Nico Osteria

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2308 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
A staple in Chicago's Gold Coast Neighborhood, Nico Osteria offers authentic Italian dining, curated into seasonally-inspired menus showcasing both classic favorites and regionally-inspired dishes, thanks to the creative approach of award-winning Executive Chef Tim Graham. Nestled inside Thompson Chicago, Nico Osteria delivers an approachable and welcoming experience for traveling foodies, locals and hotel guests alike to enjoy breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch. The dining room lends a warm backdrop for a menu of house-made pasta and impeccable seafood, Salone Nico provides a casual, yet refined, bar setting for rustic fare, and the patio is the prime destination to enjoy Italian small plates and an Afternoon Aperitivo in warmer months.

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got there early so the waiter had plenty of time to explore wines with me

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CathyW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I sat at the bar and watched the chefs prepare various dishes....I wanted to try them all.
Fascinating to watch how intent each chef was as they concentrated on the smallest details to create a work of art...that tasted amazing. The food was as fresh as could be.

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vipJudithH
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday dinner for my husband. The food was super delicious and so well prepared. The Brussels sprout bruschetta is out of this world, and every course is well done — pasta and fish, especially. Service was stellar and the restaurant manager made a nice fuss, presenting my husband with an ice cream sundae with a candle, and an offer to buy us a round of drinks at the bar afterward. Exactly the perfect night out we knew we would have at Nico Osteria.

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TrentonM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently went to Nico Osteria for a surprise birthday dinner. The staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. We were looking to share a couple of starters but were unsure of what to get. Our server recommended the brussels sprouts bruschetta and the oysters, which were both delicious. Our plates came out just as we finished the starters. The orecchiette was my personal favorite with bits of tuna sausage. It was overall a fantastic experience. I will definitely be back in the near future and will be recommending to friends and family.

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DonB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was good. The food was uneven. The octopus antipasto was excellent. The meatball antipasto was good. The tuna sausage rapini orrechietti was excellent. The lobster chitarra was not good. The dish has three ingredients: lobster, tomato sauce and pasta. The sauce was ketchup sweet, and the chitarra was gummy. To the restaurant’s credit, it was taken off the bill. Overall, a disappointment.

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GeorgeC
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I am extremely tough with my reviews. However, the branzino was the best I ever had in my life. The newly introduced appetizer "anchovy stuffed with crab meat" is a creative and tasty dish. I did not expect the combination to work but it does.

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vipcivilwartraveller
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Branzino in Chicago. Great wine selection. You have to order bread ala carte. Great service. I tipped 35%

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vipPV123
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nico is amazing! The crudo is superb, we went with the tuna. The small plates are amazing as is the pasta. Cacio e pepe, wow! We enjoyed sitting at the counter looking into the kitchen. Love the guided wine section. Depending on the night, you may the place to yourself or the last table in the restaurant.

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vipTony
Chicago
124 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious but menu is limited. Enjoyed Caesar salad, kale salad, meatball and rotolo apps. Cacio e pepe could have been more flavorful with more parm and more pepper. Also works better with regular spaghetti. Our server was excellent, hostess not so much. She seemed indifferent about checking off our reservation and then reported us as a no show to Open Table-very irritating!

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Flow
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The most horrible experience ever. The waiter was so rude and I will never come here again and will not recommend this to anyone. Very very poor service

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vipChiMagMile
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta and bruschetta.

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vipJohnE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, creative, delicious food and wine. My goto Italian in the city.

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vipJenn
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party ordered almost every crudo available and were not disappointed! The hamachi and big eye tuna were favored. Additionally, the brussel sprout bruschetta was outstanding.
Pastas were enjoyed all-around, but we couldn't leave without gelato.
Highly recommend visiting with a big appetite!

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vipBabb
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kathleen r waitress was helpful & attentive.

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mns1600
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Sat at bar- which was very nice. Food was disappointing. Service was very good. Probably wouldn’t recommend if someone was looking for excellent food and atmosphere.

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Elvis
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. The staff is always friendly and the food creative. Nico never disappoints!

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vipStacieN
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great valentines dinner. One of my favorite restaurants and this visit did not disappoint. Favs include the octopus and orichette, plus their house made bread with olive oil. Husband had the pork belly appetizer and loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tables were a little close together but otherwise we loved it

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CarlosM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, great food, and love that there’s a doggie menu!

