Nicola Restaurant and Bar

4.8
1249 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.

Support Nicola Restaurant and Bar during COVID-19

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

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Reserve your family table at Nicola Restaurant. We are organizing a healthy and joyful day and chef Nicola is preparing a special Holiday menu.Salute

What 1249 people are saying
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viptuff2please
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful fresh well-prepared food presented beautifully! Fantastic taste. Quiet and ambient restaurant.

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JamesW
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved the pork tenderloin and especially the desserts! Great place to dine and always excellent food!

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viphabk
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Nicola restaurant— you can’t go wrong !! Great food and service.

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ThomasG
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place for a quiet night out or a date night. Everything was great! If you love wine they have an extensive wine list reasonably priced. The only draw back is that everything is al carte and the portion size was small for the price.

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firsttimer
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Recommended for those who wish to go the step beyond "Italian-American." Genuine Italian cuisine, prepared well.

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vipmorgan2cat
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio was beautiful and a great place to celebrate a birthday

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vipErinP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time here. We were with my parents and our 4 adult children. The owners are so friendly, the servers were kind, helpful, fantastic. It felt like we were part of an Italian family in their beautiful dining room. The pasta is handmade by the owners. High end authentic Italian food. We lived in Europe for 5 years and my husband worked in Italy. It tasted like being back in Italy. Thank you Nicola! See you when we are back visiting our daughter at OSU!

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MrK0
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Stopped in for the first time as we had a 530 reservation on a Saturday evening. We walked in and was seen by the bartender and a lady dressed in white and was never greeted from the front door. After 3 to 4 minutes somebody came and asked if we had a reservation.
They took us to our table which was a banquet and the booth side was full of food residue.
Took a while to be greeted four minutes. We ordered drinks and they were served right away and tasted good.
I ordered the lasagna and my date ordered the Seabass. Both entrées were very good.
There was a lot of time in between that we do not see a server and would have ordered more drinks if she would’ve come around.
We ordered the lemon cello cake and the chocolate gelato. The lemon cello cake was excellent and the chocolate gelato was freezer burnt.
This restaurant could really be excellent with the right leader ship, training and attention to detail.

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vipMike
Columbus
111 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio; excellent food and always friendly and professional service

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Irene
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

You won't find more delicious Italian food than Nicola's. It is always a treat to go there and we often also carry out.

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KAC9231993
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and nice patio! Little pricey but delicious!

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent, certainly the best Italian in the city. The patio is comfortable and accommodating during this time of COVID. No "foodie" should miss an evening there.

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vipzeke00
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and food. Great service!! Can’t wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
89 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We decided to dine here last-minute. We usually like the food but not the service—even before the pandemic. That’s why we only dine here once or twice a year—it’s close to where we live but we’ll drive to Powell, Grandview, even Delaware for Italian. The patio and dining room are both nice. Pastas are quite authentic and salads and entrees don’t disappoint. Charging $6 for one handful of bread seems excessive—especially because we ordered a salad course. Service is friendly but scarce. It’s great for people who seem to be regulars. We first dined here years ago when the restaurant opened and have always had that impression. Great food, disappointing service.

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vipJoey
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Food was delicious. Will go back

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JessicaN
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic! The food was amazing. Dining room is tight in some areas

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ManavS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipsmsddsms
Columbus
37 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfecto!!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
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 on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always great. Patio nicely done

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vipErikaP
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
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.

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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.

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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
17 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
112 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
376 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
55 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
21 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

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 1249 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.