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“our favorite romantic restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nicola's Ristorante

Nicola's Ristorante
1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202
+1 513-721-6200
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Ranked #1 of 1,657 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Liberty Street
Description: Nicola's is located on the corner of East Liberty and Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“our favorite romantic restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

You will pay for that romantic restaurant but just for the bread basket it is pretty much worth it then add on impeccable service and outstanding food and you have a yourself and that special lady friend a start to a great evening.

Visited February 2012
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Lexington, Kentucky
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A top dining experience on the planet!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

We were shocked at how good the food and ambiance was for our company dinner. Having been to Italy four times and growing up with Italian cooking, I think it fair to say this was some of the best food experiences we've ever had. The bolognese was so unbelievably good I can't imagine it could be better any place on the planet. The interior decor was warm, and very Tuscan with brick, hearty wood and perfect lighting. Service was very good. The wine selection was great and do was the recommendation....renegade. Wow what a good meal. It was a 15 minute walk from downtown so a taxi ride would be a good option for folks who aren't used to hiking to dinner.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“great upscale food in a quiet place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I went to Nicola's for dinner while on business trip. I was looking for a nice cosi restaurant, where I could get a quiet table, and that was excactly what I found.
The service was very good, and the food was delicious.
Will keep that place in mind for my next business trip for sure.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Although I lived 35 mi from Cincinnati for 36 yrs., and ate in many restaurants there, it was not until I moved to FL and returned for a visit that I found Nicola's in Tripadvisor.
Wow! The atmosphere was lovely; it is in an old trolley barn with beautiful high ceilings and decorated wonderfully.
The food was exceptional. We shared the gnocchi and butternut squash ravioli, followed by the duck and halibut entrees. A month ago we returned from an upscale food and wine tour to Paris and Provence and were amazed by the food there. The quality, taste, and presentation at Nicola's certainly rivals the best we have eaten. Service provided by Bruce Strong was also excellent!
We were so happy with our experience at Nicola's that we cancelled our reservations at another restaurant and returned to Nicola's 2 days later.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

Excellent service, food and wine. If you did not know where you were, you would swear you were in Tuscany. The daily specials are excellent. Try the gnocchi, best I have had outside of Italy

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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