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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.
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
12th St NW
CAN$30 and under
Unique catering customized to all your specific requests, location, etc.
Small parking at the back of the building.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Niko's Bistro Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
Food was amazing service super and you could see the cook really value us as customers
Great family run restaurant. A gem in the city. The food is so delicious, you keep coming back for more.
We highly recommend it!
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.
Niko's is always excellent!
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.
Always flavourful food from an excellent chef. The calamari is the best anywhere.
Food has been fabulous every time we've eaten there, and prices are reasonable. It's a small restaurant so I'd suggest reservations.
Fantastic night and amazing food. Love Niko's
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.
Great food and service they do s great gluten free pasta
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!
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.
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!
Food and service were excellent. Recommend to anyone.
Great food as always. Very comfortable to talk and eat. Hope to return soon.
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.
Nice staff, but menu was lacking and food was average. No bread, so they gave us bruschetta cut rolls which were hard.
Great food. Service a little slow. Extremely noisy - really had to raise our voices to hear each other (there were 4 of us).
Fantastic Food. Been twice in the last month with friends and everyone loved the meal- both times. I think the entire menu is great!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Fantastic food, nice people. Always a great choice.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Niko and his staff are friendly, and the food was fantastic. I would recommend to anyone.
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!
The food was good, but the service could certainly be improved.
As always, excellent food and service. Definitely worth the drive! Parking can be challenging however expected in the Kensington area.
As always Niko is an amazing host and he and his staff continue to go out of their way to make each and every guest feel special. Fantastic quality with an amazing price point on all menu items.
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