Nia

4.2
673 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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Mediterranean inspired small plates in the heart of "Restaurant Row" conveniently located in the West Loop on Randolph St. Extensive Wine List In Chicago's Most Romantic Restaurant. Where food is heart and soul.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
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Phone number
(312) 226-3110
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room is the perfect location for intimate affairs; Rehearsal Dinners, Corporate Events, Bridal Showers, Birthday and Anniversary celebrations. Located just blocks from downtown and the Loop, Nia's Private Dining room is perfect for a cocktail reception, buffet, or sit down dinner.
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Private party contact
Nia Asimis: (312) 226-3110
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Catering
Catering list & other party options available at niarestaurant.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Halsted St.
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Parking details
We share valet with Girl and the Goat next door, look for the stand between the two of us.
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Public transit
#8 Halsted bus, stop at Randolph. Grand / Blue Line or Clinton/Green & Pink Line.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

our waiter charles was excellent and staff were extremely helpful. the portions and flavor
were great. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to have a wonderful time.

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, live music, great service. Will definitely come bank again.

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TW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We only had a couple of Tapas but those were rather expensive for the portion size (ex: we've all had dates wrapped in bacon, right? You only get 4 of those). I have to think other places in West Loop (of which there are hundreds) are a better value - ? The octopus was good, tender / tasty, but maybe not $18's of tender / tasty...

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MO
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good tapas--everything was very fresh and came out quickly. The mushrooms were particularly good--well flavored. Prompt, friendly service.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is an OK restaurant, nothing special.

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MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a nice meal at Nia on a Saturday night. We were able to get a table easily. The atmosphere is cozy and a little dim. The menu offered interesting choices and the food was tasty. The service was good. The food and drinks came quickly. You should not go to a small plates restaurant if you’re starving, but we were well satisfied. We could have done without the music, which was a little on the loud side.

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Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nia always is a treat. I love the small, shared plates so you can taste many items in one sitting. Our server was knowledgeable and very pleasant. I have also tried their 8 course tasting menu, so if you are looking for a more substantial meal, that is not to be missed. A true Gem on Randolph Street.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We liked the $35/per person for 7 courses offer. What I didn’t like is that my open table reservation at this restaurant was marked as a no-show.

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f
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nia was the most amazing gem in the West Loop. Every dish was amazing, fantastic service and a wonderful night. Can’t wait to go again!

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nia's was perfect for our business team dinner - relaxed atmosphere, not too loud, excellent food and wine, and best of all, they could accommodate both our vegetarians and meat eaters with great options for both groups! We went tor the tasting menu, our server was fantastic in offering suggestions - and were rewarded with great variety and flavor in all the courses. The lamb meatballs, and hummus, are not to be missed - we're all still dreaming about them days later!

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AJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I visited Nia over the weekend to enduldge in our bacon wrapped dates addiction.
Nia has been our default meetup spot for several years. We appeciated the great friendly service we received Friday night and the food and drinks were very well prepared.

Looking forward to the next visit!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our meal and the experience!

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RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and ambiance. So many great selections for sharing!

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DJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nia reminds you of the European dining experience of Spain, France, and Italy combined. A petite restaurant with an amazing selection of wines and food ‘menu pairing’ options. The $35 eight course shareable menu is stellar! So much food with an amazing amount of flavor. Our server, Gaga, was top of the line. The entire restaurant is lit with a romantic feel. Similar to Europe you head down the marble stairs to the marbled bathrooms, which are also elegant. 10 thumbs up from our party go five!

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We especially enjoyed the calamari - excellently prepared. There was background music at the right volume to be able to converse with ease. Attentive service, pleasant evening and tasty food. I wished the saganaki had been flaming - oh well. It didn't wreck my time there.

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P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

This restaurant does not meet one's expectation in a city/neighborhood so rich with first-rate restaurants. The decor is very old and tired--especially for a new restaurant.
What was most disappointing was that the restaurant sent a message indicating that our reservation has been canceled--but only after we had dines there. Not very comforting.

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had visited this restaurant for a date 3 years ago and had looked forward to returning ever since. Their octopus salad is phenomal, truly I have yet to be disappointed by anything I here. The service was warm, responsive, and really made our experience one to remember. I would recommend Nia to all my friends and family, an excellent choice for evening drinks, date night, or just a relaxed yet refined evening out.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Spent a wonderful evening at Nia. Service was great and we really enjoyed the variety of the Tasting Menu.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was fantastic. The service was ok. I do not recommend the wine pairings - it was the same wines as the wine flight, which is ok, but it wasn’t paired with the dishes and came in cups. I would not describe it as Chicago’s most romantic restaurant.

