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
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
Had a delicious meal at Nicola's. If yo ...
Had a delicious meal at Nicola's. If you go on Monday night they have a special on their beef bolognese with a salad. All three of us got one. Our waiter was not very good thus the service score. We were seated upstairs and would recommend the downstairs if you have a choice for ambiance.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our ann ...
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary experience at Nicola's. We are not frequent guests, but this is our go-to place for special occasions.
The interior is very quaint and comfortable. Offering romantic seating or larger tables for more guests.
We enjoyed the duck appetizer and absolutely love the gnocchi antipasto! We enjoyed the steak and steelhead trout for main dishes. The trout was great.
We had a great time and will be back for our next occasion to celebrate.
We had such an amazing experience at Nic ...
We had such an amazing experience at Nicola's. Our biggest challenge was choosing which items to pick as they all look so fantastic. Due to a spill (caused by us) we had a bit of a mess to clean up and the staff was so quick, discrete and attentive to the situation. They surprised us with a small plate of our absolute favorite dish as a way to "reset the tone of the night" which helped us in choosing some new and equally fantastic items to enjoy! It is our favorite special place to go and have marked many of our special moments here!
Wedding anniversary dinner. We found wha ...
Wedding anniversary dinner. We found what appeared to be the last parking spot near the restaurant, but the meter only accepted change. We asked the host to exchange paper money so we could fill the meter up, but they didn't have a coin in the building because "they round up to the nearest dollar" (?!?). We worked it out with help from others at the bar, but that was frustrating. After drinks were delivered to the table I told the server we were ready to order, but he walked away and it took him 5 minutes to come back and take the oder. The bread basket was pretty but didn't knock my socks off. Our meals took a very long time to come out,and my entree was EXTREMELY SALTY (a previous Yelp review warned of this). I ate 25% of it and set it aside. The waiter was very good about it and offered to bring another dish, but I kindly refused and ate another piece of bread instead. When we presented our gift card for payment ($100 from a few years back but no expiration date) we were politely told they were not going to accept it because it had another restaurant's name on it as well as Nicola's name and they have severed their relationship since the card was issued. We broke out a credit card and left immediately. My tongue is still suffering from the salt, my cocktail wasn't that great come to think of it, it was way too difficult to find a few coins to help us out, we couldn't use our gift card, and I was so frustrated that we didn't stay for dessert. Even though our waiter was personable, accurate and accommodating and the atmosphere was nice, the chef was not paying attention to what left his kitchen, and the overall experience was not special for the price we paid.
Great food and great service! I took my ...
Great food and great service! I took my dad and wife out to eat here on a whim and the food and service were as expected for a fine dining restaurant. The food was perfectly prepared and the service was great. The room was a little loud. However, this is not unexpected for restaurants in Cincinnati.
I had called ahead to request a nice tab ...
I had called ahead to request a nice table and that is was our 40th anniversary and may wife's 60th birthday. We sat at the bar before dinner and the bartender was great. Very friendly. Our table was ok, could have been better. Our waiter was just "ok" too. Service a little slow and not wanting to offer suggestions or explaining dishes. Unlike the waiter at the next table who was outstanding, explaining dishes and engaging in conversation. He brought them complimentary desserts because they were celebrating their 1st anniversary. We received nothing. We chose Nicola's on the recommendation of a friend and the many good reviews.
Our check was over $200.00 and I was certainly not looking for a freebie, but a complimentary glass of champagne or dessert would have been a nice "thank you" for choosing Nicola's for such a special occasion. I would recommend Nicola's for the food, but I guess your experience depends on which waiter you get.
Excellent as usual. Wine list is unneces ...
Excellent as usual. Wine list is unnecessarily pricey, but there are very good wines at the lower end of the price list. Service is superb especially if you have a server, as we did, who respects your privacy and doesn't ask every other minute "if you're still enjoying your meal"!
I made reservations for my fiancé's 60th ...
I made reservations for my fiancé's 60th birthday. Our table was in the middle of the room with rather noisy, large groups surrounding us. That was a bit distracting. However, our server was very attentive and helpful. We had the octopus appetizer, which was not our favorite due to the texture and being somewhat bland. Our salads were very good. Our entrees were superior - one steak and one salmon. Prepared perfectly and delicious. Our server gave me a choice of desserts as a surprise for my fiancé. This was a nice touch to a very good dining experience. I would recommend.
Wonderful food and fabulous service! The ...
