Nico

4.5
572 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Modern European
Recently relocated to Historic Jackson Square, Executive Chef Nicolas Delaroque brings together products from local farmers, and fisherman to create an innovative modern, French menu. The highly seasonal menu changes often and is accompanied by a thoughtful wine list, and an exciting bar program. At lunch, guests are offered the choice of two or three-courses, with a selection at each course. Dinner is either four-courses with a choice at the main course, or a six-course "chef's choice" menu. Bar bites and à la carte selections are offered at the bar during the dinner service.

**Please let us know of allergies or strong dislikes when you reserve so that we may properly prepare for your party.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:45 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 359-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicolas Delaroque
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Private party facilities
Restaurant buyouts are available for groups of 32 - 45. Please inquire with the restaurant.
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Cross street
Washington Street
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Parking details
Metered street parking.Multiple parking garages nearby:Hilton Parking Garage/Ace Parking- 17 Washington StreetAce Parking - 528 Jackson StreetCalifornia Parking - 170 Columbus AvenueCalifornia Parking - 635 Sansome Street
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Public transit
Montgomery Station - MUNI Underground TrainMUNI Bus Line - 27, 30
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for New Years Eve! We are offering a $135 6-course menu and optional wine pairings. Seasonal cocktails and champagne are also on the menu!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Delicious food, amazing cookery, a great place to bring your parents and grandparents.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 572 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional meal. The blini, scallops, and savory madeleines with Périgord truffles were highlights. Merci Nico team!

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food and good service, we will be back thanks

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U
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Not sure how they received a 1* Michelin rating. The menu was very limited and very fish/seafood focused which is fine for some, and I include myself, but not everyone likes that, half of my party. Food quality was OK but not great and certainly not Michelin star great. The front of the house people were very friendly and helpful but our server was aloof, didn't bother to tell us what wine we were drinking in the wine pairing until flagged him down to ask him. There are plenty of better restaurants in SF with no Michelin stars that I would go to again over Nico.

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F
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very tasty with unique combination of ingredients. Service was attentive and wasn’t over the top so we could carry on a business conversation.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner. Beautiful space. Thoughtful wine list.

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DK
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

This was our 2nd visit and we had high expectations. But, we found everything bland, bland, bland. The potato tasted like the apple which tasted like the suckling pig which tasted like everything else. The mushroom reduction and the pine reduction on two different dishes had almost no discernible taste. All of the cream sauces and whatever was on the apple dessert tasted the same. We thought we'd be inspired because we really liked our first visit (in August), but not this time. The bread and the wait service were excellent, but I just couldn't raise my rating over just "good" for those, since the food is supposed to be the star here. Also, how come the 6 course tasting menu has only 4 savory courses and two desserts (three if you count the lovely madeleines at the end)? Overall pretty expensive for what we got this time around.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Reasonably priced 4 or 6 course meal in SF. We had the 6 course and the portions were quite large. We definitely did not leave hungry and though the cost of food was quite reasonable. We also did a wine tasting but split it which made that a great deal as well.

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RF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, intimate restaurant. Excellent food with good value. the wine pairing is terrific under the guidance of Gideon. Service is also excellent. Friendly atmosphere.
I will come again.

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SM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special treat to enjoy a meal at Nico's. We had a marvelous time, and enjoyed sharing our meal with a business associate from out of town. Nico and his team always go above and beyond to deliver an experience with the meal. Art and passion with each dish, making it a joyous surprise as each course arrives. We are grateful to of dined at Nico's this past week, and we look forward to many more meals to come. Thank you Nico & Team!!

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very outstanding restaurant, for food, service ambience. only downer was that they did not offer free coffee refills

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time visiting! Well prepared food, attentive service. Excellent, interesting wines. Worth many visits!

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for my wedding anniversary dinner. Everything was outstanding. Food was delicious and creative, service was seamless. The cocktails were exceptional. I recommend this restaurant very highly.

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p
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible, creative food, wonderful service and great atmosphere!

