Nico Osteria

4.6
1982 reviews
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The team behind One Off Hospitality Group, Executive Chef Paul Kahan and restaurateurs Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Kimberly Galban, presents Nico Osteria, an authentic Italian seafood restaurant at Thompson hotel in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Chef Joe Lambert’s house-made pastas and fresh seafood, alongside Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky’s creative and approachable style are perfectly suited for the setting’s rustic elegance.

Salone Nico is a welcoming space, celebrating the European tradition of afternoon aperitifs and craft cocktails. The wine list features producers from Italy and Greece, as well as grower champagne. Grab a cocktail, sneak in a light bite or settle in for a night cap at Salone Nico.

We invite guests to contact us by phone for last-minute reservations or those hoping to reserve seats at the Chef’s Counter overlooking our open kitchen in the main dining room.
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Sun 9:00AM - 11:00AM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM
Sat 9:00AM - 11:00AM

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food and service! Our server Anthony was incredible

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HC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat. Brussel sprout bruschetta app. was fantastic, so was the scallop appetizer. My wife had the Sea Bass which was really good. I had the steak which is one of the best steaks I’ve had in a long time. I’ve been to numerous steak houses in the past couple of years and the steak at Nico was by far the best I’ve had. Cooked to perfection. The drinks were great. Only complaint about the drinks were the pours were a little small. Wine by the glass was fantastic. My cousins wife got the rigatoni bolognase which she loved. Our server was awesome. She was super laid back, and very helpful. We got a side of potatoes which were pretty good as well. Overall I would highly recommend this place to friends or anyone looking for a good meal.

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M
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My reservation was for 7h30 PM on Friday, 15 February 2019. It makes no sense (no sense!) that you should have at the reception desk a person as disagreeable as the young woman who was on duty when my friends and I arrived. This person was unwelcoming, unsmiling, and determined to keep as closed a face as possible. By contrast, the person who took us to our seats and our waitress were both charming. Why on earth do you keep that unpleasant woman at the front desk? Is this really how you want to greet your patrons? Surely, you can find someone who, at the very least, will pretend to smile. We'll now give "Nico" a break for quite a while.

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KI
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional room with exceptional food. Everything from seafood crudo plates to pasta, everything is great. Counter/chef seating adds to the entertainment value. Been here a few times and it’s always excellent.

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JV
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing

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KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there for a birthday dinner with a friend last Friday. Sat in the bar for a drink, which has very nice ambience, and cordial bartenders. Good drinks as well, which I thought for Chicago were reasonably priced. The brussel sprouts bruschetta and the gnocchi were phenomenal, along with the tiramisu, which had a different, smoked taste to it. I would pass on the potatoes, as they are large and very flavorful. The tables are very close together, so if you're looking for intimate conversation, this isn't the place. Overall, I would recommend Nico.

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B
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All good until shortly b4 we were to leave when an intruder who entered thru the Hotel entrance stole a phone from a patron at a nearby table!

Warning to keep cell phones hidden away no matter how classy the restaurant is!!!😬

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant seems a bit dated at this time. I came here when they first opened and had a marvelous experience. It was restaurant week, but they were behind on a Thursday and my party and I waited 30 mins to be seated with a reservation. The server took a bit to take our order. The menu was OK. I doubt I'd ever come back to be honest.

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A
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was an amazing deal for restaurant week! lots of great food!!! not sure i'd pay the normal amount for italian food, but at restaurant week prices, it was great value!

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c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was delicious. Best Tirimisu ever with (count them) nine layers of delicious décadence!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing. The service not so great. The waiter did not check on us and we had to wait forever for a second round of drinks. She was not friendly and was not able to give us food suggestion.

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HS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Restaurant Week, great deal and good selection. First time I have been there but would be happy to go back.

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DB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service at the restaurant was a bit sterile. I reserved and had the option of counter or standard seating. I selected standard. When I arrived, I was taken to a counter seat and when I said that I requested standard seating the hostess looked confused and said she’d check to see if there was a place for me (restaurant was empty at 6 pm). She left me standing at the counter seat to check. She came back and put me at a table directly behind the counter seat. My server greeted me immediately after I sat and asked about drinks. I told him I needed a minute to look. He left and took an extremely long time to return - so much so that another server asked if I had been helped. He finally shows back up and take my wine order and I told him I was also ready to order food as well. He took my order and left. It took a bit to get my glass of wine and someone else brought it. They had runners for the food so the server came back for a brief second to see if my food was ok and left. My dessert was brought by a manager who asked if I needed anything else. I ordered coffee from him. When I saw the server again, he was asking if I needed anything else and when I said no, he put my check down. I received better service from everyone else. I noticed the other server was more pleasant and even gave one of her tables macaroons after their dessert. I wanted to feel valued and appreciated and that was missing for me. I participated in Restaurant Week and enjoyed every course - there was a total of four. I will definitely go back but would not want that server again.

