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Nicola's Ristorante

1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7378
513-721-6200
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Ranked #5 of 1,728 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Liberty Street
Description: Nicola's is located on the corner of East Liberty and Sycamore Street
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English first
Jackson, Mississippi
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We dined here in early September on a week night. Had a delightful, Italian waiter. The gnocchi dish is fabulous!! Pork tenderloin was excellent! The atmosphere is so relaxing and the service was great. Thanks Leo!

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Brasilia, DF
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

At Nicola's, you will find a refined and delicious Italian food. It hás a good selection of Italian Wines.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

When we first moved here, we couldnt get into Boca for the time that we needed to dine but having an overseas guest, we needed another good alternative. Nicola's was the first choice that came from all the recommendations. All of us had liked our dinner but I did find my fish a bit on the salty side. Everyone else... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I used to love this restaurant and have celebrated a number of family and business events there. Once a few years ago we had a wonderful evening occupying the entire mezzanine while George Clooney and Co dined in the wine cellar. However after our most recent visit Nicolas is no longer on my list of Cincinnati favorites. Maybe a busy... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Visited on August 19 as a special night out treat. Ambiance is perfect: soft lighting, brick walls, wooden beams. Staff was attentive and plentiful, and lets the diner drive the pace of service. At first glance, the menu was daunting, but the server explained everything in detail, and answered all of our questions. Chef offers pairings I've never imagined (think,... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My boyfriend and I went to Nicola's for our anniversary a while back and absolutely loved it. The food was incredible--definitely some of the best food I have ever had at a restaurant. The service was extremely good, very accommodating and attentive, but not overly so. The meal was wonderful, from beginning to end. I definitely recommend the gnocchi, it... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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81 reviews 81 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Sometimes fancy, expensive food is merely that - fancy and expensive (and usually miniscule). But Nicola's is one of those special places where the food is so incredible, you don't mind paying for it and so delicious that you don't need big portions. My husband brought me here for our 25th anniversary and everything - food, service, ambiance - was... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We live in Cincinnati and Nicola's is our favorite restaurant in town. The food is terrific and we have never had a bad meal there. Everything is great, from the ambiance in the old converted streetcar repair station, to the service (Nicola does not scrimp on staff, so there are plenty of waiters to attend your needs). The wine list... More

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The restaurant is in an area you wouldn't find on a normal drive through Cincinnati. But once you valet (a must) then from the time you walk in until the dessert tray leaves it it a great meal and nice atmosphere. A bit expensive but the presentation and taste is worth it. Very nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good clientele.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We have been to Nicolas numerous times over the years and have had a mediocre experience the last two times (Feb and Aug 2014). We ordered the Yellow Fin tuna appetizer that was somewhat fishy tasting (we eat sushi all the time and this was definitely a more fishy tasting piece of raw fish). For dinner, the lobster and pea... More

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