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Nicola's Kitchen
Nicola's Kitchen

Nicola's Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://nicolaskitchen.com/
  • Phone: (818) 883-9477
  • Hours of Operation:

    Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm>

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Thai
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: From our delicious menu or by special request.
  • Private Party Facilities: We will close the cozy dining room for groups between 50- 65 and allow additional seating on our outside patio.
  • Private Party Contact: John or Kate (818) 903-9477

Getting there

  • Cross Street: De Soto
  • Public Transit: Good public transit stops 100 yards from front entrance.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Excellent parking available breakfast, lunch or dinner.
    Lunch parking 60 minute free with validation.
    Breakfast and dinner parking is free.
    Parking lot is covered for hot sunny or rainy days.
    Handicapped parking and handicapped access.
A word from Nicola's Kitchen
Nicola's Kitchen boasts 20 plus years in charming French Quarter. Everything you want in a neighborhood Italian joint: excellent eclectic fair, generous portions, friendly helpful staff, patio seating available and ample parking. Beer and wine available for date night with your best mate. Reservation group size up to 65 for a rehearsal dinner party or birthday celebration.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Went for Sunday brunch - they have great pancakes! The apple pie pancakes are very yummy, and the chocolate chip pancakes passed the test with our "expert" 15 year old as being very good!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Service is excellent. The food is good but not stellar. Nevertheless, and enjoyable meal out with kids and grand kids. Had great pine nut crusted halibut, but plate watery and pasta cool and dry. Good eggplant, spaghetti and meatballs for kids. Tiramisu very good but no pronounced coffee flavor. Tepid espresso."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The menu is diverse as there is something for everyone. I had a salad as I am dieting and it was lunchtime. The salad was excellent. I would definitely return to try other menu items. The service was excellent. Though they were busy, they allowed my friend (whom I had not seen for sometime) and I to linger. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I was just here the other day and for years i've gone here, they've always impressed me with good food and service."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Based upon the menu, we were excited to try Nicola's Kitchen. However, the food - all four entrees -- was extremely bland. The taste of Bobby's Stir Fry was a simply that of a mixture of vegetables...the ginger other spices was nonexistent. The pasta alfredo had a weak covering of sauce. Two other dishes the same. We all agreed we make better food in our own home. Also, no side dish comes with entrees...which would have made these meals much better. Crowded atmosphere did not allow for much privacy with conversation."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were looking for a fun, casual place with good food to celebrate a birthday and a mom's night out. We feel lucky that we discovered Nikola's Kitchen on Open Table. The food was delicious. Highly recommend the bruschetta. We were all pleased with our various entrees. Desserts were handmade at the restaurant and were so tasty (We had Oreo brownie ice cream cake and cannolis, but I want to try the tiramisu next time). It's not a huge place, but we didn't feel crowded (there's a patio for outside dining, too). Very friendly staff. John, one of the owners, even came by and introduced himself and was happy to speak with us for a bit. Will definitely go back soon."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Best sesame chicken ever. Grilled vegetables a must"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The service was fantastic. LA is notorious for horrible service but this place couldn't have better service in every way. And the food is great traditional southern Italian cuisine. I haven't had such good food and friendly, attentive service like here in years."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nicolas is my favorite restaurant for lunch. I work close by and absolutely LOVE having lunch there several times a week. The owners (John and Kate) are friendly, welcoming and warm. My favorite waiter is Todd who is super friendly , attentive, and always gets our order right. The bus boys are awesome too. The tropical iced tea is my favorite. The special chopped chicken salad is delicious! Their balsamic vinaigrette dressing is superb!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband and I were passing through on our way to Santa Barbara and wanted to find a place for dinner. We checked Open Table and found Nicola's had a reservation spot at a good time for us. We felt like taking a chance and we were so pleasantly surprised! It was a delight! Friendly, family run, and delicious. We will make it a point to visit again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was the second time in a month that we've gone for dinner and had trouble getting seated. I made a reservation for our group of 7 so we wouldn't have trouble getting a table, after having problems two weeks before with only 4. Our pre-dinner event ran long; I called as soon as we were out to say we'd arrive at 8:15 rather than 8pm; she confirmed our reservation was in the computer. When we arrived they were just setting up a group table in a nice open space, but it turns out they were seating another group; there STILL wasn't a table set up for us and we had to wait while they crowded us into a dark, small spot between other tables, and no apologies for not having a table ready for us with our reservation. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Love Nicola's. Been coming here for years. Food and service was excellent. Inside and outside seating available. Can't go wrong no matter what you order."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Best chopped Italian salad around. Amazing balsamic dressing. Wonderful focaccia bread basket. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Although members of our party arrived late for dinner due to traffic on the 405 and 101 freeways, the service and food was excellent. I've raved about this restaurant for years. Tonight we were meeting with a friend who flew in from D.C. We were so concerned that we wouldn't have time to finish our meal and visit before the lights went out. The management at Nicola's was so accommodating to our small party. Our reunion was a success. Everyone fell in love with the restaurant and was so impressed by their service and food. Many thanks for making this a memorable evening for all of us."