Nico

4.4
3306 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Nick Varano invites you to enjoy superlative and classic Italian fare in this boldly colored and romantic atmosphere. NICO’s friendly and enthusiastic staff set the bar for quality customer service. The kitchen is under the direction and expertise of celebrated Boston chef, Farouk Bazoune.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3306 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaH
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Nico's for my birthday (this is either the second or third time I have celebrated here) and as always, it was a great experience and the food was delicious. This is one of my favorite spots in the North End and recommend it to all my friends. The quality of the food is great and prices not over the top, the staff is excellent, and the ambiance is fun and modern with a little old school vibe. Will definitely be returning again soon.

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Mollyk
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had an overall great experience at Nico! The food was some of the best I've ever had in Boston, and the service was amazing! It is a small space and therefore pretty crowded and loud, but that's my only complaint. Everything else went super well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience4

We had to wait an hour plus after our reservation time. We weren’t seated till 9:30 for our 8:15 reservation. Apps came fast but main courses took forever. Over priced food for mains. Not tasty

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vipWilliamA
New England
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place, amazing food, and spectacular service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Very good food, unfortunately the service was not the best but would go back regardless.

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Wendy
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Incredibly clean. Authentic Italian atmosphere. Helpful, happy, knowledgeable staff. Beautiful renovation. The sea bass I’ve lobster ravioli was good to the last drop.

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Lolavt
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Absolutely terrible. This place used to be our favorite. What happened to the management.!?!?Food overpriced with poor quality now. Service was awful..,,,the waiter was pleasant but not at all attentive. Worst part however was the LOUD music. Felt like we were in a club full of 20 year olds. Wasn’t the nice, cozy atmosphere it used to be. The female hostess/managers outfit was so inappropriate with cleavage falling out. She was encouraging her drunk friend who was dining to stand up and twerk another guest!!?!? Absolutely appalling. Never going back.

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Ckthetiger
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Restaurant was very busy don’t know if that was because it was Sunday I’ll because of Covid. First problem did not have the wine that we ordered off the wine list and a poor substitute was offered. Next for caccia bread came out ice cold. One pasta dish ordered with sausage and broccoli Rob pasta over cooked. Your Parmesan OK but nothing great and pasta was overcooked. They need to get a little better at what they do prettyPlace and service was decent young man was helpful

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SelenaL
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful spot. Had reservations for 4 on a Saturday was so worth it! From the service to the food and drinks and the music. I will definitely be eating at Nicos again

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vipAllieW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Nico continues to overbook for reservations week after week. I have now been there 3 times in the last 1.5 months (because the food is exceptional), but we have waited close to an hour every time for our reservation! This is not a one time thing like they try to tell you. It happens every week. Be prepared to wait an extra hour after your scheduled reservation time.

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ChristaA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Nico’s while in town for an anniversary trip. Service was spot on. Our server was very attentive and accommodated all our requests. We ordered the table side Cacio y Pepe made in the big cheese wheel. It was a fun experience to watch it being prepared. Only draw back was that we were sat downstairs and had to go to the wheel upstairs rather than it come to out table side. Overall a great meal and we met a nice couple sitting next to us.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to Covid we haven’t been able to visit Nico in over a year. I nearly cried when I saw out favorite waiter, Eddy, was still there. They took advantage of the downtime to renovate the space which was so well decorated, clean and comforting. The service is amazing, the food exquisite. Luckily for anyone who visits this gem made it!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and the Cacio E Pepe experience was amazingggg!!

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AmunaA
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff! And food and view were amazing . Highly recommend it

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KellyL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nico's is my favorite restaurant. I haven't been in a few years so I was really excited to go and see if it was the same. It didn't disappoint and we still absolutely love it!

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Jules
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We made a reservation for 8:30 and showed up right on time, but proceeded to wait more than an hour for our table outside in the cold. I feel like they need to organise their schedule to prevent this, as almost everyone who had a reservation was waiting outside for a long time. Despite all of that, the food was good. They also did not charge us for our drinks because we waited so long, which was nice but still doesn’t excuse the fact.

