Nicola Restaurant and Bar
Nicola Restaurant and Bar

Nicola Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicolacolumbus.com/
  • Phone: (614) 459-7000
  • Hours of Operation:



    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday-Saturday:4:30-10:00pm


    Closed Sundays



    Lunch:

    Monday-Friday:11:30am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nicola
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full sevice catering is avaible. Call the restauranrt for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining area seates up to 90 and can be used as two beautiful private rooms that seats from 20-50 each
  • Private Party Contact: Speranza 6144597000x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Henderson
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in front and behind the building
A word from Nicola Restaurant and Bar
Nicola Restaurant is dynamic, cultural, and fun with open doors for all who want a true taste of Italian authenticity. To say the least, the food will be a treasure for your senses. Nicola restaurant is for any person hungry for not just food and drink, but for the unique presence of beauty, joy, and family which exists in every Italian family's home.

With chef Nicola's ability to bring together simple ingredients to create delicious dishes in a welcoming atmosphere, you are sure to have an enjoyable experience. Join us and taste Nicola's vision that greets the senses with the aroma, taste, and feel of a small town in Toscany.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Nicola Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (29)notable wine list (28)great for outdoor dining (27)romantic (27)good for groups (26)great for lunch (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Just OK.
    JBow1
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Nicola is a cute spot that boasts an interesting menu; however, it fell short for my husband and me. We started with the beef carpaccio, which was woefully underseasoned and did not come with crostini or anything (an absolute necessity for this appetizer.) My husband ordered the chioppino and I had the special, which was a pancetta-wrapped sea bass. The chioppino was inexplicably very greasy, even though it did not contain any ingredient that would explain the inch of oil floating atop the bowl. My sea bass and the accompanying sauce was the definite highlight of the evening: perfectly flaky and delicious. It was unfortunately served atop a bed of nearly ice-cold and very neglected vegetables (containing several mushroom stems and the end of a zuchhini, neither of which, in my opinion, should ever be served to a diner). Our waitress was polite but obviously wished to be anywhere but there, and she was so soft-spoken we had to strain to hear her over the din of restaurant. We decided to skip dessert and travel elsewhere. Overall, our experience was "meh", and while we won't be back, we can guess that Nicola won't be hurt by our absence, as the restaurant drew a constant crowd while we were there. Perhaps the key is to stick with the more traditional dishes?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never disappoints
    Wightman57
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We hadn't eaten at Nicola's in a few months, and the total dining experience was as good as I remembered. Every time we eat here I have a great meal, and ask myself, "why don't we eat here all the time?" There were a number of really outstanding sounding specials, along with the always great regular menu. This was the first time we ate in the room that is not the main dining room. The ambiance of that room was outstanding. It is quieter than eating in the main room. Nicola's is a truly excellent restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent place owned by husband and wife team. Husband is excellent chef and wife is outstanding, welcoming host and leader of the dining room!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I cannot not think of anything else we could have wanted or asked for, the food was amazing and the service was excellent. Nicola and Speranza both made their way through the dinning room to check on each guest to ensure dining experience was a good one! Two thumbs up!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    nan4540VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We love the fresh food at Nicola's. Had dinner last Friday night with four others. The food was outstanding and the service was over the top! Thanks again Nicola's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Love Nicola's
    Reenie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We have been here many times and this is our "go to" place when we want to take friends and family to a wonderful place for dinner. This was the first time I had tried the regional three course meal and it was delicious. Maybe include a scoop of gelato for dessert?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 Generations
    Fourgenerations
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It far exceeded our high expectations. Our family, four generations, dine together almost every weekend. We heard from several people that Nicola had great food. With eleven of us food is not the only issue. Nicola placed us in a private area. The menu offerings were perfect for all. We ordered a variety of appetizers, pasta and entrees. For beverages there were drinks for the children, cocktails and wine for adults. There was not one complaint from a family of foodies. The price compared well with the quality of the privacy, food, beverage and service. We will return often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    sschef
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It was our first trip to Nicola. The homemade pasta is the star. Service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    Brett
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Went to Nicola for my wife's birthday dinner and it didn't disappoint. The monthly menu is a nice addition and my wife got the Osso Bucco special with Polenta. The little bit she allowed me to try was great. I had the Tagliatelle which I have had in the past and it was as good as I remembered it to be. We each got some house made limoncello for a night cap and both the clear and cloudy were great. Our server was very nice, although a bit scatterbrained it seemed. She would disappear for long periods of time and wasn't terribly familiar with the new menu but we didn't mind too much. All in all, we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gratitude
