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About Nicola's Ristorante
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 18 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.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nicola's Ristorante offers catering to diners' homes; 5-8 courses with wine parings, minimum 10 people, no Saturdays or Sundays, starting at $90.00 a person.
Street parking and valet parking Monday through Saturday.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Our award-winning food, wine, unique private & semi-private dining spaces, and professional service combine to create truly memorable experiences for business meetings, social celebrations, weddings, and rehearsal dinners. We can tailor the event to your individual needs.
Nicola's Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
Best Italian I've had in a very long time. We have been to Nicola's once before, but it's been a few years, so I was very excited to go back. I just loved it! I was happy to be able to get two tasting sizes of different items to try- the Risotto and the potato gnocchi were just heavenly. I also had the goat cheese salad with pistachios- just stellar. One of my favorite parts was the bottle of wine we shared though- a Super Tuscan that came highly recommended from the restaurant owner himself. I haven't been that smitten with a bottle of wine in the longest time, so I truly appreciate having found it and indulging with my exquisite meal.
Service was fantastic- I am sorry I already forgot our waiter's name, but he did tell us he was new and originally from Los Angeles. He was just wonderful! He did an outstanding job for being new.
Most scrumptious Italian in Cincinnati. Rissoto special is without peer, with shaved squash. Gnocchi is heavenly pillows - we had the seasonal with mushrooms. Definitely worth adding a small portion of it to whatever other courses you get. The braised short rib is succulent, and we were able to share that for 2 after the pasta courses.
My wife and I go each year for our anniversary, and this year for her birthday. I can honestly say it’s probably the best food and service we’ve ever had. It is a tad pricey but not for the experience you’ll get. Definitely try it if you’re in the Cincinnati area.
Another fantastic dinner at Nicolas - the dinner menu is escellent — we had the short rib and the venison. The venison tenderloin slices were amazing!
Excellent service by Meghan (again) and Nicola helped with the perfect wine selection. It is great to see the level of owner involvement and the results speak for themselves, we appreciated the great evening and will keep coming back.
A return trip to Nicola's and it was well worth the trip, once again. Met with long time friends and they were pleased. As we were celebrating a couple of major events in our lives, we brought our own special wines. We were allowed to bring two bottles. The server was very accommodating and aware of one of our wines.
The server paid the right amount of service, checking with us at appropriate times and was eager to let us enjoy the evening.
I would recommend this restaurant and look to take the 70 mile drive to go there again.
We were very excited to try Nicola’s for the first time. The food was good, but they will not do any changes or substitutions. I asked for olive oil to go with the bread, and the waitress made us feel like that was a huge inconvenience. Also, there was a valet attendant that did not greet or open the door. The hostess seemed very annoyed that we didn’t want to be seated early and preferred to have a drink at the bar before (we arrived 20 minutes early to do so). The salads were dropped off, and we were not asked if we needed salt, pepper, parm. It was hard to track down service. If you are seated in the main room, the experience would be much better. We were seated upstairs and it was quiet and cold. I’m really not sure what the rave is all about. The food is good, but for the price I feel that the service and facilities need to match the experience and it does not.
It was terrible. It's been at least a year since we had been there, just wasn't very good. Food tasted old like it has been sitting around. It upset all of our stomachs. Wasn't a good experience. We will never go back and definitely wouldn't recommend it for good Italian.
I left Cincinnati 12 years ago, so it had been many years since I last went to Nicola's. My memories of this place were so good, I feared disappointment because memory can be better than reality. I was not disappointed. Everything looks as fresh and new as it did before, and the food...
I tend not to go to Italian restaurants because, for the most part, they are ubiquitous and each ia fairly similar to the others. Not so with Nicola's. On the menu was one of the best octopus dishes I have had. The flavors were delicate and complimented the very tender and nicely grilled octopus. The Caesar salad was perfect--not overdressed (as most places tend to do) and didn't cover up the actual taste of the romaine. My dinner mates and I split Farfalle with crab and the Gnudi. We had a hard time deciding which was better because both were so fresh and the sauces so perfect. Next up were venison, short rib, and duck. Again, we couldn't decide which of the mains was best. The preparation of the meats, serving temps, and plate accompaniments were perfect.
You will notice, the word I used most and purposefully was "perfect." Nicola's has never disappointed am so glad my memories matched reality. A bonus was the service: Exceptionally speedy, delightful, and knowledgeable with just the right amount of professionalism.
My family and I go to dinner before the Nutcracker ballet every year. I was pleasantly surprised with the prices. 4 of us had dinner and 2 adult beverages for $125. Nice to have gluten free options. The pasta was a little too al dente, though. The server was attentive until couples started coming in. He knew that we needed to get to the show. I had to ask for the check, then had to wait for it. I actually thought that the restaurant would be more upscale.
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