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g
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our expectation were met and exceeded! Crafted, beautiful plates- full of flavor and contrasting textures/colors. The beet/dill liquids with the mackerel looked like cloisonne. Truly enjoyed the wine pairings as well. We look forward to a return visit.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating new work opportunity

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J
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Hit or miss courses, some very good, some mediocre. No course was a “wow”. The food is neither special enough nor traditional; it lands somewhere in the middle being usually ineffective when it comes to balance and flavor. This was our fourth time dining at Nico. We keep hoping for a great experience and incredible flavors like we had our first time at Nico, but no longer have hope. This time while our Striped Bass was excellent, our salmon was slightly fishy and our mackerel as well. It IS possible to have outstanding and very fresh seafood consistently in San Francisco. One just has to go to establishments like Quince, Mourad, Coi, Acquerello, Californios, and so on, pay a little extra, but make one’s overall dining-out experience worth it.

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ER
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. Beautifully prepared, locally sourced food. Gracious staff. My only problem was that I paid top dollar and was left hungry after the meal. Food was delicious, just wish the servings were more larger.

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YR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed this dining experience. I watched it renovated/transformed from Bocadillio (which I loved), and I loved how they opened up the kitchen to make it more accessible to the diners. When I finally got the opportunity to eat here, I was delighted by their ability to showcase the natural ingredients. Beautiful presentation and incredible flavors.

If you like fish and shellfish, this is the place for you. Well done.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pretty good food. A bit over priced.

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F
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Very unimpressed . There was nothing Delicious and not worth the price.

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DJ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was disappointing, uninspired, and bland. Nothing exceptional or memorable in any of the dishes served. What has happened to Nico since it moved? We were impressed when we first dined in its old location. But, we are sorry we won’t be going back.

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WS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

There was a caterpillar in our parsley. The service was good not great. The food was great. We said dairy-free and they messed this up a bit.

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M
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing find! We come from Sonoma County where the cuisine is nationally renown and we are spoiled.
Nico takes your culinary experience to a new height. The menu (small as it may seem) changes daily. Each entree is made to order....we know that because every table has a view of their entirely open kitchen where these artisans (under the tutelage and supervision of a truly phenomenal chef) create masterpieces to pleasure your palate.
Each course is served by a staff member (server, soux chef or the Executive Chef himself) with an explanation of the creation that ever-increases your dining experience.
Every staff member deserves cudos....form the greeting when you walk in to your departure.
Thank you, Nico.
This will be our "go to" choice for many years to come.

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LC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were out for an evening stroll and were attracted to this quiet, charming,
sophisticated place. We walked in to take a look and were warmly greeted and encouraged to
look around. We immediately knew we'd like to come here for a dinner and made a reservation
for a few days later for our 38th wedding anniversary celebration. What a great decision that
turned out to be! From the service to the atmosphere not to mention the creative cuisine,
everything was a delight to the senses. Definitely one of our all time best dining experiences.
Can't wait to return and bring friends to share this with. Truly a great find!

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G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I have dined at the old Nico location a number of times, this was the first visit at their new Montgomery street location.... as always very good food, with paired wines that are out of the ordinary and great matches to the cuisine. Very good service, very good food, very reasonable prices for this level of cooking.

The small Menu changes daily, all pre-fixe, a 4 course dinner for $65, wine pairings (4 small glasses of wines) $55. They are also open for lunch.

There is a small bar in front that also serves food, and they have an expanded Wine and Beer List here now as well as a full bar... Highly recommend !!

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BM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I were looking for a last minute dinner reservation on a Friday night (almost impossible in SF) and saw that Nico was open. We booked a table and were super excited for the 6 course tasting menu. I would say 3 out of the 6 courses were good but no where near the hype. Although the value (less than $100 for a 6 course tasting) was great, the food was just all right. If they take some time to improve we may be back, but probably not in the near future.

TLTR: Just good food when we were expecting exceptional food.

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NB
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal. The wine pairings with each course were unreal. Highly recommend the 6 course meal where you get “chef’s choice”. We were lucky enough to get duck Wellington. A-maz-ing. Highly recommend. Service was superb as well!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We had the tasting menu and all dishes were quite disappointing. The flavors are so off like the chef didnt even taste them. This place used to be great.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing! Both courses tasted interesting and felt like they expanded my palate. Person serving me at the bar was very kind (I believe her name was Julie). What's more, even though the price is 35 for two courses, it was sufficiently filling (that including a slice of their bread). I have a pretty large appetite, so I didn't think two courses would work, but it did. Of course, if you're looking to get an over-the-top meal, the three course at 40 is probably best.

