Niko's Bistro

4.7
757 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Located just minutes away from downtown Calgary, in trendy Kensington, Niko’s offers a diverse menu with big flavours at modest prices. Enjoy dinner and lunch seven days a week in our modern restaurant.



Niko’s is perfect for sharing wine, stories and food with friends and family. The atmosphere is always lively and full of excitement!



Please note that all reservations 6:00pm and earlier are welcome to dine until 7:30pm, as our second seating begins at that time.
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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual everything was perfect.

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B
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy an evening at Niko's! Excellent food, wine, service !

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OA
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great night out! Food was excellent and with all my dietary restrictions I was very impressed how well they did. Gluten free pasta was best I’ve ever had. Completely recommend and will visit again. Only criticism I have is if you are looking to have a long meal over two hrs call in reservation and let them know. Our table was booked right after so we were politely made aware of that. Owner was very nice about it and offered comp drinks to finish meal. Next time we will call and book a three hr window.

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

Niko’s is a delight in the heart of Kensington. The staff is friendly and incredibly accomodating. The food is beyond compare. The calamari may be the best I have ever eaten. The Vitello Pescatore dinner is a mountain of food that even the hungriest of appetites would struggle to finish. I could go on, but really, just go. You will have a nice time.

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OT
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great neighbourhood gem! Catching up with friends, Ali was an amazing server - and WOW he remembered us from his Mama days! Now that's a professional! The food was amazing - wanted to lick my plate! I know almost everyone has calamari - but this dish was outstanding! Definitely start with this one!

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2
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy to see Ali back, and enjoyed the meal very much

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LM
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! It’s prepared fresh, served hot, mixed with incredible flavours, and good portions. Excellent, attentive and friendly service. Inviting and lively atmosphere.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and staff. My friend and I really enjoyed ourselves.

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LF
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Niko's is a favourite restaurant of my husband and I. We love the ambiance as it is a small establishment. Candles on the tables and dimmed lighting great for a romantic night out.
The food is Italian and is excellent. It is made fresh on the premise. I cannot have dairy or sea salt and because it is made fresh they are able to accommodate ny needs.
Anyone going to the Jubilee it is perfect for a pre theatre meal.
Very much value for money but we don't mind paying a little more for everything Niko's has to offer.
There is a descent selections of wine and after dinner drinks.
It is in a trendy area on Kensington road so easy to get to.
Uber charges $9 to the Jubilee so you can leave your car parked and not have to worry about parking at the theatre.
Well worth trying it out.

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favourite restaurant in Calgary. The food is always excellent and the service is the best. Niko and staff always make us feel special.

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R
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at Niko’s in 3 days! Clearly we love it! The food is always amazing no matter what you order and the service is awesome! Will be back again soon

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LM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small friendly neighbourhood place with excellent food.

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! Our server was pleasant and efficient. The owner stopped by our table to check how we were enjoying our meal and even helped me with my coat. A very friendly and joyful atmosphere.

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L
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! The Calamari is a must try. We will be back 😊👍

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CW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an absolute pleasurable experience at Nikos. It’s why I keep coming back!!

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d
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great experience at Niko's - I'll be back soon

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WM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food! Best service! Best atmosphere ...it's like a warm hug ... everytime I go!! I love niko's

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily my favourite restaurant in Calgary. The food is always amazing, but what really sets Niko’s apart from other restaurants is the service. The servers remember you and treat you like friends, and Niko will personally come to your table to ask you how your meal was, and to ensure your experience was excellent.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always extremely good food, decent pricing. My (now) wife and I have eaten here many times and the experience is always 10/10 consistantly good. Our favourite restaurant in Calgary!

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VY
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time coming back in 2 weeks. I am a frequent traveler to Calgary and stay in the Kensington area. I first discovered Niko’s a few years ago from one of my Calgary friends and I continue to come back. The food is consistently good and location is great. Strongly recommend if you like Italian cuisine.

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d
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Niko’s always delivers a great dinner/value

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

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner as we wanted an authentic Italian experience and Niko's did not disappoint!!
The menu offers great options and our service was really great. Nice atmosphere with great food and wine made for a great birthday dinner, but we will be back for more date nights in the future.
Also seems like a nice place to grab a casual dinner as the ambiance wasn't formal, but more smart casual and was very relaxed.

Overall really enjoyed this great little hole in the wall!

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M
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I found it took a very long time for our food to arrive. I always enjoyed there calamari, but was disappointed with it. I requested my meal to be gluten free as I’m celiac, apparently it wasn’t gluten free. I barely made it to my moms place in time to use the washroom, which is only 10 min away. Not sure because it was so busy why it wasn’t as good in the past.

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DM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, as always. Niko’s is one of a few go-to restaurants that never disappoints.

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MJ
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been enjoying Niko’s for years. Food, staff, ambiance and cleanliness is first rate!!

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M
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is amazing, service very pleasant and that's what it's all about, right?
HOWEVER, I would like to talk to my friends and then eat in relatively peaceful
surroundings and the noise level at Niko's is such that that was hard to find.
Wish you could find a way to muffle the sounds in the restaurant then going there
would be an absolutely perfect experience.

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RW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always. Friendly family service and great groceries.

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J
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good and food was tasty

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LY
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always amazing. Preferred not to be seated by entranceway. Service excellent!

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LF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Authentic Italian food and ambiance

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H
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent! Place was packed, glad we made a reservation. Excellent value

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CM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quaint little Italian restaurant with a lovely ambiance. Great food, not too loud, really enjoyable evening! How did I not know this place existed??

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EW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been to Niko’s many times and we have never been disappointed.

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KD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very satisfied with our meals and the prices were very good, excellent Italian food as we are not big Italian eaters, we will be back!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch! Amazing server, food and atmosphere! I will be back

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KC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nikos is a tried and true restaurant! I have been many times since moving to Calgary and not once have I had a bad experience. The food is mouth watering and spectacular. It’s the closest to authentic Italian cuisine that I’ve found since living in Italy. Another beautiful touch is Niko comes out and greets all of his guests to make sure food and service was great. It is this level of hospitality that is very hard to beat. I definitely recommend 10/10. It is the hidden gem of Calgary!

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S
Calgary
178 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Niko is an angel!!! Such a great night

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BW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a 5 o’clock reservation, and our table was perfect-right by the window. There were 2 large groups near us, so we were advised to order before they did. At first, the service was a little slow, but once we had a regular server it was excellent. The food was fantastic-the exception was the gnocchi, which was good, but not exceptional. We would definitely return. Thank you.

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LO
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food, service and decor

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S
Calgary
178 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing night of food , service and fun

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