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
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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 visited Nicolas for my daughters birt ...
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 neve ...
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 wh ...
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 plate ...
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 ...
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 wa ...
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!
Very limited menu for New Years Eve. ent ...
Very limited menu for New Years Eve. entree was not cooked to the degree I'd ask for it. Another member of our party had the exact thing happen to his meal. Service was very slow . Staff unfriendly. Won't be back!
Our waitress Megan was amazing! Hands do ...
Our waitress Megan was amazing! Hands down best service we have ever received. It was also our first time at a "higher end Establishment" so we didn't know quite what to expect. She handled it beautifully and made us feel right at home and went through detailed explanations for us.
The ambiance is always lovely at Nicola' ...
The ambiance is always lovely at Nicola's. We had asked in our Open Table reservation for a table in the main dining room on the first floor and this was somehow lost. They tried to then put us in a small room off the main dining room but after the third try we had a nice table where it had been requested. The prosciutto and melone were downright strange, with the prosciutto cut thick and an indecipherable melon-like fruit that altogether lacked the satisfying texture and taste contrasts that makes it such a lovely appetizer. This off-putting start to the experience was rescued by the rest of the meal - the magnificent bread basket, the salads and tried-and-true gnocchi were wonderful as were the fish entrees. The wine selection was great, as was the service and dessert.
Nicola's continues to be one of our favo ...
Nicola's continues to be one of our favorite dining establishments. From start to finish, the menu offers fantastic food with authentic Italian flair. We especially enjoy the Monday night Bolognese pasta special.
Perfect evening to celebrate the holiday ...
Perfect evening to celebrate the holiday with the family. It was our first time at Nicolas so we tried the two items that are their specialty - gnocchi and tagliatelle bolognese. Both were outstanding! Nicolas will become a go-to place to celebrate a special occasion.
Food was amazing - had the bolognese and ...
Food was amazing - had the bolognese and best I've found in this city and so authentic to Italy!
Was a snafoo on check in - hostess didn't press the right button upon our early check in and we sat waiting for nearly 40 minutes and didn't complete the open table rsvp I made. We were seated promptly after a second inquiry.
We get together every holiday season wit ...
We get together every holiday season with the same group and choose a festive spot. Nicola's is one of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati - the food and service are always excellent. We were seated upstairs which is not as nice as downstairs so I was a little disappointed with that but overall the evening was lovely.
I took my daughter here to celebrate her ...
I took my daughter here to celebrate her 19th birthday. The server was gracious, and delivered the tiramisu with a small lit candle on the plate. The bread basket is wonderful, with a variety of delightful rolls, bread sticks, and fresh sliced bread. Each course is delivered by the wait staff as a team, bringing a feeling of elegance and professionalism to the dining experience.
An incredible meal at an incredible rest ...
An incredible meal at an incredible restaurant. Get the bread basket for certain. The new lamb shank and the steady Bolognese were fantastic. My wife had the gnocchi and that was perfection. Save some room for the Panna Cotta for a vast array of flavors.
What surprised us was that , while the s ...
What surprised us was that , while the selections on offer were similar to those we have enjoyed at Nicolas' in the past, the tastes were surprisingly and interestingly different. All the pieces fit together perfectly.
Amazing food and an unbelievable value w ...
Amazing food and an unbelievable value with the Monday "$15 bolognese and salad" special. We normally save Nicola's for special occasions (it's our anniversary spot) but by coming on a Monday night, it's more accessible as a nice date-night instead. We will be back!
The food was excellent and the waitress ...
The food was excellent and the waitress was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine. It was a real treat to be able to get together with my family, enjoy good food and conversation where we could hear each other. Sometimes restaurants are so noisy that it is impossible to have a conversation. The bread was to die for. That's primarily the reason we chose Nicola's Restaurant, because I wanted some good hot bread with my meal. We had spent the entire holiday weekend in Cincinnati and had never been served good bread.
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