Nico Osteria

4.6
1949 reviews
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Italian
The team behind One Off Hospitality Group, Executive Chef Paul Kahan and restaurateurs Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Kimberly Galban, presents 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

What 1949 People Are Saying
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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere; brisk, attentive service.

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MB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This return visit was for a birthday. The restaurant was was quiet and the staff very attentive,especially our waiter, who was knowledgeable as well as helpful and respected our privacy. The food was, as usual, excellent, creatively presented, and appropriately priced. Overall, a great evening! Thanks.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Mouth watering food and great ambiance

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CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! As was the food. But I was definitely impressed by the great service. Looking forward to coming here again.

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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was good but the service was mediocre, at best.

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DC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and imaginative food. Table are rather close.

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GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was exceptional. We sat at the Chef's counter (group of 2), and truly enjoyed watching the Chef's at work. They answered our questions without reserve as we learned about each of the apps that were being created. The service was outstanding - seasoned and kind. Our cocktails were refreshed with good timing, letting us know our server was on top of everything and we were not forgotten amidst a very busy evening dinner crowd. I went back the next day to purchase a $200 gift card for a friend. Again, exceptional!

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T
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We saw the restaurant on a Food Network show and wanted to try the Spaghetti with Lobster. Three out of the five of us tried it. We all enjoyed it. The Brussels Sprouts Bruschetta appetizer was outstanding.
Service was slow at first. A manager took our drink order. Our server Brigitte made up for the wait. She was very helpful with menu choices and very attentive on checking with us during our meal.

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A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and good food.

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J
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, Nico has delicious Italian seafood. The gnocchi and bass are great. One disappointment: the chefs counter seats gave us a view of the dishwasher instead of a chef’s station.

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This lovely restaurant is a gem. From the warm & welcoming lighting to the excellent--but not intrusive--service from Brett, Nico is a fantastic place for lunch, drinks, meeting friends, and date night. The bar is fun but not rowdy, and the booths and tables dotted throughout offer some tucked-away spots for cozy dining and some tables front and center, for those who wish to see and be seen. One big note: so many restaurants have noise levels that make it impossible to relax as you shout at your dining partner across the table. Nico's was perfect --not too loud, not too quiet. My husband tried the special "spaghetti squash with quail egg and caviar," and let me tell you: it was to die for. Absolutely fantastic. The whole meal was delicious from start to finish, and we received a dish of gelato and some small bites for dessert on the house. We will be returning very soon.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding in all respects: food, service, ambience, which was Sausalito and relaxed. It was like a 5star neighborhood restaurant.

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DD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our meal was excellent. Our server was not. She clearly did not want to be working or waiting on us. She was particularly rude to my 86 year old father. Our busboy on the other hand was amazing. He was so attentive and quick.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my friend’s birthday and we had an amazing time
Food was excellent
Service impeccable
The host was knowledgeable about wines and just made the whole experience memorable.
Kudos to the team behind nico

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Server was absent

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TT
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We took friends for dinner New Year's Eve and they loved dinner as we have multiple times! The quality ave creativity of the dishes is excellent. Even a simple dish like the Cacio e Pepe was outstanding. Service was pretty good. The ambiance is good if you are not seated near the entrance. The crudos are terrific. The pastas not to be missed. The burrata and the Brussel sprouts are great starters as well. Definitely one of Chicago's best.

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BS
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and value...will go ahead soon.

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M
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! The steak is a 'must order'!!!! I should say it is the best steak I have every had in Chicago.

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was perfect and service was friendly and professional. We even went back a few nights later!

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CS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Other reviews were spot on about the service. In fact, it started to go downhill at check-in. We had checked in 10 mins. early for our reservation, and the hostess told us it would be a few minutes while they set the the table. 15 minutes went by and I got an OpenTable alert wondering why I was a no-show for my reservation. Confused, I went to the same hostess who blamed it on OpenTable’s system and pretended like she never checked us in at all. It was weird. Then, we got sat down and waited for about 10 minutes before the server came. She was ok but she disappeared frequently. The Brussel Sprouts Bruschetta was very good as other reviewers said but the rest of our meal was just ok. Would not come back.

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Vitello Tonnato was a nice presentation, poached just so, with a aioli that was an excellent complement to the tuna. Well done!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and trendy decor

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JK
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice surprise, considering this restaurant is inside a hotel. We dined here twice (once for lunch, another for dinner) and both experiences were excellent!

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DM
Raleigh
51 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After Christmas trip to Chicago. Nico was the highlight as it has been before. Everything and everyone was great, especially Lindsay! First class drinks, food, wine and service.

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z
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food my favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Xmas day for breakfast. Food was good but somehow something was missing. Maybe it was the menu limitations. Eggs in pergatory are very good but poached eggs were way over cooked in the sauce. Orange olive cake was moist and delicious. Service was very slow. Good but not rushing back. Ambiance industrial chic.

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OM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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LS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foods are amazing! The lobster and scallops are fresh and tender. The service is just right to the point. So glad we chose here for Christmas Eve’s dinner.

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GI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent as always. Service was poor. Very slow during breakfast service and we had to refill our own coffee because after sitting with an empty cup for 20 minutes we realized no one was going to offer.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere. Booked a table but stayed and ate at the bar instead. Great lighting created a sultry sophisticated mood perfect for the night.

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Menu is too limited, items on website menu not on actual menu. We had a drink and left.

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LM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome! Everyone on the staff, from the bus person to server, Bret, were amazing and you could tell they worked as a team. The fish was really exceptional. The drinks were beautifully prepared and they bar tender was able to make a something different but the same for my final cocktail, which is always impressive.

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AB
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

My wife and I been going to this restaurant a few times a year but this was the last time we will be there in a while. What we liked about the NIco Osteria is the great food and changing menu and easy to get. While the food was great as always we had a negative experience with the service.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary in every way! We went two nights in a row it was so good.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Chicago is just such a great food city. Think I was expecting much better food based on what friends have said about Nico Osteria. The kale salad was...just a kale salad. Nothing new or special. Also had a tuna sausage oriechette which was good, just not great. Ambiance is really nice. A good lunch spot for a special occasion.

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H
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our lunch was superb; everything we had was delicious. The 3-course lunch menu has excellent options, all high-quality and substantial.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico is our “go to” neighborhood restaurant. As usual, tonight didn’t disappoint. The Brussels sprout bruschetta was fabulous as was the newer fish dish on the menu. Greg is the absolute best waiter at Nico. The new pear dish on the dessert menu is also a winner! Great service and great food!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is obvious that too management wants employees who care. From the top down everyone was fabulous. We enjoyed the Saturday brunch, then went back on Sunday because it was so good. Thanks to Kimberly for great service.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, outstanding service!

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a
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great service and food. One of my favorite spots.

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