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About Nico Osteria

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 Erling Wu-Bower’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.

1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Monday-Friday 7:30am to 10:30am
Lunch
Monday-Friday 11:00am to 4:30pm

Dinner
Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 12:00am

Brunch
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 4:30pm

Cross Street:
Rush and Bellevue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 994-7100

Website:
http://www.nicoosteria.com/

Parking Details:
Nico Osteria offers valet parking at our main entrance, 1015 N. Rush Street. There is also ample street metered parking available.

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.

Executive Chef:
Paul Kahan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 10:00AM - 11:00AM 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Mon - Tue 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM

Wed - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM

Sat 10:00AM - 11:00AM 9:30PM - 10:00PM

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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

Nico Osteria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (43)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Special Occasion (35)
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Good for a Date (28)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Romantic (22)
Fun (20)
Business Meals (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Authentic (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
People Watching (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Seasonal (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Casual (11)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Scenic View (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

They Did not honor the reservation. We were Told to sit at the bar with an early evening reservation for two. No apology. Then we asked to be moved and were given a freezing table near the entry door. This happened on our previous visit as well, so it seems to be a policy to overbook.

Very unpleasant experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing dinner for two. Celebrating a 30th birthday. Pastas and brussel sprout brushetta were the standouts.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service, ambiance, and food! Extremely impressive wine list. Our server was incredible and offered some seriously amazing suggestions. We were there a touch late and did not feel rushed. We will definitely be back. If you’re looking for some great Italian food, go here!!

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 (México)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Sitting at the Chef’s Counter is a fun experience. Food is exceptional.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food! Unfortunately, it was freezing in the restaurant and we were extremely cold, which didn't allow us to fully enjoy our experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It’s one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. Always have a problem deciding which is better....the food, or the service? They do such a great job with both!!! The menu is always changing with the seasons, and the cocktail menu is as creative as well.
Sommelier wine recommendations are always spot on!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Tulsa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We've eaten here many times and usually love it. This time the savory food was under salted & seasoned. Only once out of 10+ times we've been there, but still disappointing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We went to Nico Osteria for brunch on my daughter’s birthday before going to American Girl. I had seen the review on Check Please and read Phil Vettel’s reviews, so I wanted to try it. The day was bitter cold, so the hot tea was welcome; we stayed longer and had dessert (after brunch) to linger with the warm tea. My daughter loved the lemon pancakes and thick bacon. My husband and I had savory dishes that were high quality and well prepared. If we return, it would be for dinner.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Lobster Spaghetti!!!!!!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and flavors always exceed expectations. It’s a great location. The atmosphere lags the food quality, but the bar area is quite unique and nice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Thanks for a great experience. Service was probably the best I’ve experienced in years. The food was superb. The best pasta I’ve had since being in Italy. The oysters were also stellar

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Outlast 2 experiences at Nico have been very positive. The menu has changed somewhat but we are still pleased with the variety of options we would like to order. The food is consistently well-prepared. Service is professional. We were especially pleased with our server Gregory (I think). He was very knowledgeable and provided excellent guidance on both the food and wines. The setting is casual and relaxing and we look forward to returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

They need a chef, food was cold and not prepared for consumption.
Place was cold, no warmth what so ever!

Server was nice and did his best considering shortfallings of food.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I felt like our server underestimated my wife and me with his condescension and explanation of the wine list. He seemed very bold and eager to show his expertise. I wanted to remind him we were talking about the fermented juice of grapes and to get over it. I wish sometimes restaurants like this would place a couple recognizable wine labels....I will pay the upcharge...I just want to know what I am getting. His attention was directed more acutely to his other tables. I still left a gratuity of over 20%. The restaurant was a bit stuffy for us and the value of our appetizer and entrée choices did not measure up. The food just was not good. We were packed in like sardines and felt like we shared our table with the couple next to us. On the way out, we were late to discover what looked like a very cool bar scene...where we would have visited had our cab not been waiting on us. In the final analysis, I will share with those who ask that this restaurant is enjoying a fine reputation and many enjoy "being there". But foodies beware. The product and experience does not match the hype and their confidence that borders on arrogance. We returned home to New Orleans with a greater appreciation of our restaurant scene here and the values to be found at white tablecloth and casual dining. We loved dining across Italy earlier this year and hoped this evening would reflect some of what we loved so much about Italy. It didn't.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We wanted a different experience for Christmas Eve this year so while visiting Chicago we decided on the Feast of Seven Fishes. Our first choice didn't have any availability (RPM) so we ended up at Nico Osteria once we could confirm their Christmas Eve menu (they were a little tardy in publishing their holiday menus). We were quite excited about trying different types of fish but in the end, the only actual fish we had was monkfish. The rest was seafood, of which neither of us is a big fan. We shared a bottle of overpriced wine and made our way through the courses which were plentiful but overall quite bland and uninspired. There was a whole wheat cavatelli dish which apparently contained scallops but I didn't notice any. The worst aspect of the whole dinner, however, was not the food. We were seated at a table that was literally an inch away from another table on both sides. It was very close, we both hated it, especially considering how expensive the 'feast' was ($125 pp before any drinks, tax or gratuity). We paid for our ignorance not being locals and not knowing the setup of the restaurant. For such price, they should make the diners' comfort their top priority but it seemed to be more about price-gouging. We had a nice, friendly waitress, who did her best to make it a nice evening but didn't really succeed. I would not come back here, even for non-holiday dining.

