Nicola Restaurant and Bar

4.8
1207 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.

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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
What 1207 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JulieP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality ingredients prepared really well. Service was warm and inviting. Pasta dishes had loads of flavor. If you're looking for something different don't shy away from the wild boar pasta. It was excellent.

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Coco
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant. On this visit we had Nicola's cioppino and veal piccata. For dessert, cannolis and cappacino. Just delicious. The homemade pasta is so good. The service is wonderful.

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Jmac
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best genuine Italian

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vipErikaP
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The homemade pastas are incredible. As are the specials. Each week it’s something new and amazing. Best Italian restaurant in the city.

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vipToniaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a perfect night on the patio. Even though there were a lot of diners we felt like we had our own space. Food, as always, was amazing!

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vipDebbieJ
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicola’s patio has one of the best ambiances in Columbus. Love sitting outside with soothing music over the sound system, surrounded by planters filled with flowers, herbs and other edibles used in their spectacular Italian dishes.

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vipUAlocal
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always, as was the service. Very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

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MarkJ
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was outstanding! Will be back!!!

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vipPaulaL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service- everything was perfect for a family dinner and birthday celebration with friends.

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AngelaS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The food was ok. Portion size was small. Definitely not a place to share a meal. A little overpriced on the food and drinks.

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vipHaole
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Enjoyed everything for the most part, but feel it is over priced for what it is. Food was ok, but not great. The patio is small, but nice.

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DaniH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience with special staff attention for birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Especially the patio!! 💗💕

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food is always fantastic. Really enjoyed the sea bass special which was served with a few ravioli and vegetables. It was a thoroughly enjoyable dinner. Alex is one of our favorite servers at Nicola’s.

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viphabk
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoy this restaurant every time we go. Friendly staff, delicious food. Highly recommend

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arthurjameskrumsee
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with a Caesar salad and the eggplant Rotini appetizer as we're the pork Rotini entrees we both ordered. Desserts were excellent too. A great meal.

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ShelbyK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time - wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite joint!!

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vipJeffrey
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our favorites Italian restaurant. Their Tuscan cuisine is authentic. This is not red sauce Italian dining.

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ChrisR
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicola's is one of Columbus's best hidden gems. The food is beyond delicious with so many traditional Tuscan dishes. The services is impeccable. The owner comes out and speaks to the guests regularly. Their patio is open now and is beautiful place for nice meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicola is one of our favorite restaurants. Our food and drinks were excellent. Every time we eat here we get an appetizer and dessert in addition to entrees, cocktails and wine. The server was knowledgeable and recommended a wine that paired excellently with my meal. We always enjoy our time dining here!

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SharonO
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good was excellent. Server attentive. Temperature Was a bit cold in there. Other than that always happy to dine here when I am in town

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are hooked! First time in and you have to go! It’s the cutest little spot with amazing food, to say the least. Very cozy & elegant, tentative hosts, delicious food, beautiful presentation, wide wine list and wonderful dessert. I got the Tuscan Nido & my husband got the Gnocchi. I recommend to everyone! We will be back again and again!

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SherylH
West Virginia
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The ravioli signature dish was outstanding. 4 of us got different things - all were great

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vipToHo
Columbus
82 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always delicious and a friendly atmosphere. We come here often and recommend it to our friends.

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carol
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming atmosphere and staff. Excellent food including dessert!
Waiter informative about menu.
Thank you for a great evening.

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vipErikaP
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is fast becoming our favorite restaurant. The quality of the food is outstanding. Can’t beat the homemade pasta and the specials always hit it out of the park.

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PaulCK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone who helped us with dinner had the perfect balance of being helpful without being overbearing, which is a huge thing for me. The food was delicious, as always, and being able to sit outside meant I had my first restaurant experience in over a year. Thank you! It was a wonderful evening of feeling normal again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had an enjoyable experience at Nicola. The food and service were outstanding. The menu and specials never disappoint!

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vipGeorgeP
Columbus
65 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cioppino was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good, our server was a little MIA during our dinner and towards the end we just wanted to leave due to the incompetence of mask wearing. Our server would PULL DOWN her mask to talk to us at our table, the individuals clearing the tables wore it below their nose almost as a chin strap and the manager herself took it off when talking to fellow servers near the computers. Will not be returning...this basic health need was clearly not a priority and felt dirty.

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Great atmosphere although it was slightly loud. Service and food were phenomenal!

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vipCherylW
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, good wine and outstanding service!

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RickD
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service was not up to standard. The filet I ordered was not a filet, but fatty. First time I have been disappointed with Nicola.

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vipJessicaB
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and the food was brought out quickly. Everything we had was wonderful. We will definitely go back!

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JAMESS
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food. Both the owner, He stopped by twice to make sure everything was OK, and the staff made us feel extremely welcome. We will absolutely return there many times

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vipToddA
Columbus
60 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time in and were pleased. I had the boar ragu and my wife the special of seabass. Our son had the veal marsala. Everything was done well. We had the carpaccio and calamari as appetizers. The calamari was nice and tender, but we prefer a garlic aioli then just a red sauce. The desserts of lemon cake and tiramisu were very nice. Staff was attentive and helpful - and as first time guest, we received house made limoncello which was creamy and very good even though I prefer a clear one (as consumed in Europe). A nice evening and place to take a date for sure - leave the son out next time. We recommend and will go back.

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dianei
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful good! One our favorite restaurants-always a great experience.

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JeannieS
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Nicola! Their chef is a master of authentic and delicious Italian food. We recently enjoyed a wonderful dinner with friends there on Easter Sunday. They use very safe protocols too. If you want a memorable meal you should go there!

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 1207 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.