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 $65 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 $38/person.
**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.
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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.
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Nico Ratings and Reviews
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.
One of our wedding gifts was a giftcard ...
One of our wedding gifts was a giftcard to have dinner here. I'd never heard of it but as I told other people and looked online, it became apparent we were in for a treat. They do a prix fixe menu so I called to tell them my husband is vegetarian. They were very helpful and made sure they got all dietary restrictions accurate. The restaurant is small and modern. We arrived early and enjoyed a delicious glass of wine at the cute bar. We were promptly seated and the servers was wonderful and engaging. The dishes were ALL impressive. Even the vegetarian ones were spectacular. I was stuffed by the end of it and could barely finish my wine. I try not to go to the same nice restaurant twice but I might make an exception for Nico. Highly recommend this place!
Nico was amazing. The service was top-no ...
Nico was amazing. The service was top-notch and I highly recommend doing the meal without having the menu read beforehand. Our meal started off with one of the best soups I've had in a while, a summer melon soup with creme fraiche. The red snapper in a fish head broth and NY strip for entrees were also fantastic. Dessert was amazing as well, surprise. On top of it all, the menu was a great value for a prix fixe.
A terrific find for adventuresome eaters ...
A terrific find for adventuresome eaters! Let this talented chef wow you with his innovative creations - and definitely do the wine pairings - you can share them for a 10 dollar premium if the full flight seems like more than you can handle on your own. The menu changes frequently, so every visit is its own experience.
We are traveling from Atlanta and picked ...
We are traveling from Atlanta and picked Nico based on proximity to our hotel in Pacific Heights and of course, based on reviews. It did not disappoint. We loved how they offer a glass of different champagne nightly depending on what magnum they open. We chose to start there and had the most amazing brut rose champagne. Their bread and raw butter was absolutely divine. We paired our five courses with wine and I feel that is a must in order to truly highlight the already exceptional taste of the plates. Every dish and every wine was amazing. The wait staff and somm all did a wonderful job explaining every dish and wine. The somm spent extended time with my wine-industry fiancé and answered all of his questions politely and in detail. One of the wines poured was from 1982 - they did not hold back on the quality of what they were pouring. As for the food, to list it much more simply than it actually was: we were served a beet/berry based cold soup, abalone, king salmon, seared lamb, and a nectarine/white chocolate dessert. Each plate was layered, complex in flavors and absolutely stunning in presentation. Every bite left you wanting more but yet so satisfied with what you had. It was incredible. I completely disagree with other reviews that have said the portion sizes are too small - we did not leave hungry in any sense - but maybe eat the (amazing) bread and butter first to get a little more in your stomach before you start. :) We would 100% come back on our next visit to SF.
What a wonderful meal we had. Twice. Obv ...
What a wonderful meal we had. Twice. Obviously, as a Michelin-starred restaurant, the food was expected to be good, but Nico not only perfectly executes each dish, the flavor combinations are also always intriguing and not at all pretentious.
That applies to the whole restaurant and staff. Warm, friendly, knowledgeable and a complete lack of pretension, making their patrons feel welcome and that combination makes for a wonderful dining experience.
Add to that an amazing wine list with its share of wonderfully eclectic wines as well, all while being almost ridiculously reasonable in its pricing, given the selection, and you have the perfect dining spot.
Well done, Nico, Maz and team!!
This is a cost effective mecca for foodi ...
This is a cost effective mecca for foodies. Each course was a touch out of my comfort zone, but I ended up enjoying every single bite! The food was more of a journey than a meal. The meal consisted of gorgeous platings of salmon, squid, halibut, duck and an incredible ice cream to serve as the finale. Each night is a different chef menu. We enjoyed not knowing what was coming. The service was also excellent!
Nico deserves acclaim
The experience was wonderful from beginning to end. The ambiance was very inviting with a modern French countryside aesthetic to the decor. As our table was not ready, we waited at the small bar where we ordered one of the house cocktails, which was delicious and refreshing. Once we were seated, our waiter arrived to guide us through the experience, and since the menu consists of a nightly 5-course tasting menu, he exquisitely explained each course as it arrived and also greatly enriched our experience with descriptions of the wine pairings. Each course left a stellar impression on us - especially a baked, brined snapper with mission figs and turnips, topped with mint; and the basil sorbet and custard with pistachios and meringue. Since the total price for the tasting menu and wine pairing was $130 ($65 and $65), we felt it was a more than reasonable price for a memorable dining experience.
The concept of using inexpensive produce to create a creative, interesting and fairly affordable five course meal is a good one, unfortunately at Nico the execution is not on par. The urge to come up with something different and modern leaves flavor and balance out of the equation. There seems to be little concern for contrasting textures, temperatures and the tasting experience overall. A fix menu carries a responsibility towards the guest, I'm afraid this responsibility is not taken seriously enough at Nico.
Piece of Paris in SF
This was really a nice place, worth visiting it. And indeed they deserved Michelin star they have now) the portions are quite small ( you won't put on weight after the dinner in this place) but very delicious . We also took wine pairing - this was really nice and well matched the dishes. Would definitely go there again once in SF
We thoroughly enjoyed the special 5 cour ...
We thoroughly enjoyed the special 5 course James Beard tasting menu. Also the sourdough bread was delicious and so fresh. Our server was quick to satisfy our request to slow the pace so we could enjoy a few minutes between courses to savor the flavors and appreciate the artful presentation.
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