Gap Year at Nico

4.8
670 Reviews
$50 and over
Modern European
Gap Year at Nico* features talented Chef-in-Residence, Jordan Guevara and a superstar team of young chefs creating modern iterations of foundational French cuisine and techniques. The food is visually stunning and delicious! Overseeing the restaurant operations and wine program is Paul Einbund and the team from The Morris restaurant. The experimental concept will showcase Guevara's talent. Champagne will pair with everything! Come join us for this exciting year-long adventure!
* Chef Nicolas Delaroque is taking a family gap year in France!
**Please let us know of allergies or strong dislikes when you reserve so that we may properly prepare for your party.
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JoeLee
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the experience. Chic, elegant, beautiful. What a great Michelin experience.

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vipLeah
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with the service and quality here. Celebrated my bday and would recommend!

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KennedyP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fantastic. Worth every penny. Tasting menu was lovely. We added paté en croute and the cheese since we aren't big fans of sweets after dinner. Staff was really kind.

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Blondearch
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gap Year at Nico was excellent. Chef Jordan Guevara created delicious, inventive and beautiful dishes. I had the tasting menu with wine pairings and every dish was a culinary delight. I look forward to seeing what the next 11 months bring.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and got to meet the chef.

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vipjuniper
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful and very accommodating with our kids.

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vipFCFoodie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Delicious food!!! Siper attentive staff. Very accomodating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been to Nico three times (twice for dinner, once for lunch), and thought Gap Year was a step above the regular Nico dishes. The presentation, the wine pairing, and the service were all on point. I am excited to try their new Spring menu when it comes out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark my words - this is going to be the hottest place, very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! If anyone is curious though, you can not share the tasting menu. I don’t know much about fine dining but if one gets the tasting menu, your date needs to get it as well (my poor wife had to try a bunch of food she would normally not try lol). Spent a bit more than I thought I would but overall had a great experience. The food is delicious and the presentation is beautiful. Waiters and cooks were all super nice as well.

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MVR32
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal - the service is exceptional, food spot on, atmosphere is warm. Only bummer is it's only for a year

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SFguy
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food and creative dishes. However, the service was a touch rude and couldn't fully remember the specifics of all the dishes. They included a mandatory gratuity for a table of 3 which is fine but unexpected.

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douglaass
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a repeat very satisfied diner....should get a second star!

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Thomas
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this dinning experience was perfect -- the food, the staff, and the ambience. This is now one of my "new" favorite restaurants. I'm looking forward to returning soon.

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vipAnton
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a great addition to the dining scene, on top of our list for family celebrations, we will be recommending Nico to fine dining aficionados, friends and colleagues. Great for any occasion.

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vipTeaGoddess
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Gap Year at Nico after having been to Nico a few times. I was very happy to see that the quality service, cocktails and food remained as good as ever. The menu was inventive and delicious and the service was perfect. They also still have the same delicious inventive cocktails. Loved the experience and food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gap Year is serving some of the most exciting food in SF since Altelier Crenn opened. My wife and I dined with Chef Crenn two weeks after she opened (she bussed our table!) and left knowing she’d eventually have two or three stars. It’s been since then that we’ve been at a new restaurant and left with the same reaction... until our Saturday night dinner at Nico. Chef and team are absolutely killing it on all counts - not only with the food but the wine and service as well — and the care, love and technical precision the dishes are made with is truly mind-blowing. The references to the original source recipes are the coolest food nerd thing I’ve ever seen and the fact that everything is washed down with a tsunami of champagne is worth the visit in and of itself. I texted a good friend in the middle of dinner and told him to “get the hell down here,” and while he couldn’t make it that night, I hope he does. If not, he’ll miss out on one of the most exciting and special meals around right now.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite. We had the tasting menu. 6 courses, each one building off the last and leading perfectly into the next. Lots of flavor exploding out of little bite size parts of beautiful creations. I was amazed at the creativity, flavors and presentation!

The service was wonderful. Very attentive. I wish they explained the food in more common speak though. We had to keep asking what things were after the explanations assumed we spoke French or ultra foodie language. We are not generally folk who eat ultra fancy foods so we would be like okkk but that does that even mean. More accessible language would have been nice.

The layout is small and intimate with an open kitchen. That's amazing to see the team of quite, focused & talented chefs doing their thing. The head chef was kind to his kitchen and always looking over the quality of the dishes. It was wonderful to see the inner workings of the well oiled kitchen.

The price point for the food was fine but BEWARE the wine pairing. That was almost as much or more than the food. This made the total way over what we would even spend for the best meal of the year or decade. I was thinking dang I coulda given my parents a weekend getaway
all expenses paid for this amount. We shoulda done the math earlier. So anyway if you wanna spend about $500 for three people for a very special occasion you're in the right place. If you're rich enough to spend 1K on dinner, come loan me a grand cuz my credit card bill is now on fleek.

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vipJEromeG
Stuttgart Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, both preparation and presentation. Outstanding wine pairing

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vipTheoA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden inside the lettuce was a small edible flower.

