About Nico Osteria
Chicago, IL 60611
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.
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
Food was just okay for the price given a ...
Food was just okay for the price given all of the other spectacular restaurants in Chicago. The decor and atmosphere is nice, and the vibe would be SO MUCH BETTER if they played cool lounge music like Chet Faker or even just Pandora Casa Del Mar or something better than the heavy metal rock they were playing. Kinda killed the "romantic dinner" vibe we were hoping for.
I was there for restaurant week. It was ...
I was there for restaurant week. It was a 4 course meal for $44, and it was a great value. The portions were a good size and the food was wonderful! Every course was delicious. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The only complaint was that there was a bit too much time between each of the courses. I would have liked the wait time to be a bit less. Other than that, the experience was great and I would definitely go back!
My fiancée and I dined here for dinner d ...
My fiancée and I dined here for dinner during restaurant week. The four course meal was absolutely delicious and portion sizes were so much we had to take some home. We started with the apple/chicory salad with pork belly-my fave thing all night! Followed by the rigatoni pasta and flank steak as our entree. I had the chocolate torta for dessert and my fiancée had gelato. Everything was well presented and cooked to perfection. The waitstaff was friendly and not overbearing. A great night. We will be back.
Please take this review with a grain of ...
Please take this review with a grain of salt. There were a couple reasons why Nico just couldn't be a home run for me: 1) The seating situation is way too cramped, and 2) Italian is just so-so for me. The dishes that I got were okay but the ones that my spouse got were better. I loved the bar tender. He has the perfect friendly personality and skill for his job. LOVED him. I probably wouldn't go back to Nico. I think that there are better Italian restaurants in the city that are less expensive (e.g. Nando Milano Trattoria). Again - just my opinion.
My least favorite Paul Kahan restaurant. ...
My least favorite Paul Kahan restaurant. This place tries too hard to be trendy. Food was good, some dishes were great, but the overall flavor to cost ratio was skewed for me. I'll stick with Blackbird, Publican, Dove's and Big Star (haven't tried Avec).
Came here for a date during Restaurant W ...
Came here for a date during Restaurant Week. I originally made a reservation for 8 PM, or so I thought. The reservation was set up for 8 AM by mistake, but I called them restaurant and they were able to fit me in for a 9 PM spot with no problems. Once my date and I arrived, the service was fast and our server was very kind and attentive. The restaurant decor is gorgeous, and the food portions were very generous. I couldn't even eat all of my food! I would definitely recommend for a date spot or even a night out with friends.
OMG, the brussel sprout bruschetta was a ...
OMG, the brussel sprout bruschetta was amazing. The bread, incredible. My friend has the squash soup and at it short of licking the bowl! This was delicious with great service and ambiance. I will for sure return!
We loved our more quiet booth on bar sid ...
We loved our more quiet booth on bar side. The food is fabulous! They had me at the complementary house baked olive bread. And only got better with each course. Especially ecommend the Rigatoni Bolognese and gem salad. Wine list is extensive and fairly priced.
Our server was friendly and professional. Can't wait to return!
The food was amazing absolutely happy my ...
The food was amazing absolutely happy my husband and I got to try out this place during Chicago restaurant week, we will definitely be back again. Rigatoni Bolognese and the lobster Spaghettone were incredible! We loved the Cabernet franc that we had in our waiter was so knowledgeable personable and the utmost professional. It's quite pricey so I would reserve it for a special occasion but phenomenal is the word I would use to describe the place.
We came for restaurant week. We had a re ...
We came for restaurant week. We had a reservation for 8:30, but didn't get seated until 9 which already was not a great start.
The food was good, nothing spectacular, but the gelato was terrible. At an Italian restaurant, I would expect good gelato and I was looking forward to it the entire meal only to be sadly disappointed.
The one standout was the incredible bottle of wine we had.
We came to celebrate my husbands 60th bd ...
We came to celebrate my husbands 60th bday. The hostess was great in helping out with a surprise guest joining us. She went to great lengths to make it happen. So appreciated. We were seated in the path of the servers and constantly had workers bumping into our table, this was very annoying and I did tell the waiter, as the manager did apologize. My recommendation is don't be seated on the end of the table run.
Food and service was exceptional and we definitely would go back and ask not to be seated at the end of run. Booth will be out request.
This is my favorite restaurant in the ci ...
This is my favorite restaurant in the city. I took my family to it while they were in town... Now it's their favorite restaurant in the city too! The chef cannot be best. It's a modern take on Italian food. Everything I've tried off the menu has been amazing.
Let's start with the fact that this is a ...
Let's start with the fact that this is a restaurant in a hotel. The prices are high and the portion sizes are small. The menu is very limited in that within each group there is a little too much "envelope pushing". The food was too oily for my taste. Wine list 100% Italian with unreasonable pricing. Do not order any of the desserts. They are embarrassingly small. The fish entree was breaded and fried in oil--not healthful.
This is my second visit here (every dog deserves 2 bites) and will not return.
Save your money. Chicago has lots of better Italian restaurants.
I've been here several times for lunch a ...
I've been here several times for lunch and brunch and I love it! The food, the service, the atmosphere, the location are all stellar. I really like and appreciate that at least at lunch and brunch (can't speak for dinner time because I've never gone but would like to) it is quiet so you can have a conversation without having to lean forward to hear or shout to be heard. The staff is EXCELLENT and so good at making recommendations. I highly recommend this restaurant!
Tried the Chef's Selection Crudo. Servin ...
Tried the Chef's Selection Crudo. Servings were tiny, but very delicious. Olive bread dipped in olive oil was also amazing. Waiter was great, he made an excellent wine recommendation. We had the Ribeye Steak and Duck Sausage Mafalda with a side of crispy potatoes, all delicious. The Tiramisu dessert was a bit dry, but tasted very good. I would describe the restaurant itself as rustic with a modern feel. Will come again!
We had a reservation for 6:30 on a Wedne ...
We had a reservation for 6:30 on a Wednesday and they sat us at the smallest table next to a large party when there were many other open tables available. At first I thought it was because it was two of us, but shortly after another table of two got a larger table next to us. Our waitress was nice but could have been more attentive, never asking us if we wanted additional drinks. Overall, it was fine but I left feeling hungry and was perturbed by being sat at such a small table at the wall when there were so many open slots.
I loved our meal and the seating staff. ...
I loved our meal and the seating staff. Our waiter was sweet but maybe left us alone too long between us asking for more time - and I don't think he was a good listener - we asked for a few things we never got - no matter - but I'm being picky. Thanks!
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