Nico

4.4
3363 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 3363 people are saying
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vipToofast
New England
13 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large party with family home for the holidays and two exchange students. Everyone had a liver my experience. Outstanding food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was spectacular. Enjoyed every bite. Wine is expensive but not unexpected. Service was good. Very uncomfortable with the lack of adherence to public safety rules. Either the staff had no mask whatsoever or simply wore them under their chin. The same was true of cooks. I had a direct line of sight into the kitchen. Definitely not going back until after the pandemic is over despite the amazing food. Too bad really.

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TheresaG
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic everything. Service is awesome so warm and friendly. Food delicious and a nice warm ambiance. Traditional cool.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Disappointing, used to be old school Italian.

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t get the cacio e pepe. We ordered two and they weren’t able to do the presentation because of where we were sitting, which was fine, but when they arrived they were basically just cold butter noodles. When we told our waiter, he told us he didn’t recommend the dish and didn’t know why people ordered it. They corrected the mistake and brought out new plates. The other food was fine, but wouldn’t ever go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my friends birthday and the servers came out singing to her with the most delicious dessert snd a sparkler. It was just perfect!

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DonaldB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nichols was an enjoyable dinner enjoyed every part of it it was my wife’s birthday and they brought out a candle in the desert everyone was very nice I can’t wait to go back

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ChuckW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Great service great food. The music was way too loud.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! New fav place!

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TNRP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a reservation and waited 45 mins for our table. The service once seating down was lovely, the staff was wonderful. The food was alright, not something I would go back for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Food quality significantly decreased. Had to wait for 45 min after reservation time and once they sat us didn’t give us sufficient chairs to seat.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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HSS1
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except I put down on the reservation that it was a Birthday. Obviously no at the restaurant paid attention to that note.

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pamela
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Nico's. I started with the bad apple cocktail that was perfectly made and then split the caesar salad with my husband. We should have gotten two of them, they were so delicious. My husband got the salmon and I got the meatball parmigiana. Both dishes were perfect. We split the chocolate mousse for dessert. It was wonderful night, we will be returning soon.

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vipAnnie
Indiana
59 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had a lovely birthday dinner. Food was awesome, service was excellent. The only negative is they seated us right by the restroom- not good.

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ngeorge
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and bring lots of visitors here for the excellent pasta!! I got the rigatoni and loved it.


Sometimes disappointed with waiting despite having a reservation but this time we only had to wait ~5min.

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vipRobbi
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fried calamari, Caesar salad, Eggplant rollatini, chicken parm & meatball parm were all excellent.
Robbie, our waiter, was excellent.
The temperature in Nico’s Secret room is very warm.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Worst staff at a restaurant in years. Never checked the table didn’t ask if we wanted dessert coffee. I cleaned my table of seafood shells myself and put them on the table behind me. Kicker we were the only two in the place

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vipMarkW
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
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 on October 16, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food was delicious!

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vipBostonPete
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
39 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
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
23 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
3 reviews
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
2 reviews
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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Disappointed
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was a patron of Nico on Saturday, September 25th. I had a 9pm reservation for 4. We arrived at 8:40pm - figuring we could grab a drink while we waited for our table. We checked in with the hostess, and she let us know that we would likely be waiting for 20 minutes (which was expected). When we asked if we could grab a glass of wine at the bar, she was rather rude and told us that there wasn’t much room. We decided to just wait outside. As our wait began creeping up towards (and then past) 30 minutes… 40 minutes… we checked in a few more times with the host staff. They let us know that tables were sitting longer than expected.

When we finally sat 90 minutes after our reservation time, we were rushed through our meal, never offered a dessert or after dinner drinks. After asking what was available for dessert, we decided to get crème brûlée. Our server delivered it to our table and the sugar had never been crystallized. When we mentioned this to us, he pushed back that it had been - when it very clearly had not. There was liquid on the top and we could see the distinct sugar crystals. He took the dessert away, never offering anything in its place. We asked if we could have a drink instead, only to be informed that they had already done last call - to which we were not informed. On top of everything, a manager never once checked in with us to see if we were happy with our experience.

I understand there are issues due to labor shortages, but an acknowledgement and apology goes a long way.

FAQs

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

Nico is rated 4.4 stars by 3363 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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