Nico Osteria

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Italian
Nico Osteria, an authentic Italian seafood restaurant at Thompson hotel in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Chef Joe Lambert’s house-made pastas and fresh seafood, alongside Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky’s creative and approachable style are perfectly suited for the setting’s rustic elegance.

Salone Nico is a welcoming space, celebrating the European tradition of afternoon aperitifs and craft cocktails. The wine list features producers from Italy and Greece, as well as grower champagne. Grab a cocktail, sneak in a light bite or settle in for a night cap at Salone Nico.

We invite guests to contact us by phone for last-minute reservations or those hoping to reserve seats at the Chef’s Counter overlooking our open kitchen in the main dining room.

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Sun 9:00AM - 11:00AM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM
Sat 9:00AM - 11:00AM

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We asked for a table by the window but got seated at a table for 2 pretty squeezed between other tables for 2. it took an extremely long amount of time until we could start ordering. A colleague of our waitress felt sorry and took the drink orders. We had to call our waitress to finally place the food order. The restaurant didn’t look super busy. Food came out in appropriate speed and quality was very nice though I recall it even better in the past. It became very annoying when on the table next to us two people got seated who were very noisy and speaking very loud without interruption. While this behavior isn’t due to the restaurant, the impact became hard to bear due to the narrow seating. Thus made the dining experience not so pleasant. Overall value you get for the relatively high cost is at the lower end.

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CB
Memphis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved everything except the music was too loud and I had to read my date’s lips because I couldn’t hear him. The food was great!

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BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had great time and great food. Our waitress Jasmine was wonderful; very attentive, pleasant. Thank you!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 3

Food quality wasn’t up to usual standards. Never got bread and spotty setvice

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding. We will definitely go back. Service was a little off, but it was very busy. Sitting at the chefs counter was a challenge. I would not recommend that if a table is an option.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The server was extremely professional and knowledgeable and the food was delicious. However, the hostess was not pleasant. The restrooms are inconveniently located below grade and require taking approximately 20 stairs down to the basement.

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Horribly oily food....can’t imagine why? Terrible service. Uneven timing.
Isn’t feel clean. So many good places to eat near this joint. Skip this!

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A
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

I’ve been to Nico’s Osteria many times and today was by far my worst experience. The waiters were extremely slow, had to ask them three times to pick up our plates. The fish was not good at all, dry, old (dark on one side) and overcooked. The Rigatoni Bolognese were ok, nothing special! The best was the Hamachi Crudo and the desserts. It was not a great experience at all!

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BN
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, the best for breakfast, the service is spectacular!!
We love it!!

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Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Mathew was fabulous - corrected order mistake and made me feel welcome to the neighborhood; front hostess remembered my seating preference which was great

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

The food was terrible. Wine selection poor

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CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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PC
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific. Food, service, ambiance. We were in a more quiet part of the room which was perfect for talking!

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DS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place! So great every time. Staff and food are incredible

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SS
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance! The food was spectacular as was the service. My wife and I shared a number of plates (and a great bottle of wine) and our favorites were;

•beef tartare
•big tuna and hamachi crudo (SOOOO good!)
•orecchiette (the tuna “sausage” is amazing! Trust me)
•cacio e pepe (I’ve eaten this all over Italy and this is the best one)
•crispy chicken (I know, but believe me it’s delicious!)

Love everything about this restaurant. Been coming here for a number of years and it has remained one of our favorites in Chicago.

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Everything about this dinner experience was just ok. We went for my wife’s birthday and were expecting much more. The food wasn’t bad, but overpriced and nothing special. Do not go here for a special occasion as you will be highly disappointed.

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time - food was outstanding and our server had the best recommendations. Would definitely go back!

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n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The quality of food has gone down! The whole Branzino was ok, the stuffed squid tasted stale, the roasted carrots were sliced into thin strips and looked like burnt sticks— very unappetizing! The only dish we enjoyed was the Shishito peppers.

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AM
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The place is beautiful. The food is probably good normally. I went specifically after reading the menu earlier in the day online, only to arrive for breakfast to a truncated menu due to a large conference in town. The menu offered only a few options, we tried nearly all of them (as there were 4 of us and very few items). As much as I wanted to love it, I don't think I'll be back, at least not for breakfast.

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OT
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We sat out side which was beautiful😄

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s
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Restaurant with creative menu. Way too many solid options to choose from including the Brussel Sprouts! Staff is great and sitting at the “chefs” table or bar is a cool experience as you get to see everything coming together before your eyes!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

And breakfast. Style, good food. Great service until waitress seemed to loose interest.

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LT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I take my wine-snob Italian food loving friends here-they love it. Though Italian food is not my personal favorite- this place does a great job of pairing unique fresh ingredients. The staff is awesome, and the ambiance is killer. Great for a get-together with friends, or a romantic date. Dessert and coffee was worth the calories.

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SS
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing. Post an ownership and management change, (One Off Hospitality of Blackbird and Alvec fame no longer runs this restaurant) this restaurant has lost all the talent that made it a consistent favorite. Gone are the crudo (‘the fish did not get delivered’ - that was the new manager’s refrain). While the menu remains the same, the execution of the dishes are way off. Wines on the wine must have not been re-ordered. This restaurant unfortunately is destined to become yet another hotel cafe. Avoid.

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QV
Chicago
190 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite of mine. Chic venue. And fabulous Italian seafood with plenty of other options, as well.

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w
Montreal
263 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Sunday bruch.Eggs in Purgatory were amazing.

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WS
Detroit
150 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service food and atmosphere were great. We had breakfast.

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MS
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was less than what we had expected. Server ignored us after we ordered. We had food issues and manager was helpful, but we were really surprised at the lack of attention and follow thru from the server. Server assistant was a star though and was non-stop all night!

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SS
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Creative dishes. Always consistent across the board. A must while in Chicago

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PL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service friendly and attentive, and room is still very appealing but the big problem this time was the food- we found the brunch menu limited and my dish (corned beef hash) sounded good but was poorly executed. Nice setting, though

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J
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Nada que me sorprendió, no hay bien ambiente y los precios exageradamente caro

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g
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico was terrific. Both the scallop and stuffed calamari appetizers were outstanding. And the pasta and king crab cioppino were equally excellent. The portions were ample. The deserts were a great end to the meal. The service was outstanding, the ambience most pleasant, and, even though we were there for about 2 1/2 hours, we were never rushed or pressured to leave. I will definitely go back.

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SC
London
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and interesting food. Amazing wine list with small and organic producers. Good cocktails. Just great overall setting with terrific food and service. Very consistent but exciting go-to you will always enjoy!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Not a fan of the host, but overall great service!

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c
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s day

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G
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! I will dream about the Brussels sprouts bruschetta until I can go back and enjoy it again. And the gnocchi with mushrooms and peas was amazing - the sauce was incredibly flavorful and I wanted to lick the plate! The striped bass was perfectly cooked and very tender and delicious. Their homemade pistachio gelato was reminiscent of being in Italy , and the tiramisu was by far the best I’ve ever had. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and accommodating and the service was excellent. I very highly recommend this restaurant!

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St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

This was such a disappointment! We had a great meal here last fall and were excited to eat here again, but we’ll never come back. We were celebrating 2 birthdays. Our server could not have been ruder or less attentive. We had to ask someone to get her so we could order, had to find someone to get her again so we could get our check at the end. The food was a big disappointment, too.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner! Highly recommend Nico Osteria for a special meal.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service.

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