Nico presents a menu format similar to the French and European style of dining "carte blanche" (without a menu or blank menu). This menu style invites guests to put themselves in the hands of the kitchen and enjoy a dining experience.
We offer a $70 5-course tasting menu that changes nightly. Pairings to complement the nightly changing menu are priced at $55 for the 5-course menu. "Bites" and à la carte selections are offered at our small 5-6 seat bar.
In addition to the pairings, Nico offers a full wine list, nightly wines by the glass (half or full), low proof cocktails, a handful of beers, and non-alcoholic sodas. Corkage is $40.
**Please let us know of any dietary restrictions when you reserve so that we may properly prepare for your party.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are accepted 5:30pm-9:30pm.
Nico will be closed for a week in the Winter and two weeks the Summer each year. The 2016 Winter closure dates are January 1 - January 10.
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Muni Lines: 1, 2, 3, 43.
Private Party Facilities:
The Maple Room at Nico, is our private dining room, named for it"s table that is crafted from a solid plank of maple and sits directly beneath a large skylight. The room accommodates 7-12 people comfortably, and is nestled away from both the main dining room as well as the kitchen, creating a truly private experience.
Banquet, Private Room, Wine
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Nico Ratings and Reviews
Seating was uncomfortable the service sl ...
Seating was uncomfortable the service slow the food half cooked. One of the most disagreeable dining experiences I have had in a long time. Fixed menu was poorly conceived and would not suit everyone. In our case no one.
Nico has a lovely atmosphere that isn't ...
Nico has a lovely atmosphere that isn't too loud. All food and wine pairings were creative, beautiful and delicious. I was hoping for a mind-blowing meal or at least one mind-blowing dish for that much money and was slightly disappointed that I was merely pleased and not on another planet at any point. Maybe my palette isn't sophisticated enough for the intricate flavors. Maybe the concept of a different menu everyday trumps a singular mind-blowing experience. For me, I'd rather a dish transport me. Instead I remained firmly seated (and I do mean firmly on those wooden chairs) in a beautiful restaurant in a lovely part of SF.
I had heard that this was a great restau ...
I had heard that this was a great restaurant but our experience was rather negative. The music was electro/rock, too loud and definitely did not enhance the dining experience, though it may have entertained the staff. The 5-course prix fixe was an odd choice of extremely bitter, undercooked root vegetables. Only the pork was tender with interesting accompaniments but it was also undercooked. Palate cleansing sherbert was followed by dessert with sherbert. Wierd. The maitre d' brought my coat but didn't help me on with it. In light of all this, Nico is also overpriced.
Food was very good. There were two reall ...
Food was very good. There were two really standout courses in our pre-fixe. The pacing was a bit off as we waited quite a while before receiving our 1st course and in between our 2nd and 3rd course. Once there were people waiting, the 4th and 5th courses felt more rushed. Overall a good dining experience though.
We had a wonderful dining experience at ...
We had a wonderful dining experience at Nico's. We were asked about allergies, and food preferences ahead of time, and when we came in, they linked those to us. My daughter was pregnant, so they cooked her meat well, and prepared an alternative to the raw shrimp dish that was served to everyone else. The fish dish and the pork were divine. The dessert with the mushroom base was strange. The drinks were innovative and delicious. The explanations of each of the courses was appreciated: it was an education for foodies! Thank you for an adventurous (you don't know what will be served) and delicious evening!
This is my old "hood." I love the Pacifi ...
This is my old "hood." I love the Pacific Heights ambiance despite horrible parking.
Beautifully appointed, great ambiance, not crowded and terrific service.
I'm not a real, natural fan of a multi-portion of small meals, but it seemed to work.
I need to go back with my wife to re her more expert opinion
I didn't understand how this place has a ...
I didn't understand how this place has a Micheline Star but be 3/4 full on a Friday night.
Price fix menu and thus the food was interesting, the best duck I be ever had. Fish was served raw - not a big fan - was not cooked. Dessert was fantastic. Service was fantastic.
My date and I left hungry, he said main calories was from the bread. Large staff : large overhead ...
Keeping my fingers crossed for them/ they seem nice I hope they can continue their success . My experience was kinda weird but good at the same time
Sadly, this place has lost most of it's ...
Sadly, this place has lost most of it's charm from it's early days. I don't think they understood why people loved them so much.
Nico's used to be a neighborhood place with the quality and integrity of a tasting/pairing menu, but the casualness of a-la-carte ordering. To be clear, this is not a price point issue thing.
I've never been to a restaurant which was recently awarded a Michelin star that has gotten LESS busy + has tons of tables open on Wednesday night. As a point of contrast, getting into Octavia and Wako are now impossible!
