Nico Osteria's private dining space, located on the second floor of the restaurant, is composed of three private dining rooms & a semi-private bar & lounge area. With floating walls, we can accommodate 100 guests for a seated breakfast, lunch, or dinner & 150 guests for a reception-style eventsView Private Dining Details
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Sun 10:00AM - 11:00AM 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Mon - Tue 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 11:00AM 9:30PM - 10:00PM
Every thing was just so perfect but the part that made it so extra special was our server Kimberly. So accommodating, I'm from NYC and would go back because of her and btw the food was great too.
Excellent restaurant - the food is delicious and a good wine list. Head to the bar after dinner.
Went to Nico on a Saturday night at 7:15. They were sold out of oysters and gluten-free pasta (which was the reason we chose to go there), so that was pretty disappointing especially for it being so early in the night. Aside from that, everything was great. The mezcal drink was really good. Our server was amazing, I forget his name, but he was phenomenal and made us feel very welcomed. I started out with the chef's selection from the raw bar which I highly recommend, I think one order is enough for two people to try. The whole fish was delicious as well. Overall, our trip was great, aside from the gluten-free pasta being sold out, because of that I'm not sure I'd make a reservation there again.
Excellent for brunch because of delicious creative options and traditional dishes.
The service was outstanding and it’s a very cozy yet elegant restaurant!! Top notch restaurant and location!! Made it a wonderful bday for me including complementary dessert!💚
Had a dinner reservation at this place at 745pm on a Friday night and the service and food was terrible. We sat on on counter seats exactly as reserve, didn’t have any server come back to welcome and get our drink orders until 20mins later!!! The first round of cocktails were brought back to us 30mins later!!! We were disappointed of the very slow service but we wanted to give it a try. Ordered 2 apps, 2 dinners and a side - receive the first app in 25mins which was very disappointing. The second app and 1 dinner entree came more than an hour later!!! After another 30mins of waiting for the other dinner entree so my bf can eat, the sever told us it’s not done yet because she thought we won’t need it yet since we have the pasta!!! We were like what???? We ordered 2 dinner entree separately so how can she decide we would share one entree first then eat the next one!! At this point we decided to just leave, not finish dinner and asked for our bill. You think it they would do it right away since they know we were clearly upset already - we’ll guess what still waited for a long time for the bill!! The worst place that we have been to!!!
Made reservations but still waited 45 minutes. 2 hours total to get meal. Clearly they were understaffed for volume yet no one acknowledged the delays. Food is good but i won’t go back because they clearly do not understand basic principles of customer service.
The chicken was amazing. Most restaurants have a chicken item to just fill in the menu. But honestly the best Chicken I’ve had. The service was good and have a good wine selection. Dessert is phenomenal as well.
Food and service were amazing overall. The oyster mushroom salad was a delicious starter. Great combination of earthy flavors. The whole branzino was expertly prepared and the carrot “nest” was a pretty and tasty side. The twice baked croissant for dessert was somewhat less successful. Good flavors but the croissant was a little hard and difficult to eat. I ended up using my hands.
The food was very good. The service was fair at best. Ordered a bottle of wine and it took at least 20-25 minutes to arrive. Asked for bread service (excellent bread)which also took a long time to show up.
The booth type tables are surrounded by bench seats that are too low to be at a comfortable height so we moved to a conventional table with chairs.
Great place, very friendly staff and strong service. Everything we ordered was delicious. Both pasta dishes were very good, and the King Crab Cioppino and Brussel Sprouts Bruschetta were great starters. I highly recommend the crudo, we had the Amber Jack and it was good that I immediately wanted to order another serving .
Without paying crazy prices, this is about as good a dinner as you can have in Chicago. Yes, it is really that good.
a very wonderful experience. The bartender was very good!
We did not like the table we were seated at and were not able to move. The food was just alright.
