Nico Osteria

4.6
1800 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
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  • Creative Cuisine
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–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
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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.
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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

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

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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 1800 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

❤️❤️❤️ great avocado bruchetta!!! Loved the rigatoni with the egg for brunch so wonderful!

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4.0Dined a day ago

Delicious brunch at the sidewalk cafe. Pricy but delicious

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Thought the food was light and flavorful. It was funny. We could not get just plain decaf coffee. It had to be special coffee and we had to pay for a new one every time.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Interesting food. Delicate sauces. Good value. Friendly staff.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Food was good, but not as special as expected in addition to being lukewarm when it arrived. Service was very slow but friendly.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Always a favorite in Chicago.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

This restaurant was recommended to us by the Uber driver who advised it was rated one of the top restaurants in the nation. We were very disappointed in the food. The menu is different than typical Italian restaurants. We found our entree, the bolognese, to be pretty bland. The wine was very good, however. I wouldn't go back.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We dined at Nico Osteria to celebrate our wedding anniversary. What a wonderful place! We were greeted in such a welcoming manner, and they acknowledged our anniversary right away! Our seat was by a window. Our server, Jasmine, was terrific and an integral part of the reason we had such an amazing experience. She knew exactly the beer to recommend for my husband and the perfect choices for our food. Her suggestion for the appetizer of brussel sprout bruschetta was spot-on. For our entrees we chose the house-made rigatoni bolognese and the halibut. Both were so delicious!! And the desserts......oh my! We were surprised with two scrumptious desserts, complements of the restaurant. Additionally, all of the staff were very attentive throughout our dinner. I heartily recommend Nico Osteria!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food service was extremely slow, but overall everything was delicious. Cocktails and wines were very good too.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Wonderful as always!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The minute you walked in, the hostess greeted you with a "thank you for coming."
The server was fabulous, he knew the wine and described the menu perfectly!
The food was absolutely delicious!
The whole experience was Awesome!
By the way, we went back for lunch the following day!

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The food was fine, but nothing to be excited about. Given the price point, I had expected more. The serving sizes were relatively small and I found the food to be rather bland.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

When the restaurant first opened, it was amazing. Every time I visit Chicago, I book a table as my family and friends loved it as well. When I visited last November (2017) I noticed a decline in quality and service but I considered it a "one off" and booked again. Unfortunately, this time the service was atrocious. We had to find our chilled bottle of wine and pour it ourselves, ask repeatedly for bread which arrived at the end and the server was nowhere to be seen. Thankfully, the other servers stepped in, at our request, to fill in for ours. The seating was beyond worn, the faux leather was peeling apart and looked (and felt-through clothing) terrible. It was embarassing to invite my friends to Osteria Nico given the overall experience.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Everything was very good except Lobster spaggetti, get rid of this dish.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Greg delivered his usual outstanding recommendations and service. Jinhee and the entire team are best in class

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Almost impossible to articulate this exceptional experience. We are neighborhood regulars who visit weekly, and tonight we joined for my (milestone) birthday. The already insurpassable food and service was elevated beyond our wildest dreams. This is, and always will be, our absolute favorite restaurant in the city of Chicago. Bravo, and thank you, to the best in the business. We are lucky to know you.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Nico is our favorite Italian in the Gold Coast. They make the pasta in house and the olive focaccia is worth the trip alone. This time around, the service was slow to start and we had to call someone over after sitting by ourselves for a while, but afterward, the team stepped up and made the experience fantastic!

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1.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Had a terrible experience, even thought i had heard so much about it. Took almost two hours to get our food and our reservations were extended for another 30-60 minutes. Overall, not a good dining experience

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Was not happy with my lobster with spaghetti , it was not very good. When I first tried it a year ago was very good. It was made with thick spaghetti . When I ordered it on Saturday I was not satisfied. It was served with a over cooked linguine. I asked waitress why the menu said it was spaghetti and I got linguine, she said she would asked chef. But never got back to me with answer.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Ate outside so noise was not a factor. Menu, service and food terrific. Loved the crudo, Branzino and pea/asparagus salad. Lingered during our dinner and never felt rushed.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food is tasty. Brussels sprouts bruschetta is a must try. The Brussels sprouts were crispy. Hazelnut brings out the flavor. And the sweetness from the lemon honey was genius. Meatballs is also good. The sauce is a bit on the richer side compared to the Brussels sprouts bruschetta. Orecchiette is actually a bit spicy. The heat came from the tuna sausage. The orecchiette was cooked perfectly. Al dente. Dessert comes in a rather small portion.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The Brussels sprouts open-faced sandwich is EVERYTHING.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

I love Nico Osteria. The staff is amazing , the location wonderful as is the food. It is everything I look for in a restaurant .

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We sat outside and it was a beautiful feel. Waiter recommended the best dishes and we will definitely come back again!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

The food was delicious

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

A lot of it was good. However, when I see Osteria, it usually means a little higher prices and not a lot of food. I think if we had stuck with the small plates it would have been better.

I made the mistake of going for the whole fish. While tasty enough it wasn't prepared how I like it. It was soft and saucy. I would have preferred more the of the right of the grill flavor and a very light butter sauce.

Service was attentive and the interior was quite nice. We sat at the chef's table/bar.

I liked that there were NO tv's where we sat.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Let's talk brunch. Nico is SO amazing for brunch, the menu is such a welcome change from the standard bacon + eggs but you still get your avocado toast fix in a more elevated way. I love how the giant floor to ceiling windows, perfect for people watching. And the croissants and the olive oil cake!? OMG I literally woke up thinking about them.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Enjoyed a very rainy day brunch. Food was excellent - get the Italian donuts.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Love the place it’s really a nice ambient and the food delicious

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Always fantastic

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Food was fantastic! Very enjoyable experience!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Its deliciousness wrapped in delight smothered in Mediterranean culinary decadence.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fantastic food and experience!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Food was excellent but our waitress was disengaged and impersonal

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Delicious meal! Great bread. Great ambiance. Only complaint is that the waitstaff cleared plates from the table while others were still eating their meals. And the person pouring water was touching the water pitcher to everyone's glasses...not very sanitary. Otherwise though, the food was great. Portions weren't very large though.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The stuffed pappardelle was the best we have had anywhere. All the apps and entrees were delicious. The waitress was fun and knowledgeable & that didn’t change after we had to return an oxidized red.

Great atmosphere, would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food was excellent but it was slow to come out from the kitchen. The waitress was attentive and did her best to get things moving along but she could not control the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great food. Excellent suggestions by the wait staff and wonderful
Ambiance. We sat on the counter and watched the bartenders make wondeful cocktails and saw into the kitchen realizing culinary greatness.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We enjoyed a nice evening outdoors with very good food and service. Restaurant is in a great and lively location.

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Too expensive, portions small...barely any ragu on rigatoni....just not worth the $

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