Nico Osteria

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$31 to $50
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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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Happy Hour at Bar Nico

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020

I got there early so the waiter had plenty of time to explore wines with me

1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020

My sister and I sat at the bar and watched the chefs prepare various dishes....I wanted to try them all.
Fascinating to watch how intent each chef was as they concentrated on the smallest details to create a work of art...that tasted amazing. The food was as fresh as could be.

32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020

We had a lovely birthday dinner for my husband. The food was super delicious and so well prepared. The Brussels sprout bruschetta is out of this world, and every course is well done — pasta and fish, especially. Service was stellar and the restaurant manager made a nice fuss, presenting my husband with an ice cream sundae with a candle, and an offer to buy us a round of drinks at the bar afterward. Exactly the perfect night out we knew we would have at Nico Osteria.

1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020

We recently went to Nico Osteria for a surprise birthday dinner. The staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. We were looking to share a couple of starters but were unsure of what to get. Our server recommended the brussels sprouts bruschetta and the oysters, which were both delicious. Our plates came out just as we finished the starters. The orecchiette was my personal favorite with bits of tuna sausage. It was overall a fantastic experience. I will definitely be back in the near future and will be recommending to friends and family.

1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020

The service was good. The food was uneven. The octopus antipasto was excellent. The meatball antipasto was good. The tuna sausage rapini orrechietti was excellent. The lobster chitarra was not good. The dish has three ingredients: lobster, tomato sauce and pasta. The sauce was ketchup sweet, and the chitarra was gummy. To the restaurant’s credit, it was taken off the bill. Overall, a disappointment.

32 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020

I am extremely tough with my reviews. However, the branzino was the best I ever had in my life. The newly introduced appetizer "anchovy stuffed with crab meat" is a creative and tasty dish. I did not expect the combination to work but it does.

Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020

Best Branzino in Chicago. Great wine selection. You have to order bread ala carte. Great service. I tipped 35%

New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020

Nico is amazing! The crudo is superb, we went with the tuna. The small plates are amazing as is the pasta. Cacio e pepe, wow! We enjoyed sitting at the counter looking into the kitchen. Love the guided wine section. Depending on the night, you may the place to yourself or the last table in the restaurant.

124 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020

Food was delicious but menu is limited. Enjoyed Caesar salad, kale salad, meatball and rotolo apps. Cacio e pepe could have been more flavorful with more parm and more pepper. Also works better with regular spaghetti. Our server was excellent, hostess not so much. She seemed indifferent about checking off our reservation and then reported us as a no show to Open Table-very irritating!

1 review