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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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day at Nicola's. Join us between 12:00 and 5:00 for our special Thanksgiving Menu featuring seasonal classics with a Italian twist. All reservations will be confirmed by phone. If the restaurant cannot reach you by phone, we cannot hold the reservations

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate Christmas Eve with us. Enjoy our special Holiday menu. The Feast of the Seven Fishes, a special 7-course prix fixe will be available every weekday for December. 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

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (34)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Creative Cuisine (28)
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Good for a Date (27)
Special Occasion (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Romantic (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Cozy (16)
Casual (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Business Meals (7)
Live Music (6)
Fun (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Columbus)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·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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 (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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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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 (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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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on September 29, 2017

A reliably delicious meal every time! Creative and flavorful options to suit everyone!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Set up reservation for my husbands birthday. We live about 45 minutes away and wanted to celebrate somewhere other than Delaware. Not sure why I mentioned reason for the dinner, it was not even acknowledged. I also had scallops with veal...my cats nose was bigger than the scallops. Had to ask waiter if we were to get bread.. he blamed the help for us not getting any. Food was good, not sure if I would travel this far again to eat at this restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Our first visit to Nicola was very enjoyable for my wife and a friend. We were very pleased with the beet salad, our house-made pastas, our wine choice, and the desserts. Our server, Igor, was very professional, and was friendly and willing to chat when I tried out my Italian language skills. We definitely plan to go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Four of us had dinner during Dine Originals Restaurant Week. The service was odd from the time we walked in. One of us got there before the others and was at a table we couldn’t see from the door. We gave our names and the hostess said “Oh yes, one of you is in the corner.” She made no move to show us, so we had to guess but of course found our friend. Our server seemed to be the only one in the fairly large room we were in, and he was in a hurry to take our orders, but not in a hurry to bring them. During the meal, he cleared a plate next to mine and knocked over a partial glass of red wine that got a couple of spots on me, on the padded booth next to me, and on my purse. The server’s response was to say, oh too bad and bring me a glass of club soda and a napkin. Luckily there was no permanent stain on my clothes but no one seemed too concerned. He did bring the person whose wine he spilled another glass. The food was excellent and this wouldn’t stop me from recommending Nicola but the service that night was a negative.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food was very good, but over-priced for the serving. I had shrimp scampi, which contained maybe six small shrimp with a lot of pasta for $21. I felt that $16 would have been more appropriate for the entree.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

We love to share this hidden gem with friends & out of town visitors! No one has ever been disappointed!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Happy Hour, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great place. Very authentic food. I have been looking for more authentic food in Columbus for a while, glad I found this. I loved it. We went there for my birthday with friends. The Chef came out too to introduce himself. Great family restaurant.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The restaurant itself is very aesthetically pleasing. It's pretty small inside, reminded me of Figlio in Upper Arlington, and it's somewhat dark inside so makes for a romantic date night. The bar is also small and cozy and probably only seats about 8 people. We sat at the bar for a drink while they were clearing a patio seat for us. The drink menu is really good, and I tried one of their specialty drinks which was delicious! The outside patio is really cute and private with lots of flowers and herb plants. Our server was Igor who was nice enough but not overly friendly but that could have been because it appeared he was covering the entire patio by himself. What helped with the service somewhat was that the manager was going around to each table just making sure nothing was missed and checking in on tables which was definitely needed. The service was a little slow and it did take a little longer to get our meals but the food was fantastic! We ordered the Baratta appetizer which was this soft cheese, pecans and honey over a piece of toasted bread with a pear slice. They just need to bring a few more pieces of the bread with this appetizer. For my main course, I had the pasta with wild mushrooms and truffles and they added grilled chicken for me for the protein. It was superb! The only other complaint, Igor never asked to refill my wine glass nor water glass the entire night. He stopped at our table three times and never once asked if I wanted another glass. In fact, my husband had to yell out for him to come over to our table so that he could order another glass. I just wanted to see how long it would take him to finally ask me if I actually wanted another glass of wine but sadly he never did. That really surprised me seeing that that's where restaurants make all their money. All in all, it was a fairly good experience. The food was fantastic but the service definitely needs some work.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The food at Nicola was superb... probably the best lasagna I have ever had...even in Italy. For the quality of food and atmosphere, the service was subpar. Front hostess was talking to a friend at the bar for at least 5 minutes. Waiter was non attentive. Left large gaps of time between checking on us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This is a wonderful Italian restaurant and in our opinion it is the best in Cbus.

The Happy Hour menu is creative and large. We really enjoy the calamari which has never been greasy and is very tender.

My favorite entree is pasta with the mushrooms. Add a piece of sausage if you want to have meat with it. Both are very flavorful. The pasta has a touch of truffle sauce which helps enhance the flavor.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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