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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.

4740 Reed Rd.
Columbus, OH 43220
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Henderson

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 459-7000

Website:
http://www.nicolacolumbus.com/

Catering:
Full sevice catering is avaible. Call the restauranrt for details.

Parking Details:
Parking is available in front and behind the building

Executive Chef:
Nicola

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

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

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

Nicola Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Authentic (27)
Good for a Date (25)
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Special Occasion (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Cozy (15)
Romantic (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Casual (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Business Meals (6)
Live Music (6)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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 (Columbus)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fabulous. :)

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food! Excellent service and atmosphere. Will go back soon!!!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a guitarist, it was lovely. Service a little slow but they were busy

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service. Great Italian food. Quiet for conversation. We can always count on a great evening dining at Nicola.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Felt it was overpriced for the quality of food.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Seafood risotto was delicious. I’m not sure if ordering the risotto was the reason it took so long for our food to come out but we waited for a while to get served. In the end,it was worth it.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We love Nicola's and take people there whenever we get the chance. The food is wonderful!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fantastic food! Best Italian food in Columbus, no contest!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We love Nicola's and are always happy to go there!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Overall great experience. The food was excellent, the drinks were delicious and the service was friendly and prompt without rushing us at all.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food! Homemade pasta and a wonderful cozy environment for a winter night out.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food and friends were great. Service time wasn’t the best but it was New Year’s Eve so I understand.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Set menu on New Year’s Eve
Good food
Quick service
Very loud, many large parties

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Unfortunately, the service was very slow and the veal was not fork-tender ( as in the past). We were with good friends thpugh, so that was great.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything about this restaunt is wonderful. The food is the best Italian food anwhere, the wait staff are knowledgable and courteous and the owners are often around, checking on our meals.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Live Music
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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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