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Nicola's Kitchen

4.3
209 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Kid-friendly

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About

Nicola's Kitchen boasts 26 plus years in charming French Quarter. Everything you want in a neighborhood Italian joint: excellent eclectic fair, generous portions, friendly helpful staff, patio seating, available and ample parking. Beer and wine available for date night with your best mate. Reservation group size up to 40 for a rehearsal dinner party or birthday celebration.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Breakfast - Brunch - Lunch - Dinner

Tuesday - Thursday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch - 7:00am - 9:00pm
Monday Only - 11:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(818) 883-9477
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We will close the cozy dining room for groups between 50- 65 and allow additional seating on our outside patio.
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Private party contact
John or Kate: (818) 883-9477
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Catering
From our delicious menu or by special request.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
De Soto
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Parking details
Excellent parking available breakfast, lunch or dinner.
60 minutes free with validation.
Parking lot is covered for hot sunny or rainy days.
Handicapped parking and handicapped access.
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Public transit
Good public transit stops 100 yards from front entrance.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 31, 2017

Always nice to eat at a locally owned establishment with consistently good food and service

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Best Italian in LA hands down...

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Great casual place to bring anyone. The food was served fast, and the portions were huge!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

We sat outside and the weather was perfect. Our server was fabulous. The food was good, Not excellent

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Very good food and service. This restaurant has been inconsistent in the past but tonight was great.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

What a find!! The atmosphere was quite comfortable,the service was excellent and the food was perfect!!! We'll be back,for sure.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2017

Great food. Will return and I am Italian.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

The food is very good here and the service was outstanding. Server was very friendly and tended to all our requests. They have a varied menu that will satisfy all pallets.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2017

A very comfortable and friendly environment with high quality, colorful, fresh and tasty food.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

This is our 'go to' place to relax and enjoy a great dinner. The wine list is modest but John always sources some great ones. We love the patio for it's cozy feel even on a hot day it was our favorite table! Nice Father's Day evening for a great husband and Dad. Service was good even with us bring the lone table on the patio and inside quite busy.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2017

Been looking for a breakfast/brunch place like this forever. Can't believe it was hidden in plain site this whole time near our house. Food was great. Service was awesome. Staff was friendly. Think we'll be here regularly.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Local gem in Woodland Hills. Great menu, great food, friendly staff, good ambiance. Went for brunch on our 55th anniversary, and had a great time!!!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Great neighborhood gem! A favorite for breakfast.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Nicolas has been one of our "go to" restuarants for quite some time. Nice to have a neighborhood gem that stands the test of time.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

It was great food before going in to six flags kept me full the whole day. The team is amazing and have and excellent knowledge of what they have in their kitchen. Their pancakes are amazing; the best I've had in years.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2017

The salad and the bread were very good but after waiting patiently for the entree for some time, the waiter informed us that the printer? didn't print our order and the kitchen had not prepared it. We said we would wait for the dinner but when it arrived, the chicken was raw and the shrimp tough (probably overcooked). The shrimp scampi was overcooked and served in almost a broth. The waiter offered to drain it but needless to say, the meal was a flop. We can't fault the waiter. He was very good. The food was the problem.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Our waitress was great. There was never a moment when you walked by that she didn't ask us how everything was or if we needed anything!
Food was amazing of course!we even went for the tiramisu this time ;)

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

It was a packed Mother's Day and the manager and staff had it under control. Our group was treated very well and we definitely enjoyed ourselves.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We came here for Mother's Day Brunch, they were very crowded but also very attentive. They apologized for the service being a little slow because of how crowded it was. We all loved our food, there were many great options for brunch. Our waitress and other staff checked on us frequently, refilling drinks etc. They were very accommodating to my 16 month old g
randson. I would definitely recommend them and plan to return.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

The manager stopped by our table 2 times to check on us which was very much and although there were several people there it was as though we were the only ones there based on our excellent customer service!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Terrific eggs benedict. The pancakes and french toast are offered in very creative and delicious variations. Noise level is a little challenging if you are interested in having a quiet conversation, but it does give an energetic vibe to the place.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2017

