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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers
We will be offering an $80 Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu as well as an a la carte menu from 11am-9pm on Thanksgiving. We will also be open for breakfast from 7am-10:30am with our regular breakfast menu.
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Fantastic wine list and sommolier!
oysters the best!
Not as good as it used to be.
Not the "Italian experience" we were hoping for. Mostly a bunch of new twists on the classics that didn't hit the mark for us. The Cacio de Pepe had a distinct lemon flavor that was unexpected and not well-received. The Mushroom Alfredo Papardelle was more of a mushroom broth than creamy and Alfredo-y.
Very comfortable atmosphere - relaxed yet intimate. Our server Derek is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in both food and wine selections. We sampled the three varieties of oysters and all lived up to their description. We ordered pasta. The rigatoni bolognese was the best tasting we ever had. Their take on the gnocchi is excellent with a beet sauce delight. We can't wait to go back to try their fish and to eat the rigatoni bolognese.
Awesome experience as always. Lindsey our server was phenomenal as always. She always knows what I like and her recommendations are top notch. This is my go-to spot..
It was a terrible experience. We waited 30 minutes after the appetizers to get the soup. They forgot to place the order. Then everything came at one time.
The valet crew parked my car and I got a parking ticket.
Disaster for what was supposed to be a special date night.
We live in the neighborhood and have been missing Bistro Zinc. We thought we would try Nico in hopes that it might be our go to place now. The food was great and location perfect for us! Also it has a pleasant atmosphere. However the wine list was too expensive. There should be great options under $50. There are many value wines today especially Italian.
Everything was incredible about the experience. They were very accomodating to us with our infant, and the servers were all so kind to us and the baby. The food and cocktails were incredible, with very unique flavors. Our server also gave us a list of some great places to eat in the city for the rest of our stay. Overall, they made our anniversary great!!
Very good food. On the rich side, but nice on a cold night.
The menu is very good , presentation excellent , however the food is too spicy. They should ask about dietary restrictions or at least make it clear on the menu
I would give Nico 10 stars if it was possible! They couldn’t seat us at our res time, so bought all 3 of us a drink while we waited in the lounge area. Never had that happen at any other restaurant! Food and service were truly exceptional. We sat at the chef’s counter and got attention from several of the chefs and wait staff, all just making sure we had everything we wanted, answering all questions and offering suggestions. Oysters with caviar, Brussels sprouts bruschetta and the lobster Amatriciana were our faves. This is by far my favorite restaurant in Chicago!
Wonderful dinner at the chefs counter!
Amazing food, but get a booth if you can as the tables in the middle are a bit on top of each other. Good accomodations on Gluten-free. Excellent spot, will definitely be back!
Horrible experience - will not go back!
My husband and I came here upon the recommendation of a friend. We both felt like the food was fine, but nothing that we ate that night left us wanting more. We didn’t have a bad experience, it was just wasn’t very memorable. We were seated at the first table in front the entrance, so I really didn’t get a feel for the restaurant. Our server wasn’t bad, she just wasn’t overly friendly. She did what was necessary, but I wouldn’t say she positively contributed to the dining experience. We don’t get away every week, so I was hoping for a great meal and this just didn’t deliver. At this price point, I think there are places that would leave you wanting to return. We won’t be coming back
Came in with 8 people for a work lunch. Meal was efficient and not too rushed.
Interesting menu, terrific flavors, extensive and unique wine list friendly and gracious service: we’ll be back! The meatballs deserve a special shout out.
It was our second evening eating at Nico’s. My daughter and I enjoyed it so much last night that we decided to return this evening. The manager noticed and gave us a free dessert :). We visit from Cincinnati about three times a year and ALWAYS visit Nico’s. The food never, ever disappoints. Bon Appetite!
Very poor experience. Tried to put us in a very terrible table without any light in a corner. Took 15 minutes before anyone served us. Waitress did not help us with menu. Food was cold and had to be sent back. Asked to see manager who never came by. Nothing was offered to apologize for poor experience.
Have been here a few times but won’t be coming back.
