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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.
Columbus, OH 43220
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Lunch Parties of 12 or more
Happy Hour Bar Only Mon-Sat 430 - 630
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full sevice catering is avaible. Call the restauranrt for details.
Parking is available in front and behind the building
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
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
Reception & Brunches
Corporate & Pharmaceutical Company Meetings
Meet & Greets
Bar Monday-Saturday 4:30-6:30pm
Voted best patio
Nicola Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes the service is sketchy, it started out questionable, but the waiter made up for the miscommunication about table assignments. Love the beet salad, however they eliminated the pecans :( and the menu is an adventurous combination of flavors. Disappointed only two Rieslings to choose from but it is an Italian restaurant. The owner/host is always so cheerful and welcoming. The bar menu is a good deal.
I've taken my dinner group to Nicola twice, and it's been a popular choice both times. The first time we had a group of about 20, the second about 4. Both times the staff accommodated us with friendly and accomplished service. The food -- I would call it N. Italian-- was great. I, totally accidentally, chose wine that the connoisseurs among us rated as excellent. One of the very best features, however, was how quiet Nicola was. If you'd like to have some great, light Italian food, drink a good bottle of wine, and have a conversation, Nicola is worth a try.
Outstanding service, Alex our waiter was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. We're already planned a future dinner and have requested Alex as our waiter. Food was terrific and the specials were prepared to perfection. This was our first time dining at Nicola's and both Nicola and Speranza made you feel like you've been a customer for years. Nicola's has become one of our favorite restaurants after only one visit.
I should have sent it back, what a total letdown the burrata appetizer was! No creativity whatsoever and the toast/bread (not sure what it was) was totally dry and tasteless. Awful. Why would a restaurant of this caliber serve such a mediocre dish? I wish truly authentic Italian restaurants allowed their customers to enjoy a meal like it would be served in the homeland too....slow...relaxed....our waiter was ok but too much in a hurry to move the night along. Fortunately, he was easy to ignore.
Great neighborhood restaurant. This place has it all...private and inviting patio, a decent size bar, party room, and of course traditional seating. The homemade pasta is "craveable". I love the Tagliatelle ai Funghi Selvatici Fettuccini, wild mushrooms & truffle.
Outstanding experience! Service was prompt and attentive. What really got my wife and I was how reasonable the prices were. Great food and great value all in one! Rack of Lamb was over the top and my wife's pasta was fantastic. True home made stuff and you can tell the difference!
We had a wonderful dinner and were able to eat outdoors, enjoying a beautiful fall evening. I had the cioppino, which in my opinion, is the best in the city. There were clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, & fish in a tomato based broth. Excellent taste!! My other half enjoyed the spaghetti shrimp scampi. Very flavorful and again, excellent taste. Our server was attentive and very pleasant. The owners do a great job in operating this authentic Italian restaurant!!
We love Nicola's. Excellent service, friendly, specials are enticing. Fresh herbs grown by Nicola. We have pulled up to the restaurant and he is out there picking fresh herbs--he grows so much in such a small space. You are made to feel so welcome. Drinks are delicious.
Set up reservation for my husbands birthday. We live about 45 minutes away and wanted to celebrate somewhere other than Delaware. Not sure why I mentioned reason for the dinner, it was not even acknowledged. I also had scallops with veal...my cats nose was bigger than the scallops. Had to ask waiter if we were to get bread.. he blamed the help for us not getting any. Food was good, not sure if I would travel this far again to eat at this restaurant.
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