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“High Expectations, No Disappointment” 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 1,658 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
San Francisco
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“High Expectations, No Disappointment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My family dined at Nicola's during a recent short trip to Cincinnati, based on recommendations from Trip Advisor and other guides. With one exception, the restaurant met our high expectations, and the staff was attentive and helpful. We did get the sense that the restaurant was pushing people to order one dish (sea bream), which detracted a little from the experience, but overall the food was top quality and the atmosphere very nice.

  • Visited July 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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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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98 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“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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