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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
17:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am absolutely in disbelief about the service and quality of food here. This was my first time at Nicola's and I decided to come here for New Years Eve with friends. I had the Bass entree for dinner and got sick within 2-3 hours of eating it with the sweats and vomiting. After the meal my stomach was upset... More 

Thank Sonam P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend brought me here on a whim one night. He had always told me how good the food was. The bread basket was one of the best I've ever had. The food, wine and dessert were all amazing. The atmosphere was romantic and quiet. The service was great. I hope to go back soon!

Thank Amanda H
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108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Very good Italian restaurant, finally they are able to cook plates the Italian way, which is not common. Good choices also in winery arriving even to Sassicaia. They have a nice room for groups separated from the normal restaurant. Definitely a good advice for anyone

Thank marcello1955
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Service and food were excellent. Atmosphere wonderful! Prices very high for pasta. Small portions. All is ala carte! Hope you eat here on a business account, since we did not:{

Thank KBcalifornia
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133 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Visited recently as part of a large group for fantastic food and wine. Had the goat cheese salad ,followed by the pasta bolognese on a recommendation, washed down by a nice Tuscany wine. Would visit again in a heart beat.

Thank Peter G
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Very lovely . Was told cavetelli was best dish . Flavor was great but noodle was too hard . Told waiter and he didn't even apologize or say anything. Left half the meal on the plate . He should have at least offered an apology .

Thank Lisa H
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We've been eating at Nicolas since they first opened many, many years ago. It used to be my favorite restaurant in the city. As of late, my last few meals there were bad. I'm okay with a restaurant being off one night here and there, it happens. But these were not one off's. Besides our server being sick (October 7th)... More 

Thank kgbinohio
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

My wife Sherry and I decided on a last minute trip to Cincy and at the last minute reserved Nicola's. The exterior photos didn't do it justice firstly. Secondly the interior is this amazing eclectic array of minimalist architecture with exposed everything to clock faces placed throughout. Lighting was intimate without being dark. We were definitely packed in but we... More 

Thank TheNotarangelos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Great food and fantastic service. Gnocchi was to die for, but who can resist that bread bowl? Does anyone EVER order dessert? This was the best Italian food I've had in a LONG TIME. THREE thumbs up!

Thank VickiBorn
Proctorville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I had never been here before and if I had just been driving by probably wouldn't have stopped. Décor could use some freshening and updating but the overall atmosphere was nice. For such an open area it was amazingly quiet and intimate. The food was outstanding. Everyone raves about the bread bowl in reviews. It is many different things but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
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?