Nicola Restaurant and Bar
Very Authentic ItalianWe really liked the total package. They have achieved their goal of making a place for people to come that travel to Italy, or are Italian. Several folks on the beautiful patio were speaking Italian and singing with the accordion player. The ambiance was great right down to the guy passing around homemade Limoncello. Let me start by saying this is probably our go to restaurant. The Pecorino con Pere appetizer was excellent! My friend had the Anatra in Salsa di Fichi and it was excellent. I had the Ciopipno and was packed with seafood it was memorable. Very good. I do look forward to going back soon, I could go there 100 times and still find items on the extensive menu to try!
Bravo Nicola!6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went there with friendsWe went there with friends for our anniversary, and we loved everything about Nicola's.
Could not of had a better waiter, Food & Service Excellent
Would go back again!!!6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMNicola's is a great secretTucked away at the corner of Reed and Henderson, Nicola's is a best kept secret. The food is always good, the pasta fresh and Nicola and his wife Speranza make you feel like you are guests in their home. The design of the restaurant keeps things intimate with two distinct dining rooms and a bar. The Patio is decorated with flowers and shrubs that conceal the parking lot and create a very nice private dining experience.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMViva Italia!Having experienced the aromatic smells and robust flavor of fresh food in Italy, it was disappointing to eat Italian here at home...until we discovered Nicola's. Nicola's does not disappoint! The ambience of this small manageable space is elegant without being ostentatious - nice slacks and a cigar shirt work for the guys. The food is delicious, and the service is focused on ensuring the customer knows they are important. Both the chef and his wife stopped by our table to check on us. I highly recommend Nicola's!!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Italian Food!Couldn't ask for anything more. Delicious, authentic Italian food, great (and reasonably priced) wines, a nice patio, and great happy hour specials. Since my first trip here with my Italian conversation group, I've made a point to return a couple of times a week. A favorite!!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMHighly recommendedOutstanding authentic Italian cuisine. My steamed mussel appetizer and Veal Nicola entree were outstanding. I want to return to try all the veal dishes. The beet salad was fresh and tasty, and the gnocchi entree was abundant - needed a box and had a great lunch the next day. Well chosen affordable wine list. Prompt attentive service and an upscale comfortable atmosphere. Our first dining experience at this restaurant and we will definitely return.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMUnexpected GemThe food was exceptional. Very unique menu with an authentic Italian flare. The staff was also very friendly. We will definitely make it a regular stop,5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMVery enjoyable. It was a veryVery enjoyable. It was a very busy evening but the kitchen and server were very good.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful saladsAttentive service. Interesting and tasty pastas and seafood.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWould not hesitate to recommendMy husband and I have eated at Nicola's more times than I should probably admit to - but we love it. We have taken our adult children there and also met up with several groups of friends for wonderful dinners. There lunch menu is fantastic, patio makes you feel you are sitting in the Tuscan garden and co-workers and I have found it a relaxing get-away. The staff is very courteous and efficient. The owner is great - she remembers you when you come in and always has a special greeting for you. We have often said that a restaurant this great is usually found in downtown Chicago or perhaps New York so we feel fortunate to have it in Upper Arlington. May they stay here for a long, long time.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service from Chris wasThe service from Chris was exquisite. The meal was excellent. It will be a favorite for me in Columbus.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOur favorite in Columbus.Chef Nicola prepares an amazing menu, his wife Speranza is a charming and attentive hostess. Our waitress Shannon was helpful and knowledgable. Best lasagna in the Columbus area as well as creative and delicious specials.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGirls NightThis was my first time to Nicola and found it to be very pleasing. We had a group of 5 girls to celebrate birthdays. Bar was small, but cozy. Had a great round table tucked away semi-private. The service was outstanding. Thought the appetizers were just okay; however, everyone's meals were great. Reasonably priced on both food and wines. The music was a bit loud and after awhile the Italian based songs grew a bit old. Would go back and would recommend.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and nice restaurant.Great food and nice restaurant. Had our waitress been better it would have received a higher review.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat spacious dining withgreat spacious dining with wonderful atmosphere and just the right lighting. Food was all very good. whether you have a small group or a large group, you will be accommodated. one of my favorite places. Thanks to the team at Nicola's4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is excellent andThe food is excellent and it is a very nice place to go if you want a quiet dinner.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMNicola's is wonderful. FromNicola's is wonderful. From Spiranza the manager/owner to Nicola the Chef/owner. I have had 10 people to dinner, friend get-togethers, lunch and even closed a huge business deal while eating the spectacular food. There are menu items you want to see at an Italian restaurant and items you won't see outside of Rome Italy. The delicious pasta is made on site and the desserts are gorgeous and light. My favorite is the Diplomatica. Chef Nicola even makes his own Limoncella. Awesome. Try the ravioli made as they do in the Tuscan countryside. Then next time the light and lovely Risotto, any one will surprise and delight. You will be delighted. If you need a place for a big get together they have a room and table for 25 or more that is beautiful.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love this place. AlwaysWe love this place. Always top notch food and service. You can make special requests to Nicola and he will accomodate it. If you have not tried Nicola's, you need to make a reservation now!!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMNeighborhood FavoriteWe have eaten here three times in the last month, and are going again tonight! Fantastic food, great service, the owners are very friendly and genuinely concerned about your experience.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were there to celebrateWe were there to celebrate a birthday and the owner/staff made this a very memorable evening for us all3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe scheduled lasdt minuteWe scheduled lasdt minute via Open Table and were seated on the dot! Lovely people great food.2/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOur food was excellent, andOur food was excellent, and we had lovely service from Chris. He was knowledgeable about the wines, and made a good recommendation. Everyone at our table of 4 was quite satisfied with our salads and our entrees.2/15/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was very good, as usual.Only gripes were that the choices on the prix-fixe menu for Valentine's day were seafood heavy, and my rack of lamb was a bit smallish; but cooked impeccably. Had a great meal!2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Meal Every TimeExcellent neighborhood gem. No matter if it is simply date night, or celebrating a special occasion, this IS the place to go. If you like a place that you can enjoy repeatedly without getting bored with the menu and LOVE to feel like you are eating with family. This is the place.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AM