Niko's Bistro

4.8
1053 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
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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GideonB
Calgary
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! The food was amazing and the staff were super friendly.

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vipTable44
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Calgary and friendliest service. Our favourite restaurant!

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Veena
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Niko’s is an amazing restaurant with great food and even better customer service!

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Charbay
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

As always I enjoyed the bruchetta and calamari. I enjoyed the veal with shrimp for the first time.

I found the room very noisy, but I guess is dependent on the other patrons

Next time I have to same room for dessert

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Sienabee
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are welcoming the minute you come in the door. Service was warm and helpful but not overbearing. All good choices were fresh and delicious. We shared the shrimp and Sambuca for starters. Delicate taste. My sister had the papardelle & salmon and I had the gnocchi. They tailored the spicy level to my taste.
I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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Kwanco
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food awesome! Well priced and reasonable. We will be back!

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JohnA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great price reasonable portions! Not pretentious in the slightest!

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Diana
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner on September 2nd 2021 the food was out standing,it was our second time at nikos bistro, this will be our place for dinner, our server lvana was really good at her job in taking of us, really good chef .

JM
JerryM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service, and quality will not disappoint. The Bistro was packed mid week for dinner. That speaks volumes.

MB
MervynB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Everything was good.

We’ll likely be back.

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MarkB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service at a reasonable price. Entrees were appropriately sized. A very nice dining experience.

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vipFantastic
Calgary
44 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I think this was our 3rd or 4th visit to Nico’s. We really enjoy the food and usually we have very good service. This time the food was delicious but our waiter was kind of a jerk. Condescending was the word we all agreed upon.

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vipEllieM
Calgary
35 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered bruschetta and soup appetizers, veal main courses and desserts. All was delicious. Service was friendly, efficient and accommodating. Cozy and comfortable place that is very popular.

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JacquelineH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Service was great, checked on us just the necessary amount of times, and when needed. Food was tasty, like a home made meal. Ambience was quiet, and we were not rushed out the door like many places are doing these days. A little pricy for the value, but overall good, and I would visit again. ideal for eating alone, or with close friends to visit and catch up.

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Noglutenordairy
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the lemon veal - they did it gluten-free and it was delicious!

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BarbaraF
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was wonderful at Niko’s. This is our favourite place to go for a quick meal. It is also a favourite place to go for a nice meal for a special occasion

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CaboKaren
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service! Offered us a better table when a window seat became available. Great food!

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BooBear007700
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a treat to go to Niko’s, food was fantastic, service was outstanding Richard took great care of us, just another fabulous evening out, they do not disappoint!!!
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always, this is our go-to Italian restaurant.

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vipDavidP
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know how I never knew about this little Italian bistro in Kensington before. This is a great place for warm atmosphere, good food and friendly service. I had the Pappardelle con Salmone while my dining partners tried the stracciatella, calamari and Spaghettini Fruiti del Mar. Everything was freshly prepared and delicious. Definitely planning to go back.

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vipPhoner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This small local restaurant blew me away! You feel like family walking in and the service was top notch! All of the food dishes were amazing! I can't wait to go back to try their other dishes!!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food & staff were outstanding

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MicheleO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!
Our favourite restaurant by far.
The food and service was spectacular and very well priced.
Thank you again Niko.
Can't wait until we come again soon!

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DandT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here several times and they’ve never disappointed us. The food is always great and the servers are awesome, very friendly attentive and fun.

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vipSamC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small space with grrrreat food and service. We shall return.

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AvoA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

After a long spell eating at home Niko's provided atmosphere, good service and great food.

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RudySpoony
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We ate there on Friday, June 2 at 9. I've had an excellent meal at Niko's a number of years ago so were very excited that we were able to get a reservation.

First the food...we treated ourselves to some of the pricier items on the menu and felt like we wouldn't detect any flavour other than saltiness. My partner ordered the beef tenderloin and after a long wait got a tiny, overcooked, over-salted, gamey piece of meat smothered in a sauce that was advertised as a brandy cream sauce with mushrooms but tasted like a sludge with salt. My food was also very disappointing - overcooked, oversalted pasta sprinkled with broken mussel shells.

And now the service...the server was openly hostile from the moment we walked in. She rolled her eyes at us while we were talking to her and we cheerfully ignored it. When things got worse is when I asked if I could get a takeout container for my full sized untouched pasta. She brought me a small clamshell sandwich container. I said that looks small and she grabbed my plate and fork out of my hand and said "I GUARANTEE this will fit" as she furiously started ramming my noodles and seafood into the too small container, at times using her fingers. I made a comment about getting sauce all over my car to which she replied "that's what the plastic bag is for". When she finally gave up with all the uneaten mussels still in the plate, she asked if she wanted them included as well. "Only if I have to pay for them!!" Finally she went to the kitchen and got a normal sized pasta takeout container (I had assumed they were out of these haha!). I got another flippant comment when I asked her to bring the debit machine. It was ridiculously aggressive and harsh that I wondered if someone was playing a joke on me.

Anyway, I hope the terrible food and horrendous service was due to a bad night in the kitchen and a server that needs a career change. Better luck to you than I had!

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Jo05
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner. Our waitress was very good. Food was good and everything was hot when served. The only issue I had was that the sauce was spicy and I wasn’t expecting it to be. I didn’t see anything on the menu to indicate it would be. Otherwise is was great to get out to a restaurant and we had a lovely time.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and evening. Great service; great food! Thanks Niko’s for a terrific experience!

SM
vipShannonM
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing as always!

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Dano
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious!

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JenniferN
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute perfect dining experience !!! The food is so delicious! The service is friendly and very attentive. Ambiance is warm, romantic and modern.
Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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vipMarco
Hawaii
40 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and wonderful service. Best in Kensington.

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elOso
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks so much to Niko’s for a great Birthday dinner for my good friend! As always the food was top notch, the service was excellent and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely!

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vipDCormier
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to date spot and it never disappoints. We have never had a bad meal here and we have tried most of the appies and the mains. We love the bruschetta and calamari appies. My main go to is the veal in a tomoato sauce with gnocchi and my wifes go to is the pasta. Keep up the amazing food and service!

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WendyE
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend could not stop raving over the cannelloni sauce. Both our meals were great. We’ll be back!

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vipMarkT
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as expected. Can’t believe it’s been so long since we came back to Niko’s. One of my favourite spots in Kensington.

SM
vipShannonM
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent as usual!

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Diana
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came for dinner on April 1sts for our wedding anniversary the service was outstanding due to COVID-19 we have not been out for almost 10 months, the food was really do you delicious and not to mention the really good service given by Samantha and Victoria they took great care of us,we will be back for sure
Thank you

BM
BgM9
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

COVID has played huge impact here.
Less atmosphere caused by separation glass. Abrupt service, also the result of COVID (fewer staff).
Good menu and drink.
Overall, the charges are high and pre-COVID.
VFM has suffered; used to visit 5-6x per year. Now based on this experience, will not return until VFM, atmosphere and service improves.

FAQs

Niko's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 270-0082.

Niko's Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 1053 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.