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We were celebrating our anniversary and chose Nicola's. Couldn't have been a better choice!
Our waiters, Daniel and Jonathan, were extremely knowledgeable and equally attentive. The food was great, also! I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in Cincinnati.
Custom designed 8 course vegetarian dinner beautifully prepared and plated with a wine pairing. The staff pulled out all the stops and delivered on every level. My favorite restaurant in Cincinnati with a very creative and talented kitchen and service staff that absolutely know what they are about. 10 Stars
Always fantastic food and excellent service!
Food was excellent and our server was wonderful. Nicolas never disappoints.
We were celebrating our anniversary and were brought two glasses of champagne to kick off the evening. Our server (Jerry I think??) was very knowledgeable and passionate about the menu - made great suggestions and offered perfect amount of service. Left us some to talk appropriately. Dinner for two was $191 before tip so definitely a splurge!
We chose to sit at the bar and enjoy our Bolognese and a great Super Tuscan recommended by the bar tender. Both were great. I started with the caprese salad - exceptional. My wife tried the rhubarb salad - a little different as one might expect and a hard pairing with our wine. The Bolognese never disappoints at Nicola's! A great and interesting cheese plate ended our meal and led to some nice conversation with new friends made at the bar. The house was busy and lively for a Monday evening - lots of regulars and many locals taking advantage of Nicola's special 3-course summer menu! Next time.
Amazing as always! Consistent, excellent food, service and ambiance.
My very favorite restaurant!
Tried Nicola's as a recommendation from their sister restaurant, Forno. A must-try is their Truffle Gnocchi. By far one of the best I've ever had. I will go to this restaurant just for their gnocchi! Other items we tried: Oxtail cabbage rolls, Tagliatelle a la bolognese, and Agnolotti. All items were good but not worthy of a second visit. While I would be willing to come back, I would probably skip Nicola's and go to Forno's instead as their food is far superior! However, Nicola's wine list is fantastic and our waiter Perry was outstanding!
Absolutely wonderful evening. Our dinner, amazing, services was outstanding! We always enjoy ourselves when we come for dinner!
Great evening all-round. Restaurant Week menu not only delicious but was also an outstanding value. Service was superb. Returning in three days.
This restaurant wasn’t just restaurant it was an experience. The wait staff was very professional and the food was scrumptious.
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed Nicola's. It was out first time to dine at Nicola's and we went during Restaurant Week. The food and service (Shawn) were fantastic. We were impressed with the quality of the food. We will visit again.
One of the best dinners I have had in Cincinnati. Highly recommended.
Seated right on time on the patio - a lovely vine covered and secluded area that was perfect except for very loud street noise from Liberty Way. Excellent wine list with many old world wines reasonably priced. Our meals were very good (not quite excellent). Service excellent. I would recommend Nicolas.
Over priced. The Bolognese was one of the worse I have had. Very disappointing. And to charge $1.95 per person for a bread basket at the table (which every other restaurant I have ever been to is free) is quite bold. I will never return and can not recommend this place to anyone.
Probably our favorite place in Cincinnati. Food and service is always top notch and the Restaurant Week special was a very good deal.
We had Nicola's Downtown Restaurant Week special menu, which included salad, a great pasta dish and pork or fish, all lovingly prepared. The service was also exceptionally good without being intrusive or pompous. And the noise level left lots of room for easy conversation.
The Server really knew the menu. Her feedback was invaluable.
Very Nice Selection for Restaurant Week! We loved the Tuna Crudo - such a beautiful flavor bomb. Thank you - Nicola, Chef, Alex, Jonathan & crew.
It was a special occasion for us -Carly and All the staff made us feel like royalty - Nicola’s is my favorite restaurant to celebrate life’s blessings! The Gnocchi is the best I’ve ever had - the menu always has something new to try - so innovative- no wonder they gave been in business so long - hope they continue!
Brad was an excellent server and he kept the table moving without that hurry up vibe you get at busy places. The food was so flavorful and beautifully presented. Great birthdays and anniversary treat.
Outstanding as always. Food is amazing.
It was our 25th wedding anniversary. They gave us complimentary champagne to toast. The waiter was excellent and so personable! The food was amazing and the ambiance was wonderful!! They sent us off with a complimentary orangecello that they make in house- it was delicious! We had a wonderful evening!
We had five in our group, and we each enjoyed something different from the menu. Everyone loved their dinners. Lots of "yums" and no disappointments.
As always had a wonderful experience on the back patio!
Excellent all the way around - food, wine, service and ambiance!
I have never had a bad food experience here and honestly it is one of those rare restaurants that every time it goes the food is better than the time before!!
One of our favorites!
Great deal on Monday!! Delicious food and everyone was very nice and accommodating. Bread is amazing!
My husband and I planned a date night and finally opted to sit outside. It was a great vibe and actually quieter than we anticipated. Usually we always sit inside but the weather was awesome, so we figured why not. The menu was updated for August and while we ordered some of the classics we also got a few new dishes as well. We each had four courses and they were able to split every dish which helped. Highly suggest going to Nicola’s if you haven’t been in awhile.
This was our first visit to Nicola's in many years, and it definitely won't be our last. The food was phenomenal, as was the service. My daughter and I ordered from the 3-course prix fix menu, while my wife ordered a la carte off the menu, and we all were very happy with our selections. Our favorites: the veal appetizer, the gnocchi, and the pork loin. We were pleasantly surprised to get a free dessert for my wife's birthday; she chose the chocolate dish, and we practically licked the plate clean. A truly wonderful meal. One word of warning: we luckily noticed the menu stated a $2 price per person for a basket of bread before the server asked if we wanted it. We otherwise would have assumed it was free. Also, the wine pouring was pretty skimpy for a glass. Next time we'll either skip the wine or get a bottle.
We had the fresh homemade pasta with bolognese sauce and it was incredible! Delicious, Thank you.
If a special occasion then definite must! This was our first time and have eaten at many locations in town, but this one truly amazed me. Food quality was like a bit of heaven in every bite. The staff missed no details. Perfect romantic place and we will be going back for every special occasion we can think of. We spent about $50 a person plus drinks and got everything.
It has been a little while since I ate at Nicola’s, and I have to say it was as good as I remember. The waitress that helped us select the wine, Cheyenne, was wonderful and made a perfect recommendation. The food was excellent, and they kindly split plates for me and my husband. We will be back.
A go-to restaurant for Cincinnati, great food great service....
Absolutely the best restaurant in Cincinnati.
Delicious Italian food in a lovely atmosphere. The goat cheese salad was wonderful as was the artic char. We plan on returning soon.