They offer good food and friendly service at moderate prices

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2017

We have been regular costumers for many years. The last experience was so bad we will not go back for awhile. We waited 30 minutes before thy took our order. A couple next to us walked in and ordered right away. When I complained I was told they were very busy. Not, I am sorry. The food and drinks took along time after that. It was near impossible to get drink refills or boxes to go. Then when it was time to leave the extra time cost us $5.00 in parking. We were again told that's not their problem.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Had to back a few days after the last time just to have my favorite omelet!!! It's just a great spot... breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the dishes that I have tried have been delicious, but I do have my favorites. May I also add, Nicola's has some of the best cakes around. I'm kind of dreaming about the Red Velvet Cake right now!!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

We always like to support the mom & pop places and Nicola's is one of those places. The owners are there, so it's run well. Great food and such an easy place to enjoy a meal. I love the charming shaded patio the best. Make sure to try their amazing breakfast items as well as lunch and dinner.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2017

Nicola's was not crowded, so I was surprised by the somewhat slow service. Only one person was taking food orders, while other service personnel stood around chatting. It took quite some time for our drink and food orders to be taken. Once food was served, I had to return my order for an additional item that was forgotten (Strange!). I don't recall seeing a staff member check during our meal to refill water glasses or other beverages. That said, food was delicious and portions were more than adequate. I'll undoubtedly return for another meal but I hope the owners will do some staff training.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Love their chopped salad! The torpedo sandwich was ok, but nothing special. The bread they serve before your meal is really good. The service is ok, but could be better. Everyone seemed miserable to be working there. Maybe faking a smile would go a long ways. The atmosphere is adorable with the French Bistro vibe & beautiful patio area.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2017

Was very surprised at the delicious brunch and great brunch menu offered. Nice service, good food and a good variety of breakfast options. I will be back with other friends for sure.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2017

Our waitress was cheerful, friendly and efficient. Our meals were very good and prepared as we asked.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Enjoyed our meal.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2017

This is a go-to place for us. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Nice servers.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Our server, Diana, was excellent.
The food is consistently great.
We have been enjoying Nicola's since they opened.

Thank you!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2017

I did not like the chilaquiles, mixed with chicken and egg.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2017

Always consistently good!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Very Fantastic. I have lived in Los Angeles for 50 years and the San Fernando Valley for over 30 and will say, without hesitation, that this restaurant compares with any I have been to in this city. Emphasis put on quality and creativity of food, which was just marvelous - dishes as varied as omelette, canolli, pizza and something called pasta scramble (which I had never heard of, but can't wait to have again) were all hit out of the park. A low profile location, very quiet inside on a post-movie theater Saturday afternoon. Our waiter, a blond young man (sorry don't recall the name) was ultra attentive and did his job excellently. Lots of places along Ventura Blvd. to spend your money, but I can't imagine ever going to Nicola's and not feeling like the money was extremely well spent. Serves breakfast all day, fyi. Thank you to staff and the chef, just outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2017

Great little place with nice staff and good food. The owner was super friendly and came over to make sure everything went well. We will definitely head back again!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Great food! How have I not known about this place? The chopped salad with chicken was excellent. My teen son got a burger and devoured it. He would have preferred it served with fries, but I was appreciative of the salad. The focacchio bread is to die for. I can see how it would get a little noisy and I wouldn't call it a romantic hot spot, but it was such good quality food and service for reasonable prices that you should def go!

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2017

Very nice restaurant - great food in casual atmosphere

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2016

We had an early dinner Christmas Eve. Servers were very busy and definitely less than attentive. Food was generally good. My son did not like his salmon dish as it was dry and overcooked. Chicken piccata was substituted and that was enjoyed. I enjoyed a grilled salmon which was cooked just right. The restaurant is small and by 6:15 PM was packed. We will try the restaurant on another night which should have better service and not as crowded.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2016

In my opinion, best restaurant in West Valley. Owner John is gracious and always says hello. Fluffy garlic focaccia to start. Cioppino with spicy red broth is loaded with fresh seafood. Pancakes all day. Tiramisu balances richness with light texture. Charming space in French Quarter setting on Ventura.

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