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.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/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
Celebrated passing a licensing test, Cha ...
Celebrated passing a licensing test, Charles was a wonderful waiter. The food was tremendous and the manager assisted with a wine pairing, so good we order two bottles. Never felt rushed, dined at our pace, which was 2.5 hours. A must visit if you have not dined with the team at Nicola's in the past.
My wife and i went there for a date nigh ...
My wife and i went there for a date night. we could not have picked a better place to go to. the whole experience was remarkable. from the moment we walked in, we were treated with the utmost respect. the service, food, & atmosphere was more than we ever expected. we will definitely be back soon.
Great experience as always.
Great experience as always.
Best food in the city hands down
Best food in the city hands down
Our dinner was fantastic and our waiter ...
Our dinner was fantastic and our waiter really was perfect.
We were there on a Monday and had the wo ...
We were there on a Monday and had the wonderful pasta along with great wine. The out door patio was set for dinner and looked lovely but for the humidity we would have sat there.
My wife and I enjoyed dinner for her bir ...
My wife and I enjoyed dinner for her birthday...it was fantastic. We did a "tour" of the menu enjoying an appetizer, salad, first and second plate (very traditional Italian), and desert. Our waiter, Troy, was great and the entire experience was very special!
Wonderful food and the service was impec ...
Wonderful food and the service was impeccable! It is always a pleasure to go to Nicola's.
Undoubtedly the best meal we have had in ...
Undoubtedly the best meal we have had in Cincy in the last several years. Nicola's is a winner in every regard.
Good food but not exceptional, not for a ...
Good food but not exceptional, not for any of our three courses. The best part of our meal was the wine. Overall, it was unnecessarily expensive for an above-average meal. I doubt we'll go back.
Excellent food. It's hard to prepare oct ...
Excellent food. It's hard to prepare octopus well, but their appetizer is excellent. The service was outstanding, including our waiter, Daniel.
Excellent food all around. Tried octopu ...
Excellent food all around. Tried octopus for the first time, and it tasted really good. The bread bowl was unique and very good. There were multiple dishes we wanted to try, and the waiter suggested we pick some items and then he split the portion into individual dishes for us. So, we got to try multiple dishes. This was our first time here, and I highly recommend it.
Great wine recommendation, great service ...
Great wine recommendation, great service, delicious gnocchi and tagliolini, goat cheese salad and scallop entree.
Altogether a fine restaurant and a wonde ...
Altogether a fine restaurant and a wonderful total experience. Beautiful surroundings, a menu that is both traditional and creative, with all the dishes beautifully executed and presented. The wait staff was great, finding that elusive balance between formality and friendliness, and obviously they are well-versed about the food and wine, offering excellent knowledgeable advice when requested. They seemed genuinely proud of what the restaurant has to offer. One of our party has a pretty serious food allergy and our server made absolutely sure the chef was aware of it, and checked on every dish to make sure it was OK. The chef made appropriate adjustments in a couple of dishes, which we appreciated. We had a tasting menu, and thought the timing was just right. Obviously fairly expensive, but not at all out of line for what you get. We will absolutely go back and recommend it highly.
Amazing experience. The food and service ...
Amazing experience. The food and service were both outstanding. Be prepared to spend money, but it is worth it.
A great restaurant in a very cool settin ...
A great restaurant in a very cool setting. The wine list is awesome. Have seen some reviews about slow service but our staff was attentive and excellent. The The octopus was amazing. Will definitely getting going back next time I visit Cinci.
outstanding meal, great service, must ge ...
outstanding meal, great service, must get gnocci and bread bowl
I am a critic of Italian food , been to Italy and lived in St Louis ,which has a very large Italian population. This is the real thing!
Everything was once again - OUTSTANDING! ...
Everything was once again - OUTSTANDING! I love that the menu changes frequently enough to stay current with the season. You can not go wrong with anything you order. I really like the fact they are able to produce the dishes to same level of delicious if you have food restrictions. Service was Very Very good. Desserts could be titled better to reflect what they truly are. They are amazing and should reflect so in their wording. Overall, great night.
We have been there before and service, food and atmosphere keep getting better. It is one of our favorite places to dine. Our waitress was especially helpful and attentive.
A Wonderful Evening
After a couple of disappointments at other places we returned to Nicolas to unwind the week over a great meal. We got that and more. It was a lovely evening dinner on the patio. My date couldn't decide between the pesto ravioli and the gnocchi so our amazing server Leeann suggested getting half of each. Brilliant idea that provided leftovers. I had the bistecca which was cooked expertly. Simple, delicious, beautiful food. If you go ask for Leeann (sorry dear if I've misspelled your name!)
