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Niko's Bistro

4.9
4.9
1131 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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Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 270-0082

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Niko Miletic

  • Catering

    Unique catering customized to all your specific requests, location, etc.

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Cross street

    12th St NW

  • Parking details

    Small parking lot available at the back of the building.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti

  • BruschettaCA$8.00

    Bread drizzled with olive oil and served with tomatoes and herbs

    • Calamari All'lnfernoCA$15.00

      Crispy squid with garlic and lemon finished in a spicy tomato sauce

      • Cozze AdriaticoCA$16.00

        Mussels steamed with olive oil, garlic, and white wine finished in a lightly spiced tomato sauce. Served with bread

        • Pepperoni RipieniCA$12.00

          Stuffed peppers with roasted vegetables and rice, served with baked polenta and finished in tomato sauce

          • Salsiccia della CasaCA$14.00

            Homemade Italian sausage served with polenta fries

            • Gamberi SambucaCA$15.00

              Tiger prawns in a sambuca garlic cream sauce served with baby spring mix

              • Melanzane RipieneCA$12.00

                Baked eggplants filled with tomatoes, peppers, and mushrooms. Topped with parmesan and mozzarella, served with baby spring mix

                • Insalata di PolpoCA$15.00

                  Braised octopus with olive oil, garlic, and white wine served with baby greens in a lemon olive oil vinaigrette

                  • AntipastoCA$28.00

                    Fresh Italian cold cuts and cheese, homemade Italian sausage, Niko's salad, and bruschetta. Great to share!

                    • Pane Della CasaCA$3.00

                      Fresh bread, XV olive oil and balsamic vinegar

                      Insalate e Zuppe

                      • CaesarCA$9.00

                        Romaine hearts tossed in our homemade Caesar dressing

                        • SicilianaCA$10.00

                          Tomatoes, artichokes, peppers, red onions and cucumbers served with organic spring mix with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar

                          • CapreseCA$12.00

                            An organic spring mix served with bocconcini cheese and tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic reduction

                            • Niko'sCA$13.00

                              Tomatoes, peppers, black olives, hard-boiled egg, cucumbers, and bacon served with organic baby greens in an extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing

                              • Zupa DigiornoCA$7.00

                                Ask your server about the soup of the day!

                                • Family Style Dinner

                                  Ask your server about our platters served family style. A sampling of our best sellers

                                  Pastas

                                  Substitute gluten-free pasta add $3

                                  • Spaghettini Aglio e OlioCA$20.00

                                    Spaghettini done with homemade Italian sausage and mushrooms finished in an olive oil and garlic sauce

                                    • Penne con VodkaCA$20.00

                                      Penne with pancetta and mushrooms finished in a vodka rose sauce

                                      • Spaghettini CarbonaraCA$21.00

                                        Spaghettini done with pancetta and egg in a parmesan cream sauce

                                        • CannelloniCA$21.00

                                          Homemade crepes stuffed with mozzarella, ground veal, and beef finished in a creamy tomato sauce

                                          • ManicottiCA$21.00

                                            Homemade crepes stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, and spinach finished in a creamy tomato sauce

                                            • Risotto con FungiCA$23.00

                                              Risotto with mushrooms, porcini and truffle oil

                                              • Spaghettini Frutti di MareCA$22.00

                                                Spaghettini with baby shrimps, clams, calamari, mussels and tiger prawns finished in an extra virgin olive oil and tomato white wine sauce

                                                • Pappardelle alla SalmoneCA$22.00

                                                  Pappardelle served with smoked salmon, peas, red roasted peppers, mushrooms, onions, and black olives finished in a rose sauce

                                                  • Gnocchi ArabiataCA$21.00

                                                    Gnocchi with cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and jalapenos finished in a spicy tomato sauce

                                                    • Pollo PappardelleCA$22.00

                                                      Pappardelle served with chicken braised with carrots, onions, tomatoes, and celery finished in a mushroom rosé sauce

                                                      Secondi

                                                      All entrees are served with pasta and steamed vegetables

                                                      • Vitello MarsalaCA$27.00

                                                        Veal scaloppini pan-seared with olive oil and garlic finished in a mushroom marsala wine sauce

                                                        • Vitello PescatoreCA$28.00

                                                          Veal scaloppini pan-seared with olive oil and garlic finished with garlic tiger prawns in a rosé sauce

                                                          • Vitello SaltimboccaCA$27.00

                                                            Veal scaloppini pan-seared with olive oil and garlic, wrapped with prosciutto then finished in a white wine sage sauce

