Nicola Restaurant and Bar

4.6
906 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 Toscany.
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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre Theater

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to take the girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. Tasty food, plus calm and cozy vibes

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Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Waited 20mins to get a bottle of wine. Arrived when appetizers were almost finished.

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place for a Valentines Dinner
Candles, lighting and special menu all added up to make it a wonderful evening.

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KJ
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Outstanding menu, food expertly prepared. Fantastic wine list.
Server was rather lax and inattentive. Too bad

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RH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife, who is a serious foodie, and I loved the full dinner experience. We were able to have a conversation without shouting, and really appreciated Chef Nicola coming out to speak with us, providing great insight into his favorite dish

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CG
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All food is homemade and wonderful. Service is attentive but not overbearing. The owner is delightful and makes you feel like part of the family.

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicola has become one of our favorite evenings out.
In the summer the patio is quiet and peaceful. This last week our evening inside was warm and cosy.
The ambience both outside and inside is wonderful. The service is pleasant and efficient and the food is very good. I highly recommend the veal marsala
We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall very pleased but food seemed a bit pricey

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great attentive service. Owner/chef stoped by the table to greet and welcome us. Will go again.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service and food! Chef Nicola personally visited our table to make sure our meal was good. Both he and his wife are very personable and friendly. Try the creamy Lemoncello to end your meal ~ you won’t be disappointed.

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Columbus
44 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is super friendly. The food is great. I love the atmosphere.

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Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A tavola si sta sempre in alegria!

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K
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Came here to celebrate a birthday. We’re usually here every 4-6 weeks as it’s a very enjoyable experience. Very good basic Italian menu supplemented by a good variety of specials. Overall, very attentive and friendly atmosphere. Stop in and give it a try.

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Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My first experience was excellent, which is why I returned. This time the service was very slow, the parking lot was icy, my salad had brown lettuce. I took Friends there for the first time and we were all just a little disappointed. Also, many restaurants provide a free birthday dessert. Nicola does not do that. Also a disappointment.

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JW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all the way around. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was very good, the service very slow. We were shocked however when my husband ordered the daily special which was grouper, and on when the bill came the grouper was $39. It certainly wasn't worth that...not sure any grouper is. Also we had a to go order of the trout but we were supposed to get broccoli instead of the zucchini boats...but when we got home, no broccoli...we got the zucchini boat which we pitched. If you want good food, this place is fine, but you will pay big time...with mediocre service. I really wanted to like this place and really want it to succeed, but I won't be going back

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BS
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Excellent menu options. Salty, so if you are used to a low salt diet specify this to the waiter. Great Italian food.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, service was so terrible. Overshadowed meal. Waitress seemed annoyed. Extremely slow. Quite embarrassing- had friends in town to celebrate post holidays, heard good things about restaurant- thought we’d give it a try, a mistake! Cold January night- employees kept leaving back door open. Everyone were freezing. Happy to finally get our check and go elsewhere.

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DL
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal this evening at this Tuscany themed Italian restaurant. Great service,great food, & nice atmosphere. We'll definitely be back!

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Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Veal ravioli was wonderful. Nice wine list. Service is great!

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m
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant.

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FH
Columbus
45 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Columbus. The chef/owner prepares wonderful entrees. The tagliatelle funghi is outstanding. The calamari appetizer is the best we have eaten. It is not oily at all. Mah other great options for entrees.

The Happy Hour menu is long and amazingly inexpensive.

The food and service has made us regular customers that are happy to drive 17 miles one way for this cuisine!

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AR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT local restaurant with great food. Perfect for a quiet leisurely dinner with a date or friend. Chef Nicola himself came out and checked that we were having a good time. LOVE IT!

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L
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and cuisine! Highly recommend!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fist visit and we found the food to be great and the service excellent.

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RC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I've been here twice and the food is EXCEPTIONAL! The staff are very friendly and welcoming. The only 2 suggestions I have is adding a hostess at the front and some adding more servers. Both times I went we were waiting about 5 minutes at the front door before being greeted and the service could have been more timely if an additional server or two had been on staff. Overall I would absolutely recommend this restaurant and will definitely return.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Normally we love LaTavola, but New Year's Eve this year was not a great experience. The Mexican restaurant next door had a live mariachi band, and the drum pounding made conversation at our table practically nonexistent. We had to shout to hear one another. I know there was nothing Nicola could do, but it made the evening less than enjoyable. As always, the food and service were top shelf.

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Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New Years eve reservation. Unfortunately the menu was very limited but what was offered was very good. I would like to go back and have the opportunity to try the full menu offerings...

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JG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have followed Nicola and Speranza Bedali for years. Great food and hospitality, and an opportunity to practice my Italian.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! The scallops were especially good.

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SC
Columbus
33 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very slow service...... food was very good but overpriced.

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K
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We returned for yet another Christmas Eve dinner. Our meals were great!

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Columbus
40 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our first time to this restaurant. We arrived with high expectations, and unfortunately, we left disappointed.

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CW
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicola is an intimate, off-the-beaten path Italian eatery that's a gem of Columbus, Ohio's culinary scene. The attentive service and exceptional, authentic cuisine make us keep coming back.

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Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The four of us went for the first time and we were not disappointed. The Christmas decorations and fireplace fire in the room to the left of the bar made it beautiful and cozy. Three of us had delicious dinners. The spaghetti bolognese, clam chowder, beet salad, mushroom flatbread were all excellent. Unfortunately, the fourth guest had a braised round steak with vegetables in which the beef was not that tender. He also had wanted a draft beer but had to settle for bottled beer. To top off the evening, the tiramisu dessert was one of the best we've had.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Love this restaurant ! Had a very unfriendly and unhappy server that somewhat spoiled an otherwise great dining experience.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Nicolas

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SH
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Did not like Ciopinno Too oily, no flavor wrong bread for dipping

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