There is no better restaurant in OTR
There is no better restaurant in OTR
First time there and was NOT disappointed! Bartender made a great suggestion, our food was WONDERFUL and the bread basket truly is the BEST IN THE CITY! WOW! Cannot wait to go back again. What a treasure in Over-the-Rhine!
High quality high class dining
Great cuisine with authentic Italian taste. Outdoor seating was beautifully designed to feel like an Italian vineyard!
Nice experience. Food is terrific, and s ...
Nice experience. Food is terrific, and service just right. We were very happy.
We love Nicola's. We are frequent diner ...
We love Nicola's. We are frequent diners there, and have never been disappointed. On this visit, the weather permitted us to sit outside, and it was wonderful. As always, the service was impeccable, and I think this is the best food in Cincinnati.
This was the first time we did not have ...
This was the first time we did not have an excellent experience. Hopefully it was an off night.
This has become our favorite restaurant- ...
This has become our favorite restaurant- especially to celebrate special occasions. There isn't a thing I would change. Enjoyed every minute of our dinner- from the first bite of the incredible bread basket to the last sip of fine wine.
We always enjoy dinner at Nicola's!
We dine at Nicola's for special occasions and any time we want an exceptional Italian meal with great wine and outstanding service.
Only bad thing about the experience was ...
Only bad thing about the experience was the seat. We sat at the table right next to the swinging kitchen door. It was awful, I even called earlier to state it was my girlfriends birthday and thought the seating accommodation would have been better. They did end up moving us before our entree. That in itself was a little awkward moving also. Overall food was great, service was good, but they need to just get rid of that seat all together. Did at times feel like the waiter didn't want to be waiting on us, just a vibe I was feeling but no way to prove that. Overall good restaurant, probably won't go back for a while though.
Wow! Barb - Happy B-Day! 5 course and ...
Wow! Barb - Happy B-Day! 5 course and wine are $100 x 2 people!!!!!
We went out for the Pasta Bolognese Monday special. Both the salad and the pasta were excellent. Of course we had to order the bread basket.....dinner at Nicola's without the bread basket would be a big mistake. We all had the Orangcello Cosmo and it was soooooo smooth.
Food was excellent, service was abhorrent
The food, from start to finish, was amazing. We had the minestrone and polenta to start, the goat cheese for the salad course, and the gnocchi as the pasta course. Dessert was amazing as well - I had the strawberry panna cotta and my husband had a dessert coffee. The bread basket is always a gem as well. The service, however, left a lot to be desired - I've had better service at the local IHOP. Our server seemed to fuss over the larger tables around us but only stopped at our table once after he took our orders. He never asked how our food was. He did notice my empty glass about halfway through the pasta course (so, later in the meal), but even after I ordered a refill, it never came. Lucky for us, other waiters kept our water glasses full or else we would have had empty glasses throughout. By the dessert course, however, we had no water left and were sucking on ice cubes. Getting the check was an ordeal too. Again, the waiter hovered around his big tables but we waited a full 40 minutes after our dessert plates were cleared away to get our check. Then another ten minutes for him to process our card. We noticed another two-top near us, where the old man was practically waving his wallet around to try and get the waiter's attention. Alas, we were not a big table of celebrating graduates, so we languished in the corner and dreamt of drink refills. All told, it was a great meal overshadowed by poor service.
We had a great meal on our first visit.! ...
We had a great meal on our first visit.! We will definitely be back!
The food was great, especially the goat ...
The food was great, especially the goat cheese salad! Our server was very helpful and made it an extra special night out.
If I could give this place more than five stars, I would! The food was incredible and the service staff (as well as the management) went above and beyond excellent service! Don't miss going. You won't be disappointed!
Great evening Food was wonderful, as w ...
Great evening Food was wonderful, as well as service and atmosphere.
Traveled in for a business dinner and selected Nicola's from best restaurants online review. The service was excellent, the bar tender was a wine Sommelier and very knowledgeable, as was our server. The food was amazing from their homemade assorted bread basket, to their salads, entrees and deserts, beautiful presentation and outstanding quality, simply fabulous! Perhaps the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to. I have found my #1 Cincy dining location, can't wait to go back!
Another great dinner at Nicolas. Best bread basket in the universe!! Excellent wine selections to pair with exquisitely prepared food. We will return.
Fabulous outside dining
We have enjoyed dining at Nicolas several times but this was our first time dining outside. We had a great meal, a great server in Troy and a beautiful evening. Loved the ambience, the wine, and always outstanding food.
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