Nicola Restaurant and Bar
Nicola Restaurant and Bar

Nicola Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicolacolumbus.com/
  • Phone: 6144597000x
  • 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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Nicola Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)great for outdoor dining (45)special occasion (39)romantic (38)fit for foodies (38)notable wine list (31)good for groups (29)great for lunch (14)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Delicious evening
    Rosemary
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our third visit to Nicola, it did not disappoint. We enjoyed dinner on the patio with our friends. Greeted warmly not overly fawning for a repeat visit.. Fare was delicious. Wine was wonderful. Highly recommend eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food
    mefairgolfVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food at Nicola's is always delicious. The room and outdoor patio are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elsie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We return to Nicola over and over for the consistently delicious food and good service. The eggplant lasagna is so tasty that it's hard to try something else. A sample of another diner's tenderloin with truffle oil and rosemary potatoes will move me to vary my selection next time. On this evening, the patio was almost full (with live music) and the inside dining room was blissfully cool and quiet. And, what fun to see the progress of their kitchen garden, along side the restaurant. That's fresh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buono
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Nice ambiance,Delicious Italian food,Charming staff,Beautiful Patio......LOVE RAVIOLI! Ended our meal with the Tiramisu ,very good too
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIFIC!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This was my third visit to NICOLA. This has become one of my favorite restaurants. The service was hands down one of the best I have ever received. We always get the Veal Tonnado. No need for a knife. The Calamari Fritti, Mista salad and Gamberi al Vapore are also amazing apps.Next we had the Spaghetti. You can't go wrong with this. The pasta is fresh homemade daily and cooked al dente. The sauce is delicious. We also have had the meat Ravioli which were out of this world. As a main dish, we have had the Lamb, Sea bass and Cioppino.. no comments....EXCELLENT. Every dish better than the next.They have a fabulous cocktail list and wine list too.The ambiance specially in their PATIO,service and food are all terrific!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grande Nicola!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The Frutti di Mare was unbelievable. It's not on the menu, but I was there with a friend who knew about it. This version features calamari, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and sea bass tossed in a linguine with light tomatoes sauce. Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, it is. One of the best renditions of this dish I've ever had; it even trumps many of the trattorias sprinkled along the Southern California and Gulf coasts. great atmosphere, year long...great authentic tuscan cuisine.... a considerate, extensive wine list with a nice corkage policy...great wait staff....an overall pleasure worth repeating many times....i hope success doesn't spoil this operation...one of the best in the town
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem of Upper Arlington!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Sitting on Nicola’s patio with my family was not only a great time for us all but relaxing and delicious! We like to try new places at least once a week, but now that we have found Nicola’s patio and all organic garden, we are set for the season! Everything was simply perfect, the food was fresh and amazing, with an exclusive wine list. Dessert was to die for! You can find us here on a nice sunny day enjoying Spritz Veneziano. Salute!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bravo Nicola!
