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“One of the best, if not THE best meal EVER!” 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: 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“One of the best, if not THE best meal EVER!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I visited Nicola's about 3 years ago while in town for the 1/2 marathon. My friend and I went back and forth about getting ready to do to dinner or just do something simple. We still talk today about how happy we were that we got ready for Nicola's. The atmosphere is very nice. They start you out with a bread basket that sounds simple but it was the BEST bread basket we has every had! Their pan fried gnocchi with truffle shavings and 4 cheeses is out of this world! I have yet to eat better gnocchi anywhere! There isn't much to rave about Cincinnati, besides their Flying Pig Half Marathon, but I would drive back there for another dinner at Nicola's in a heartbeat! Don't let the neighborhood or surroundings deter you from eating at this place.

  • Visited August 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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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A favorite in Cincy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Very nice restaurant. Very good food. Location was a bit far from the heart of down town. We had a few dinners here that I really enjoyed.

Visited May 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Been here several times. Always great.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We love eating here....I've been with a small group, large group, on a holiday, for special occasions, and it is always very good. I can't be more specific because we have never had a bad meal. It is special but doesn't feel pretentious. I highly recommend it

  • Visited May 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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“Consistently terrific”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

We eat here every couple of months. The service is very good, not as nice as some of the competition, but the wait staff is always professional and knowledgeable. Our meals have ranged from very good to exceptional. The bread alone is worth the trip. Always among the three restaurants I recommend to friends coming to Cincinnati.

  • Visited November 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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“New to the City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I am visiting Cincinnati for the first time to help my daughter move here. I wanted to bring her to a special restaurant on my last evening here, and Nicola's was definitely the right choice. It has it all...from attentive and enthusuastic wait staff and interesting decor to fabulous wine and incredible food. We thoroughly enjoyed (and emptied) the very fresh and diverse bread basket and we both loved our pasta dishes. I will definitely be back to Nicolas on my next visit!

  • Visited June 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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