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vip
 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wow, this place is good. We needed a place to enjoy a Christmas Day meal both this year and last year, and we were so grateful to spend it at Nico Osteria. The food is amazing, the decor is fun and stylish, and the service is friendly. Good wine and cocktail selection. Brussels sprouts bruschetta yum and every entree our group chose was wonderful. Will make this a go-to favorite.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food and service were excellent! Very nice people and delicious carbonara.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great Birthday Dinner for my wife - 3rd time here and we will go back again

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, lovely room, great location. Nothing to complain about and lots to enjoy!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I am never disappoint in nico. The crudo is very unique the maido snapper is especially great. I don't know how you can make Brussels sprout bruschetta so savory you want more. The service is almost stealthy. You never have an empty water glass or used silverware.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Phenomenal food, wine, and service. We stayed at the Thompson Hotel and ate at Nico Osteria m for dinner and brunch after the ballet. Great service. Beautiful open kitchen. Food was OUTTA THIS WORLD. Wonderful take on Italian. House made pastas were so so sooooooo good.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Bret's wine list is spectacular. I apologize if my dad embarrassed anyone besides myself. <3 Sean

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Wonderful as always. The raw bar is a real treat. Great hotel too.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The food was very good. Creatively prepared with interesting ingredients. It was our anniversary and the meal started with a complimentary glass of champagne! Good experience, once we got seated. We were there at opening time (5:00pm) and it took 10 minutes to be seated. (?) And then they tried to put us at the tiniest table I’ve ever seen. They have several of these tables. Do NOT let them seat you there. We refused and they gave us a booth. Which was full of food at one point in the dinner. I don’t know where that food would have gone had we let them seat us at one of those tiny tables! But try this place: the food was wonderful!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

We have been to this restaurant several times and always look forward to it. We always get the mussels to share as an appetizer which have consistently been wonderful. The service is good and it is overall a good dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We love Nico Osteria - great wine by the glass options and delicious food! The brussels sprout bruschetta is a must!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Cheese Hamburger was over cooked chicken pesto club was okay!! The papadella pasta braised rib was outstanding tiramisu was also excellent!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Noisy, Fun, Great people watching. Always GREAT. Food, service...all of it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This is a nice place for people watching. We have been here three times, and we now know that the best place to sit, in our opinion, is in one of the many seats located along the display kitchen. The view is fun, and you get a sense of how the menu is produced. Service levels are high. There were only two things that we think need a tune-up: the filament lights were too bright and glary for an evening dinner location (dim them) and our four entrees were pretty rich, across the board. We eat out a lot, and think that things like the pasta could be less oily...a problem that is easily addressed with a little training.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

were not impressed at all...high priced/crowded/noisy/average food/small tables...would not recommend...

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

I noted it was a business lunch and was seat at a table in the middle of the room

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

1st time we've been a little disappointed at Nico. Ordered oysters with champagne vinegar, very salty and vinegar overpowered the oysters. Our entrees also took a very long time to come out after the appetizers.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Remarkably interesting cuisine. Loved our entrees. Superb service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I love Nico, one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago! Not only is the food amazing the ambiance is spectacular! My BFF & I went for a quick light breakfast of cappuccinos and croissants, prior to our fun filled wedding gown shopping day. The service was great and set the stage for a truly amazing day. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I love the food here but the service is terrible every time. Waited 5 minutes for someone to even come up to our table last time. Service made me feel awkward and unwelcome the whole time. The tables are also horribly close together.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great small plates & atmosphere. Make a rez

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing food and service. They made our engagement celebration one to remember forever. The chef is wonderful and very friendly. Would go back again and again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love the ambiance. Food is decent baked goods are amazing!

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