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Nicola Restaurant and Bar

4.6
752 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(614) 459-7000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nicola
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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
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Private party contact
Speranza: (614) 459-7000
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Catering
Full sevice catering is avaible. Call the restauranrt for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Henderson
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Parking details
Parking is available in front and behind the building
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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

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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

BUONA FESTA DELLA MAMMA ! Celebrate Mother’s Day at NICOLA'S. We will be open from 12:00pm – 6:00pm serving a very special menu from Chef Nicola.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 752 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Nice waiter. Good food. Pleasant experience!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Went here recently for my mom's birthday with the whole family and everyone's dish was delicious! We came early since we were with kids, since it's more on the formal side. Food was the highlight with great service.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Great restaurant with a great menu. This was my second time there and it was as good as I remembered.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner and will definitely return when we are in the area again. Excellent food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent service! The food is phenomenal. Been there several times.
.. I would highly recommend Nicola!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

As we always have, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. Speranza once again stopped by to chat us up, recognizing us from prior visits. Those visits really give a meal that "extra touch"!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Fantastic dining experience. Food was fabulous. Service was perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Awesome handmade pasta! One of my favorite ding spots for really, really good food. Thanks!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love Nicola. The food is always delicious and unique.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food great time !

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Outstanding in all aspects

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Quiet evening and the place was barely filled. Ambience is ok and food portion is huge, and taste right. Overall average.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Homemade pastas were excellent. Only a few minor items (a couple of delays, no bread until just before food service) slightly deterred from what was otherwise excellent service. For some reason, none of us enjoyed our cocktails this evening.

Fewer diners on a Monday evening made for a very quiet room for talking. Very nice evening!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is a really good restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were four for an Easter meal. The food was very good. Two of us order the Fettuccine Pescatore and two ordered Lasagna. There was plenty of fish in the Pescatore and the Lasagne had a lot of meat and was a huge portion. We shared fried calamari which was tasty and crunchy. Our server was great, very friendly and attentive. Would go back again when in the Columbus area.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Nice place. Good food. Average service. Prices weren’t justified.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Continues to deliver on the promise of great food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent as always; the gorgonzola/walnut salad is one of my favorites in all of Columbus and can not visit Nicola without ordering it.
My trout with zuchinni boats were great; my husband's short ribs were over the top in portion as we just enjoyed the second one for lunch just now; still yummy.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Italian wine selection limited, good specials... waiter forgot to bring me my soup.... great cheese plate, took a long time to get it out to the table. Convenient location, nice staff

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Our food and wine was exceptional and so was our service! I had dined at Nicola before with my out of state dinner guests and when they came to Cbus this week, they asked to dine at Nicola again. My guests also remembered from their first visit that they should save room for desert - lemon cake! We had the Veal piccata, the risotto special, and the gorgonzola gnocchi - so many good choices and everything tastes great! Thank you Daniella and Chef and waiter Alex.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

AMAZING! Favorite spot! BRAVO to staff and owners who always make every diner feel appreciated and special!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Food was delicious!! Italian food at its best! Very knowledgable/helpful/friendly server. We will be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Chose Nicola for my wife's birthday based on other reviews which said it was romantic. It is. Nice interior, very good food, very well priced, excellent wine list, particularly Italian options. Our waiter was very friendly and gave us space and time to be with each other.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great ambiance, fantastic menu. The braised beef was spectacular. Excellent wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Fresh pasta, never out of a box. Deep flavors, authentic Italian. Great atmosphere and friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I've been to Nicolas twice and both visits were outstanding. Homemade pasta was delicious. Authentic Italian cuisine at it's best.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We had a lovely evening. The food was the highlight, followed closely by the wine. Our server was appropriately attentive. The floor plan is very open so there isn’t an intimate feeling but very conducive to small groups. Definitely worth going!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This has become our go to place for Italian food. Most recently I had the risotto with a generous amount of seafood. My wife enjoys the spaghetti on almost every visit. The chef, his wife, and the waitstaff are all personable and friendly. The food is consistently good, I have never been disappointed. The wine recommendations have always been right on.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The food and service was wonderful, the homemade pasta is out of this world and their Beef Wellington special of the evening was fantastic. My only complaint is that it was a bit more expensive than expected. When searching OpenTable for options, this popped up in the $30 & under category, but only the apps, salad/soups, and half of the pasta options fell in this price range. Anything with fish, beef, pork and even some chicken dishes were up to $45 each. Since we were going for a birthday, we were prepared to spend a little more, but it could have caused an issue if it wasn't a special occasion. We would ABSOLUTELY recommend this restaurant, but guests should expect to spend $40-50 per person at least.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

I had enjoyed Nicola for business lunches but hadn't dined here at dinner in several years. Both my out-of-town colleagues and I were incredibly impressed. The menu was diverse and delightful in its variety. One of my colleagues and I had the Mahi-Mahi; outstanding. One colleague had the sausage risotto and it was so tasty she insisted that we try it. The soup that began the meal was a "clean out the kitchen of all the vegetables" soup per the waiter and he swore we'd love it. At first just one of us ordered it, but when it arrived and we had a taste, we ordered another bowl! We ended with the tiramisu --- it was unusual with a lady finger base that seemed to have chocolate in it. Our waiter was informed and clever --- we enjoyed him immensely. I intend to go back with my spouse soon!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

So happy we found this little gem of a restaurant. It was quaint, with the perfect blend of authentic ambience and fabulous food. We'll definitely be back for another date night!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

What a wonderful dining experience. Thank you to Esperanza, Alex, Dawn, and the other staff who provided an extraordinary time for our group last Friday. The drinks, the food, the space, the service - everything was on point. Thank you!!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Experienced an outstanding dinner, exceptional service and nice atmosphere. There were 5 specials added to the menu and 3 of them were ordered at our table. Each special was very high quality ...esp the dual chop w demi glace...one of the best plates I've seen anywhere recently. highly recommend Nicolas and think its one of the best (if not the best) Italian restaurants in Columbus.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Highly recommend! We were just passing through, but if I lived around here this would be my favorite dinner spot! Excelled t, food, service, atmosphere, they checked every box!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day and brought a couple who hasn’t been to Nicola. We’ve always have had a good experience but the entire meal and service poor. Limited menu and salads under dressed and thrown together, stuffed shrimp cold, pasta with pork under cooked and dry. Waitress nice but non existent. Couldn’t get drinks and even water.

I’ll try to chalk it up to over booking.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great find! We've been there many times and have never been disappointed!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I love going to this restaurant - great Italian food - wonderful atmosphere - great fun - love it

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Slow, slow service, once our food arrived my Wife and I asked for doggie bags before eating to make our next engagement. The table of 4 next to us ordered as we sat down. They drank, ate, and moved on to dessert before our salads arrived. Food was only ok after eating it later that night. Very poor experience for the price. I would not recommend.

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