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Gap Year at Nico, San Francisco, CA
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Gap Year at Nico

4.5
4.5
664 Reviews
$50 and over
Modern European
Gap Year at Nico* features talented Chef-in-Residence, Jordan Guevara and a superstar team of young chefs creating modern iterations of foundational French cuisine and techniques. The food is visually stunning and delicious! Overseeing the restaurant operations and wine program is Paul Einbund and the team from The Morris restaurant. The experimental concept will showcase Guevara's talent. Champagne will pair with everything! Come join us for this exciting year-long adventure!
* Chef Nicolas Delaroque is taking a family gap year in France!
**Please let us know of allergies or strong dislikes when you reserve so that we may properly prepare for your party.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 359-1000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jordan Guevara

  • Private party facilities

    Restaurant buyouts are available for groups of less than 45. Please inquire with the restaurant.

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Washington Street

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking.Multiple parking garages nearby:Hilton Parking Garage/Ace Parking- 17 Washington StreetAce Parking - 528 Jackson StreetCalifornia Parking - 170 Columbus AvenueCalifornia Parking - 635 Sansome Street

  • Public transit

    Montgomery Station - MUNI Underground TrainMUNI Bus Line - 27, 30

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wine

What 664 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JL

    JoeLee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the experience. Chic, elegant, beautiful. What a great Michelin experience.
  2. L

    Leah

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressed with the service and quality here. Celebrated my bday and would recommend!
  3. KP

    KennedyP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fantastic. Worth every penny. Tasting menu was lovely. We added paté en croute and the cheese since we aren't big fans of sweets after dinner. Staff was really kind.
  4. B

    Blondearch

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gap Year at Nico was excellent. Chef Jordan Guevara created delicious, inventive and beautiful dishes. I had the tasting menu with wine pairings and every dish was a culinary delight. I look forward to seeing what the next 11 months bring.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and got to meet the chef.
  6. j

    juniper

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was wonderful and very accommodating with our kids.
  7. FC

    FCFoodie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Delicious food!!! Siper attentive staff. Very accomodating.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had been to Nico three times (twice for dinner, once for lunch), and thought Gap Year was a step above the regular Nico dishes. The presentation, the wine pairing, and the service were all on point. I am excited to try their new Spring menu when it comes out!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mark my words - this is going to be the hottest place, very soon!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! If anyone is curious though, you can not share the tasting menu. I don’t know much about fine dining but if one gets the tasting menu, your date needs to get it as well (my poor wife had to try a bunch of food she would normally not try lol). Spent a bit more than I thought I would but overall had a great experience. The food is delicious and the presentation is beautiful. Waiters and cooks were all super nice as well.
  11. MV

    MVR32

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal - the service is exceptional, food spot on, atmosphere is warm. Only bummer is it's only for a year
  12. SF

    SFguy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Great food and creative dishes. However, the service was a touch rude and couldn't fully remember the specifics of all the dishes. They included a mandatory gratuity for a table of 3 which is fine but unexpected.
  13. d

    douglaass

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am a repeat very satisfied diner....should get a second star!
  14. T

    Thomas

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this dinning experience was perfect -- the food, the staff, and the ambience. This is now one of my "new" favorite restaurants. I'm looking forward to returning soon.
  15. A

    Anton

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely a great addition to the dining scene, on top of our list for family celebrations, we will be recommending Nico to fine dining aficionados, friends and colleagues. Great for any occasion.
  16. TG

    TeaGoddess

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Gap Year at Nico after having been to Nico a few times. I was very happy to see that the quality service, cocktails and food remained as good as ever. The menu was inventive and delicious and the service was perfect. They also still have the same delicious inventive cocktails. Loved the experience and food!
  17. WH

