Niche Restaurant

4.8
1120 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Niche began its story ten years ago when the historic post office in picturesque downtown Geneva was transformed into a space to bring the community a new source of culinary enlightenment. The response to our quest was well received and encouraged the evolving staff to continually strive for perfection. Delving farther into the traditions of the Earth’s diverse cultures, our goal is to balance the exotic with the familiar. Global diversification of ideas and practices introduces guests to a whole new experience each time they dine with us.  An accompaniment to our rotating menu ranging from Small Plates to well orchestrated Entrees is an impressive list of carefully selected beer, wine, and spirits.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(630) 262-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Wes Childs and Chris Zanoni
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On Third, Between Rt 38 and James St.
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Parking details
Parking is available on Third street directly in front of the restaurant. Alternate parking is available on James street, a half block south of the restaurant.
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Public transit
The Metra train station in Geneva is located 5 blocks South of Niche on Third street. This is one of the more relaxing ways to travel to Geneva from Chicago, and a short walk away from the best dining Geneva has to offer.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1120 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wait staff - very attentive and knowledgable. Presentation of drinks and food was lovely. Hanger steak was a bit chewy. Seared scallops and carmelized brussel sprouts were delicious.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the food was amazing and our server was great!

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Niche is one of the Top spots in Geneva. Everything is 1st class.

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A
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been hearing for years that Niche is a great spot. I finally got out there and it lived up to the hype. Excellent from start to finish. Nice cocktail menu, huge list of bourbons, huge list of large format bottled beers, nice wine list, small, but diverse food menu. We had a small plate (Mussels) and a fish and a steak entrée. All was amazing. Top notch service as well.

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JO
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service in a quiet, adult atmosphere

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N
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vinnie and his staff never cease to amaze us! Whether it is Jeffrey saying hello, and describing the days specials or Rachel crafting a cocktail everything at Niche comes together. The FOOD!!! I have never met the chef, but the dishes from the soup (don’t ever overlook the soup at Niche), small plates, and entrees are above and beyond. If Niche were in the city of Chicago Michelin would be knocking on their door.

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LC
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and fantastic bar! The menu is very well designed and the atmosphere is very pleasing.

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SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small plates were amazing great, but main entree steak was not seasoned for $50 which was sad. Great beer list too

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JH
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

First time visiting and will give it another chance. Drinks were nice and the first course we ordered was wonderful. I had the soup of the day - a delicious pumpkin soup with coconut milk and curry. Husband had the fried chicken small plate. When we went to order our main course, we were told that they had run out of the flank steak. I am on a rather limited diet and many of the ingredients in the other dishes were too complicated for me to research so we settled up and went some where else. I had even checked the menu before we went and decided on my main course. Our waiter was knowledgable but a little oversolicitous. When we first sat down we said we would be taking our time. Was mentioned each of the numerous times he came back to check on us. Felt a bit pressured but he was very knowledgable and nice. Will give the restuarant another try soon as we really like their unique choices in food, spirits and wines.

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BC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and the waiter even brought me and my husband complimentary Champaign when my husband said we were out for my birthday. Food was seriously spectacular. I follow a strict gluten freee diet and they were super accommodating. It was an overall great experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it there!! Can’t say enough about it! Staff is amazing food is amazing. Overall would highly recommend!

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PL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

our waiter was fantastic, prompt, funny, helpful. food was not so good for the money. too pricey.

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BI
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was Ben, great guy and very knowledgeable.
I highly recommend this place!
Pricey, but worth it.

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C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Food is interesting and tasteful. Our server, Jeffrey was wonderful as well.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasurable experience in a warm & inviting atmosphere. Love the flavor nuances of the food/drinks. Enjoyable!

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B
Chicago
106 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak specials: 3 filets were delicious, as was the rib eye. A side dish of sauteed spinach was excellent.
The chocolate pudding with marshmallow on top (dark chocolate pot de creme) had way too much marshmallow. Cotton candy is always fun, and two frothy drinks akin to grasshoppers were a hit as well.

