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
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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
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.
Fantastic food, from the apetizers to th ...
Fantastic food, from the apetizers to the desert (we had the 6 course menu). Only (minor) remark concerns the bread, not present on the table (you have to ask for it), and not really "home made". Service is excellent, but not very warm.
Without any discussion, this was our best diner during our 3 weeks stay in US.
Started with some beautiful oysters acco ...
Started with some beautiful oysters accompanied by magnum pour of their nightly Champagne. Followed by the 5-course carte blanche with wine pairings. Plate visuals were excellent as were flavors. We thought the wine pairing worked very well. Service was outstanding. Space is clean with very nice personal touches. Glassed in kitchen allows diners to watch preparations, which we really enjoyed. We also felt the pricing was very fair, for food quality, service and ambiance. Will return.
I'm used to fine dining but Nico stunned ...
I'm used to fine dining but Nico stunned me in its loveliness- it was absolutely superb and tucked away in one of my most favorite leafy neighborhoods in SF, Pacific Heights.
I can see why it got a Michelin star in 2016. The food is healthy, mostly French, with seasonal ingredients and a variety of flavors and textures. I appreciated that the food was not drenched in butter, you could taste and smell the herbs, and the flavors hit several notes in my palate.
We chose the prix fixe menu with tasting menu. The items for the prix fixe on the menu are not displayed, they come as a surprise and I recommend you not ask to see what's on the prix fixe menu because as it comes out, it is full of wonderful items which have amazing flavor.
My husband was going gluten-free and the menu was for the most part gluten-free. For those who eat wheat, their bread was amazing and fresh and with their own whipped butter.
The interior was cozy with high ceilings and a skylight. I am sensitive to the architecture of a place, this one felt intimate and spacious, both. With this type of dining experience, the attitude could have been stuffy but it wasn't. Our server was a lovely woman who had a relaxed and attentive manner, and made us feel very welcome.
The experience unfolded in a lovely and delightful way. Nico also had a great soundtrack with Flaming Lips and Radiohead in the background. We loved Nico and we'll be back.
When we arrived there was no-one at the ...
When we arrived there was no-one at the restaurant and we requested to have a table along the side of the restaurant. As we had reserved well in advance, it didn't seem a big request, but we were told they were all taken. After being seated, we were given menus that had the same information on both sides and the waitress was referring to the menu content that we didn't have. The explanation of the menu secrecy was very confusing as were the wine options. The waitress was pushing the wine pairings, but we didn't want to that. we weren't automatically brought a wine list - we had to ask for it. The wine we chose was not available even thought the wine list is not that extensive. The first two courses involved raw (or close to raw) seafood (oysters and squid), so tricky for those who don't like raw seafood. The chairs have no seat or back padding so they're not comfortable (one of the reasons we had wanted to sit on the side which includes upholstered seating). Clearly a lot of effort goes into the food preparation and there are some unusual flavors and presentations. Three of the dishes were excellent, particularly the dessert.
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