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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 Bill Montagne’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
Mon–Fri 7:30 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

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

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (45)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Special Occasion (35)
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Good for a Date (33)
Romantic (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Authentic (20)
Fun (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Business Meals (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Bar Seating (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Cozy (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
People Watching (11)
Seasonal (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Casual (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

We like the menu here generally and a typically fun/bustling vibe. However, during our most recent visit we were rather disappointed. The food was decent enough, but a bit pricey for what it is. For example, the truffle cacio e pepe was good, but not $36 good... I love truffle and I love that dish on any day but didn’t see how the taste justified the price. Par for the location to be sure, but was not “wow’d” overall. Very touristy. (Again, par for the location.)

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was great! I enjoyed my lobster spaghetti & the whole fish. However, the alcohol drink I order (a daiquiri) was not good. The mix drinks left a lot to be desired.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful with a special complimentary dessert

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was good, service was better. Jasmine did a great job with timing. Didn’t feel rushed at all and it made for a great night.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Nico osteria was fantastic. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful and accommodating. She really was attuned to the mood and flow of the table. The food was fantastic. Outstanding and a gift from the kitchen was the Brussels Sprout bruschetta. Wow. Everyone's meal was delicious - orchietta with tuna sausage, bolonese etc. The restaurant is casual in feel. High end in food and service. Wine list is huge by Italian regions. Again server knew her stuff and steered us exactly where we wanted to be in price and type. Will be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Our experience at Nico was outstanding, largely because the food, service, and ambience - all elements needed for a total dining experience - were wonderful. Our starters included raw fish, beautifully prepared and excellent quality. We split a whole fish (Branzino) for our main course. It was superb, and we want to do this again. Our server, Adrienne, made the entire experience perfect. She was very knowledgeable about menu options and portion sizes, and when we asked her to recommend wines by the glass that paired well with our menu items, she had no hesitation about doing so. We loved her choices! She was always "there" when we needed her, always upbeat and willing, thus making the entire experience stress-free. Fortunately, we do not live too far away from Nico, and we definitely plan to put it on our list of "regular" restaurants in Chicago.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We love this place! Not a cheap dinner, but fabulous food and great service makes it worth the splurge! One of our favorite Chicago restaurants.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The server ERIK was great

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent all around. We had the Chicago Restaurant Week menu. We’re used to enjoying Nico at regular price. This menu was a great bargain. No skimping on portion size or quality. Generous and flavorful salad. Orzo pasta with quinoa and shrimp was yum. Both desserts were terrific. We may go back again before the week is over.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I was so disappointed in the food and the service. Everyone in our party ordered from the restaurant week menu and the meal lasted 2 1/2 hours! The best part of the dinner was the bread and wine. The service was extremely slow and the restaurant wasn’t even packed. Our server offered no explanation to the very long wait between each course. A little attention would have gone a long way. The food was overall average or below. The highlight was the veal meatballs appetizer and the potato soup- both starters. The salad was dry and bland, the swordfish was barely warm. The pastas were just ok. I will not be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

This was my first experience where I did not agree with a majority of reviews. Food was bland. Oysters had no flavor, Crudo chef's special all tasted fishy, tuna app was fishy and bland, ribeye was also missing flavor. Nico's Old Fashion was good, waiter was good. Disappointed as all their other places are awesome. Would not go back

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great location, with awesome window views. Love the open kitchen as well. Service was amazing and the food was delicious. Went for Restaurant Week - will be back for the Truffle Cacio e Pepe.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Brunch is always good. Service is not.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great dinner!l the food was amazing!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing, love this restaurant.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

From the time I walked in the door 10 minutes early, I could tell this was not going to be a pleasant dining experience. The hostess was very unfriendly and unwelcoming . The waitress had no warmth. We wondered if we were treated this way because it was restaurant week so our business wasn’t needed? The food was outstanding. It’s just too bad we didn’t feel like anyone cared about our patronage.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This was one if the best Restaurant Values and really good, tasty, unique food. Server was very knowledgeable and wine pairing was perfect.
We will be back again.....

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Restaurant week was a great experience here. There were many options. Everything was served well and the staff was very nice. I would recommend eating here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

these fricking idiots told open table i did not show up for my reservation

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We visited during restaurant week. It was a great way to sample their food without totally blowing the budget! The serving sizes were adequate and neither of us went home hungry.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Came here for dinner with some friends after work and everything was amazing. Our server was very professional and gave us good recommendations. I tried their seasonal cocktail and it was very well crafted. Tried several items on the menu so we could share and I can't complain about any of the food. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Food at Nico is always superb. Best minestrone soup in the country. Service can be hit or miss but is usually pretty good. It is expensive, sometimes surprisingly so. Again, amazing food.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were a group of 9 and fit perfectly around a round table for a great dinner and time at Nico! Loved all our drinks, apps, mains but especially enjoyed the Brussels sprouts bruscetta and raw scallops! The hostess was also incredibly thoughtful and set us up in the bar area after dinner so we could continue drinks and socializing. Great atmosphere too, not too casual not too stiff. I can’t wait to return!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Restaurant week. Food and service were exceptional. The two top table felt a bit squeezed in and view was blocked by granite pillar. Would highly recommend the orecchiette and spaghetti with shaved truffles. The best pasta I've ever had. Tiramisu was beautifully executed.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We ordered the restaurant week food and it's great. The environment is beautiful and u can feel relaxible atmosphere here. however, the time to serve food is too long.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great atmosphere with amazing food!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were offered “alternative seating” looking into the kitchen which actually turned out to be really cool as we watched the chefs prepare the appetizers and salads. I was impressed with the formality and knowledge of the staff and our Brussels sprout bruschetta appetizer (which ended up being my favorite!) we ordered the swordfish and beef short ribs, both which were good but smaller portions. We also split the cauliflower ravioli which was a very unique fish that I really enjoyed. As usual for Chicago, pretty pricy for the portions, but the atmosphere and experience was well worth it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Visited during restaurant week. Showed up a bit early for our reservation and enjoyed a drink at the bar. However, our reservation was not honored. About 40 minutes after our reservation time, we approached the hostess to inquire. She offered us seats at the chef's counter. Meal was excellent, but we were not compensated in any way for our inconvenience. Special attention in the form of service or a special drink or dessert would have been a great way to smooth things over. Dinner was delicious and we enjoyed chatting with the chef, but we were late to our show because of the delayed seating. "This is how things go" was the only explanation.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was outstanding and our waiter Benjamin was so accommodating to the changes made in our reservation.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Overall it was a pleasant brunch experience but we had noted on our reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and there was no mention or recognition of it. Friends had come in from out of town for the weekend and this was our cap off so it would have been nice to have it acknowledged.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary there. Although it was nice and the food was great, the website made it seem fancy. Was a little disappointed with the space. Especially when they first sat us at the bar...

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great for Sat/Sun brunch. Very welcoming and good service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful food. Very impressed

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Fresh and balanced flavors on Crudos. Brussels sprout bruschetta is awesome.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Absolutely fantastic evening. Nico has become one of my favorite venues for a fun, special but affordable night out. The food here is amazing. Exquisite quality ingredients that are perfectly executed. My last few visits here have been so consistent; just a delicious meal from the first bite all the way through dessert. The super friendly service and energetic vibe enhances the dining experience. Excellent beverage program and extremely reasonable prices considering the quality, portions and location. Highly, highly, highly recommend!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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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