Niko's Bistro

4.8
1063 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Located just minutes away from downtown Calgary, in trendy Kensington, Niko’s offers a diverse menu with big flavours at modest prices. Enjoy dinner and lunch seven days a week in our modern restaurant.



Niko’s is perfect for sharing wine, stories and food with friends and family. The atmosphere is always lively and full of excitement!



Please note that all reservations 6:00pm and earlier are welcome to dine until 7:30pm, as our second seating begins at that time.
What 1063 People Are Saying
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vipBownessian
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WE enjoy eating at Niko's, always such a treat! Service is excellent!

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Ramalap123
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great, local bistro with excellent service, great food and reasonable prices.

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AlanaP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nikos is where my husband and I had our first date and we continue to go back for the food, service and ambience. It’s a great, local, family run spot with good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nikos is a great family owned restaurant. It was quite busy with a good amount of energy that made it a fun evening celebrating our anniversary. The service was just the right balance of attention and privacy. The food was spot on!

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LovetoEat
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about Niko's Bistro is fabulous - from Niko and his team to the food, the ambience and clean washrooms! My favourite Italian restaurant in town!

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vipBuckseven
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome meal alway enjoy Niko’s. One of our favourite restaurant in Calgary.

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vipAlanN
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed a wonderful Saturday evening at Niko's Bistro. Our server was very welcoming and attentive, the food was great. Always a great experience at Niko's

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vipdowntownfoodie
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, personal service led to an excellent evening.

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simone
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is always a treat to dine at our neighbourhood Italian Bistro. From Niko at the door welcoming us and checking our vaccine status to the prompt, courteous attention of the servers (Niko's daughter's) we felt welcome and safe. The meal was excellent as usual, family Italian favorite,s and the price point allows you to bring the entire family, from children to grandparents and in between.

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CyrilZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Food Experience…
Taste and Smells from the Mediterranean right in Kensington.
Family run and Inspired by their Roots.

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DebraM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service.Good choice of wine. Highly recommend.

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GideonB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! The food was amazing and the staff were super friendly.

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vipTable44
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian food in Calgary and friendliest service. Our favourite restaurant!

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Veena
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Niko’s is an amazing restaurant with great food and even better customer service!

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Charbay
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

As always I enjoyed the bruchetta and calamari. I enjoyed the veal with shrimp for the first time.

I found the room very noisy, but I guess is dependent on the other patrons

Next time I have to same room for dessert

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Sienabee
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff are welcoming the minute you come in the door. Service was warm and helpful but not overbearing. All good choices were fresh and delicious. We shared the shrimp and Sambuca for starters. Delicate taste. My sister had the papardelle & salmon and I had the gnocchi. They tailored the spicy level to my taste.
I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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Kwanco
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent, food awesome! Well priced and reasonable. We will be back!

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JohnA
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great price reasonable portions! Not pretentious in the slightest!

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Diana
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had dinner on September 2nd 2021 the food was out standing,it was our second time at nikos bistro, this will be our place for dinner, our server lvana was really good at her job in taking of us, really good chef .

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Tesla
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food, service, and quality will not disappoint. The Bistro was packed mid week for dinner. That speaks volumes.

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MervynB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Everything was good.

We’ll likely be back.

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MarkB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service at a reasonable price. Entrees were appropriately sized. A very nice dining experience.

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vipFantastic
Calgary
47 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

I think this was our 3rd or 4th visit to Nico’s. We really enjoy the food and usually we have very good service. This time the food was delicious but our waiter was kind of a jerk. Condescending was the word we all agreed upon.

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vipEllieM
Calgary
35 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We ordered bruschetta and soup appetizers, veal main courses and desserts. All was delicious. Service was friendly, efficient and accommodating. Cozy and comfortable place that is very popular.

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JacquelineH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Service was great, checked on us just the necessary amount of times, and when needed. Food was tasty, like a home made meal. Ambience was quiet, and we were not rushed out the door like many places are doing these days. A little pricy for the value, but overall good, and I would visit again. ideal for eating alone, or with close friends to visit and catch up.

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Noglutenordairy
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the lemon veal - they did it gluten-free and it was delicious!

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BarbaraF
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual the food was wonderful at Niko’s. This is our favourite place to go for a quick meal. It is also a favourite place to go for a nice meal for a special occasion

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CaboKaren
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service! Offered us a better table when a window seat became available. Great food!

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BooBear007700
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is always a treat to go to Niko’s, food was fantastic, service was outstanding Richard took great care of us, just another fabulous evening out, they do not disappoint!!!
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent as always, this is our go-to Italian restaurant.

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vipDavidP
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I don't know how I never knew about this little Italian bistro in Kensington before. This is a great place for warm atmosphere, good food and friendly service. I had the Pappardelle con Salmone while my dining partners tried the stracciatella, calamari and Spaghettini Fruiti del Mar. Everything was freshly prepared and delicious. Definitely planning to go back.

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vipPhoner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This small local restaurant blew me away! You feel like family walking in and the service was top notch! All of the food dishes were amazing! I can't wait to go back to try their other dishes!!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the food & staff were outstanding

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MicheleO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always!
Our favourite restaurant by far.
The food and service was spectacular and very well priced.
Thank you again Niko.
Can't wait until we come again soon!

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DandT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve eaten here several times and they’ve never disappointed us. The food is always great and the servers are awesome, very friendly attentive and fun.

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vipSamC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Small space with grrrreat food and service. We shall return.

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AvoA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

After a long spell eating at home Niko's provided atmosphere, good service and great food.

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RudySpoony
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We ate there on Friday, June 2 at 9. I've had an excellent meal at Niko's a number of years ago so were very excited that we were able to get a reservation.

First the food...we treated ourselves to some of the pricier items on the menu and felt like we wouldn't detect any flavour other than saltiness. My partner ordered the beef tenderloin and after a long wait got a tiny, overcooked, over-salted, gamey piece of meat smothered in a sauce that was advertised as a brandy cream sauce with mushrooms but tasted like a sludge with salt. My food was also very disappointing - overcooked, oversalted pasta sprinkled with broken mussel shells.

And now the service...the server was openly hostile from the moment we walked in. She rolled her eyes at us while we were talking to her and we cheerfully ignored it. When things got worse is when I asked if I could get a takeout container for my full sized untouched pasta. She brought me a small clamshell sandwich container. I said that looks small and she grabbed my plate and fork out of my hand and said "I GUARANTEE this will fit" as she furiously started ramming my noodles and seafood into the too small container, at times using her fingers. I made a comment about getting sauce all over my car to which she replied "that's what the plastic bag is for". When she finally gave up with all the uneaten mussels still in the plate, she asked if she wanted them included as well. "Only if I have to pay for them!!" Finally she went to the kitchen and got a normal sized pasta takeout container (I had assumed they were out of these haha!). I got another flippant comment when I asked her to bring the debit machine. It was ridiculously aggressive and harsh that I wondered if someone was playing a joke on me.

Anyway, I hope the terrible food and horrendous service was due to a bad night in the kitchen and a server that needs a career change. Better luck to you than I had!

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Jo05
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely dinner. Our waitress was very good. Food was good and everything was hot when served. The only issue I had was that the sauce was spicy and I wasn’t expecting it to be. I didn’t see anything on the menu to indicate it would be. Otherwise is was great to get out to a restaurant and we had a lovely time.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and evening. Great service; great food! Thanks Niko’s for a terrific experience!

FAQs

Niko's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 270-0082.

Niko's Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 1063 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 reservations at the moment.