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“Attentive service. attractive setting, but overpriced”

Nicole's Restaurant
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Ranked #143 of 697 Restaurants in Albany
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, International
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Nicole's restaurant was established in 1986 and has been called "The Best Little Restaurant in Albany" by the Times Union. Together, husband and wife team, Margaret Carciobolo and James Gavin, strive to keep Nicole's one of Albany's finest restaurants. Nicole's offers a diversified menu of Southern and Northern Italian cuisine with many continental influences. Our team of chefs work daily to create new and exciting dishes. In addition to Nicole's romantic dining room with a 1930's tin ceiling and metropolitan feel, Nicole's also offers an outdoor deck with floral gardens and a private banquet room seating up to forty guests.
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Very good service, pretty place. Food is average but prices are not. I mean $9 for a kiddie meal of pasta ,garlic and oil and broccoli ?Really ? Adult portions of eggplant parm disappointed. There was no crispy coating on the eggplant. which was sliced very thin and seemingly steamed. Accompanying broccoli was cool and undercooked. The eggplant parm dinner was $16 and included bread but a salad would be $2 extra. Pleasant place, but overpriced and not worth it. Really.

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1  Thank Ann S
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We dined there last night. The main dining room was filled up when we arrived; they had to seat us in the back, which is a small quiet room with less "atmosphere". After placing our order, we asked to be moved to the main room once a table became free, and they accommodated our request graciously. To start with, their bread, which is served with a black olive & basil pesto, was delicious. I started with the orange fennel salad, and my wife had the lobster bisque, both of which were quite good. For the main course, we ordered two of the specials (not on their standard menu). The "Saltimbocca" --I can't remember the full description, but it was very good: sumptuous and rich. We also ordered the Fusilli with Octopus. Unfortunately, it did not taste fresh at all and was therefore very disappointing. We brought this to their attention, and they bent over backwards to try to make up for it, offering us anything else on the menu (which we declined only because we weren't really that hungry). Several times they offered to whip up something else for us, and when we didn't request anything else, they gave us a dessert to take home. (This flourless chocolate torte was very good.) In the end, they didn't charge us for the entree in question. Nor did they charge us for the dessert.
Overall, we were quite impressed with their gracious attitude and trying to make us happy. (Our first visit, earlier this year, was also a very good experience.)

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1  Thank Jim B
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Nicole's catered our wedding and not only was the food wonderful but they were so helpful in planning and servicing our big day. We LOVE going there for special occasions and an evening out. My FAVORITE dish is the hazelnut chicken. OH MY GOD it's Heavenly! Service is wonderful and the staff is friendly. They put a little extra effort into their food with personal touches and tasty fresh ingredients.

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2  Thank sweetpklp
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Have eaten here several times and sometimes it has been very good! The veal marsala, veal sorrento, stuffed eggplant and shrimp genovesee with mushrooms, spinach and garlic is very good. The hazelnut chicken with a Frangelico orange sauce is good if you like very, very sweet things. Same with the penne sorgento with shrimp, ham, broccoli and a super sweet basil sauce. My husband is a sweetaholic, but both these dishes were too sweet for even him. As he put it, he'd prefer to leave the sugar to dessert.

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2  Thank CoralBlue49
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Excellent pesto/tapanade dip for bread. Very good to excellent service. Food very good - pasta and fish cooked perfectly. Traditional Italian menu. Cozy friendly atmosphere. Never a disappointing meal.

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2  Thank hmetzner
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