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Nicola Restaurant and Bar

4.5
765 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
What 765 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day dinner. There was a set menu which I didn’t know. It was a bit noisy. The food was fine service was great.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have eaten at Nicola before but disappointed with our Mothers day dinner. When we made our reservation, no one told us a limited menu was going to be offered. We were expecting a full menu. We had to send food back several times and it definitely wasn't the same experience we've had on previous visits. Disappointing for sure!

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Poor service. Food was not that great. Had to ask for bread. Had to ask for refils of water. Had to ask to have dirty dishes taken away between courses. Had to send back a meal for not bring properly cooked.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The best in Italian food and so much more! Creative entrees and beautiful presentations really highlight the dinners. The wait staff is very good and charming. Love the place!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Granted it was Mother's Day, and they were slammed. I think they overbooked. Clearly they had added extra tables. Consequently it was overcrowded and service was very slow. Additionally, my Lamb Osso Bucco was bland. My wife had the filet mignon and thought it was good. They forgot my daughters meatball. We never did get it, but partly because my daughter didn't care about it and we never mentioned it.

I would definitely not return on a similar special occasion, but I admit most of my complaints may have been due to that.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

My wife and I love this restaurant! The fresh made pasta is like Nonna used to make and there are many other menu options.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Dawn is always the perfect waitress. Attentive, friendly and orifepssional

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Our server was great ! The entire evening on the patio was top notch, I recommend choosing from the speciality drink menu...

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Very good food. I started with a polpo salad wit h octopus flown in from Spain that was excellent. Very good scampi. My wife had a raviola that was one piece fitting the entire plate. It was filled with lemon ricotta, walnut and egg. That might have been the best tiramisu I've had.

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Less than we had experienced before--First, server was slow in coming and when we ask for separate checks, her response is, "That will just take longer because it is hard in our computer. Bad form to tell the customers the business problems--and we said we did not mind. Food came in timely enough manner, but one dish was overcooked, sent back, and no better the second time. Server argued with the diner. Bad form. No comments from the chef or offer to cut price or offer dessert free to the diner or compensate in any way. Most enjoyed the food, and before we were finished, the checks were out. We had asked for dessert menus before the checks came and again afterward, and two people offered to bring them, but they never came. When the server came back with no menus (she was one whom we had told to bring them, she asked if we were ready to pay. One said, "We wanted to look at desserts," and she said she was sorry. Then she took our credit cards and checks and came back with receipts and thanked us for coming. No desserts for those who wanted them. This clearly was not the 5-star experience we had been led to expect.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Jay was a terrific server. The food is so delicious I could eat there everyday. Best homemade Italian experience.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Food was great, as was the service.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Nice waiter. Good food. Pleasant experience!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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