Wonderful food and fabulous service! The dining room was a little too open/warehouse-y for me and did not match the expensive menu but the outdoor area looked charming--it was raining so that was not an option. Expensive, but worth it for a special night out.
A wonderful experience. We had dinner on ...
A wonderful experience. We had dinner on the beautiful patio. If you can't decide between pasta dishes, they will give you 1/2 plates of 2 different pastas. They always have something familiar, and something entirely new to me - all absolutely delicious. Best Italian in Cincinnati for sure. And the service was impeccable (thanks, Dan!)
For our anniversary I wanted a special p ...
For our anniversary I wanted a special place with gourmet offerings. They met my expectations and exceeded them. The Maitre'D was most warm and welcoming, our reservation was recorded correctly, the hostess and waitstaff were very attentive.
It was our first visit to Nicola's and so our waitress was helpful in understanding the menu and making suggestions which we both found helpful.
We do not go to much extravagance in dining (we generally prefer cooking at home) except for these special occasions, and it is so nice to take a chance on someplace new and have our little risk-taking rewarded. We would have stayed and lingered longer except the food was so good we would probably have over-eaten and felt miserable later. We felt very comfortable, and will certainly repeat. Please thank the folks at Nicola's for a very special Anniversary dinner!
We celebrated our 30th Anniversary with ...
We celebrated our 30th Anniversary with Nicola's - our favorite restaurant. Food was memorable as was the wine selections. They gave us a special treat for dessert - a plate that had chocolate writing on it. We look forward to our 40th here!
We always enjoy dining at Nicola's. It ...
We always enjoy dining at Nicola's. It is our perennial wedding anniversary restaurant, but also a great spot to enjoy an amazing Italian dinner even when we have nothing to celebrate. The servers are friendly, the wine list is great and the Italian food is cooked to perfection. Try sharing the gnocchi as one of your courses!
Food was AMAZING. I am mad at myself for ...
Food was AMAZING. I am mad at myself for taking so long to come here--I will definitely be back. I felt the prices were great for the quality and quantity of food. There are so many options that I need to come back and try.
Incredible space--one downside was the couple next to us was loud and drunk and obnoxious which definitely took away from our experience but at no fault to Nicola's obviously. It was great to be able to use OpenTable to reserve a reservation, the place was packed which is always a good sign.
Service was just 'meh' which I thought was odd at such a superior restaurant. Salad took an entire hour to come out and we ordered immediately upon reviewing the menu.
Went on a Monday night for the pasta bol ...
Went on a Monday night for the pasta bolognese. It is the best bolognese I've had. It comes with either a house salad or a caesar salad. Both salads are excellent. Service was excellent also. The meal was paced so that we did not feel rushed, which was great because the restaurant was very booked.
Nicolas is one of the top 5 restaurants ...
Nicolas is one of the top 5 restaurants in the Cincinnati area. Food is amazing! Atmosphere is wonderful for a romantic evening or special occasion. Highly recommend doing the Chefs tasting with wine pairing. Doesn't get much better than that!!!
This was an unfortunate visit to Nicola' ...
This was an unfortunate visit to Nicola's one of our favorite restaurants in town. It was Cincinnati Restaurant Week, so I knew it would be busy and a preset menu. It started well with a delicious appetizer and their always pleasing bread basket. Where it went wrong is with my main course, I had chosen one of their signature dishes the gnocchi with a truffle cheese sauce. It was served on an extremely hot plate and the sauce had separated. Unfortunately our waiter never had the courtesy to check on our table after the plates were served by a different waiter. He proceeded to chat with a neighboring table for about 15 minutes unavailable for me to get his attention. Once he had finished is conversation of a personal nature with the other table he acted surprised that I wanted the dish remade. Needless to say my date had finished eating by then. The remade dish came out delivered by a manager, who told me that they used less truffle oil this time, obviously thinking I mistook the oils for the seperated sauce. I had this dish at least 4-5 times before and it never had this issue and the truffle oil is what makes it so delicious. The manager never checked on us until we got into our Uber and he stormed out of the restaurant to yell something at us. I know it was restaurant week, which suppose to showcase our downtown restaurants. Nicola's one of our finest failed miserably.
By the way the desert (panna cotta) was OK.
From the moment we walked up to the rest ...
From the moment we walked up to the restaurant the service was outstanding: valet parking man opened the door for us, hostess greeted us, bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable, waitress was EXCELLENT from menu choices to service! And the food, truly some of the best! Bread bowl is a MUST have, very unique and scrumptious. Our entrees were outstanding. Bottom line is that we will be going back!
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