst part is the pasta sauce tasted absolutely repulsive. Won’t be back. Would not recommend.

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vipLynnS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the bartender Lucinda. She did an excellent job.!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every second at Nicos. We had a great table by the window. Amazing Love Tonight martini and mussels/ claims. We had to try the Cacio e Pepe, but the Lobster ravioli top notch! We had great service. Can’t wait to come back and try some more.

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Pastalover
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nico is our North End "go to". There is no other restaurant in the North End that comes close. And now they have the Parmesan Wheel, which is both fun and delicious. We celebrates my mother in law's 92 birthday with an appetizer of their famous meatballs and went on to the wheel. The pasta was incredible. A simply amazing meal. One suggestion---reservations are a must!

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vipStephenM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at many of the North End restaurants and Nico is at the top of my list. The food and ambiance are both superb!

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vipPAGS57
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistent great place that never disappoints! Like the new decor and staff!

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Pearl
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely get the pasta made in the Parmesan wheel. Quite an experience and a taste that’s unbelievable.

MB
vipMBRV
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was way too noisy downstairs. Had a hard time hearing from across the table. Other than that, service was great, food was fantastic.

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Wiggles
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Asked for a certain table (upstairs) almost 6 weeks in advance and they sat someone else there 2 mins before i showed up (know this because saw them just getting silverware) and simple said they only had downstairs available and nothing they could do. It’s like a dungeon and had a party of 6 who thought normal speaking was screaming all night. Food was awesome but it’s annoying being downstairs especially with people running up and down to use the only bathroom

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AllisonW
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. We ate outside so we were great. The inside was a little cramped and the music was loud for my taste. It was the best meal we had while in Boston.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of our favorite North End restaurants. Every meal has been outstanding.

JM
JaniceM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This whole experience was amazing! The drinks, the service and the food was awesome!

DL
vipDavidL
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal at Nico! Sea bass and lobster ravioli were tremendous. Service outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, and the food was fantastic. The Sea Bass was delicious, as was the cacio e pepe (made in cheese wheel).

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vipDebbieMP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in the North End. The restaurant has been redecorated and it looks amazing. The food and service were superb as usual. Can’t wait to return.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff was super attentive and answered any questions we had about the menu. The food was delicious, and the feel and vibe of the restaurant was perfect! Will definitely be back!

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ItWasGoid
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Too noisy- good appetizers- mains had to much pepper - no ambiance

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Bell
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, even better food. Sat outside under a tent socially distance from others.

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Bill
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience2

The pasta mixed in the cheese wheel had no flavor and had to send it back.

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CharlesH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food ever! Thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service and the environment. Highly recommend dining here

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vipBenG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and the Nico wine is delicious and reasonably priced! My girlfriend and I will definitely be coming back very soon

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time at Nico for Mother’s Day!

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TimR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, cooking at the table from the cheese wheel was awesome, made the best chicken parmigiana even though it’s not on the menu

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LisaH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Nico's for my birthday (this is either the second or third time I have celebrated here) and as always, it was a great experience and the food was delicious. This is one of my favorite spots in the North End and recommend it to all my friends. The quality of the food is great and prices not over the top, the staff is excellent, and the ambiance is fun and modern with a little old school vibe. Will definitely be returning again soon.

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Mollyk
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had an overall great experience at Nico! The food was some of the best I've ever had in Boston, and the service was amazing! It is a small space and therefore pretty crowded and loud, but that's my only complaint. Everything else went super well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience4

We had to wait an hour plus after our reservation time. We weren’t seated till 9:30 for our 8:15 reservation. Apps came fast but main courses took forever. Over priced food for mains. Not tasty

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vipWilliamA
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place, amazing food, and spectacular service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Very good food, unfortunately the service was not the best but would go back regardless.

FAQs

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

Nico is rated 4.5 stars by 3333 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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