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About Nico Osteria
The team behind One Off Hospitality Group, Executive Chef Paul Kahan and restaurateurs Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Kimberly Galban, presents Nico Osteria, an authentic Italian seafood restaurant at Thompson hotel in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast.
Chef Erling Wu-Bower’s house-made pastas and fresh seafood, alongside Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky’s creative and approachable style are perfectly suited for the setting’s rustic elegance.
Salone Nico is a welcoming space, celebrating the European tradition of afternoon aperitifs and craft cocktails. The wine list features producers from Italy and Greece, as well as grower champagne. Grab a cocktail, sneak in a light bite or settle in for a night cap at Salone Nico.
We invite guests to contact us by phone for last-minute reservations or those hoping to reserve seats at the Chef’s Counter overlooking our open kitchen in the main dining room.
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 7:30am to 10:30am
Monday-Friday 11:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 12:00am
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Rush and Bellevue
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nico Osteria offers valet parking at our main entrance, 1015 N. Rush Street. There is also ample street metered parking available.
The closest red line stops are at either Clark/Division or Chicago Avenue.
The closest bus route, number 151, stops at Division and inner lake shore drive.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Nico Osteria's private dining space, located on the second floor of the restaurant, is composed of three private dining rooms & a semi-private bar & lounge area. With floating walls, we can accommodate 100 guests for a seated breakfast, lunch, or dinner & 150 guests for a reception-style events
Nico Osteria Ratings and Reviews
Decent food, but limited menu and terrible service. Our waiter couldn't be bothered to explain anything on the menu or get us excited about anything. He acted like our friend was dumb for asking for Malbec at an Italian restaurant. The hostess actually checked on us more than he did. No dinner specials and, again, limited menu.
Stayed at the athompson Chicago so we had breakfast and dinner at Nico Osteria. Breakfast was expensive. We ordered pancakes that were listed on menu covered in bananas and blueberries, but the restaurant was out of fruit and did not bother to tell us before we ordered so we basically paid for plain pancakes. Bacon was burned and we had to send it back. Walk across the street to the Original Pancake House for better pancakes and cheaper.
Had dinner also. The food was good, but they squeeze the tables so close together you can't have a private conversation and the service was terribly so. We finally complained and we were given a free dessert. But that was not enough to get me to return.
Ordered multiple dishes including Chef Bill’s octopus featured in the Chicago Tribune.
Everything was great from start to finish the server, the food, except for the hostess who said my reservation from 2 people to 3 would take 45 minutes to change. There was a table clearly wide open that would be broken into two a four top and two top. That I pointed out to her. She hesitated to change the table and finally sat us there and the two top remained empty the entire three hours we were there next to us. Should have been zero wait.
Service was fantastic - from the time we arrived to when we left, everyone was attentive and informative on the food options.
My husband and I shared plates. The chef's choice raw bar was very good - loved the razor clams. We also had the octopus carpaccio - although the octopus was cooked - but very tasty.
Had the gluten free lobster pasta - outstanding dish, lots of lobster and the corn\rice pasta was cooked perfectly. Ended the meal with roasted branzino, which they modified to fit the gluten allergy - fish was moist and seasoned just right.
There are 2 different dining rooms - 1 more casual where you can sit at the kitchen bar and watch the action and 1 that is more intimate. Hostess gave us the option of seating, which was nice since we were celebrating our wedding anniversary.
We have eaten at Nico Osteria many times. The Rigatoni Bolognese is the best entree that we've had. The olive bread is incredible. Our service, however, was lacking this visit. We barely saw our server, and when we did, she seemed annoyed with us. We still had a great time and a great meal.
We have had a quick dinner before the play and the stuff served us as soon as possible. The food was very good. They've just had a sword fish on the menu for a couple of days. I am not a big fan of a sword, but the sauce was delicious. And the bread was so tasty, we couldn't stop eating it.
Nico Osteria was recommended by a colleague who had been and said it was amazing. She was right! A lot of energy right from the start and the wait staff was always attentive, but never hovered. Can't stand when you go to a restaurant and you feel like they are trying to turn the table over quickly. The octopus carpaccio is a must try appetizer. So tender and flavorful. All three of us had the lobster spaghetti because it looked so good and we talked about it the whole way home. Very gracious with the lobster and the noodles were al dente to perfection. We had the chocolate torte for dessert was heavenly. This is a restaurant not to be missed!
Delicious innovative Italian food. Had the Brussels sprout crostini and the incredible meatballs for appetizers. Both were amazing, unlike anything we've ever had before, and we are "foodies". Pork stuffed pappardelle was out of this world! Definitely recommend although it was noisy when we visited on a busy Friday night.
The food was wonderfully delicious, and it was exceptionally cool sitting at the counter to see all the happenings in the kitchen. I gave one less overall star because of service. It started fine with good wine and food recommendations but got less attentive throughout our meal. We waited an abnormal amount of time to receive and pay our bill, and even though we weren't in a hurry, paying should never be the most difficult part of a meal out. We thought our server might have left we didn't see him for so long!
We had such a great experience. We hadn't been to Nico in about a year and the menu had changed, but we were not disappointed! Everything we ate was phenomenal, especially the bass and bone-in ribeye, which was cooked perfectly. Will definitely be back soon.
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