    WilliamH

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Gap Year is serving some of the most exciting food in SF since Altelier Crenn opened. My wife and I dined with Chef Crenn two weeks after she opened (she bussed our table!) and left knowing she’d eventually have two or three stars. It’s been since then that we’ve been at a new restaurant and left with the same reaction... until our Saturday night dinner at Nico. Chef and team are absolutely killing it on all counts - not only with the food but the wine and service as well — and the care, love and technical precision the dishes are made with is truly mind-blowing. The references to the original source recipes are the coolest food nerd thing I’ve ever seen and the fact that everything is washed down with a tsunami of champagne is worth the visit in and of itself. I texted a good friend in the middle of dinner and told him to “get the hell down here,” and while he couldn’t make it that night, I hope he does. If not, he’ll miss out on one of the most exciting and special meals around right now.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The food was exquisite. We had the tasting menu. 6 courses, each one building off the last and leading perfectly into the next. Lots of flavor exploding out of little bite size parts of beautiful creations. I was amazed at the creativity, flavors and presentation! The service was wonderful. Very attentive. I wish they explained the food in more common speak though. We had to keep asking what things were after the explanations assumed we spoke French or ultra foodie language. We are not generally folk who eat ultra fancy foods so we would be like okkk but that does that even mean. More accessible language would have been nice. The layout is small and intimate with an open kitchen. That's amazing to see the team of quite, focused & talented chefs doing their thing. The head chef was kind to his kitchen and always looking over the quality of the dishes. It was wonderful to see the inner workings of the well oiled kitchen. The price point for the food was fine but BEWARE the wine pairing. That was almost as much or more than the food. This made the total way over what we would even spend for the best meal of the year or decade. I was thinking dang I coulda given my parents a weekend getaway all expenses paid for this amount. We shoulda done the math earlier. So anyway if you wanna spend about $500 for three people for a very special occasion you're in the right place. If you're rich enough to spend 1K on dinner, come loan me a grand cuz my credit card bill is now on fleek.
  19. JE

    JEromeG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, both preparation and presentation. Outstanding wine pairing
  20. TA

    TheoA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden inside the lettuce was a small edible flower. Celtuce is a vegetable new to us all. It was tasty. The turbot, the marrow and the turnip competed to be the most slippery mouth experiences. It's like a school for learning how to eat well.
  21. MA

    MARVAN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Beautiful, intimate space serving exquisite French deliciousness, with a carefully curated wine list to match. One of the best albeit short BTG lists in the city. Labor intensive, traditional dishes such as the pâté en croûte and pithivier are a must. Hoping this fun, fresh “Gap Year” concept catches on and more restaurant owners try it!
  22. KT

    KatT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just fabulous! Paul and his team are just wonderful. The food is all edible art (and delicious to boot) and the service is fantastic, the wines are well chosen and the space is gorgeous and intimate. Bonus points for truly excellent music, too. We just love this place and would come every week if we could afford it!
  23. A

    Autumn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for my anniversary with my boyfriend and had a great time. Food was amazing, as well as service.
  24. WC

    WillC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there on Day 4 and the experience was utterly fantastic! Paul is always delightful and set the perfect tone of casual elegance. Chef Jordan’s dishes danced that line between technical, humorous, and just plain tasty perfectly. Oh and the wine list is great! Not quite as extensive as the Morris’s holdings but really cool.
  25. KT

    KatT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fabulous! Charming knowledgeable staff, unbelievable food, just wonderful experience. Go go go!
  26. L

    Lunchtimemunch

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Husband and I did the 6 course pri fixe with me wine pairing. The food was pretty good, but the wine pairing was terrible. 2 of them were higher alcohol content and more liquor which actually kicked in my gag reflex. The main entree of the chicken galette was absolutely delicious, but I have to say that I would have enjoyed that and the rest of the meal if it had been lesser of a portion. That dish alone would have been my normal amount of dinner. I probably would have been good with half of that (my husband with 3/4 to feel like he didn’t get ripped off). The wines were all from France and if you’re into where your wines come from, that’s cool, but I wasn’t and it was sort of just disruptive to have a wine explanation with every dish. Also- it would have been great to get a little tasting before a full pour because half the wines I didn’t like and an alternative would have been a nice. It was our 10 year anniversary and after a show at the Masonic. Chosen for proximity to the Masonic. I won’t be coming again and likely not recommending this place.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    $35 truffe didn’t taste like anything. Fish overcooked. Never asked us if we enjoyed our food.
  28. P

