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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.
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 7:30am to 10:30am
Monday-Friday 11:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 12:00am
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Rush and Bellevue
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nico Osteria offers valet parking at our main entrance, 1015 N. Rush Street. There is also ample street metered parking available.
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.
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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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
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!
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.
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!
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.
Nico came highly recommended. We were delighted with it for a late dinner. Service was outstanding. Food was outstanding. It was pretty tight in there and it was loud but the bustling atmosphere made it fun. The only thing that wasn't fun was being bumped by the servers/clearers so often because it was so packed. We'd go again.
Disappointed. Came over the Thanksgiving weekend so perhaps staffing was not optimal, but the food was just average. Was told the branzino was a “must try”... came out cold and very bland. Meatballs and crudo were good, but nothing special. Had high hopes...
We celebrated an anniversary and could not be happier with our evening. The restaurant was busy and tables were nestled close together. The ambiance was perfect for our special occasion. Brett our server was awesome, he knew the menu and gave us great recommendations from the standard menu, the daily Crudo options and wines paired with our selections. The food was presented well and portion sizes were perfect for sharing. The Branzino and Octopus Carpaccio were our favorites entrees and we finished strong with the Apple Crostata.
I dine here often and love to sit at the bar set up for single diners. However on this trip I was with my three granddaughters. We had a gluten free pasta which was great, swordfish piccata, dover sole, and a pasta bolognese. All were delicious. For starters the shaved brussels sprout bruschetta is a no miss!
Amazing food and great service! Our server was very knowledgeable when it came to vegan options for my daughter. We sat at the bar in front of the kitchen and was able to watch the chefs in action. Class acts! This is our 4th time coming to this restaurant and each time it has been perfect. If you are visiting Chicago please make sure you stop at Nico Osteria, you will not regret it.
The food we ordered was very delicious, but there was some confusion on our part about which menu we could use. I had booked the restaurant after doing a brunch search on Open Table, but unfortunately we missed the breakfast menu (and they would not serve us anything from it) and apparently brunch items are only available on Saturdays and Sundays even though we went during the thanksgiving holiday. We had been told that their smoothies are amazing but they would not make it for us.
Here is an excerpt of the e-mail I sent directly to Nico following my Thanksgiving visit. They never responded to my e-mail.
I used the restroom and found its condition to be disturbing. Trash was strewn around the wastebasket, the fascia of the sink was broken and hanging from its frame and there was a no-kill mouse trap propped up against the wall. When our server next approached our table, I explained to her what I had seen in the restroom and I asked if that was something I could expect of most Chicago restaurants. Being new residents of Chicago and having some knowledge of rats/mice living in downtown areas, I didn't want to make a scene over something that we might need to tolerate. Although our server confirmed that it was not unusual to encounter mice or specifically, rats, she did state that the restaurant was "very" clean when I asked directly.
Being somewhat satisfied with my discussion with our server, we attempted to continue with our meal as normal. However, within only a few minutes we were approached by somebody who I imagine was the restaurant's Manager. She quickly addressed my observations of the bathroom and although she thanked me for bringing her attention to the broken fascia, she sought to discredit my observation of the mouse trap. She refused to confirm what I know for a fact was a mouse trap and explained that whatever 'it' was, was nothing more than 'vestigial' building material... Vestigial building material!? What a joke! Equally as disgusting as the thought of an active mouse trap in the bathroom is the thought of such 'vestigial building material' remaining on the floor of your bathroom for an undetermined amount of time! I would hope and expect any restaurant's restroom to be regularly cleaned any vestigial building material removed promptly!
Entirely agitated from my conversation with the manager and increasingly disgusted with the bathroom scene, I stopped eating completely.
My family and I went to Nico Osteria for Thanksgiving dinner to take a break from the stress of preparing the traditional turkey spread this year. The restaurant was packed and quite upbeat. The greeters and servers were very attentive from the time we arrived. Simply put - our food and experience were fantastic. My wife is a big brussel sprouts fan. Theirs was the best she'd ever tasted. For some reason, we did have to wait a while for our main courses. Just as we were about to make an issue of it, the server brought out additional appetizers compliments of the house. To be honest, we were having such a nice time and the quality of food and wine being what it was, the delay was not such a big issue. Their menu had great choices. You could have the turkey prix fixe menu as well as a range of other very sophisticated choices. Yet, our 9 year old son was able to find a order burger on the menu that he loved! The restaurant was very flexible on substitutions as well. Excellent experience overall and highly recommended.
Enjoyed an incredibly good Thanksgiving menu. Unique soup, amazing ravioli followed by a very large serving of Turkey, ending with an unforgettable dessert. Overall a great experience ...but rather pricey. Would rrcommend halcing the turkey portion and lower the price
Food was superb and service was great. My daughter and I were so full after the meal but tried dessert since the main dish, side, and the appetizer were so good. And of course the desert was just perfect. I also want to mention how great their bread was. They serve two different kind of bread, sourdough and olive. If they sell the bread, I will buy them everyday. Will visit again whenever we visit Chicago!
We had a great experience at Nico Osteria. Our server was phenomenal and made great recommendations. Every dish was delicious with unique flavor combinations. I would recommend the Chanterelle and Arugula salad and the Rigatoni bolognese is a great pasta dish. The butternut squash was super good and a large portion for the price. Overall, we loved it!
Excellent restaurant. The server was an absolute professional. We had an allergy in the party and they were very accommodating, even made an off-menu dish to accommodate. The food is absolutely delicious. The olive bread was outstanding. And the squash was excellent. Overall, an impressive meal.
I recently had a leisurely late lunch here to catch up with friend . This was my first visit to Nico Osteria, and I found the whole experience to be outstanding: great ambiance, delicious food, and very attentive service.
We will definitely return another time.
We love this place for lunch but it doesn't translate to dinner. We have given it two tries and each time the service has been very poor. We had to constantly look for someone in order to get our water glasses refilled. And it took a while as no one was ever around. We had to search again for someone when we wanted wine. There was a long wait to order. Our waitress was very nice so I don't know if she was overbooked (although the restaurant didn't seem crowded.) I don't think that it was particular to her but the management which doesn't seem to invest in service. The food was ok but nothing special. We are giving up on this restaurant as a place for dinner but still recommend it for lunch
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