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, 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
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!
Outstanding! As an Italian, I am very p ...
Outstanding! As an Italian, I am very particular about Italian food. This was fantastic! The house salad was perfectly dressed simple leaf lettuce and red onion with oil & vinegar. The bread basket is well worth the $1.33 per person. The spaghetti bolognese was just like grandma made with San Marzano tomatoes. Very fresh and homemade pasta. The lemon cake was a Sweet/tart great finish to the meal. Another person has the scallops. They looked amazing. The presentation of food and service were both outstanding. Great place for a date night or special occasion.
very slow service. Waited 30 minutes for ...
very slow service. Waited 30 minutes for first drinks, with similar delays between courses. The waiter was misleading on the food, yet, after being very slow to ask, then rushed us on our food choices. The food was, at best, average, being over spiced and, in one case, partially burnt.
We had just finished signing the check when the manager came over and told us that people waiting at the bar wanted "their" table -- very abruptly and rudely (he did offer free drinks at the bar, which we declined). The reason that we took a relatively long time for dinner was the extremely slow and inattentive service.
My wife and guest agreed that they had never been treated like that before and were offended, as was I. Very disappointing experience in a City with much better alternatives.
Service was impeccable, gracious, correc ...
Service was impeccable, gracious, correct but relaxed. The mixed bread basket with delightful small, adorned rolls and salads to start were terrific. Our entrees were quite good and our desserts were scrumptious. We went early and noise level was very low. This is our place for anniversary or other special occasions.
Once again, another delicious meal at Ni ...
Once again, another delicious meal at Nicola's. The bread is so good. I don't know why I bother ordering in entree. The pasta was delicious, as was the salad. We were too full for dessert. Had a lovely table. It is nice to go to a restaurant with a good vibe, yet still be able to carry on an intimate conversation.
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