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Nicolino's Italian Restaurant

3.3
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54 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Nicolino's Restaurant & Lounge
Located within the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel, Nicolino's offers an innovative, delicious and affordable Tuscan inspired menu of fresh seafood, beef, pork, pastas and pizzas, along with carefully selected wines in a casual dining atmosphere.
The Place.
Nicolino’s distinctive restaurant experience defines fresh casual dining while maintaining the comfort of the past in a Victorian atmosphere.
The Man.
The genuine American story. An immigrant from the region of Abruzzo in Central Italy, Nicolino Alfonso created a life over time based upon the simple and unwavering principles of hard work, honesty, integrity… and great bread.
The Food.
Italian cooking is based upon simplicity and perfect execution of fresh, home grown ingredients. Indiana, like Italy, offers a wonderful array of perfectly fresh countryside elements that thrill the palate and excite our chefs for creations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 54 people are saying
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3.3based on all time ratings
3.5
food
3.4
service
3.2
ambience
2.7
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48% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It's Valentine's Day, easily the worst day of the year to be in food service. When we arrived our poor server was splitting her time waiting tables, bussing tables, setting tables, and running the host stand. When we say the service was bad, the food was slow, and the kids seated next to us were going out of their minds from boredom; it's not because of the staff who were clearly working hard to make the best of a tough situation. But, if I'm honest, I wouldn't recommend eating here, especially if you plan to make a destination of it.

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alanab
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

DO NOT DEPEND ON THE MENU ONLINE!!! We arrived and had to call the restaurant to send a hostess as we stood at the host podium watching waitresses walk back and forth from the kitchen. The menu we were given looked nothing like it did online and when we asked the waitress laughed and just said that they have not had that menu in a long time. No apology.... Never again.

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JessicaP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We had a reservation and did not get seated for twenty minutes later, because there wasn’t even a hostess at the stand. Finally got seated and literally never had anyone come to the table for 20 more minutes. We had to stop a worker walking by and ask for a server to get us drinks. Food was ok, nothing special. Never got refills. Will not go back.

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ShantelB
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for my lunch group of 3, walked over only to be told at the time of arriving, that it was cash only and that they were only serving the buffet. highly upset, the young lady that confirmed my reservation when I called, could have given this information.

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DaveD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I've had many good experiences with this restaurant over the years...this wasn't one of them.

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Peyt
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicolino’s restaurant had phenomenal service! It was like we were the only table in the restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked the Valentines Package. The manager, Jamie, and our server Stacey were awesome!! Took the time to talk a little and really made us feel special. Table was decorated for Valentine’s Day and was great. Jamie and Stacey are awesome! We will definitely return regularly for the great food and especially to see our new friends.

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vipFoodie734
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The posted menu is not accurate. For breakfast, there is only an expensive continental breakfast...very disappointing!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Fast meal and we were on a time crunch and very hungry

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vipRonK
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Apparently because of other commitments, they were offering a dinner buffet which featured chicken piccata and roast beef. I got two pieces of the chicken, one of which tasted rancid. In addition, the sauce was tasteless, and the succotash was pretty unappealing. I also ordered the crème brûlée, which is supposed to be a custard beneath a sugar crust. The crust was okay, but the custard was juicy and pretty unappealing

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant on the west side. I eat here often. Midweek lunch buffet always perfect for entertaining clients. Dinner menu very good. Great menu and food. Comfortable place and easy to have conversations at table. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We got to the restaurant for our reservation and found that it was closed. We had to find someone to talk to and finally was told they would seat us and the menu would be the same. When they sat us down they gave us menus for the pub grub and didn’t come back for 10 minutes. We got up and left. We will never be going back again there! If the restaurant is closed you should not accept the reservation!

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Indygal
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience2

average and about what I expected for a conference lunch.

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AmandaW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We came in and meet people from out of town, my husband had a few drinks in our hotel room and then we order a round of beers at the table and then he was given a dirty fork so he went to the bar and asked for a clean one and the bartender was quite ride and cut him off from drinking, not even given time to drink his first beer. We also spent 100$. Never will i go again.

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vipKinnyre
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Open table allowed a dining time past the closure of the actual restaurant and only pub area was open. While the menu offerings were the same the ambiance was clearly not. Staff seem distressed an decor was old and dated

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Brad
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We had a reservation at 7pm. When we arrived at 7 we were told to wait 10 minutes, but a very unfriendly host. 30 minutes later, we finally were seated without menus. After a 15 minute wait on the server to come to our table for the first time, we finally had menus at 7:45. We ordered and our $40 was way overcooked (well done, and we ordered it as medium). The sides were ice cold (mashed potatoes and broccoli). We sent it back and it took roughly 25 minutes to get our food the second time. We asked for a box and left without eating our entire meal, because we just had to leave. Our reservation was at 7, and we didn't leave until after 9 without eating.; This was a terrible experience and we will never be back to this restaurant.

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casualdiner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Restaurant had a special menu but failed to Offer ordering off the menu unless you asked. The wait staff was a little short for the occasion and service suffered. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was tastefully done.

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Jags
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent and service was ok. Those working tied but they were tasked with covering more than humanly possible given the limited number of wait staff present. Staffed properly and this could be a really good option for those wanting to get a meal onsite or as a destination for locals trying to avoid the city bustle and parking charges.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were there for dinner, even though it wasn't too busy, they were under staffed causing poor service. Food was average at best.

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Mark
Indiana
34 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2015
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food and service at Nicolino's was outstanding. We made a dinner reservation for 4:30. The website said that dinner began at 4:00. We expect dinner to be in a dining room at a restaurant of this caliber. When we arrived the bartender told us that the dining room didn't open until 5:00. We sat in the bar and it was very noisy. As I stated, the food and service was fine, but we were disappointed to not be in a quiet dining room. The Wyndham needs to correct their website and modify Opentable so that dinner reservations are not offered that cannot be accommodated in a dining room.

