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Nicola Restaurant and Bar
Nicola Restaurant and Bar

Nicola Restaurant and Bar Details

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


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


    Closed Sundays
  • 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 (614) 459-7000

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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We always have a wonderful meal! The Shrimp Pasta was especially good along with the fish special of the night."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Third visit to Nicola. Food is delizioso. Everything made from scratch and prepared to order. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus.."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We choose a different restaurant the third friday of each month. This month's choice of Nicola's wa soutstanding! From greeting to departure just a great time. Food perfect - best Italian in Columbus. Appetizers super, dessert perfect. Super service Great place to pratcice your Italiam with the owner hostess!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We go to Nicola's looking for traditional Italian dishes, and Nicola's comes through. The lasagna is excellent, and the portions are generous. Shrimp and ravioli dishes have been very good, too, and the service is pleasant and attentive."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have eaten at Nikola several times and it keeps getting better. The menu is diverse but staying with the Italian theme. The service is friendly but not over sophisticated. The ambiance is warm. The scallops ans pepperdelle pasta were fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I thought the food was a bit bland, not too impressed with our server, so overall, I'd have to say it was just ok..."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My dad and his wife ordered a bottle of whine which they did not care for. The wine was good, just not what they liked. They asked them if they'd like to let it breathe, and when they said no and ordered something new, they graciously brought something new. Our waiter was not knowledgeable at all, however, in terms of wine and didn't remember specials. The food was great and the owner was very friendly and took the time to sit with us for a while. It's worth going back. It's a very cute venue."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My wife and I went there for a nice date. The breads and pastas are all made in house. We had a nice salad and a side of calamari which were refreshingly not greasy. However we ordered the plain mushroom pasta and were disappointed that it mostly tasted like noodles tossed in olive oil. Their was a pool of it at the bottom of the bowl. I believe well go back, but well stick to the classics and try the fresh homemade Bolognese."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Born in the Italian Slow Food Movement, the infused herbs and spices make this restaurant's offerings wonderful. Their veal is hard to pass up, but their hand made pasta ravioli's are better than grandma's! Give it a try!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Not many Italian restaurants are as authentic, most, any more are 'chain' restaurants trying to be so... It is apparent that the Chef here is the real deal- the food was fabulous! As an after dinner TREAT- order the creamy home made Lemoncello- Superb!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was definitely a find. The veal was excellent and the calamari appetizer perfectly prepared."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My normal go-to restaurant disappointed for the second time. One diner had an allergy and asked to have the red pepper taken off his entre. It was, but his fist was still swimming in a red pepper sauce and the entree was cold. This is unusual for this restaurant. I hope that everyone was just busy and that this is not a sign of things to come."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Can't say enough about the staff at Nicola's, we called to say we would be late due to an accident on 270. And they said your table will be waiting! Everyone was wonderfully attentive and the food was delicious. Plan to return and recommend to friends! Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Taste of Tuscany~ Slow food without the effort! Stop by and enjoy their daily specials, home made in traditional styles...portion warning....you'll most likely be eating some of your dinner for lunch the next day! Yum!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed at Nicola. The food is excellent and the wine list is perfect. I highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Excellent food .. tables a bit close .. good service .. will return."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "A wonderful place to go with out-of-town visitors."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We went because my wife had heard positive things about it and it sounded good on a cold night. The waiter was very attentive and went above and beyond even though we weren't there for anything special. Salads nice & not too heavy, I had veal Nicola and the wife had ravioli; both good. The ravioli was clearly hand-made with fresh pasta. Since it was Friday night they had a solo guitarist strumming light jazz in the background. Wine list was not huge, but solid. We both went for the base Chianti which I don't think was a Classico but was fine. We polished off the night with lemoncello, very common in Italy. Nicola is out of our neighborhood, but I'm certain we'll be back - I'm glad to find a good non-chain Italian restaurant to support."