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely people. I go there regularly, enjoy the food and appreciate the servers and host/hostesses professionalism/good work. One of the best values in downtown area of Chicago.
Summer time they all pay attention to my gorgeous dog and take care of him at the patio.

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S
Chicago
211 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were so disappointed because we wanted the restaurant week menu and there was only the brunch menu. I see that's stated on the website but missed it, I guess -- it's not on the actual menu, but on a link that connects to the menu. Anyway, the food was ok, but I would rather chose this restaurant for their pastas and dinner options rather than brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy dining here any time I'm in town. Tonight, since it's restaurant week, I tried the prix fixe menu. The food was prepared perfectly, and I love that I can try something new and expand my horizons every time I'm here.

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DS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Nico Osteria for Restaurant Week, and sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen (which we both loved -- felt like a "chef's table" experience but without paying extra). The restaurant was busier than expected for 6:30 on a Friday, and the tables never emptied throughout our time there. Our waiter was fantastic, offering suggestions for wine and food, checking in regularly to see how everything was, and making sure our glasses were never empty. The food was fantastic (4 courses for $48 felt like a steal, given the portion sizes and quality of food) with the highlight for me being the bolognese. I'll definitely be back!

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SM
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Being in the neighborhood, we dine here whenever we ca, as it is always great. We’ve never had a dish that wasn’t delicious.

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MO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

came for restaurant week -- four courses & a good amount of delicious food!

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed in the Cioppino. It used to be more then twice the size and now looks like meager substitute.
Nico is taking steps back in food presentation and I’m so sad as this used to be my fav place to go

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SI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was first Rate! Loved the Restaurant Week menu! The servers were incredibly nice!

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JL
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food. Would definitely go back, though it's probably a bit overpriced in comparison to many other equally good restaurants in Chicago.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful service!

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MH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waitress did not seem to care too much about our table. We ordered a bottle of wine and she came back saying they didn’t have it, ordered another and came back ten minutes later saying they didn’t have that one either. After one time of not having the bottle, you should make sure you know which ones are out.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Meh. Food was ok, service was terrible, we were offered the “chef seating” which was a fancy way of telling us it was the bar. Not worth the money.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Resturamt week menu. Was great food and great deal

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is great and the place is nice. Our only issue is that we told the server that two of our guest had nut allergies and the Bronzino came with almonds on it. I just think a restaurant of that quality should not make a simple mistake like that. They did give us a free dessert for the mistake, which was nice. That is why I gave it four stars.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING!

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SS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed with the service at Nico's. The food was amazing and we can't wait to go there again.

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SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere; brisk, attentive service.

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This return visit was for a birthday. The restaurant was was quiet and the staff very attentive,especially our waiter, who was knowledgeable as well as helpful and respected our privacy. The food was, as usual, excellent, creatively presented, and appropriately priced. Overall, a great evening! Thanks.

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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Mouth watering food and great ambiance

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special weekend

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CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! As was the food. But I was definitely impressed by the great service. Looking forward to coming here again.

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a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was good but the service was mediocre, at best.

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DC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and imaginative food. Table are rather close.

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GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was exceptional. We sat at the Chef's counter (group of 2), and truly enjoyed watching the Chef's at work. They answered our questions without reserve as we learned about each of the apps that were being created. The service was outstanding - seasoned and kind. Our cocktails were refreshed with good timing, letting us know our server was on top of everything and we were not forgotten amidst a very busy evening dinner crowd. I went back the next day to purchase a $200 gift card for a friend. Again, exceptional!

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T
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We saw the restaurant on a Food Network show and wanted to try the Spaghetti with Lobster. Three out of the five of us tried it. We all enjoyed it. The Brussels Sprouts Bruschetta appetizer was outstanding.
Service was slow at first. A manager took our drink order. Our server Brigitte made up for the wait. She was very helpful with menu choices and very attentive on checking with us during our meal.

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A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and good food.

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J
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, Nico has delicious Italian seafood. The gnocchi and bass are great. One disappointment: the chefs counter seats gave us a view of the dishwasher instead of a chef’s station.

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