Nicola Restaurant and Bar

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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

Wine & Dine with Chef Nicola.

Chef Nicola invites you to join us at NICOLA RESTAURANT for an exclusive Wine Pairing Dinner featuring a 5-course dinner expertly paired with Italian wines.

Space is very limited.
To reserve please RSVP by calling 614.459.7000

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 30, 2019

Ends: October 31, 2118

Availability: Wed 6:30PM-9:00PM

What 1004 People Are Saying
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OT
Columbus
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Nicola! We always have a good experience!

JS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last minute reservation for 15. We were seated together in a side area which worked great. Food and service was awesome. Highly recommend Nicola!

SS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We plan on returning. The food was excellent! It was extremely noisy and the waitress seemed a little busy but took care of us.

g
Columbus
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food is always wonderful and people are always welcomed and made to feel valued.
The service was a bit slow. I believe the waiter had too many tables to take care of.
Look forward to going back..🍷🍴

c
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have often dined at Nicola. We have always had good food, excellent service in a very coomodious atmosphere.

n
Columbus
56 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Nicola is always an enjoyable experience. Casual Saturday night dinner on the patio was made more special with the fabulous food and excellent service! Thanks Nicola! ❤️

r
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Friendship

OT
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service and lovely food. We were celebrating a special occasion and it was the perfect place to do so!

g
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service from Beth. Food excellent and reasonably-priced.

WM
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful dining experience, delicious food, friendly, personable service. We ate on the patio -- charming !

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Every dish was top notch. I'd recommend this to anyone.

LS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Excellent food.felt that service was lacking and possibly overlooked.we may try you place again!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They had the largest ravioli we have ever experienced.

n
Columbus
56 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family dinner and it was memorable. The food, wine, service and ambiance was outstanding!

L
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best spots for special occasions! Outstanding service and food!!

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonder food. Authentic and carefully and expertly prepared.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Gorgeous patio and incredible food!
Only negatives - We had to wait 30 minutes for our table outside even though we had a reservation. I guess you can’t make a reservation for outside? The service was somewhat slow, but I think they may have been short staffed tonight.
Definitely recommend this place and am eager to go back!!

CD
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu, ambiance, and our waiter Igor were all excellent.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

MH
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow, especially since the resturant was less than half full on a Friday evening. One of our meals was cold when served and had to be reheated. Everyone was very polite.

B
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My wife and I made a reservation at Niola for dinner on a Friday Evening. We arrived on time and were seated quickly. The waitress brought us each a water, and then for the next 30 minutes we watched as four other tables were seated, their drinks were ordered & delivered along with bread and butter, and their dinner orders were taken.
All the while my wife and I sat with our waters. No one offered us menus, bread or asked what we would like to have to drink.
We got up and left. As we walked out the door the hostess said she hoped we had a good evening.

P
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Nicola Restaurant is always a treat! The seafood risotto was the special for the day and was excellent, as was the pork dish. We enjoyed the owners stopping by to greet us and the beautiful summer evening. Thank you for a great dining experience.

D
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for a special occasion or just dinner out!

BG
Cincinnati
60 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent neighborhood gem! Authentic Italian cuisine. We are from Cincy and wee will be back!

n
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu has changed considerably since I was last there, but it's still wonderful. I miss the the lamb rack they used to do so beautifully. But everything was great as always this time

JJ
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was, as always, scrumptious. My dinner companion prefers the spaghetti with meatballs. I had the rigatoni with a side order of sausage. They were, if anything, better than I remembered. The service was attentive without being overwhelming; and the chef's wife was welcoming and considerate. It was too hot to enjoy the patio, unfortunately; that space has become increasingly attractive as the well-chosen plants have approached maturity.

L
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Igor took great care of us. We felt very welcome and enjoyed our meal very much

F
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner with friends last Saturday evening. We dined on the patio and found it absolutely lovely. Although surrounded by a parking lot, there were potted bushes all around the exterior which gave it a private, elegant feel. There were also plants between the tables so, again, there was the feeling of privacy. It was quiet and pleasant. The service was quite good and everyone enjoyed their food. Three of us had salads and appetizers as our meal and that was quite sufficient. The other person had the lasagna and there was plenty to take home for another meal. All in all a wonderful outing and dinner.

G
Columbus
40 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian fóod in Columbus! Family owned and truly authentic.

UA
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to dine here. Excellent food, service and ambiance makes it worth every penny. Our favorite place in town.

j
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great homemade pasta...beautiful Patio good people.. We will be back

JC
Columbus
78 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very attentive albeit slow service. Everything is "leisurely." Food is creative Italian fare, and very good. Very dark and quiet ambience. Good wine list. Few desserts, no cannoli(?!), though. I can recommend, but don't be in a hurry.

VD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Our waiter never understood what we told him or asked him ! We had to repeat it couple of times or really very loud!

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! Great people and excellent food.

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

As always the food and service was fantastic!

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

Great service. Excellent cocktails. And very good food.

JB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit to Nicola.. overall experience was wonderful. Waiter was attentive and the cocktails/food were superb. The veal special was perfect and the scallops/arugula risotto outstanding.. I licked the plate.. Nicola came table side to chat and told him I will make ourselves regulars for sure.

TR
Toledo
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Casual fine Italian dining. Good for any occasion.

OT
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Best patio in town.

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