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Nicola's Ristorante

1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7378
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Ranked #3 of 1,725 restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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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93% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit to Cincinnati and we weren't sure what to expect. I looked at Trip Advisor to get some recommendations and was very happy that I chose this one. My husband, our adult daughter and 16 year old son were instantly welcomed and made to feel at home when we walked in the door. The service was... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is a place that just about everyone recommends. It turned out that this was for good reasons. Every little touch was great. Even their bread basket was unique and out of this world. We were there with a table of four...everyone enjoyed every part of their meal. Appetizers to entrees to desert...each item was prepared perfectly and totally enjoyable.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Strongly recommend this place if around in Cincinnati. One of my local business partners took me there, and must confess that was very positvely impressed.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The food here is outstanding... everything, beginning with the wine and fresh baked breads, to the fresh fish entre, was a 10+ and the service is exceptional. This was recommended by the Innkeeper at the Clifton House. The combination of the Clifton House and Nicola's -- well it doesn't get much better! Be sure to make a reservation -- we... More

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Villa Hills
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

No matter what we have ordered, it has always been prepared with creativity and exceptional presentation. Troy, our waiter frequently, is excellent at describing the dishes and can be turned loose on your selection of wine (give guidance to price point). If you want a more quiet atmosphere, ask for the back room. The upper floor which is open to... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Four of us had dinner at Nicola's in Cincinnati prior to attending an concert by "Under the Streetlamp" at the Aronoff Center. Nicola's is located in a building which formerly housed cars from a rail line that went through the "Over the Rhine" district. It is a tall building with exposed beams overhead that makes Nicola's an interesting place. The... More

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New York, NY
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191 reviews 191 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I was there with two friends but I knew two other groups eating there at the same time --- we were all attending the same conference in Cincinnati. Unanimous opinion: this is a truly excellent restaurant by every measurement --- food, service, ambiance, cost, location. I had the short ribs on a bed of risotto (mushroom plus plus) -- "to... More

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Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Four of us had dinner on May 9 and everything was spectacular. Shared the vitella tonatol and the tuna crudo - wow! The veal was really unique, served cold with delicate cucumber and quail egg. The tuna was excellent also. If you enjoy beet salads you've got to have this one! Three types of beets, slightly pickled served with an... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Five of us visited Nicolas to celebrate our son's graduation from UC and had a wonderful evening. Each dish we tried was very well prepared and beautifully presented. The rabbit in a small dough pouch with spring vegetables was super. Three of us had the tuna starter and all raved. The main courses we similarly well prepared and presented. The... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Been in Cincy for almost five years now, people suggested this place to me and I finally got the time to go try it out. The contemporary food styled more French than Italian to me, but I didn't really mind. The place is advertised as more of high-end contemporary cuisine, but the environment is not catching up with the pricing.... More

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