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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.

5800 Legacy Drive, Suite C1
Plano, TX 75024
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday 11am - 4pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday 4pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 4pm - 11pm
Sunday 4pm - 9pm

Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday 4pm - 7pm

Cross Street:
Bishop Rd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(972) 608-4455

Website:
http://www.nicolaslegacy.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Catering:
-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.

Parking Details:
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

Additional:
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

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4.3

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4.2

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4.3

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83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (13)
Good for a Date (10)
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Creative Cuisine (9)
Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Business Meals (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fun (3)
People Watching (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Casual (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

I booked this Valentine's Day reservation almost a month in advance and when we walked in and were greeted by the hostess I mentioned I had a reservation but the odd thing is it looked like the hostess/manager were looking for an open table on their seating chart. I noticed the pointed at one near the corner of the restaurant and I immediately became suspicious as to why this wasn't already designated. The hostess walks us over to a very cramped corner of the restaurant and sat us at a small bar tool table that had very little surface area. This made sitting with my girlfriend extremely awkward. The table was extremely wobbly and would shake back and forth when either person would rest their arms on it.

We ordered a couple glasses of wine per the servers recommendation which my girlfriend and I enjoyed. We ordered the calamari as an app but it had little flavor. The breaded peppers had better taste, in my opinion. We each ordered a couple of pasta dishes that were decent but nothing to write home about and could have easily been matched by my home cooking. The server was nice and explained the dishes well but lacked enthusiasm and did not re-fill our waters in a timely manner. This was probably due to the awkwardness of the table location as I am sure he was busy with other tables.

The experience would have been MUCH better if we were sat at an appropriate table per request in the reservation notes and I 100% regret not saying something at the time so for 100+ bucks I expected A LOT more than what was provided. It is safe to say I will not be going back to Nicola's or recommending this place to anyone.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

This was the worst experience I’ve ever had at Nicola’s! I was very disappointed that even though I reserved a table for 4 literally weeks ahead of Valentine’s Day on open table, we were shuffled upstairs to a round table large enough for 8! It was terrible! We couldn’t share our appetizers or even talk over dinner because we were so far away from the other couple. To make things even worse, our dessert order took over 30 minutes to arrive. Longer than our dinner! Total disappointment. I have liked this restaurant in the past but not sure I will return.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

We've dined here in the past and have always been pleased with both meal and service. We made our reservations weeks in advance as this was valentines date. Our reservation was at 6:30. We arrived a few minutes prior. We were seated right away, however waited waited over 15 minutes before we were attended. Waiters walked by us and filled glasses for the tables they were tending, however ; not one attempted to look over to see if we were attended to. I had to go to the hostess and ask for a manager. Once the manager was made aware he made sure we were attended to right away. Oz was amazing. When you work in customer service (especially in the restaurant fine dining industry) you do expect great service. The meal was ok. The waiter who attended us was awesome. Just wish we hadn't waited sooo long, look for a manager on a special occasion night.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find
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·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed our Valentine's dinner with the family. The food was very good! Appetizer, dinner and dessert! Great service too!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Food and service were great. Made the reservation for birthday celebration, restaurant did not acknowledge.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We haven't been here in awhile, due to all of the new venues in the area. It was a pleasant reminder of what we like in a dining experience. The food and service could not be better. The bar service was professional and attentive, also. We will be back soon.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Father-Daughter dinner annual event

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent birthday dinner and excellent service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Long-time favorite since opening in Legacy years ago, continues turning out good, if not inventive, food. Perfect place for a date, date night, or tuesday-just a good neighborhood spot that turns out consistently good fare with a nod to both Italian and stateside like. Beautiful interior, unlike so many of the new, cold boxes in Legacy West, there are several different dining areas and alcoves, plus a romantic second level. Not to be forgotten, is the small lounge, with personal bar personnel. Flatbread Nicola, squash flowers, and zucchini apps, plus angel-light gnocchi (Two ways), house-made caserecci Bolognese were perfectly sauced, not overloaded and hit the mark with that little ingredient lacking in most stores today - Heart. Manzo (long cooked short rib) was both unctuous and large with a well paired mushroom risotto. Enjoyed with Italian red, and finished with zeppole and coffee, this foursome had a fantastic Friday friends night out. If you want some really good food from well-trained, professionals (front to back), Nicola's is not to be missed. Ciao

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Not the same place ☹️.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The food was fantastic, well prepared and very tasty. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. We were there on a Tuesday night for a business dinner and we all loved it.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was my second visit and it did not disappoint. However, it did take about 10 minutes before we were waited on but everything else was awesome. Once we got out waitress the whole dining experience went up from there!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Overall, we had a good time, the food and service were good. It took a while to get our drinks though. The parking situation at the Legacy shops is a different story, it is very challenging .

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and service. Reid is the best server!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

While we have had uneven food and service in the past, this visit everything was great!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went on Christmas Eve, Mary our server was fantastic.. we usually love to sit outside when we dine at Nicola’s however it was of course too cold that night, the inside atmosphere was very nice!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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!

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 (SW Indiana)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We really enjoyed our evening at Nicola's. The only negative was the temperature - there were 4 of us in our party and we were all cold. At the table beside us, the women did not take off their coats.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Went with a group of 8. Staff was very accommodating and our waiter James was excellent. Apps were ok, but dinner options were great. Would do again.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 28, 2017

If you want to spend $12 for a glass of house wine , this is your place. Pizza was good, service was so-so. We will never return or recommend this place.. We were quite upset and it ruined our date night.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Evening was great. Had the fill special cook to perfection. Our waiter was his usual perfectionist who has learned our special changes to the menu. One of our rgular monthly stops

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Service and food were awesome. Everyone made us feel at home and welcome. Highly recommend.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful ambiance and food, great early or late dinner dinning.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Special risotto was sticky. Not fresh. Drinks were weak. Server seems impaired. Will not return

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

What a great night to eat outside! Add great service and food and wine and it made for a great night out.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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!

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