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Nicola's Ristorante

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1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7356 (Liberty Street)
+1 513-721-6200
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been meaning to try this place for a while and finally did. I'd been told it was good and it really is. Everything from the service to the food was excellent. Portions were just right, everyone in our party enjoyed their food and we couldn't fault the young lady who served us.

Thank Lulu P
Cincinnati, Ohio
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had an excellent meal here recently with very good service from Charles. Charles was great at helping me figure out which glass of wine would go best with my meal ( a lovely Italian Baudana chardonnay). We enjoyed everything--but we should have paid more attention to the richness of each course. (Next time we'll ask the... More 

Thank lynne b
Cleves, Ohio
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect spot for any occasion. If looking for white table cloths and subtle quietness this is it. There is also an outside garden area. The speciality drinks and homemade basket of breads could have been enough. However the entire meal was exceptional. Truly homemade Italian Upscale.

Thank karenmenkhaus
Columbus, Ohio, United States
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Excellent homemade Italian food. Great meal. No complaints. Wish we had more time to explore the neighborhood.

Thank larkyhow
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati was Nicola's. Sadly, when I moved away from Cincinnati in 2008 I could never find a restaurant that even approached the level of Nicola's since. I planned to visit a friend who lived there and about 2 weeks prior to my visit I called Nicola's to make a reservation and to request my... More 

1 Thank Rick C
Cincinnati, Ohio
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453 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

For years I have heard what a great restaurant this is so I was excited to finally try it! We were not disappointed ! Let's start with the breadbasket which is a must! There is a nominal fee for it but it is a must have. Our server brought us a beautiful assortment of artisanal and delicious breads. The goat... More 

Thank luckyno39
Taylor Mill, Kentucky
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

This is hands-down the best Italian restaurant in the tri-state. And one of the best restaurants anywhere. It's been around, tucked away in OTR long before it was cool. It's our perfect place for birthdays, anniversaries and graduation. This time we were celebrating a milestone birthday. Every element of our meal was amazing and sophisticated: cocktails, salad (goat cheese is... More 

Thank mishmosh_1
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

From Valet to to greeter to waiter, very good service and attention to detail. Nice atmosphere inside and out with exposed beams, bricks and tables not too close. Perfect lighting and no obtrusive music. Excellent wine and aperitif menu! Food good, but my carbonara pasta a little more al dente then I prefer. My wife's scallops were excellent. Wonderful goat... More 

2 Thank RodneyRoof
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Nicola's was our go-to restaurant when we lived in Cincinnati. We returned for dinner after moving in 2011. While they have a new head chef, it's like we never left. The food here is the best - amazing. They have the best pasta with bolognese sauce anywhere. Their bread basket alone is really special. Service is great; Sam took care... More 

Thank no3puttHHI
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Having struggled with the restaurant scene in Cincinnati. I was completely impressed with my experience here. We did the tasting menu with matching wine parings. I was amazing and a great experience. The bread basket was fresh and a great selection. They were busy and the service was excellent.

Thank mtnman68

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $40
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7356
    (Liberty Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: +1 513-721-6200
Nicola's is located on the corner of East Liberty and Sycamore Street

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?