Great restaurant and I am looking forward TO RETURNING SOON. THE BOOTHS especially nice and they are very comfortable. The noise level is fine. I asked the waiter to turn down the music which he did. We will be coming often to this fine restaurant.
I have been to Nico's twice and would love to go back soon. I really like the food. The service could be improved.
THERE WERE 11 OF US, THE WAITER WAS ATTENTIVE, IT WAS EARLY EVENING WHEN WE WERE THERE SO IT WASN'T OVERLY BUSY WE ALL AGREED THAT THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS.
Quite simply maybe the worst meal I've ever had at a restaurant. Would've been better off going to McDonalds. First of all, brought out warm Prosecco which should've been the first hint. Second was on a nice day with outside seating, no one was there.
Food brought out wasn't hot. It was disgusting and ended up eating about 1/3 of it. For some reason, they steam Brussel Sprouts which were covered in some awful sauce. Octopus app tasted frozen/very old. Put some sort of Au Jus sauce on the Filet Mignon which is always a red flag.
On top of all that, the prices were extremely high. $25 for awful, stale pasta dish we got? Wow. Only thing that was OK was Chipotle Mac and Cheese.
Avoid this place at all costs.
Easter Sunday. The food was very good. The service was a little slow.
Hostess and waiter were very pleasant. We had party of 6 and were in the back area. Cooks seemed to be yelling at each other a lot and we were there for almost 3 hours. We got a little hangry and didn’t understand why everything took so long. I want to emphasize that our waiter was not the problem. He gets 5 stars.
I'm told its usually busy, but the Friday night we went was rather quiet. We dined as a group and tried several appetizers and entrees. The food was excellent, in particular the seafood choices. The service however was not up to par, especially given it was such a slow quiet night. The waiter was inattentive and although we wanted more drinks we never got the opportunity to order them. We didn't even get water refills toward the end. Again, great food, so definitely good to stop in for a nice meal. Hopefully the service mishaps was a one off.
Many items were not available on the menu and the advertised special (corned beef) was not available. Meat was nicely cooked and very good but the vegetable and salad side dishes were poorly executed, and several were way too sweet. There is no vegetarian entree on the menu but they did offer a pasta dish with vegetables which was good. Overall the prices were too high for the quality level. Beer selection was not that great. Wine was good. cocktails OK.
Had Sunday lunch. Place was quite empty... for a reason. Food had serious issues: taste was below a weave, dishes arrived late, components were missing, and inside of the fried chicken was fridge cold. Our server did her best to handle the situation. But overall a really bad experience.
Great place. Second time we’ve dined here, great on both visits.
This was very disappointing.
We arrived for our 6:30pm reservation on Monday evening to be told they were out of everything we wanted to order. No salmon for either of their salmon dishes, and no pork chops.
We left and walked to Saul’s Delicatessen.
This was a special date with my husband and the restaurant was hit and miss. We asked for a booth and were seated right across from a door that patrons left open brrrr. I wanted a cocktail and they were "out" of the two that I requested. My husband ordered the NY steak "medium rare" and it came back medium -done. Very little pink. Disappointing. The scallops were heavenly, as was the risotto. The romaine salad and pork taco appetizer were also excellent. The waiter was very accomodating and checked up on us a lot, without being intrusive. Overall, we would go back, but would hope for a bit more attention to quality for all of the dishes as well as making sure that booth was protected, and/or the door kept shut!
An excellent dinner but there was only one server and we had to ask for water more than three times. The food was outstanding! The service when he was available was great. And the feeling in the restaurant was warm and welcoming.
Service was just ok. The presentation of the salad was uninspiring and the lighting needs to be turned out about three levels.
Food was pretty good, not great. Probably wouldn’t rush back
Have made a meal of the appetizers, multiple times, and have found everything excellent—the pork belly tacos, the octopus, the Brussels sprouts, sliders. I have enjoyed the brunch here, as well. I also loved the generous-sized, paparadelle pasta. This place deserves to be busy. The waitstaff is very sweet, as well. Only minor criticism I have is that sometimes we have waited for a long time to be seated, when the restaurant was not full. It’s not clear that there is a designated hostess or host.
Service was slow (took 20+ minutes from being seated until server acknowledged us and took drink order). Food was good, but you could tell it had been waiting on the line for awhile because they were lukewarm. My eggs and potatoes tasted like they had been sitting around for 10 minutes. The mimosa brunch is a decent value, but the food is a bit overpriced, especially compared to other restaurants in area. Also, they seem very understaffed in terms of servers.
This was our first time at Nico’s. I loved everything about it. Friendly staff, great music, fantastic food too. The menu was so good it was hard to choose. My wife had the crab stuffed salmon which was great. I had the double cut pork chop that was incredible. Can’t wait to go back to try more dishes with friends. This is truly a great place to dine. We definitely will be back. Katie was our server...she was awesome!
Our server did not mention that cocktails and wine were at happy hour prices. We just overheard this info after we had ordered. He seemed unfamiliar with some of the menu items and service was slow.
We did not appreciate a dog at the table next to us. He was eating from the plate of his owner.
Maybe the worst brunch I have ever had. My friend and I ordered the fried chicken and waffles, and they clearly have never had those before, because everything was woefully inadequate. The chicken was so overcooked it was dry and the outside underneath the crispy outside was actually dark brown. Clearly overcooked. The waffles were so heavy, they tasted like heavy oat cakes or something. And the caramelized bananas were under ripe and not very caramelized. Service was slow, slow, slow, even when there wasn’t anybody else in the restaurant. I’m disappointed because I was really looking forward to this meal and predisposed to like this place because of the ambiance. I took one or two bites of each thing and left the entire plate there. When I let the restaurant know, the server expressed his regret over the meal and said he would give me a discount. He gave me five dollars off. What a rip off. I would never go back here again.
