Permanently Closed - Nieto's

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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.
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWineAndDine
Chicago
206 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipyummy
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGerrym
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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youraveragediner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipclls
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGreatUpscaleCasual
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRobert
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Presby
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent staff and welcoming atmosphere. The shortribs are exceptional!

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vipclls
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always!

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vipBTL921
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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VanessaM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipAuntimame1
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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

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vipDrDetroit
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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

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vipHowardK
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

can count on Debbie & Carlos to be consistently good

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viphbillh
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAnonymous
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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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Penny
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vippcsk8
Chicago
241 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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luncher
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipCharlie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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:)

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vipGuillermo
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSeasaidh
Chicago
216 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!"

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vipDrnormy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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vipsandy
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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Ardisal
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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MicheleS
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipmatte
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great comfort food menu.

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vipDarth
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience3

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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Douxguy
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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SaraN
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great food and fantastic wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 !!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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bredflame
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very Pleasant.

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vipfooed4life
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipDCohen
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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Permanently Closed - Nieto's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 432-0770.

Permanently Closed - Nieto's is rated 4.3 stars by 968 OpenTable diners.