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About Nicola Restaurant and Bar

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.

4740 Reed Rd.
Columbus, OH 43220
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday-Saturday:4:30-10:00pm
Lunch Parties of 12 or more
Happy Hour Bar Only Mon-Sat 430 - 630
Closed Sundays

Cross Street:
Henderson

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 459-7000

Website:
http://www.nicolacolumbus.com/

Catering:
Full sevice catering is avaible. Call the restauranrt for details.

Parking Details:
Parking is available in front and behind the building

Executive Chef:
Nicola

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining area seates up to 90 and can be used as two beautiful private rooms that seats from 20-50 each

Private Party Contact:
Speranza: (614) 459-7000

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly Wine Dinner with Chef Nicola as he takes you through the different cuisine and regions of Italy

Don’t forget our wines are also available to take home at retail prices.

Private cooking with Chef Nicola
Engagement Parties
Bridal showers
Rehearsal dinners
Wedding ceremonies
Reception & Brunches
Baby showers
Birthday parties
Holiday parties
Corporate & Pharmaceutical Company Meetings
Meet & Greets

Happy hour
Bar Monday-Saturday 4:30-6:30pm
Voted best patio

Nicola Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for a Date (27)
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Authentic (27)
Special Occasion (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Romantic (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Cozy (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Live Music (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Columbus)·Dined 2 days ago

Our overall experience at Nicola was very good. Service was excellent without being overbearing and the food was well prepared and tasty. My martine was excellent and my date’s glass of wine had a nice-size pour.

The only suggestion I’d make to the restaurant would be to have servers tell patrons the prices of the specials. I hate to ask (makes me sound a little too concerned about money). But, having been burned at another restaurant by ordering a “special seafood appetizer “ for five people that I learned after the fact cost $300.00, I always ask.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fantastic food! Best Italian food in Columbus, no contest!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our first trip to Nicola was about as impressive as can be expected when trying a new restaurant. The food was incredible, service was very good, and the interior is very inviting. Seating is almost like a NYC restaurant where you could be very close to your neighbors, but only if the restaurant is very full. The menu is very creative and features fresh/original versions of classic Italian dishes and also offered some dishes I’d never heard of and wanted to try based on the description. I give my highest recommendation, this is a fantastic small local mid-priced Italian restaurant. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We love Nicola's and are always happy to go there!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Overall great experience. The food was excellent, the drinks were delicious and the service was friendly and prompt without rushing us at all.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Arrived for a Friday nite dinner early. Shortly there after the place became over whelmed. The staff did there best and the kitchen did slow down a bit, but the wait was well worth it. Highly recommend it for authentic Itialian, all pastas fresh made in house and one could taste the difference.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent food! Homemade pasta and a wonderful cozy environment for a winter night out.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I had really high hopes for this dinner. Unfortunately Nicola disappointed. It is a nice space with a good atmosphere and we did have a delicious wine. But the food was a huge letdown. We were there on NYE and they had a special menu, which was sent out in advance via email. When we got to the restaurant the menu had been altered slightly-three out of the six entrees were different than originally stated. In my opinion, they do pasta well; however the meats with our meals were mediocre or sub par at best. The chicken with my Pollo con Melanzana was flavorless and the small slice of eggplant was good but so small it was barely there. The best part of my meal was the side of pomodoro spaghetti. A friend had a beef dish (not sure of the name) that had prosciutto and capicola rolled inside the beef. The beef had a strange taste and she was not able to eat it. Her meal came with a spaghetti type pasta and that was what she ate from her meal. The lamb my son had was under seasoned and low quality meat, obviously not fresh. My husband had the pappardelle ragu with duck - this was the best meal at the table. The food was certainly not the quality we expected for the price we paid.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and friends were great. Service time wasn’t the best but it was New Year’s Eve so I understand.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Set menu on New Year’s Eve
Good food
Quick service
Very loud, many large parties

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I can’t even begin to say how uncomfortable I was through the whole meal. It was so cold in the restaurant I didn’t enjoy it. Granted, it was very cold outside but the drapes should have been drawn in the front window. A table of women got up and moved because they were cold too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I never write reviews! But I’ve been to Nicola’s like 5 times in the last year. And it is now my favorite Italian restaurant in Columbus. The food is consistently outstanding and very creative. And hot (that’s a pet peeve of mine). Great service. Good wine selection. Tasty specialty drinks. Try this place, you will love it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great holiday celebration meal. The wine recommendation was spot-on; my meal was delicious. The carpaccio was some of the best I have ever had. We loved the atmosphere - really beautiful and festive. Even though the menu was limited, there was something for everyone and everyone was happy with their choices. I highly recommend this place for special occasions and could see it being a neighborhood haunt, if I lived nearby.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very very good! We were there for Christmas Eve dinner and they had a special menu for the holiday. We will return so we can try some of the delicious sounding items on the regular menu. Our service could have been a little more knowledgeable about the wine list, however all other aspects of service were great. Thoroughly enjoyed the osso bucco was perfectly cooked and extremely tender. Calamari and special shrimp appetizers were very tasty and definitely enough to share

