Nico

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587 reviews
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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. Bar bites and à la carte selections are offered at the bar during lunch and dinner service.

**Please let us know of allergies or strong dislikes when you reserve so that we may properly prepare for your party.

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.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Fantastic 6 course tasting menu. The only hiccup was that we asked for no cheese or mushrooms and dish 2 was a mushroom soup. The waiter realized the mistake and gave us an extra dish and comped the corkage. But, our extra dish was just a second dessert. Also bummed we missed the showstopper ‘venison wellington’ later in the meal bc i assume it had a few mushrooms in it. We were jealous of our neighbors as theirs came out. Overall meal was still a great experience. We loved the oysters, monk fish, and popsicle dessert the most. Well be back.

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JK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a Valentines dinner celebrating 50+ years of being together. We had been to Nico about 6 mos. ago and loved it. Then, the prix fixe was $85/pp and when I booked the current ressie online, it gave the same price. We were shocked when the current menu said $130/pp, which was about a 50% rise in price. That was hard to take! Some was an increase due to Valentines and possibly getting a Michelin star, but the level on change was usurious. Other than feeling rooked, the service and food quality was great.

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TP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. I will definitely be back

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San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

With the introduction of an ala carte menu Nico made your choices more complicated. The prix fixe menu, even at a $20 increase, still gives you the most bang for you buck but may be more food than you want. Ordering the ala carte brings down the price a bit and you get more control over what you eat. The wine prices, unfortunately, have increased to the point of being annoying.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly and knowledgeable service. Excellent value. Cozy space. Will return!

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A
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food with a very inattentive service. We were seated 10 minutes late without an apology. Not even once did anyone offer to pour our bottle of wine for us. Felt very rushed for this caliber of a restaurant.

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NS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was very average. Some dishes were bland; others were just weird...strange flavor combinations and all 5 of us were very underwhelmed. Then, the biggest detractor was the service. While they were attentive, they were all stone faced. No smiles...almost frowning the whole time. And they seemed put out. It was overall, just a weird, lackluster experience. Won't be returning.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. As vegetarians, food options are limited

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FQ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here on New Year's Eve and my partner and I had the "New Year's Eve Special 6 course menu". Every dish was a surprise and it made me want to go again and order on the regular menu. Highly recommend this place and one should get all dressed up because Nico makes you feel like you should be dressed up.

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LK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner for my sister and her French husband, we had the six-course and every bite was delicious. Rich in a light handed way and savory, in straightforward preparations of scallops, duck, and black cod. Flavor combinations pleased my brother-in-law and made him think back to his grandmother’s cuisine. Warm welcome and service. A splendid success.

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o
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisitely prepared dishes. Excellent service by a small dedicated staff.

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S
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very nice fixed menu. Good service and wonderful food.

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R
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Could barely hear our server. She also had no energy. Food was good, but nothing memorable.

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EW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic prices at a steal! Every dish we had was inventive and delicious, the staff was attentive but not overbearing. A must try.

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Three course lunch was beautiful. Very high service levels, but at times felt a little pretentious. Gorgeous restaurant with bustling open kitchen.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
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 on December 9, 2018
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
58 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
2 reviews
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
18 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
33 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
59 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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