Nico Osteria

4.6
1905 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:30 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm-10:30 pm
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Phone number
(312) 994-7100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Kahan
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Cross street
Rush and Bellevue
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Parking details
Nico Osteria offers valet parking at our main entrance, 1015 N. Rush Street, for $15.99. There is also ample street metered parking available.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sun 9:00AM - 11:00AM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM
Sat 9:00AM - 11:00AM

What 1905 People Are Saying
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BF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They used to offer a full bowl of musssels with great broth. But no more. Very disappointed.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a Birthday dinner and the food was delish! Strongly recommend the lamb tortellini & lobster amariticiana. One diner has a gluten allergy and they are very accommodating.

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AS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

This is the second time Ive been to this place and both times it’s been awful and overpriced. First time had a salad, second time the burger and honestly they were both below average. It’s a cute spot, good location... going there for drinks is ok, service is good... but the food is not good.

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IY
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get away from home

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LJ
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We had very good service on a Saturday night and appreciated the recommendations from our server and sommelier. We liked our wine selection but were really disappointed in the food. The best dish which was just so-so was the tuna sausage orecchiette although we thought it was extremely bland and didn’t have enough sauce for the amount of pasta. We didn’t care for the kale salad nor the bass fish entree. We dine out often and haven’t had a meal we disliked in many years but maybe we hit an off night. We did like sitting at the chef’s table vs. the tables for two that were extremely close together. With that said, however, there are too many great restaurants in Chicago for us to likely return.

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AO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The overall experience was very good. The food, wine selection and the waiters treatment was excellent.
My only criticism is that one of the dishes we ordered came to the table extremely late.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They can do safely prepared gluten free items - the service was incredible! Can’t wait to go back.

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s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was passable, the service was pretty bad, the prices were very high. All in all not the experience we were looking for.

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GB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great small plates, and the Branzino was AMAZING!!!

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L
Milwaukee
39 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brussel sprout bruschetta was fantastic and was the pan seared gnocchi. We sat at the counter and watched the staff prepare salads and other dishes. Fun way to dine. Excellent service and overall experience

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KL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Over rated. Got seated and bar so clothes were scented by cooking and seats were hard and uncomfortable. Management has an attitude and not that helpful.. waiter great

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the moment we walked in the door ordered our meals enjoyed meeting people sitting next to us to leaving was a wonderful experience I would go back in a heartbeat

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good! The matron was very accommodating and allowed me to move to a more lively place. Went late in the night so some of the dishes were finished. Had the Brussel sprouts (omg good), octopus (good but not all that). I had the gnnochis and it was DIVINE.

For dessert we had the tiramisu and it was good but nothing crazy like everyone raves about.

Overall a great place to eat and fairly priced!

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good meal with great service

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DM
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious but we can thank our server, Laura, who steered us towards the best options on the menu. We will be back soon and ask for Laura again.

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A
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Counter seats are not comfortable.

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E
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The tables are very close together. No privacy here!

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Italian donuts are outstanding

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a lovely experience! We always love Nico, it’s like being on vacation when you walk into the beautiful entrance. Bret A was our waiter, he made our dining experience! He was so much fun! He spoiled is! Toping off our wine, adding a side because he thought it would be delicious with our branzino, 2 deserts wasn’t enough, we needed to try three! His smile and joyful personality will keep us coming back!

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M
Chicago
163 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brussels Sprouts sandwich is SO good. Perfect for Gold Coast people watching.

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nico Osteria continues to over-achieve. Consistently, in any measurement of restaurant excellence.
Here’s to Ginhee Oh for her non-stop leadership, and excellent support team !

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A
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and house-made pasta. The sardines and the meatballs are a must-have appetizer.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico was amazing. Their personalization and knowledgeable staff made our anniversary special.

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ME
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant was great! Awesome for gluten free diners. The pasta was very good; some of the best gluten free noodles I have had.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - food was fantastic and staff was great

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TD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, attentive service, good wine list. Food was so-so. My wife and I shared a veal sweetbreads app which had too many flavors competing with the sweetbreads. My wife enjoyed her poached halibut. I ordered the whole salt crusted branzino and asked that it not be deboned before being served. The waiter said that was not possible but without a good explanation why. The "whole" fish arrived in parts. Seems a little "fishy". Desserts were good.

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1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I could not find my waitress anytime when I need. And because we wait too long for the service, we have no time to have dessert.

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MJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

While the venue is attractive and the service is quite good, the food is well below what we expected.
The scallop crudo was fresh and flavored nicely. The charred octopus was bad. It had a very strong fishy taste to it that we had not experienced with octopus at other restaurants. We ended up sending it back. The rest of the dinner was hit or miss - the chicken dish and homemade gnocchi were very good but the lamb and rigatoni dishes were not well flavored and bland.

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RB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is perfectly crafted and seasoned. Delicious bread and wonderful atmosphere. We eat here often and always have a great meal and evening

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AD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As always had a great time, Crudo and hamachi collar were standouts. Delicious pasta. Fig tart for dessert was the perfect ending. Great cocktails, wine and spirit list.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Fantastic ! So flavorful! Perfectly paced service. Can’t wait to come back.

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the rigatoni and our server Bridget. Had a table by the window and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Rush street.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came in to celebrate our engagement for brunch. Food was delicious.

Only hiccup was when a server dropped dirty silverware on my fiancée and stained her clothing and jacket with red sauce. No one came to address this after it happened and no accommodations were made.

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BD
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall very enjoyable. The only two minor knocks are the atmosphere in the dining area is a little too crowded for me. Table layouts and traffic flow limit the comfort. The octopus appetizer was just ok but the balance of the meal and the service was top notch.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. I was hoping for a lunch menu, but we got a brunch menu...we were thinking about leaving, but our server was so enthusiastic and persuasive that we stayed. I am so glad we did. Service was awesome. Food was “to die for”!

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NS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every flavor always so well thought out. Best service ever!

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V
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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SS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent waiter (knowledgeable, friendly, + helpful / wise recommendations) and very good food in a pleasant peaceful indoor setting.

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M
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice Weekend brunch with different type of options. Good Italian wine list. Service is very good.

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