Nicola's Ristorante
Nicola's Ristorante

Nicola's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicolaslegacy.com/
  • Phone: 9726084455x
  • 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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Nicola's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (39)special occasion (36)fit for foodies (28)great for outdoor dining (28)neighborhood gem (25)notable wine list (19)good for groups (16)hot spot (12)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Service
    Kakstorie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our server Kristen, was superb. It was her manner as much as anything else. A genuine smile is all-important and she has a particularly pleasant personality. Most servers have an understanding of the menu and so one looks for something else to complement the dinner. The food was very tasty and Kristen brought a complementary desert (it was amazing) as we were celebrating a birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolute Favorite!
    katyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nicola's is our absolute favorite restaurant in Plano! The food, service and ambiance are always outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    dpap
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We visited for restaurant week and had a fantastic experience! The food was incredible and the drinks were delicious. Our waiter was knowledgable and attentive but didn't interrupt our meal. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Really great selection for their restaurant week menu. Good wine list and very helpful servers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Night!
    StanVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Started with one of our favorite white wines...Tieffenbrunner Enjoyed a 3-course dinner in support of KRLD Restaurant Week.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    we enjoyed the food, but got sat upstairs away from the aesthetic part of the restaurant. service was very poor, would return, to sit downstairs with another server to try again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Evening
    FriscoFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    What a wonderful, romantic evening! The service was exceptional, along with the food..as always. What I'll remember most was that my significant other proposed to me in one of the romantic, private booths just off the dining area. We selected the engagement ring weeks ago but he was waiting for the right time to "pop" the question and surprise me. It couldn't have been a more wonderful night for us! Thanks, Nicola's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place for Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The place was nice, was a bit dissPointed in the ambience, would expected a bit nicer for the price. Overall though the food had great flavors and the service was really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Epiphany
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Their menu for restaurant week was very varied. I appreciated that. Good service. I will go again. Cannoli was to die for
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    WinenutVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is our 3rd or 4th visit Each time the food and service has lost a little the results are in keeping with prices
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian Dinner
    Bluffview1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was the third time at this restaurant. My boyfriend and I made a reservation which they seated us on time. However our server made a major mistake. I ordered an entree and appetizer. Everything was good until I waited a very long time for my entree over 30 min - rigatoni. Turns out that he not only forgot about us but never entered my entree in the system. He brought me the wrong entree and then tried to say that he just grabbed the wrong entree. Turns out they had to make my entree which took another 10 min. The service was lacking this time around.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & service.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. Our waiter, Geoffrey, was attentive and gave great menu suggestions. I would recommend this retaurant to anyone!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty restaurant
    Tx2Cali
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Pretty restaurant. Average food. The Bruschetta is doughy. The Orchietta alla Salsiccie dish is overwhelmed by salt. The wine list is small but good selections.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Freshly Made Pasta
    OrganicPasta
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My family thoroughly enjoyed Nicolas. The wait staff was exceptional, very sociable and attended our every need. We started off with the Antipasto appetizer which was delicious. My wife (Casarecci alla Bolognese), son (Rigatoni alla Zarina) and daughter (Fettuccine Alfredo) raved about their meals. I had the Ravioli di Mare which I hate to say was really bland in flavor (sauce and contents seemed to be lacking seasoning) but the pasta was very fresh tasting.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good pasta
    MilanC88
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I like there pasta dishes, its very good and taste fresh. Haven't had a bad thing yet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as it used to be
    nicoleVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Food was good, but not great like it used to be. Service was slow and the waiter ran my credit card twice, so this is another hassle. He couldn't provide me with a cancellation slip. There are much better restaurants in the neighborhood. Too bad, because it used to be a gem.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off night?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We have been to Nicolas on a number of occasions and usually it is quite good. For some reason this Sunday evening was an exception. Service was poor and food quality was average at best.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing On Every Level
    TexasTraveler14
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Although we have eaten at Nicola's many times over the years and have generally been pleased, we've noticed a marked decrease in quality of late. Dinner with friends last Saturday was the end of the road, however. Everything ordered by our party of 5 was a disappointment. Presentation was sloppy and the food lacked any flavor. Additionally, we sent two drinks back to the bar due to lipstick on the rims left from previous patrons and dirty flatware as well. It is clear that the lights are on but the management and chefs have left the building. At this price point, there are too many good choices in the area, and we won't be back. It is like mourning the passing of an old friend, but old friends treat each other with respect.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    SuzanneVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We enjoyed our evening at Nicolas. Our waitress was very attentive, food was good as it is every time I've eaten there. Always reliable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The level of service and quality of food was outstanding! I had a dinner party of 6 people and we all enjoyed the dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrible service
    tony121
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My son wanted a Pina Kolada drink and he was told thy did not have blender to make this simple drink that is served in almost every bar. Then I had to demand that the waiter fill up my Ice Tea glass as it remained empty for almost 15-minutes and we were to totally ignored
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Service!
    LHADallasVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have been eating here for years and it has really gone down hill in terms of service. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Patio. Poor Service.
    MBDFW
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We did a double date with another couple and had a table for 4 outside for a Saturday night dinner. Our waiter was just horrible and could never be found. Restaurant had plenty of empty tables so being crowded was not an excuse for the poor service. The food was good, nothing to say "wow" about but what you would expect for the price point. Wine list was more on the higher end price wise compared to the food. Worth a visit but probably won't be on my repeat list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuscan Italian Gem
    TuscanGem
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Service was excellent and the food was outstanding. Wait or served our party of 8 extremely well. Beautiful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    Diner007
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food and service. Love the patio area. Great atmosphere on the week-end. Nice for a couples night out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    TheGman
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We went to Nicola's to celebrate out anniversary on a Saturday night. It was perfect. We were seated in a booth on the back wall. So we had the energy but was away from the action of people. Food was wonderful. Although the booth seat was not very comfortable, the evening was still was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost its Luster
    WineDine69VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I started visiting this location a few years ago when it first opened & it was fantastic. It is still a lovely place overall but the "wow" factor for the food has declined.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful atmosphere mediocre food
    Shmeh
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was so so. Not amazing and not terrible. The waiter was nice, friendly, and reasonably attentive. The atmosphere was what I enjoyed the most. We sat up in the mezzanine level and were able to chat.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Specials Great!
    Top10VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I love the lunch specials here, which offer an entree', soup, or salad, and dessert for a price substantially lower than the dinner prices! The food is the same, however, so this really is a great bargain!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service and food!
    bredreview
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    One of the best service experiences I have had in Legacy area. Ask for Geoff - his recommendations were all spot on - especially on the eggplant appetizer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Coming Back In A Big Way
    xaiver56
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    When Nicola's first opened I went here a couple of times and found the food and service to be outstanding. However several trips afterwards left much to be desired in food and service. After taking a few years off my family and I returned this evening and were very pleasantly surprised. First of all the atmosphere was always wonderful, decent space between tables and comfortable, conversation flowed between the table easily. Service is definitely back at Nicola's in a big way. Our server, Nick, was not only attentive but was fun, and his suggestions were spot on. The food arrived to the table promptly, and was delightful. While some other reviews have said this is not a "foodie" restaurant I would disagree. Great place will go again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very dissappointing
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Nicola's was one of my wife and my favorite restaurants. We looked forward to the wonderful food, great service, and really nice atmosphere. All the elements are still there to provide a terrific dining experience, except for the food. Most of the staff have turned over, and I really don't know who the chef is at this point but the food was extremely bland. The portions have become very small, and the sides that accompany the main dish do not at all compliment each other. I hope the owners quickly realize the deficit they have in the kitchen, and can once again provide the food that Nicola's was known for. It is a real shame that we will not be back to see for a very long time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nicolas great
    Jeffbo
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We went to Nicolas for our anniversary as its one of our favorite places. We weren't disappointed at all, salmon was great as was pasta for my wife. A tiramisu as an anniversary present was a nice surprise as theirs is one of the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overcooked and unfresh fish
    Frostytexan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Ordered chileian bass which was not fresh and overcooked. Only ate a couple of bites. Waiter never inquired as to the food as though he knew it was terrible. Chef should go back to fast food restaurant. Worst food i have had in years.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not friendly waiter...
    carloslarat
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Hi, our experience wasn't so good. The waiter was pushing us to leave the restaurant because we didn't order dinner immediately, but we were consuming drinks and appetizers. So before ordering dinner, the waiter told us that he needs the table so we have to leave.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    Austin
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Nicola's is a presentable restaurant with a very good representation of Italian food choices. Pricing was a little high, but the food was very good and recommend it to individuals that love the Italian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Above avg food horrible service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We chose Nikolas for our Mother's Day lunch. We've had good experiences at this restaurant in the past but this weekend the service was absolutely lousy and the food was average, at best. We were immediately seated but the waiter did not great us for 10 minutes after sitting. We ordered a bottle of wine and drinks for our sons. The bottle of wine took over a half hour to arrive. When we finally ordered we had been sitting for close to 45 minutes. Overall, we were at the restaurant for 3 hours for lunch. We won't be returning to Nikolas any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    foodiemom
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We ate at Nicola's for Mother's day lunch/brunch and had a great meal with great atmosphere. Everything was perfect! Nicola's has always delivered consistently great food and service every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful outdoor patio
    CherVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We enjoyed Mothers Day brunch outdoors. Greg was our great server who accommodated our every need. Food was great and loved the generous Mimosas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    BaseballDad
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food, service, atmosphere all very good, but short of perfect. Pastas all very tasty. Like the layout and decor. Wait staff very good. Felt slightly rushed
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.