Richmond >Food & Dining > Nick's Italian Restaurant
11511 Fm 1464 Rd, Richmond, TX | Directions 7746929.647038 -95.678567
Family touch – I have been going to Nick's for years, pretty much since he opened. I am not going to say much about the food ,which always excellent, because I believe that this is a matter of taste. Something that is delicious to me it may not be good for somebody else. I would like to share my experience from my last visit , I am having a nice rellaxed casual dinner with my wife we are enjoying our red wine when this family comes in with two young boys between 6-10 years old. Our quite evening just went down the drain. Two spoiled little brats running up and down the dining area banging their feet all over the wood floor and when they were not doing that we had to deal with the disturbing sounds of their electronic devices. We had to ask for the check and get out of there. Nick, realised that we were not happy and he came out and asked us. When we told him he went to the table and asked the parents to try to keep their kids quite. The father got up asked for his check and told him in a very rude way that he was dissapointed that he was actually asked by the owner to kip his kids quite. Then he left upset. Thank you Nick for saving our evening. Keep up the good work
PHENOMINAL food! – Let me start off with saying that I have been enjoying Nick's for years. My husband and I started going before our kiddos and now our kids call Nick 'Pappa Nick'! The food is PHENOMINAL, wait staff OUTSTANDING (love Alex), and the atmosphere is perfect. If you are going for a romantic evening or a nice evening out with the family, Nick's can accomidate it all! I have read some of the things said about Nick and/or his establishment and all I have to say is please try it for yourself. There are so many folks out there that might have been having a bad day, or just their personality in general is SOUR and they decide to take it out on the first victim......try it for yourself! You will love it!
Just plain rude – My wife wanted Italian for mother's day, so we decided to try something new. I wish we hadn't.
With regard to the food, it wasn't bad. Not stellar, but not bad. Probably a little better than the Olive Garden...
Where to start on the service? First, we had to fight the waitresses and bus boys to keep our plates. Every time they wandered past, it was an exercise to keep them from taking our food. Twice, the grabbed plates and stacked them while my daughter was still trying to eat.
At one point, my daughter was standing beside her chair and the waitress told her to sit down! I was shocked.
The final straw was when I took my daughter to the restroom. I had noticed the restrooms near the entrance and was headed that direction with her when the owner (manager?) asked me where I was going. He then proceeded to inform me that there were additional restrooms in another location. I thanked him for the information but since I was almost to my goal, continued to the first set I had seen. He blocked my way and said go to the other restrooms. I politely tried to move on to the restroom when he, in a loud voice, said those restrooms (which I had used earlier) were not available for our use. Not wanting to cause an issue, I used the restrooms indicated.
On the way out, he shouted across the dining room, "How was the bathroom."
Stated simply, I will never patronize this place again and recommend that no one else do so either.
Owner not friendly to disabled CHILDREN! – I have been going to Nicks for years....I have always known the owner to be a bit cranky but after last nights experience, I will never go back! I was there celebrating my brothers birthday with my family which included my cousin and her 4 year old autistic son. We were in the PRIVATE room, had just been seated and she was having problems getting him into his high chair. Nick came over and said "no children out of their seats!". My cousin decided to leave because she could tell her son was not going to calm down. She left the restaurant but then called Nick to apologize, explaining the situation with her son. He told her that his restaurant was a classy place and did not need retarded children running around. He then hung up on her! He came to our table and explained that our family member who just left the restaurant called him and was complaining. he said "she tell me her son is retarded!, like this is any excuse". That was it, we will never be back to this heartless man's restaurant. I vowed to notify as many people as possible about his attitude towards disabled children!
Americanized version of Italian food.... – The atmosphere will you take you back to the 70's or 80's. And so will the menu. This is not Italian food that one would find in Italy, but Italian food according to Americans. As with most restaurants these days, they skimp on quality ingredients and make up for it with portions. The entrees are mediocre at best--it all tastes canned/assembled. Sysco with flair . Skip the seafood., the salmon was BLECH. The dressing on the salad is the best thing this place has going.. Unfortunately, they are always super busy so it is loud and they will rush you so they can turn the tables. Dessert tastes like it came from Randall's bakery or some such--don't bother. If your fave restaurant is Olive Garden, you will think this is authentic Italian food. Otherwise, you prob need to drive to Houston or perhaps just go to Italy.
Excellent Place! – I've been coming to Nick's for years- love the food and the atmosphere. It's nice to see that he recently expanded to accomodate more guests but I still like the "old" room the best.
To all those who are bashing the owner, I agree that Nick can be a little edgy, but he's always been warm and friendly to me and my guests. As others say he runs a tight ship. Insofar as kids go, honestly I appreciate an owner who will confront parents of loud, obnoxious screaming, running kids. I'm not sure when it became "OK" to bring screaming brats to nice restaurants and the parents to think it's "OK" to let them act out and ruin everyone else's evening, but I for one am sick to death of being seated next to a screaming 2 year old an it's oblivious parents. Want to take the tikes out to eat? Try McDonalds. Don't ruin other adult's night out. Go Nick! Oh- and the pistachio chicken is excellent!
Very Rude Owner – We were kick out of this place when our baby started crying. We were not even done with our meal, but still expected to pay. Nick came out of the kitchen and stated he does not allow crying children only good kids are allowed. My son was 1yrs old!!!!!
Nick's is amazing. – I've been going to Nick's for years now, and have never had ANY problems like the one's I am reading. Nick is always extremely nice to my family and I, and his wife is just as nice. I find the food to be amazing and the specials to be unique. Although I must say, this is NOT a place to bring your rowdy children...most of the bad reviews are from people who bring there little kids to this place. Don't!
We love the owner he is very Friendly! – We love Nick's Italian and have been going there since he first opened. Nick likes well behaved children and we have taken ours there since they were 4 & 9 and now 13 & 19. Nick's is a fine dining restaurant and meant to be a wonderful ambient night out. If your children are used to behaving like they are in Chucky Cheese or Chili's this might be the place for you. We have celebrated many occasions, had date nights out, entertained friends and business associates and it is our number one favorite place to go. The food is exquisite, the service impeccable and Nick is very gracious and always greets us at the door like family with a big welcome in Greek. He oversees that everything is just perfect and always asks us how everything was as we leave with gracious heartwarming farewell. My favorite dish is the Chicken Pistacio.
The TREATMENT is INEXCUSABLE!!! – Just wanted to WARN EVERYONE and let the owner know, SHAME ON YOU for treating us the way you did the other night when we wanted to take our daughter to some place she enjoyed. SHAME ON YOU for parking in the handicap space without a tag and yelling at us for parking along the side of the driveway. SHAME ON YOU for yelling at us in front of our little daughter, who is herself handicapped, and was made to feel at fault!!! I should've called the police on you. SHAME ON YOU for treating decent people and innocent children like that!!!
I cannot even express enough what a low, despicable monster you are. I hope you go out of business. We will NEVER go there again, and everyone we know will hear about this!
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