About Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Inspired by traditional Mexican street food, using indigenous herbs and spices used throughout the very heart of mexico. Chef Alejandro Victoria brings authentic recipes from his homeland in Michoacan to your plate. Beautiful ingredients, many organic and custom grown, are used to re-create timeless recipes with bold flavors and immediate freshness that jump off your tongue. Enjoy the upper level tequila bar with over 50 different tequila selections (100% agave reposado, blanca, mezcal), a scratch-made margartia menu, and a Latin American wine list.
$30 and under
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Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar Ratings and Reviews
Walked in stood at hostess stand at least 10 minutes. No one even acknowledged us. Had a reservation for 2 and no available tables. Sat at bar area to eat. Waited forever for our food and when it came it was not even warm. Sent it back and they warned it up. Now it was chewy! Super disappointed. Would not gonna back. Our server/bartender no where to be found. Saw him on the way out and didn't even apologize or try to make it right. Thumbs down!!
Went because of Restaurant Week. Food was so average. Churro dessert was the best part of the meal, but the tacos were bland and presentation was poor. Drinks were good. Service was poor - the server had his coat on when he came out with the check because he wanted to go home. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to a single person, and will absolutely never be back.
I enjoyed the fun atmosphere at Nico's upon entering and loved that it was in an old renovated house. I was bummed that our service was less then stellar though. Table wasn't ready despite having put in a reservation over a day in advance and the host suggested we just sit at the bar instead (there was 4 of us). After a bit of a wait, past my reservation time, we were given a table because a group of people walked out because they no longer wanted to eat there. It was convenient but if they hadn't done that we could of potentially waited far longer.
Our waitress was very nice but she didn't come back to our table once for the 50 minutes we were there until I asked for the bill from a different waiter. She did seem to be overloaded with tables, but I noticed that she was stopping at the other tables around us pretty frequently but never back at ours, despite trying to make eye contact to signal we needed assistance. We ordered a salsa flight that did not get put in and we weren't able to re-order it till after our first round of food came. When it arrived it was all wrong, none of the salsas that we had asked for.
The food was great, lots of flavor and texture, great color and quality. I had a rhubarb margarita and it was fantastic, I will be trying that again for sure!
Our bill was brought out to us before our dessert even arrived, and we ended up having to ask for it to go, despite that it still took another 20 minutes until it arrived and it was cold by the time it got there. I generally don't like paying for food before it arrives in case there are issues with it ect... I can't really rate the churro because it was cold, but the sauce that came with it was pretty awesome. I will definitely try it again, hopefully during a less busy time period.
Overall I'd give Nico's a 3 out of 5. I will be trying it again and changing my rating if I have a better experience.
I went for Restaurant Week and the price was very good to try out Nico's. I don't know if I would go back again because the service was quite poor. Our waitress did not have a good attitude to begin with and we spent about two hours from being seated to leaving, when it could have been less than an hour. The food was good, but the slow and unfriendly service discourages me from going back anytime soon.
Our first visit to this restaurant coincided with Restaurant Week. We arrived at 5:30pm, but it took 15-20 minutes to even be noticed by the wait staff who eventually brought water, then another 10-15 minute wait to put in our order. It seems as though they were short handed, and the place was filling up. We each had a taco platter with tacos pastor, barbacoa, pulled chicken, etc. The food was very good, as was my authentic margarita. It took a long time to get the bill. It's a shame the service was so slow, inconsistent and inattentive because that colored our experience negatively. Because the food and drinks were so good, we might be willing to give it another chance.
One star because zero stars isn't an option. Went to lunch Sunday afternoon and were seated inside at about 1:30. Waited for about 50 minutes to place our order; food showed up about 30 minutes later. Cold. Finally, begged for the check as the afternoon wore on. Asked to speak to the manager. Told that he was "too busy." Found him standing behind the counter on the first floor staring into space. Enjoyed his combative attitude and colorful language. We have eaten here before and enjoyed the food although service has been spotty. Believe that our recent experience and other disappointments at this place reflect poor organization and management. Good luck with that, we will avoid this place in the future.
I used to love Nico's Tacos, but it must be under new ownership now because our experience was TERRIBLE. The food was awful (and I really wanted it to be good because I was so excited to take my friends there since I've had great experiences there 1 year+ ago). It was hardly a step up from Taco Bell. Uninspired and it all tasted the same - the tamales, sopas and tacos all ended up tasting almost identical (and not flavorful at all). Even the guacamole was lame, and I'm not sure how it's possible to goof up guacamole.
The margaritas were too sweet, but the tap beer was fine. The bathroom was dirty and the hallway to the kitchen made made re-think our choice to eat there (sooo dirty). And our server - holy crap! He was awful. I'm hoping he was maybe on his last night of working because he was full of bad attitude. Didn't even introduce himself, never asked how we were doing or how our food was...barely made eye contact until he brought the check.
AVOID this place; it's a huge disappointment.
Food and service was great! The noise leve was a little high- music was loud. Also we were seated in a corner table where by husband was pushed against the wall and my chair was so close to the person behind me that we kept bumping each other (and neither of us were big people).
I love the fact that you can make a reservation at this little place. The parking was a little tricky but the staff is very friendly and the food is AMAZING. I happened to arrive early for my reservation and it was no problem at all-they were able to accommodate immediately. I can't wait to go back there again!
Sadly, we are looking for a new Friday night hangout after the Green Mill closed on New Year's Eve. Nico's is definitely in the running. Our waitress/bartender was so gracious, offering us a tasting of the seasonal mulled wine when we asked about the drink. Highly recommend the mulled wine, especially good if you are nursing a cold. On the food menu, the tacos are our favorites. Light fare with exceptional flavoring. A great neighborhood spot!
First time there. Food was really good. The guacamole amazing.
Service friendly and efficient
Not too noisy so you could have pleasant conversations.
They do up charge for extras so your bill can add up
Such as salsa and cheese etc.
their margarita's were really good.
I wil definitely go back again
Fun place. Loved the old house.
Everything was good except the chips and salsa appetizer needs improvement. The chips were old and crumbled , the three salsas were very bland.
There was five of us and everyone was more than pleased with their entries
I love eating at Nico's! Every time I go, the food is wonderfully delicious and quick. The patio is quaint but never too crowded and the servers are all very nice. They are all great with suggestions on orders as well! Nico's is my favorite summertime place to eat.
We went for lunch during the week, and the resteraunt was so full and understaffed that it took us 20 minutes to get our drinks and chips and salsa. My family didn't feel like waiting any longer, so we just closed out our tabs after our drink order came. Disappointing!
The server was not able (or willing?) to give us any recommendations which was especially annoying since much of the menu has many items in an a la carte style, so a lot of decisions to make. The Al Pastor taco, which is my go-to favorite, was the worst I've had. The corn side dish was completely inedible - it was not fresh and the topping did not help at all. If I were a server there id never let my customers order it. I love the ambiance and have frequented the building since it was Pandoras coffee shop. I hope Nicos can make some adjustments. I don't think I'll risk going back though.
Reservations made through Open Table apparently don't give you the option of outdoor seating here. Would have liked to have known this beforehand. Hosts told us it would be a 30 minute wait to sit outside despite our having a reservation. And then when I said we'd wait and asked could he put our name down for outdoors, he said he couldn't, that it was first come first served, which made no sense since we were there. So we gave up and sat inside. Food was very mediocre. I had sopes and friend had enchiladas. Both lacking in flavor. Our margaritas were good and brought to us quickly, which was appreciated. Overall not impressed and wouldn't recommend.
This is the 4th time we have been to Nicos. They used to have a few brunch type items on their menu. For some reason they got rid of them which I found disappointing. One of which was not Heuvos Rancheros. How does a Mexican restaurant not have this? Service was poor during our visit. I believe the kitchen was not prepared for the amount of people that showed up for Mothers Day.
When you have a sitter for a few precious hours, you must choose carefully. Do not choose Nico's.
Very disappointed. We were looking forward to a fun, casual night of good tacos and guac.
When the guac didn't come, we asked the waitress who said "she heard" that had happened. What? Can you do something about it?
The tacos were cold and the tamale was soo dry it could not be eaten without drowning it in sauce - which after asking for, were told that they "were out". Out. Of mole sauce. At 6:30 pm.
In the end we were out $50 for three drinks, no chips or guac, cold tacos and inedible tamales.
It was kind of wreck there. The staff were running around like crazy hardly saying excuse me to guests and it was quite hard to determine who was staff as they didn't seem to have uniforms. The host came to the front desk rarely which means people waited several minutes just to ask if they were full, ask questions, or mention they had a reservation. I stood at the front desk for a full 8 minutes waiting to announce my arrival (had a reservation) and the host never actually acknowledged me, I had to stop him before he ran away again and tell him I was there and ready. Our server did not greet us very welcomingly and seemed annoyed by food allergy questions. The atmosphere inside was loud and chaotic even though we were not seated near anyone. The table was sticky and wobbly. The food was mediocre and the server did less than bare minimum with customer service. Overall I was highly disappointed by this place and experience. Should have gone next door to Namaste Café.
We've been to nico's tacos many times, and have always enjoyed eveything - from the ambiance, to the service, to the food. Saturday, March 12 was a completely different story. We had a reservation, but had to still wait for a table. We ordered drinks, and after waiting over 20 minutes, when we asked about them, we were simply told they've been really busy- no apology. An hour after ordering our food, we asked if it was going to be much longer. Again we were told "some people have waited over 45minutes. We've been really busy." Then the server walked away- no apology. He came back 2 minutes later and said it would be 5 minutes. 25 minutes later our food finally arrived. We sat there and watched people that got seated after us not only get their meals but eat them, pay for them and leave before we ever received our meals. This was the absolute worst restaurant experience I've ever had. I will not be going back.
The service was so slow. Two servers for the entire place with outdoor seating open too. And it was a Friday night. The host kept cramming people in only to have them sit there and sit there with no drinks or food. Our tacos were ok but cold. And my son ordered a steak that was like shoe
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