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Nico

4.5
4.5
3511 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.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 742-0404

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Farouk Bazoune

  • Private party contact

    Fruittie: (617) 737-0290

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    MBTA Blue Line<br /><br />Aquarium, Government Center<br /><br />MBTA Orange Line<br /><br />Haymarket Station

  • Entertainment

    Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 3,511 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. WB

    WiniB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening. We got the veal parm and the cheese wheel pasta and both of them were great. Our sever was really nice as well.
  2. LG

    LivG

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food, drinks, and service was great! Did not love the lighting in there, but that was a small thing in comparison to the entire experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally worth the trip into Boston
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I had SEAFOOD FRA DIAVOLO. It was as amazing. The calamari was so fresh. Best I’ve had in a long time. If I could have had more, I’d have eaten more. It was that delicious.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Boston’s North End! Great food and excellent service!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eddy was the boss. Great food stellar service. Really appreciate it.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and staff!
  8. A

    Angellina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the cacio e pepe table side for two and it was an amazing experience. A great price, amazing food, excellent service. 10/10 would recommend to a friend and come back again!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Subpar. Don’t waste your time
  10. s

    sisi

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    a bit disappointed honestly, the starters were good but the space was SO jam packed and noisy that you could barely move around the place. entrees were not good- the meat in the carbonara wasn’t rendered down so the sauce was flavorless and the meat was super chewy. the pasta on the eggplant parm dish was flavorless and overcooked.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing experience! The food is absolutely delicious and the ambiance is wonderful. Highly recommended!
  12. DD

    DiningDad

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a great family dinner—food is among the best in the North End.
  13. D

    Diti

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was ok, but not as great as I expected. It is a bit expensive given the quality of the food.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’ve been to quite a few restaurants in the north end and I always order the same thing, veal Parmesan. Nico was by far the best one I’ve had hands down and it wasn’t even close. The Manhattan was also excellent and the service was very good as well. Will absolutely go back again
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    service was fantastic! very attentive, eager to help with questions on the menu. drinks and apps were delicious — got the meatball and calamari to start, which were def the highlight! i was not actually the biggest fan of the cacio e pepe, which came highly recommended by other reviews. the carbonara was a bit bland in my opinion. the rigatoni was tasty and was our favorite pasta at the table but the meatballs were disappointing compared to the app.
  16. JS

    JSparkles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Service was good but food was subpar (especially for price). Tried the table side pasta and was not impressed with the taste. Would not eat there again.
  17. GG

    GiGi

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Everything was wonderful except for the loud music and TVs. I didn’t realize they had TVs when I made the reservation. TVs are not Italian. Music would be ok if it were Italian. I know they use music to move tables also not Italian.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    We showed up for a dinner, they overbooked on reservations and We Did not end up eating here. We do love the food but we wished they had called and told us before that because they had an event downstairs they were unable to honor our reservation. We waited for 45 minutes, and a table still had not opened so we left. They simply should’ve just called everybody and told them that they had accidentally overbooked. There were several other groups who had the same issue
  19. b

    bblaqz

    New England

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and service. Will be back.
  20. CH

    ChristynH

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Visited for Christmas Eve lunch as my children saw the cheese wheel on tick tock and wanted to try it. The food was good, the service was excellent and the restaurant is charming,
  21. AT

    AmyT

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    The food was pretty good. But the space is tiny and definitely not comfy. And welcoming you by reminding you about the 90 minute rule isn’t super welcoming. Fantastic espresso martini and great waiter.
  22. JP

    JPeb

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent! Great service. Consistent. Nice and quiet when we were there.
  23. J

    Jennifer

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    The food was very good as was the service. However, the upstairs dining room is small. Our table was immediately in front of the door which kept opening and was often held open. It was freezing cold and took away greatly from the overall experience.
  24. DC

    DCMac

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Stay away. Res before show at 6p. We arrived at 5:59. Other 3 to our party weren’t there. Smug lady at door said go outside and let me know when the rest of your party is here. They arrived at 6:03. Again, our reservation was at 6p. She said we sat someone else at your table, I’ll let you know when a table is free, I think one is paying. At 6:25, she came out and said let me make up the table for you. A five top didn’t depart during this time. Only two separate two tops. They sat us at 6:35 after the 5 top left at 6:31. The facts are they lied. We would up having to order everything at one time to make a 8p show at TD. It’s very loud. Just not worth the hassle. And they flat out lied at least 3 times during our meal. Stay away! Way better places in Boston.
  25. H

