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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
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.
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.
Nicola is one of our favorite restaurants in Columbus. Usually everything is top notch. This time not so much so. The service was poor, had excessive waits for almost everything from water refills, to wine, to desert. The waiter messed up the order of coffee (I had expresso, my wife cappuccino -- he brought two lukewarm cappuccinos), wine (asked for a single glass he brought two) and the check was incorrect. The waiter kept complaining about being stretched over too many tables, not my problem. To top it off my wife had the special seafood risotto, which was almost too salty to eat. I had a decent, but overpriced veal shank. Hope they do better the next time we go there.
The food is always flavorful and delicious but this time my veal piccata was cold cold cold when served to me. I sent it back and it came back as cold a few minutes later. The service is never great but this time it was even more frustrating than usual. Too little attention. And the server didn't even remove the empty wine and cocktail glasses when he delivered the new ones. We had to ask for the table to be cleared. And we waited over 30 minutes between courses. And a note to all, the space is cold and drafty. And a little on the over lit too. Not a great ambience for romance but good for a business dinner. Hopefully, they can add some warmth into their service and the room too. The food is delicious but there is more to the over all experience that needs work.
I was pleasantly surprised all around. You know if a restaurant can make prunes taste delicious you are onto something. The ambience was moderate, but pleasantly so. The guitar music was nice, the service was good and the tiramasu was honestly the best I had ... in a really long time. To boot, I spent less than I thought I would.
Nicola and Sperenza are consummate chef and hostess.
Alex is beyond anything one could want or expect in a server/maître d
He goes above and beyond making sure your visit exceeds your expectations.
Close to how we enjoyed the cuisine and culture of Naples.
The cioppino overflows with freshness and seafood.
The specials are always a treat.
Limoncello is homemade not from bottle and it shows.
We are new to the Columbus area and this was our first visit to Nicola. Date with my daughter. The food was excellent, service was very good, and ambiance was upscale very nice. We enjoyed burrata and octopus appetizers, pappardelle Bolognese, veal marsala and scallops entrees, and gelato for dessert. Everything was delicious. We will definitely be back!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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
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