Nico Osteria

4.6
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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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Seven for $7 - Enjoy 7 pieces of perfectly bite sized cicchetti for $7 in our bar. $7 Aperol Spritz and $7 Italian house wines by the glass will make this one of the best hours out of your day!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 17, 2020

Ends: January 18, 2119

Availability: Mon-Thu 3:00PM-6:00PM

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Sun 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 9:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 9:45PM

What 2292 People Are Saying
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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SN
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tables were a little close together but otherwise we loved it

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

OT
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!

OT
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!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for breakfast brunch. Service and food were great

R
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.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food & great atmosphere.

TR
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.

N
Chicago
12 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.

SJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and portions. Great management team!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The updated menu is to do for!

s
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!

OT
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.

IK
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

CD
Washington DC
126 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!

SD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

G
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.

OT
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.

OT
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.

ES
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.

c
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.

EM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server Brandt was attentive and knowledgeable.

CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

restaurant week

JO
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We return here when we can. We miss some of the things we enjoyed in the past, but realize it's necessary to revise the menu as needed. We would appreciate if the chef considers healthier meals--lower in salt, sugar and fat.

J
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well attended to. Food was delicious. I would recommend and return to fine again.

MO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious says it all. We were seated at the Chef's table and chefs were engaging & answered all questions. The Brussels sprout bruschetta appetizer is incredible.

PS
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I was familiar with Nico from previous experiences on my personal dime - all good. This time with work colleagues did not disappoint either. I understand that Mondays are usually not the days that most restaurants put their A-team on rotation. On the contrary, the Nico staff that evening was excellent. They always make you feel special. To me, that kind of welcome counts for a lot. And oh yes ... the food was fantastic too! You won’t go wrong with any of their house-made pastas. Enjoy !

M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thé Bolognese pasta was amazing! The cheese was generously added to make it scrumptious!
Deferential and attentive service topped it off!
Love this place!

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The restaurant wasn’t crowded but they sat us on top of another table. Service was extremely slow compounded by being so cramped. The food was okay but not outstanding especially for the price. I’d say not worth a trip.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the chef’s table (really a bar) for dinner. My husband and I were in Chicago for a weekend getaway and Nico was a recommendation. The service was great and the food was delicious. We started with the Hamachi app and the Brussel sprout Bruschetta. Amazing flavor and presentation. It was fun watching the chefs prepare all of the courses. For dinner, we shared the Rigatoni and meatballs. For dessert, homemade German Chocolate cake with coconut/lime serbetto. Highly recommend for a great spot in a great area.

JH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Unfortunately this restaurant is not the same as it was when it opened. I’ve probably been here a dozen times but last summer it changed management and it was once one of the best Italian restaurants in Chicago and now it is slightly above average. The menu choices are the same but the sauces are not. They even changes the bread since they no longer are a sister restaurant to Publican bakery.
The room was less than half filled, a reflection that we were not the only ones who have noticed the change.
A shame as The old Nico will be sorely missed.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch. The smoked salmon scramble was amazing. I was reluctant at first since I was used to cold smoked salmon, but I was told it was good... They were right. I would order it again. The brussel sprout bruschetta was also really good. Highly recommend!

GA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nico's is one of my favorites -- a "go-to" on a regular basis.

AP
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional! Don’t skip the Brussels Sprout Bruschetta! The service was attentive, but not intrusive. Our server was knowledgeable and welcoming. We love meals at Nico!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant ever

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

They gave us a bad table on a night where they were 2/3 full and the service/information was limited. We are foodies looking to learn. Our server wasn’t particularly ready to discuss the menu. We had to draw info out of him. Luckily, we made good choices. The food was OUTSTANDING. (Maybe all the choices are good because the quality and taste was first rate). We would definitely go back with the hope that we wouldn’t get scrunched into a tiny table and with a server who wanted to talk about this dynamic menu.

b
Indiana
58 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
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