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About Nicola's Ristorante
Our opulent, theatrical design features a sophisticated bar, and al fresco dining on the patio, private dining room for sixteen, and a stunning mezzanine overlooking the main dining area for the best people watching in town.
Plano, TX 75024
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 11am - 4pm
Monday - Thursday 4pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 4pm - 11pm
Sunday 4pm - 9pm
Monday - Friday 4pm - 7pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Come enjoy our amazing Happy Hour with specialty cocktails, discounted wine, beer and spirits. As well as some of our amazing appetizers and not to mention some of the best people watching in town.
-Our Nicola Privata is a glass enclosed room with a curtain which, seats up to 16 guests at a large wooden oval table in a luxuriously appointed private dining room.
-Our Center Mezzanine accommodates up to 16 guests, with two round tables each seating 8 guests.
-Our East Mezzanine is comfortable for up to 48 guests reception style
or for seated dinners.
-Our West Mezzanine is perfect for up to 35 guests reception style and 28 for seated dinners.
-All of the Mezzanine areas are semi-private on the second floor overlooking the main dining room.
Complimentary Valet or self-parking in nearby garages available.
Limited street parking also available.
Private Party Facilities:
Thank you for considering Nicola's Ristorante Italiano for your special event. We offer both fully private and semi-private dining areas for your groups' comfort and convenience.
Private Party Contact:
Will Trammell: (972) 608-4455
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Nicola's Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
The minestrone soup had almost no taste. They were out of Sauvignon Blanc wine of any kind by the glass. The waiter did not check back on us more than once during the entire meal. We have had good meals there in the past but this was quite a disappointment.
New Year's Eve about 7 pm. The food was great as usual. The only negative was that although the wait staff was very friendly, she appeared not to be knowledgeable about the details on some items-- Italian beans, how the lamb is typically cooked. The lamb chops were somewhat undercooked, but didn't want to take the time to send back. She disappeared for prolonged period and had to flag down someone else to get dessert and ticket. This is NOT usually the case, however. Best guess, combination of new hire who had limited training and understaffed even though there were empty tables. But really don't know. Usually at the door in upscale table cloth restaurants, someone inquires as to how your meal was, I haven't seen this done in the past or present. Not sure, why the effort isn't made. Best I can tell is that this is not in the job description of the staff. The only other time service was an issue was when there was a large private party. In that case, they should have closed the restaurant to other customers, if they couldn't handle others rather than offering extremely slow service.
Food tasted like it was from a Chef-Boyardee can, and was not appetizing looking either. Service was awful. Our waitress didn’t look at us, the table, or anything she should be tending. She walked fast and was hard to catch, and was not looking around to see if anyone needed anything. Manager dropped by at one point, but really just as a formality. He sped off too fast to speak with as well. Wouldn’t recommend
Be ready for a gourmet Italian meal. Prompt service. Wise, clean servers. Menu was delightful and very Italian. Beautiful Italian wine list. Our group was 8, from 13-77. Everybody enjoyed their meals. Didn’t see dessert menu, but birthday girl got a Tiramisu to take home. Be sure to order at least one piece.
My friend and I had a very delicious and enjoyable long lunch catching up. We shared a wonderful bottle of wine and each got the lunch special which comes with salad, soup, entree and dessert. We had a wonderful waiter named Benjamin. Perfect lunch before our movie next door at the Angelika.
I made the Christmas Eve reservation based on great Open Table reviews. We arrived 30 minutes early and were able to be seated, which was great. They put us upstairs by an exit door and the restrooms. We were the only people in the area and, at that time (5:20 pm), the restaurant was basically empty. We asked to be moved downstairs as it was very cold by the exit door and under the air vent. We were told all tables downstairs were reserved. They did move us to the other side upstairs which was great.
We ordered the eggplant appetizer which was delicious but completely cold. We sent it back and as we were served a second, hot appetizer, our entrees arrived. My husband’s chicken parm was ok and my veal Marsala was tough and tasteless. The roasted potatoes and asparagus were the best part of the dinner. Service upstairs was VERY slow. Our server was working hard but still it took forever to get drinks, lemon for water, bread....everything except our entrees that came out with the appetizer! The party of 4 next to us left because it took so long to get their drinks. Interesting enough, when we left after being there 2 hours, downstairs had at least 10 unoccupied tables. Not at all sure why they could not have honored our initial request to move downstairs. There are so many amazing restaurants in Dallas. We won’t be returning to Nicola’s as it was a total disappointment!
We went to Nicola’s for our family dinner on Christmas Eve. Although Nicola’s has great potential to be a wonderful place to go for dinner or any special occasion, it fell short with our experience. The dining room was freezing!! My husband who is never cold, kept his coat on the entire meal, as did the rest of us and other tables around us. Many people around us did the same. When I mentioned it to our server, he apologized, but basically said sorry there’s nothing we can do we are having problems with our electrical system that controls the temperature. They offered zero compensation to how awful our dining experience was going to be. With it being Christmas Eve, it’s not like we could just go somewhere else. It ruined our Christmas experience that I thought we would have. Food when brought was very good, but instantly turned cold because of the temp. In the room. Management, our server, someone should have somehow offered some sort of compensation for our experience....IT WAS CHRISTMAS!! Because of lack of concern for it not sure when we will be back.
