Nico Osteria

4.2
2456 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. The dining room lends a warm backdrop for a menu of house-made pasta and impeccable seafood, Bar Nico (temporarily suspended operations)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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Fri 3:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 3:30PM - 5:00PM

What 2456 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

It is so different from prior to Covid
Smaller menu. Food just okay. No more sushi
Limited menu. Used to be much better I’m sorry to say

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vipNickname
Chicago
255 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I think things are still getting over COVID transition. Rush Street was hopping all around it but restaurant was pretty subdued. Pace was pushed a bit and service was choppy. Food was good but nothing that really stood out. Would go back for some wine and appetizers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Mark was great! Hope menu expands soon…

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Laurie
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ate outside-tables spaced apart- waiter was excellent--food was excellent!

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vipDanielle
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very good but the service was poor- particularly poor for a nice restaurant. Drinks took nearly 20 minutes to arrive, waiter disappeared for awhile. I assume they were just understaffed, hopefully a one-off issue.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered tasted great - well prepared and plated nicely. The menu items weren’t anything special, mainly items you can get anywhere nowadays but still really good. Great service too, very attentive staff!

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vipLucH
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Menu was a touch more limited than we hoped for. Tuna crudo was not good. Rest of the meal was ok. Was expecting a little better

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vipLinlu
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve tried Nico’s for three evenings in the last week as they’ve moved forward in re-opening. Despite being short-staffed, each evening demonstrated a progressive increase in the quality of dinner. I look forward to returning. We’ve had amazing bottles of Sauvignon Blanc, delightful cocktails, the usual incredible Brussels sprouts bruschetta, chicken, rigatoni, tuna crudo, hamburger, and yummy pistachio gelato. I’m so glad they’re only a few blocks from my home.

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RichardS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, great service. And great people.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and our waiter was awesome. My only call out is we were seated at the back of the restaurant. Would have preferred to be seated outside.

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dans
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Made a reservation for outside. Confirmed through Open Table the outside reservation. Got to restaurant on-time and told there was an hour wait for outside. No apologies, not even an ounce of empathy. Never again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great service great food. The best coffee ever

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henrys
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food definitely not as good as prepandemic.

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Gigi
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way to go on your reopen! We made a special trip from Cincinnati to dine w you, asap. My husband LOVES your rigatoni bolognese and it did not disappoint! The staff was happy and grateful to be open. The service was well done. Our evening timed out just as planned. Wishing you the very best reopening post covid closures. We will see you very soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Decent wine prices, brussels were an amazing app, and pasta was delicious

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vipRiss
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience at this restaurant! Wonderful staff and wonderful food with a lovely atmosphere.

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Chicagov
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great. We sat outside and they had heaters to keep us warm. Great location to people watch. They had the proper COVID protocols. However, our waitress was a little odd she said: “I am going to come back as little as possible. I don’t want to be outside. I don’t want to get sick” ouch! She seemed to relax and be more pleasant as time went by but that intro was mega weird.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Overrated . Avoid at all costs.

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vipomahafoodie
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the patio surrounded by 2 heaters. The staff did an excellent job of making us feel safe by taking all necessary Covid precautions. They advised us that when the staff was present at the table, we needed our masks on, and we appreciated their concern for their staff. Our food came out piping hot and was delicious!! Would definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I love Nico, it’s on the pricier side but I typically find everything so delicious and the service so good that it’s worth it. However last night, I was served an entree dish of scallops for $27 and the plate came with... three scallops. Come on guys.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

love nico! amazing wine selections, i’m italian and love a good italian wine menu! arancini is a must have!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Brunch - delish

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was nothing to write home about. The dishes were very underwhelming except for the Brussels sprouts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Literally never had a server come up to our table. We sat at a table inside for 10 minutes, where no one came to even set down waters. We then asked the hostess if we could be moved outside to the patio, where we then sat for another 10-15 minutes with no service. I would be very understanding if the restaurant was packed/busy but there were maybe 20 guests total.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I had a reservation at 8:15 for an outdoor table, and when we arrived the hospitable host let us they didn’t have a table ready outside so we went inside; not a big deal. Eventually we sat around 8:20 and the host brought us water. That’s it. We sat at the table until 8:40 for 20 minutes before leaving since during those 20 minutes not a single server or busser came to the table to even take a drink order. I work in the restaurant industry so I was patient since it was a busy Saturday night for them, but 20 minutes sitting without a single table touch is terrible communication between the staff.

The food and ambiance looked great, but sadly I wasn’t able to try anything. Hopefully next time they’ll be better prepared.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unbelievably bad. I live downtown and love Chicago’s dining selections. Seldom do I find somewhere I dislike. Nico Osteria is not only bad, nothing about its menu is Italian and very few features are seafood. I cannot believe I spent the money I did and lost valuable time by sitting around for 3 hours — all because the service is absolutely horrendous.

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vipTommy
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Only had 1 appetizer, the bruschetta and mainly drinks. It was very good, rare to find Straticitella cheese!!!! Nice balance with peaches! Rose was very good, good selections non ITLALIAN as i don't like most italian wines

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vipSaranearnorth
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch and sat outside. The brunch menu is wonderful - upscale breakfast items. It is hard to find a similar menu in the neighborhood. The French toast is FABULOUS. Great value! Will definitely go back!

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was so nice and accommodating! The brunch was small but so so enjoyable!

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Adisegre
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food, mediocre service!
Once in a lifetime expirience, never going back!
No flavor on the pastas, sent desserts back untouched and never got asked why by the manager or server

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Noted that we were celebrating a birthday. My husband called prior to the reservation to be sure it was noted. No mention of birthday from server.

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RobertStewart21
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Poor service. Food quality was very low. Can’t believe you can mess a pasta w pomodoro sauce!!!!

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DennisB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Pasta Dishes, Pleasant Service. A low noise makes this a good place for conversation.

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vipJOSEPHP
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The newer menu items aren't as inviting as some of the things they used to have.

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TheP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was so good. Very modern and loved the restaurant decoration. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummie brunch. Nico never disappoints! So lovely they are so welcoming to our sweet dog too.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was served cold, latte was terrible, service was extremely slow. Not worth the price.

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vipAntoinette
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone is so welcoming and treats me so well when I come to the restaurant, I just keep going back. An especially big shout out to Eric who is fabulous - as is everyone.

Thank you for keeping quality, excellent service, delicious food, great drinks etc., etc., during this extremely stressful time.



Antoinette

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CandaceL
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite! So thankful to spend our 18th anniversary here.

JP
JPMJ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience5

The staff is awesome! I felt like a frequent diner here. Unfortunately, I did not care for the menu options. I had the Italian Cobb Salad. It was very different from what I was used to. It wasn't bad but I left quite a bit behind.

My husband's Nico Burger was really tasty. I heard many other patrons rave about the burger. Maybe next time. Overall, it was nice outside dining.

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Nico Osteria is rated 4.2 stars by 2456 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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