Celtuce is a vegetable new to us all. It was tasty.

The turbot, the marrow and the turnip competed to be the most slippery mouth experiences.

It's like a school for learning how to eat well.

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MARVAN
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful, intimate space serving exquisite French deliciousness, with a carefully curated wine list to match. One of the best albeit short BTG lists in the city. Labor intensive, traditional dishes such as the pâté en croûte and pithivier are a must. Hoping this fun, fresh “Gap Year” concept catches on and more restaurant owners try it!

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vipKatT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fabulous! Paul and his team are just wonderful. The food is all edible art (and delicious to boot) and the service is fantastic, the wines are well chosen and the space is gorgeous and intimate. Bonus points for truly excellent music, too. We just love this place and would come every week if we could afford it!

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Autumn
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my anniversary with my boyfriend and had a great time. Food was amazing, as well as service.

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WillC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on Day 4 and the experience was utterly fantastic! Paul is always delightful and set the perfect tone of casual elegance. Chef Jordan’s dishes danced that line between technical, humorous, and just plain tasty perfectly. Oh and the wine list is great! Not quite as extensive as the Morris’s holdings but really cool.

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vipKatT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fabulous! Charming knowledgeable staff, unbelievable food, just wonderful experience. Go go go!

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Lunchtimemunch
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Husband and I did the 6 course pri fixe with me wine pairing. The food was pretty good, but the wine pairing was terrible. 2 of them were higher alcohol content and more liquor which actually kicked in my gag reflex. The main entree of the chicken galette was absolutely delicious, but I have to say that I would have enjoyed that and the rest of the meal if it had been lesser of a portion. That dish alone would have been my normal amount of dinner. I probably would have been good with half of that (my husband with 3/4 to feel like he didn’t get ripped off). The wines were all from France and if you’re into where your wines come from, that’s cool, but I wasn’t and it was sort of just disruptive to have a wine explanation with every dish. Also- it would have been great to get a little tasting before a full pour because half the wines I didn’t like and an alternative would have been a nice.

It was our 10 year anniversary and after a show at the Masonic. Chosen for proximity to the Masonic. I won’t be coming again and likely not recommending this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

$35 truffe didn’t taste like anything. Fish overcooked. Never asked us if we enjoyed our food.

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vipEverettH
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service superb. A little pricy.

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vipCaliforniaFoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible tasteful food. Truly a remarkable chef. Excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

2nd time here, disappointing on the food and service this time. Last time was great, but a huge drop off this time. Steak was very chewy and way too much fat and scallops were adequate but pretty disappointing at the price point.

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Iknowgoodfood
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have eaten at many places with clients over the years and this is one of the few I would high highly recommend especially if you are into high end cuisine. Overall I was surprised and in awe of the quality food, unique flavor combinations, and the lovely plating style. Stop thinking about it, just go.

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vip1stardiner
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the 4 of us had the Chef's Choice menu with wine pairing... interesting that chef decides what to cook based on table size and what's fresh for the day... everything came out delicious with nice presentation... celebrated a friend's birthday and restaurant had a card waiting at table and a candle with the dessert. nice touch. will definitely return.

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DakotaB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. The space is very modern with a touch of age accented by old brick. Natalie does a fantastic job curating your evening behind the bar!

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MirellaZ
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Complimenti! Ottima cucina ottimo servizio buona selezione vini abbinati al menù degustazione. Locale con un numero giusto di tavoli.... Consigliato per cenette romantiche. Ottimo rapporto qualità/ prezzo.
Ringrazio il team di nico per la splendida e ultima nostra cena in USA.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

I used to like Nico. A lot. After they first opened at the old location in laurel heights we had quite a few nice dinner there. I have been at the new location on Montgomery only for lunch and my last visit makes me doubtful I will return any time soon. Service was awesome, food was delicious.... Only problem is - the entire sizes are ridiculously small.. I ordered this eggplant dish and it was so small I thought it was a joke. Maybe 3 of them would have been a decent portion. But the it would have been a $90 lunch entry because the eggplant petit four was priced at $30.

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Shakiks
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small intimate place perfect for datenight. I love the open kitchen and that served as entertainment since you see how your food is prepared. We did not do the chef tasting since that will probably last 2.5-3 hrs to complete. But everything came out really delicious and well proportioned. I especially recommend the lamb entree 🤤 so good. I would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I came here for lunch on a Friday with two others. We ordered almost everything on the lunch menu, most of the food was too salty for me. Portion size too small for the price, I would expect each dish to taste spectacular or be full of flavor. Presentation of dishes looked nice. Oysters were plain compared to when I had oysters from The Progress. The ambiance was quiet because there was only one other table. Service was standard.

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vipTati
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Overall the food tasted good and ambiance was really nice. The problem was that i ordered a pork belly and i found a hair. Also thought the portions were really small.

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vipBrett
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding! Best eggplant we have ever had. The duck and foie Gras inside the pastry was divine,

Gideon did another fantastic job with the wine pairings!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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