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FD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Nico for my husband's 50th birthday, and it was a real feast to the palate!
Not only does the food look amazing, but it was exquisite, delicately cooked, with just the right amount of herbs to enhance the flavors. We took the wine pairing, and the Sommelier is amazing as well, serving wines, with such distinct flavors. By far my favorite restaurant! Can't wait to go back!

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g
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We opted for the 6-course surprise menu. The oyster, fish and soup courses were excellent. We were disappointed to receive a second dessert as the 6th course (would have loved another protein course or even the cheese course). If we return, I'll choose the 4-course menu w/the cheese plate. That being said, the food was delicious and beautifully prepared. I was also impressed w/the service: our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly and the servers were very attentive.

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N
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Some of the dishes were excellent, but steak and fish were just OK. Server was not at all friendly and impatient, even though restaurant was half empty for an early dinner. Service can lead to poor overall experience. Love the concept of Nico and hope they can improve service.

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FO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

So I have to admit. I wanted to love this place. I wanted to give this place 5 stars. Even after leaving, I quickly wanted to tell friends that I wanted to come back...so why 4 stars. Okay -- so here it is.
My main issue was the lack of savory. And the 2nd course which was okay yet creativity. The dashi salmon 2nd course soup was so salty...at any other restaurant I would have sent it back immediately but our server never came by to ask and it was my husband's birthday so how do you send it back and make him feel bad on his special night? Not only that...but it is an open kitchen and I didn't want to offend the chef who was standing there next to me. I was afraid he would give me the evil eye.

The other thing about the 6 course was that it ended with 2 sweets and 1 extra bite which was one honey madeleine which was insanely good. The 5th course was half an ice cream sandwich. I didn't love that there was an ice cream sandwich followed by a fig cake(I think) with more ice cream on top. It was too much ice cream for a 6 course. If I could have a choice, I would have said, no to the 2 courses of desserts. It would have been nicer to see the chef do more savory. Note that I told server, I can't do too many sweets. To which, the server neither informed the chef because I got more sweets than I had hoped. The food amount was fine. But if I told you what I had, most people would leave NOT being full even with 6 courses. There was 2 oysters for the first course, the salmon dashi broth with raspberry(interesting right). A small course of mackerel overs heirloom tomatoes(which was served below room temperature) and a small sliver of roasted duck confit with a fig mousee(or something like that). My husband requested 3 slices of bread so that he would feel satisfied. But for me, requesting more bread is a bad sign(aka not enough food for $85)

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

Modern French food with a California flare. The 4 course (you can also opt for 6 courses) meal was overall well worth the visit. In the genre of "affordable tasting menus", this was a class above Trestle and Trestle is already pretty good. The pastry chef there I give 5 stars because the bread that was served to accompany the meal and later the dessert was seriously michelin-star level. The plating food was good at 5 stars - instagram candy at every course and the food was a 4 stars - good but does not knock your socks off.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Nico was a truly intimate experience. The moment we walked it felt as if we were being welcomed into a close friends house. The staff was knowledge, attentive, but never felt pretentious. The food was creative and delicious. The cocktails were inventive and inspired.

Cannot recommend highly enough.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I got together for our very first dinner in San Francisco, since she started the next chapter of her young life and career in Northern California two weeks ago. Nico’s aperitifs and four-course dinner were the best beginning to a wonderful Labor Day weekend in the city new to both of us. Nico’s had been recommended by a colleague at work. Its proximity to our hotel was wonderful, and being able to watch our food being prepared in the open kitchen so close to our table was wonderful. The food was simply unique, delicate, fresh and so flavorful. So glad I followed the recommendation and made the reservation!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service efficient and friendly

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g
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was quite good but nothing special. Ambience was fair: too much light and too much noise...

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was a bit disappointing. Menu was boring and the best thing was the bread.

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MB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Never went to the previous location, but they're right at home here

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