Lastly, menus that change significantly day-to-day mean the staff doesn't know what's being served, and worse, the kitchen produced a couple winners and some definite losers. I am 100% onboard with seasonal cooking, but a little consistency might go along way towards achieving excellence.
I'd eat 2-3 times a month at the Nico I remember from their first 6 months open. Please bring that one back.
Took my wife to Nico for her birthday. S ...
Took my wife to Nico for her birthday. She's vegetarian so I was a bit worried about the options but she loved each and every dish. My dishes were incredible as well and we loved the ambiance, service, and food. Highly recommended!
I had a friend who unfortunately took il ...
I had a friend who unfortunately took ill prior to the third course and the staff was very accommodating, charging us a reasonable amount for the dinner up to that point. I look forward to eating an actual entree there in the future.
Chef Nico's menu is creative, light and ...
Chef Nico's menu is creative, light and modern. He succeeded in transforming simple ingredients into colorful, imaginative dishes with layers of flavors which harmonize so well. The peach and red pepper in a Steelhead trout bouillon with a pop of roe was my favorite dish of the evening. The halibut in the next dish was cooked to perfection. The dining room was convivial with an energetic vibe and Emily, our server, was delightful. We would have to knit-pick to find a negative thing to say! Bravo, Nicolas and team!
Absolutely incredible. I'd go back here ...
Absolutely incredible. I'd go back here again and again. Chef Nico is a genuious. You'll leave pleasantly full but not overly stuffed or ravenous. The wine pairings were also an incredible compliment, pairing wine I'd rarely order with incredibly fresh food for an unforgettable experience.
This was our second time at Nico and it ...
This was our second time at Nico and it was even more amazing. We had the tasting menu with paired wines. Each course was presented with a fine art flair that matched the exquisite and sensitive balance of flavor, texture, color, freshness and pleasure. Nico presents one culinary masterpiece after another by letting the best qualities of the course's primary element (fruit, vegetable, fish or fowl; we didn't have red meat) bloom with the fusion of spices and other ingredients. Our service was exceptionally professional with a lot of fun conversation, information and interplay thrown in. What a perfect evening! With modest pricing, what a great value!
Prix Fixe dinner with excellent wine pai ...
Prix Fixe dinner with excellent wine pairings. We especially liked the sake with the fish course. We had two diners with food allergies and they were accommodated quite well. The pace is a bit leisurely, but not slow. And at $65, it is an excellent value.
A regrettable mistake occurred: i though ...
A regrettable mistake occurred: i thought I made reservations at an entirely different restaurant.
We realized this quickly upon our arrival but we had tickets for Beautiful so didn't think we could leave, go somewhere else, and not be late for the show. The waitstaff was great - they were gracious and tried to be accommodating. I do not want to downgrade the food in any way as it was beautifully presented, but the fact is I don't like most of my food raw or severely undercooked, I don't care for the odd flavor combinations, and since consistency is a very important part of my food enjoyment, I simply could not enjoy any of the offerings. We went with another couple who did enjoy the first and third course out of a five course offering. While they don't have a bar, they do offer a variety of drinks and wine. Again, I thought the wine list was skimpy and maybe a bit odd (we are all from the Napa Valley) and the drink ingredients offered a strange combination of flavors as well. It seemed like a restaurant that was trying too hard to be edgy, use sustainable ingredients and be "new wave" all at once but that may be an unfair assessment.
Nico has by now become our favorite rest ...
Nico has by now become our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. While they always strive to accommodate the dietary limitations or food allergies of guests, the carte blanche offerings are consistently creative, surprising, and simply delicious. The wait staff is professional, attentive, helpful, and superbly well trained. The wine pairings are often as surprising, creative and good as the food. We loved speaking with sommelier about a couple. While the prices have gone up since they first opened, Nico remains a very good value for such high quality cuisine, and deserves to be called something far more than a "neighborhood gem." People should be willing to travel to find a dining experience this extraordinary.
Awesome food, and great service! Very ea ...
Awesome food, and great service! Very easy to like for every taste bud. Loved the excitement before every course, as we chose not to have the waiter tell us in advance what the menu was.
The only strange thing was the weird rock music that was playing in restaurant. Didn't mind it too much, but it just seemed out of place.
No place I have ever found delivers food ...
No place I have ever found delivers food prepared at this level for such a modest price in a casual environment. Staff are well trained professionals but not robotic like so many places. They know the food preparations and the wine pairings. One of those places you are afraid to praise too much because it will soon be an impossible reservation.
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