Nico Osteria

4.6
1870 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

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

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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
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
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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V
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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SS
Chicago
15 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
96 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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ND
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Rigatoni I’ve ever had. Unreal! My wife and I had a very pleasant anniversary.

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RR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. My wife and I each had fish - dover sole and halibut, plus a shared salad and a shared side of persian cucumbers. With one cocktail each bill was over $150 plus $30 tip. It was good but not worth the money.

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EM
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat at the “chef’s table” where we could watch them make the appetizers. It was a fun experience. The other tables did seem close together so I was glad we had more space and it helped us decide what to order. The food was amazing. Our waitress was very attentive and had great suggestions. Great place! Wish they offered more wines by the glasses though.

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was very good. Brussels sprouts bruschetta is excellent. Pasta Bolognese was very good but the temperature could have been hotter.

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EB
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The crude is always wonderful as is the pasta! Very friendly welcome.

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NU
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Return visit and return again. Good place to go before Porchlight Theater.

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great
All that we hoped for
People at restaurant were extremely well trained
Made our evening better
Highly recommend

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J
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had friends from out of town with us and decided to come to Nico Osteria. They and we really enjoyed the food but some how the wait for our entrees was extremely long. The hostess, not the waitress, brought an appetizer to pacify us and when the waitress did make an appearance it was always very short as if she was embarrassed by the wait. She could have at least explained why we were waiting so long.

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HS
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I saw Nico Osteria advertised online by chance and decided to check it out with my boyfriend, who was visiting from out of town. We both consider ourselves "fine dining aficionados" and Nico Osteria did not disappoint! The decor was definitely upscale and the service was excellent. The servers visited us just often enough to keep us fed and hydrated without being overbearing. The food was delicious as well. I got the lobster spaghetti which was very excellent. I especially loved the way the noodle's texture was similar to the lobster itself. My boyfriend got the 7 oz wagyu strip, and we were somewhat disappointed that it was rather dry. We had cannoli for dessert, but the cannoli was not the typical Italian cannoli that we're used to. These were more like donuts with pistachio ice cream. Our waitress did explain this to us when we ordered, but we just wasn't sure what to expect! I was really hoping for a regular cannoli!
The only other disappointing thing that I'll mention is that we went there on a Sunday night and were seated at the bar because we were told that we'd be able to see the chefs cook from where we're sitting. We were able to see the chefs, alright...from the other end of the bar! Perhaps it wasn't as busy as it usually is, but the chefs occupied the cooking area behind the bar from the other end, and we were seated on the opposite end, so we were somewhat disappointed that we couldn't see the chefs work more closely! But it's just a minor inconvenience, and overall we had a great time here! I still foresee us coming back at some point, but next time we'll know to ask for the close-up seats closer to where the chefs are working!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating running the Chicago Marathon

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

My husband and I have two children (2 years old and 8 months old), so going out just the two of us these days is a huge undertaking.

The food was excellent but the service was poor due to our waiter forgetting pretty much everything we asked him. I also noted on my reservation that we were celebrating my husband’s birthday. Usually restaurants provide a complimentary dessert but this waiter did none of that.

I was greatly disappointed in the service especially having dined at Nico Osteria before and having a better experience. We expected to have a nice night away from our kids but having to repeatedly ask the waiter for things made the night feel as if we were at home.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marathon & birthday

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MR
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was delicious
The ambience delightful
While we found a wine we enjoyed, the wine list could be expanded to include more affordable wines

Our waitress has a terrible attitude - luckily the mngr stepped in and took over the service for the remainder of our evening and he was outstanding.

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

A terribly off night. Food was not good eg. halibut, raw tuna, nothing on menu for 8 year olds . What a mistake to bring my family.

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OT
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This is the first & last time we will visit this restaurant.
Very disappointed in the food, our waitress was not attentive.
The food presentation was not attractive. We sat at the counter which we thought would be a fun experience. My husband & I watched teenage boys preparing our food. No gloves & their hands touched the food. No utensils were used & I never saw them washing their hands. One young man had a bandaid on his finger. Hopefully it wasn’t infected as he was touching the food.
No one smiles & everyone looks bored including the bartender.
This was supposed to be a special evening, since this was an early birthday celebration.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We flew to Chicago and tried multiple restaurants. The hospitality at Nico was like no other. The meals’ flavors were well balanced and offered a unique meal. A new must visit place for my wife and I

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k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The hostess was cold and the food came out similar. I was extraordinarily disappointed. This would not be a return.

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JD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good place to have a great dinner
Good ambiance and a very nice bar section

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BS
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

No one greeted us. We sat for 20 minutes and no one acknowledged us. I finally got someone’s attention and I let them know we had been waiting for 20. Not even a sorry. Last time I eat there ever.

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I am not a fan of the close tables side by side and I would not accept a table like that again here. Otherwise great.

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KS
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Nico's. This has quickly become my fave place to go despite the many, many choices in Chicago! Our waitress, Lindsey, has made our experience awesome, twice now!

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f
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The melon salad was tasty and beautifully presented. Pastas wereOK. The tagliolini with peaches was bland and the lobster spaghetti was very pricey.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We love this restaurant. Because we were sitting outside, the service wasn’t as good as we’re used to. While I loved everything I ordered, my husband sent back his Dover sole because it was over cooked, not good and frankly, the portion was very skimpy for a 42$ piece of fish. I love it there and I will be back! But my husband? He may not...

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great server, great food

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was really long. We sat outside. Had to go to concierge to get table as they forgot. Dinner service was very slow and confused.

Not their best noght

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PD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can always count on Nico Osteria for a memorable meal.

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EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to all that staff that helped with the purposal, and everything that went smoothly.

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B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was horrible, been there 3 times and each time was not good, we kept trying because we like the location.

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FM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

LOVE NICO ! DRIVE FROM LAKE FOREST ALL THE TIME AND PLAN MY ERRANDS IN THE CITY AROUND BREAKFAST,LUNCH OR DINNER !

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DV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the heirloom tomatoes and the Prosciutto and both were delicious!

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RG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. The service was top notch. The pasta and seafood were all very good. Innovative meals

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SG
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another superb evening at Nico which NEVER disappoints. As there were two of us we sat at the counter and during the meal exchanged some conversation with the chefs in the show kitchen who despite being busy were happy to share insight and explanation into what they were preparing.
Our server Laura was wonderful - very knowledgeable, pleasant and smiling - nothing too much trouble. Given it was late summer we enjoyed some of the lighter seasonal items on the menu before they disappear. Their sommelier Brett was on top form as always with some terrific recommendations. I have been coming here now since shortly after the restaurant opened several years ago and have never had a bad experience - magnificent and so glad we have Nico in our neighborhood.

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