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My wife and i met friends for dinner on Saturday night. Two of our meals were very good, but both my wife and friend ordered the stuffed pork chop special that came out very dry and tough. One had ordered medium rare and the other medium, but they both were cooked the same. Our waiter asked about why neither of them had eaten much of their meal and we told them. Unfortunately he did nothing to compensate us.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Unfortunately, the service was very slow and the veal was not fork-tender ( as in the past). We were with good friends thpugh, so that was great.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We patronize Nicola's at least 6 times a year. Eveytime I cringe when Shawn is our waiter. His service is lack luster and inattentive. It was cold by the window and it wasn't the breeze from the door, air blowing from vents. I was highly disappointed with my Caesar salad, bread crumbs on top instead of croutons or a parmesan crisp. I sent it back. (bread crumbs, really! CRUMBS) the veal and pasta were excellent. The main dish never disappoints. My drink was delayed until after my salad from the bar due to staffing. It was tasty but kept me from having two. Lost revenue. Still a great place, just an of night.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in Columbus, maybe even the U.S. for authentic Italian food. Also, the owners are genuine, nice people who make the extra effort to make sure their customers are happy. Would highly recommend you give Nicola's a try. You will not be sorry!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Superb food and service in a nice atmosphere made for a splended, unhurried evening. I enjoyed an appetizer of octopus over white beans dressed in olive oil with maybe a hint of rosemary. The gorganzola salad that followed had a balsamic vinaigrette and just the right amount of cheese. For the main course I had Cioppino that was loaded with shell fish and grouper in a very well seasoned tomato broth. I was too full for dessert!

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We've been going to Nicola's for quite some time and have always been more than happy with the experience. More recently chef Nicola has been adding two specials to the menu; they are special in all sense of the word: excellent choices (this time ossobuco with risotto and branzino (sea bass) with sides. Delizioso!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything about this restaunt is wonderful. The food is the best Italian food anwhere, the wait staff are knowledgable and courteous and the owners are often around, checking on our meals.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Servers were young and not very experienced but they tried their best. Surprise menu for Thanksgiving which I kept trying to see prior to the reservation with no luck. I would have canceled if I knew. One guest ordered the fish which was both under cooked and rubbery obviously frozen

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Outstanding Thanksgiving meal! We couldn't have been happier. Our biggest decision was what to order since the whole menu was mouth watering. The presentation of food just makes it all that much better. We'll certainly be going back soon!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner. Selected specifically because it was Italian to remind us of the time we were in Florence for the holiday in the past. Limited menu. Not what was expected. Nothing vegetarian other than veggie sides. Ordered potato and a cauliflower/brocoli gratin. Tiny plate (1/4 cup of each). $12. Ridiculous.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The restaurant was clean, too dark for my liking. The greeter was friendly and pleasant, our reservation was recognized and we were seated quickly. The staff was cordial, our server wasn't as familiar with the menu as he should've been. The menu was harder to understand than it should be along with our server's lack of explaining all the meal options was not favorable. The food was very good, the service was very good, the meal portions were very good. The restrooms were clean and accessible. They apparently grow their own spices beside the building, I thought this was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner there. We had our reservations, it was festive inside and everyone was attentive to every need. Restaurant was clean and very comfortable to sit and enjoy a couple hours. Wine list was fabulous. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 19, 2017

One of our favorite Italian Restaurants in Columbus. Pasta is homemade and we always feel welcome. Service is outstanding as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love the ambience, service and food. Consistently great experience every time I dine here. Love the chef and his wife. They make us feel at home. Encourage you to choose the chef specials.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent creative Italian food. Igor was a very professional server. The shrimp Scampi was very good. The Calamari appitizer was one of the best I have eaten. By the glass Italian wine was full bodied and great with the meal

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Perfetto come sempre! It's always wonderful going here, and it had been FAR too long!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Nicola is the finest Italian restaurant in Columbus. I have never had a bad meal since they opened a few years ago. Their specials are always excellent and their staple menu items are superb. Freshly-made pasta is to die for! Limoncello is fabulous.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waiter Stephen was excellent. He made perfect recommendations and our meas was fantastic.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The staff was wonderful! The hostess was managing a large walk in crowd when we arrived. She did so very smoothly. She and the wait staff made wonderful wine suggestions. Such a lovely spot! I high recommend it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is our 3rd time at Nicola and we've been pleased every time. Wonderful food, great service and friendly management.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We love this restaurant and drive all the way across the city (passing a local Italian Restaurant on our way) to get there!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 7, 2017

SOOOOOOOOOOOO Good! BRAVO!!
Service- SPECTACULAR
Food- OUTSTANDING!! WORTH the trip...
Keep up the great work!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 2, 2017

As always, we had friendly and courteous service with a smile. The food is excellent. In our opinion it’s the best Italian restaurant in the Columbus area. The Happy Hour and Bar Menu are a great value with much variety.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Authentic Italian food made from scratch; served by authentic Italian waiters. A great find on Open Table by an out of towner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Lovely, great food, excellent wine choices, great service. This restaurant is a gem!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very good service and the food was great as well. A little no

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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