Nicola's Ristorante

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located just north of Downtown in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati’s hip and historic neighborhood, Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano has long been a fine dining staple of the city during its 20+ years of operation. Owners Nicola and Maureen Pietoso pride their restaurant not only for its highly acclaimed contemporary Italian menu, extensive wine list and variety of unique dining spaces, but most especially for their restaurant’s long-standing reputation for being warmly hospitable and accommodating.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

On Valentine's Day we will be only offering a Prix Fixe Menu that has yet to be determined and will not be offering our regular menu. We will contact you to firm up details about the menu, pricing, and to get a credit card number to hold the reservation. Thank you

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 3049 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.7
ambience
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent table service. Not so great service at the bar.

KW
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was exceptional and wait staff were informative and responsive to our requests

KW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian food that can be found in the Cincinnati area.

DB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic Italian food and choice of wines that reminded us of Tuscany. Highly recommended!

OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was good. Moscato di ‘asti was great. Went with a friend. Heads up that if you order extra sauce it may cost $4. Lol.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Our server was horrible.. food was ok.

r
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service, would go again.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal dishes, amazing service and great ambiance. First time here and will come back and definitely recommend to friends. Bravo!

B
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had wonderful meals. Food was excellent and Gabriel was outstanding as our waiter. My fave Italian restaurant is outstanding in food and ambiance. Can’t wait to go back!!

OT
Cincinnati
45 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. We celebrated a birthday and everything was just terrific. We wish our waitress the best in South Africa next year! Thanks for a grand evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to dinner here on a Monday evening with some close friends as a farewell dinner for I am moving to Columbus. We had such an amazing evening. We are honored to dinner a little bit early and started with a bottle of wine at the bar. Jonathan was a great help but we were sat with Gabe at our table. Could not have been happier with our service. You did such a great job at explaining the entire menu and even gave us a special dessert as a parting gift. The food was absolutely amazing but our service was even better. Definitely ask for Gabe the next time you dine here and you will not be disappointed at all!

OT
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and Service by Brad!

s
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my favorite restaurant I have been to in Cincinnati! The food was amazing and the staff was wonderful. We will definitely be back many times in the future!

l
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were amazing as always!

JG
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey, but worth the splurge! Great service and superb food.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All excellent: food, table service, bar service and ambiance. Only negative was valet did not walk lady out to car or come out to car to open door. It was raining and he did have an umbrella so that was too bad to see.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each course was outstanding, all-in-all it was a terrific meal.

KP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve with friends

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a special NYE dinner, with great service and ambience. Meal was excellent from start to finish; the gnocchi and duck were highlights. Highly recommend!

RJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for new years and even on a very busy night the service was still top notch. The food was amazing as always.

LG
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful New Year’s Eve! The food was delicious and the service was perfect.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went on NYE and while the food was incredible as always, we not only felt rushed (dishes were brought on top of each other) but we were also sat right under the stairs (annoying) and several times heard the staff bickering. I’ll go back, but not for NYE when it’s $100 per person which is way over priced when you price our the dishes normally on the menu.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious service was okay. Made the reservation on open table for New Years Eve. When we arrived we found out it was a preset menu. It was a 4 course meal.... a lot of food. I wished it was stated on the app that it was a 4 course meal.

MV
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Great service.
We had a wonderful dinner.
Happy New Year.

e
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Overall, we really enjoyed Nicola's Ristorante and I would recommend it. The food was good (if you don't want a huge portion you will be fine to order the "smaller" size pasta dish for your main course, especially if you get the bread basket + a starter). I thought it was slightly overpriced for the quality of the food (in my opinion, Sotto's food is of better quality and we spent less money there). Our server was incredibly sweet and spent a lot of time with us pursuing the menu and explaining wine and dinner options. I am vegetarian and she explained which items can be made vegetarian and which couldn't (for reference, pretty much everything but the seafood dishes can be made without the meat!). We were seated in the hallway so there wasn't much ambiance at all, and I was freezing the entire time, which is the reason I removed a star (along with the price of the food being higher than the quality).

TG
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Didn’t care for where our table was located. Would have preferred to be in the main dining area not a separate room.

KR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The taste was exquisite, the service professional and cheery, and the ambiance was quite inviting. We will be coming back to enjoy another great evening.

RP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in Cincy by far! We cannot wait to revisit Nicola's.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Was there to celebrate my birthday and requested a quiet booth but ended up outside of a private room which meant lots of servers in and out and they cleaned all of the plates off next to our booth. Not the vibe I wanted! They were aware it was a special occasion which was never even mentioned. Server was clearly not interested in being there and I definitely picked the wrong restaurant for this celebration!

DS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambience — thank you for a lovely evening.

a
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice place ..spent 400.00 dollars for 5 people which seemed pricy when you consider the quality and cost vs Boca and Sotto ...

JL
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Great food and attentive service. They sat us in a brightly lit and noisy adjacent dinning area that lack any true ambiance and we felts like we were relegated to the “back of the house.” You had to go down a long hallway past the restrooms and the kitchen to get to the dining area. Not an intimate experience whatsoever.

DS
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place! food is consistently delicious. service is exceptional

e
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter asked if it was a special occasion and we said it was our Anniversary and then he brought us some complimentary champagne!
That was very special.

DC
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top 5 restaurants in Cincinnati. The potato gnocchi and the mushroom and ricotta gnudi was outstanding. The Bolognese was delicious as well. The bread basket has a lot of variety that pairs well with all three. The service was outstanding which made the experience even that much more enjoyable.

OT
Kyushu Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

November and December are always busy months for my wife and me. Preparing for the holidays just adds to the stress. Having a relaxing Christmas Eve dinner at Nicola’s has become an annual tradition for us. This year everything was exceptional...the food was outstanding and the entire staff, from the valet parkers and hostesses to our waiter and busser were terrific!

AD
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and the service was outstanding.

M
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration.

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