Nicola's Ristorante
Nicola's Ristorante

Nicola's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicolaslegacy.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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Nicola's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (35)special occasion (33)fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (20)good for groups (15)notable wine list (14)hot spot (12)great for lunch (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Undercooked Pasta--not Al Dente
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great service and atmosphere, but the pasta we ordered--the bolognese and wild mushroom ravioli--were undercooked, I understand the concept of Al Dente--meaning it is just finished cooking when it gets to the customer, but we could see raw white dough when the food was bitten. The waitress checked up right after we were served, took the undercooked bolognese back, and then reserved us more undercooked bolognese--but more cooked. To their credit, the Bolognese sauce was great, but the pasta was simply undercooked. If it was actually done Al Dente, I'm sure it would have been better. TL;DR Good service, undercooked pasta.
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  • Cold Interior, mediocre food
    RONALDGVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This restaurant was freezing inside. Like everyone kept their jackets on inside cold. Just cheap tasting cheesy macaroni grill type food. Salads were boring and relatively expensive. Nothing worth a repeat trip.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BAD BAD BAD
    DaCaptain
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It took about 7 minutes before anyone even brought us water. When our order was brought the halibut was undercooked and cold in the middle. We returned it and nobody even apologized or offered us anything while my wife ate and I sat there waiting for my recooked halibut. We had about 4 different people who waited on us and never had any idea who our wait person was. Nothing was offered for the inconvenience - how about a free glass of wine or something for this mess of a dinner they gave us. This was a bad night at Nicundercookas. We have had many good meals at Nicolas and it is a fine place but not on this night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting menu choices.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Great menu selection. Excellent wait staff. Privacy appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Disappointed
    TomB
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We have be going to Nicola's for a long time. Usually we walk away very satisfied. But this last time we were a little disappointed. The bread was slightly stale, the Caprese salad was not well presented, and my Veal Marsala dish was slightly tough and relatively flavorless. We are hopeful that this was just one bad experience, otherwise will probably be looking for another favorite Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    not the same nicolas we have gone to in the past! Service was absolutely awful. Had reservations and hostess told us to wait at bar and get a drink because our table wasn't ready. server was not responsive. one of the table runners brought food out, rude! told him i had a bad glass of wine and did nothing but walk away. We used to love this place and now we will not be returning :(
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  • Dam Good Food
    Eradykator
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Food and service was top notch, I highly recommend eating here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    ErikVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great food and service while dining for dinner on a Monday night. We sat outside and it was very nice. Food was excellent and the service was great as well. Would recommend this restaurant especially outside seating when weather permits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sweet Sixteen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The manager and wait staff went above and beyond to make my daughter's birthday dinner extra special. Thank you for a perfect and memorable evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    FMFoodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My daughters and I dined at Nicola's Saturday night around 8:30. The restaurant was not particularly crowded but our server all but ignored us. He barely made it by our table to take our order. We are very easy to please and don't require anything special but felt that he couldn't be bothered to check in on us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    trick
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was excellent and the waitstaff was very friendly. Nice fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Davie and Chris date
    JChristopherJonesVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    All was wonderful on a cool night with outside dining. Music was in the air provided by the Shops at Legacy and each dish we had was excellent. Followed by chocolate martinis. It could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always consistent
    kcfoodies
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nicola's has great Italian food that is well presented and consistent in their quality. Their artichoke and chicken lasagne, in its velvety cream sauce, is a wonderful change to usual red sauced lasagne. Geoffrey our waiter is always outstanding. He knows how to time your meal, sense if your party wants to talk more or less, and can answer your questions about the menu presented. He knows the wine list and can suggest a perfect match to your dining preference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Nichola's
    Jlind1001
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Very disappointed in the service on the patio! Had to ask for water twice glasses were never refilled, dirty dishes were not picked up and never offered bread!Waiter was not even friendly! Food was only average! I brought an out of town guest and regret it! We will not return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful Experience!
    dstar2VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service was terrible! Appetizer was cold. Waited a LONG time in between appetizer and main dish. Waitress had no explanation, nor did she even refresh our drinks or bring more bread while we waited. When the main dishes finally came they came out all wrong, nothing like the menu description. Waitress just gave attitude and manager was not helpful at all until my husband approached her. We left our date night (away from our 2 year old son) hungry and frustrated. Which was such a shame because it was beautiful night out on the patio. We will not go back!
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  • Taste of Italy?? I think so!
    Topnotch
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my first time here. I choose this place as a night out with a friend visiting from out of state. We both were very pleases with the menu options, quality of food, and the superb service we received. The burshetta was the best I've ever had, and the lasangette was delicious! I'll differently make my way in again, with more business for this amazing Resturant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Food was outstanding as was the service...unrushed but attentive. Everything was done with excellence. It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • I will go for lunch only after...
    Top10VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    going on a Friday night recently. The scallops were served cold, and the flattened chicken dish was tough. To top it off, the waiter responded to a request for bread, for a second time, with a "yeah, what do you need?". Not what I would expect from a fine dining establishment!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • good food, poor service
    Husbandoffoodie
    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
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    fit for foodies
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 856 reviews are from the Nicola's Ristorante reviews archive.
  • 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
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  • 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.
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    romantic
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty restaurant
    Tx2CaliVIP
    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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic