Our family (2 kids, 12 and 13) had a birthday dinner earlier this week. We do a couple of these meals a year, so dont have a lot of experience. However we do know what food we like and enjoy
We visited Le Petit Crenn last year, which has a similar price point. We gave Nico a slight edge over Le Petit Crenn (though both were very good)
Our five courses included:
Oysters - in a red cabbage sauce with fresh huckleberries. The oysters were great and slightly poached (from the warm juice). The sauce was a bit tart, I liked it the rest did not care for it as much
Scallops - thinly sliced with piracicaba and citron. We liked the sauce on this dish and used their b. pattisserie sour dough loaf to soak up the extra sauce.
Striped Bass with spinach and pear puree. The fish was cooked very well, just to the edge of being done and raw. The spinach was a nice contrast. The pear felt a bit sweet to the dish
Duck - squash and black garlic. Again, perfectly cooked, high quality duck. The squash was baked with a fair bit of butter.
Dessert was guava with vanilla icecream. We also had a pre-dessert of persimmon ice-cream (my memory fades a bit here).
Split the wine-sharing with my wife ($55 + $10 split charge). the pours were generous and we enjoyed it. The kids loved the meal. The staff were very nice and interacted with the kids and us very nicely. The restaurant was not too crowded. Chef Nico served a couple of dishes himself and did bid us good bye at the end.
Overall, for the price ($70 pp), i think this is a great meal in SF. Our dinner conversation was about the cost of eating out and whether Nico is an expensive meal and why.
p.s> sorry, no pictures, since we avoid using phones during dinner