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“Bet Sand Dabs in Carmel”
Review of Nico

Nico
Ranked #99 of 159 Restaurants in Carmel
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Santa Barbara
Level Contributor
18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Bet Sand Dabs in Carmel”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

The benchmark for Sand Dabs are the ones served at the famous Tadich Grill in San Francisco. Anyone who has experienced them knows they are an extremely delicate fish that must be pan fried with a minimum of breading. So it was a great disappointment on a recent visit to Carmel to have Sand Dabs in three different restaurants that were all served with a breading so heavy you could barely taste the fish. At Nico, our fourth try, we only risked ordering them because the owner swore he used a minimum of breading. The result? Dusted with flour and pan fried with cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs, these are the best Sand Dabs we've tasted since the Tadich Grill many years ago. As an appetizer, we ordered the pear and arugula salad with a very light blue cheese vinaigrette--a spectacular success. Maybe the food at Nico is so good because the owner is heavily involved in the operation. He aids his waiters in clearing the tables and is always ready to answer questions and give his opinions about menu items. The only reason Nico doesn't get an excellent rating is its wine list. There are no wines by the glass and of the 40 wines on the list, only 9 are under $40. and none are under $33.
So although the food is reasonably priced, if you drink wine, it's going to be an expensive dinner.

  • Visited April 2013
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Tasty!”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

Nico's has new owners and while it was a week night and quiet, it filled up as we were leaving. Service was quick, so much so we had to tell them we hadn't see our friend so we'll be chatting a bit. Food was excellent and we would recommend it as always.

Visited April 2013
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