Niko's Bistro

4.7
741 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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WM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Niko’s always delivers a great dinner/value

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 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
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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 February 1, 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
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 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 27, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 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 14, 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
173 reviews
Dined on January 13, 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 13, 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
173 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing night of food , service and fun

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WM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a local favorite of ours. Love this place!

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e
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local Bistro - good food, reasonable price, nice ambience. What more do you need.

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B
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always amazing there!

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ML
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last minute dinner in Calgary. Found this fantastic restaurant and hope to have a chance to go back. Everything from the food, service and neighborhood were outstanding!

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

Amazing is the only way to describe. Thank you!!!!!!

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

Best lunch experience we've had in some time. All 4 in our party really liked what they had.

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TM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant and fabulous food!

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NK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Server was not very friendly! Only downside of our dining experience.

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CG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and eat here a lot!
The food is very nicely done, interesting and the standards are maintained at very high level. Nico is very welcoming and warm.

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D
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at this little restaurant is terrific. The calamari is a must try and the vodka penne was heaven. Our entrees we delectable. I ordered the veal and my date had the cannelloni. We will be back! I’d love to try all the dishes. :)

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, chef is outstanding!!! New server struggled a bit but overall an excellent bistro. Would recommend to all!

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SF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favourite restaurant in Calgary, without question.

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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have enjoyed coming over the past year. As we mentioned, at the restaurant , the Ceasar salad was extremely small. The main meal was fine.

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GN
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

When we booked the reservation we were aware there was a 2 hour “table limit” but did not expect to be rushed during that time. The service was not friendly and the wine glasses were cloudy. We asked for the worst one to be replaced but then we had to ask for another glass when our guests arrived. When given the “special” for the day, we were told there was 2 left and we were the 5:30 sitting! By the time we ordered there was one and then told .. no it was gone! After our main course was complete (items were removed from the table quickly every time we completed something even if someone else was still eating) we went to order dessert and tea but the waitress said you have a time limit! This was 6:45 and I replied we still had 45 minutes. We were reminded several times of the time limit, not enjoyable when your catching up with friends. This is not a cheap take away type restaurant, so we expected better service and ambiance. We have eaten here before and although not a warm environment the food made up for it. We will not return after this experience.

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PH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Niko’s regularly and are never disappointed. The food is great and the service unsurpassed.

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TC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good and well presented. Portions were small, particularly Caesar salad for the price, dessert was only OK.

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