Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Inspired by traditional Mexican street food, using indigenous herbs and spices used throughout the very heart of mexico. Chef Alejandro Victoria brings authentic recipes from his homeland in Michoacan to your plate. Beautiful ingredients, many organic and custom grown, are used to re-create timeless recipes with bold flavors and immediate freshness that jump off your tongue. Enjoy the upper level tequila bar with over 50 different tequila selections (100% agave reposado, blanca, mezcal), a scratch-made margartia menu, and a Latin American wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(612) 345-7688
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alejandro Victoria
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
We have two reserved spots in the driveway and a handicap accesisble spot behind the building.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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T
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Extremely slow server. We had to ask a few times for boxes, bills and to order

k
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful dining experience. Cute place. Server was fantastic and made great suggestions
Great Margaritas and wonderful tacos. We will go back Highly recommend

AG
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The chicken in the Nachos, Quesadilla, and Enchilada was very dry. The nachos had about 10 chips with a plate full of toppings. I would not order either of these again. No one from my table finished their meal.

LI
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I have been to Nico's many times before and so I would recommend for a quick bite to eat and for the great margaritas. So, I was looking forward to entertaining friends there for a birthday lunch. I made reservations 2 weeks prior, confirmed twice, by phone , text and email. Unfortunately, our table was not ready, in fact, no one seemed to know about it. There was another larger reservation at 1:30pm (mine was for 1pm). Service was inadequate. some staff was a little short tempered (only one) since they seemed short staffed. Perhaps they were. There were long waits and requests for drinks, flatware, etc. Since the later, larger party ordered before us, our food came out staggered. I did expect, and do expect some kind of "sorry", like free margaritas? due to the mix up?

LP
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great atmosphere and food! The service was a tad slow, but understood at it was rather busy. Margaritas we 1/2 off on Mondays and soo tasty! Many flavors to choose from and we loved the ones we tried. Will be going back.

KC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is amazing. The service. The food. The ambience. .. I'm so glad we found Nico's. The perfect place on a summer evening.

l
Minneapolis
114 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Fun casual place with very good Mexican food and big selection of tacos

ML
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very tasty but was unfortunately marred by the price. I didn’t find it worth it. Why charge for every single topping?

CD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

The house is adorable, but the tables, windows and bathrooms were filthy. Our scallop tacos were cold and tasteless. The quest and chips were excellent. The service was very good .

SK
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico's was awesome. The food was amazing, the patio is a great place to sit on a summer day, and the service was exceptional. We will definitely be going back!

h
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun and tasty night at Nico’s. The everyday 9:00 pm Happy Hour features half-price tacos and half-price margaritas. Not only was everything really good, it was a really good value too.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If you're there for dinner on a Saturday, stick around for the 1/2 price margarita happy hour that starts at 9:00 if you can. 👌💯

GE
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Food was amazing. Tacos and salsa really great!

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Not sure. It was quite noisy and the service wasn't great. The food was good.

h
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fresh update to old Muffuletta site. Great menu and moderate prices. Nice addition to this neighborhood.

M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff and food were fabulous! They could offer a wider variety of tequilas. Surprised not to find Herradura and El Jimador on their menu.

KP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were in town for a convention. Found Nicos on Open Table. We are in one of the rooms upstairs. Our waiter was a little quiet in the fairly noisy room but service was fast. Drinks were delicious and we all enjoyed our dinners. Definitely recommend.

MH
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, lovely atmosphere. The only challenge was that they didn't have our Open Table reservation. Fortunately we were there early enough to get seating pretty quickly.

HA
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great, but service was not. They did not seem to care that we had reservations - or that we were celebrating a birthday. (I had included that bit in our reservation)

When we first got there, we told a waiter that we had reservations. He said, ok, give me a second to clear a table. He then went on to take an order from one of his tables. Someone else then saw us. I explained that we had reservations but she didn't seem to care.

I didn't realize that the restaurant was on two floors. Had I known that I would have asked specifically for a table on the first floor due to physical limitations on my part. From my seat, I could see a massive hole in the wall that was only partially hidden by some drywall.

It took forever for the waitress to come to our table. This continued throughout our meal. Our dinners came at different times. Just poor training I'd say, and a lack of caring for their customers.

I might be tempted to go there again because the food was excellent, but only if they have a change in management and staff.

SR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Awesome margaritas and always go for the tacos. Run very well and even when busy, you can expect top notch service.

AL
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on a Friday night, so the noise level was to be expected. Our margaritas were superb! We each had a different entrée and both were delicious. We will definitely go there again.

j
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant only thing I wish they had blended Margaritas great food.

b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

My only disappointment was that our server kept coming back to our table, in an effort to clear every single dish, cup, plate, piece of silverware to get us to leave. Not happy and feel that was rude

NR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I prefer a bit less noise. Otherwise this is a fun restaurant with good food and friendly staff.

SL
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fresh and delicious. The drinks are fabulous too. The wait staff is very attentive and helpful. Love going there!

MO
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The restaurant itself it great atmosphere. Server and food were mediocre especially for price. Margaritas were top notch. Would go again for drinks but not food.

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

great having Eloté this far north in the middle of winter.

M
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. We had a reservation but had to wait a bit for the table to clear- not a big deal at all. Well worth the wait. Staff was very nice, food and drinks were great. Will definitely go back again

JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fair portions, and the happy hour menu is as price-fair as it is compact. It seems to be about fair value for quality Mexican food in the Twin Cities. We'll be back.

A
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Nico’s twice now and have had stellar, quick service both times! I can’t wait to go in the summer when they have their front porch open for dining/sipping on their delicious and creative margaritas.

PN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and a really cool environment! Great tacos!

MM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very good authentic MX food. They have a good selection of Margaritas. The restaurant is in an older house - funky, but hip - if you like that sort of thing. We did, and will be returning.

T
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall our experience was good. Our food and drinks were good, although drinks may be slightly over priced.

J
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Totally enjoyed the evening from the beginning with impressive and enthusiastic service by Erick our waiter. He had good recommendations and descriptions for our food choices. Erick was always near by to make sure we had everything we needed and that we were happy with our food. Great Margaritas! Can't wait to return.

AS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Nothing very memorable here. Lots of great Taco places in the twin cities that stand out beyond Nico's. The service was ok, not great. I will likely not come back.

CP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambience! Service was friendly and helpful!

BP
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Reservation defaulted to other location so be careful.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good stuff

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Nicos and can’t wait to go back! Best guac I’ve ever had!

MP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The place was nice and the food they had available was pretty tasty. The only problem was they were out of multiple dishes and it was primetime on a Friday night. Seemed odd and was disappointing.

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