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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
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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
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!
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.
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.
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