Normally we LOVE this place but the room temperature was cold beyond belief and half of our food came out cold. They fixed it right away but took way to long to get dinner, then to freezing throughout dinner was just uncomfortable and undesirable for the price. I’m sure this was random off night because we’ve never had an issue before. We’ll still be back.
It’s always difficult describing what you like about a restaurant - all I can say is I love coming to Nicola’s and bringing friends; the food is excellent, a good selection of wines, and great service. Should you be looking for a great Italian food restaurant this one should be on your list.
I have dined at Nicola’s many times, even hosted a birthday dinner in the private room and was very pleased. This most recent visit did not meet our expectations. Although the food was excellent, the service was lacking. Our waiter was not very accommodating. Also, we were there during happy hour. However, the waiter informed us the happy hour prices only applied to the patio and bar. We were celebrating my mother’s birthday and did not receive the special treatment we have received in the past.
Our food was superb (as it always is at this restaurant). I had Cioppino and my business associate had the evening’s shrimp risotto special. Both dishes were attractive, served hot, and delicious.
Our waiter was attentive until we finished our meal, but then he ignored us. We had to get up from the table to find him to request our check. Not a major problem, but it was not a good way to finish what was otherwise a remarkable meal.
Had the rigatoni pasta dish which was excellent and good value. Our waitress was older and a little chatty but very sweet. A pretty place with good views of the Christmas lights outside. Bar is good too although when you order a glass of wine and bartender recommends “a good one” check the price first. We had a glass each and the bill with tip was more than dinner. My bad, not theirs...still a very nice place.
Food was not good. I’m surprised this restaurant is Zagat rated. The soup was liked canned soup. The bruschetta was good. The main meal Gnocchi was Not good at all. The presentation was also very poor. I’m not generally critical of restaurants but I’m making an exception in this case. This is my first and last time I will go to this place.
The Fusilli was delightful with just the right blend of flavors, and the Lasagnette, with chicken and artichoke was outstanding. There is definitely a dish for everyone, and the location right across from the Angelika Theatre makes it a perfect dinner-and-a-movie location. Very personal service, and our waitress was quite attentive to details. Perfect night out!
The meal and service were exceptional but was a little disappointed there was nothing special done..Waiter didn't even ask if it was something special. It was our 44th wedding anniversary. Will not go there again for an anniversary dinner.
Nicola’s is one of my favorite restaurants and I always dine here when I visit Plano several times each year. I was so pleased that Veal Piccata has been returned to the menu! I had the carpaccio appetizer and really enjoyed its preparation. Our server was attentive and the manager checked on us as well. Great evening!
I've had previous positive experiences, but not this time. I had a reservation, but was still seated at the worst table in the restaurant... they did move us after I asked... Overall, the server was nice, but the food was definitely not up to the quality it had been on prior visits. Overall, not the best experience I've ever had.
The food and service was fabulous, unfortunately the ambiance if this part of Legacy is being ruined by the loud and obnoxious religious zealots playing loud music and having loud fire and brimstone preachers shouting at the top of their lungs, we won't be returning until The Legacy management sorts this out.
I really enjoyed the food and our server, Dustin, was great! The only thing was the hostess staff. When my boyfriend and I arrived, I informed them that we had a reservation. I was completely blown off. Instead of checking the books, they sat us in the bar area at a tiny table in the corner. Now, I don't know if it was because we are young (20) or because she was new, but, I made a reservation for a reason. I will return, but next time I won't be so complacent. If we aren't honored our reservation, I will be talking to a manager next time.
We booked here for our anniversary dinner. We had a reservation for 2 at 7pm on Saturday night. We arrived at 6:50pm. Upon arrival, we were told that our table choices were either a high top in the bar or outside. I politely inquired if we could have a table in the air conditioned and fairly empty dining room (it was in the mid-80s with little breeze that night). We were told rather curtly that our choice were bar or patio. We chose the patio because my wife is short and high top tables bother her back (since her legs dangle through the whole meal). The patio is next to the main road through the Shops at Legacy so we were treated to loud cars, loud motorcycles, and an endless stream of pedestrians talking loudly. At one point, I was blinded by a car's high beam headlights that had pulled into the valet station while the valets finished whatever conversation they were having with each other.
The food was fine. Mostly unremarkable.
The service was slow and confused. There was an older gentlemen wandering aimlessly around the patio running food from the kitchen. He presented someone else's food to us on more than one occasion. At one point, our server seemed to be engaged with a hushed argument with this older gentleman. Then our server disappeared for about 20 minutes (between clearing the starter and bringing the entree).
Overall, there are better choices in the area.
The food was satisfying. Authentic.
Service was slow. There were only 3 tables when we were there that night. Waiter and waitress stood there chatting, but rarely came over to ask what we need. Our waiter only showed up when he brought our order to the table. We have to wave at him several times to call him to come over. For the after meal dessert, we had to call him to come over and asked him for the menu.
The dessert were good and the coffee was super!
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