Nico

4.5
3076 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, Salvatore Firicano.

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Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:45PM - 11:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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MD
Richmond
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great graduation dinner for our family of 12!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming here for 4 years now, each time we visit our son at college, and absolutely love this place!!! Wonderful staff, food is consistently delicious, and super ambiance...we've tried so many dishes and they've all been great!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation Dinner

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KE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing authentic Italian food. We had the rigatoni, the spaghetti and meatball, and the prime rib. We also had a Chianti wine. Everything was absolutely magnificent. We I've never had a better Italian meal.

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LP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are in Boston once a year and always make time to visit Nico's. The best pasta and service!

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s
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Italian food in a cozy gem in the North end. Daily specials are amazing. Would recommend reservations.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s day

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LG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic server, and service in general!
Food was great! We were seated in the lower level, and at first I was not pleased with the seating. Reservations were made a month in advance. But after we met our server and got our food, it was a wonderful experience!!

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DG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently provided excellent food and servive.
Sometimes there is a wait even with a reservation but just relax and have a drink at the bar. The wait is worth it.

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M
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Like most of the North End restaurants, Nico was very cozy. Our server suggested a great Pinot Grigio for my wife and her friend while I had a great Super Tuscan by the glass. Our reservation was for 6;00, and we were seated by 6:10... Our 3 meals were amazing, with the freshest made pasta.. We have never been disappointed with the North End restaurants we have gone to, and Nico is one of the best!!

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RN
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a large group of 10 and we were well taken care of. We put the selection of food in the hands of the chef and server. They asked our likes and dislikes, and delivered a great meal for all. Highly recommend.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new date go-to❣️

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second Saturday in a row having dinner here. Spot on once again. I went off the menu and the chef made me lobster stuffed crapes. Highly recommend once again!

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l
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meatball I’ve ever had!! My friends mom from Italy is the only person to come close. Highly recommend this authentic spot in the best Little Italy I’ve ever visited.

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Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was great! Would definitely go back!!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Mixed review from my group of five. Two of us thought their meals were good, two thought their meals were below average and one was neutral. I had the carbonara and thought the richness of the cheese was very lacking. Everything, which included 5 appetizers shared by the group were just ‘eh’. Rather than bore you with everyone’s individual meal Nico was not one of them. It’s also cramped (frequently a problem in the neighborhood I realize) and noisy and we had to wait almost 40 minutes to be seated past our reservation time. Make sure you’re sitting upstairs not downstairs when you set up your reservation too; it’s cramped, noisy & windowless- a true brownstone basement turned dining area with sewage pipes covered by curtains. The saving grace for this review is that our waiter was outstanding and the food came out very quickly. If you’re paying the bill for a big group & meaningful celebration pick another location, but if it’s a dinner for two maybe this would be a decent night out/experience.

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MB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We had a table of 4 and have never been so cramped at a restaurant. Like eating when flying on economy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service and food
Sat in the basement which wasn’t the greatest
But highly recommend!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, but you don’t need a television in the restaurant, if I wanted to watch tv I would stay home!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing place! James was the best waiter i have ever had. 5 stars no questions asked.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner in a small classy restaurant in the North End. Patrons were dressed in casual to formal. Meals were priced well for the North End, great wine selection, and excellent service. I would definitely go back and eat at Nico's again.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

sit at the bar
enjoy your dinner
brienne is an amazing bartender

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small place right on point with service and food. Really enjoyed this restaurant. Homemade pastas were fantastic!

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We were a bit late for our reservation due to city traffic but the hostess nicely held the table. Our waiter Alex was outstanding. Great recommendations and knowledge. The burrata salad was exceptional.

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C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was pretty good, but a little bit pricey for what you get. There are many delicious restaurants in the north end with cheaper prices and just as good food. Wait staff was phenomenal and attentive.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Plates did not all come out at same time for group of 8. Otherwise very good dinner.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We got to Nico 20 minutes before our reservation. 10-15 minutes after our reservation was set to start, we began checking in with the hostess about when our table would be ready. It wasn’t until ~30 minutes after our reservation was supposed to start that we were finally seated (so we were waiting for ~50 minutes). We checked multiple times with the hostess about the status of our table and we were given various answers, such as the table was being cleared now and would be ready soon; and the table was still occupied by customers that had already paid but haven’t gotten up yet. Which is it? At one point we saw two different parties around 7-9 people each being seated ahead of us. We almost ended up taking a table next door because the wait was both ridiculously long and we were getting mixed messages from the hostess about when our table would be ready.

The food was pretty good, albeit a bit pricey. The space is nice although a bit tight.

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RG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico's is my favorite restaurant in the North End. Period! The service is fast and efficient and the food and wine menu and pricing is great. My only complaint this time was that it was very, very, warm in the restaurant. It did take something away from the meal. However, that being said, this is the place for a memorable fun meal.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family had a fantastic time at Nico. We were able to enjoy incredible Italian food and have a great time. Our waiter was amazing, and the ambiance of the entire restaurant was beautiful.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. We had a larger party so it was nice to have a place that takes reservations. One of our seats was not ideal (shoved between a pole and the bathrooms 👎🏻)
Has a very limited liquor selection (flavored vodka) but the food was delicious 😋

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J
New England
27 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great appetizer

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SF
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. It was Marathon Monday night (Patriots Day in Boston) so we had a hard time finding places. I pick Nico because it sounded good and was available. I was greatly surprised. Food was good, service was excellent. It is a tad noisy but that has more to do with other loud parties nearby. I recommend this restaurant. Nice place!

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MT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Solid meal & service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

hostess was very rude!

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Great waiter, great environment. The pork was terrible and I was convinced to get it. The meat was tougher than Mike Tyson. It being my birthday it was a huge letdown, having shelled out 500 for a nice dinner. Guess I'll stick to the spaghetti and meatballs cuz who could mess that up

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g
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great selection of food. We have friends over from CA and everyone enjoyed every dish we ordered. Wine that was recommended to us (Syrah) was great. Our server Eddie was great. We were a party of 14, so the table in the basement and was a little tight. But we had no much fun, we did not care.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, however we were seated 40 minutes after our reservation.

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JR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is impeccable. The service was impeccable. I was able to order something 'off menu' and they accommodated my request. Amazing experience. Will definitely return!

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Atmosphere was nice, but very close corners in a small space which can raise the noise level and sometimes hard to hear the server and talk to your dinner companions.

But, having said that, I definitely go back and would recommend it to friends. Just know it’s pribabky going to be a bit noisy and a bit cramp, but food is worth it.

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l
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My sister and I enjoyed the fabulous food! All of the waiters are outstanding. This restaurant is small so the tables are small and close together and the room was extremely noisy the evening we went, but overall our experience was good.

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