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“un happy birthday”
Review of Nicola's Trattoria

Nicola's Trattoria
Ranked #6 of 97 Restaurants in Keene
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $29
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Keene, New Hampshire
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“un happy birthday”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We were invited to a friends birthday dinner at Nicola's and it was not a happy one. When we arrived, my friends were told that they did not have their reservation that they had made more than a month prior. They said if we wanted to wait they might be able to get us a table in about a half hour. It was Saturday night at 7pm and we really did not have much other choice. We waited and after 30 minutes we went up to the hostess to see about our table and she said that she forgot about us. she said we could wait 15 more minutes for a table. At this point we were discouraged to say the least. We finally sat and it took another 10 minutes before anyone even came over. We shared appetizers and two bottles of wine and each had entrees and shared two desserts and there was nothing specail about any of it. It was our friends first time there and sadly it will be their last.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Carrie T
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English first
Marlborough NH
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Can't believe I waited so long to review!”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

We've been coming to Nicolas's since they opened in Keene. Our first choice for special occasions, meeting friends or a casual light dinner. We love the personal attention, the welcoming atmosphere and, of course, the food! It's at the top of our list and brings restaurants in Keene to a whole new level. Nightly specials always are fresh and delicious. be sure to have the Brussels sprouts . . .best we've ever had!

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1 Thank phey
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous food and great atmosphere”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Nicola's has been a favorite spot of ours for years. Since their move to the new location, we have been going even more often. First off, the owners absolutely put their heart into running the place and genuinely love doing it. It shows in their food and the attitudes of the staff. It's a pricey menu but the food is so fresh and well prepared, I'd say it's worth it. Their wines are fabulous as well.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Stuart K
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Bennington, NH
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“One of our best date nights.”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

We loved it. The atmosphere was light and welcoming. A bit pricey for our pockets but the food was fab! We had appetizer, entree, wine and dessert for two and spent $120 (included tax and tip).

Thank randr28
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Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Strange occurrence?????”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

To be fair we did not actually eat here. We tried. We walked in without a reservation on a Saturday. However we saw approximately 6 empty tables for two in decent locations, two by the windows, and three in the bar. We were shown a tiny table next to a big party of people. In order to sit there we would be right on top of them. We asked for one of the window tables and were told they were reserved, fair enough. But we never were offered the bar tables which looked perfectly fine. People appeared to be eating at them. So, we went to Luca's, sans reservation, and got a great little private table for two. And we had a terrific mean as well. I wish we could have tried Nicola's but we don't live around Keene. Their loss of money and patrons not ours.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank freebird05
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