Niko's Bistro

4.6
667 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of Operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(403) 270-0082
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Niko Miletic
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Catering
Unique catering customized to all your specific requests, location, etc.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
12th St NW
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Parking Details
Small parking lot available at the back of the building.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 667 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I have been going to Nikkos for over 12 years and I have never been disappointed with the food, people or place. It is a real gem.

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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great ambiance. Friendly staff, good drinks and great food!!!

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AV
Calgary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Chef gives excellent service and is very charismatic

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NL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Like being in Italy. Fond memories of great food and friendly people serving you. Love Niko's!

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EM
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always top quality food in this neighborhood gem. I find the vino is well priced.

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JH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Very well-executed Italian food, great service and good wine.

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BW
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. The calamari is outstanding. You are made to feel very comfortable and cared for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Niko's never disappoints! We can always count on excellent food served in a professional, but friendly manner.

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KK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s always a treat to eat at Nikos. Pleasant staff and outstanding food

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JB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food as always was great. Very consistent, best calamari in the city.

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d
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very tasty pork belly special

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PU
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the ambiance , cozy but lively, food is consistently good. Nice to see the owner is hands on and most times greets the guests.

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DS
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We’ve been to Niko’s on a number of occasions. We’ve always enjoyed the food and this visit was no exception. The only downside to our visit this time out was that the service was very slow as the restaurant was very busy with a number of tables arriving at the same time. We’re not sure if Niko’s also supports take out or a service like Skip the Dishes which may also slow service in the restaurant. Our server was pleasant and apologized for the delays. We’ll go again as we enjoyed our meals but perhaps would go earlier.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Niko’s! Amazing food every time we go!

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r
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Overall we enjoyed our experience at Niko's.
The restaurant was fairly busy, later we learned that most of the guests were going to the Theatre so they had a time line. We, however, had not plans other than enjoy a nice relaxing dinner.

At no time did our waitress asked us if we were going to the theatre. We ordered a bottle of wine and right away we felt like the waitress was rushing us to take our order.

Once the theatre crowd left, the restaurant was not at all busy, not sure why the waitress was rushing us other than maybe she herself wanted to leave early? I say that because it was someone else that took care of our bill.

Rosemary

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AL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Server was quite distant .. had to call her over multiple times as she avoided coming to our table most of the night. But food was good and good value!

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TG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always had a great time at Niko's, the staff are great the food is excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The appetizers were good but the main courses were disappointing. I ordered Spaghettini Frutti Du Mare, the calamari were breaded and there was green pepper in the sauce both elements were a turnoff. One of the other diners ordered the Cod & it did not appear to be cod as it was very thin with heavy soggy breading. Disappointing given the price of the meal.
The restaurant was half empty while we were there so I am not sure why I couldn’t get a reservation between 5:45 and 8 pm.

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

We were so disappointed in our experience. We were there to celebrate a birthday and I’m so sorry we choose Niko’s. The Caesar salad was so small and typical, not worth $9.00 that’s for sure. The calamari was pretty good and our main dish okay. The service was terrible. I wish we had gone somewhere else!

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O
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, Niko’s did everything well! I will be back soon!

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TL
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sicilian salad was very good with fresh ingredients. The bread that came with was also excellent. I had the salmon pasta and the sauce was superb while there was no shortage of salmon chunks and perfectly cooked veggies. This was the best meal of our trip!

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OT
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The sambucca tiger prawns were delicious! Service was attentive and food was prepared with pride. Everthing you can ask for in a wonderful dining experience.

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v
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Always a wonderful dining experience. The Waite staff is wonderful and the food is always amazing!

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N
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

We ordered two different wines off the menu and both times were given a different wine than what was ordered we didn’t catch it the first time but the second time we ordered trapiche Malbec and were given a different Malbec by Norton and the server said its still a Malbec ( that’s not quiet how wine works) .. the food we had was great but they were out of chicken and tiramisu on a Friday night. I would go back but I think they need to update their wine list to what they actually carry on hand.

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic. Ran into Niko a few years back and remembered he mentioned he opened his own restaurant. My wife was celebrating her birthday and I wanted her to experience what I knew we could expect when Niko was the chef in another restaurant.

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RO
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, great food and service! Have tried most of the menu and never experienced a bad plate.

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SK
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and overall service was very good. Appreciate the attention of staff. Food was tasty without being overwhelming. Liked the ambiance and noise level allowing for conversation.

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A
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. Great dining experience and would highly recommend this restaurant

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r
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time I ate at this restaurant. The food was fantastic and all the staff that served us was professional and friendly. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We love the atmosphere at Niko’s. Very intimate yet energetic setting. The food is always amazing!!

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MG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Waitress was super weird. We asked for bread and she said “but you don’t want to fill up on that” and gave us a look. Felt pressured.

Then while packing food (veg and non veg) she asked, “ so are these in different boxes?” I was stumped.

I didn’t want to tip. Just got irritated. But did anyways.

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FR
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The meal was very good and so was the service. I have been to the restaurant a few times and every time the food and service has been very good.

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S
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Food was fantastic, especially the calamari, but the service was less than desirable. I will probably do take out next time I want food from Nikos.

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KM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Niko went out of his way to make this a good experience for our group. We all had a fabulous time!

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C
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I always enjoy my experiences at Niko’s... the service is excellent and I’m especially fond of the brucetta and the spicy calamari. This time I enjoyed the lemon salmon and vegetables, the lemon sauce is fantastic for us lemon lovers.

I will be back!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Food was good, but the service was very poor.

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O
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a delight to dine at Niko’s. The food is consistently great, the atmosphere is lively and the service excellent!

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P
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Cozy atmosphere and delicious food at reasonable prices.

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O
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never have had a bad meal or a less than stellar experience at Nikos. I love this place. I recommend Nikos without reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food was great but the service was not. The waitress was quite rude which is surprising as we always had a good experience in the past.

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