Nico Osteria

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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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OT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Tim came out to make sure everything was great. Our waitstaff was awesome.

j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service at the counter by Alex and his teammates. Everything was delicious. Wish the dishes had a tad less oil but still good. Tiramisu was unimpressive, too many things happening at once.

KB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and very friendly staff. Had one of the specialty drinks that was too sour for my taste. Strands of saffron on the top of drink did not mix well with the drink itself.
Our salads presented very well but taste was average. Mustard of bottom of pear endive salad did not mix well with bitterness of endive. Perhaps, if pears were more sweet, it would have been better.
Butternut squash ravioli was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Second time eating here. The first time was phenomenal, hence wanting to dine again. It was incredibly slow for a Friday night which was concerning. Staff was great. Menu was okay, food was nothing earth shattering and quite small portions. Bread was served cold, with cold butter. Would have much preferred it be even slightly warm. We both had pasta, but were disappointed that there wasn’t anything written on the menu about adding a protein.

l
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have enjoyed dining at Nico many times but this time was special as we had my 5.5mo puppy and a friend's 4 year old with us and they could not have been more welcoming or accommodating. We also had fabulous tuna salads that were tasty and nutritious and their brussel sprout straticella which is incredibly unique and delicious- best in Chicago for sure. I can't recommend this restaurant enough for lunch or dinner.

JM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food really enjoyed it. Cool focused wine list perfect for wine geeks

BK
Seattle
60 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

k
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great food & service - one of my favorite restaurants in the city!

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic wine list and sommolier!

oysters the best!

R
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Not as good as it used to be.

R
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not the "Italian experience" we were hoping for. Mostly a bunch of new twists on the classics that didn't hit the mark for us. The Cacio de Pepe had a distinct lemon flavor that was unexpected and not well-received. The Mushroom Alfredo Papardelle was more of a mushroom broth than creamy and Alfredo-y.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable atmosphere - relaxed yet intimate. Our server Derek is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in both food and wine selections. We sampled the three varieties of oysters and all lived up to their description. We ordered pasta. The rigatoni bolognese was the best tasting we ever had. Their take on the gnocchi is excellent with a beet sauce delight. We can't wait to go back to try their fish and to eat the rigatoni bolognese.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience as always. Lindsey our server was phenomenal as always. She always knows what I like and her recommendations are top notch. This is my go-to spot..

F
Cleveland
140 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

It was a terrible experience. We waited 30 minutes after the appetizers to get the soup. They forgot to place the order. Then everything came at one time.
The valet crew parked my car and I got a parking ticket.
Disaster for what was supposed to be a special date night.

DM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We live in the neighborhood and have been missing Bistro Zinc. We thought we would try Nico in hopes that it might be our go to place now. The food was great and location perfect for us! Also it has a pleasant atmosphere. However the wine list was too expensive. There should be great options under $50. There are many value wines today especially Italian.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible about the experience. They were very accomodating to us with our infant, and the servers were all so kind to us and the baby. The food and cocktails were incredible, with very unique flavors. Our server also gave us a list of some great places to eat in the city for the rest of our stay. Overall, they made our anniversary great!!

j
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. On the rich side, but nice on a cold night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu is very good , presentation excellent , however the food is too spicy. They should ask about dietary restrictions or at least make it clear on the menu

S
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would give Nico 10 stars if it was possible! They couldn’t seat us at our res time, so bought all 3 of us a drink while we waited in the lounge area. Never had that happen at any other restaurant! Food and service were truly exceptional. We sat at the chef’s counter and got attention from several of the chefs and wait staff, all just making sure we had everything we wanted, answering all questions and offering suggestions. Oysters with caviar, Brussels sprouts bruschetta and the lobster Amatriciana were our faves. This is by far my favorite restaurant in Chicago!

s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner at the chefs counter!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, but get a booth if you can as the tables in the middle are a bit on top of each other. Good accomodations on Gluten-free. Excellent spot, will definitely be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible experience - will not go back!

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My husband and I came here upon the recommendation of a friend. We both felt like the food was fine, but nothing that we ate that night left us wanting more. We didn’t have a bad experience, it was just wasn’t very memorable. We were seated at the first table in front the entrance, so I really didn’t get a feel for the restaurant. Our server wasn’t bad, she just wasn’t overly friendly. She did what was necessary, but I wouldn’t say she positively contributed to the dining experience. We don’t get away every week, so I was hoping for a great meal and this just didn’t deliver. At this price point, I think there are places that would leave you wanting to return. We won’t be coming back

g
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Came in with 8 people for a work lunch. Meal was efficient and not too rushed.

GH
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting menu, terrific flavors, extensive and unique wine list friendly and gracious service: we’ll be back! The meatballs deserve a special shout out.

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our second evening eating at Nico’s. My daughter and I enjoyed it so much last night that we decided to return this evening. The manager noticed and gave us a free dessert :). We visit from Cincinnati about three times a year and ALWAYS visit Nico’s. The food never, ever disappoints. Bon Appetite!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Very poor experience. Tried to put us in a very terrible table without any light in a corner. Took 15 minutes before anyone served us. Waitress did not help us with menu. Food was cold and had to be sent back. Asked to see manager who never came by. Nothing was offered to apologize for poor experience.

Have been here a few times but won’t be coming back.

KZ
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Made a reservation and noted my friend's birthday. The waiter, kind of rushed us through lunch and it was not event packed. There were several booths/tables open. He didn't offer us dessert, just felt really rushed. Placed the check down on the table. It wasn't the usual service we get. We've been there for several birthdays and all have been so great and our guest has felt special. It wasn't like that this time. I did make a note on the check, it was unfortunate. Food was great as always! I was looking for the broth which is always delicious. But overall the food was great!
Thanks

a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service.
Food is amazing and would definitely visit Nico's again.

l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Maybe for dinner but definitely not lunch. The food was mediocre; presentation was average

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a wonderful experience

IC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went out for a date night for the first time in a while; we have two kids at home so it’s hard to get out by ourselves. As soon as we walked in, we were well received and treated like guests of honor. We immediately got seated and had our first drinks. The Gorgonzola cheesecake we had as an appetizer was phenomenal, we almost licked the plate clean! For our main course, my husband had the King crab cioppino, while I had the mushroom gnocchi and a side of roasted beets. Both dishes and the side were so good, I tried to finish my beets but couldn’t! My husband absolutely loved the cioppino; it is definitely something worth getting again. We barely had room for dessert, but I went for the chocolate gelato, which was very good. All in all, we had an amazing experience and we will most likely be back again when we can get another night to ourselves!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the exception of having to request alternative seating, which the host staff readily arranged, our exceptional dining experience led us to return for save the palate dining on our evening departure Via train home the next day. Each of our four courses was remarkable. We savored every bite. Special mention is required of the meat balls, the poached Alaskan Halibut, the beet salad, the pan seared gnocchi, the pasture raised chicken with green farro, and roasted stone fruits (taken on the train) and the amazing breads. We would without hesitation return the next time we are in Chicago!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Service was very attentive! Sat at bar overlooking kitchen...fun experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I ordered the charred green beans but was brought the endive salad and the waiter insisted on bringing me that but I’m super indecisive so decided to give it a try instead. It was delicious and glad I stuck with it. The Nebbiolo wine was also great!

RD
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was great. However our waiter Alex put a sour note in our experience. For my main course I ask for a wine recommendation. He said he would bring the wine menu, to give his suggestions . The main course came and no wine. When I ask him about it, he got the menu and gave recommendations. The wine came then promptly. We ordered coffee and each a dessert after the main course. My husband got his, meine never came. When he brought the coffee I ask for the dessert, he stated that he understood that we were going to share one. That was not the case, I ordered first , before my husband. Alex stated that he could bring one right away. At that point my husband had finishes his already and I was no longer interested. He did take off the charge for my husband's dessert, what we appreciated . The sour note was for me that he gave me the impression that it was my mistake. The other staff at Nico's was friendly and helpful. This was pour second visit at Nico's.

BB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinning experience. We enjoyed the convince of staying at the Thompson Hotel and eating at Osteria.

SM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Loved it at dinner several weeks back
Disappointed at lunch. The menu was limiting.
Tavern on Rush has a full menu for lunch and dinner. It’s a much better pick for me

MI
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Chicago for my daughter's 22nd birthday and went to Nico after seeing a show. Everyone was super friendly and the lobster spaghetti was as amazing as I had read online. Yummy!

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