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Nicola's Italian Restaurant

5704 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403-4761
+1 910-798-2205
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“homemade pasta” (10 reviews)
“cream puffs” (4 reviews)
“bread” (9 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5704 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403-4761
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Found this restaurant through Yelp on Saturday and took a chance - it was well worth it! The food is locally sourced, the pasta is homemade and the service is simply outstanding. Innovative menu but also the classics - my granddaughter absolutely loved the wood...More

Thank Debbiew14353
Reviewed 24 September 2017

HANDS DOWN the best Italian restaurant I’ve ate at! I’d advise everyone to give it a try if you haven’t yet at Nicola's ~Italian with a Twist! Freshly made mozzarella cheese sticks, caesar salad, and Mahi Piccata. Amazing experience! The food was so fresh and...More

Thank Cody S
Reviewed 23 September 2017

if you Italian in a different way, this maybe the place for you. They present Italian dishes in a different, but way.. The dishes are very well presented and very tasty. They also have Italian cuisine in the traditional manner, if that is the way...More

Thank Don S
Reviewed 19 July 2017

My husband and I met with a large group of friends to eat at Nicola's on a Tuesday evening. The restaurant has a friendly atmosphere, excellent service (thanks, Addie!) and lots of tempting food choices. The Proscutto and Lemon Salad was amazing and big enough...More

Thank malmalth
Reviewed 4 May 2017

If you want a private dinner party in Wilmington, this is the place! Delicious food, great drinks, wonderful service and a chef who is so easy to work with. Reasonable prices for outstanding Italian food! We had a pre-wedding dinner for about 35 people in...More

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I just dropped by to check their dessert menu & I got their like mini-doughnuts with choc sprinkles. Perfect for our coffee. Restaurant was not very busy but still receptionist had work to do. She was very accommodating to me in spite of her juggling...More

Thank CeeBeeGeeAhh
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Selfishly speaking, Nicola's needs to be kept a secret. Please don't try any of the fresh pasta dishes or you will be returning to savor every one of them, which may make it harder for me to eat here without a reservation. What ever you...More

Thank Anita J
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We went with a dining out group of approximately 40 people. After a getting acquainted period in the bar over wine and drinks, we moved to tables in the restaurant. My wife and I were seated with another couple. After about 15 minutes of sitting...More

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Wilmingtonpasta, Owner at Nicola's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2016

Tony I am Terribly sorry about your experience. I know I cannot do anything about it at this point other than apologize and explain. The dinning group seating was according to the number of people who RSVP to Joe. So we set the restaurant seating...More

Reviewed 9 November 2016

Let me start my saying that our server was very good and I have no issues with her. I came with a large group and we were told that there would be complimentary apps. The apps were garlic knots with sauce and not very many...More

1  Thank littlett
Wilmingtonpasta, Owner at Nicola's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2016

Let me start by apologizing for the experience at Nicolas. There was 45 people in the dinning group we are speaking about, many of whom came early when other complimentary appetizers were available. we welcome guests to arrive 30 minutes early and enjoy themselves before...More

Reviewed 31 October 2016

We stopped at Nicola's Italian restaurant on a quiet Sunday evening and had a remarkable experience. My husband had the grouper special, which was perfectly cooked and served on pasta with an Alfredo sauce. I had the ravioli Nicola, in a Parma Rosa sauce with...More

Thank Lynne C
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Jodi A
17 November 2017|
Response from Debbiew14353 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. No - we did not have a reservation and went to the restaurant between 5:30 and 6. It did get a little busier during the evening, however.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5704 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403-4761
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-798-2205
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I grew up back and forth between Sicily and NY. I have great memories of Sicily. Especially my family and the great food. The food is made using fresh ingredients and with each bite you can taste the love that went into preparing it. That is what I want for patrons of Nicola's to experience. Each bite of each dish....fresh and delicious. Just the way true Italian cuisine should be. The pasta is made fresh in house daily. The bread is made fresh in house daily. And everything else, including the salad dressings are made fresh in house.
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