Nicola's Ristorante

4.8
3070 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

About

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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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LMA1974
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Gnocchi is the best in the city.

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Angiey
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Atmosphere is perfect. So much better than Sotto and you can actually get a reservation more than months in advance. You can actually see the menu snd not feel like you’re eating in a dungeon with people sitting inches away from you. The bolognase sauce is rich and so flavorful. If you haven’t tried this place you’re missing out.

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vipKellyM
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, as always, was delicious!

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vipJdiner
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. One of the best servers were have had at Nicolas. Thank you Steve!

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vipMindymun
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time .
Great experience.
Love , love loved it.

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vipWhitneyH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Nicola's and we go there every year on Valentine's Day! I loved our meal, however sitting in the back separate dining room is not my favorite way to enjoy a meal. We had a lovely dinner and everything was great but the ambiance is a bit lacking in there.

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michaelb
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful staff. Awesome valentines menu. Overall great experience

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vipMMMM
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

an exceptional meal with great service in a moderate dining room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food, one of the best spots in town!

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Janice
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I made reservations for Valentines Day. The fixed menu had appeal for meat eaters and non-meat eaters as well. The food was delicious! It is a special place for sure ❤️

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NedA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Let me start by giving a hats off to the amazing chef and staff at Nicola's, for making my wife's birthday a memorable one. The flavor and presentation of the food was second to none. The four of us had various amazing dishes but the standouts were the mushroom Gnudi, little ravioli, minus the pasta, served with a mushroom broth I had to soak up with the bread. The Belgian endive salad is an amazing creation both visually and on the palate, followed by the Frutti Di Mare with squid ink pasta. To top it off, was an incredible Red Snapper dish, baked in a little pastry bag and a red pepper, squash purée. I would also like to thank Jeremy, our outstanding server for being on top of everything, without hovering.

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vipvhinpgh
Pittsburgh
108 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We lovd this restaurant. Went for my birthday and it was a wonderful experience. The red snapper was delicious and the gnocchi was out of this world. We ordered 3 desserts to share and thought they were some of the best we ever had anywhere.

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mm0987
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was fabulous but the service was a bit slow. We waited 20 minutes for drink orders :(

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent as always.

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vipDCH718944
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Bolognese night didn't disappoint. We love this great restaurant. So fun and service is outstanding. Bar area can get cramped, but not bad overall. Such a great restaurant.

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JoANNEF
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipCarolPms
Cincinnati
118 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were pleased to be able to try many things between two couples. This works because you offer half portions although we took left-overs home too. The salad was crazy good as was the pasta. Being charged for bread we thought was odd because the sauce(s) need to be totally gone. My cocktails were also appreciated.

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vipKathyW
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KevinW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in New York and go very often to Atlanta for business and this is my favorite restaurant... hands down!!!

The food is amazing. I had collegues from London with me and they really enjoyed the food.

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DougB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Our server was horrible.. food was ok.

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ryana
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service, would go again.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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Bazz
Cincinnati
3 reviews
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!!

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vipAmeliaC
Cincinnati
50 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.

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

Incredible

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and Service by Brad!

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vipDougieFresh
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Monday night!

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vipscottm
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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leannei
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were amazing as always!

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JennyG
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

KP
vipKevinP
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve with friends

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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RyanJ
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.

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Nicola's Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 3070 OpenTable diners.

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