Nico's 1508

4.2
79 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
American farm fresh specializing in local meats, seafood, poultry, and local produce. Craft cocktail bar with an extensive happy hour and destination Saturday and Sunday brunch menu.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour Menu: Daily: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 280-5920
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Full service on site and off site. Please call for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vine Street
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Public transit
51 AC Transit and BART
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Entertainment
Craft cocktail bar featuring three large flat screen tvs / sports.
What 79 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
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4.1
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

this restaurant used to be good, no longer! aaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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RK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had never gone to Nico's for dinner before. The bar scene was quite active, so service was a little slow but knowledgeable and helpful. We had a good dinner and a good time.

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AB
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is one of the times I wish I could give 3 1/2 stars - the food was fine - nicely cooked, decent flavors, but nothing popped, or was particularly interesting (the tiny bit of tobiko on the scallops was hardly noticeable in terms of flavor, for instance). So fine, if a little pricey, if you’re in the neighborhood. We enjoyed our dinner, but are unlikely to go back, given the options here.

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l
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for dinner before a show. I had the scallops which were served with risotto and my friend had the steak. Both dishes were very good. We also had the ahi tuna appetizer and finished with the lemon cello cake. When ever in Berkeley will difinately return.

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great niegbohood gem and very nice and quiet...At Last!!

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

My burger and fries were served cold. It took 30 minutes to get our first round of drinks and we never got our second round.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice!

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JJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a new place to try and found this gem. Had an early reservation (6:30) and were seated quickly. Restaurant was not busy but as the evening went on it was packed, but still never felt rushed to leave. Food was excellent although the menu was a little limited, everything was just perfect for my birthday celebration. We will directly go back again.

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was awful (an omelet). We could not eat it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The double cut pork chop with green onion apple butter is the most incredible
Pork chop I’ve ever had!

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B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had outstanding dishes and a lovely bottle of the Rose bubbly on the patio to celebrate an anniversary. Everyone had a love, delicious, relaxing time. Thanks.

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M
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late brunch with delicious food and speedy service. Seared ahi tuna and veggie crepes were perfectly prepared and presented.

I highly recommend this restaurant

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f
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their dinner. Mine was perfectly cooked salmon stuffed with crab!

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RK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nico's is much improved from a few months ago. Imaginative cocktail list.

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BH
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service, very enjoyable!

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PD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service slow, but friendly. Food was level of roadside diner.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food. Only one server and at times was not efficient. Don’t like the mandatory tip placed on our bill for a party of 6.

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GE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the cocktails, to the appetizers, main course and dessert, a delight throughout. Delicate preparation with lots of flavor and elegance. A treat!

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MT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend and I needed a decent, local restaurant to dine. I went to OpenTable and found this restaurant. It had favorable reviews, so I thought I’d give it a shot and book a reservation.

We both enjoyed the food and the vibe. We must have really liked it a lot because we practically closed the restaurant down. Fortunately, the staff was friendly and didn’t give us dirty looks or kick us out for staying there so late.😀

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived late. Great food and service. View of Bay from patio.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So I guess we lucked out. There weren't a lot of patrons in the restaurant. They gave ua an amazing meal for 4. Everything on the menu was spectular!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks were delicious

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, and very happy it's in our neighborhood. Will definitely be back!

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PD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had The Chicken breast and the scallops both were very good.

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BH
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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BH
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I have been to Nico's twice and would love to go back soon. I really like the food. The service could be improved.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Mother’s day

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Easter Sunday. The food was very good. The service was a little slow.

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D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

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.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

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.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Second time we’ve dined here, great on both visits.

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t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

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!

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

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TH
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was just ok. The presentation of the salad was uninspiring and the lighting needs to be turned out about three levels.

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F
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was pretty good, not great. Probably wouldn’t rush back

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