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rp22
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2014
Overall1food3service3ambience1

don't be in a hurry. took over an hour to get our food and we were one of , only 3 tables. we were late to our meeting and had to practically beg for our check to leave.

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Happycamper
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Several of the elements of each dish were great, but at the same time the remainder were very bad. It bills itself as an Italian restaurant, and has many pictures about the life and history of its founder but only two dishes were even close to being Italian. For instance the goat cheese 'fondue' had great flavor but was so runny it was like a thin cream sauce, unlike any fondue we had ever seen before. Their bread is GREAT, both as an general accompaniment, and as crostini for the 'fondue'. Both the salmon and bass filets were done exceptionally well but the accompanying vegetables were so bold as to totally overpower them.

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vipDave
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2014
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Looks like they covered up the old with a fresh coat of paint and hoped for the best. Food was great. Restaurant was completely empty. Service was pretty good.

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Mark
Indiana
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service excellent, food terrific. We will definitely return to Nicolino's.

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luv2dine
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2014
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This was no more than an average hotel bar.. they added additional seating and raised the rates of the food without raising the quality.

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jwelhwel
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went on a Tuesday and there were very few people in the restaurant. The food was good, the service was good and the prices were right.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Menu is great. Food is great. Like the wine list. Service staff is untrained. Decor is massively dated...

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I ordered by Chicken Vodka that came with asparagus and angel hair pasta. It was FABULOUS...so good I would order it again! There was plenty of food. The others in our party got the buffet dinner, and loved it, too.

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CaptFidel
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yes I had a great dinner, but the wine and dessert were oustanding. I would come back for wine and dessert at least.
When you are planning to locate this place, note this restaurant is actually inside the Wyndham hotel.

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GreatCocktails
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there, just across from our own hotel... what a find! Absolutely delicious food... watch out for the Chicken Parm - it's huge!! One to share with your date - would probably be best ;)

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jpie
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

i had a dinner interview at Nicolino's as the recruiter had flown in and was staying across the street at a hotel without a restaurant. So, while I reside in Carmel I saw that Nicolino's was close to her hotel, so i decided to give it a try. To say we were both pleasantly surprised is an understatement. My Artic Char was absolutely delicious, and a welcome relief from the typical burger, pizza or chicken caeser salad that are the main stays of most hotel restaurants that are close to the Indianapolis airport.

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Klines
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a great experience for my husband and I. We wanted to get away from the busy and hectic lifestyle we both carry. And this was a perfect choice. Atmosphere was quiet and the food was great.

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OratoryDad
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were staying there for an oratorical contest and just didn't want to deal with having to leave the hotel for ANYthing all weekend. So this place was good for dinner and also for breakfast. Reasonable variety and fairly well prepared. The pasta and salad bar on Sunday was EXCELLENT.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2014
Overall2food2service5ambience4

On the internet it made it appear that it was a traditional Italian Reataurant. Seeing how it is part of a hotel the menu was all over the place. The breaking point was the bruschetta. It was basically sliced bread with tomatoes on the side.

Don't get me wrong it wasn't all bad but just not what we thought.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Unexpected gem on the south-west side of Indianapolis. Second time to dine at the Wyndham hotel (Last time is was called the the Marker Restaurant & Lounge). Nicolino's proves to be a great dinning experience. Both entrees were tender, even the Chicken Marsala was delightful. Thanks for a great romantic evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I have eaten at the hotel twice when attending conferences and everything was great, but when dining in the restaurant at night, I was sorely disappointed.
Our server was inebriated and walked past us (within 2 feet!) all night without checking to see if we needed anything.
Our food took an incredibly long time to come out, but I noticed that the other tables were getting their food at the same time, I think they were missing a cook for a while.
One bright spot was that the appetizers were excellent.
But when you have to wait 30+ minutes for a refill of water, multiple times, good appetizers can't overcome that.

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christmasdatenight
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2013
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We dined on a Monday,that may have had something to do with the very poor service. It seemed they utilized the hotel housekeeping staff for the night. Neither the hostess nor server had any clue about the drinks or dinner menu or how to serve a table. I had to get up and walk to the bar to see what beer was on tap. I think they only had one wine list that was shared by the entire restaurant. I ordered one of the 'Chef Specials', it was very bland and looked like something you would get from a Stouffers frozen dinner. My wife ordered the Chicken Parmesan. it was OK. When they brought out the meals I was missing my vegetable, it was brought out about 15 mins later. The atmosphere was very nice. It was a shame the food and service was to poor.

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vipIceman
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2013
Overall2food1service3ambience1

I usually don't eat in hotels but I was in the middle of nowhere and didn't want to drive into de city so I try this hotel restaurant and I pay de price with a below average experience.

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Kukulcan
Tallahassee
35 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2013
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Mediocre, standardized, homogenized food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2013
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The service started off terrible. The hostess was rude. She sat us in the middle of the room when there were only 5 or 6 table in the room. I asked to move and she said no. The server took 8 minutes even acknowledge us. The food was bland. We ordered a cheesy bread, there was a bowl of blah marinara sauce and some cheese sprinkled and melted across the bread sticks.
My dates dinner was your typical spaghetti and meatballs, no spices or zing to set it apart from ragu. My dinner was the mushroom risotto. I was practically attacked with garlic and it was severely missing the mushrooms that were promised.
All in all. I will not be back. I was not impressed all the way across the board. It was bland, boring, and very unimaginative.

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Nicolino's Italian Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Nicolino's Italian Restaurant is rated 3.3 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.