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Nico Osteria

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2422 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 to enjoy breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch. The dining room lends a warm backdrop for a menu of house-made pasta and impeccable seafood, Salone Nico 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 or those hoping to reserve seats at the Chef’s Counter overlooking our open kitchen in the main dining room.

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Safety precautions

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

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

What 2422 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TheP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
31 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.

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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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was small but everything we had was delicious. Great service and value!

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vipLindaY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff!

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vipCindy
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a great place to go for lunch or dinner or brunch on the weekends only

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vipStephanie
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, incredible service! Very attentive!

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

As a long time customer, I was extremely disappointed in the revised COVID menu. While I fully understand the constraints of operating a restaurant in the current environment, the meal was a disappointment. Hopefully, when things get back to normal the kitchen will too.

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OpenTable Diner
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our server seemed annoyed from the beginning on

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vipfoodie
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The pandemic has made dining out difficult. You’ve done a very good job. I wish only people with reservations were allowed in the Rush Street area OR all people walking on the street would wear masks!

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viptweepie
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining space is wonderful. The service is fabulous.

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ampersand
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ambiance and COVID precautions at Nico are great. Lots of outdoor seating, nicely spaced. The menu is small but interesting and very seasonal. However, I was disappointed to find our main courses to be cold. I know we were eating outside, but the rigatoni was ice cold. The service was good - though we were made to feel a bit uncomfortable when we asked for bread, being told from our waitress "we don't do bread service anymore and I will have to go get it from the basement" and then presented with two very small pieces. Overall, the food was interesting, but the prices were steep for cold dishes and somewhat small portions.

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vipartisticpalate
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, impeccable service; and we’re allowed to bring our dog who was given her very own bowl of water.

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vipJorisV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Nothing special....the pastas were simple....Salmon salade was just ok

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food has declined over years as well as the choice on their menu. Chef needs to taste the dishes being served. Very little flavor in mains and dessert was dry. One of the best crudo dishes... light but flavorful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic !!!

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vipkktaylor
Chicago
122 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place to eat out doors in the summer. On the Rush Street triangle.

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vipJeff
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Pork cutlet sandwich was so overcooked that it was nearly impossible to eat. The fries were under cooked and the scallops and everything served with them were covered in vinegar. Worst meal I have had this summer. And the Service was about the same as the food.

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vipSandi
Chicago
106 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good prices on pinot grigio wine. Other things were a titch expensive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We waited for 10 minutes and no one came fo our table, we had to get up and tell the manager, we then waited again for about 5 min for a server. Menu is limited, which I understand. Menu is significantly changed and quality is way down. So disappointed because it use to be one of our favorites. Won’t be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Excellent service while keeping Covid protocols. Nice celebration dessert for my daughter.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good, horrible

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vipGoshendoc
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food while dining in the street. Great service and vibe. Will definitely return

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NickP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been numerous times in the past and love it. This time it was just off.The service was extremely slow. The food was just OK. I hope that after coronavirus restrictions it goes back to the way it was

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vipLisaG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

They did a nice job with the outdoor table spacing and making you feel safe during covid. The waitress was great.
The food was not good and was expensive especially since it used to be know as having better food. They would be better off doing a simpler less expensive menu during covid. It must be di

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vipeastsidefoodie
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice meal and outdoor venue was well received . Good social distancing etc

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Nothanks
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Pretty disappointing for having so much potential.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good 👌🏻

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vipDrMJG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

More for people watching than for good food.

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vipamfleish
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rigatoni was very different with the pea sauce but oh so good! Worth a try!

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vipnsdiner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was fantastic! Perfect for a quick brunch with my daughter and her boyfriend.

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vipBeth
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Disappointed given previous reviews. Service was great as was atmosphere

AK
AmyK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were great. I'd highly recommend.

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vipjudi
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our waiter, Eric was beyond great. Disappointed in the food; my pasta, “on a bed of pea purée with lemon and mint” sounded good, however, could not enjoy the flavors as it was topped with red sauce???

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Unfortunately they changed the menu and left very few items on it. Used to be a great spot.. this time we left after one drink.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible , horrible horrible food horrible

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was SO nice! Everyone is very clean, mindful, and helpful

FAQs

Nico Osteria is rated 4.5 stars by 2422 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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