Nicola's Kitchen
Nicola's Kitchen

Nicola's Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://nicolaskitchen.com/
  • Phone: 8188839477
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch

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

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

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, 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 8189039477

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Nicola's Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)kid-friendly (23)great for lunch (17)great for outdoor dining (16)great for brunch (13)fit for foodies (13)special occasion (9)good for groups (9)romantic (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • GREAT ITALIAN
    BobFVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We love this place. It's got a fantastic staff...very attentive waiters and bus boy. Food is great and I had a wonderful red wine this last time recommended by the manager. And the outdoor patio, although small, is so nice for dinner. And very reasonable prices! Even the pizza is great....have a slice as an appetizer!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and Consistent
    ShelRon
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    For over 20 years, the food and service has been delicious and consistent. We dine here regularly for all types of occasions. Looking forward to 20 more years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very average...
    AwinrmVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Went for lunch....a nice selection of pastas, pizzas, salads. Nothing out of the ordinary....a little pricey for a small salad....with a couple if bits if chicken.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistenly Wonderful!
    momx2VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    One of our favorite places. The food is great, the service is great, the small side patio is always comfortable. They don't have a kids menu but will make 1/2 portions for the kids. Everything is always fabulous here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites
    momx2VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We love this place from the food to the service to the atmosphere. It's one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good breakfasts!
    arv4
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice neighborhood spot
    prk60
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    mealtalk
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    teeUp9x2
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I was just here the other day and for years i've gone here, they've always impressed me with good food and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland Food
    Prothonotary
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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  • Yum!
    Looking4Yum
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Best sesame chicken ever. Grilled vegetables a must
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food AND service!
    BobFVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favoritelunchspot
    FayTVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a lucky guess!
    Tookachance
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 61 reviews are from the Nicola's Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Good food, but ...
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Beware
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST CHOPPED SALAD
    Antstay
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Best chopped Italian salad around. Amazing balsamic dressing. Wonderful focaccia bread basket.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous evening
    minireunion2014
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Regular customer
    FayTVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    Booked2DineVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low on ambience but service
    NewmiesVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Low on ambience but service friendly and food very good
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st Timer
    Scoobie213
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    FOOD WAS GOOD, PLATES WERE BIG AND DELICIOUS. COULD USE A BETTER VIBE BUT THE PLACE/LOCATION IS NICE. PRICES WERE GOOD. I GIVE IT AN 8/10
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good; not Great
    DrPaul
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Very disappointed. The food was cold and not very good. They raved about their Marsala sauce, but it had no taste.
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  • Okay
    GigiVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    The food was okay. We were a large party, yet we did not find the service very attentive.
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  • Nicola's has been a neighborhood
    clayful1VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • live2eat
    livetoeat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious bread!!!!! Great
    tkdmom
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Delicious bread!!!!! Great pizza, pasta, chicken dishes and dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprise, surprise!
    MDLRVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    vinceyface
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Family Fav
    momx2VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We love this place! It's one of our family's favorite, the food is always delicious and the service is always friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is consistently good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Food is consistently good, the service was horrible. Waitress was extremely rude with a bad attitude all night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here!
    momx2VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    One of our favorite family restaurants. Delicious food and fabulous service. Overall, a great place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood Paelle
    NelsonVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The seafood paelle is very delicious and is outstanding every time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Greatness
    gsolis3
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like it. Another gem on
    VoltarrVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    I like it. Another gem on Ventura Blvd, cozy, small, nice outdoors at night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Casual Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parking lot nightmare
    NewmiesVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time to spend!
    mako
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.