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Nicola's Ristorante

4.6
2294 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 721-6200
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Aaron Owen
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Catering
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.
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Cross street
Liberty Street
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Parking details
Street parking and valet parking Monday through Saturday.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 2294 People Are Saying
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

My first time being disappointed here. Used to be consistently top 3 spots in Cincinnati but the service was just not good. Wicked slow at the bar. 3 of the 6 things we got we're disappointing. The other 3 were WOW! Perhaps just a missed night

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Everything we ordered was fabulous! The menu seemed to still be in the winter phase. Looking forward to returning in June to try their summer offerings. Great wine selections too.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Nicola's never fails to impress! Our birthday celebration was wonderful, the food and service exceptional. We will be back again and again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Exceptional service and food. Server was more than gracious, recommended a spot-on wine that paired very well with the delicious bolognese. We celebrated a birthday on the "Bolognese Monday" (reduced price and a salad). Despite the reduced price, the service was impeccable, and the bread basket was amazing. One of Cincinnati's gems.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First date...wanted to make a good impression. So did not. I should have figured something out when a bourbon and ice comes out with apiece of ice the size of a dime.

The calamari was a small slab of fish with so much anchovy paste that it was nothing but salt.

An hour later the Risotto came out crunchy. I did not know that Risotto is supposed to be crunchy. The grilled carrots were very tasty.

They did offer to replace it but we had had enough and just wanted to leave.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Jennifer was a wonderful waitress. We are seniors and grateful that we could share a meal. thanks for honoring my husband's birthday! We'll come back!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

It was delicious as always! Great gnocchi and the scallop dish was fabulous. Great service, such a solidly, good restaurant and experience!

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The food came out very slowly with long waits between courses.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We had a party of 12 and it was great! Everyone that attended enjoyed their dinner and atmosphere

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very good overall. Reserved table was not ready and wait was chaotic.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, great service (Bradley), great ambiance, great experience and worth the investment.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Dinner was tremendous. The wife tried the lumberjack cocktail and loved it. As she shared a worthy replacement to the Ginger Old Fashioned. Both tried two of the new pasta courses and both were outstanding. I typically stick with the classic bolo but tried the risotto which was excellent. Both our entrees were great. The service was perfect and kudos to the suggestion on the house wine of the night. We like to check out different flavor profiles and the wine was both unique and a great value. Just an outstanding evening.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nicola's is a favorite with us. Whether the occasion is birthdays, anniversaries, or getting the family together, Nicola's impresses with the quality of the food and the friendliness of it well- trained staff.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent as always. Great staff that I’ve seen there for several years. Perfect place for a date!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Exceptionally creative cuisine! Everything was well crafted and delicious. Angolati pasta dish was unique in every way! Outstanding service and incredible tasting food! Loved my experience.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Excellent meal combining the Monday night Bolognese special with the prosciutto/burrata salad. Both meals very good. Out server was terrific. Interesting list of wines, many Italian, by the glass. Always has been a destination restaurant in OTR, and lived up to expectations and more.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food and service. A little pricey but truly delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent in all aspects. Will return frequently.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wife’s birthday dinner

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent! I was surprised I had not been here before now. I love italian & this was delicious!!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This was my first visit- and it was delicious!!! I am a Celiac and had so many options! I also had the most incredible glass of wine!!! YUM!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

As always, outstanding. Their selection of house-made pasta is simply the best, maybe anywhere. Their house made bread selection is amazing. This has all the food and service quality of fine dining, but none of the pomp ... unless you count a white tablecloth. The ceiling is is like 20 feet high, and the tables are far from each other, so it feels quiet even when full.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The finest Italian dining experience in Cincinnati.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We loved our dinner on Friday for our daughter’s 28th birthday. We were never rushed and actually talked about that on the way home how nice that was. We had excellent service and the food was amazing! We love the bread basket, but everything was so good!!

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I have dined at Nicola's many times. I cannot eat gluten so if you want gluten-free bread they ask that you call the day before and request this. I have always done this and the restaurant has honored my request. This time they had no idea of my request. The server didn't even apologize or have the manager apologize. This is totally inexcusable. I have been to many restaurants over the 20+ years that I couldn't eat gluten, and fully understand when no gluten-free bread is valuable. But when a restaurant makes a commitment to have it you expect them to deliver on their promise.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

this is our favorite restaurant in Cincinnati, the food and service cannot be beat

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Megan was a very professional and friendly server. She knew the menu backwards and forwards. Her food recommendations were spot on.
Nicola’s is a CIncinnati gem. Wonderful food, beautiful ambiance, and a superb wine list.
This was our 30th or so visit and remains on our short list of Cincinnati’s very best restaurants.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We fully enjoyed our dinner. The service was appropriately attentive and friendly. I highly recommend Nicola's for any celebration dinner or simple get together with friends.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Had the bolognese and the pear salad. Both were delicious. Service was excellent. Wine recommendations were spot on. One of our favorite restaurants.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Outstanding as usual with phenomenal food and wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

My wife and I are casual fine diners. We always love Nicola’s. We feel welcomed from the moment we walk in, and the food and service are outstanding. We have been waited on by Steven several times and he is fantastic! He remembers us, even though our visits are months apart, and he is very friendly and helpful. He deserves a shoutout: so thanks, Steven! This restaurant is great, and our experience is always memorable.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We had family in from out of town and had to share the wonderful Monday Bolognese experience. I definitely did not let us down. Wonderful!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We have loved the restaurant in the past but our sea bass and chicken dishes were awful this time no flavor for the fish. Chicken was just ok. Very disappointed and may not return for a while as it is pricey

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was fantastic as always. Service definitely wasn't.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The delivery from the kitchen of our food was extremely slow and other patrons were complaining about the long delay. The food was just not tasty as it has been in the past. The waiter needed to get up to speed with the change of seasonal items on the menu since it was new. This was a special treat for our two millennial sons who heard us rave about you, but they were unimpressed.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Outstanding service and great, creative Italian cuisine

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We were seating promptly when we arrived for our reservation. The food was good but very overpriced for the portion sizes. The server was great & very attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

First time here, great night all around. Should have eaten done it sooner.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Nicola's continues to be classic and modern at the same time... while it's been around for awhile, Nicola's earns its place among the VERY BEST in TODAY's Cincinnati restaurant scene for its food, ambiance, and service. Amazing.

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