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“At the top of the Cincinnati list” 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 #2 of 1,781 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, 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
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199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
“At the top of the Cincinnati list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Been here many times. Best breadbasket of any restaurant in Cincy hands down and competitive with anywhere. Food is terrific although very rich. They do a great job with seafood including fantastic lobster ravioli.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Always a nice experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We ate here with some friends for Valentines weekend. We normally love this place - the presentation of the food and quality and service are always excellent but for some reason it fell a little short of what I remembered from prior visits regarding value. I expected the bill to be about $30 less than it was.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Best choice for a Valentine's make-up dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Since we missed Valentine's Day, my husband selected this restaurant for our make-up dinner. We got there before 6 on a Fri night so didn't need reservations (usually required) and were able to find free parking spot on street (valet available). Nice atmosphere, music & wonderful waiter. Handmade breads, and even my pasta dish was handmade and delicious. My husband had the rabbit risotto and raved about this unique dish. For a gourmet restaurant, the portions weren't too small but just right. Wonderful experience -- we hope to return soon.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Perhaps the best meal I've ever had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

I went to Nicola's for a business dinner with two colleagues. This was quite possibly the best meal I've ever had, and I've had some pretty good meals! The attention by the wait staff was phenomenal. Pay attention as four servers approach your table from the four corners of the room. It's a work of art! They were more than willing to answer any questions we had about the menu and to make recommendations or accommodations. Very friendly and pleasant. The food is absolutely outstanding. We shared appetizers; I had lamb as my main course. We shared desserts. Can't say enough about the food, wine and service.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“the real deal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is the best Italian food in town. Bring your wallet as it is pricy. Well worth the price. Great for any special occasion.

Visited August 2012
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