Nicola Restaurant and Bar

4.6
929 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.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Buona Festa Della Mamma. We'll be open 11:30-2:30 and will feature Chef Nicola's special menu.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 929 People Are Saying
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Columbus
47 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Happy Hour menu is fabulous and a real bargain. The beverage prices for Happy Hour as well as the drink options are a real steal!

I always have the Tagliatelle ai Funghi for my entree. It is great if you love mushrooms.

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Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Italian food! Best I have had in Columbus so far. Service was excellent too. Will be back often.

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Columbus
88 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there w/ close friends recently. We’ve added Nicola to our list of favorites. Food is superb and service is especially warm & wonderful. Our dinner group has also enjoyed dining there.

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Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, out service was great and the overall experience was very nice. It was our first time dining at Nicola and it won’t be our last.

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MM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Columbus. Food amazing and the owners are so welcoming. You feel like you have been invited to their home.

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SM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mother and wife for their birthdays and the experience was outstanding. Amazing food, lovely setting and perfect service.

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TH
Columbus
73 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Greeted warmly, served professionally, delicious food, great (reasonably priced) wine list.
Homemade pasta, one of my favorite marinara sauces ever and a meatball that melts in your mouth - even simple spaghetti is amazing. Patio weather is coming - I'll be there.

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B
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice menu with good offerings. Food was good and service was very good.
Restaurant is dark which detracted from the ambience.

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DK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner as always. Thanks for s great birthday diner for Lyla.

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VV
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Although they mentioned it is a toddler friendly environment, we would suggest not to take toddlers as the ambiance is very quiet and would disturb other guests. Overall the experience is wonderful and value for your money

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PT
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had 5 reservation. Service and food was delicious. The only disappointment was Happy Hour is from 4-7 and u can ONLY, get that menu at the bar. I would think before 6 it would be available at the tables too.

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KL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicola is our favorite restaurant. The restaurant has a quiet intimate atmosphere which is perfect to enjoy an amazing bottle of wine -at a reasonable cost . The food is outstanding-- they never fail to deliver an excellent meal with a fabulous presentation -all served by an authentic Italian server who can offer excellent advice regarding the selections. They are willing to make substitutions to your meal so you can have the sides your prefer. It is our go-to restaurant after a long day when we want to relax and enjoy a delicious meal.

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j
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best Italian food in the city..love the owners and bar

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B
Columbus
45 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good meal at Nicola’s. My fish special was outstanding and the service was excellent. We will definitely be returning!!

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CO
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 bone pork chop special was delicious and huge!! Wife had risotto daily special which was great, too.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful hidden gem of a restaurant! Aside from great food, you're made to feel special as a customer.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fabulous experience!! Thank you! The food and attention from the chef and staff were all amazing. The wine and food selections are perfect.

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DD
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great! My only complaint (and I’m not normally one to complain) is that our dining table, and quite a few around us, were cheap, flimsy, collapsible card tables. They wobbled like crazy. We had to move tables once. They definitely aren’t suitable for a commercial restaurant.

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J
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always Nicola delivers with an outstanding Italian dish. Great neighborhood authentic Italian dining.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Server had too many tables. Slow, weak service. Food was over cooked.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the veal and scallops with a substitute side of Parmesan risotto. It was one of the best meals I have had. I had it with a great Italian white wine....perfecto!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre Theater

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

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

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NH
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was very slow. The waiter only came by the table about every twenty minutes. I ordered the sea bass and it was cold. I was able to get it reheated and then it was okay. I was impressed by the lobster bisque and my husband was impressed by the Caesar salad, but we both thought the rest of the food was so-so. The noise level was a little high, had trouble hearing my husband when we talked.

I won't be going there again.

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RR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I'm assuming it was an off night for the restaurant. Our server barely noticed we were there and the food was average at best. It was also somewhat uncomfortable because it seemed that they were trying to squeeze one more table in the room so we were bumping into the people on either side of us. The bottom line for us was that they were way over priced and we won't be coming back.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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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F
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
47 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
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
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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
10 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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R
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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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