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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
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
It was amazing. Dylan was our server and he was awesome. It was our second date and it went very well. I knew it was going to be expensive but it was well worth it. Definitely a great place for anniversaries, family events and other important dates. Thanks again. My only thing I would add to the menu are Cannoli for which is my business....Del Gardo's. Anyway, hope to see you all soon! Merry Christmas!
Food is usually good there. Not so much last night. The octopus was mushy, usually it has a Better texture. Flavor was OK. Has been better in the past. There were 5 of us. Every one enjoyed their food except me. I ordered the Venison but it was too salty and. Not much flavor. I sent it back.
Others ordered the scallops and the pasta with bolognese. Both were very good.
Our waiter was not that great visually we have great service. Don’t want to mention his name. He did everything right but just seemed like he would rather be somewhere else.
The food just wasn’t as good as I remember. The polenta soufflé was more of a flan. The gnocchi were delicious. The farfalle was nice but a bit too smoky. The let down was the mains the short rib was like a pot roast, the pickled veg were lovely though. The cod on lentils was just boring.
Unfortunately, with the number of Christmas gatherings, it was very noisy. The table Tony left had a woman with no “inside voice.“ when two people sitting across from each other cannot hear because of another person sitting at another table, they are too loud.
This is one of my fave restaurants in Cincinnati and I’ve always enjoyed the food. I am so disappointed to say that the service we received tonight was not the greatest. We recently had a baby and getting out now is a special occasion. Our server forgot our appetizer, didn’t refill our cocktail, or even ask if we wanted another. The food as always was amazing. The ambiance, the food, and the service were always my favorite reasons to visit Nicola’s.
Service great Bolognese Monday great value however pasta dish was flat lacked flavor beet salad should be called quinoa with couple small diced beets dessert pretty and tasty eclair bread basket best part of whole meal my second time here and not as I remembered I was so disappointed with the pasta but I would go back not for pasta try something new
The meal was... disappointing. We've been coming to Nicola's for years, and this is one of the worse experiences we've ever had there, which isn't to say it was BAD by any means. It was still quite good, but not up to the standard I'd been expecting of the place. The food was served barely warm enough, the portions were small on the main courses considering how much they charge, and we had to send a couple of the dinner courses back due to being so over peppered you couldn't taste the venison. Also our waitress was not as attentive as I would have expected - we had to ask for drink refills a number of times and she wasn't as knowledgeable about the menu as I would have expected. Again, the meal was still very good and everything was good... but it wasn't great, and makes me question the value of the place for how much they charge. It's a real shame, too, as between this and the last time I was at Nicola's I don't know how excited I'll be to go back in the future. Hopefully they improve back to the excellent position they used to occupy, because if they're just going to be very good, they're overpriced.
Outstanding service and the food was wonderful!
The restaurant provides what every guest would want. They are cordial and attentive without being pushy. The bread, salad and the main course were well prepared and delicious. The dessert was a beautiful ending touch to a wonderful meal.
We have always enjoyed coming here with our young adult daughters. The food is very good and they always have some unusual choices. The bread basket is very good but at the prices it seems a little cheap to charge extra for it. While our server was very nice we were seated upstairs and we had long waits in-between her checking in with us. All in all it was enjoyable evening.
The food was amazing. Had some what of a hard time hearing what my waitier was saying. The noise level wasnt helping but he just didnt speak loud enough. But food was amazingggggg and over all services was good. Ill be back.
Nicola's was wonderful. There was a slight misunderstanding between the staff as to who our server would be so it was a longer than normal initial wait time. But once they got it ironed out, it was smooth sailing. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu, his recommendation and description were spot on. Out food was exquisitely prepared and I couldn't recommend it more highly.
The ambience was quiet and conducive to conversation. The wine list was impressive. The bread basket tasty.
I give it my highest recommendation.
Went on a Tuesday evening. Sat at 6:15pm, early by our standards but of our choice. The restaurant filled quickly thereafter. The food was well prepared and exactly as described in the menu. Their scallops are some of the best available; fresh, seasoned perfectly and cooked to perfection. The gnocchi is also a steady item at Nicola's. The service was friendly and efficient. Our server was knowledgeable and engaging, and provided insights and suggestions. The atmosphere is perfect for a table of two or ten.
A great night.
Gnocchi was mediocre. Beet salad was very light on beets and very heavy on quinoa. The octopus was not all that flavorful. The main entree was cod. The cod itself was good as was the langoustine, but he mussels tasted spoiled.
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