Nico Osteria

4.5
2153 reviews
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Nico Osteria, an authentic Italian seafood restaurant at Thompson hotel in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Nico Osteria’s house-made pastas and fresh seafood 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.
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JN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a date night on a Friday night everything was fantastic. The service from the start to the finish was awesome. The Brussels sprout bruschetta was phenomenal and the wine selections were right on par. Definitely going back again soon.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The food was over worked. Too contrived. Real Italian food is simple. Very sAlty. We had a matcha dessert that we couldn’t even eat. Not going back there.

SV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicago is one of my favorite food towns, and Nico Osteria is at the top of my list of "must do" restaurants when in town for either business or pleasure. On this 6-day trip I ate there twice and was wishing I had another night to sample another of the amazing dishes I saw coming out of the exhibition kitchen. The new Executive Chef (as of 7-weeks ago) is very creative with a real talent for marrying flavors in non-traditional ways. For example, one might expect prosciutto to complement a summer cantaloupe and prosecco soup, but how about kalamata olives and shaved grana padano cheese? It was amazing. I can't wait to see the menu creations when I return in October.

Nico Osteria
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for wonderful review. We are very proud to have Chef Tim Graham leading our team in new directions. Nico Osteria is honored that you dined with us twice during a 6-day trip. We would love to see you again in October!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super neighborhood dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating.

TL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious
I brought 4 people who had never been there before. Really a wonderful meal

AH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for date night. Food is delicious and the wait staff is very friendly. Some of the tables are a little too close to one another. Almost felt like we were at a large table with strangers.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints, fresh, delicious food and great service. I was only disappointed that the chef's choice crudo sampler was taken off of the menu :(

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything I had here was so so good! Will definitely come back in future trips to Chicago.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined for my mother in laws 60th birthday. Everything was perfect. Alex our waiter was great! He really made our dining experience exceptional.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a great dinner.. Just wish they had a bigger menu! Lobster spaghetti was amazing, as was the Brussels sprouts and the meatballs! We would definitely come here again.

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There have been some transitions here but the food is still top notch. The wine program is unique and the Italian heavy list is one of the most exciting in the city.

SV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly exceptional and creative food and service that made us feel like VIPs.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was too trendy and a little odd. Was hoping it was more of a traditional Italian restaurant. A little disappointed.

AB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We have been eating at Nico at least 2 or 3 times a week since it opened. I am so sorry Donnie and his group left. The service is now terrible. The food is terrible. One of the best restaurants in town is gone!!!! We live in the neighborhood and are so sad ! Even though our dinner was nicely comped which I didn’t want to accept but the manager insisted. We’re just so so sad to have lost the restaurant that everyone loved .!!!!

JO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very good, but nothing to write home about.. the menu could use some improvement.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had beef carpaccio (was good, not great) should’ve gotten a crudo. The roasted broccoli was amazing and enough to split. We also had the orchiette with tuna sausage it was AMAZING!!! The pasta was cooked perfectly! For dessert we had the panna cotta it was an amazing combination of granita and custard and berries! FANTASTIC!

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Acapulco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was served cold. The service was poor. Even though the restaurant was empty, they couldn’t get it right. Felt like a less than average place. Will never go back and definitely will not recommend.

LD
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What could beat an outdoor table at Nico Osteria on a beautiful Saturday evening? The food offering is world class delicious, yet healthy choices are abundant like the poached halibut that I selected. Moreover, the people watching is superb.

G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was especially helpful! Nice atmosphere and comfortable temperature...👏

OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The waitress was terrible, so put out.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good place to meet for brunch.

GZ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Thought that $15.00 for 1 piece of bruschetta was pricey compared to the entrée pasta for $15.00.

t
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Engagement

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Been here a bunch and loved it but the food was off point last night. Know they changed chefs...crudo lineup was much better under previous chef. Octopus was swimming in oil last night. Tuna Orecchiette was great as usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 1

Nice food. Amateur set up and staff.

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here often because it's always exceptional and on point. Easily one of the best restaurants in River North.

SM
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a nice early dinner on the outside patio and appreciate that our request for sitting outside was able to be fulfilled. Our service was prompt and friendly. The Brussels sprouts bruschetta was good, but would have liked more Brussels sprouts. The bolognese was delicious as was the broccoli side dish. There were nice options for wines by the glass as well. I definitely recommend Nico and we will be back.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Was disappointed that both the entree and dessert I wanted after looking at the menu on the Open Table app were not actually on the menu at the restaurant-the cacio y pepi pasta listed truffle which is a pretty standard ingredient at authentic Italian restaurants but wasn’t actually an ingredient and the restaurant had no truffle in any item and there was a rhubarb budino listed but no budino on the actual menu. Both huge disappointments. Brussels sprouts bruschetta was great, but the rest of the food was very mediocre. The prosciutto was unlike any other prosciutto I’ve had in that it was thick and kind of mushy/chewy and I didn’t care for it. The rigatoni was okay but nothing special. The orecchiette didn’t have much flavor. Didn’t have dessert because none appealed to us.

L
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

NICO was terrible. Our server was not attentive to us during dinner at all. He never once checked on us and we had to constantly ask for bread, water, wine list, etc. Our bus boy was very attentive and is deserving of becoming a server. The food definitely has deteriorated last I’ve been here. We had octopus, crab meat bruschetta, seabass, arc fish, two pasta dishes.

Honestly, I will never go back. It was a waste of 400.00. If I had to do it over again, we should have went across the street to Hugo’s/Gibsons’s !

We were celebrating a 50th Bday and they did not even acknowledge the celebrant despite me telling them quietly before the celebrant arrived. When it came time to order dessert the 4 of us decided not to continue the pain, so we asked for the check and had dessert elsewhere!

McDonalds blows Nico away. Very sad how Nico has become!!

We will never return!!! Ciao forever Nico!!! Time to close!!!!

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening

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ND
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding!
Very nice space.
Food was good, but just average. Nothing I would rush back for or recommend as a must go spot.

TA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. Enjoyed the atmosphere and location

G
Philadelphia
328 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had lunch at Nico Osteria recently and it was very good. Our waiter was excellent. I had a burger and my wife had the pasta. No complaints at all. We're looing to return in the near future when we're back in Chicago.

p
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 4

My reservation didn’t show up at the restaurant

FT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. Loved this place. Order the Brussel sprouts and burrata!

DF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious and fresh. Lovely evening dining al fresco.

MT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good but not outstanding for its reputation. We ordered the oysters, Brüssel sprout bruschetta, orchiette, and branzino.

j
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

the appetizer arrived one minute before the main meal . The main dishes besides being expensive , were bland-tasting . Ciopinno was served with out a dish on which to place the emptied shells. We ordered a bottle of wine which was not made accessible to us which meant we had to ask the waiter for refills.

NF
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, great ambiance and service. Will definitely go again and recommend.

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