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Nico

#14 of 2,682 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
North End
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417 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
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4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 380
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  • 180
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 17
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Italian, pricey specials.

Very good authentic Italian food. Great wine list, bottled beers. We went for lunch on a Sunday. Menu is reasonably priced but ask for prices on specials. My wife had the Swordfish special which was delicious but surprised it was $37. I had Risotto with scallops that was $32.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
SPFontes
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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good authentic Italian food. Great wine list, bottled beers. We went for lunch on a Sunday. Menu is reasonably priced but ask for prices on specials. My wife had the Swordfish special which was delicious but surprised it was $37. I had Risotto with scallops that was $32.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had an amazing starter of (4) perfectly prerpared scallops atop a grilled round of eggplant served with a delicious pesto and pine nuts. One, as an appetizer, maximum of 2 would have been more appropriate. It was unusual and delicious. My entree was seafood but the waiter should have advised that it consisted of (even more) scallops. The pasta needed... More 

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Myrtle Beach, SC
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113 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Like many North End restaurants, this place is small! Sat at the bar and waited for table. The bar is limited. They really can't serve certain alcohol because of a silly law in the area. Only a few select restaurants have a full bar. Once seated, the waiter was attentive and gave good service. The food was really good and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were so glad we tried Nico for dinner. In the heart of the north end, we had a wonderful dinner there. Homemade pasta, excellent salad choices (the caesar was great, with very good Romano cheese). I had a rigatonni with Italian sausage and artichokes in tomato sauce. My dining partner had fettuccini carbonara, also top notch. But there is... More 

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Hull, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a chance on a friday night to get into Nico, I know risky . My date and i checked in and were told that it'd be about a half hour. We each had a glass of wine @ the bar while waiting and were seated well before that halfhour timeframe. The downstairs, just like up top is very small... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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929 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to have a very good italian meal in the north end. It is a rather small place on two floors, with tables a little crowded. The food is traditional Italian with a Boston accent: antipasti, prosciutto, pastas, meats but mostly fish.Everything we had, two pastas, a sea bass and a lobster crepe was well prepared... More 

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Boston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided on an early pre-show dinner at Nico Ristorate in the North End because there was a Groupon special, pay $35.00 for $60.00 worth of food. Since our show was at 6:30 PM, we tried to reserve our group for 4:00 PM but the only available slot on Opentable was at 3:30 PM. On the bright side, there's free... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I stopped in here based off the other reviews and were not disappointed! The waiter was very attentive and we had great service! I ordered the gnocchi and he ordered the fettuccine alfredo & we both absolutely loved our meals and shared with each other! They are bigger portions, so we both had leftovers for later and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first time dining in the North End. Nico was perfect. Their salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella, which I split with my daughter was amazing. We both loved our entrees of Sea Bass and Lobster Crepes. Great atmosphere.

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boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh so good. Loved the home made pasta and meat ball. I asked for extra marinara and was so happy I did. I could drink it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 417 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:30 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North End

Neighborhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.