About Nicola's Ristorante
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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.
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
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.
Once again, outstanding meal this evening. The risotto, gnocchi, duck and short rib dishes were out of this world. Our other dishes were delicious as well, however these were superior. I love the changes to the menu throughout the year. It shows off the talent of Nicola's chef, Aaron Owen and his kitchen staff. Thank you.
The food was fabulous. I highly recommend the gnocchi. The atmosphere was relaxing, quiet, comfortable, tasteful, and rich. The staff were very attentive and friendly, but not overly friendly. I got the impression that they know who and when to approach. I think they are very experienced. Our server, I wish I remembered her name, was excellent.
The menu is not cheap, but I quickly decided the excellent food and service justified the price. A bread basket even costs, but instead of a few slices of white bread, it comes packed with a dozen different specialities like focaccia in different flavors, well worth the $1.33! We had the boucheron goat cheese salad, delicious and ample. Before that the chef sent us a gift of stuzzichino. Our main course was four cheese gnocchi, delicious. Christina served us well, knowledgeable and personable. Great evening!
Food and wine pairing was excellent, we sat upstairs this time which was a nice change of pace from the main dining room. A bit quieter and warmer up stairs. Great option is to share plates, we ended up getting a few small plates with two entrees and it was perfect. The super Tuscan wine was a great pairing with lobster pasta and the beef.
Nicola's remains one of the premier restaurants in Cincinnati. Great chef , great menu, great, wine list, great service. The bistecca, beef tenderloin dish was perfect as was my wife's striped bass. Nicola's has become our go to restaurant for special nights out; birthdays, anniversary, Valentine's, etc.. We recommend Nicola's as our first choice in Cincinnati dining.
We came across Nicola's during a visit to Cincy last year based on a friend's recommendation, and were amazed at the quality of food, service and ambience. During our return visit to Cincy this year, Nicola's was at the top of our 'must-do' list for our early Valentine's Day get-away in January. This has become our favorite restaurant in Cincy.
We were treated like royalty from the minute we walked in until we walked out the door at the end of the evening. All staff was very friendly and seemed to care that everything was just perfect. The menu items were creative and we enjoyed all that we ordered. They have an extensive wine and drink menu. We celebrated a birthday to which they brought us a complimentary dessert. We had not ever been to Nicola's, but when we return to Cincinnati we will plan to eat dinner there.
We visited Nicolas for my daughters birthday. It was a quiet Tuesday evening. We elected to do the eight course dinner with the wine pairing. The courses were very diverse and the wine pairings complimented each course very well. Although, I was not a fan of the dessert wine at all.
Over all the staff was very attentive and well versed on all the courses and wine served. A bit pricey but we enjoyed our evening very much.
Been to Nicolas many times and have never been disappointed. Would have given our experience a 5 but although our server was extremely friendly and knew the menu from top to bottom,the service getting drinks and our food was painfully slow but I will note that the restaurant was quite busy the night the four of us dined. Please do not let that comment stop anyone from trying Nicolas for the first time or booking a return reservation.
We had another great meal at Nicola's when celebrating a birthday and our daughter's return to college. We started with cocktails (processco and a very nice pear old fashion). My wife and daughter always look forward to the bread basket. We passed around three appetizers, the gnudi, prosciutto and melon, and the beet salad. We are still talking about the gnudi. We had the kitchen split the gnocchi three ways as we knew it is very rich. We topped off the meal with Nicola's great entrees, stripped bass, bistecca, and steelhead trout. I especially liked the glass of wine recommended by our waiter. It was a nebbiolo that by all rights could be classified as a barolo. The service was excellant. Our table upstairs was perfect. And our meal and evening outstanding.
Food was delicious and beautifully plated. We had a salad, pasta, main course and a dessert. Pasta Bolognese was my favorite, simply melting in your mouth.
Service was probably the best I have ever experienced at a restaurant. The staff was very knowledgeable, polite, attentive but not too much to feel interrupted.
We'll be coming back. Not only for our anniversary.
My friends and family had New Years Eve dinner at Nicolas. I have been there before and had a good experience. However, this dinner was a disaster! They had a tasting menu and did not have their normal menu items available. There were 2 entrée choices: Sea Bass and a Porterhouse. My mom and I split both. Everyone's food was cold when we got it. The Sea Bass was okay. I ordered the steak medium well and it was rare. I returned it and when it game back, it was still rare and very tough to cut. I returned it and didn't want it back. The manger came out and told us that the steak was really cooked, but the lighting made it look rare and that this particular steak always looks pink no matter how done it is. Really? That's the most ridiculous thing that I've heard.
The waiter had a very bad attitude and no one there seemed to care about the experience of their customers.
Overall, the experience was very disappointing and I'm so sorry I wasted my New Year's Eve there. If you only have 2 entrees on the menu, I would think you could cook them properly. Needless to say, after having only a few bits of the fish, I stopped at Taco Bell on the way home. The food there was much better!
I will never go back to this restaurant again.
New Years Eve at Nicola's was a great way to celebrate the coming of a new year. The food was amazing - the truffle risotto incredible, the bistecca mouthwatering and cooked to perfection. Service was not rushed, the pace of the kitchen perfect. I ordered a 2000 Brunello - where else in Cincinnati can you get a properly aged Italian wine (Ruby's has a great library of American cabs)? Delightful!
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