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/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
Everything was great except for the seat ...
Everything was great except for the seating. There were many empty tables throughout the restaurant, but we were seated at a table under the stairs next to three empty booths with very little lighting. If I go there again, I will definitely call the restaurant ahead of time to make sure I am seated in a different area.
Food is always exceptional and never dis ...
Food is always exceptional and never disappoints. The bread basket is worth every penny, many times over. There are so many delicious dishes that it's hard to decide courses. Don't skip the gnocchi. It is soooo rich but yummy!!
Have heard about this restaurant since m ...
Have heard about this restaurant since moving back to area 18 months ago. Frankly the food is underwhelming. The restaurant is very nicely decorated and the service was excellent. The food for the price is so-so. In fact the entire table said we could have stopped with the bread. Would recommend you order the bread (you pay for it). I ordered the octopus appetizer and it was very small plate. It had 3 pieces maybe 2.5 inches each. 2 were Ok one tasted very fishy almost bad. Also ordered the fish which was Ok but nothing memorable. My wife ordered a pasta that was a glop of starch. She basically moved it around the plate and didn't eat it. It was warm at best. We ate at Sotto's a month or so early and I would recommend you go there.
We got engaged here in March of 2015 and ...
We got engaged here in March of 2015 and loved the place so much that we came here after our wedding on Friday July 15th. The service was outstanding! We had the gnocchi - it was phenomenal - practically melts in your mouth! The goat cheese salad is always a favorite! We also had the new cheesecake desert! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!
The service from our server Christina wa ...
The service from our server Christina was very nice. I love the details this restaurant takes from the ambience to the food to staff in making sure you have an amazing culinary experience. The food is creative, fresh and current. Prepare to have your palette blown away!
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.
Six of us went to dinner for my husband' ...
Six of us went to dinner for my husband's birthday. The restaurant is located in OTR but parking was no problem. They have valet parking.
Had a martini at the bar while waiting for our table. Made with fresh juice and fruit, $10.00
Our waiter Daniel was very pleasant.
Food: Bread basket was the best part of the dinner. I had the Carbonara, a very tasteless dish $26😐 , husband had the Bolognese special which was very good $15. The Tiramisu has great texture but very little flavor $10.😐
I would say we had a nice evening but as a whole we were disappointed with the food.
I don't have a problem paying $26.00 for pasta (and I mean only pasta, salads are al'cart ) if the taste is worth the asking price.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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 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.
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.
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