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Nicola's Ristorante
Nicola's Ristorante

Nicola's Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicolaslegacy.com
  • Email: awilkerson@ciemail.com
  • Phone: (972) 608-4455
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday 4pm - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday 4pm - 11pm
    Sunday 4pm - 9pm

    Happy Hour:
    Monday - Friday 4pm - 7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Ryan Nagby
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Nicola's Ristorante Italiano offers both private and semi-private dining areas for your group's comfort and convenience. Private Dining Room Pranzo Privata is available for private dining up to 16 guests. Semi-private Dining Areas - Our mezzanine offers three semi-private settings, Mezzanino Centrale, Est Di Loge and Ovest di Loge. Seating Capacities - Pranzo Privata seats 16 guests at a large oval table in a luxuriously appointed private dining room. Mezzanino Centrale accommodates 16 guests at 2 round tables for 8. Est di Loge is comfortable for up to 45 guests. Ovest di Loge is perfect for up to 24 guests. For groups larger than 12, or for private or semi private dining, please call contact the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bishop
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Nicola's Ristorante
Our opulent, theatrical design features a sophisticated bar, and al fresco dining on the patio, private dining room for sixteen, and a stunning mezzanine overlooking the main dining area for the best people watching in town.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Eaten at Nicola's off and on since Galleria, not often at Legacy. Recently we were pleased with the food. Most dishes are now worth the price. New chef and new GM (same owners) make a difference. This week we tried lunch and two dinners. The food was good (exception: Chicken Paillard oddly plated). The variable was service. Our first meal the server was good: prompt, pleasant, professional. The next meal's server was not unpleasant but not our style. The third meal's server was odd. He offered a relaxed pace. Then repeated interruptions to ask the timing we wanted for the next dish, to the minute: "8 minutes or 9?". Odd, then unable to control timing: dishes arrived at various ill-timed moments. Funny but off-putting."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This restaurant is our favorite "go to" place with friends. The dinner is paced well so you can visit and take your time but not too slow. Our favorite dish is the chicken, artichoke lasagna. It's unusual and a good change from typical pasta dishes."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was very good, and our service was outstanding. We had a very pleasant waiter who seemed knowledgable on wines."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My two friends and I went to the restaurant looking for a great meal as we did receive, but we didn't except such bad service. Our waiter wasn't really focusing on us as he did on other tables and he had to flag other waiters to get us drinks and other things we needed. Our waiter brought our drinks and check. We didn't know who exactly we were tipping, to be honest. He wasn't attentive to us at all and it made our experience a lot less enjoyable. The food was delicious and the prices are good but service wasn't. Maybe next time it will be better, if there is a next time."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I brought 7 colleagues to this restaurant and felt like I owed them an apology after. The service at Nicola's just continues to deteriorate. Last visit, we were rushed through dinner, asked for bread, asked for refreshed drinks. This time, a server spilled a plate of calamari down my back and there was no effort to clean it up. Fried calamari was spread on top of my chair and underneath 2 of our dining chairs, at our feet. It was on my business suit jacket. I had to ask another passing by server to get someone to clean it up and they seemed surprised. I would have expected an immediate clean-up and perhaps a visit by the manager with an apology. Still had to ask for bread and refreshed drinks. There is no service at this place."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We tried the Porco Buco (Lamb shank) and the Paccheri con Brasato di Manzo (paccheri pasta with braised beef ragu) Both were excellent. The portions are huge so we took home half of each and had a great left-over meal for lunch the next day. Prices were good for the quality and amount of food served. The service was outstanding and our waitress knew her menu well and was able to speak to the various dishes as we decided what to try. For dessert we tried the crème brulee, it was very good, the top was an even golden color with no burn marks and the custard underneath was smooth and rich. Overall it was a wonderful dining experience. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My husband and I have dined at Nicola's after seeing a movie at the Angelika a couple of times. The atmosphere is nice, especially upstairs, and the service is typically very good. The food is good, not "foodie" worthy but nice and basic. The “Granchio con Avocado” appetizer was great, the flatbreads are great. The “Fusilli” pasta dish was good and the Halibut special was very good. Wish they had more vegetarian dishes and were a bit more creative and healthy in their approach to food."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday with a group of girls. They sat us upstairs which was perfert. Food was great and service was excellent. Very nice dinner."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Too noisy, chair bumped by passing waiters 4 times, salad was just ok, main dish was just ok, the wine was great as was the company. wouldn't go back - too many other places to try."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Nicola's is consistently a good place to dine in the Shops of Legacy. Tonight, however, it was not quite as good as it typically is. Maybe an "off-night"? :-("
