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Nicola's Ristorante

4.7
4.7
2880 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Located just north of Downtown in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati’s hip and historic neighborhood, Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano has long been a fine dining staple of the city during its 20+ years of operation. Owners Nicola and Maureen Pietoso pride their restaurant not only for its highly acclaimed contemporary Italian menu, extensive wine list and variety of unique dining spaces, but most especially for their restaurant’s long-standing reputation for being warmly hospitable and accommodating.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 721-6200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jack Hemmer

  • Catering

    Nicola's Ristorante offers catering to diners' homes; 5-8 courses with wine parings, minimum 10 people, no Saturdays or Sundays, starting at $90.00 a person.

  • Private party facilities

    Our award-winning food, wine, unique private & semi-private dining spaces, and professional service combine to create truly memorable experiences for business meetings, social celebrations, weddings, and rehearsal dinners. We can tailor the event to your individual needs.

  • Private party contact

    Nicola Pietoso: (888) 458-3406

  • Neighborhood

    Cincinnati

  • Cross street

    Liberty Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking and valet parking Monday through Saturday.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,880 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. LM

    LMA1974

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! Gnocchi is the best in the city.
  2. A

    Angiey

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing. Atmosphere is perfect. So much better than Sotto and you can actually get a reservation more than months in advance. You can actually see the menu snd not feel like you’re eating in a dungeon with people sitting inches away from you. The bolognase sauce is rich and so flavorful. If you haven’t tried this place you’re missing out.
  3. KM

    KellyM

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food, as always, was delicious!
  4. J

    Jdiner

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful. One of the best servers were have had at Nicolas. Thank you Steve!
  5. M

    Mindymun

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time . Great experience. Love , love loved it.
  6. WH

    WhitneyH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love Nicola's and we go there every year on Valentine's Day! I loved our meal, however sitting in the back separate dining room is not my favorite way to enjoy a meal. We had a lovely dinner and everything was great but the ambiance is a bit lacking in there.
  7. m

    michaelb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, wonderful staff. Awesome valentines menu. Overall great experience
  8. MM

    MMMM

    Cincinnati

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    an exceptional meal with great service in a moderate dining room.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food, one of the best spots in town!
  10. J

    Janice

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I made reservations for Valentines Day. The fixed menu had appeal for meat eaters and non-meat eaters as well. The food was delicious! It is a special place for sure ❤️
  11. NA

    NedA

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Let me start by giving a hats off to the amazing chef and staff at Nicola's, for making my wife's birthday a memorable one. The flavor and presentation of the food was second to none. The four of us had various amazing dishes but the standouts were the mushroom Gnudi, little ravioli, minus the pasta, served with a mushroom broth I had to soak up with the bread. The Belgian endive salad is an amazing creation both visually and on the palate, followed by the Frutti Di Mare with squid ink pasta. To top it off, was an incredible Red Snapper dish, baked in a little pastry bag and a red pepper, squash purée. I would also like to thank Jeremy, our outstanding server for being on top of everything, without hovering.
  12. v

    vhinpgh

    Pittsburgh

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We lovd this restaurant. Went for my birthday and it was a wonderful experience. The red snapper was delicious and the gnocchi was out of this world. We ordered 3 desserts to share and thought they were some of the best we ever had anywhere.
  13. m

    mm0987

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was fabulous but the service was a bit slow. We waited 20 minutes for drink orders :(
  14. h

    hollyw

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was excellent as always.
  15. DC

    DCH718944

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Bolognese night didn't disappoint. We love this great restaurant. So fun and service is outstanding. Bar area can get cramped, but not bad overall. Such a great restaurant.
  16. JA

    JoANNEF

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent table service. Not so great service at the bar.
  17. CP

    CarolPms

    Tampa

    145 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were pleased to be able to try many things between two couples. This works because you offer half portions although we took left-overs home too. The salad was crazy good as was the pasta. Being charged for bread we thought was odd because the sauce(s) need to be totally gone. My cocktails were also appreciated.
  18. KW

    KathyW

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was exceptional and wait staff were informative and responsive to our requests
  19. KW

    KevinW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best Italian food that can be found in the Cincinnati area.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I live in New York and go very often to Atlanta for business and this is my favorite restaurant... hands down!!! The food is amazing. I had collegues from London with me and they really enjoyed the food.
  21. DB

    DougB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic Italian food and choice of wines that reminded us of Tuscany. Highly recommended!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The food was good. Moscato di ‘asti was great. Went with a friend. Heads up that if you order extra sauce it may cost $4. Lol.
  23. JD

    JDTS

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Our server was horrible.. food was ok.
  24. r

    ryan

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service, would go again.
  25. JV

    JonathanV

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal dishes, amazing service and great ambiance. First time here and will come back and definitely recommend to friends. Bravo!
  26. B

    Bazz

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all had wonderful meals. Food was excellent and Gabriel was outstanding as our waiter. My fave Italian restaurant is outstanding in food and ambiance. Can’t wait to go back!!
  27. AC

    AmeliaC

    Cincinnati

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate a special occasion. We celebrated a birthday and everything was just terrific. We wish our waitress the best in South Africa next year! Thanks for a grand evening.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came to dinner here on a Monday evening with some close friends as a farewell dinner for I am moving to Columbus. We had such an amazing evening. We are honored to dinner a little bit early and started with a bottle of wine at the bar. Jonathan was a great help but we were sat with Gabe at our table. Could not have been happier with our service. You did such a great job at explaining the entire menu and even gave us a special dessert as a parting gift. The food was absolutely amazing but our service was even better. Definitely ask for Gabe the next time you dine here and you will not be disappointed at all!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and Service by Brad!
  31. DF

    DougieFresh

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite Monday night!
  32. s

    scottm

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great everything
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my favorite restaurant I have been to in Cincinnati! The food was amazing and the staff was wonderful. We will definitely be back many times in the future!
  34. l

    leannei

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and ambiance were amazing as always!
  35. JG

    JennyG

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricey, but worth the splurge! Great service and superb food.
  36. MM

    MichaelM

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    All excellent: food, table service, bar service and ambiance. Only negative was valet did not walk lady out to car or come out to car to open door. It was raining and he did have an umbrella so that was too bad to see.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Each course was outstanding, all-in-all it was a terrific meal.
  38. KP

    KevinP

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve with friends
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect spot for a special NYE dinner, with great service and ambience. Meal was excellent from start to finish; the gnocchi and duck were highlights. Highly recommend!
  40. RJ

    RyanJ

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in for new years and even on a very busy night the service was still top notch. The food was amazing as always.

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Nicola's Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 2880 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Liberty Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cincinnati

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking and valet parking Monday through Saturday.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jack Hemmer

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (513) 721-6200

  • Catering

    Nicola's Ristorante offers catering to diners' homes; 5-8 courses with wine parings, minimum 10 people, no Saturdays or Sundays, starting at $90.00 a person.

  • Private party facilities

    Our award-winning food, wine, unique private & semi-private dining spaces, and professional service combine to create truly memorable experiences for business meetings, social celebrations, weddings, and rehearsal dinners. We can tailor the event to your individual needs.

  • Private party contact

    Nicola Pietoso: (888) 458-3406

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