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Nicola Restaurant and Bar

4.7
4.7
1379 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Nicola Restaurant is dynamic, cultural, and fun with open doors for all who want a true taste of Italian authenticity. To say the least, the food will be a treasure for your senses. Nicola restaurant is for any person hungry for not just food and drink, but for the unique presence of beauty, joy, and family which exists in every Italian family's home. With chef Nicola's ability to bring together simple ingredients to create delicious dishes in a welcoming atmosphere, you are sure to have an enjoyable experience. Join us and taste Nicola's vision that greets the senses with the aroma, taste, and feel of a small town in Tuscany.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Bar Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (614) 459-7000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nicola

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining area seates up to 90 and can be used as two beautiful private rooms that seats from 20-50 each

  • Private party contact

    Speranza: (614) 459-7000

  • Neighborhood

    Upper Arlington

  • Cross street

    Henderson

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in front and behind the building

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,379 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Italian

  • Columbus

    Notable Wine List

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    Romantic

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    Special Occasion

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  1. LM

    LisaM

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a wonderful evening. The outdoor seating area was perfect for our dinner. The ravioli was delicious. And, make sure you save room for the limoncello cake!
  2. t

    thomast

    Montreal

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nicola is a long-time favorite. Outstanding, authentic Tuscan food with excellent service that makes us feel like family.
  3. MB

    MarkB

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Veal Marsala was so good. Really enjoyed it and Thanks Nicola
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    As always the food was wonderful. It could be served anywhere in Italy. Service a bit sketchy for the first time ever here. Chalk it up to, you know, labor shortage.
  5. SM

    ShirleyM

    Western NC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Dinner with my granddaughter. Sat outside and it was lovely. Will definitely return
  6. S

    Stefan

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was great. Calamari was lightly breaded as were the peppers and crisply finished. All the pastas were fresh. The ravioli was a single huge ravioli - the size of a small pizza! It was delicious. The pasta with wild boar is extremely rich. The deserts were delicious as well. The patio is like its own tucked away place. Very nice. The staff was friendly and attentive. The only issue was that because it was very busy, it took a while to get the check and cash out.
  7. BA

    BrookeA

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great birthday meal mushrooms and pasta Thank you!
  8. JD

    JimD

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a remarkable place with remarkable food. The pappardelle with wild boar ragu is close to perfect. A special place.
  9. k

    kdiz

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Kinda fancy, kinda casual. Very Italian!
  10. H

    Happ

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pasta seafood dish, one of the best I have ever had!
  11. LS

    LoriS

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food and waitress
  12. DJ

    DebbieJ

    Columbus

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints!! The food and service was excellent!
  13. JJ

    JohnJ

    Columbus

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    the pasta with meatball was scrumptious. My dinner companion seemed to enjoy the seafood gnocchi. Portions are generous. The martini was perfect, though a bit pricey. This is a wonderful place for Italian food.
  14. F

    Foodmeister

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was great. We have never had a bad meal here.
  15. L

    Laura

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was no acknowledgement of celebrating a birthday, but that is minor to us. Great food!!
  16. M

    Mike

    Columbus

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go-to restaurant; friendly service, excellent food, nice wine selection
  17. y

    yvonned

    Columbus

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alex was an amazing server! The food was excellent as usual. Many of us had the short ribs and gnocchi which was delicious!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Formerly one of our favorites - The owner is a wonderful host. Unfortunately on the night we were there, we were seated at the patio and waited 30 minutes for a server to take o
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked in the staff was extremely pleasant and friendly. We sat outside and the table was clean. Service was quick but we were not rushed. Portions were a good size and our server was knowledgeable on the menu. Food was tasty. We will be back soon! Prices were a bit higher but food was homemade and I guess in this current client was priced correctly. Again, a great experience and we plan to come back.
  20. J

    Jeff

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant! Can’t say anything is less than spectacular. Service, ambiance, food, price, etc. Nicola is great!
  21. g

    goodeater

    Columbus

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a special family dinner and it was wonderful. The apps and entrees were delicious! Our server and the owner made us feel so welcome and even took our picture for us outside as we were leaving.
  22. AD

    AnaD

    Orlando

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time at mother’s day! Great food! We will be back for sure
  23. KR

    KatherineR

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Went there the night before graduation. We picked it due to the menu choices. Was surprised with a smaller Mothers Day menu not mentioned on Open Table. We kept having to have others find our waiter, as he did not come back after the meal was delivered. We got an incorrect appetizer (someone else’s?), and he never smiled during the meal. We asked for cannoli for dessert. Was told they are out of cannoli. Really, on a very early sitting on graduation and Mothers Day weekend, they were out of cannolis in an Italian Restaurant?? I would have thought they would have been prepared.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  25. TS

    TimS

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Nice place. Seems they should bring bread, especially for the price point. Service was slightly slow. We did like it enough, to visit again.
  26. J

    Jmac

    Naples

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always an excellent meal with prompt attentive service.
  27. D

    Donald

    Columbus

    451 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    451 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The initial service was acceptable, seated on time etc. The drinks were unacceptable, the soup of the day seemed old and extremely salty. The appetizer Calamari was delish! We should have stopped there. The Gnocchi very bland for a dish that sounded delicious, shrimp Alfredo just OK as well as the lasagna. The first impression will be our last.
  29. A

    Aannb16

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best service who gave great recommendations, couldn’t have asked for a better first time experience!
  30. H

    Heff

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Tuscan dining experience. Authentic in taste and presentation. I sapori genuini della Toscana!
  31. FL

    FoodLover

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    I normally don’t write reviews, but absolutely was disappointed with this visit. The spaghetti was good … however… $13 for kids spaghetti and no option for adult spaghetti was ridiculous (was a special menu) Waitress was the absolute worst and she got a great tip from us because we were a party over 5 and automatically charged 20% service fee … I have no problem giving a good waitress that tip, but she never came to check on us and the long wait for food was a little annoying too If you’re going to charge a service fee make sure you give that table a decent waitress… $23 tip to the worst waitress is the part that makes me the most annoyed
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great experience. Hidden gem!
  33. w

    william

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always friendly staff and hosts, and very tasty food, especially anything with truffles.
  34. P

    Pattie

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I love this restaurant the food is always great. We had a reservation at 7:30. We were unaware that they closed at 8:30. We finished our meal with the lights on music off and our server sitting in a booth waiting for us to finish our bottle of wine. It was so awkward.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Chef Nicola came and greeted us personally. Food was authentic Italian. Highly recommend!
  36. D

    Deber

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice dinner with friends celebrating a birthday. The Caesar salad was just okay—romaine too large, not enough shaved parm or croutons. Chicken piccata was good; the side spaghetti was mediocre. The highlight was the tiramisu that we shared for dessert.
  37. DJ

    DebbieJ

    Columbus

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was amazing. Perfect portion sizes and was delicious!
  38. JC

    JoeC

    Columbus

    82 reviews

    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We've been here a few times, and it's always very good. Service is outstanding. I can recommend.
  39. GS

    GaryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food; great service. Fine Italian wine list. I would go back tomorrow.
  40. H

    Hellcat

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicola is an excellent date night spot. Consistent customer service amd food quality!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Nicola Restaurant and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 459-7000.

Nicola Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1379 OpenTable diners.

Nicola Restaurant and Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Nicola Restaurant and Bar

4740 Reed Rd. Columbus, OH 43220

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Henderson

  • Neighborhood

    Upper Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Bar Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in front and behind the building

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nicola

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (614) 459-7000

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining area seates up to 90 and can be used as two beautiful private rooms that seats from 20-50 each

  • Private party contact

    Speranza: (614) 459-7000

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