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Outstanding as usual with phenomenal food and wine list.
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.
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!
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
Food was fantastic as always. Service definitely wasn't.
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.
Outstanding service and great, creative Italian cuisine
First time here, great night all around. Should have eaten done it sooner.
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.
Fantastic! Can’t wait to go back to my longtime favorite
My wife and I had a great meal at Nicola's. The food was excellent, especially the goat cheese salad and gnocci! We arrived right at the start of dinner service, so the waitstaff was a bit distracted in preparing for the night. Other than that, we had an excellent experience and we plan on going back for our next special occasion!
Great service, food was amazing except for the Cod, it was very good but not exceptional, also, tables were too close, we could listen to conversations on both sides of us. These are the reasons I don't give 5 stars to everything. Definitely will come back to try some new dishes.
Nice meal! Great ambiance! Good attentive service. We will return.
We love this restaurant, I have taken the same customers here multiple times. Great service and food, it’s one of my favorites!
Another great bolo Monday at Nicola's! Great service as always, my date and I had a wonderful time.
Nicola's is the one spot in Cincinnati that never fails to impress. Our waiter (Graham) was relatively new but really made the evening come together. The Bucheron goat cheese salad is a long-time fav but now that you can get it at Via Vite we thought we'd try something new: roasted beets and black quinoa salad...yum!
Amazing to see a place that can stay so good for so long without feeling "tired".
Tip: the venison was served very much on the rare side to our surprise but they didn't hesitate to make a new one at our desired temperature (just wished we had known that upfront so as to not loose the rhythm of the meal).
Great experience!! Will be back soon!!
Charles was impeccable! So secluded and quiet upstairs- just what we wanted!!
Excellent restaurant, and an experience in itself! We rented the Reserve private room within Nicola’s. Came with its own fireplace, private bar and dedicated waiter. The experience was amazing from the valet parking right through to the goodbyes. The staff were excellent- all the staff. Our waiter (Vinny) was very knowledgeable, had a great attitude and just couldn’t do enough for you. When pressed he also had great Italian stories to tell. Really made the night!
The owner, Nicola came in to talk with us as well. The whole experience could not have been better! A definite 5 stars! Expensive, but worth every penny!
I have been to Nicola's many times. It is my favorite Cincinnati restaurant, but this meal changed that.
Nicola's was "off their" game in a big way. Soup came out cold. The Venison, expecting a piece of meat 6 or 8 ounces, was torn in to little bits and mixed with tiny potatoes and who knows what else. Many 3 ounces of meat maximum. Not hot and really not a great experience. Very disappointed.
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.
Wonderful food and service. Always excellent
We were there before a play, the experience couldn't have been better!
I have been to Nicolas several times over the past 4 years. The ambiance and menu are great, however the quality of food is not what it once was, and for that reason I would not recommend it to a friend.
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.
Food lacking for price
First time visiting Nicola's after all these years. It was worth it! We went for the special Valentine's Day prix fixe menu. Everything was artfully arranged with a healthy mix of both contemporary items and old Italian classics.
We come in frequently on Mondays for the Bolognese special and it's one of the best deals in Cincinnati. The service is always great and it's a nice way to start the week off with a treat. Highly recommend, but particularly on Mondays.
Everything was amazing Brain was awesome
A great meal and a great date locale.
The service is great, the food is great. Great place for a romantic dinner.
The Food was Really Good, the staff was very kind and was overall a really good experience!
Our server (Dan) totally made the evening. He was aboslutely fantastic and did a wonderful job at answering our questions. Will definitely go back and specifically request him!
Our party of 8 thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience.
Our server was fantastic. The food was tremendous. One of favorite places in the city!
REMAINS MY FAVORITE PLACE TO FIND A GREAT ITALIAN WINE WITH AWESOME FOOD. ATMOSPHERE IS PERFECT TO ENJOY THE EVENING IN A RELAXED MANNER. ALL FOOD IS GREAT, GNOCCHI IS A MUST WITH THE BREAD BOWL.
Nicola’s is our absolute favorite restaurant in Cincinnati! Thank you for yet another wonderful experience!