                                                            • Cod PizaiollaCA$25.00

                                                              Pacific coast cod in a tomato white wine sauce with garlic, capers, and extra virgin olive oil

                                                              • Gamberoni ala AglioCA$28.00

                                                                Jumbo tiger prawns baked with garlic, lemon, extra virgin olive oil and butter

                                                                • Salmone LimoneCA$26.00

                                                                  Filet of salmon pan-seared with olive oil and garlic finished in a white wine lemon sauce

                                                                  • Pollo BoscaiolaCA$26.00

                                                                    Chicken breast pan-seared with olive oil and garlic finished in a wild mushroom cream sauce

                                                                    • Pollo ParmigianaCA$26.00

                                                                      Chicken breast topped with parmesan and mozzarella, baked in a tomato sauce

                                                                      • Filetto al PepeCA$34.00

                                                                        AAA Alberta beef tenderloin with peppercorns and mushrooms finished in a brandy cream sauce

                                                                        • Agnello BrasatoCA$32.00

                                                                          Lamb shank braised with garden vegetables, olive oil, and tomatoes served with risotto

                                                                          Last updated: February 5, 2022

                                                                          What 1,131 people are saying

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                                                                          4.9
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                                                                          • 4.9Service
                                                                          • 4.6Ambience
                                                                          • 4.7Value

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                                                                            John

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Great restaurant food was awesome thats why i keep going back !

                                                                          2. JW

                                                                            JordanW

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            I normally don’t review places, but this was a truly amazing place to eat! The owner was so thoughtful and the food was incredible. 10/10 will be returning here again soon.

                                                                          3. MO

                                                                            MicheleO

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Fantastic as always! The service is always exceptional with a very personal touch. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced especially for the quality. Can’t wait to go and again. Thank you very much Niko:)

                                                                          4. D

                                                                            Dani

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                            A lovely lunch spot! Quiet, great food and excellent service.

                                                                          5. B

                                                                            Bellamia

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            I always enjoy Nikos… food is super and the ambiance is cozy! This time I enjoyed their signature calamari… and eggplant parmigiana… wonderful flavor!

                                                                          6. F

                                                                            Food4thought

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            The food is amazing and service is stellar. It is a smaller establishment so tables are a little closer but still exceptional!!

                                                                          7. O

                                                                            elOso

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            17 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            17 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Took our friend out for a milestone birthday….as always the food was fantastic, the service was awesome and everyone greatly enjoyed themselves. Looking forward to our next time there

                                                                          8. SS

                                                                            SusanS

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            4.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on April 12, 2022

                                                                            overall4food2service4ambience4

                                                                            My food, fish/pasta dish was too salty eat. It was tasty but the salt made it less enjoyable.

                                                                          9. JP

                                                                            JodiP

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            14 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            14 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            My favourite restaurant hands down. Consistently delicious food with friendly service.

                                                                          10. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Fantastic drinks food and atmosphere! Staff are awesome!

                                                                          11. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Nikos has amazing food!! My favourite is the penne vodka!!

                                                                          12. JB

                                                                            JanineB

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            As always just a fantastic dinner! My son’s birthday & he loves Niko’s, never disappoints!!

                                                                          13. f

                                                                            foodiegoodie

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Never disappoints. Thank you

                                                                          14. LE

                                                                            LindsayE

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            The overall experience, food and drinks, fabulous!

                                                                          15. GP

                                                                            GaryP

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Once again Niko’s came through with a fantastic evening. The food and service were top notch.

                                                                          16. J

                                                                            John

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            3.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                            overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                                            This was a lack luster dinner. Didn't feel like it was worth the price we paid considering we've eaten at much nicer places that had better food. Order the calamari, frutti di mare and aglino e olio with sausage. Calamari clearly frozen and mushy from the sauce, frutti di mare had no tiger prawns and aglino e olio was way too oily with 6 pennies size sausages for $3...we've been to Italy and this place is severely disappointing comparatively. We won't be back considering there are much better Italian places in the city.

                                                                          17. PR

                                                                            PaulR

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Excellent as always

                                                                          18. SM

                                                                            ShannonM

                                                                            Atlanta

                                                                            19 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            19 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Niko's is our favorite restaurant, great food, service and atmosphere.

                                                                          19. BS

                                                                            BarbaraS

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Excellent food and service! A little loud but still a great time.

                                                                          20. B

                                                                            Bownessian

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            42 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            42 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            It is always an excellent meal with excellent service at Niko's!

                                                                          21. TC

                                                                            TheChickadees

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            It’s been a long time since we last enjoyed a meal out and Niko’s Bistro was the first dine in experience on our list. Not only is the food as delicious as ever (Lemon Veal - divine) but so is the comfortable ambience of the bistro and the charm of the servers. How fortunate we are to be able to go out again!

