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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
Outstanding service and the food was wonderful!
The restaurant provides what every guest would want. They are cordial and attentive without being pushy. The bread, salad and the main course were well prepared and delicious. The dessert was a beautiful ending touch to a wonderful meal.
We have always enjoyed coming here with our young adult daughters. The food is very good and they always have some unusual choices. The bread basket is very good but at the prices it seems a little cheap to charge extra for it. While our server was very nice we were seated upstairs and we had long waits in-between her checking in with us. All in all it was enjoyable evening.
Nicola's was wonderful. There was a slight misunderstanding between the staff as to who our server would be so it was a longer than normal initial wait time. But once they got it ironed out, it was smooth sailing. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu, his recommendation and description were spot on. Out food was exquisitely prepared and I couldn't recommend it more highly.
The ambience was quiet and conducive to conversation. The wine list was impressive. The bread basket tasty.
I give it my highest recommendation.
Went on a Tuesday evening. Sat at 6:15pm, early by our standards but of our choice. The restaurant filled quickly thereafter. The food was well prepared and exactly as described in the menu. Their scallops are some of the best available; fresh, seasoned perfectly and cooked to perfection. The gnocchi is also a steady item at Nicola's. The service was friendly and efficient. Our server was knowledgeable and engaging, and provided insights and suggestions. The atmosphere is perfect for a table of two or ten.
A great night.
Gnocchi was mediocre. Beet salad was very light on beets and very heavy on quinoa. The octopus was not all that flavorful. The main entree was cod. The cod itself was good as was the langoustine, but he mussels tasted spoiled.
This was our first time eating at Nicloa's. Overall it was an enjoyable experience. The food is very good, especially the pastas. We also had a nice octopus appetizer. Of particular note, the bread is excellent and is a must. The wine list is extensive and a little pricey. Service is very good. The only issue we had was that the short rib entrée, although quite tasty, was a little tough. The ambiance is very nice. This is a comfortable, quiet restaurant that allows diners actually to have a conversation without shouting at each other. We intend to dine here again.
I tried the most famous Italian restaurant in town being an Italian.
The food was good, but I may have expected some more variety in the menu and respect of the tradition.
I had spaghetti all’amatriciana, I would have preferred to find bucatini, but I have to say that spaghetti were homemade , and I see the point. The sauce probably a bit too liquid. I’d say 8/10.
My date had risotto ai porcini, a traditional dish in autumn in Italy. I tasted it , I would say 7.5/10, as I found Nicola’s variation of recipe too elaborated. For instance I was surprised to see cheddar cheese, and the density of the risotto not truly ok.
That said a lovely place with nice ambience and people, I’ll definitely give it more chances.
Ps ... Italians are truly demanding when it comes to food.
Had to check out Nicola's new fall menu, and was NOT disappointed. My wife and I had abstained during the day so we could try three courses and each was outstanding. The new pasta options are really something special while the duck and venison entrees were also excellent.
Celebrated our anniversary at this special spot downtown. All the food was delicious. The pasta we ordered was a family recipe (tagliatelle with bolognese)...it did not disappoint! Home made noodles with a bolognese that tasted like your grandmother cooked it all day...sunday supper style. The scallops were some of the best i have ever had. Even though the bread bowl is extra do NOT deny yourself the luxury of this indulgence. The salads were alright...a little on the rich side but it was still tasty. Capped the night off with a cappuccino and the eclair! The service was great. If you're looking for a great date night Nicolas needs to be on your list of places to dine!
Loved everything about the experience we had. We showed up at 7 for our 8pm reservation and had as much fun with the bar tenders as we did during the meal. The cocktail menu was tasty at first glance, but after chatting with the bartender and realizing how much prep went into the ingredients, this was an event in itself. If it's still on the menu by the time you read this, please order the peach shrub.
Our meal was certainly memorable. The waiter had so much information to share, and did a great job of selling the menu. We moved through each course and enjoyed every plate. The two of us shared the misto plate. One goat cheese salad, one prosciutto. One crab farfalle, one potato gnocchi, and for entrees, one pot roast and one duck plate. I can't be critical of any dish because they were all so flavorful. The loudest flavor came from the crab farfalle and I would order it again.
The menu is reasonably priced, and you don't have to order every course like we did. The larger pasta portion could be split between two people.
Come early and stay late. Ask questions of the bartenders and wait staff, they were happy to share.
I've dined here >150 times - regularly since it opened many years ago/ It has changed/adapted from an authentic Italian to a broader offering with Italian inspirations. We visited just as the fall menu was introduced and the kitchen learning the new dishes. A couple of standards remain and those were reliably great. The new dishes were good to okay. The octopus wasn't cooked properly, but has some great potential taste. The seasonal gnocchi (don't worry - the standard gnocchi is still there) has the great gnocchi with what was billed as a wild mushroom sauce - itty bitty pieces of mushrooms with mild taste.
Great wine list, friendly service, nice location for downtown activities make this a place high on the list of best in Cincinnati.
Strip loin was incredibly tough and difficult to chew. Two in our party ordered this entree, one was cooked to order perfectly , the other was ordered medium rare and came very rare. Watermelon salad was perfectly balanced with the sweetest melon. Waited forever for desert, only table seated upstairs so not sure what was going on.
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