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MarkM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome night, great server. It was a special night with a lady

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I had written that we were celebrating a birthday and Valentine’s Day in the description but there was no mention of this or any “special” part of the meal offered (even for example a candle in the dessert). Service was fine, if not a bit stiff and it seemed like everyone (multiple people) was in a race to clear our plates as soon as we weren’t touching them for a minute.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite possibly the best dining experience I’ve ever had. Bravo Chef Tim Graham and Nico staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing meal on my visit to Nico! Thompson Chicago is top notch plus a tremendous restaurant on top of it! We had the best time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for breakfast brunch. Service and food were great

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vipRizelle
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week, and every course was amazing. Service was fantastic. The pasta was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food & great atmosphere.

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vipTerryR
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific! Went for restaurant week. The portions were generous and menu was a good value. Majority of the dishes were delicious, and nothing was bad. Will go back.

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vipNikki
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, filled with quality ingredients and it’s clear technique was used to prep it. The restaurant is cute and the servers were very good.

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ShannonJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and portions. Great management team!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The updated menu is to do for!

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susan
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I went to Nico Osteria for dinner during restaurant week. The pasta was the standout. The meatballs on polenta were very good, but the regular bread was better than the accompanied toasted bread to sop up the extra polenta. The short rib was a bit dry and you had to cut it with a knife (I have had short ribs that fall apart with a fork).
I sat at the counter and watched the staff prepare the entrees-always fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Waitress never stopped by to ask how our food was. For some of us the short ribs were excellent, for others they were incredibly tough.

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vipIKnowNewYork
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was very greasy. Part of it too much cheese and oil on everything.

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vipCanuckDC
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my 3rd visit to Nico Osteria and first time with my husband for dinner. We shared the burrata starter, the charred octopus and then each ordered a pasta. We did not need both pasta dishes so in hindsight could have shared one but both pastas were delicious. The cacio de Pepe is so rich but amazing and it did not disappoint but because of it's richness is better as a shared plate. The bolognese was fantastic - their interpretation was less tomato based but really tasty. We will be back!

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SamD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great time. Enjoyed the restaurant week menu items.!

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vipGeno
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a 5pm rez. The hostess seated us at a small 2 seat table. We asked for a booth and they said they had none even though only two of the 20 booths had people in them. Apparently those were reserved for other more important people coming later. After insisting they put us at the booth next to the door. When we left at 7pm, there were still at least 5 empty booths. That being said, Trevor our waiter was awesome and attentive. The food was fabulous (all 4 courses). Its too bad that it started off poorly with hostesses that can't think for themselves when it comes to the experience. Better luck next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

I was so disappointed in this dining experience. Nico is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, and I was the one to pick it for our girls’ lunch. The food was fine (except for the hotdog-like breakfast sausage...) but it was the service which really ruined the meal. We waited to order for 40 min after being seated, then were told the kitchen was closing in 15 min. We ordered coffee, had it delivered, then watched it grow cold as we waited for the sugar for another half an hour (the coffees were replaced). The same went with our wine. Despite being one of only a few tables seated for this late lunch, our server would disappear for half an hour or more at a time and we would be searching for anyone to help us out. Such a bummer. I live in the suburbs now and would be hard-pressed to choose this old favorite again for fear of a repeat performance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Give yourself plenty of time. I had a concert at Newberry to attend, and wish I allowed more time to savor the experience. It doesn’t feel like it is in a hotel at all.

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vipEvieSox
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our group went for a 'restaurant week' so our selections were limited to what they offered. The soup was over spiced with pepper but everything else was tasty. Those that chose the tiramisu said it was one of the best versions of the dessert they had ever eaten. Wait staff was very friendly and accommodating.

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chelsea
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a reservation made but the host insisted we sit at the counter which turned out to be fun watching the chef (although I would have liked the option to sit at a booth if we wanted). Our server was prompt and working hard and brought out the food pretty timely for a Saturday night. The issue is the food itself which was unfortunately lacking in flavor, the pasta was cold without the slightest hint of truffle, and the Brussels sprouts overcooked to burnt crisps. For the price, dinner here is absolutely not worth it.

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