    Presidio

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service superb. A little pricy.
  29. CF

    CaliforniaFoodie

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible tasteful food. Truly a remarkable chef. Excellent service
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    2nd time here, disappointing on the food and service this time. Last time was great, but a huge drop off this time. Steak was very chewy and way too much fat and scallops were adequate but pretty disappointing at the price point.
  31. I

    Iknowgoodfood

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have eaten at many places with clients over the years and this is one of the few I would high highly recommend especially if you are into high end cuisine. Overall I was surprised and in awe of the quality food, unique flavor combinations, and the lovely plating style. Stop thinking about it, just go.
  32. 1

    1stardiner

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    the 4 of us had the Chef's Choice menu with wine pairing... interesting that chef decides what to cook based on table size and what's fresh for the day... everything came out delicious with nice presentation... celebrated a friend's birthday and restaurant had a card waiting at table and a candle with the dessert. nice touch. will definitely return.
  33. DB

    DakotaB

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food. The space is very modern with a touch of age accented by old brick. Natalie does a fantastic job curating your evening behind the bar!
  34. MZ

    MirellaZ

    Hamburg

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Complimenti! Ottima cucina ottimo servizio buona selezione vini abbinati al menù degustazione. Locale con un numero giusto di tavoli.... Consigliato per cenette romantiche. Ottimo rapporto qualità/ prezzo. Ringrazio il team di nico per la splendida e ultima nostra cena in USA.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2019

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    I used to like Nico. A lot. After they first opened at the old location in laurel heights we had quite a few nice dinner there. I have been at the new location on Montgomery only for lunch and my last visit makes me doubtful I will return any time soon. Service was awesome, food was delicious.... Only problem is - the entire sizes are ridiculously small.. I ordered this eggplant dish and it was so small I thought it was a joke. Maybe 3 of them would have been a decent portion. But the it would have been a $90 lunch entry because the eggplant petit four was priced at $30.
  36. S

    Shakiks

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small intimate place perfect for datenight. I love the open kitchen and that served as entertainment since you see how your food is prepared. We did not do the chef tasting since that will probably last 2.5-3 hrs to complete. But everything came out really delicious and well proportioned. I especially recommend the lamb entree 🤤 so good. I would definitely come back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I came here for lunch on a Friday with two others. We ordered almost everything on the lunch menu, most of the food was too salty for me. Portion size too small for the price, I would expect each dish to taste spectacular or be full of flavor. Presentation of dishes looked nice. Oysters were plain compared to when I had oysters from The Progress. The ambiance was quiet because there was only one other table. Service was standard.
  38. T

    Tati

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Overall the food tasted good and ambiance was really nice. The problem was that i ordered a pork belly and i found a hair. Also thought the portions were really small.
  39. B

    Brett

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding! Best eggplant we have ever had. The duck and foie Gras inside the pastry was divine, Gideon did another fantastic job with the wine pairings!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!

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Gap Year at Nico is rated 4.5 stars by 664 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Washington Street

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking.Multiple parking garages nearby:Hilton Parking Garage/Ace Parking- 17 Washington StreetAce Parking - 528 Jackson StreetCalifornia Parking - 170 Columbus AvenueCalifornia Parking - 635 Sansome Street

  • Public transit

    Montgomery Station - MUNI Underground TrainMUNI Bus Line - 27, 30

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jordan Guevara

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 359-1000

  • Private party facilities

    Restaurant buyouts are available for groups of less than 45. Please inquire with the restaurant.

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