Fantastic food. The mark of a great restaurant is to make a relatively simple dish like Cacio e Pepe pasta amazing. Nico hits the mark. Great bread, tuna crudo, swordfish, and chocolate torta. The two of us shared the 5 dishes served in five courses, a Nico Manhattan, and two glasses of Syrah for $180 including tax and 20% tip. Not cheap but a very good value for the quality.
Lively ambiance on a Friday night; service was fine, but not as good as once before at lunch: restaurant was a little crowded.
Nico Osteria is much better than Spiaggia and perhaps the best restaurant in the Gold Coast.
Nico's never disappoints. The food was yummy, service crisp and ambiance relaxed. Perfect for a nice gals lunch or business meeting.
Not so great this time/ the combo of Italian and Mexicain dishes was strange, not delicious and very expensive... very small also... the waitress said they were trying to figure out it they are “adaptable “... you cannot try to figure that out at someone else’s expense... one star/ too many.
Another fantastic dinner at Nico. Evening got off to a lovely start with a great round of cocktails and continued with several amazing dishes in the dining room. Super warm, friendly service as always. Nico has definitely become one of my favorite restos.
I chose this place as a last minute dinner option before a show in the loop. I selected table seating, but the bar seating looked pretty comfortable. I didn't care for the tables so close together in the middle of the floor. Overall the atmosphere is very nice. Our waiter (Brett?) was friendly, attentive and made great wine recommendations.
We opted to share the Dover sole since we were told it's a whole fish and two could share. We also ordered the brussel sprout bruschetta (Fantastic!), crispy potatoes (our fav dish) and spinach. The sole was tasty but was enough for really only one person. We were glad we ordered the sides. Being two women we were ok, but the fish would not have been enough for a man much less two. For this reason I gave only 3 stars for value. $60.00 was too much for the amount. I'm used to that price for something like sea bass. All of the food was very good and fresh. I can't say enough about that brussel sprout appetizer. It was a great mix of flavors. The potatoes were perfectly prepared as well.
I will definitely return but will try one of the pasta dishes instead. Someone at the next table had pasta and it smelled heavenly and looked really good.
We did not have time for desert but the menu was tempting!
Ddon't ever go here for breakfast. After a thirty minute wait for scrambled eggs and sausage, I asked where the dish was. Ten minutes later it arrived with sausage seeming uncooked and cold. I pointed that out and more sausage was brought out in exactly the same state. At that point, I just asked them to take away the plate.
The restaurant was practically empty and now, although in a hotel, I could tell why. That street is full of restaurants and they were all bustling with eaters of Sunday brunch.
I have had an excellent dinner at this restaurant at an earlier date which is why I chose it for a business meeting. Was I am embarrassed.
Loved the food
Nico used to be our favorite restaurant, but each time we return the menu seems to be getting smaller and less interesting. The service is usually top notch but that night was really under par. We really wonder if we’ll ever return.
Awesome food! Everything was very fresh. The orecchiette with tuna sausage was amazing.
Great, innovative take on Italian + seafood. Very consistent on food quality, taste and excellent service. Hamachi, tuna orichette and branzino were amazing! Highly recommend this spot. Fun location too.
We were there for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food was extraordinary and unique. While the restaurant was busy, our orders came out in a timely manner and service staff was friendly and attentive. We plan to return and would recommend to friends.
It was a wonderful meal. Enjoyed the ambiance! Great attention by servers!
we were seated immediately in a cozy spot in the salon area. The staff was very attentive, brought a sample of their fresh bread, including the olive bread that we love, and took our order promptly. The rest of the evening was a joy. We had crudos, oysters, pasta with truffles (almost an overload of flavor) and an entree of sole. I wish every evening out was as tasty and enjoyable as Nico Osteria.
