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About Permanently Closed - Nieto's

This restaurant is permanently closed. A Re-Concepted Restaurant in the Fabled Carlos’ Space by Carlos and Debbie Nieto. Nieto's is decoratively updated although the gracious wood paneled walls remain. The dining room still has an imtimate feel to it, with a more "club" like atmosphere. The menu is extensive but familiar with modern day tweeks. Comfortable for family gatherings and dates alike.

429 Temple Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Monday: 5:00pm - Close. Closed Tuesdays.

Cross Street:
Waukegan

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 432-0770

Website:
http://www.nietosrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Executive Chef:
Nabor Vazquez

Private Party Facilities:
Let Nieto’s host your next event. Our private event spaces can accommodate parties ranging from 5 to 60 guests for a seated meal or up to 75 guests for a cocktail reception.

Private Party Contact:
Private Events Coordinator: (855) 587-9080

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Nieto's - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Fit for Foodies (5)
Special Occasion (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Thank you Carlos and Debbie for more than thirty years of truly wonderful evenings. We have had the good fortune to share so many of the most memorable dinners of our lives with you. We reminisced on this last night about where we sat, who we were with, what we ate through anniversaries, birthdays, retirement parties, Christmas eves, wine dinners, business meetings, and just ordinary evenings. No matter the circumstances, it was always beautiful and delicious food matched by gracious and friendly hospitality that we will never forget. We thank you and wish you health and happiness for many years to come.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We are sad to see them close
We’ve gone three times this past month and
WE ARE GOING TONITE TO SAY ARRRREVADARCHEEE and enjoy a break the fast meal here....
This space is deeeelish cozy fabulous service friendly owners singing waiter walking distance to our home and consistently YUMMMMMM
SEE you at cafe Centro another wonderful gem of
HIGHLAND PARK

💄💋💋💋
Darlene and Howard Schuff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Sad to see Nieto's go. We've spent so many special occasions there between Carlos & Nietos's. We had a great, last dinner at this wonderful location.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

One of Best restaurants on the North Shore. Food is excellent. Owners are there and very friendly. Service is outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Amazing, as always. I'm so sorry to see it go, will really miss it!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We enjoy Nieto's so much, especially outdoor dining in the summer. We are very sorry to see the restaurant close its doors. However, we look forward to many more great experiences at Cafe Central in Highland Park with Debbie and Carlos.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

So sorry that Nieto's is closing end of the month. Hurry up, it's last call.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent staff and welcoming atmosphere. The shortribs are exceptional!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Amazing, as always!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We are sad to see Nieto's is closing. It's a lovely place with fantastic food. It will be missed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

It was a very quaint restaurant. The menu was interesting & had various options without being overwhelming. Large portion sizes.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Celebrated my wife's birthday and had another incredible meal experience. Great menu, nice variety, delicious food at a great value. I would highly recommend this restaurant to all. Very enjoyable, cozy environment.

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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Ask first if they are having a meeting at dinner time, if so forget it. Most unpleasant & noise level unbearable.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We have been going to Nieto's for a while. During our last visit we really enjoyed the grilled artichokes with a wonderful sauce.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

can count on Debbie & Carlos to be consistently good

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good food and excellent service. The Guacamole is as good as any I've had. The service and other patrons are very friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Very mediocre. First order of artichoke hearts were hard with very little meat. Hostess brought out another one and it was exactly the same. I had the seafood salad and the seafood was overcooked, although the dressing was tasty. Service was very slow and one of the entrees was cold. Since we had waited so long for our meal we didn't request another one.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Beautiful restaurant and excellent food. Great place to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Monday night at Nieto's is a real bargain! Half price bottles of wine complement a great list of appetizers. I am particularly fond of the thin tuna carpaccio as well as the scallops. The flatbread provides leftovers for future meals.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We celebrated two 70th birthdays last Saturday at Nieto's. The food was delicious and the staff very attentive and fun. We plan to go back again soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We love Nieto's! Such a great spot for informal get-togethers. Nice Ambiance, excellent food, and convenient location. Carlos, Diane and their wonderful staff really make you feel special by personally ensuring you have an enjoyable experience. I would classify it as upscale casual as the menu offers anything from gourmet burgers to salads to delicious entrees. Lucky for us, they offer a children's menu for our picky eaters. If you haven't tried it, you are missing out on a little piece of Highland Park history.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2017