Made a reservation and noted my friend's birthday. The waiter, kind of rushed us through lunch and it was not event packed. There were several booths/tables open. He didn't offer us dessert, just felt really rushed. Placed the check down on the table. It wasn't the usual service we get. We've been there for several birthdays and all have been so great and our guest has felt special. It wasn't like that this time. I did make a note on the check, it was unfortunate. Food was great as always! I was looking for the broth which is always delicious. But overall the food was great!
Food is amazing and would definitely visit Nico's again.
Maybe for dinner but definitely not lunch. The food was mediocre; presentation was average
Overall a wonderful experience
My husband and I went out for a date night for the first time in a while; we have two kids at home so it’s hard to get out by ourselves. As soon as we walked in, we were well received and treated like guests of honor. We immediately got seated and had our first drinks. The Gorgonzola cheesecake we had as an appetizer was phenomenal, we almost licked the plate clean! For our main course, my husband had the King crab cioppino, while I had the mushroom gnocchi and a side of roasted beets. Both dishes and the side were so good, I tried to finish my beets but couldn’t! My husband absolutely loved the cioppino; it is definitely something worth getting again. We barely had room for dessert, but I went for the chocolate gelato, which was very good. All in all, we had an amazing experience and we will most likely be back again when we can get another night to ourselves!
With the exception of having to request alternative seating, which the host staff readily arranged, our exceptional dining experience led us to return for save the palate dining on our evening departure Via train home the next day. Each of our four courses was remarkable. We savored every bite. Special mention is required of the meat balls, the poached Alaskan Halibut, the beet salad, the pan seared gnocchi, the pasture raised chicken with green farro, and roasted stone fruits (taken on the train) and the amazing breads. We would without hesitation return the next time we are in Chicago!
Food was great. Service was very attentive! Sat at bar overlooking kitchen...fun experience!
I ordered the charred green beans but was brought the endive salad and the waiter insisted on bringing me that but I’m super indecisive so decided to give it a try instead. It was delicious and glad I stuck with it. The Nebbiolo wine was also great!
The food was great. However our waiter Alex put a sour note in our experience. For my main course I ask for a wine recommendation. He said he would bring the wine menu, to give his suggestions . The main course came and no wine. When I ask him about it, he got the menu and gave recommendations. The wine came then promptly. We ordered coffee and each a dessert after the main course. My husband got his, meine never came. When he brought the coffee I ask for the dessert, he stated that he understood that we were going to share one. That was not the case, I ordered first , before my husband. Alex stated that he could bring one right away. At that point my husband had finishes his already and I was no longer interested. He did take off the charge for my husband's dessert, what we appreciated . The sour note was for me that he gave me the impression that it was my mistake. The other staff at Nico's was friendly and helpful. This was pour second visit at Nico's.
Excellent dinning experience. We enjoyed the convince of staying at the Thompson Hotel and eating at Osteria.
Loved it at dinner several weeks back
Disappointed at lunch. The menu was limiting.
Tavern on Rush has a full menu for lunch and dinner. It’s a much better pick for me
We were in Chicago for my daughter's 22nd birthday and went to Nico after seeing a show. Everyone was super friendly and the lobster spaghetti was as amazing as I had read online. Yummy!
My daughter and I sat at the counter looking over the kitchen and really enjoyed the experience.
People were very friendly . The food was very good. We especially enjoyed the salad and the Brussels sprouts bruschetta
The tiramisu was lovely also.
Our food was delicious. The ambiance was amazing and the staff member who served us was very informative and patient with all our questions.
Standard food made without love
Excellent staff food and service
Great food- service slow
The food was difficult to eat. The service was uncomfortable all around low quality experience considering the amount of money we spent to be there for our anniversary. I made the reservation and noted it was for our anniversary more than a week in advance and got seated at the smallest table in the bar area.
Nice bar - pretty environment - but bartenders were not friendly and a little “bothered”. Efficient but not service oriented.
Dining room - ordered 3 courses - server rushed us to order - 1st course took 40 minutes to come out and not enjoyable when it did. After complaining, they made it up to us, which was as it should be. Server and Manager apologetic and attentive. Problem was in the kitchen not on the floor. 2nd course salad was very good. Entrees were OK. Not the best pasta we’ve ever had.
It was my birthday. Was not the greatest experience. Probably won’t return. Too many incredible restaurants to choose from in Chicago. Have to bring your A Game every night to compete with the best.
Food was not good. Disappointed