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vipMMH20
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food at NICO was great. Vibe was a little weird with MTV and boxing on the TV which didn’t really have the north end feel I was hoping for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Place is great, service was a 10, food was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience2

waiter over an hour for our reservation

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I took my boyfriend out for NYE to Nico and very honestly it was a complete waste of money and the food was terrible. After all the other reviews and their sister restaurants we surely thought it would be at the very least good- the food part was the cute little Italian table for two with decorations for the new year. The waiter was doing probably the best he could but also gave the vibe that he really did GAF and rushed us out after dinner- no “would you like another drink or dessert,” Thisbe guy legit dropped the check and dashed. I would not recommend NICO, our dinner for two cost $150 and was about the quality of a 99s or Applebee’s.

Go to one of the other restaurants owned by the same guy not this one

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vipIpi65
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Rigatoni with sausage delicious as was chicken, saltimboca and burrata appetizer. Arancini were tasty

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JESSICAM
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner out - food was good and service was great

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CB28
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken parm was excellent, per usual! Was very pleased to see them taking covid guidelines seriously (it's really hard with the limited space in the North End) and had a delicious, enjoyable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was great. Come here every year for my birthday and it never disappoints.

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DanielB
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! I don't need fifty characters to write a review!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was hard to hear the waitress with her mask on and the noice of the restaurant. I believe they only have a beer and wine license so no liquor. I ordered the lobster ravioli and was not happy with it. It seemed like it had been made ahead of time. Barely warm and no flavor. Scallops and shrimp pasta dish with truffle sauce was delicious!

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NataleeT
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy with location, staff and food. Will go back again!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect and delicious! The pumpkin ravioli was divine!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We sat at the bar and had drinks and appetizers. Our server/bartender was friendly and accommodating. Our food was delicious and my husband joked that he was going to order a second appetizer of the roasted red pepper stuffed with sausage and broccoli rabe. Great wine list. My husband ordered a cocktail that didn’t really match the description. It was supposed to have whiskey, soda water, and blackberry puree but there were literally two little arils of blackberry in his drink and not much flavor other than whiskey. Other than the drink it was a great experience and we would definitely go back!

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Kelly
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I went here a few years ago and was not impressed by the service and went back this past weekend and was still not impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Checked another one off the North End box. This place was amazing! We will be back!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing - the team really did a great job making it a special evening. Thank you Rosanna + Jasmine

JP
vipJennPLynch
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is ok but not great. We’re in the midst of a pandemic, so you can’t be too picky.

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food at Nico was phenomenal!!!! Our waitress was so sweet and helpful! We sat outside and couldn't believe how she treked down the street to deliver our food...a smile never left her face! So personable! The food was delicious too! We can't wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food at Nico was delicious! I think the pasta dishes were slightly overpriced, but my boyfriend claimed he had the “best meal of his life” so can’t go wrong with that. We had a reservation, but the restaurant was super backed up, so we ended up still having to wait 30 mins for our table. Overall, it was a great dinner, but I wouldn’t say any better or worse than other Italian restaurants in the North end.

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ElizabethB
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was absolutely incredible. We loved everything we ate. They were extremely busy so no one checked on us until we were done. But I would definitely go again

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Marchello
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was very nice but the beets from the salad had no taste. Not sure if it was overcooked when they we boiling them. Also, the pasta dish I had with the sauce and sausage had at least 5 big pieces of garlic in the dish which made it very salty and overpowering. I wish the menu had written that before I ordered it.

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vipArianaS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite north end restaurant! The food is always delicious and the menu is traditional Italian but with a unique spin on some of the dishes

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Just an escape from the mundaneness that is social distancing of COVID

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vipEflynn
9 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food!!

FAQs

Nico offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 742-0404.

Nico is rated 4.4 stars by 3306 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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