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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
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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
The food was delicious and service excellent -- if you like formal. I'm afraid we were out-of-synch with the philosophy of the restaurant. More recently we have enjoyed splitting dishes and sampling a variety of items. Though the staff graciously accommodated our requests, I left thinking how incompatible 'sharing/splitting' is with 'presentation'.
Very nice restaurant, I should have known better.
Thank goodness for Restaurant Week! I love Nicola's, but it's pricey. Restaurant Week got us a delicious three-course meal - with a bonus fourth course of risotto - thrown in for $45. The bartender recommended an excellent rose to accompany our meal. The food was superb. Nicola's has the best break basket in the city. I could make a meal of it. Delicious and beautiful. We sat at the bar for cocktails pre-dinner. My dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives was sublime. I couldn't help but drink two. Dessert was so artfully presented and just as delicious.
It was my birthday and Nicolas is my special celebration place because it reminds me so much of Italy and the food there - really takes me back- Brian - our waiter was exceptionally friendly and engaging - not at all stuffy- made you feel like you were The only people he had to wait on- all the staff work well together in a team spirit that conveyed they really enjoy what they do and who they do it with - Well done for a special evening out
My boyfriend and I went to Nicolas Monday night for restaurant week. We are foodies and love trying new places. We went to Nicolas and got everything on the restaurant week menu. The Chicory Lettuce salad was very bitter and the Watermelon salad left little to desire. The risotto lacked flavor and wasn't terrible but nothing to rave home about. The Pork Saltimbocca was a round piece of ham wrapped in bacon. The best part of the dish was the broccoli. I was excited for desert in hopes it would be better than the first two courses but it was not. The Passion Fruit tart was very over baring and sour. The chocolate sauce and peanut brittle that were on the plate were good but over all It was by far the worst meal I have had in a while.
Held a small business meeting (four attendees) upstairs. There was a large group downstairs, which probably made the noise level higher than it typically is. Despite that, it was by no means overwhelming.
The food and wine list are excellent at Nicola's. The service was on par with the food and wine. The décor is a sight since the building has such a history. I look forward to going back when I get back to Cincinnati.
The new summer menu is outstanding. The summer cocktails were superb as well ! The outdoor patio was wonderful on a perfect mild July evening. The service was a just up to snuff though. It appeared that they were understaffed for a Fri. evening. People were rushing which meant things were missed at times and the staff had to be reminded. It is still a very good restaurant because the food is wonderful !
My wife and I had the fettuccini with marinara sauce special. The pasta was fine, but neither of us cared for the marinara sauce. It was rather tasteless. The portions were very small, as well. Our daughters had the gnocchi with four cheese sauce. The sauce was good, but the gnocchi were a bit chewy. The menu prices are high, but the food didn't live up to the cost. We won't be returning.
We went to Nicola's to celebrate our daughter's 26th birthday. We were greeted by manager, Kenny Huff. We were seated and then turned over to the competent hands of waiter, Charles. Charles walked us through the menu and made several suggestions as to how we could maximize our dining experience. His suggestions were "spot on". The food was outstanding as usual; but, the service and attention to our dining enjoyment was nothing short of phenomenal. Throughout the night, Kenny kept checking to be sure we were being well taken care of. Following dinner at our request, he provided the history of the restaurant and offered us a tour of the private dining areas for future consideration. Before leaving, Charles took several pictures for our daughter to commemorate her celebration. Thank you for taking such good care of us! My husband said Nicola's is his new favorite restaurant.
I made an effort to go on a Monday night so that I could get the $15 special. It is a house or Caesar salad to start then the bolognese. Definitely worth it because they give such a large portion you even have some to take home! Service was excellent. My only complaint was the particular table we sat at was right at the top of the stairs near the servers station, and every time servers would walk by the table would shake. It just felt like we were in the way. Wonderful meal though and will always go back for more!
It was my first time dining at Nicola's. Wonderful meal! The food and service were excellent. General Manager Kenny Huff was amazing and treated us like royalty. Loved the décor and ambiance. The bread basket is off the hook! Thanks for the hospitality. Will definitely return.
The staff was very helpful and accommodating to our group even thought they did seem a bit surprised by a group of six men and one woman.
The food was delicious although not exactly prepared as the waiter mentioned. My salmon was good but supposed to have a puree with it and instead had lentils.
Dessert was the very best part of the meal by far.
Visiting town for a wedding and looked for the best place to celebrate our wedding anniversary; this place was fabulous - the staff were great; and the food was perfect. From the bread thru every course. We sat outdoors and enjoyed a peaceful dinner - highly recommend for couples.
The food is always excellent. They didn't disappoint on that score and never do.. Our server was a bit distracted and service got very slow at the end of the meal. However, he knows the menu and was nice, if not overly friendly. The food never fails. I had the beef loin, my husband had the lamb. We shared the corn risotto and an appetizer. Each of us had a salad. My Roasted Beet salad was delicious.
Everything was perfect at nicola's to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. Just one small thought is to offer a scrumptious chocolate dessert. I realize most people would be too full from the meal to order dessert. However my darling husband is a chocoholic! 5 stars!
We were seated in the very nice patio area. The wine list had mostly expensive wines unfortunately. The service was somewhat uneven, possibly due to the servers having to wait on tables both inside the restaurant and outside. The fish I ordered was okay, but there was no warning that I should expect bones within. Our server offered a free dessert to compensate, but we declined. It would have been a nicer offer to deduct something off of our bill. The price point for entrees seemed a bit high for what was received. The one thing this restaurant may want to consider is to limit or prohibit the use of cell phones. The couple next to us was constantly getting email message notifications, taking selfies, etc. which detracted from the nice atmosphere on the patio.
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