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Nicola's Ristorante

1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7356
+1 513-721-6200
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“bread basket” (47 reviews)
“gnocchi” (44 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1420 Sycamore St, Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7356
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Food, Service and Ambiance; don't forget a great selection of liquor at the bar, Bravo. Highly recommend visiting the exquisite restaurant in Cincy.

Thank Nicholas S
Reviewed 26 February 2018

We went there with another couple who had not been here in many years. I had never been here. It is on the edge of over the Rhine and has been located here since before OTR became popular. The menu is pretty limited. There are...More

Thank TripPhotographer52
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

I love, love, love Nicola’s! The gnocchi isa must have, as are the salads. And say yes to the bread basket, you will not be disappointed!!!

Thank luckyno39
Reviewed 6 February 2018

The waiter actually tried to explain what tagliatelle was, he told me it was a flat spaghetti. I asked a little while later why he did that, omitting that he was incorrect with his explanation. He was sloppy to pour the $165 bottle of wine,...More

Reviewed 5 February 2018

I'm not sure why so many people love this place as much as they seem to. The good was good, not great. We had eaten there once before -- probably 5+ years ago. The pasta we had that night was really delightful. I'm not sure...More

Thank Dulcie H
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

The three of us were trying to figure out where we should go tonight for dinner and we're looking at some new downtown restaurants; nothing appealed. We were thinking through establishments that we were familiar with when we lived in Cincinnati, and Shazam, Nicola's popped...More

Thank InternationalBanker
Reviewed 18 December 2017

...and continues through to dessert. The staff is so well trained, the food is always fresh and delicious. One of our favorites in Cincinnati and always the place we invite friends and family to dinner.

1  Thank BiskitOhio
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Excellent restaurant. The food is not your average Italian food. Located in over the Rhine. Somewhat limited on parking but they do have a valet. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Italian food. We will be going back. Always has a friendly...More

Thank banston81
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Nicola's must have 2 types of service. We were seated at 5:45 and didn't leave until 8:45. The wine selection was stellar, the 3 bottles that were consumed before our main dishes were served was the highlight of the evening. The Risotto was crunchy, the...More

1  Thank sunnygma
Reviewed 4 August 2017

My wife and I have been to Italy three times, both raised by Italian mothers who were excellent cooks, and have dined at fine Italian restaurants all over the US. Nicola's ranks up there as one of the best. The Pasta Bolognese and Gnocchi are...More

1  Thank Bill L
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Tim F
22 January 2016|
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Response from Pinot09 | Reviewed this property |
Yeast not really the experience you want at this place
Joan l
26 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.
21 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
USD 25 - USD 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
Nicola's is located on the corner of East Liberty and Sycamore Street
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