    Laura
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We were looking for an authentic Italian restaurant for a great night out. A friend of mine had recommended Nicola. When we arrived we couldn't believe that we had missed this place before, it is right in the center of Upper Arlington, but there patio is sure to send you on a vacation to Italy! The ambiance and flavors were more than enough! The food was by far the best I have ever had in Columbus. What really blew us away was Chef Nicola coming by outside to have a glass of wine and also insure my friend, who has food allergies, what he could specially prepare for her. Our server was Dawn,seemed just like part of the family, and had a great outgoing smile on her face at all times! None of us wanted the night to end, simply perfect!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nance
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nicola and company presents a fabulous dinner that is always fun to eat and quite tasty. I have patronized this restaurant at least 6 times in the past year and a half. I can count on a fun evening with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We've dined at Nicola on several occasions, but unfortunately, this last experience was not one we wish to repeat. We were seated right away; however, because of two groups ahead of us, our food was not served for 35 minutes and our beverage service was also slow. In addition, I asked for my dish to be customized somewhat (no pancetta with the shrimp) and the waiter wouldn't accommodate this, so I ordered the dish anyway based on his recommendation. The shrimp was so salty from the pancetta and the pasta was under seasoned resulting in a subpar dish. I'm surprised that this restaurant wouldn't customize a dish based on the fact that their dishes/pastas are handmade. I was sorry I had to wait for this meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unreasonable
    Meglovesfood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I made a res for 12. Only 10 were able to come. We were charged $20/person that didn't show up. No one informed us ahead of time that this would happen or I would have invited 2 different people! I asked the owner or manager, for 2 to go boxes because we were charged $20/person. She told me that this wasn't something they do, touched my arm and said "it's only $20". That is inexcusable. If it's only $20, then don't charge it. I said "per person" and that no one informed us of the stipulations. If you want to own a restaurant, you need to plan for no shows, they are going to happen! She then told me that I could have the "to go" plates but that they "told everyone". Now she's claiming that I'm lying. Servers good but not going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Nicola is consistently excellent. The environment is perfect for special occasions and romantic date nights
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not polite
    easy2pls
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We reserved a table for a mother's day lunch. When we arrived we learned that it was buffet only so we decided to leave. The female owner was very nasty about us leaving and even mentioned she wish she had called for our credit card number before we arrived. She certainly burned the bridge with us.
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  • Out with Friends
    Pepper
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We were excited about "trying" Nicola. Our friends had heard about it so I made the reservation. Being on a Wednesday evening, I thought we would have better service than on a weekend. I also knew that it had been in operation for a time so all the "kinks" would have been resolved. We were very disappointed...the first server seem very inexperienced..we were then given another server who was extremely knowledgeable and professional. When it came time for the "bills" we had to have them corrected 3 times before they were the exact total. We did appreciate the "Lemongello" that was given for the mistakes but by then the damage was done and our desire to return was gone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 214 reviews are from the Nicola Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Slow service
    Love2munch
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It took a while for the server to come get our order, and when he did, the food came out quickly; however, the next time he came to check on us was to see if we needed our check.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elsie
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Nicola's serves consistently delicious food. The calamari tastes fresh to start. The salads are huge (and also fresh/innovative). In my party of 4, three selected from among the evening specials and were delighted with the result. I was hankering for the scallops wrapped in proscuito over risotto. Tasty as it has been before. The server was friendly and attentive. The week night dining offered the possibility of a lower noise level, which was much appreciated. The timely service and excellent food quality were especially appreciated because there was a wine-tasting dinner going on in the adjacent dining room. Overall, a wonderful neighborhood--and special occasion--spot. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Friendly
    samsadee
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    There were eight of us, ranging in ages 73 - 9. We were celebrating Easter. We came from several different states. Nicola's private little area worked well for us. Our waitress was fabulous, very friendly and attentive. The food was very tasty and presented in a pleasing manner. A very relaxing and enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    Jeff
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Very pleasant surprise. Our group of 8 enjoyed good food and excellent service. Can't wait to return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    Courtney
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We were delighted by our first experience at this restaurant. The food was served promptly and was at the perfect temperature, perfectly (and interestingly) seasoned and utterly delicious. I had the Vitello Nicola, which was the most tender, savory veal that I've ever had. We'll be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a wonderful meal!
    TravelnutVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We always have a wonderful meal! The Shrimp Pasta was especially good along with the fish special of the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it
    Ross181
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The best upscale Italian food in Columbus. Made with love by Cheh Nicola. He and his wife Speranza, visit each table. Food is perfect every time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night!
    DJEN
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had a group of seven for a special occasion celebration. The waitstaff was great and the co-owner (Speranza) stopped by several times to make sure everything was ok. Food was wonderful, pace of service perfect and we couldn't have had a better experience. This truly is a hidden gem as you might drive by without seeing it since it is not a stand-alone building. I have been to Nicola on several occasions and the service, food and warmth from the owners are always consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third visit to Nicola. Food
    JYas
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Third visit to Nicola. Food is delizioso. Everything made from scratch and prepared to order. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.