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Nicola's did a fantastic job with a larger group. The service was fantastic, the wine list was comprehensive, & the food was absolutely divine. We loved all of it (especially the sinful chocolate cake!)"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "It is hard to find good cioppino in Columbus and Nicola's is excellent. Like the atmoshere in the main dining room. The side room seems more of an afterthought but good for big groups."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The waiter was not attentive and had limited knowledge of menu and wine list. The wine was corked and the bartender needed to concur. My portobella appetizer was dry and had no flavor. The veal picatta was tender and had a nice lemon flavor, the alfredo served with it was dry and flavorless. All four in attendance all agreed we would not go back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Very good experience, very good food, great service. Recommended."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "A marvelous meal with excellent service. My mother had the special, Beef Wellington which melted in your mouth. The wines were unusual and delicious. My only complaint is that when individuals exited and entered the restaurant you could feel a blast of cold air in the front of the dining room where we were seated. I plan on returning."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I enjoyed the veal scallopine it was divine. I have enjoyed the wine list at this location for many years."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Pleasantly surprised by the warm and welcoming atmosphere on a cold winter evening. Tried an Italian wine we hadn't heard of and it was excellent, as were the veal and trout entrees. Quiet, with just the right amount of light. Plan to go back soon."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Come here about once a month. Food is great esp scallops and shrimp. Server was nice and personable. Had great recommendations for the people who had never been before. Owner always stops by and says hi and makes sure food and service is good."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "First let me say that I'm aware NYE may not reflect the usual experience at this restaurant. However, my experience began negatively, and in a way I can't attribute to NYE. When we were seated, I told the server that I was too cold at the table, and asked to move. He told me that all the tables were reserved and left it at that. There were other tables with 5:30 reservations, where the patrons had not yet arrived, and I think we could have been moved to one of those. He could at least checked with the manager, or expressed some concern that I was uncomfortable. (In fact, I had to wear my coat the whole time.) The food was not the heavenly experience that others had led us to expect. I'm not eager to go back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The menu was limited. ( it was New Years Eve) I brought 3 couples who had not been to this restaurant and our choices were very limited. The only Italian meal was a ravioli; we were disappointed. Also meals were pretty expensive. I think 5 raviolis for 20.00. Our friend left hungry."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went new Years Eve and there was a limited menu. Items we looked forward too were not on menu (no normal dishes). Food was average and presentation was awful, and overpriced. ...Very disappointed. We had eaten there twice before and enjoyed it, but this was bad experience. Even the dessert chocolate cake was average at best."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "In spite of all the hustle & bustle of groups arriving for New Year's Eve dinner, Nicola managed to give us a lovely table and provide charming service and a perfect meal for our celebratory evening. Wonderful menu options makes us want to go back to try other selections that looked enticing. We look forward to the patio seating when the weather finally warms up in the spring!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The ambiance, the service and the food was absolutely wonderful."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "On the outside and inside it appears to be a nice, romantic restaurant but the service and food was mediocre at best. At one point the servers didn't know they were responsible for our table. The food came out cold and over price for the quality. Would not recommend this place."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "It was a lovely experience. Great food, great service, great martinis! We picked a quiet night (Friday after Christmas), so not packed. Planning to take a group back for a luncheon!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Girlfriend and I enjoyed a very nice Christmas eve dinner at Nicolas. Entree and wine selections were great Will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Always great for authentic Italian cuisine!! The wine list is solid and the engaged owners ever present. Simple sophistacated interior, a guitarist playing in the background contribute to a casual upscale experience. Everything on the menu is very good. My favorite is the Paella."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We went with 3 other couples and everyone loved what they ordered! It was our Christmas Get Together and we decided Nicola's s where we wanted to go! No disappointment there!! Turned out my son who lives in Gahanna was there with friends also! He loves it as much as we do! Wonderful gracious owners!!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Can't recommend this restaurant enough. Food is tremendous and the atmosphere is great for both group dining or a date night out."
    Dined on 12/5/2013