                                                                          22. G

                                                                            Gunner

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            20 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            20 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Great to be back and not have the “walls” between each table. Service was excellent and food as usual - very good

                                                                          23. FT

                                                                            FancyTravel

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Niko’s Bistro. The food, service, pace, and atmosphere were all fantastic. The Calamari lives up to the hype and was a really exciting starter unlike anything we’ve had before. The Bruschetta was also top notch, perfect for those who enjoyed it garlicky. The Risotto Con Fungi was amazing. We would highly recommend Niko’s. Our only regret was not trying it sooner.

                                                                          24. RS

                                                                            RobS

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            3.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                            overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                                            Maybe it was what we ordered. Had sambuca shrimp lots of sauce barely any shrimp. Veal Marsala tasted like pancake syrup. Way too much vinegar on the mists salad. Place was busy and the staff was very good and attentive

                                                                          25. M

                                                                            Michele

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Just love this little gem of a bistro. Food is always excellent, fairly priced with great service.

                                                                          26. LM

                                                                            LochlinM

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Fantastic! Food was great, service was friendly and efficient.

                                                                          27. JC

                                                                            JefferyC

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on March 8, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Best Italian food in the city. Great location and supper nice staff and owner

                                                                          28. AJ

                                                                            AJHT

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                            4.0

                                                                            8 reviews

                                                                            Dined on March 7, 2022

                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                            Very good food and service. The place was nice and clean. Will definitely return.

                                                                          29. L

                                                                            Larissa

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on February 28, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Tasty food and great service. Nice for an evening out.

                                                                          30. JB

                                                                            JanineB

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            9 reviews

                                                                            Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            As always Niko’s didn’t disappoint! Took friends for their first time & they loved it as much as us.

                                                                          31. JP

                                                                            JodiP

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            15 reviews

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            15 reviews

                                                                            Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Nikos is a family favourite. never disappoints.

                                                                          32. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                            Dined on February 22, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Great food great service. Our favourite restaurant in Calgary

                                                                          33. SU

                                                                            SUSANH

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Delicious as always!

                                                                          34. B

                                                                            Buckseven

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            16 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            16 reviews

                                                                            Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Awesome place.

                                                                          35. DL

                                                                            DougL

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                            4.0

                                                                            10 reviews

                                                                            Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                            This is my 2nd time to this location and well it is a small restaurant the service is very good and the food and dessert I had was also very good. I did find the servings to be on the small size and for the cost (for 4 of us the bill was $200) I did find it a little expensive. You are treated well by the staff and owner however so it's worth a try at least once.

                                                                          36. L

                                                                            Lucky

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                            15 reviews

                                                                            vip
                                                                            5.0

                                                                            15 reviews

                                                                            Dined on February 18, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Consistently the tastiest, friendliest and most comfortable place to eat.

                                                                          37. CS

                                                                            ChadS

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on February 18, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                            Delicious food and very friendly servers, our server Nina was very helpful and gave us plenty of time to look through the menu.

                                                                          38. OT

                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                            Greeted warmly by the owner at the door. We were early for our reservation but not a problem. We had the 5 course family style menu. The service was top notch and the food very good.

                                                                          39. TR

                                                                            TRISHC

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                            If you like spice try the calamari and the Calebrese penne!

                                                                          40. SM

                                                                            SamuelM

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            5.0

                                                                            1 review

                                                                            Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                            Niko's is one of your date-night favs. The calamari is worth the trip alone.

                                                                          FAQs

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

                                                                          Niko's Bistro is rated 4.9 stars by 1131 OpenTable diners.

                                                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                          Google Map for Niko's Bistro

                                                                          1241 Kensington Rd NW Calgary, AB T2N 4X7

                                                                          Additional information

                                                                          • Cross street

                                                                            12th St NW

                                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                                            Calgary

                                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                                            Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

                                                                            Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

                                                                          • Cuisines

                                                                            Italian, Contemporary Italian

                                                                          • Dining style

                                                                            Casual Elegant

                                                                          • Dress code

                                                                            Smart Casual

                                                                          • Parking details

                                                                            Small parking lot available at the back of the building.

                                                                          • Payment options

                                                                            MasterCard, Visa

                                                                          • Executive chef

                                                                            Niko Miletic

                                                                          • Additional

                                                                            Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

                                                                          • Phone number

                                                                            (403) 270-0082

                                                                          • Catering

                                                                            Unique catering customized to all your specific requests, location, etc.

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