Nick's has to be one of the best kept secrets in the Willamette Valley, and we were quite happy to discover it. I was a little shocked to read some of the negative reviews. I think if you go in knowing what to expect from the price fixe menu, then you will be very pleased.
The restaurant itelf is very understated, but comfortable. Our waitress was not only very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list, but she was fun and funny, and also very attentive. We had exemplarary service.
We had the five course price fixe meal for $49 which may seem pricey, but you get quite a lot (five courses!!) for your money. The portion sizes might seem small, but when you have five courses, you want smaller. It also takes at least two hours to eat this type of meal.
There was not one ill prepared or poor tasting dish all night. (Four diners in our party, five courses, plus desserts for all -- that's a lot of different foods.) The food was simply, yet beautifully presented. The ingredients were fresh. The salad tasted as if they walked out the back, picked the lettuce, and prepared the salad. It was topped with a simple vinegarette, but it was so flavorful.
All of the pastas are handmade there at the restaurant, and my pasta nearly melted in my mouth it was so fresh. I could have stopped with the pasta, and been completely satisfied.
At the end of our very enjoyable evening, our party all agreed that we will be visiting Nick's again soon.