About Nico Osteria
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 Erling Wu-Bower’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.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 7:30am to 10:30am
Monday-Friday 11:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 12:00am
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Rush and Bellevue
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nico Osteria offers valet parking at our main entrance, 1015 N. Rush Street. There is also ample street metered parking available.
The closest red line stops are at either Clark/Division or Chicago Avenue.
The closest bus route, number 151, stops at Division and inner lake shore drive.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Nico Osteria's private dining space, located on the second floor of the restaurant, is composed of three private dining rooms & a semi-private bar & lounge area. With floating walls, we can accommodate 100 guests for a seated breakfast, lunch, or dinner & 150 guests for a reception-style events
Nico Osteria Ratings and Reviews
Nico was the perfect place for my family ...
Nico was the perfect place for my family's Christmas celebration. From our aperitif in the lounge to dinner in the middle of everything, we had a wonderful evening night full of good laughs and great food. Thanks Nico for always being stellar!
This was our second visit..the first was ...
This was our second visit..the first was excellent. Food & service seriously declined. We still love the hotel but won't go back to the restaurant any time soon. There are so many good restaurants in the neighborhood!
Tables are so close that you can easily ...
Tables are so close that you can easily touch the folks sitting next to you. Piped music interferes with conversation and even hearing the server. It was Thanksgiving and we understood that our main course might be a little delayed. But being totally ignored by wait staff so that we had to leave the table to attract enough attention to order another glass of wine is inexcusable, especially when wait staff frequenting the computer ordering banks made no effort to attend to patrons just sitting there gazing into space. Food is good, but overpriced.
Just about everything was perfect which ...
Just about everything was perfect which is why I won't give them less stars. We got there earlier then expected and they were very nice in accommodating us. The food was excellent it always is compliments to the chef, but I must say the dessert area does not stand with the rest of NICO it was very poor quality. There hasn't been one time where we experienced a good dessert, every time we try a new dessert and it's not good. They need to bring in someone to assist them in getting the quality and taste right because so far the desserts are just not up to par with their great food. This last dessert we had was the pistachio and it tasted as if we were eating old cake that had been sitting way too long in the refrigerator.
Friendly staff, greeted with a smile. Th ...
Friendly staff, greeted with a smile. Thought I would try some place new, nice restaurant. Center middle tables are Very Close/literally next to each other. Cozy experience rubbing elbows with the other diners. Limited Brunch menu, small portions, Pricey! Our service was lack luster...poor. Disappointed, how long we waited for a refill cup of coffee. Unfortunately won't return.
My overall experience at Nico was amazin ...
My overall experience at Nico was amazing ! When I made a reservation I informed them that I would be celebrating an anniversary and they were so great about it. When we arrived they sat us immediately and brought us complimentary champagne. Our food arrived very quickly after we ordered and it was incredible. I had the squash glazed chicken and my boyfriend had the lobster spaghetti. Both were so delicious! Afterwards we ordered the chocolate torte for dessert and to our surprise they also brought out a 2nd complimentary pineapple dessert that was super good as well. I would highly recommend Nico to anyone celebrating an important event or even just for a fun date night!!
I love this restaurant, but that day, it ...
I love this restaurant, but that day, it was off. The service was not very good. The server was slow to come to the table and forgot some things. Two pasta dishes didn't have their normal sauciness. They were somewhat dry. This has not happened before. It was just a bad day. It is a pricier restaurant, so it is harder to swallow off days.
Very much enjoyed my dining experience. ...
Very much enjoyed my dining experience. I look forward to returning soon. The bar area was comfortable and lovely. The meal was wonderful. Our wait person was a doll, very helpful in explaining and recommending dishes. The restaurant has a chic yet comfortable atmosphere.
Great place to meet and eat. Been comin ...
Great place to meet and eat. Been coming here for a while and it's nice to see the quality of the product and level of service remain so high. Try all the Crudos then move through this seafood centric menu, but don't miss the pastas, they are too good to miss.
Food was outstanding as I would expect f ...
Food was outstanding as I would expect from any of Chef Kahan's One Off Hospitality restaurants. From appetizer to dessert, aperitif to digestif, everything was well crafted, well balanced and delicious. Sadly I cannot speak to the ambiance effectively- we sat very near the bar toward the front of the house, and it was a very late reservation- so our experience of the place was a bit more raucous than I would've liked for a romantic dinner for two. That said the food and spirits were delicious enough for me to look forward to my next experience, though perhaps at a slightly quieter portion of their restaurants.
I expected more out of an Italian restau ...
I expected more out of an Italian restaurant. They brought out bread with just a small plane bowl of olive oil. Had to ask for cheese and it was very Bland. The water they brought to the table was warm and I'm just getting started.
The meal I ordered was brought to me, but missing shrimp. I explained this to my waiter who stated to me that they cut up the shrimp. Well I don't see any, look at my plate, do you? He stated no. I'll check for you. Then when he came back he told me that the kitchen said they put them in my meal.
So now that I'm a lier and apparently my waiter is blind, a manager was asked for, but never came to the table. Insted the waiter returned and stated he spoke with the manager ( because he or she was too busy to talk to a customer) that they would remove it from the bill and offered a dessert, but by this time we had to leave.
As for me, I'll never return to this restaurant. The food was fair at best, what I did eat of it, and I didn't appreciate the service.
Love just about any dish we order! Uniqu ...
Love just about any dish we order! Unique vegetables (cauliflower, grilled gem salad), and entrees with really great sauces. Cocktails are good as well! Never disappointed when we dine here. Staff is very nice even though you may wait a while to be asked for your drink order. Once that happens, service is great.
This is definitely one of our "go to" spots, and a lovely restaurant to bring guests.
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