Restaurant Nicholas

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1665 reviews
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Contemporary American
Restaurant Nicholas, New York Times 4 star, Gayot's top 40 restaurant in America for 2011/12, Zagat's No.1 Pick for Food, Service, Most Popular & Wine List for 2005-2012, offers New American Cuisine set in a sophisticated serene environment. Nicholas also hosts Bar N, a more casual alternative where no reservations are required. Chef/Owner Nicholas Harary and his wife Melissa operate this intimate 4-star jewel located just minutes over the bridge from Red Bank's downtown area.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was on point. Friendly and attentive

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and friendly, professional service. Gourmet but not stuffy.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

We were really looking forward to our meal on a Saturday night at Nicholas. The bar area was lively and we should have probably stayed there. We were not aware that it was a required multi course meal (either 3 or 5-6 courses.) in the main dining area. It looks like a bad wedding banquet space. Several of the choices of appetizers and entrees required an additional $15-$20. My husband and I both chose the 3 course meals. My salad was fairly basic and I enjoyed it. My lobster entree was very small but also undercooked and couldn’t really eat it. The dessert was just awful. We oredered the same chocolate dish and our first bites went into our napkins. It had a gelatin consistency. The service, however, was excellent! We each had one cocktail and one glass of wine and the meal was $320.00. We will never go there again.

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K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Nicholas needs to lose his Restaraunt license! He needs to learn how to treat his clients! You would think that a restaurant owner /chef might know how to treat his clients? WRONG!!!
We were with a party of 6, and were completely humiliated by Nicholas himself. Downright rude individual. Do not waste your time here!! Never again.

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LV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Nicholas many times and always welcomed with impeccably prepared works of art that also double as meals. To be honest, I would not classify the fare as "meals" but rather a culinary experience. The staff and service is unequalled in the industry and add to the experience. Best place to enjoy date night, group event, etc. the only recommendation I have is that it would be a nice touch if the restaurant would host a BYOW once a month or so, even with a corkage fee.
Keep up the good work.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great
Would recommend to everyone

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there for my husbands 60 th birthday/ party of 7. The fillet I had was the best I ever had. We all had a great time- service and good were excellent. It was noisy, but we r the ones who caused it?

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TB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive and delicious food. Wonderful service. Very attentive Maitre’d who oversaw the dining room to ensure top execution. The decor drew our interest in that it was imaginative, artful, and an excellent combination of brilliant color against a tableau of gray. This is a dining experience not to be missed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate a huge business achievement. We did the tasting menu and paired it with the wine tasting. Everything we had was delicious and the service was outstanding. We will definitely be returning!

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GW
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is exceptional so in the nitties of picks, disappointed we were given directions to the restroom instead of escorted.

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D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant in Monmouth and Ocean counties hands down.

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A
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent as usual, but service was not as good as usual.

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DW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for New Years Eve and my birthday! I’ve been to Nicolas quite a few times! It just gets better and better each time! So creative, so amazingly delicious! Nicolas and his staff are masters! I can honestly say this is the absolute best restaurant in the state of NJ!!! There is no better Restaraunt!!!

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l
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with amazing food options makes the price a little more enjoyable. $450 for family of four without any alcohol. Merry Christmas to Mr Nicholas and his family 🎁

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to celebrate any special occasion. Food and service are always spectacular!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husbands birthday. We loved our dinner

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites! Always amazing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance, impeccable service. Food was delicious, perfectly prepared, perfectly served

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and expecting wonderful time as always!

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SY
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our office Christmas Dinner at Restaurant Nicholas last week. The food was excellent and so was the service. The layers of flavors in the food was very unique and delicious. I will be back for my husbands birthday in January!

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Nicholas and we enjoyed our dinner very much. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very comfortable and cozy. The staff was very friendly and attentive and helpful with the menu. Highly recommend Nicholas.

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AM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Restaurant Nicholas for our special occasions for the last 11 years. Chef Nicholas and his culinary team never disappoint! From the fresh cocktails to the master crafted cuisine and the impeccable service, we’ve enjoy ourselves time and time again. It’s a must do. Bon appetite!

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BA
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous! From the time we walked through the door to the time we left our experience was top notch! Very attentive staff.

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JP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Careful when adding on wine pairings... It's an additional charge to the meal, not a new price... We obviously misread the menu.... 6 course is $95, wine selection is an additional $125! (One person = $220)😳 we were surprised when the bill arrived, but still, everything was fabulous!!! Neham ( I hope that's correct) is excellent! True asset to your staff

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend the Chef's table. It is an experience you will never forget. We went for dinner in the regular dining room to celebrate our first anniversary tonight and it was just as memorable. Always a pleasurable experience here.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food quality was what we had expected. Loved it all!!!

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time here and was on our list to try. The reviews were so good that we wanted to find out what the fuss was all about. We tried the 5 course tasting menu with wince paring for a birthday dinner.
And the food and wine lived up to the reviews. Delicious...pricy but delicious.

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Restaurant, food was outstanding as well as the
service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was impeccable.
My wife and I both were very satisfied.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service always great
Long overdo for a dining room overhaul/revamp the red carpet chairs window treatments ugly chandelier has to go

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RI
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good. The food was great. The price was high as I left hungry after doing the six course tasting.

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m
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After 18 years, this venerable fine dining establishment continues to woo me ! The elegant interior design is over shadowed only by the elegant dishes presented to diners. It has been close to 15 years since my last dining experience and I must say that it will not be very long before I return. The team of Melissa & Nicholas Harary has not lost any of the passion necessary in making this restaurant of their's a destination not to be missed. The 5 course tasting menu with the "Nicholas" wine pairing selections were in perfect harmony. The service was attentive, but allowed the table the space to enjoy each course and chat during the evening (4 hour seating). Overall, Nicholas has endured over time and continues to be a premier fine dining experience in the country and most definitely the "best", New Jersey has to offer. BELLISSIMA !!!!

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RG
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I haven't been to Nicholas in a while and I was so looking forward to the tasting menu. Scallops, salmon and suckling pig were excellent. The other courses were only ok. I had the New Fashioned cocktail which was so great last time, but now was only mediocre. It was still a great overall experience but I wish the quality was more consistent throughout. It was a nice touch that they added a "happy anniversary" on our dessert plates.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional tasting menu! Service was wonderful. A special touch with their attention to detail.

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F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was deplorable. We were one of only two tables seated in the main dining area. Our primary waiter couldn’t be bothered with our table. He was more interested in whatever private event was being held that evening and the bar crowd. Restaurant Nicholas is simply phoning it in. Ver, very disappointing but I’m sure the Middletown and surrounding blue-haired crowd will continue to go there and drop their big bucks. The food, ..., equally bleh.

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I
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish!

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l
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was wonderful, as always. It’s great to be pampered!

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PC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

birthday dinner

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l
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is still very good after many years in business. It’s a bit pretentious but not overly.

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RM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very well prepared food. Good service We have the special 4 course. Drinks were good Went there years ago for anniversary so we figured we would try it again.

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