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Permanently Closed - Nico

4.5
503 reviews
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$50 and over
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Modern European
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Nico presents a menu format similar to the French and European style of dining "carte blanche" (without a menu or blank menu). This menu style invites guests to put themselves in the hands of the kitchen and enjoy a dining experience.

We offer a $70 5-course tasting menu that changes nightly. Pairings to complement the nightly changing menu are priced at $55 for the 5-course menu. "Bites" and à la carte selections are offered at our small 5-6 seat bar.

In addition to the pairings, Nico offers a full wine list, nightly wines by the glass (half or full), low proof cocktails, a handful of beers, and non-alcoholic sodas. Corkage is $40.

**Please let us know of any dietary restrictions 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
Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are accepted 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Nico will be closed for a week in the Winter and two weeks the Summer each year. The 2016 Winter closure dates are January 1 - January 10.
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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
The Maple Room at Nico, is our private dining room, named for it"s table that is crafted from a solid plank of maple and sits directly beneath a large skylight. The room accommodates 7-12 people comfortably, and is nestled away from both the main dining room as well as the kitchen, creating a truly private experience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lyon Street
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Public transit
Muni Lines: 1, 2, 3, 43.
Additional
Banquet, Private Room, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Completely different experience from our first time there-service was bad and good mediocre. For an expensive restaurant that demands a credit card for reservation, sorely disappointed. Would be glad to speak to their manager about our lackluster $500 plus dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in the city right now. The chef is very creative and takes local ingredients and combines them in unexpected ways to make something delicious. The tables are set a nice amount of space apart so one can have a very intimate and private dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Superbly prepared tasting menu ($70) with great fresh ingredients and perfect wine pairings. The oysters with champagne mignonette were a must have to start.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

We are never disappointed and always pleasantly surprised by the exciting new creations at Nico. We look forward to adventure at their new location.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Great as always. Innovative cuisine, superb wine list and outstanding service

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

I can definitely see why this restaurant earned a Michelin star. I thought the food was divine and that this kitchen was truly creative, inventive, imaginative, and concientious. The service and the presentation were perfect but most importantly I experienced the pleasure of a novel and delicious tasting experience. I'm always on the lookout for new taste sensations.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Get wine pairings.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Fantastic presentation of amazing creative food pairing. Courses never repeat from visit to visit. Each course is a new taste sensation. Courses paired beautifully with unique wine selections. Attentive service. Sorry to see Nico leave Sacramento Street , but we look forward to Jackson Square.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Solid food and fantastic service.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

I think the servers were great, the ambiance was nice, but neither my husband nor I liked the food all that much. There were no "Wow" moments when i would first taste the food, and the different dishes just didn't work for us. I was expecting a little more French influence to come through. That's not to say that it wouldn't be great for someone else with different tastes.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

In my first trip to San Francisco I was informed that Nico was a must go location for an amazing dining experience. I can't wait to get home and tell my friends and colleagues about the must go place when they're in town.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Thoughtful, refined comforting food. Great warm personal service. The blackberry and udder cream sorbet was insanely good. Nothing disappointed and there were some really great highs. Outstanding wine parings and the ability to get a 2oz pour for two for 10$ more was way better than only ordering one 3.5 oz pour on the pairings.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Amazing experience! The 5 courses tasting menu is so delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

The food and wine pairing was simply amazing. I was a bit disappointed when the name was misspelled on the card and there was an awkward moment when the bill arrived (I gave the staff my card to hold onto prior) but overall it was a great experience and the staff did a fantastic job.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Amazing food and service especially for the price. Eating here is a must.
I highly recommend not seeing the menu at the beginning and being surprised as each dish is brought out.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

Top 3 favs in SF!

