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About Permanently Closed - Nick's Fishmarket Grill

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - A Chicago area culinary landmark, we are famous for serving the freshest seafood, premium dry-aged steaks and finest award-winning wines. Nick's Fishmarket Grill offers expertise in seafood preparation in a Casual yet chic dining experience. Located in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, the Grill is perfect for lunch, dinner or after work cocktails and features a menu of shareable starters and daily fresh fish selections. Whether you're dining for business or pleasure, Nick's Fishmarket Grill extends a first class dining experience with outstanding atmosphere and service.

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Closed Sunday, Closed Saturday through Labor Day Weekend

Cross Street:
Orleans

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 621-0200

Website:
http://www.nicks-fishmarket.com/

Catering:
Large or small, every gathering you entrust to us gives us the opportunity to delight you and your guests. From our exceptional service to our exquisite cuisine, you"ll feel the difference from the moment you contact us.

Parking Details:
Merchandise Mart on Purple and Brown Lines. Complimentary parking after 6pm on the North Service Drive of the Merchandise Mart.

Public Transit:
Merchandise Mart on Purple and Brown Lines

Executive Chef:
Carlos Perez

Private Party Facilities:
Private & semi-private dining rooms are available. Nick's Fishmarket can accommodate up to 220 guests. Rooms can be equipped with audio-visual equipment. Special menus are offered for groups from 20 to 250 guests.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Nick's Fishmarket Grill - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

3.5

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (401)
Good for Groups (282)
Fit for Foodies (281)
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Special Occasion (277)
Romantic (129)
Neighborhood Gem (116)
Vibrant Bar Scene (68)
Notable Wine List (54)
Hot Spot (52)
Late-night Find (27)
Business Meals (23)
Great for Brunch (22)
Kid-friendly (21)
Happy Hour (13)
Scenic View (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Casual (7)
Cozy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Waterfront (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Location ideal for all via trains, bus, auto and by foot

Tags: Spicy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 19, 2017

The food for the price is not worth it. Food was bland, oysters were tasteless, and the service was slow. Would not go back or recommend.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2017

The apps. were wonderful. Wine we had was very good . We are sad to see that you are closing.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

i was disappointed that there were no local fish options such as Perch, or Whitefish. Also when I looked at the menu online there was a scallop dish that was not on the menu in person. I had the shrimp and lobster risotto which was yummy but being a tourist, I was hoping for something more regional.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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food2
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

We had the best fish n chips - not at all greasy, great crunch, sweet flavor.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Have eaten here in the past on trips to Chicago during trade show and we've been promptly seated and food was good. This year they were really running behind - would like to try it again under 'normal' circumstances!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 25, 2017

It was too empty but still had a good time.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 24, 2017

This place was a ghost town for an evening dinner. Service was slow.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Had a reservation here for a month to celebrate a 10th wedding anniversary only to be called the day of to be told lack of business warranted them closing the kitchen early and not honoring our reservation. Needless to say we were very disappointed. Guess it's no longer th Nicks I remembered. Luckily Gibsons still is.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We had an artichoke dip that was flaming. Fun to see that. We also had the fish and chips. The fish tasted fresh. The breading could have been crisper. Overall, a good meal and fun time. Really liked Melisa - super positive and attentive.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Wonderful meal and great service .

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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food5
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 1, 2017

While the food was very good, including the lobster bisque "shooter" which was full of lobster tidbits, the service was extremely slow, which was ridiculous since the place was nearly empty. Highly recommend the creme brulee trio for dessert.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 28, 2017

The food is always good at Nick's as is the service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2017

The drinks were good - I had a Cosmo and my boyfriend had a few beers. However, the food (happy hour specials) and service were sub par. I may stop back in for a drink since it is close to my work. However, I won't be back for the food.

