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About Nicola's Ristorante
Located just north of Downtown in Over the Rhine, Cincinnati’s hip and historic neighborhood, Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano has long been a fine dining staple of the city during its 18 years of operation. Owners Nicola and Maureen Pietoso pride their restaurant not only for its highly acclaimed contemporary Italian menu, extensive wine list, and variety of unique dining spaces, but most especially for their restaurant’s long-standing reputation for being warmly hospitable and accommodating.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nicola's Ristorante offers catering to diners' homes; 5-8 courses with wine parings, minimum 10 people, no Saturdays or Sundays, starting at $90.00 a person.
Street parking and valet parking Monday through Saturday.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Our award-winning food, wine, unique private & semi-private dining spaces, and professional service combine to create truly memorable experiences for business meetings, social celebrations, weddings, and rehearsal dinners. We can tailor the event to your individual needs.
Nicola's Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
I took my fiance there for his birthday and the food and atmosphere were absolutely amazing! We sat on the patio and it was beautiful. I hate that I cannot remember our servers name but she was a little blonde and was sweet as could be. We will definitely be back again! Thank you for the great experience.
We went on Monday night for the half price Bolognese and salad. I had never been before and I thought it was a great little restaurant. It may have just been the night but it seemed like everything had just a little too much salt (bread, salad dressing, Bolognese). Despite that I would still love to go back sometime soon. I was too full to try their homemade desserts (Tiramisu).
I have been coming to Nicola's for many years. My most recent visit was with out of town friends who had high expectations given that I told them this was my favorite restuarant in Cincinnati. Nicola's came through, as usual. It is hard to beat the ambiance, food and service. I always leave Nicola's happy that I chose it.
I can't remember my waiter's name, and I wish I did. A mature gentleman that capped the experience. He was quick to offer ideas and recommendations. Additionally, he was understanding and discrete. (Oh, and he had the smooth baritone voice of Barry White so when he recites the menu it should be an R&B hit.)
The food was superbly prepared; the pasta was truly al dente and reminiscent of trips to Italy. The seating on the second floor in an otherwise idle restaurant was poor. It displayed dusty fixtures on the first floor and unimaginative decor. The hostesses were polite to me and my date, but appeared slightly inconvenienced while seating other guests.
Ending on a positive note, the lamb shank was tender and seasoned well. Even the purple cauliflower was full of flavor!
Nicola's is not just the sum of its parts. Each part of Nicola's is by itself an 'A' player. You want a bartender who can handle the classics yet be creative? Done. You want great service that reaches the balance of being attentive while not being intrusive? Done. You want a menu that can satisfy just about any taste, mood, dietary preference? Done. Nicola's is old school without being stodgy and incorporates some cutting edge culinary approaches. This would be hyperbole if not for being completely accurate.
We've previously had good experiences at Nicola's but hadn't had a meal here in several years. This time the experience was very disappointing, all the way around. Food quality was just okay, not aligned at all with the high prices ($250+ for two people) and way below expectations. Service was fair though it got better as the night went on. Restaurant was extremely loud, chaotic, too much hustle and bustle, and negative energy. For some reason there was a youth soccer team running around the restaurant--not appropriate for a place that claims to be a fine dining experience. I've read other similar reviews from recent experiences. The restaurant seems to have lost its mojo. I would not recommend it to a friend or colleague.
We went to Nicola's to celebrate two birthdays and a 45th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed the food, The ambience, the service and the wine. The food is cooked to perfection and it is eventful and creative. Long after dinner was complete we stayed and talked and never felt rushed.
This restaurant is fantastic! Wait staff was friendly and accommodating from the get go, good wine selection, and the food is amazing! They encourage splitting plates and serve partial servings on individual plates rather than typical family style. Melon salad and steak stood out to me, although everything our table ordered was outstanding. Can't wait to go back again!
Food is incredible. Hard to find good continental Italian in the midwest. Nicola's is the best I have found east of St. Louis and west of New York. Nothing I have found in Chicago or Atlanta matches it. If I could give it six stars for the food, I would. Even if you are concerned about calories, there are options. This restaurant is Tuscan, not Sicilian. Great pasta is available, but there are plenty of other choices.
My fiancé and I have been coming here for years and it is our favorite restaurant in the Cincinnati area. We are never disappointed with the fabulous food or wine. The wait staff is wonderful- they make everything on the menu sound delicious, and their recommendations never disappoint.
We absolutely loved Nicola's! It was our first time there, and the tasting menu was unavailable which wasn't an issue at all, our server recommended an excellent way to navigate the menu and therefore try several different dishes. We split a hot appetizer, the gnudi, and it was fantastic. The kitchen will split everything in half for you which is really nice! We also split a bread basket, a salad (with the goat cheese base-amazing!), and split a half portion of the gnocchi (another great thing- you can order the pasta dishes in half portions), and then we split a main entree. The half portion of the gnocchi was by no means small, we were stuffed before our main entree came out! We were glad that we split each and got to try a lot of the menu, and we can't wait to come back and do it again! The service was excellent as well, our server was fantastic and even gave us puppy training tips after we told him we were getting a puppy soon, he was fun and personable!
Very disappointed! I specifically saved this restaurant for a survival date but everything feel flat except for the service. To decor seemed very uninspiring not up to date and I hate to say it, it just felt "old". But that is something I can overlook if the food is good. And that is my biggest complaint, they might as well put a SALT block on the table. Other than the salad everything they brought out was not slightly salty but extremely salty, I got the bolognese and could only eat a few bites and my girlfriend could only eat a little of her for cheese gnocchi(sp?). The restaurant was busy, apparently a lot of people like it but I will recommend other Italian places throughout the city before hear, especially considering the price.
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