Nico Osteria

4.4
2476 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. The dining room lends a warm backdrop for a menu of house-made pasta and impeccable seafood, Bar Nico (temporarily suspended operations)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.

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Safety precautions

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

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

What 2476 people are saying
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4.5
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service!

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vipCarol
Milwaukee
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Staff was friendly and good . Overall good a little overpriced and very overly salted.

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vipBrigit
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! I went with my mom, future and mother in law, and friend after a successful day of wedding dress shopping - and Nico was the perfect place to celebrate! We were greeted with complimentary glasses of prosecco and had a lovely time dining. Our server, Juan, was patient, knowledgable, and on point with his recommendations!

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vipKrisB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

They reopened too soon I suspect. Not enough waiters, food was not great. No energy at all inside. Branzino was not hot and flaky, it was warm and gelatinous. Meatballs and sauce were also weak. Avoid the place or stick with the pastas.

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vipDavidD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not sure of his name, but our server was great.

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vipRussellSm
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mark did a great job of taking care of us, once we changed tables to more central location. Initial booth in back near bar was nice, but no service, too noisy and cold.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic tasting food…portions on the smaller side yet very high quality. Only thing that would rank it higher is that the atmosphere a bit loud and tables crammed together too closely.

Would go there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good overall. Though it was odd to only have sorbet and gelato options for desert - that was the only negative point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Sadly Disappointed. Food was much better pre covid :( Also, waited long time for table with reservation. Understand labor shortage with covid, but 30 mins with reservation is a long wait.

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AmyK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I reserved outside and the host and hostess refused to seat me in patio and gave me a tiny table next to three noisy children who would not stay in their seats. I was very disappointed and found the hosts cold and not accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service could use improvement, certain portions could use improvement.

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vipsidw
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Limited menu, food was ok, nothing special. Service was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal in lovely surroundings!

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FahadS
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and staff are very friendly and helpful

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Chantal
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is supreme. Staff are super helpful and nice. They gave us 2 free glasses of champagne because we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Food and drinks are well done and reasonably priced too. The only thing is that the food was a bit too salty for me, but maybe it's just personal taste. You can also request to sit in the bar and order from the restaurant.

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vipNancyM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great ambiance. A nice change from the steakhouses in the area.

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Will
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Even though valet parking was advertised, they didn’t provide that service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good and the staff was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as always and wonderful food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

It is so different from prior to Covid
Smaller menu. Food just okay. No more sushi
Limited menu. Used to be much better I’m sorry to say

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vipNickname
Chicago
257 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I think things are still getting over COVID transition. Rush Street was hopping all around it but restaurant was pretty subdued. Pace was pushed a bit and service was choppy. Food was good but nothing that really stood out. Would go back for some wine and appetizers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Mark was great! Hope menu expands soon…

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Laurie
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ate outside-tables spaced apart- waiter was excellent--food was excellent!

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vipDanielle
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very good but the service was poor- particularly poor for a nice restaurant. Drinks took nearly 20 minutes to arrive, waiter disappeared for awhile. I assume they were just understaffed, hopefully a one-off issue.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered tasted great - well prepared and plated nicely. The menu items weren’t anything special, mainly items you can get anywhere nowadays but still really good. Great service too, very attentive staff!

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vipLucH
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Menu was a touch more limited than we hoped for. Tuna crudo was not good. Rest of the meal was ok. Was expecting a little better

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vipLinlu
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve tried Nico’s for three evenings in the last week as they’ve moved forward in re-opening. Despite being short-staffed, each evening demonstrated a progressive increase in the quality of dinner. I look forward to returning. We’ve had amazing bottles of Sauvignon Blanc, delightful cocktails, the usual incredible Brussels sprouts bruschetta, chicken, rigatoni, tuna crudo, hamburger, and yummy pistachio gelato. I’m so glad they’re only a few blocks from my home.

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RichardS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, great service. And great people.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and our waiter was awesome. My only call out is we were seated at the back of the restaurant. Would have preferred to be seated outside.

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dans
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Made a reservation for outside. Confirmed through Open Table the outside reservation. Got to restaurant on-time and told there was an hour wait for outside. No apologies, not even an ounce of empathy. Never again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great service great food. The best coffee ever

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henrys
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food definitely not as good as prepandemic.

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Gigi
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way to go on your reopen! We made a special trip from Cincinnati to dine w you, asap. My husband LOVES your rigatoni bolognese and it did not disappoint! The staff was happy and grateful to be open. The service was well done. Our evening timed out just as planned. Wishing you the very best reopening post covid closures. We will see you very soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Decent wine prices, brussels were an amazing app, and pasta was delicious

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vipRiss
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience at this restaurant! Wonderful staff and wonderful food with a lovely atmosphere.

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Chicagov
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great. We sat outside and they had heaters to keep us warm. Great location to people watch. They had the proper COVID protocols. However, our waitress was a little odd she said: “I am going to come back as little as possible. I don’t want to be outside. I don’t want to get sick” ouch! She seemed to relax and be more pleasant as time went by but that intro was mega weird.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Overrated . Avoid at all costs.

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vipomahafoodie
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the patio surrounded by 2 heaters. The staff did an excellent job of making us feel safe by taking all necessary Covid precautions. They advised us that when the staff was present at the table, we needed our masks on, and we appreciated their concern for their staff. Our food came out piping hot and was delicious!! Would definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I love Nico, it’s on the pricier side but I typically find everything so delicious and the service so good that it’s worth it. However last night, I was served an entree dish of scallops for $27 and the plate came with... three scallops. Come on guys.

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Nico Osteria is rated 4.4 stars by 2476 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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