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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
The food was fabulous. Unfortunately, we were seated (at tables that were too way too close to each other) and then ignored for 20+ minutes. When we brought the situation to the attention of the hostess, she said she would get someone. Someone (who never introduced herself) came over and took our order, but offered no specials, no help with the menu, etc. Very disappointing service, but everything we ate was delicious.
Excellent meal, as usual. Our server wasn't as informative as some in the past, which would have been disappointing had it been our first time dining. No complaints other than that. Amazing food, impressive wine list, buzzing ambiance. Can't wait to come back.
P.S. The crudo is incredible.
I'm a frequent diner at Nico and love recommending it to friends and coworkers. A friend and I, who has also dined here, made a 1:30pm reservation for a filling lunch. I was determined to make a Nico believer out of her, since the last time she dined here she complained of 45 minute wait times between dishes. The fresh granola and farro pancakes were served timely and made for great starters. We then waited a little over an hour for our burger and salmon caesar salad. My burger was perfect but the soft boiled egg never made it to my lunch mate's plate. A few moments before our food was served, our server apologized for the wait and we received a percentage off of our meal; it made for a nice gesture and we were grateful, however, this put us behind schedule for the rest of our afternoon. We were a bit disappointed with service, but the food was delicious as always. I'm not sure if I made a recurring customer out of my friend, but I'll always recommend Nico Osteria. Just make sure you have 2-3 hours worth of conversation.
We've eaten at Nico many times in the past and loved it. Mother's Day 2017 was poorly staffed, and our waiter was rude and inattentive. Rush, rush, rush and incomplete entrees were served; we had to ask for the completion of our order several times. No follow-up service, and our waiter said to us, "You're not my only table." Yet, he was standing by and chatting with other staff. Hmmm... We've had excellent experiences at Nico, but this was a sincere disappointment. :-(
My first experience for dinner was great all around with top notch fair sized portions and original quality dishes. The service was excellent only to be matched by my second brunch experience on Mother's Day. The menu selection for mothers day hit the spot with the standout chocolate cherry kouign-amann and English pea ravioli. Both times the ambiance has been just right and the noise level never in your face. I'm a one and done sort of guy but Nico has me coming back for more. Bon Appetit.
Food was outstanding. Service was not good
Wine was put with other wines to store far from our table. They just were too busy to serve it. Finally, I got up to find the chilled wine. When they did serve it, I asked for the manager and our server said she was the manager. Well. If she was, they are in serious trouble.
Food was the best! Thank you
The meal itself was fantastic and we had a wonderful server. However, when they called to confirm, the requests I had wasn't noted and we waited one hour to get seated even though we had a reservation. The estimated wait time when we arrived was 20 min. This is consistent with the other reviews here. But as I said, when we got seated, the dining experience was great.
Was great when they first opened. Then two bad dinners and one bad brunch. Didn't plan on returning. Birthday guest the other night picked Nico and I consented. The food was back to really good; stuffed lobster with squid ink pasta was perfect. Octopus one of the best I've ever had. Sushi tasting was delicious. All food we ordered was very good. And fresh ramps made me happy, too.
Memorable! If I lived in Chicago, I would be a regular. If Erling Wu does not win the Beard award I will be astonished. Start to finish, warm and thoughtful and sincere service. One plate after the other more creative and nuanced than the next. Umami supreme....
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