    Honeybee

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was spectacular. The *only* issue we had was sitting next to the front door in December in Boston. I actually liked the tucked away location of the table within the restaurant, but the door kept opening and closing and they don't have one of those covered entryways to reduce incoming drafts. Otherwise, everything was stellar and I would not hesitate to recommend Nico.
  26. CB

    CrystalB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and ambience. The menu is amazing and I’ll definitely be coming back!
  27. RS

    RobS

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nico's is a great find in the North End. A little farther down the street on Hanover, but worth it. The only issue we had was not with the restaurant, but with OpenTable. The menu they had published for this restaurant was out of date by almost 5 years. So, we went to Nico's for the menu we saw on OpenTable... thankfully, the current menu was great. Thanks to the wait staff... they were awesome.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    The place was so loud my wife and I had to yell to talk. They put us in the basement and told us they couldn’t do the table side cheese wheel!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Extremely poor service. Waiter came to the table every 20 minutes. Drinks & appetizers amazing. Entrees 2/5. Not worth $150+ for 2 people at all.
  30. LG

    LoriG

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The ambiance was nice but tables were very close to each other. The service was very good. Our appetizers were delicious - a giant meatball with delicious sauce and ricotta. The calarmari was very tender and not overly battered - my husband wished there were more tentacles. My meal, the Chilean sea bass was also very good but very pricey at $49. My husband got the seafood diablo special and was disappointed - he said the lobster tasted odd and the little pasta underneath was mushy.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nico’s for many, many years was our absolute “go to” spot in the North End, amazing food along with wonderful service. Over the past few years the menu has eliminated several of our favorites and the staff has turned over entirely, so service has positively taken a hit. We come back on a few occasions, in the hope Nicos has regained some of its former glory and warmth. But unfortunately that’s still not the case. The food is good, but not as good as it used to be. The service is very hit or miss. It needs a good manager that is seriously invested in the place, it’s employees and customers. Hoping for a return to what made Nico’s so special. Until then we’ll be seeing out our new “go to” spot in the North End.
  32. GO

    GaryO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    We booked thinking there was a thanksgiving day set menu but were not offered that option when we turned up. The food was unfortunately poor as the place itself was nice and the service was good. I had the meatball to start which tasted gritty and the lobster for my main which was very poor quality - shell disintegrated and very little meat inside.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Main meal was very good. Appetizers were just okay but what I didn’t love was how crowded it was. I know most north end restaurants tend to be tight but this was even more than usual. We had reservations but it seemed like they weren’t expecting us and put two tables together on the fly (we were a party of 4) but it was a weird configuration and we were elbow to elbow with the parties around us. Sea bass, rigatoni with sweet sausage and carbonara were top notch. Service was excellent.
  34. V

    Vickster

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome as always. Grandma's meatballs are a MUST when going there. The staff is attentive and friendly. Nico's is always a sure thing!
  35. AT

    ArtT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have come to Nico's for more than 10 years for both small and large occasions. Pervious service experiences were wonderful with Bruno, Roberto continued that tradition. We will continue to make the effort to get there from the Northern suburbs.
  36. CN

    CaseyN

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The service and food were extraordinary - we sat upstairs and it was loud near the bar. The music, televisions, and overall energy make it a fund place for friends but not somewhere I would take grandparents due to noise level.
  37. SC

    StephanieC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Food was just fair nothing special. Small place tables right on top of each other. Nothing special
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Overall a very good meal. Noise level was moderate but it is located across from the fire station. Trucks left twice with full siren and lights so that was loud but short lived. Started with the antipasti. Picked veg, roasted red pepper and some cheese and salami. Decent but not the best for the price. Saw someone else with caprese and had order regret. All our mains were very good. I had veal parm which was the best I’ve had in along time. Wife went with the table side cacio e pepe. Kind of a small room so hard to see inside the park wheel but taste was excellent. My son had the gnocchetti. He enjoyed it but the large pieces of tomatoes were overpowering. His date had the carbonara and enjoyed it as well. One pet peeve is charging individually for a Diet Coke that is on tap. $4 ea for something that cost less than a dollar is outrageous. A great place located at the far end of Hanover street so less crazy. Tip. You can use the valet at Strega if you can’t find parking.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food love the meatball. Only negative very loud downstairs but still my favorite restaurant.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent as was the service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Nico is rated 4.5 stars by 3511 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Nico

417 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    MBTA Blue LineAquarium, Government CenterMBTA Orange LineHaymarket Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Farouk Bazoune

  • Entertainment

    Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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