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.
$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 Rooms, Private Room, Wine
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Nico Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
Dining here is always special!
We love the 5-course set menu which is different everyday. We've been here six times since it opened and we have never had any repeats, which means we've had 30 different courses. Each dish, besides being amazing, is so well thought out in terms of ingredients, taste, texture and presentation we always come away with accolades from our guests. The service is top-notch, the ambiance is just perfect and the price is affordable.
This has to be the best restaurant in SF where we have so many from which to choose!
Great food, great wine, great service, great value
We went for the first time for my husband's birthday, and we had a wonderful experience. I had read some reviews that had complained that the service was cold/aloof, but our server had started a month ago, and she was warm , informed, and down-to-earth. The fixed price meal is a great deal with unusual, innovative dishes. The wine pairing seemed pricey comparatively, but well worth it -- wines were unusual and well paired. It was also a pleasure to experience a quiet restaurant where we could actually relax and talk and hear each other.
Great neighborhood spot
Thursday evening dinner. Great service. Food was very good. Five courses -- three were fantastic. Two were good. Bread needs some improvement... Wine pairing was excellent, as was the service. Overall, a great local place for a date or date-night with your spouse.
Imagine walking into a top restaurant without knowing what's on the menu except the culinary machinations of a superb chef! That's Nico. The food was simply great, although not copious. The menu evidently changes every night, so there is no reason to highlight what we ate, since you probably won't get it. One caution: avoid the wine pairing with the food. Since the portions are smaller than usual, the wine pairings are not, offering the possibility of being "over served." We loved this concept and would return.
Fantastic place to dine. Refreshing conc ...
Fantastic place to dine. Refreshing concept with superb preparation of each dish and excellent presentation. Spot-on wine pairing and impeccable service. Our best meal in a very long time. We have found our new SF favorite!
Once again, a great dining experience. The prix fixe menu is a fantastic assortment of what's available and in season. For example, one of the dishes included fresh, local dungeness crab that followed the opening of crab season. The combination of flavors included in each course is astonishing. I'm always left wondering how Nico and his team concoct these combinations. The courses also smoothly build upon and complement each other. We did not order the wine pairings. We did, however, enjoy an excellent bottle of a French Gamay recommended by our French waiter. The wine was a perfect complement to our course servings of crab, halibut, mushrooms, pork belly, asparagus, and steak. The collaborative service of the staff was impeccable. It's like eating in a fine bistro in Paris.
Every time better and better
We've eaten at some of the best restaurants in the country, and Nico stands up among them, in quality, in service, in ambiance. We don't even bother to look at the menu anymore; we order the carte blanche five course dinner, and let every course be a surprise. We have not been disappointed even slightly; all the dishes are simultaneously innovative and comfortable. We book there every time we visit San Francisco.
Not sure what I expected from a five-course carte blanche (chef's choice) but what I ate last week exceeded all expectations. Each course was delicious, well-timed, and not too big. We had asparagus w/avocado to start; omelette with fresh herbs; beautiful fish and whether it was sea bass or what I cannot remember. Followed by rare lamb with tapneade and chocolate mousse dessert. Delicious. That you can get that much love and detail and imagination on a plate -- five plates -- for $65 is a marvel.
Ambiance: lovely and spare. Nice lighting. I checked the "moderate" box above but It got a little loud for a while there. Dialing down the music just a bit would be an improvement. But I'll go back.
Nico: Remarkable place for dinner
Nico's daily changing tasting menu makes it a unique experience. Each course, while small enough to allow for a 5-course meal, is a work of art on the plate. The chef's ability to create unusual combinations is remarkable and showcases superb creativity. How does he do it? The wine pairing is also a stunning opportunity to experience wines that are not the usual fare. For e example, one dessert was paired with sparkling sake; I never knew sake could sparkle.
The atmosphere for such dining excellence is casual and fun. The servers are helpful and knowledgeable about the food and wine.
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