One of our favorite evenings ever! My husbands roasted chicken was done to perfection! The steamed Salmon with vegetables in a bamboo basket was superb!
We loved everything about the ambience, the service and the entire experience.!
We will be back soon:)

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We always have a good meal and experience at Nieto's. Because this is a local family owned restaurant, the staff takes extra care in serving customers. The menu is full of variety. Our group had a skirt steak, white fish seafood salad and hamburger and each was properly cooked and generously accompanied with vegetables or potatoes. The chocolate pudding and key lime pie desserts are worth the calories.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Always a good experience. The Kobe beef burger was probably the best burger I've ever had. Absolutely delicious. My husband had the fish tacos --- again. Because he loves them and can never pass them up. Really, a great local neighborhood experience and very reasonable. Everyone treats you like you are their favorite person, and they were just waiting for you to come back. The attitude is "so glad to see you -- we missed you!"

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

menu is basic but appeals to all tastes and they are willing to accomodate if you want to change some parts of the choice; portions are large and easy to split. Wine portion was generous and good choice of wine; waitor was pleasant and both owners of restaurant came by to check on us and visit; very pleasant experience and all four of us will return soon; i have recommended nietos to friends; i was there a few years ago and it has kept up its standards and even improved. enjoyed the small scoop of homers ice cream for dessert, it hit the spot.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We celebrated our high school reunion of 40 years. Had a wonderful time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 21, 2017

A totally enjoyable experience from our excellent waiter, I think his name was Miguel, to my fish tacos and my husband's chicken dish. We did not take advantage of Wednesday night's $5 Margaritas but next time we will. My husband did enjoy his Martini.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Nice Fathers Day dinner with my son and one of my grandsons good food and friendly atmosphere. We'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Service was excellent and the Fish Tacos are an absolute new favorite! Delicious, fun, relaxing evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great comfort food menu.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

My wife and I decided to try Nieto's for her birthday. From the reviews, it seemed like a nice restaurant. As reviews said, Debbie is a wonderful hostess. Unfortunately, the evening declined after her greeting. The food was just OK. My wife had a ribeye steak and I had short ribs. We have had better of both. What they called gazpacho was more like cold cream of tomato soup with small bits of celery in it. Our server was nice, but seemed busier elsewhere. He knew the people at the table next to us so he spent a lot of time there. He shook and poured a drink for someone at that table and also brought along a shot glass so that he could take some of the drink for himself. It is rare to find servers take some of a drink from a diner. I had made sure that the restaurant knew we were celebrating my wife's birthday. At most restaurants we have been to, the staff will at least mention it and wish a happy birthday. Nothing. No mention. I was not looking for a free dessert - maybe just a candle in the dessert that we ordered. Nope. We do not mind spending over $100 for dinner (as we did at Nieto's) if the service and food are worth it. This clearly was not. On the way out, Debbie handed us a flyer for $10 off our next meal there. It will not be used.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Excellent, enjoyable dinner. We had a second helping of the table-side-made guacamole -- best anywhere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Love this place! Great food and fantastic wine selection.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great !!! Always consistent. Carlos and Debbie get how to treat a guest . Please don't wait for a special occasion . It's a must visit anytime place !!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Staff was friendly and accommodating, food (steak, burgers, lobster ravioli) was very good, and the atmosphere was nice. Just be mindful of the valet parking. Tight spaces and you might end up with a ding. Try and find street parking if you can.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went to Nieto's for a Mother's Day dinner, and were taken right in on time for our reservation. We were treated with great personal hospitality, as the owner, Debbie, came right over to provide a vase for my mom's flowers. My parents are elderly, and so excellent service makes a big difference. The waiter treated them wonderfully, and bent down to talk so they could be heard.
The menu was large, and what we ordered was prepared beautifully, and was wonderful! Every one of us loved our dishes. Between warm hospitality and outstanding food, it was a great experience, even though crowded for a holiday.
I would go back any time and recommend this highly.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Very Pleasant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Debbie and staff are so welcoming! Service is attentive and food is delicious. An easy great dinner to share with friends

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

This was our first time at Nieto's and WOW, did we feel welcomed from the first minute in the door. The owner Debbie, came to our table several times and took the time to get to know us. Our server was amazing, funny and knowledgable! Food was amazing!!

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 4, 2017

We love going to Neito's. The food is excellent and the people are so nice.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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