Nicola Restaurant and Bar

4.8
1235 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1235 people are saying
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ManavS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a little overprices to be honest- food was a 8/10 not bad at all

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit. We were greeted like old friends. We've traveled Italy extensively. Nicola's food and wine would be at home in Florence or Rome. We've already booked a return visit. 'nuff said.

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EileenB
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always great. Patio nicely done

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vipErikaP
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. The pasta, the wine, the limoncello- our favorite restaurant in the city. ❤️

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vipBrookeA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent homemade pasta. The patio is lovely with flowers and the garden to the side. Love this restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was an amazing experience food was great and nicola came out to the patio tables and touched base with everyone to make sure everything was great!

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MichaelH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic place. The food was incredible and the service was outstanding. Authentic Italian is exactly how I would describe it. I cant say enough about the food and service. I felt like I was having dinner at my Italian Grandmother's house. Nicola Great job in the Kitchen and at the Table. this is my third time here and all my experiences have been similar, so this is not a fluke. GREAT JOB we will be back

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TonyM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s a NICE restaurant. Do not let the strip mall location fool you. Also, it does not have a children’s menu.

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Doug
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The rack-of-lamb was ok, but not worth the price compared to other places we’ve had it. Maybe other items on the menu would be a better choice, something more traditional Italian.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!!

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HB57
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around!

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vipslangster
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a marvelous evening of drinks and appetizers out on the patio. Service was excellent--perfectly paced, and the food, as usual, top-notch. Highly recommend!

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vipMike
Columbus
109 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Nicolas. Great food (non-red sauce Italian), nice mostly Italian wine selection, friendly service, and the personal attention of owners Nicola and Esperanza.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

This restaurant does not use Open Table reservations anymore! Had to eat at the bar because did not accept reservation. You should take them
Off!

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vipDonnie
Pittsburgh
368 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious authentic food!

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vipKristaj
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service . We ate on the patio area which was beautifully decorated w lights and flowers . Will def be back .

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vipErikaP
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Italian restaurant in the city. Always excellent

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vipLuvglass
Columbus
54 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the lovely patio and totally enjoyed our meals. My husband had seafood risotto, mom had the gnocchi, dad had the tagliatelle I had homemade pasta with Alfredo sauce. Our server was delightful and efficient. We will definitely go back!

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CbusMike
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Hostess was dismissive and in a nice way,, confrontational. No complimenary bread at an Italian restaurant was surprising to say the least. Our waiter was nice, but we felt a little awkward when he spoke with us. Food was phenomenal. A little on the high especially without again, a complimentary side. Overall okay, but doesn't demand a must go

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vipThomasF
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Outstanding veal dishes- excellent Tiramisu -service was good after an initial mixup on who was covering our table - we will be back again

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Peggy
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lasagna was outstanding. The portabello mushroom with sausage was delish! Tiramisu and cappucino were the perfect endings.

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viphabk
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always completely satisfied after dining at nicola. Food is fabulous, delicious wines, and very friendly staff. Great place to take friends for any occasion . Highly recommend

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vipClintonvilleDave
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant for either simple dining or a special occasion. Our server, Sara, was wonderful.

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Diana
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous environment, service and food. Felt like i was in Tuscany seeing the tomatoes and basil growing right off the garden patio.

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RonG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal
Never disappointed
Real Italian
Will return agsin

SF
ScottF
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant dining experience! The food is outstanding, we will be back!

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vipkatieg
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and incredible service every time! I haven't had anything there I did not enjoy. The recommendations on drinks and food from our server were incredible.

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vipMike
Columbus
110 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - varied and creative Italian, not just red sauce based. Nice wine selection; friendly service. Nice patio and a confortable well spaced dining room. Owners are delightful - he's the chef and she manages the dining room and has time to greet all their customers

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vipnan4540
Columbus
71 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a bright spot in my week...dinner at Nicola! The food is outstanding and chef Nicola has special creations all the time, dining here is a delight!

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NickB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The food was amazing. The owner came and talked to us and was extremely friendly. The Ambiance was perfect. I highly recommend this place, and we will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Italian food we’ve had in Columbus in a very long time! Definitely will be back.

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BridgetC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very good. She never rushed any part of the dinner. It is a pleasant dining experience. The food was very good. We had lasagna.

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WayneB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio seating was exceptionally beautiful with all the flowers and plants. We especially appreciated the complimentary aperitif in recognition of our anniversary. Food was superb!

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vipNicoleT
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was okay, expected higher quality.

JP
JulieP
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality ingredients prepared really well. Service was warm and inviting. Pasta dishes had loads of flavor. If you're looking for something different don't shy away from the wild boar pasta. It was excellent.

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Coco
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant. On this visit we had Nicola's cioppino and veal piccata. For dessert, cannolis and cappacino. Just delicious. The homemade pasta is so good. The service is wonderful.

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Jmac
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best genuine Italian

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vipErikaP
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The homemade pastas are incredible. As are the specials. Each week it’s something new and amazing. Best Italian restaurant in the city.

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vipToniaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a perfect night on the patio. Even though there were a lot of diners we felt like we had our own space. Food, as always, was amazing!

DJ
vipDebbieJ
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent service!!

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 4.8 stars by 1235 OpenTable diners.

Nicola Restaurant and Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://nebula.wsimg.com/f9499872297e63c9298a752b689b6cc3?AccessKeyId=20873B1DA91CA87DF5AB&disposition=0&alloworigin=1.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.