    Mac17
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I am always greatful when a restaurant exceeds my expectations. I met an old friend at Nocola's to catch up and have a nice dinner. The company was great and the food was delicious. I had the risotto appetizer and the sea bass special. Everything was delicious and the dessert, a chocolate cake offering was wonderful. The service was good and our waitress was attentive but never interfered with our conversation. The hostes (owner) made us feel welcome and was genuine in her interaction with us at our table. I am glad we have this unique resturant in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • genuine Italian
    occasional
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Having lived in Italy for 5 years, this is the first time since returning that a meal has transported me back there. Fantastic food, absolutely authentic, by an Italian chef who hasn't forgotten that that's what he is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We have already recommended Nicola to several friends. Our meals were cooked to perfection and I was surprised at the scrumptiousness of the pumpkin ravioli (I was concerned it would be too sweet...not!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great everything! Chef/owner Nicola came our to the dining room to greet patrons. Everyting was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently very good
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We've never been disappointed at Nicola's and keep coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Homemade Pasta
    AnitamdVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Ate at Nicola a few years and wasn't that impressed. Took a chance based on Open Table reviews and was pleasantly surprised. The pasta was fresh and perfectly al dante. Loved the kale ricotta ravioli and the beet salad. Wine was overpriced but the rest of the meal was not. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bravo!
    Highdottle
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Simply this: I'm an Italian born and raised in Italy and the food and cooking I've found here (aside from the warm treatment we got) is the ORIGINAL. Definitely try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not go back
    Mambo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Arrived at 7.00pm for a confirmed 7.15pm Reservation and sat at Bar waiting for our table at 7.40pm we still had not been seated Spoke to the Owner many times about when we would be seated and our last conversation she stated she did not know At this time we left without dinning Have eaten at this restaurant many times but will not go back and would not recommend only because the way the Owner handled the situation (Did not care)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    Itlalianbambino53
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had very good food @ the wine tasting last month,so decided to give the restaurant a try. The beet salad had no dressing and was very unappealing. The ravioli were dry. no sauce. The owner's wife should not be the greeter when you walk in the door. Not very welcoming. The noise level was ridiculous. The accordion player was annoying. We were seated near the restroom which was not at all appreciated. The size of the ravioli also was too large and unappealing. I wanted so much to like Nicola's, but our table was seated to close to the next table. They clearly couldn't handle the special event and main dining room @ the same time!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service and Food!
    lisa
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Recently visited Nicola's for dinner. I had a house salad with delicious italian vinaigrette dressing. The focaccia classica appetizer has just the right amount of crispness and melts in your mouth. I had lasagna for my main course and it was perfect. The portions are huge, so you may end up with lunch for the next day. Finished off with a piece of chocolate cake that was a little slice of heaven. Can't wait for my next trip to Columbus to stop on again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit
    Frinightdiners
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It had been awhile since our first visit to Nicola. The first visit was good, but a little stiff (It was shortly after opening). We had a lovely evening. We especially enjoyed the wine choices to pair with our meals. We selected two of the specials that were on the menu that evening....duck and sole. Food was great and prepared just right. We look forward to inviting friends to join us the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Italian in town!
    DadsDay
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Nicola serves the best Italian food in town. We drive across the city to dine there and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ncola
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Good but not great food, nice outdoor space, relatively expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We've become good customers of this restaurant - all we want in terms of food, service and wine list. What makes it even better is that we're made to feel welcome by the owner (husband is chef, wife is front) and staff. That adds points in our evaluation of a restaurant. There are many others that must feel the same, as we see the owner spend time chatting at many tables during the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and experience
    mm1ua
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dined at Nicola's 2 weeks prior. Loved the eggplant dish! It was not on menu this time, however chef made for me! Was as delicious as before!! My husband and our friends enjoyed their meals as well! Nicola has definitely become one of my favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    MaryanneVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Four of us enjoyed a dinner on the private patio- evergreens hide the view of the street, and fresh herbs and flowers growing everywhere (probably my favorite patio in Columbus, maybe tied with Barcelona). The beet salad was excellent, as was the homemade tortelloni with fresh tomato sauce (they grow tomatoes on site), the trout, the top notch cocktails and wine, and lovely service from Chris. Speranza is so welcoming, and Nicola always does the rounds to make sure his customers are happy with their food: this couple continues to do a lovely job with one of the best Italian restaurants in Columbus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Outstanding