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have been to Nicola's many times. The visit a few months ago was a phenomenal experience with some of the best snapper I have ever had. When my wife asked where I wanted my birthday dinner, I immediately chose Nicola's. It was quiet and lovely. The service was very good. The appetizers were quite tasty. We ordered entrees and were served in a short time. I had ordered a rack of lamb, which was very fatty and obviously not well chosen by the chef. I could not eat it and sent it back, ordering filet of sole. It was barely tolerable, as it was way overcooked. Not a great birthday dinner."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a nice experience. This is one of our favorites for the whole family and for special occasions. The service is not rushed and great, suggestions and new items are always welcome and the time and care taken on presentation is well worth it. We like to watch the kitchen downstairs, but the rest of the place is just as nice, with the right level of activity to make an intimate meal a joy. Great to be back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The best words to describe the food are light and flavorful. We both really enjoyed the "Fritto Misto" which is a kind of sampler of fried appetizer treats including Calamari, Shrimp, Green Apples, Red Bell Peppers and Zucchini. The Apples and Shrimp really stood out as being excellent. Their take on Lasagna called "Lasagnetta" is light and tasty and features artichoke hearts, Béchamel and ground chicken the portion size was large, the flavor quite delicate. The "Salmone Balsamico" was a beautiful dish, that was light on taste, I wish it had been a little "bolder". It includes Carrots, Broccoli, and potatoes all of which need to be eaten while hot. It was a good portion of food. I would definitely eat at Nicola's again."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Very enjoyable evening with a party of eight. The food was really great as well the service."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I loved the food and wine. The service was amazing. He was very prompt and courteous. The best part was that my reservation at another restaurant had been canceled last minute because they had overbooked. I went crazy looking for any place with an open table. When I saw Nicola's online I thought I was going to have to settle but the online photos don't do it justice. I called and they saved my behind on a last minute Valentines Day Reservation! I couldn't ask for more."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a very enjoyable evening. The service was outstanding. We sat upstairs - downstairs is more fun and a better atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My first time here. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Very nice setting."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The service was excellent, our waiter very helpful with good advice when we were deciding what to order (and not just simply telling us to choose the most expensive items lol). We ordered an appetizer with avocado and crab which was something we had never heard of (sorry I can't remember the name of it) but it was delicious. My pork shank was tender and flavorful and my husband enjoyed his cioppino. The only disppointment for my husband was the caesar salad which he thought needed more flavor. The price is on the high end, but we enjoyed our dinner for this special occasion."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went to Nicolas for Valentines dinner and we were very satisfied. Food was awesome and the service was exceptional. Have had lunch there and was so good decided to try dinner, glad we did. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my wife here to celebrate valentine'Valentine's day. Wine, service and food were all exceptional. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Nicola's was really an unexpectedly nice experience. This is a place where you can dress up as nice as you want, and have a romantic dinner at a reasonable price. Valet parking right in front of the restaurant. The atmosphere is very nice. If you like wine, they have an extensive list. There is obviously a requirement for an experienced wait staff. Food is high quality and delicious. Double check your bill though, we had an extra dish on ours. We will likely go back soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "If you ask for a booth, it's a great spot for a romantic date. Great food."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "1)Our table was right in front of the restrooms. Not appropriate for a romantic night. We decied not pay atention to it and enjoy the night. 2) Appetizer was fine./ 3) Pasta was only ok. It had oyster shels but most of them were closed which means you can't eat them. / 4) Scallops most of them came burned from the grill, which change entirely the flavor to something you won't enjoy. 5) When we ordered a couple of wine glass it took loooong time and some reminders to our waiter to finaly bring them. We didn't complain there because as you can see. Each of those happened on the course of the "normal" service flow. But when you sumarize what happened it's significant. I hope this helps you."