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S
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were visiting Geneva for the weekend, celebrating our 15th anniversary and were pleased to find this little jewel of a restaurant outside of Chicago. The Ambience was very nice and comfortable. Our waiter, Jeffrey was very kind and attentive. The menu was very nice with some very quality selections. The food was equally good and tasty, although the appetizer and salad portions were a tad small. We had the salmon and the hanger steak which were both prepared perfectly. A little surprised that they did not offer us a little post dinner treat for our anniversary, but a nice night overall. I would recommend

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BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun joint. Great bourbon. Great food. Service is attentive.

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SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative sophisticated entree flavors as well as over the top burger. Our server was knowledgeable and professionally attentive. Every bite of the grilled octopus appetizer was an delightful blend of flavors. My tuna entree was visually appealing and delicious. The duck egg addition to the already fantastic burger was over the top. Don’t forget to include the flamed coffee after dinner! We’ve found our new favorite!

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Niche! The food is amazing, the service outstanding and they are consistent with every visit.
They have an amazing beer, wine and liquor menu, the bar area is inviting and they do a very good burger!

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C
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved this place for a number of visits. This was the 2nd time we were introducing people from the area to Niche. They loved it as much as we did and have already asked to schedule another dinner there. The food, the bar, the staff are all great!

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SR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Niche is such a treasure in this fantastic town! Aside from the fantastic food, one of the best aspects about this place is the friendly, approachable staff. They always have nice variety of music in the background and it is a great spot for sitting in the bar for a cocktail. The dinner menu offers a good variety of small plates, special (seasonal) entrees and they also host special events. Ambience is warm and cozy.

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e
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s been a couple of years since we were here, and that was too long! The menu has changed, more limited but what great food - creative, fresh, delicious! My husband’s corn bisque was rediculous, my halibut was scrumptious, and the marrow fried rice we shared was very tasty. Staff was wonderful, helpful and so friendly, as always. See you soon, Niche!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, as always!

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GV
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the seasonal menu that they offer.

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d
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

It was steak and frites. Frites hot, steak cold. Sent it back. They threw it back in the grill. Steak came back warm on the outside still cold in the middle and dried out throughout.

Not typical for this place but very disappointing.

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LN
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best time sitting at the bar watching Rachel work her magic and make drinks for the whole place. Food was outstanding and drinks were amazing. Would recommend for any occasion!!!!

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

Food was great, beer selection was outstanding.

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RP
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are many good restaurants in the area but we have a hard time not coming here over and over.

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BP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Octopus was overcooked. Salmon was great. Tuna was undercooked and bad cut. Great place for cocktails and appetizers but not dinner. They have flights of everything so great place to taste different alcohols.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding and I will be going back! Highly recommend!

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L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Niche never fails to amaze. We celebrated our anniversary. The dining room is moderately loud, but it’s not annoying. It’s the sound of people enjoying excellent food and good company. Waitstaff is all pro. We opted for wine by the glass and draft beer. Both much better than an average restaurant. Split a salad. Halibut for me was outstanding; my husband enjoyed his filet. Whiskey cake was a great ending. We celebrate occasions here as often as our budget allows. It’s food money well spent!

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KJ
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

An upscale restaurant should never ask a single diner once, much less twice, “are you waiting for someone?” And this happened not only to me but to another diner at a table nearby. If you accept reservations for one person, you need to make them comfortable. The host could remove the extra napkin or the staff could review the reservation list before service. This isn’t hard. Do better. As for the food, the soup and dessert were very good. The halibut was perfectly prepared with a nice array of flavors on the plate. However, it arrived lukewarm at best and had one or two ice cold squash pieces, which nearly ruined the entire entree. Poor experience overall for the cost.

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A
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for family & friends.

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MV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! We came for a birthday date night and had fantastic food, service and atmosphere.
Our server brought us a complimentary rose to toast and their cotton candy dessert w/candles which was a cute surprise. We can always count on Niche for a delectable meal!

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MW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience - our favorite in the Geneva / St. Charles area.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fantastic. I highly recommend the wild boar. It was tender and the flavors were amazing.

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RB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was exceptional! Waiter was extremely knowledgeable of menu and very friendly and accommodating!

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j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A birthday celebration for a friend was very enjoyable. The waiter gave us small tastes of 2 drinks to help in our choosing. The fish, salmon and halibut, were very good. The halibut was rather dry and should have had more moisture in it. Wines were good. A lovely evening.

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NK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always 5 Star!!! Always. Our no fail go to spot! They have the best dishes. Amazing revolving menu. Can’t beat it.

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