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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate Christmas Eve with us. Enjoy our special Holiday menu. All reservations will be confirmed by phone. If the restaurant cannot reach you by phone, we cannot hold the reservations.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate New Year Eve at Nicola's. Join us between 4 :00 and 9:00 for our special Holiday Menu All reservations will be confirmed by phone. If the restaurant cannot reach you by phone, we cannot hold the reservations.

Nicola Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (29)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for a Date (26)
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Creative Cuisine (26)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Romantic (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Notable Wine List (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Cozy (15)
Casual (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Business Meals (7)
Live Music (6)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 9, 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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 (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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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 (Chicago)·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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food3
ambience4
service3
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Outstanding Thanksgiving meal! We couldn't have been happier. Our biggest decision was what to order since the whole menu was mouth watering. The presentation of food just makes it all that much better. We'll certainly be going back soon!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 19, 2017

One of our favorite Italian Restaurants in Columbus. Pasta is homemade and we always feel welcome. Service is outstanding as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love the ambience, service and food. Consistently great experience every time I dine here. Love the chef and his wife. They make us feel at home. Encourage you to choose the chef specials.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent creative Italian food. Igor was a very professional server. The shrimp Scampi was very good. The Calamari appitizer was one of the best I have eaten. By the glass Italian wine was full bodied and great with the meal

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Perfetto come sempre! It's always wonderful going here, and it had been FAR too long!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Nicola is the finest Italian restaurant in Columbus. I have never had a bad meal since they opened a few years ago. Their specials are always excellent and their staple menu items are superb. Freshly-made pasta is to die for! Limoncello is fabulous.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waiter Stephen was excellent. He made perfect recommendations and our meas was fantastic.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The staff was wonderful! The hostess was managing a large walk in crowd when we arrived. She did so very smoothly. She and the wait staff made wonderful wine suggestions. Such a lovely spot! I high recommend it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is our 3rd time at Nicola and we've been pleased every time. Wonderful food, great service and friendly management.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We love this restaurant and drive all the way across the city (passing a local Italian Restaurant on our way) to get there!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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food5
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 7, 2017

SOOOOOOOOOOOO Good! BRAVO!!
Service- SPECTACULAR
Food- OUTSTANDING!! WORTH the trip...
Keep up the great work!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 2, 2017

As always, we had friendly and courteous service with a smile. The food is excellent. In our opinion it’s the best Italian restaurant in the Columbus area. The Happy Hour and Bar Menu are a great value with much variety.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Authentic Italian food made from scratch; served by authentic Italian waiters. A great find on Open Table by an out of towner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Lovely, great food, excellent wine choices, great service. This restaurant is a gem!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very good service and the food was great as well. A little no

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Overall an amazing restaurant! One of the best diamonds in the rough I’ve had the pleasure to find!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was wonderful and the service was outstanding. A little expensive but not unexpected. A large variety of menu choices.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Everything was FANTASTIC! The dinner music of Andrea Bocelli was perfect volume and romantic.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Outstanding service and a fabulous meal! Lovely touch that the owner stops by each table. The limoncello is a must.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our party of four had a wonderful evening with excellent service and great food. Will be back

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Nicola’s is a great UA secrete.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and service. We highly recommend Nicola!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Always good. The patio is wonderful. Everything works - atmosphere, food, service - at this terrific restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

It was a great dinner and we sat on patio with a full moon adding wonderful ambience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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