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About Niko's Bistro

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

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
12th St NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 270-0082

Website:
http://www.nikosbistro.ca/

Catering:
Unique catering customized to all your specific requests, location, etc.

Parking Details:
Small parking at the back of the building.

Executive Chef:
Niko Miletic

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Niko's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Neighbourhood Gem (32)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
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Authentic (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Cozy (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Casual (19)
Romance (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Pre/post-theatre (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Lunch (10)
Business Meals (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (8)
Group Bookings (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Healthy (5)
Gluten-Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Late-Night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Brunch (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Great Food!! I hadn't been back to this restaurant for many years but it was good as usual.

Tags: Casual
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This is a great small place. I have been here several times over the years and the food has always been very tasty with a delicious home made touch. The menu is straightforward but great for a casual or group event and lunches. Friendly service
ce and inviting quiet atmosphere. A small hidden gem and great on the wallet, highly recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent selection of offering, and all the food we ordered was well prepared. The Server was helpful, courteous, and efficient. It is so nice to find a good place for lunch where you can actually hold a conversation with your companions without having to shout over the music. Parking was easy to find as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very good service. Has raised prices since we were last there , however food and wage costs have certainly gone up in the last while.

Food quality is definitely high

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I have dined at Niko’s, with family and friends, for years. Always a favorite. Good atmosphere, good food and good service. Will always return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was amazing service super and you could see the cook really value us as customers

Tags: Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great family run restaurant. A gem in the city. The food is so delicious, you keep coming back for more.
We highly recommend it!

Tags: Disabled Access, Authentic, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was delicious and we had no trouble hearing each other while talking. The staff was very nice. It is a very cozy, warm and welcoming place. The only hiccup was the wrong side dish served but, it was fixed quickly with apologies. I plan to go again. Truly it was a great find.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Niko's is always excellent!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Niko is a great host! Made sure our dinners were prepared exactly to our liking. The dinners were fresh and delicious. The staff was attentive right up to our leaving after 2 hours. Our favourite spot in town. Make sure you try this gem.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always flavourful food from an excellent chef. The calamari is the best anywhere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food has been fabulous every time we've eaten there, and prices are reasonable. It's a small restaurant so I'd suggest reservations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic night and amazing food. Love Niko's

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Dinner was great as always. Mix up with reservation time and staff was very nice about it. I wish they would do something for special occasions though probably won't return for another birthday or anniversay as we've gone for both and neither were acknowledged.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service they do s great gluten free pasta

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great spot to meet up with friends. It has a busy, fun atmosphere. It wasn’t stated on the menu, but they were able to accommodate gluten free diets. Everyone loved their meal!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was great, best steak ever! The atmosphere was cozy and the service was excellent. The owner came and talked with us and made sure we were happy. When we said everything was excellent he continued to make sure our experience was a memorable one. He went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. Will definitely be going back again.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our first time visiting but it won’t be our last, this place is great! We loved the calamari, one of the best I’ve ever had. We also had the veal pescatore and gnocchi and all was delicious along with the tiramisu to share. We can’t wait to come back and try out some other stuff on the menu!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Recommend to anyone.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great food as always. Very comfortable to talk and eat. Hope to return soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Romantic
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good meal, but we were a bit rushed to order. This restaurant is always very noisy. Beware if you are hearing impaired and/or have hearing aids. Impossible to have a conversation.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nice staff, but menu was lacking and food was average. No bread, so they gave us bruschetta cut rolls which were hard.

Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food. Service a little slow. Extremely noisy - really had to raise our voices to hear each other (there were 4 of us).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic Food. Been twice in the last month with friends and everyone loved the meal- both times. I think the entire menu is great!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

Not a single complaint. From the calamari we had for an appetizer and the chicken Parmesan to the amazing tiramisu everything was so flavourful and done just right. Highly recommend this little gem in Kensington

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was great and the servers were all very friendly and knew the menu well. Eat the calamari, it was delicious and not fried greasy at all!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food and service as always. Food is served hot around the table and many dishes are very affordable for the quality of taste. Had the cheesecake for desert and was not dissapointed. Highly recommended for a good evening out.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Best carbonara ever. Good quality beer from Croatia and mostly Italian wines. Home made apple strudel with ice cream was so good. Niko was very friendly looking after each guest and offering free digestifs after the meal. Prices are adequate to the quality of the service. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Authentic
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were very pleased with our food. We highly recommend starting with the calamari - it is delicious! I was a bit concerned about comments in other reviews regarding service, because we had a show to attend at the Jube. Although the restaurant was full, our waiter was very attentive and we had a positive experience. The only downfall was the noise level - it's not a place to go at prime time if you want a quiet conversation. Still highly recommend - we will definitely return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great location for a bite if seeing a concert at the Jubilee Auditorium as it is a quick drive and has parking out back. When booking I had read reviews that the service was slow but the food was amazing. We were prepared for slow service, which was true, and each ordered a veal dish that was good, but didn’t wow either of us. Niko popped by mid meal and was a lovely and kind man, but his warmth and personality wasn’t matched by the other staff we had throughout our meal.

Tags: Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent piping hot meal for all of us. Gluten free option of most dishes so very much appreciated and the service was outstanding. We never get meals this hot and fresh anywhere and if we could, we would be there every week until all menu options are exhausted, and then we would start all over again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Fantastic food, nice people. Always a great choice.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 18, 2017

As always, Niko's food is simply excellent. It is a fun and lively place with very attentive wait staff. Certainly one of my very favorite places in Calgary!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 17, 2017

Absolutely amazing! One of the best dinning experiences we have had in a long time! Niko the Owner was awesome and made the night! I would recommend Niko's to anyone and everyone, we will return often and very soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We went to Niko's for our anniversary. Since we went to Italy for our Honeymoon, we try to go for Italian food for our anniversary dinner. Niko's did not disappoint. The food was delicious and reasonably priced, which is hard to find in Calgary. Unfortunately, we could not stay long and were unable to order desert. Niko, the owner, saw this and brought over a couple of grappas. This was a really nice touch. We look forward to going back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Niko's is in our neighbourhood and we have dined there dozens of times. We always enjoy the food at Niko's and this meal was no exception. They know how to prepare pasta and veal in particular. The service has been disappointing the last couple of times. Not rude at all, just unreasonably slow and unprofessional. Don't know if we'll go back.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 8, 2017

Niko and his staff are friendly, and the food was fantastic. I would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value5

 
·Dined on September 8, 2017

This place is always fantastic! Seriously check it out. The service is good, they're just always busy so the waiters are limited on time but they're still knowledgeable and definitely add to the experience. I almost didn't want to write a review because it's such a good hidden gem.

Also, niko has to be the best and most friendly chef I've ever seen!

Tags: Disabled Access, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food was good, but the service could certainly be improved.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 1, 2017

As always, excellent food and service. Definitely worth the drive! Parking can be challenging however expected in the Kensington area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive

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