We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Good food, good atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Nico's Bistro and Bar - CLOSED

Nico's Bistro and Bar
Cuisines: European, British, Grill, Fusion, Scottish
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Our in house bar restaurant - Nicky Tam's - offers a relaxed and casual atmosphere with a menu serving traditional Scottish food with the finest local produce, ales and premium spirits... While we have a wide choice of wine by the glass, cocktails, a selection of 80 pure malt whisky and more than 10 Scottish gin... Nicky tam's also offers all the favourite classics such as Steak Pie, Haggis, Burgers, Cullen skink and even more on our specials board. With a mix of granite and wood walls, tartan furniture, burning stoves, the scene is set for a family gathering, relaxing afternoon tea, business meeting or simply catching up with friends to get a away from the stresses of the daily routine. We have a large selection of wine by the glass, cocktails, over 80 pure malt whiskies and more than 10 Scottish gins... Please ask for our drink and whisky list at the bar. Definitely worth a look! Our bar is open all day for drinks and coffee, we serve food from 12 to 2:30pm for lunch and from 5pm until 9pm for dinner. Please note that we open for lunch during the winter on booking only
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good food, good atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

The food was good overall, with only the starter as a standout. And the service was quite good. We asked for reservations at a particular time for 2 people and were told they couldn't do that time, but could 30 minutes earlier, which was of course fine. What was odd was that throughout our entire meal, there were at least 2 or 3 other two-tops empty the entire time. No complaining about that, it seemed odd. What was a negative, though is that at 7:30pm, they had already run out of one of the dinner specials and one of the deserts. Very poor planning for the heart of the dinner service.

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank EnjoymentOfLife
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
glenmhormanager, Manager at Nico's Bistro and Bar, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you for your nice review. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner with us.
To ensure a smooth and good service, we space out tables for the kitchen. We normally take three tables every 15mn so we can provide you with our best service and food....

With kind regards

The Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

283 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    130
    89
    29
    21
    14
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Just as good as we remembered”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We had stayed at the hotel and eaten at Nico's twelve years before. We had great food then and it is still great. The steak was very tender although done a little more than we would have liked. Very nice wine list. The bar is very cozy with couches and Victorian touches.

Visited May 2013
Helpful?
Thank sharon g
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
glenmhormanager, Manager at Nico's Bistro and Bar, responded to this review, July 13, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay with us.

We're glad that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to welcome
you back soon.

Kind regards
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Derby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fabulous birthday meal - best we've had in a long while”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

It was Yvonne's, er, 49th birthday again, and we decided we should should go somewhere special. We were having a look around Loch Ness and after having been for a cruise on the Loch, (very good but somewhat spoilt by this big fishy thing that kept on following our boat, we decided to consult Trip Advisor and we came up with Nico's which looked just what we wanted, so we made the booking there and then.

When we arrived at Nico's later that evening, we were very much taken by the restaurant and the friendly welcome. The meal itself was just what we wanted, Yvonne had the monkfish and I had loads of mussels. The highlight for me was the nougat ice-cream dessert the like of which I had never tasted before. I just couldn't get enough of it and could not stop talking about it.

Very friendly and efficient waiter, who, although, to me he sounded French, he came from an Eastern Bloc country, I can't remember which one, but he made our evening with his efficient and attentive service and gentle conversation. I hope he got to keep the tip we gave him.

We would both highly recommend this restaurant - very please we found it. Thanks Trip Advisor!

  • Visited June 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Mark B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
glenmhormanager, General Manager at Nico's Bistro and Bar, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your comments.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind Regards
The Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Edinburgh
Level Contributor
131 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Too Greasy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

We decided to take our meal in the bar which is well laid out with historical artefacts to give it highland feel. My wife ordered battered fish and I had the chicken breast and opted for the sautéed potatoes to go with it.
On arrival it was well laid out and presentable but we both found the fish and chicken to be greasy. Why that was, who knows but sadly it spoiled our meal. That said we saw another guest who had ordered one of their steak pies, which was huge and came in its own pie dish topped with pastry.
The guest was quickly on his phone and having photographed it; spoke to a friend highlighting its size and taste. So there you go, it all depends what you order. Would we go back, I have to honest and say no.

  • Visited June 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank AndrewMutter
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
glenmhormanager, Manager at Nico's Bistro and Bar, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your meal and would like to add that this is not representative from Nico's.
Please come and try again... in hope you might regain your faith in our restaurant.
We will look after you!
Best regards
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brownsville, Maryland
Level Contributor
22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent food, good service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

We liked everything about Nico's. The atmosphere was pleasant and not noisy, the service was friendly and efficient, and the food and drink excellent.

Visited May 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank acdixon65
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
glenmhormanager, General Manager at Nico's Bistro and Bar, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your comments.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind Regards
The Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Nico's Bistro and Bar also viewed

Inverness, Scottish Highlands
Inverness, Scottish Highlands
 
Inverness, Scottish Highlands
Inverness, Scottish Highlands
 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing