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“Unexpected Gem”

Nicola's Ristorante
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Ranked #58 of 1,991 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Liberty Street
Description: Nicola's is located on the corner of East Liberty and Sycamore Street
Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was our first visit to Cincinnati and we weren't sure what to expect. I looked at Trip Advisor to get some recommendations and was very happy that I chose this one. My husband, our adult daughter and 16 year old son were instantly welcomed and made to feel at home when we walked in the door. The service was excellent and there were no complaints about the food. We could have made a meal out of the bread basket alone. The only appetizer we weren't crazy about was the sweet breads. We each chose a different appetizer, entree and dessert. We each chose a different appetizer, entree and dessert. If we're in Cincinnati again, we will definitely dine at this establishment.

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2  Thank SondraTexas
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a place that just about everyone recommends. It turned out that this was for good reasons. Every little touch was great. Even their bread basket was unique and out of this world. We were there with a table of four...everyone enjoyed every part of their meal. Appetizers to entrees to desert...each item was prepared perfectly and totally enjoyable. Don't miss this place.

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2  Thank jdteeth
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Strongly recommend this place if around in Cincinnati. One of my local business partners took me there, and must confess that was very positvely impressed.

1  Thank Alvaro E
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

The food here is outstanding... everything, beginning with the wine and fresh baked breads, to the fresh fish entre, was a 10+ and the service is exceptional. This was recommended by the Innkeeper at the Clifton House. The combination of the Clifton House and Nicola's -- well it doesn't get much better!

Be sure to make a reservation -- we called ahead and were told we didn't need one on a week night -- don't believe it. We arrived and they were packed. Make a reservation!!

2  Thank Lois M
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

No matter what we have ordered, it has always been prepared with creativity and exceptional presentation. Troy, our waiter frequently, is excellent at describing the dishes and can be turned loose on your selection of wine (give guidance to price point). If you want a more quiet atmosphere, ask for the back room. The upper floor which is open to the rest of the back room is great for a party of 12 - 20. I find a three course approach with a salad (beet for sure), starter, and a half portion is pasta is plenty of food. We had the Carbonara and Bolognese which were both excellent in preparation and packed with flavor. Following this approach with four glasses of excellent wine and we got out for $150.00.

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1  Thank David R
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