Nico Osteria

4.6
1891 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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 Bill Montagne’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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:30 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm-10:30 pm
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Phone number
(312) 994-7100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Kahan
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Cross street
Rush and Bellevue
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Parking details
Nico Osteria offers valet parking at our main entrance, 1015 N. Rush Street, for $15.99. There is also ample street metered parking available.
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Public transit
The closest red line stops are at either Clark/Division or Chicago Avenue. The closest bus route, number 151, stops at Division and inner Lake Shore Drive.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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 events

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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

What 1891 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good! The matron was very accommodating and allowed me to move to a more lively place. Went late in the night so some of the dishes were finished. Had the Brussel sprouts (omg good), octopus (good but not all that). I had the gnnochis and it was DIVINE.

For dessert we had the tiramisu and it was good but nothing crazy like everyone raves about.

Overall a great place to eat and fairly priced!

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good meal with great service

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A
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Counter seats are not comfortable.

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E
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The tables are very close together. No privacy here!

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Italian donuts are outstanding

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

We had such a lovely experience! We always love Nico, it’s like being on vacation when you walk into the beautiful entrance. Bret A was our waiter, he made our dining experience! He was so much fun! He spoiled is! Toping off our wine, adding a side because he thought it would be delicious with our branzino, 2 deserts wasn’t enough, we needed to try three! His smile and joyful personality will keep us coming back!

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M
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brussels Sprouts sandwich is SO good. Perfect for Gold Coast people watching.

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nico Osteria continues to over-achieve. Consistently, in any measurement of restaurant excellence.
Here’s to Ginhee Oh for her non-stop leadership, and excellent support team !

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A
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and house-made pasta. The sardines and the meatballs are a must-have appetizer.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico was amazing. Their personalization and knowledgeable staff made our anniversary special.

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ME
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant was great! Awesome for gluten free diners. The pasta was very good; some of the best gluten free noodles I have had.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - food was fantastic and staff was great

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TD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, attentive service, good wine list. Food was so-so. My wife and I shared a veal sweetbreads app which had too many flavors competing with the sweetbreads. My wife enjoyed her poached halibut. I ordered the whole salt crusted branzino and asked that it not be deboned before being served. The waiter said that was not possible but without a good explanation why. The "whole" fish arrived in parts. Seems a little "fishy". Desserts were good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I could not find my waitress anytime when I need. And because we wait too long for the service, we have no time to have dessert.

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MJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

While the venue is attractive and the service is quite good, the food is well below what we expected.
The scallop crudo was fresh and flavored nicely. The charred octopus was bad. It had a very strong fishy taste to it that we had not experienced with octopus at other restaurants. We ended up sending it back. The rest of the dinner was hit or miss - the chicken dish and homemade gnocchi were very good but the lamb and rigatoni dishes were not well flavored and bland.

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RB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is perfectly crafted and seasoned. Delicious bread and wonderful atmosphere. We eat here often and always have a great meal and evening

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AD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As always had a great time, Crudo and hamachi collar were standouts. Delicious pasta. Fig tart for dessert was the perfect ending. Great cocktails, wine and spirit list.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Fantastic ! So flavorful! Perfectly paced service. Can’t wait to come back.

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the rigatoni and our server Bridget. Had a table by the window and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Rush street.

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

We came in to celebrate our engagement for brunch. Food was delicious.

Only hiccup was when a server dropped dirty silverware on my fiancée and stained her clothing and jacket with red sauce. No one came to address this after it happened and no accommodations were made.

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BD
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall very enjoyable. The only two minor knocks are the atmosphere in the dining area is a little too crowded for me. Table layouts and traffic flow limit the comfort. The octopus appetizer was just ok but the balance of the meal and the service was top notch.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. I was hoping for a lunch menu, but we got a brunch menu...we were thinking about leaving, but our server was so enthusiastic and persuasive that we stayed. I am so glad we did. Service was awesome. Food was “to die for”!

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NS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every flavor always so well thought out. Best service ever!

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V
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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SS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent waiter (knowledgeable, friendly, + helpful / wise recommendations) and very good food in a pleasant peaceful indoor setting.

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M
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice Weekend brunch with different type of options. Good Italian wine list. Service is very good.

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ND
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Rigatoni I’ve ever had. Unreal! My wife and I had a very pleasant anniversary.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was fine. Nothing special.

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RR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. My wife and I each had fish - dover sole and halibut, plus a shared salad and a shared side of persian cucumbers. With one cocktail each bill was over $150 plus $30 tip. It was good but not worth the money.

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EM
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat at the “chef’s table” where we could watch them make the appetizers. It was a fun experience. The other tables did seem close together so I was glad we had more space and it helped us decide what to order. The food was amazing. Our waitress was very attentive and had great suggestions. Great place! Wish they offered more wines by the glasses though.

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was very good. Brussels sprouts bruschetta is excellent. Pasta Bolognese was very good but the temperature could have been hotter.

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EB
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The crude is always wonderful as is the pasta! Very friendly welcome.

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NU
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Return visit and return again. Good place to go before Porchlight Theater.

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great
All that we hoped for
People at restaurant were extremely well trained
Made our evening better
Highly recommend

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J
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had friends from out of town with us and decided to come to Nico Osteria. They and we really enjoyed the food but some how the wait for our entrees was extremely long. The hostess, not the waitress, brought an appetizer to pacify us and when the waitress did make an appearance it was always very short as if she was embarrassed by the wait. She could have at least explained why we were waiting so long.

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HS
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I saw Nico Osteria advertised online by chance and decided to check it out with my boyfriend, who was visiting from out of town. We both consider ourselves "fine dining aficionados" and Nico Osteria did not disappoint! The decor was definitely upscale and the service was excellent. The servers visited us just often enough to keep us fed and hydrated without being overbearing. The food was delicious as well. I got the lobster spaghetti which was very excellent. I especially loved the way the noodle's texture was similar to the lobster itself. My boyfriend got the 7 oz wagyu strip, and we were somewhat disappointed that it was rather dry. We had cannoli for dessert, but the cannoli was not the typical Italian cannoli that we're used to. These were more like donuts with pistachio ice cream. Our waitress did explain this to us when we ordered, but we just wasn't sure what to expect! I was really hoping for a regular cannoli!
The only other disappointing thing that I'll mention is that we went there on a Sunday night and were seated at the bar because we were told that we'd be able to see the chefs cook from where we're sitting. We were able to see the chefs, alright...from the other end of the bar! Perhaps it wasn't as busy as it usually is, but the chefs occupied the cooking area behind the bar from the other end, and we were seated on the opposite end, so we were somewhat disappointed that we couldn't see the chefs work more closely! But it's just a minor inconvenience, and overall we had a great time here! I still foresee us coming back at some point, but next time we'll know to ask for the close-up seats closer to where the chefs are working!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating running the Chicago Marathon

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

My husband and I have two children (2 years old and 8 months old), so going out just the two of us these days is a huge undertaking.

The food was excellent but the service was poor due to our waiter forgetting pretty much everything we asked him. I also noted on my reservation that we were celebrating my husband’s birthday. Usually restaurants provide a complimentary dessert but this waiter did none of that.

I was greatly disappointed in the service especially having dined at Nico Osteria before and having a better experience. We expected to have a nice night away from our kids but having to repeatedly ask the waiter for things made the night feel as if we were at home.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marathon & birthday

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MR
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was delicious
The ambience delightful
While we found a wine we enjoyed, the wine list could be expanded to include more affordable wines

Our waitress has a terrible attitude - luckily the mngr stepped in and took over the service for the remainder of our evening and he was outstanding.

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