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Every time I go to Nicola's I get a great meal with great service. The caprese salad was was a great starter, the short ribs with mushroom risotto were amazing, and desert was delicious... Get the cheesecake. By the way, everything is made on the premises... The pasta, mozzarella, sauces, everything."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "On Saturday 02/08/14 we had reservations at 8:00 pm, when we arrived to the place we were told to wait 5 minutes because the table was not ready. Every 5 minutes we were told the same excuse by the Hostess and her associates, we waited for about 45 minutes until the table came up available - When we asked what the problem was we were told that we have 4 parties with 8:00 O'clock reservation in front of us - So what's the point to have a reservation when you are going to wait 45 minutes for your table? It is not really worth to have a reservation for this place -"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Had a group of 6 dining on a Friday night at 8pm. Reservation was easy to get and easily adjusted our number from 4 to 6 with about a 2 hour notice. The restaurant was pretty empty while we were there so that explains why the accommodation was so easy. Everything was very nice but I felt that our server was a bit strange a aloof. We had to ask if there were specials (there were). Surprisingly, gratuity was not included in our final bill. Food was very good with generous portions."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We arrived just 15 minutes early of our reservation so we waited at the bar, standing room only on a Saturday night. Bar service was slow, but dinner service was great. We went in January, and sat at a table for 2 near the patio windows and I was cold, the windows are not insulated well. I do get cold easily, but even my husband noticed so I would personally call next time to request a different table. Food was great."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We have dined at Nicola's several times and continue to go back because of those experiences. The greet staff were very welcoming as was the team in the bar prior to our being seated. We did have an incident Sat evening where a service helper spilled a water glass down the back of one of the ladies in our party. While ultimately the manager stopped to check on her and did then comp our appetizers, the person responsible and our assigned waiter seemed indifferent to the issue and appeared to treat it as though nothing had happened. Love the food at Nicola's but this definitely left a bad taste..."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I booked almost at the last minute. The food was very good and the service was awesome!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "A group has been coming to this restaurant during our girls weekends for four or five years (we are from OK). We love the food and ambience. Service is always impeccable. We did talk later that their menu doesn't seem to have changed a bit the entire time. But if they do update it - they need to leave the chicken lasagne on it!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We have loved having a great Italian restaurant close by. But, since they have changed the menu, the quality and, oddly enough, even the service, have suffered. After two visits, and wrong dishes served, we'll be going to Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "My wife and I love Nicole's and try to go on every occasion we can. The food and service is great and their wine list is very good."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great food and drinks. Ordered sea bass which was amazing and Scott our waiter made some recommendations, some of the menu. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Overall, the food was good, though not up to its normal standards. The Minestrone was nothing special. The prosciutto-wrapped scallop with squid ink spaghetti - the special - was a bit on the salty side. The cheesecake was fantastic."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "EXCELLENT food and impeccable service.... Enjoyed it immensely."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We have dined at Nicola's many times over the past 7 years. Food and service is good and like that it is in a vibrant area such as the Shops of Legacy. We'd go here even more if they would bring back 5000 point tables. Radu and John are our favorite servers."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I have dined here several times with my husband and his parents. Wants for his mom's birthday we used their large group room upstairs in the setting was beautiful. The experience and dining are top notch every time we go.it was excellent as expected for a double date birthday party this time around. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a wonderful Italian dining experience!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "love this restaurant! The food is consistently excellent; presentation is nice; staff is attentive yet not overbearing. Ask to be seated in Azir's station - he is a real pro."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Very good experience. From the crab cakes, and the Amatriciana bucatini appetizer, to both of the veal dishes"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a romantic dinner for New Year's Eve. The service was impeccable and our waiter was knowledgable of the food and drink menu. The optional set menu was a different experience, and we ordered from the regular menu as well. We took our time with our courses and the server was sensitive to this. Overall, it was a fantastic dinner and NYE experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013