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went here for an early Valentine's Day and had the 8-course prix fixe tasting menu. It was divine, plus half-priced bottles of wine on Tuesday! The food was delicious, the wine was wonderful, and the service was great! We even had an appearance from Nia herself. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be back!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot rave more about the food and service at Nia. My friend and I went for restaurant week and the amount of choices they have to offer it fantastic. My friend is vegan and at first we were unsure if we were going to be able to make the shared tasting menu work but our server Antonia was quick to offer up solutions to make sure that we both had plenty of options and plenty to eat between a meat eater and a vegan sharing food. The food was delicious and since it was a slow night for them, Antonia took extra time to answer all of our questions and make sure we were well taken care of. We will definitely be back! Particularly for the gnocchi and the bread pudding! Sooooo good!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week and loved it. Food was great!

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P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Loved the picture perfect food. We had Amazing service

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Tried their testing menu as part of the restaurant week experience and everything was amazing. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. I've visited a few restaurants in the area and never thought to stop in before. My friend and I agree that we will definitely make time to come back. Also, if you try nothing else, I highly recommend the bread pudding. It was heaven.

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MN
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent choice for restaurant week, a great time to try something new. We will be back, for the food and the great service. We felt welcome the minute we walked in. Get the sangria, no matter what you do!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during restaurant week and everything was delicious.

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DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good and a lot of variety!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was first night of Restaurant Week and there was an 8-course tasting menu served family style, so this may not be representative of the everyday experience. But the 8 course categories were sufficiently varied that is was easy for all of us, including 1 vegetarian, to settle in dishes we were all very happy with. In addition, they accommodated our vegetarian with a half-portion of a ninth dish to balance out one of the meat dishes. Service was very friendly and efficient even though the place was full. Busing was also prompt, friendly and efficient. We found everything very fresh, flavorful and well presented. Cocktails were not exotic but reasonably priced and tasty. I found the ceviche particularly good---not aggressively sour and dominated by raw lemon or lime juice, but gentler, allowing the seafood flavor to come through. Salads were nicely dressed and balanced. First time there, and very pleased.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great, and the sangria was delicious as well. Small plates was great to try a bunch of different options - good sizes and we had a good amount of leftovers. Hummus was really good, as well as the salmon, and lamb and feta meatballs. Great date spot - very cozy, romantic, and cute. Loved it!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful experience. But parking was problematic.

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LW
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Restaurant Week Menu! Eight courses with five enticing
choices within each course for only 33pp. Only catch is the whole table does it but we loved sharing the experience at such a great price and everyone loved the food selected and they made minor accommodation. All the dishes were super delicious and fresh. Loved the nia salad, hummus, caponata, scallops, meatballs and banana best. Loved the bottomless sangria for only 20pp and they were very generous with exceeding the hour and half time limit. The sangria was awesome, really enjoyed the cinnamon flavor and loved the red and white equally. Wiill definitely return.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good. Unfortunately, we had to wait over an hour for a table even with a reservation. The staff was apologetic but there was no real explanation given. It seemed like this is something that happens often here.

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AJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I’ve been a patron at this restaurant for several years. I always order the bacon wrapped dates and lamb meatballs.

This visit, the bacon was dried out and over cooked, and the dates were gummy and tasted old.

My friend and I did mention this to our server but she appeared indifferent.

When we arrived, I informed the hostess who was also out server that I’d made reservation via Open Table, she acknowledged and verified on her check in screen but instead of checking me in, she canceled my Open Table reservation.

I’m the end, with a mostly empty restaurant, our server asked my friend and I to move where we’d been sitting for most the evening to another location??? This was in effort to accommodate a group that could have been accommodated at a different section without disturbing us.

Before my friend agreed to moving, the server made the move decision for us and started moving our tableware.

The server attempted to make a means by bringing free dessert 15 minutes later; dessert we didn’t want and most of which wasn’t touched.

My friend and I typically tip 20% or more but reluctantly gave a tip of close to 10%.

We will find a new place to enjoy our get togethers...

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tapas menu very well done; tasty and balanced. Great service as well.

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JF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Three good is very consistently good. The service tonight was also very good. We generally like to go earlier when the noise level is lower, but our schedule didn't allow it.

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J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hubby and I went for date night. Friendly staff and great food. Even the bus person was very friendly. Really nice place!

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k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service- a few huge tables hat left the 4 of us waiting a little, but not too bad.
It is kind of loud, but quaint!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with a girlfriend before our night out on a Saturday. We had the Nia salad and grilled asparagus to start, followed by the scallops and lamb meatballs. For dessert, the creme brûlée. All of this was shareable and the proportions were just right. I felt like we had a great meal without feeling stuffed. I enjoyed my glass of Prosecco and my friend liked the Hey Girl made with St. Germain. The window view of busy Randolph Street by the bar was great and the staff couldn’t have been nicer! I met the owner Nia who told us about her Greek family and love for food growing up in Chicago. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a date spot or night out with friends. I look forward to returning for one of their tasting events held 2 times a month. I highly recommend!

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b
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Served well and in rounds. Tapas style was exciting with good foods.

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