NICO

4.3
485 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Oyster Bar
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NICO is an upbeat oyster bar serving French cuisine carefully prepared in a wood-fired oven. With ingredients sourced from the waters of the Lowcountry and a curated selection of the country’s most coveted raw oysters, French Master Chef, Nico Romo offers a fresh take on seafood for Charleston's iconic Shem Creek.
NICO offers outdoor dining year-round and please note that if you select an outdoor table, the space is enclosed and heated for the colder months.

*We gladly accept reservations and walk-ins*
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Oyster Bar, French, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(843) 352-7969
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nico Romo
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COMPLIMENTARY VALET
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico and Nicos are awesome!!!!
The quenelle is a top 5 all time dish for me!!

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CA
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome place. Service was great, as was the food. Nico came out to say hi and chatted with us for a while. Felt like home. Highly recommended.

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AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved nico-fantastic experiences

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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughters & I happen to see the grand opening on "Southern Charm" & decided to come to SC & ck it out! FOOD was Excellent & very Tasty! YES, we'd come again & have already recommended it to friends that will be visiting the Charleston area soon! THANKS for such a great meal & desserts!

I give you 5 STARS & Everything!

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f
Western NC
111 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

How is it okay to serve oysters that are still attached to the shell. Nico said that’s the French way but I have eaten many oysters in France that were not attached. Our waitress must have been new. She couldn’t tell us about anything on the menu or what happy hour was about . Other tables with other servers were given helpful and informed info. We had the Plateau and Happy Hour oysters with no flavor and condiments that amounted to little more than mayo and ketchup. Disappointed. Perhaps it was just a bad night but I won’t be going back.

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RS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

More menu choices, besides oysters, would be welcome.

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The NY strip was tough, shrimp cocktail had a fishy taste. The shrimp did not seem fresh. Food was over embellished and disguised with all sorts of spices and heavy creams.

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W
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the whole experience was fantastic! Probably the best restaurant off the peninsula!!! Worth the trip over the Cooper - thank you!!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The duck confit was outstanding and my husband loved the oyster app.

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JF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

If you are going to offer a special, do not run out of it at 7pm.

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MH
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New to the area and was recommended to try NICO. Did not disappoint! Our appetizers, drinks and meals were outstandingly delicious!! Friendly waiter, hostess and manager! We will be back as my mouth is salivating!

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. Wonderful selection of oysters. NICO is great for special occasions like. We like going to NICO on birthdays.

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RA
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nico is a flavorful, French, fabulous find!
The oyster menu choices are great and the presentation as well. The duck was the best ever for my son from NY. The baked alaska served the three of us. Yum!
Our server was knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations. Nico personally checked in with us. Thank you for a remarkable dinner!

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BB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Loved it. Great food. Great service. Bartender very friendly and knew the beers.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food!

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R
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great !!! Old Fashion $17.00 , absolutely ridiculous!!!!! Need female waiters... dudes in kitchen are great , but need females on the floor... owner was cool... will go back.....

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FT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French menu Large and varied oysters Top wait staff and Hands on owner Nico who is always available

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service excellent. Well done. Very impressed with knowledge and silent service.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!! Gave it a “10”

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love NICO! Great, fresh & yummy food every single time!

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MO
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great twist on seafood! Everything we had was fantastic. Not your "norm" but every twist they did to their food and presentation was so good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience. Staff knowledgeable and the food was terrific.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Food and service were wonderful. Hopefully the approaching storm will not effect them and will be open next week.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Service was great as always.

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K
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

While the oysters were quite tasty, the other items we ordered were much less memorable. It was very expensive and nothing that special. As for the ambiance, the decor was rather sparse inside. I would recommend sitting outside because at least the patio is nice. The restaurant was nearly empty, which we found concerning given that the places around it were packed.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best dinner I've had in the Charleston area! The food was out of this world and the service by Adam was top notch! Cannot wait for another visit! This will definitely become our 'repeat" place for a couples dinner!

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JS
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best prepared, presented, and freshest seafood we’ve ever found in Charleston! Nick was our server and he was wonderful. He helped us navigate the menu with ease, and made us feel like regular guests on our very first visit. We have already told our Charleston friends to GO! NICO was easily our favorite meal in a city of exceptional food options. We love fresh seafood, and we were not disappointed. And Veuve Clicquot for happy hour was pretty amazing to find. Can’t wait to return!

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

Very enjoyable!

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very best meals I have ever had! I shall return!

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S
Hawaii
46 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oysters, raw and baked. I had never had barrel fish, but it was delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and efficient. Nothing but good about Nico.

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K
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service, and ambience. A really fun place with incredible food.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and outstanding service! Highly recommend to those who love oysters, or any seafood really.

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AM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food stone crabs were amazing
Oysters super.

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MC
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose a variety of oysters on the half shell - deliciously fresh, cold, beautiful presentation, with all of the correct utensils and perfect accompaniments. I order pompano whenever I get the opportunity and it was baked perfectly, still moist and flakey. Nico visited our table and was charming and warm and enthusiastic about his success and the welcome he has experienced in Mt. Pleasant. I'll definitely be going back.

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MD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We like the atmosphere a lot. Cassual and young spirit.

Food was not so great though. Gnocci was nothing but gnocci.

Then the rest was ok.

Thank you.

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Austin
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. I had the NICO and it did not disappoint. Along with a dozen oysters and the table side baked Alaska.

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MC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun, lively ambience with excellent seafood. My wife and I split multiple items on the menu and loved every single one of them. We enjoyed the happy hour before moving onto dinner. Excellent service with fresh, delicious seafood. We are looking forward to our next dining experience at Nico!

Small note: Outdoor seating was a little loud as the noise from a live band leaked across the street onto Nico's outdoor patio. It wasn't a problem but something to be aware.

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C
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but our waiter this time was Nick. He is one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable wait staff persons I have ever met. He was quite young, but had an unbelievable passion for the food at this restaurant. Wow!

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LS
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex our sever was great! She was knowledgeable about the menu and also offered great suggestions which were spot on! Love king forward to our next visit!

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