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#17 of 2,382 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North End
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417 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 12:30 am
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Santa Rosa, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had a meatball as big as my fist. It was delicious. But it was also overkill. A smaller portion at a more reasonable price would have been great. The wine list is only okay. The food is definitely the star.

Thank JenSRJen
New York
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We made a reservation and were seated downstairs in the restaurant. OK ambiance nothing great. We had the Caprese salad which had mostly tasteless mozzarella cheese and bland tomatoes I would avoid this. I had linguini with clams, the dish was fine nothing noteworthy. My husband had the lobster ravioli in a pink sauce, he said it was tasteless. Our... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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121 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a large group (10 people ) here for supper. We made reservations online that afternoon. Everyone in our group enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. I had eggplant parmigiana. It was very good. The eggplant was tender and the breading crisp. My daughter had the calamari pasta which she declared a success. No one had even a mediocre... More 

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Darien Center, New York
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87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nicos offers old world Italian dishes made from scratch. Service and the staff are very friendly and attentive to your needs. You will not regret dining here.

Thank globtratta
Derry, New Hampshire
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have tried many restaurants within the north end in Boston, and had seen Nico has some pretty good reviews. I decided to try it out with my girlfriend. The place is small (pretty tight seating) and we were seated at a 2 person table that barely had enough room for bread and 2 small serving plates. Now, for the... More 

Thank Connor L
Arlington, Virginia
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92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We scoured Trip Advisor reviews of resturants in the North End before settling on Nico's. And we walked past a dozen other places to get to there, which is one of the farther points out on Hanover Street. And the place was packed, a sign of its popularity. My verdict -- a good meal, served by a friendly staff. But... More 

Thank PJA070413
Louisville, Kentucky
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369 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Made a reservation but got seated downstairs where it got really hot or way too cold at different points during our meal. Sat upstairs last time and it was nice. Cut my lip on a wine glass and got an "I'm sorry" but no food gift or discount, which didn't sit well for a $200+ meal. Bathroom is down the... More 

Thank Coomsey
Edina, Minnesota
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a very small locals joint with excellent food and good service and great atmosphere. the nico's salad had an excellent pomegranate dressing, the cioppino was huge and contained superb seafood, the ravioli with chicken was great, and the creme caramel was made with all natural ingredients. the price with wine is around $60 per head so it is... More 

Thank artsmith147
Wayland, Massachusetts, United States
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Has downstairs seating too, but still a cozy joint. Easy to get to by foot, we enjoyed and relished the prosciutto and parmigiana app, and shared the lamb special. The lamb shank was perfectly cooked, accompanied by hand made pasta. Giving 4 stars only coz the lobster in the lamb dish was unnecessary and dry.

Thank MerlineB
Fairfield, Connecticut
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a great meal with my "Italian" family. Everyone loved their meal! Try the stuffed pepper and lemon grilled shrimp appetizers. Yum! Staff was friendly and accommodating for our kids. Would definitely visit again! And they take reservations! A huge plus in the busy north end of Boston.

Thank fairfieldmom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:30 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 417 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: 6177420404

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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.
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