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Hi. I'm a regular customer. I frequent Nicolas at last twice a week. The food is delicious, the service (Todd) is superb and the owners (John and Kate) are wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Have been here twice for lunch during the week. Great pastas, salads, sandwiches. Not large, it fills up during the noon hour. Park in the garage behind the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Low on ambience but service friendly and food very good"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Lunch was good, but nothing special. The Chicken, pasta and steamed veggies were not very impressive as regards to the taste or presentation. OK for lunch conversation sitting in a booth in the corner."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very disappointed. The food was cold and not very good. They raved about their Marsala sauce, but it had no taste."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was okay. We were a large party, yet we did not find the service very attentive."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Nicola's has been a neighborhood favorite for many years. The chopped salad is to die for and I order a large so I can take home left overs for lunch the next day. The menu is varied and had something for everyone. I highly recommend Nicola's for a relaxed evening out."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I suggest go on a complete empty stomach because the portions are huge! The staff were great, all smiles and friendly. You can tell a lot of 'regulars' attend this spot. The barbecue salad was o.k., the tortilla chips were from a bag normally served for nachos, I wasn't too impressed. The egg plant and chicken parmigiana were both great! Cover it with more cheese and pair it with the bread (load up on carbs). Red wine paired well with whole meal, if you're going to drink I suggest buy the bottle w/your meal. Overall great family spot. I will see you again Nicola's Kitchen."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Delicious bread!!!!! Great pizza, pasta, chicken dishes and dessert!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "At a whim, I scheduled a reservation at Nicola's to which I had never been. I was very pleasantly surprised to be served by Kelly, a wonderfully energetic and pleasant person. As is the case, I ordered items off the menu with special requests. Kelly was happy to take my order and the kitchen graciously and deliciously fulfilled my request. My date and I enjoyed our dinners and will definitely recommend this little gem."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place, the food here is always great; I love love love making my own pasta dish. However the service can be hit and miss, 3 out 4 times I've had amazing, but this last time I was there was pretty lackluster. Overall I recommend this place, always good food and it's just so fun to sit in the patio area."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We love this place! It's one of our family's favorite, the food is always delicious and the service is always friendly."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Food is consistently good, the service was horrible. Waitress was extremely rude with a bad attitude all night."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "One of our favorite family restaurants. Delicious food and fabulous service. Overall, a great place!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The seafood paelle is very delicious and is outstanding every time."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Just as the title suggests, this place has been and still is an authentic and wonderful place. Always quiet, super friendly and clean. And I mean, really friendly! The staff are always accomidating and enthusiastic and know everything about the menu items. Do not pass this one up if you live nearby or are just looking for a nice, quiet hidden spot with awesome food and service. And you will most definitely leave full and happy and always with left overs for the next day."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "I like it. Another gem on Ventura Blvd, cozy, small, nice outdoors at night!"
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "Four of us -- each chose something different. Food was prepared as requested (two orders with special request). Tasty. Large portions (we each had left overs). Good variety. Casual. Comfortable. Quiet enough for conversation. Have eaten there many times for lunch - only 2nd time for dinner. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Parking attendant would not honor Nicolas's 60 minute calibration and would not let my car out even though it was there only 59 minutes. He was rude and insulting. I had to wait in linenbehindnothers to pay so he said I was 1 minute late. Lost me as a regular patron"
    Dined on 8/26/2013
  • "I took my husband there for his birthday. We really enjoyed food and their service. We were comfortable to talk with people there. I recommend here to my friend!"
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "It's hard to fault a restaurant for being busy. But most good establishments prepare for the heavier flow. Nicola's is at its worst when there's a crowd. Our experience tonight was awful, and that was at 6:30pm. The manager was clueless, and the servers were aloof. It took 45 minutes for the food to arrive ... a bit excessive for an average caliber restaurant. The food is decent, but it's hardly a taste of authentic Italian cuisine. Basically, it's the perfect place to take a bunch of little kids and their grandparents -- translation, anyone with low expectations. If you're looking for something more, there are plenty of better options in Woodland Hills."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "We have been fans of Nicola's Kitchen for years. The food is consistently high quality and prepared with care. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed at the outside seating, lovely on a warm summer evening or wrapped up on a winter night. The booths inside can change the experience into a romantic dinner. The staff is excellent all around but we do have our favorite server, Kelly, who is never without a smile and an engaging laugh while providing great service!"
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "I go to Nicola's at least twice a week for lunch. I love it! The owners and servers treat me like family. They always use my first name. The food is delicious, especially the special chopped chicken salad."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "Food and service always consistent and of the highest quality."
    Dined on 7/11/2013
  • "I've been here for lunch several times, and the food has always been great. This was the first time I came for dinner. The food was excellent, especially the pine nut crusted halibut. Our server was extremely personable, had great recommendations, and even gave us a sample of the tiramisu because he promised it would be the best we'd ever tasted - it was."
    Dined on 6/29/2013