The Absolute Best Seafood in Chicago
With a menu and a motif befitting its ritzy Gold Coast address, Nico Osteria takes an Italian approach to its upscale seafood menu. Located on the ground floor of the posh Thompson Hotel, the date night-worthy spot has a particular penchant for pristine crudos—like a plate of whisper-thin snapper slivers dotted with caviar—and Mediterranean entrees. Selections rotate seasonally, but items like whole branzino and picture-perfect salmon filets are par for the course, with current summery accompaniments like rapini and zucchini with the branzino and cucumber-fennel salad and smoked yogurt with the salmon. The perfect overlap of Nico’s seafood and Italian influences is the grouper carbonara, which adds pieces of meaty fish to a medley of toothsome noodles, pancetta, asparagus, preserved egg, pecorino, peppercorn, and fennel.
One Off Hospitality’s dapper eatery inside the Thompson Hotel provides Gold Coast locals and visitors a bounty of unctuous, ocean-fresh seafood and flawless pasta creations. Start the day with pastries paired with seasonal jams, or end it with Seared Scallops, Lobster Ravioli, and a scoop of Cannoli Gelato. If you're short on time, refresh with a stiff, Amaro-based cocktail and snack from the Salone Nico, the handsome onsite bar.
How to book: Reserve and order take-out via Tock.