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Oh my gosh! We had friends in from out of town and this was so bad we were completely humiliated! The server was polite but only borderline competent, obviously inexperienced and not caring a whole lot. But the worst was the food. Of the seven courses, we could only actually finish two of them (pre-dessert, whatever that is and a really good avocado salad that was a replacement for those who don't like eggplant). The steamed prawn was not so steamed and quite tasteless. The pork was
Uncooked and covered with a sea lettuce leaf for good reason. Very very disappointed!!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2017

Great quality food - creative and tasty twist and for a great price. Nice wine list including couple champagne options. Service super attentive and friendly. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Outstanding in every way.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Food is excellent and staff is professional. This restaurant was the highlight of our dining experiences! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Perfect dinner spot. We had the menu fixe of five courses and chef recommended wine pairing. This is what we got: Creative combinations of food, incentive cuisine and lovely wine pairings. Everything (!) tasted really good. Perfect portions and perfect order. Overall a brilliant evening.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Outstanding as always! Our regular server was super attentive as always as responded when we requested my lamb to be cooked well done. Superb wine list match the incredibly innovative cuisine. My favourite US restaurant and second only to Sepia in Sydney.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Another delicious & unique menu crafted the same day, this time with avocado, corn, wood sorrel, striped bass, blackberries, and venison. The flavors are always bright yet perfectly balanced, the presentation immaculate, and the staff welcoming (our server, Nina, was great).

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was totally forgettable small portions at a very high price.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Nico lived up to its reputation. Creative cuisine, excellent wine pairings, attentive service.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2017

Food was excellent. Very creative and gourmet. It is amazing that the menu changes each day. I appreciated the modifications the chef made to accomodate my pescatarian restrictions. Overall a fun dining experience.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2017

5 course tasting menu was ok, but a bit disappointing. They do emphasize fresh ingredients, but with minimal seasonings, the food lacked flavor overall. 3 of the dishes were fish/seafood, 1 was a bland pork dish, and then a good dessert dish.
Service and ambience were lovely, but the lack of diversity and overall blandness was disappointing, especially given the $70 price tag. We also opted for the wine pairing, again not so great: a rose, 3 similar whites, and an ok red.
I can see the potential, but the food itself just didn't deliver.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Wonderful service and atmosphere. Super adventurous food.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Super tasty meal, with excellent service and wonderful old world wines.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

This was my first tasting menu experience and I honestly enjoyed every moment of it. The staff are wonderful and provided excellent service for every plate and all around the restaurant. Nico is unique because the menu changes very frequently and you never know what is coming next. That's the coolest thing about their tasting menu. I definitely recommend and will come again.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2017

All 5 courses were great. Wine paring made it even better. We didn't want dessert. They readily gave us a cheese plate. Service was great as we were in early.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

Dinner was exquisite, second only to Fai's Le Manoir de Saint Quentin a Troo.

Each course was a wonderful delight, and the desserts provided combinations of taste I had not imagined. The wine pairings were perfect and fun. Emily's service was a perfect accompaniment, and the quiet ambience was perfect for a special dinner for four. We can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

Excellent all the way! A true Gem! Definitely worth the drive for those who live out of the way.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2017

Surrounded by Paris themed store fronts, Nico really captures the heart of French dining. The menu with perfect wine pairings was totally unique and the service rivals the best in the City. The most tender and plentiful abalone and lamb dishes were standouts as were the 2 dessert offerings. Really proud to have such a fine place in San Francisco. Outstanding in every aspect.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Nico was a great experience for in my opinion a fair price. The 5 course meal was definitely an experience, and every dish had its special blend of tastes. The service was top notch and prompt. Would definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2017

Nico is our favorite restaurant anywhere; if we don't visit Nico every time we come to San Francisco, we feel badly deprived. We have never been disappointed; we have always been happily surprised.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

One of the best meals I have had in SF in some time. I recommend it highly.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was really good. The service was exceptional. I think it was one of my favorite dinners of the year. The chef uses very fresh and seasonal ingredients. The dishes had just the right amount of artistry for me. Portion size were perfect. You won't leave hungry.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Excellent meal at Nico but somewhat deceived by the way they manage their "carte blanche menu". I informed them that I was intolerant to fishes and seafood at arrival and they told me that there was no problem and that they could certainly accomodate. They did so by simply removing the proteins from the sea from each course without replacing it by another protein or compensating by offering more vegetables and carbs. In the end, they did charge me the same price as my spouse that ate a full course. This was deceiving fro such a high-end restaurant.
Rest of service and food was otherwise exceptional.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Loved our food, wine pairing, the creative menu and attentive service. A definite SAN Francisco find!!

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