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Nicola's Ristorante

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1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Liberty Street)
+1 513-721-6200
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic
Description: Nicola's is located on the corner of East Liberty and Sycamore Street

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  • 181
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 11
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  • 4
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very good, particularly the pasta

In a town with a reasonable set of good restaurants, this clearly stands at the top of the list. The artichoke appetizer was fabulous, as were the pastas (order two half portions so that you can try a couple). The fish was only ok. Desserts were creative and delicious. Service was attentive and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
JMSBoston
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Boston, MA
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38 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been to this restaurant many times. The food and service are normally awesome. Because it's valentines weekend I made a reservation for 2/13, my husbands birthday, a few weeks ago. Today the restaurant called to reconfirm our reservation for tomorrow evening. Informing me there was a set menu for Valentine's. Well this was the first that I heard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In a town with a reasonable set of good restaurants, this clearly stands at the top of the list. The artichoke appetizer was fabulous, as were the pastas (order two half portions so that you can try a couple). The fish was only ok. Desserts were creative and delicious. Service was attentive and effectively leveraged a team approach. The bread... More 

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Thank JMSBoston
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came for the housemade pasta. The menu is limited, but the offerings are all top notch. We started with the grilled artichoke appetizer, which was delicious. I like that they offer half portions of the pasta dishes. You can sample half orders of two different pastas or in my case, I had a half portion of the Farfalle with... More 

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Thank KnoxJazzSinger
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Good: amazing Decor, fantastic flavors, so many choices, good service, lots of wine choices The Bad: spendy This is a wonderful, higher end restaurant here in Cincy. The entire place is a bit small but warm and inviting. The menu is the traditional Italian style with 5 courses. Each of the courses has wonderful, flavorful options. The bread seems... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Wonderful restaurant with great service. The restaurant changes seasonally so I'm not sure they'll offer all of the same things, but the potato gnocchi was a crowd favorite

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Thank Jack B
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

There were 12 of us on this visit and we ended up in a private area that accommodated all of us. We shared pasta and ordered our own salads (I really enjoyed the roasted beets and black quinoa) and main plates. Everyone enjoyed their meals, whether the two fish on the menu, the short ribs, chicken, or butternut squash mezzaluna.... More 

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Thank Paul-A-C-62
Lawrenceburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The enticing smells of the true northern Italian cuisine, starts your mouth watering in anticipation, of the great tast.

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Thank Sheila M
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My wife and I don't tend to visit restaurants at this lofty price point, so it's a "special-occasion" kind of place for us. The atmosphere is beautiful, presentation is lovely and the food is wonderful. My only beef is that the room seems to be warm every time we have been there...don't know if the A/C system is weak or... More 

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Thank CincyDavid
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

My wife and I decided to treat ourselves and our 6 year old daughter to a dinner out, in celebration for her good work at school. We did at quick search for Italian on the GPS and Nicola's popped up. We came in before they opened and the hostess was very kind and accommodating, especially when they discovered that we... More 

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Thank Kenndeigh
Delray Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

I very seldom review restaurants from my hometown of Cincinnati. Why? The city many refer to as the Queen City is more akin to a town than a metropolitan city. You know the kind of place where everyone knows everyone. Not exactly the environment for telling the truth when you experience less than a delicious meal. Thank goodness this is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202
    (Liberty Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: +1 513-721-6200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Nicola's is located on the corner of East Liberty and Sycamore Street
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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