I'm not going to lie. We have hustled Nico up and down this city to everyone we know and we come almost once/month. It's been, up until now, our favorite restaurant. But something has happened over there and it's beginning to disappoint. To start, the food is less inventive. It's good, don't get me wrong, but with a new chef on board we've noticed a lot more traditional takes on the Italian seafood cuisine that's getting away from what we fell in love with in the first place. Also, we generally LOVE sitting at the chef's counter but for some reason the chairs this last time actually left our legs cramping. Like legit pain. They must have gotten new chairs or something? But the biggest bummer was the service. We had an event to get to and were an hour late because we just couldn't get service. We didn't see our server for 45 minutes at a time. We would have loved to drink more, but he just never came around to take our order. After we finished our dessert, we waited 30 minutes for the check. And they stopped giving out the gummy/macaron palate cleansers with the check which was always such a nice touch. We felt pretty insignificant there and kind of forgotten, which is unfortunate for a place we've visited every month for years. Hoping it was just 1 bad night, but I'm worried it's because of the change in staff. We'll be back, hopefully to an improved (restored) experience.
The burger is outstanding🤗
We like the menu here generally and a typically fun/bustling vibe. However, during our most recent visit we were rather disappointed. The food was decent enough, but a bit pricey for what it is. For example, the truffle cacio e pepe was good, but not $36 good... I love truffle and I love that dish on any day but didn’t see how the taste justified the price. Par for the location to be sure, but was not “wow’d” overall. Very touristy. (Again, par for the location.)
Our favorite place to dine in the neighborhood. The creativity of the chef, the attention to detail in the presentation, excellent service by waitstaff, and the sommelier who always has a creative and unique wine pairing to offer....all add up to a wonderful dining experience each time we visit.
My wife and I were happy with the food. The meatball appetizer was good, we shared the stuffed papardelle, and the lobster spaghetti. The papardelle was the star of the night. The lobster spaghetti was good, but didn't wow us. Very little private seating. We had asked for it during our reservation, but didn't get it. Then asked while being seated and didn't get, even though private tables were available. For us, it put a damper on the experience.
I am sorry to say that this visit did not turn out well. I believe that the two person tables that line the middle of the restaurant are not very good to start with, but made worse by ‘nasty neighbors.” The couple next to us sat down, coughed, then sneezed into the restaurant’s napkin, and then coughed the rest of our stay...I saw another couple who was being seated next the couple and they turned around and walked away...I think they were then seated in a different spot. Service was disappointing. Once seated, we were left alone for over 12 minutes while others, who were rated after us, received multiple visits from their servers...Obviously a bad start. It is not get better. Our waitress was so scarce that at one point, we got up and had to order from our waitress that was folding napkins....The oysters were awesome! Given the above, we cannot provide a good review. We are sorry, but it was worse for us, we paid for it.
The food was great! I enjoyed my lobster spaghetti & the whole fish. However, the alcohol drink I order (a daiquiri) was not good. The mix drinks left a lot to be desired.
Wonderful with a special complimentary dessert
Food was good, service was better. Jasmine did a great job with timing. Didn’t feel rushed at all and it made for a great night.
Nico osteria was fantastic. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful and accommodating. She really was attuned to the mood and flow of the table. The food was fantastic. Outstanding and a gift from the kitchen was the Brussels Sprout bruschetta. Wow. Everyone's meal was delicious - orchietta with tuna sausage, bolonese etc. The restaurant is casual in feel. High end in food and service. Wine list is huge by Italian regions. Again server knew her stuff and steered us exactly where we wanted to be in price and type. Will be back!
Our experience at Nico was outstanding, largely because the food, service, and ambience - all elements needed for a total dining experience - were wonderful. Our starters included raw fish, beautifully prepared and excellent quality. We split a whole fish (Branzino) for our main course. It was superb, and we want to do this again. Our server, Adrienne, made the entire experience perfect. She was very knowledgeable about menu options and portion sizes, and when we asked her to recommend wines by the glass that paired well with our menu items, she had no hesitation about doing so. We loved her choices! She was always "there" when we needed her, always upbeat and willing, thus making the entire experience stress-free. Fortunately, we do not live too far away from Nico, and we definitely plan to put it on our list of "regular" restaurants in Chicago.
We love this place! Not a cheap dinner, but fabulous food and great service makes it worth the splurge! One of our favorite Chicago restaurants.
The server ERIK was great