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food2
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Have visited Nick's for lunch a few times but this was the first for dinner. Too bad I waited so long...was a terrific experience.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 3, 2017

I thought the overall atmosphere was great. We were able to sit right away and we our waiters we very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

I used my anniversary coupon and had a great lunch with my brother. I had my favorite, the lobster and shrimp rissota. Looking forward to going back

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Server only placed the food order for 1/2 of our table. Then his shift ended and he didn't tell us, so our service was spotty for the rest of the evening.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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service1
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Restaurant week. Food was amazing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Restaurant menu was fabulous! Can't wait to come back!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Not the Nicks of the old days. Terribly slow service. Distracted waitress who could not keep our order straight. Ordered a bottle of Cabernet. It was so warm had to put a ice cube in each glass to make it drinkable.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

First time here. Food was not bad. Had filet medallions for two of us. One was cooked properly, the other was overcooked. The other two ordered a fish meal. Pretty good overall. The problem is the service. One of the four of us did not receive their meal with everyone else. The person who brought out the food was the only one who seemed concerned or apologized. It took more than a half an hour to get the last meal. We all ordered normally at the same time. It was very uncomfortable and awkward to have one person not eating. This has never happened to us before. You could tell the meal was prepared after all the others. Not sure who dropped the ball here , but it was a deal breaker. We will not go back! Our server did not seem to care or offer any reason or apology. It was not busy, several empty tables. This will be the only Open Table review I will leave that I agree to leave a comment directly for the management.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Food was SOOOOOOOO good. Lobster bisque was outstanding, nice and buttery. Lobster and shrimp risotto was OFF. THE. CHAIN.

Service could've been better. Wasn't a busy night but had to keep waving waitress over.

Excellent food and ambiance! I was able to have a conversation w/ a friend without having to yell over loud music or loud people. Def will be coming back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Lobster Bisque was out of this world!! Shrimp and lobster risotto also delish!

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2017

The service was excellent! They were very accommodating and quick for the lunch crowd. The food was quite tasty. A definite winner!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Healthy, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2017

I normally like Nick's very much. Mainly because it is the only sit down restaurant in the Merchandise Mart for business lunch.
I have been many times. However yesterday I had a very unfortunate experience.
First we looked at the Restaurant week menu, $22 for 3 courses, great value.
Usually I get a good salad, about $18, expensive but good.
Our waiter recommended the fish special so my friend and I took it.
The halibut was OK, a bit dry. But what a shock when we got the bill, it was a $34 entree !
And we were never told by our waiter.! So a routine business lunch was $75 !!
I called to ask about it, and was told that our waiter should have told us, but no offer of anything, hardly a "sorry".
So I think I will have to find a new place for business lunches now. Not good for a waiter to recommend a special without telling the price and then to see it was almost doubble anything else on the menu ! That's up selling, but I am afriad they have lost a customer !

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy
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food3
ambience4
service2
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2017

My semi-annual lunch with my sales associates. Great food to kickstart a great new year of business adventure

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2017

Great service and ambience to conduct a business meeting. The booths were comfortable and provided some privacy. Waitstaff was courteous and friendly.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2016

This place was just whatever. Decent happy hour deals. Weird ambiance. Service was good. Overall meh. Much better options in the area. Won't go out of my way to go back there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2016

I was disappointed this was not the same restaurant I had visited before. It was difficult to find. The menu was much reduced from the restaurant I thought I was going to. I was expecting high end dining and what I received was a bar and grill...one step up from a Denny's. no misrespect to Dennys.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2016

For that kind of money, they should have given more thought to the ambiance. There was NONE.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Love this restaurant. Great fish, great drinks & a perfect place to have a nice dinner

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Great lobster bisque and good selection even if you are not a seafood lover.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2016

We made an 8 pm reservation and were very disappointed when we arrived at 10 minutes until 8 and were told that we could be be served, as the restaurant closes at 8 pm. They would not even let us place a to go order. I would have thought that they would not have let Open Table make a reservation for closing time.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Business Luncheon. The Fixe-prix lunch is well worth the trip.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2016

Great service -- Rauel always takes good care of us.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Fantastic meal and great customer service. Thank you!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2016

Tilapia was overcooked which I wouldn't expect for Nick's.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Excellent seafood. Attentive service. Moderate prices.
The apple tart was great to share.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Wonderful food and great presentation. We had a late dinner. The restaurant wasn't too busy. We were able to enjoy a nice conversation. Would highly recommend for a special night out

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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