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Nico Osteria

4.5
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2351 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 2351 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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CateH
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was great. The food was a great price for some quality dishes - we had the rigatoni and the pork sandwich (which was amazing). Our only complaint really was our hostess was a little rude - I asked where the restroom was and she assumed I was not a paying customer.

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AlexaP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Food was delicious
Waitress/Service - process of service was poor

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vipFoodielover
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I wish the food was better and they had a better menu for lunch.

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DCurtisE
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we all navigate dining in restaurants again, the entire Nico staff was very accommodating - taking our temperatures and allowing us to choose the table where we felt most comfortable. Our server, Mark, took very good care of us. The food, as always, was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely setting, safe during Covid, amazing service.

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gracejae
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Our server was delayed and took his sweet time to take care of us and took a while for our drinks to get to our table since ordering. We didn't have proper utensils for a while. Our 2 meats and cheese board was quite disappointing to say the least. And the food was sub par, I'm sorry to say that I had better expectations of the quality of food overall-- I ordered the Angel hair pasta because I am vegetarian and there was barley any vegetarian options, anyway, the pasta was not cooked correctly and the noodles were all stuck together (overcooked).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Fun jovial staff and atmosphere. Felt like very personalized service.

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vipWayneP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Not really impressed. The seating time is 2 hours per reservation which is fine due to the current circumstances and we got our food close to an hour after ordering. We had ordered an appetizer that never came. It turns out our server forgot to place the order. The server was trying to cover alot of tables so we really never saw her. The food was just alright. We were expecting more because of the location and price. We probably will not be back.

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robertmm
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife enjoyed everything thanks would go thrre again in near future

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vipGaryS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Nice job setting up outside seating. Very disappointed in abbreviated menu. Limited choices compared to stsnomenu

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rebekahG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Nico. The food was delicious, the service was friendliest on the corner and I felt safe at my table as they were well spaced. Will definitely be going back.

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vipSpartyBoiler
Miami
139 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Started with bruschetta appetizer. Was not very warm but was excellent.
Had tagliatelle and a burger for entrees
Olive oil/ricotta cake with strawberries for dessert.
All were very good, service excellent
$120 with tip for 3 people for lunch so kind of expensive

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WilliamN
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Definitely recommend but considering the menu wasn’t all that (COVID-19 world)....but the staff was excellent and great service. Definitely would return.

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vipPangurBan
Chicago
144 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waiter and great food.

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vipYummy
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always perfect at Nico’s! Colin is always such a warm greeter upon arrival which automatically sets the mood! Delicious fresh yummy food and great food...a perfect spot for lunch for any occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great experience but dining in the street was not the best. But happy you’re open!!

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vipShanghaiGourmet
Chicago
106 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not the usual Nico ! We were very pleased to return to Nico after the COVID absence and of course many things had changed. Limited menu and wine list which is to be expected as they move gradually through restart mode.
I did not see any familiar faces amongst the staff and things were pretty chaotic. 25mins before our pre-dinner drinks arrived and well past an hour before the apps showed up. Of the limited menu options some were already sold out at 7:30pm. Main course options were basically elegant pub food and my son’s flank steak ordered medium rare was cooked well done. Our server was very friendly and apologetic and deducted a couple of dishes from our bill. I will give them a few weeks to get better organized before returning and hope to see this magnificent restaurant return back to something closer to its former self in coming months. I could not recommend a visit for the time being.

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vipCarolB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

soooo happy to be sitting outside--feels like summer!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a nice Father’s Day dinner! Menu is shortened due to COVID but really great food. Server was super cool and on top of everything. First time eating here & would come back again!

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NatalliaT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

When the restaurant was half way full, it took over half an hour to prepare a salad with no protein added. So very slow place
Food is nothing special, their appetizer called: “Spring bruschetta “ is a complete disaster. Not sure who would eat it, cold piece of bread with some peas. Honestly very disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Father’s Day

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magdam
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience3

The manager joe was rude he’s speaking disrespectful yo the clients keep forgetting that he’s There for clients nor clients for him

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vipOpenTable Diner
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! A bit of music would be nice

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

they put candles on a cake for my friend and it was great!

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vipPETERR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Pasta I had was cold and bland, would not recommend

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vipLizC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

It was an interesting experience at Nico. The service was not quite what it used to be; we asked our server for a recommendation on the menu and he read the whole menu to us, 3 dishes from other tables were brought to us, and our server mistook our order. The food was very average, this needs a lot of work.

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MichaelD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, great ambience, wonderful ambience

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vipLindaY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spacing between tables. Lovely new menu. Staff was warm and welcoming!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Thank you!

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ChrisC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Covid has changed this place. Save your money and go after things fully reopen.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

No table bread (but bruschetta 🔍) and 3 of the most basic pastas are all they have. Not worth it until full menu opens up

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Igal
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The asparagus salad and the salmon main course were delicious!! The service was perfect. Very happy with our overall experience there, waiters were wearing masks, tables were space out, it felt very comfortable.

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vipAustin
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio, good drinks, decent food. Ambiance is enjoyable and service is friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience3

While the food was excellent and servers were great, management did not do a good job in respecting our reservation. We stood around in our masks for 40 minutes as management did a poor job in letting people book tables inappropriately. When we checked in ten minutes early for our 8 pm reservation, the host said it would be only a few minutes. There were actually 3 people ahead of us and he did not reveal that the people at tables would not be getting up for 30 minutes . He claimed he was not given any information- I blame management, who eventually apologized for their mistake. Too little too late. Do not go there if you want to be respected.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambience, cool place to see and be seen. Food is good but no better than that. But overall it is a very fun place to go out.

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vipPsheel
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service!

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SergioC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Staff is very kind. The food is amazing and the tables outside are very well organized

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and will be back again!!

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KumarN
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside patio lunch post covid. Smaller portions but very well done.

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CynthiaY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and so nice to be out again excellent experience!

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