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Nicola's Ristorante

1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7356
+1 513-721-6200
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bread basket” (46 reviews)
“gnocchi” (44 reviews)
“black quinoa” (4 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7356
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nicola's is a top 10 restaurant in Cincinnati, hands now. The authentic Italian, from start to finish, will leave you wanting more. The atmosphere is top notch and so is the service. This is one of our favorite date night places and is also good...More

Thank 832dublin202
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outstanding service, great, great bread basket, excellent dinner. We went with friends to celebrate a special occasion and Nicolas did not disappoint. The mussels and sweetbread appetizers were delicious, salads were garden fresh. My wife had the Tagliolini ai Frutti di Mare and the pasta...More

Thank Dennis O
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Nicola's is marketed as fine dining. We were seated at a table at the bottom of the stairs behind a coat rack. There was a young girl's soccer team runing around the restaurant in their uniforms and cleats. The service was uninformed and cold, if...More

Thank Sponaugle
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Not often have I seen a charge for bread at a restaurant but do not pass this one up because you would pay double for it. My concern was being able to eat all my dinner but the portion was perfect and the service was...More

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 5 April 2017

You want a touch of Italy with a modern twist, this is the place. When you can get a large ravioli with a still running egg yolk inside surrounding by mascarpone and a beurre blanc sauce you will be in haven. Also one of the...More

Thank T.t. B
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We loved our first visit in October for a special occasion. Nearly everything was perfect. This time, however, was memorable for the wrong reasons. After dropping a few hundred dollars last time, I expected the same this time. For that price, a certain level of...More

Thank Dylan A
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The restaurant is lovely and the staff are very pleasant. We (six of us) ate in the back room with the fireplace - very intimate. We each ordered a different meal from the menu, but when all was said and done (and paid for!) we...More

Thank Hoolya
Reviewed 20 January 2017

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...More

2  Thank Sonam P
Reviewed 21 December 2016 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....More

1  Thank Amanda H
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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Tim F
It looks like Saturday night, Jan. 23, will be busy. Can't get a table. Is there a bar where the two of us could eat?
21 January 2016|
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Response from Pinot09 | Reviewed this property |
Yeast not really the experience you want at this place
Joan l
gluten free menu
25 December 2015|
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Response from Abrinthaupt | Reviewed this property |
When I called before dining I was told to just avoid pasta dishes. I should have talked to someone else because this person wasn't educated in gluten free at all.
We are only going to be in Cincinnati for one night on our way south, and would love to try this place. We will be dressed very casually (jeans and sweaters). Will this be ok?
20 October 2015|
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Response from LindaKayC | Reviewed this property |
They have no dress code. You will be fine. Enjoy!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, 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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