    ClintonvilleDave
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Each of our visits to Nicola has have been outstanding. Our meals were delicious and we had a friendly and attentive wait staff. The restaurant is beautiful. It makes a special occasion more special - and a regular occasion quite superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Dining
    FriendlyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Friday night was our first night at Nicola. We sat on the patio, where there was an amazing guitarist playing music. It was just the right volume and created an excellent ambiance. The food was spectacular. My boyfriend has been searching for years for a cioppino that rivaled one he had more than a decade ago. He said he is normally disappointed when he orders this dish. He was not! It was amazing. The wine was excellent. My meal was great. Everything was phenomenal: food, service, ambiance. I highly recommend you check out this spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good
    HTMCVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We eat at Nicola's about twice per month. The food is always very good. The pasta is made daily and the food is very consistent. Speranza has done an outstanding job with the patio. Nicola is one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dining!
    Cincydiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    In Columbus (from Cincinnati) for a college visit--I had searched locally owned and operated restaurants. After reading reviews, I chose Nicola because my son and I love Italian. What a treat! The service and food were outstanding. I told a friend of mine, who is a chef, that I would find other reasons to return to Columbus just so I could visit this restaurant. Here's hoping my son gets into the small liberal arts school near there, so I can visit this establishment regularly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Patio Dining
    carpediemepulorVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nicola has created an Italian feel and real privacy in this patio unique in Columbus. Perimeter plantings plus potted plants on the patio makes virtually every table a private domain. The ambience coupled with the well prepared food from a kitchen that understands proper Italian techniques of letting great ingredients speak for themselves through gentle cooking, Nicola provided another good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    cece
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had a great evening..food, wine and ambience were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 238 reviews are from the Nicola Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Good food, great service
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Being new to the neighbohood, my husband and I went to Nicola for Restaurant Week. They had great options on the fixe price menu but the regular menu looked pretty extensive for what i was expecting too. The food was good and the service was great. The portion size, especially for restaurant week, was very solid. I actually had to doggie bag part or my appetizer and part of my entree! Will go again for special occasions as thought it was a little pricy for a regular visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent night out!
    Cliff
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We like to try new places and Nicola's was a fantastic spot. There were 6 of us including two kids and our server was excellent. The food was very good. Nicola's was recommended to us and we would highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DadsDay
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We LOVE everything about Nicola Restaurant and so does everyone we take there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    neighborhoodVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Their menu is so fab, during restaurant week I want to have the price fix menu but then their specials sound out of this world. That's exactly what happened. My two guests had the price fix but I had the special. Very fresh Lake Erie walleye with heirloom tomato ravioli. Outstanding as usual
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I'm italian and this is the better italian restaurant in Columbus-OH. The dishes are great. The wine list very good. I strongly advice to go there for having a real italian dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite
    Reenie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Nicola's has become our favorite restaurant and we take everyone there. The food is the best and we always feel very welcomed there. The back room could use a little work on making it look nice, but the main dining room and the outdoor patio are wonderful. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is the second time we've had a disappointing meal at Nicola. The time it took for our meal to be served was too long again (this happened last time we dined here). It wasn't that we were in a hurry, we were just hungry. The kitchen is consistently slow and the place wasn't packed. Also, I ordered the sea bass special, and it was served with the head on and was loaded with bones. If the fish is to be served this way, the waiter or someone should've prepared me for this. This was Nicola's chance to redeem themselves from the previous disappointing experience we had, and they failed to do so. We won't be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Annie123
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Nicola is a great restaurant and never disappoints. Great food, great service, outdoor patio is sheltered from the parking lot and home grown herbs and some veggies. Love to go there and relax. And the music is a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem!
    nan4540VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The menu at Nicola is extensive enough to please everyone! And don't be afraid to ask if there is something you would like different from what is listed as they will gladly accommodate your needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.