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nicola restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 09/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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​Nicola's Italian spirit is reflected in the seasonal dishes created each day fresh, handmade pastas, beautifully composed salads, and inventive, balanced entrees. From Chef Nicola’s signature Cioppino alla Livornese , Lasagne Bolognese, to pappardelle with braised rabbit, and rack of lamb with farro and roasted potatoes, Nicola takes a contemporary approach to classic Italian dishes, made with fresh ingredients.
$30 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed August 20, 2021 via mobile

Fabulous authentic Italian always spot on. Great owners and wait staff this is a hidden gem, a great change from other local restaurants

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 4, 2021 via mobile

Our team was in Columbus for a project bid and used Open Table for our restaurant selection and reservations. SO glad we chose Nicola . Fantastic service from Beth. Multiple table visits from the owner. Incredible food. Patio is full of flowers and fruit. Incredible...dining experience.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 10, 2021 via mobile

Food was absolutely wonderful! Best ChileanSea Bass I’ve ever had. Meri was an awesome server. Such a nice evening for a birthday celebration!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 8, 2021 via mobile

Even though it was the Saturday of Mother’s Day with proms and everything else going on, Nicola was able to seat our group of 6. The wine list is extensive and the entrees were excellent. Several in our group raved about the Lasagna. I had...a pasta dish with wild mushrooms that was flawless. The service was also top notch. Nicola exceeded my expectations!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 1, 2021 via mobile

We are hooked! First time in and you have to go! It’s the cutest little spot with amazing food, to say the least. Very cozy & elegant, tentative hosts, delicious food, beautiful presentation, wide wine list and wonderful dessert. I got the Tuscan Nido &...my husband got the Gnocchi. I recommend to everyone! We will be back again and again!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 29, 2021

Our friends love this place and we were not disappointed when we visited! We met one owner as we waited for our food and she gave us recommendations on some fantastic wines. The food prepared by other owner/chef was unbelievable, and unlike any other Italian...food that I have had in the Columbus area. If you are looking for a great meal in a family atmosphere this is the place to go.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 29, 2021 via mobile

Finding homemade, authentic Italian food in Columbus isn't easy and took me forever when I moved here. But I found it, & I LOVE IT. I was so impressed with Nicolas service and food. Everything is made to order with food they grow and make...themselves! Truly worth every penny! They also have a beautiful patio to enjoy when it's warm outside. Go Check it out whenever you're in columbus!!!!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 27, 2021

This is the best Italian restaurant in Columbus. The food is outstanding and the service is excellent!! The wine list is very well put together and the cocktails are great too! The menu had many different options and the specials are always a great add...on to the wonderful menu! To top it off we enjoyed a nice drink on the patio with the new heaters!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 24, 2021 via mobile

I spent this evening with nine people having dinner at Nichole as we got there at six and finally got our food about 7:45 needless to say it was not a good experience the food was fine the service was awful they messed up each...person’s bill there was three couples and two singles . Not only was each person’s bill wrong and had to be corrected they didn’t disclose they were adding a tip to each bill before bringing it I think this restaurant management is about as bad as any I’ve seen in the 40 years I’ve been traveling the world and eating out again the food was fine but everything else was extremely disappointing the waiter didn’t deserve a dime he should’ve had a bus boy helping him and the manager tried to apologize but instead they should’ve worked on correct in the snafu with each person’s bill so we have to wait another 20 minutes to leave the restaurant I’ll never step foot back again there that’s for sureMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 24, 2021

Wine dinners are always a treat, but that is like saying that Michelangelo made some pretty nice statuary. How special could eggplant be? Nicola's version tonight with capers and white anchovies was like nothing we had ever tasted before, The rustic house-made sausage with fennel...and risotto married texture, aroma, and flavor like a symphony. The spinach pappardelle was a delicious foundation, but the brandy pink crab sauce took it to a higher level. Still hungry - is so the fourth dish, osso buco, made you stop and sip a bit of wine before continuing. The finish was orangecello panna cotta topped with fruits and crisps; somewhere between a dessert and a rich cocktail. Four wines were served and most are limited offering and available only at Nicola's. The wines paired perfectly with each course, ranging from a fresh sauv blanc from northeastern Italy to the rich nebbiolo and chianti from Tuscany, and of course Nicola's house made limoncello. If you missed this dinner then do not miss another; plan to join Nicola, Speranza, and the staff at the next wine dinner. Each has been a unique experience and cannot be duplicated. Call early for reservations as seating is limited with extra space to ensure a healthy environment.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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I have never seen it on the menu.
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Frequently Asked Questions about nicola restaurant

Yes, nicola restaurant offers takeout services.

Yes, nicola restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

nicola restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4