Food was excellent. Our actual server was MIA except for when he served us our food. Didn’t check in with us at all. The bartender however deserves major kudos for stepping up and taking care of us.
Excellent all around
We had a very enjoyable dinner during restaurant week. Our party of three each had different options, two from the special menu, and one from the regular menu. The salmon was perfectly cooked and served on a bed of risotto. The steak was outstanding, and the scallops also. There was a fairly noisy party at the table next to us but they left before we finished and then it was quite quiet. Perhaps the booths, which you can request, are quieter. Based on our experience we will definitely go back.
The food was prepared expertly using good quality meat & other ingredients with California flair.
They must have no heating in the restaurant. There was a constant draft and all windows and doors were closed. The server brought us a floor heater as we were ordering dessert.
Quiet! Conversation-tolerant! Tables and booths spaced humanely! Very subtle, mere whiff of background jazz! Friends, I'd put this retauarnt at the top of my North Berkeley choices even if the food were bland. But in fact the food is quite good ... nothing original or flashy but excellently prepared. This is a pro operation, a bit of European civilization (yeah yeah, I'm not a patriot when it comes to restaurants) that becomes extra delightful in this USA land of loud and pushy culinary overkill.
Lovely Neighborhood Restaurant
We just moved to the neighborhood and ate here twice the first week. The food was very good, the prices are reasonable, the service was warm and accommodating, and the atmosphere warm and cozy. My husband has some special dietary needs which were easily accommodated. The wine list was good and our waiter remembered us and took very good care of us. We love this little place so close by and friendly with good food.
I had made a note that this was the birthday of my guest and that we would like a quiet booth. When we arrived, they didn’t seem to look at the reservation, so I had to ask for a booth table in the back (away from the bar and the sports television). The food was unimaginative and mediocre, but that’s almost beside the point. We both thought that this restaurant won’t last with such sloppy service and unimpressive food.
We ordered dessert, which came with no mention of her birthday. The check arrived, I paid, and on the way out I asked our waiter if anyone ever bothered to look at Open Table notes and briefly explained why.
It was a disappointing affair, all in all.
Was pretty disappointed in this one especially after seeing some good reviews. No standouts in any of the food we had and the steak was barely seasoned at all. Way overpriced for what it was.
First, the waiter was either incompetent or overwhelmed,we did not decide. Had to ask for things ordered repeatedly. The food was wildly inconsistent. What that cheese mush under the quail was horrible. There was a salad that was very good. Very overpriced for the quality. This restaurant should NOT even be on Open TABLe.
I never write reviews but am making an exception because I came home still thinking about the poor dining experience we had. I have eaten at Nicos five or six times in the past when it was operating under the name Nicos Hideaway. The food was definitely adequate, especially the pork belly tacos. We started with cocktails and I was disappointed to find out they were out of Bloody Mary mix. We splurged on the $28 cheese plate which was enormous and beautiful with some lovely accompaniments to the cheese. There was a yummy chèvre coated with crushed nuts along with a pile of dry blue cheese crumbs (literally), a pile of shredded dried out Gouda, and a generous serving of underripe Brie cheese. We had waited fifteen minutes extra for the cheese plate which was ordered along with our other appetizers and when it finally came the server had forgotten to bring the bread which took another five minutes. Then we received a beautiful plate of chicken that didn’t look anything like what we had ordered. When we asked the server where the mole sauce was for the half a chicken cooked under a brick, he came back with more of the au jus that was on the plate. The chicken itself was well seasoned and juicy, but it was not the meal we had ordered. When we asked the server at the end of the meal why they called the sauce a mole sauce when it clearly was not, he talked to the chef and came back saying it had been a printing error in the menu which had recently been changed. It also became apparent that he didn’t know what a mole sauce was and could not have been more indifferent to our frustration. I really love the ambiance of Nicos and want it to succeed as a restaurant. I also wish they would put chicken Parmesan back in the menu because it was their best dish.
We had a really nice time. Our first time at and were really pleasantly surprised!
Had a party of 5 and table was small. Other than that it was great.
I love this place for brunch-- most Berkeley brunch spots are frantic-- lines, noisy and mediocre ambiance, Nico's seems relaxed and has a kind of shabby elegance. The eggs benedict is good, as is the corned beef hash, and the bloody Mary is outstanding. At dinner the old world atmosphere really shines-- some cozy booths giving a sense of privacy. It's worth seeking out!
Filet Mignon was wonderful along with the caramelized onions and truffle butter. Service from our waitress was amazing.
Very few patrons on a cold night. Drafty we ate with our coats on. Several items we ordered were unavailable.
Despite all still a decent place
We had fantastic service, the food was great and overall we had an amazing dinner!
We shared a bunch of the starters, because the main dishes were too expensive for our occasion, which was a casual drink-and-a-bite after a movie. The starters were good, but not fantastic. We shared two orders of the sliders, which were good value. The fries were okay, but not out of this world. The menu on the website did not include the prices, so we did not know until we got there what the prices were. We certainly had enough food. I would go back again and do the same thing, drinks and share a bunch of small plates. I like interesting food, and am prepared to pay for it. But based on the starters we had, I would be cautious about ordering main plates which are about $30, if they are not outstanding.