Nico

4.6
3285 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 3285 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.3
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
2 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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
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
12 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.

CM
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
10 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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vipErikaS
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food!!

ER
vipEllenR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Solid NE spot. Food is great

JF
JuliaF
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible and service was great. We hit crazy traffic and were over 45 minutes late to our reservation, and the staff held our table and was extremely accomodating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food but they made us wait an hour after our reservation to be seated.

KM
vipKatieM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, & very authentic atmosphere!

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Buddy
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The menu pricing on Open Table was about $10 cheaper per item than on actual menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite spot to go before vacation. Food and Service also fantastic.

SM
StevenM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

B day and evening dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

30 min wait even

SK
vipSteveK
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Made a reservation for 8:30 and had to wait over an hour before we were seated. We were told they were running 10 minutes late so we waited and waited. Ridiculous.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t get to go because reservations were an hour and a half behind schedule.

MD
MichaelD
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food and good service by our waiter, but we were seated over an hour late to our reservation. The restaurant was over booked and overly crowded environment with many people waiting.

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Juan
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We had a reservation for 6:30, got there in time to valet park the car and were told to go back to Strega to valet park the car (Have you ever done a U-turn in Boston's crowded North End? I had to). Then the hostess told us that they were running 15 minutes behind. We were told to go to the bar next door and wait there. At 7:10 (40 minutes later) I called to inquire about our reservation and was told "It'd be 15 more minutes." At 7:50 (again, 40 minutes later) I was told, once more "it'll be 15 minutes." At 8:20 I had no choice but to confront the hostess. We were finally seated after almost a 2-hour wait. The food was ASTOUNDING. The wait staff was overwhelmed but did their best to be friendly and our food was cooked and brought to our table quickly. Sadly, the ultra long wait without a reasonable explanation and the valet parking snafu would preclude me from recommending this place, despite the out of this world food.

MK
MichelleK
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food overbooked .. waited a hour with reservations

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Waiter was wonderful. Some of the best in the North End.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was good except we had to wait for 45 mins after our reservation time to get a table and ended up sitting so close to another couple we were basically at a table for 4. My boyfriend got the Fusilli with shrimp and for $29 they didn’t even take the tails off the shrimp. Food was great otherwise, would go back

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vipHiro
Acapulco
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

小さなお店ですが料理、雰囲気、サービス全て満足です。

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had an 8:15 reservation and waited until 8:45 ended up leaving for another place nearby

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great, the table next to us was very loud but the server was amazing and kept apologizing, we understood it was out of their control. The hostess was slightly rude when we got there is the only complaint.

KG
KatieG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were quickly seated at Nico. Service was great and the food was amazing. The price is reasonable for the value/quality of the meal. I would recommend to others checking out great Italian in the North End!

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PeterF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We started with the grilled pear salad and spinach rollatini which were brought together so the rolatini was cold after the salad was eaten. However, both were very good. The prime sirloin with red wine reduction was literally smothered under a sauce that was more akin to a bland gravy than any reduction I've ever seen. The accompanying vegetables were pedestrian. A poor end after a promising start.

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vipSteveK
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are consistently fantastic.
I surprised my wife with dinner here and everything exceeded our expectations.

FAQs

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

Nico is rated 4.6 stars by 3285 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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