Nicolino Ristorante Italiano

★★★★☆
  • 317 NW Gilman Blvd

    Issaquah, WA 98027

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  • 425-391-8077

About Nicolino Ristorante Italiano

Hours
Sat: 5pm-10pm, Sun: 5pm-9pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm, Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm

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The food is fantastic! We have been going there for the past five years and I can say I am 100% satisfied. Family voted favorite dish is the Pollo Amarene. If you are ever lucky enough to go when they have the Lump Crab Macaroni and Cheese as a special, it is a treat (I am not a big fan of Mac n' Cheese, but this is delish). Great ambiance :0)

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★★★★☆

The food is fantastic! We have been going there for the past five years and I can say I am 100% satisfied. Family voted favorite dish is the Pollo Amarene. If you are ever lucky enough to go when they have the Lump Crab Macaroni and Cheese as a special, it is a treat (I am not a big fan of Mac n' Cheese, but this is delish). Great ambiance :0)

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We made it pretty clear at the start that we didn't want to wait around (we had a small child in our party). Not only did the appetizer take a while, but the mains took forever. Other tables, who had arrived after us, were served before we were.

Only when the food finally arrived did the owner(?) bother to come to talk to us about it. By this time, I was not interested in any reason why. Too late.

Did he offer some wine? No. When clearing the table, the waitress offered a free dessert, but we were in no mood. And no, the owner did not take anything off our bill. Amateur.

1
★★☆☆☆

We made it pretty clear at the start that we didn't want to wait around (we had a small child in our party). Not only did the appetizer take a while, but the mains took forever. Other tables, who had arrived after us, were served before we were.

Only when the food finally arrived did the owner(?) bother to come to talk to us about it. By this time, I was not interested in any reason why. Too late.

Did he offer some wine? No. When clearing the table, the waitress offered a free dessert, but we were in no mood. And no, the owner did not take anything off our bill. Amateur.

Pros: Fairly authentic Italian food

Cons: A bit pricey and our meal took FOREVER

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The food at this restaurant is good, but the restaurant itself is quite small, so it feels a bit cramped. The atmosphere is great and staff is friendly. It is a bit pricey, but the food is worth it.

4
★★★★☆

The food at this restaurant is good, but the restaurant itself is quite small, so it feels a bit cramped. The atmosphere is great and staff is friendly. It is a bit pricey, but the food is worth it.

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Very disappointed with this restaurant. Promised twenty minute wait, after thirty minutes I asked for update, and was told our table (for five) was being set - finally seated ten minutes later. Small, busy restaurant, and number of staff seemed easily sufficient to provide high level of service, but was very slow at every step. When you can look around the room at ten full tables at one point, and only one of them has dinner plates, it seems the place has a problem. We were also appalled that for a party of five, they could not provide separate checks, offering the very lame excuse that the checks were hand-written - c'mon, are you kidding me? The dining room was so loud, it was very difficult to have a conversation with my dining partners sitting right next to me, and impossible to have one with anyone else at the table with nearly shouting. Our party of five could only get the bread six small, appetizer slices at a time, though the infused olive oil was very good. Our appetizer of vine-ripe tomatoes with mozzarella, anchovies and olives with balsamic vinegar was also very good, but again - the deal with the bread was very frustrating. When our entrees finally arrived, they were very good as well, and fairly priced. Because of the frustrating policies, snail's pace service, and horribly loud dining room though - I would advise potential patrons to look elsewhere.

1
★★☆☆☆

Very disappointed with this restaurant. Promised twenty minute wait, after thirty minutes I asked for update, and was told our table (for five) was being set - finally seated ten minutes later. Small, busy restaurant, and number of staff seemed easily sufficient to provide high level of service, but was very slow at every step. When you can look around the room at ten full tables at one point, and only one of them has dinner plates, it seems the place has a problem. We were also appalled that for a party of five, they could not provide separate checks, offering the very lame excuse that the checks were hand-written - c'mon, are you kidding me? The dining room was so loud, it was very difficult to have a conversation with my dining partners sitting right next to me, and impossible to have one with anyone else at the table with nearly shouting. Our party of five could only get the bread six small, appetizer slices at a time, though the infused olive oil was very good. Our appetizer of vine-ripe tomatoes with mozzarella, anchovies and olives with balsamic vinegar was also very good, but again - the deal with the bread was very frustrating. When our entrees finally arrived, they were very good as well, and fairly priced. Because of the frustrating policies, snail's pace service, and horribly loud dining room though - I would advise potential patrons to look elsewhere.

Pros: Quality of food was good

Cons: very loud, snail's pace service

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We've been going to this restaurant for many years. It's a small restaurant on Gilman Village where we bring a lot of our out of town guests. I love the atmosphere of this place. Very cozy and food is delicious. I would recommend this restaurant anytime.

4
★★★★☆

We've been going to this restaurant for many years. It's a small restaurant on Gilman Village where we bring a lot of our out of town guests. I love the atmosphere of this place. Very cozy and food is delicious. I would recommend this restaurant anytime.

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Nicolino's may not be the best place for large groups or young kids, but the quiant atmosphere makes it a great place for a really enjoyable, quality meal. The staff is very friendly and very personal. Though there may be a wait on the weekends it's always worth it. They were accomodating of our large group when my family was in town last summer and their service was still great! I personally reccomend the chicken with cherries.

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★★★★★

Nicolino's may not be the best place for large groups or young kids, but the quiant atmosphere makes it a great place for a really enjoyable, quality meal. The staff is very friendly and very personal. Though there may be a wait on the weekends it's always worth it. They were accomodating of our large group when my family was in town last summer and their service was still great! I personally reccomend the chicken with cherries.

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This place has a very nice menu that is executed well. We have been here a few times, tried many pastas and meat dishes and have been pleased every time. They have a nice wine list. There can be a wait so make reservations as they only have a few tabloes. Is it worth waiting for a table? I would have to say yes. The staff is very friendly and the experience has always been pleasant. Well priced delivers great value.

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★★★★★

This place has a very nice menu that is executed well. We have been here a few times, tried many pastas and meat dishes and have been pleased every time. They have a nice wine list. There can be a wait so make reservations as they only have a few tabloes. Is it worth waiting for a table? I would have to say yes. The staff is very friendly and the experience has always been pleasant. Well priced delivers great value.

Pros: nice menu, friendly staff

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This is a very charming neighborhood restaurant. It resonates with character. The menu offers great variety and the wine list complements the fare nicely. The staff is meticulous and friendly. All in all this is a very nice dining experience and we recommend you give them a try.

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★★★★★

This is a very charming neighborhood restaurant. It resonates with character. The menu offers great variety and the wine list complements the fare nicely. The staff is meticulous and friendly. All in all this is a very nice dining experience and we recommend you give them a try.

Pros: variety and quality of fare, exceptional staff

Cons: a bit crowded but not overly so

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Nicolio's was recommended to me by several people as being great. I went and found that the staff was charming and quite friendly. However, the service was slow and it was so loud that I found myself yelling to my other dining companions. We ordered the mussels and they were horrible, inedible after returning home that evening I was ill and my guess is that it was from the mussels. I ordered the Chicken e risotto is was good. My husband ordered the lasagna and thought it was fine. We ordered desert and coffee and again had to wait over 20 minutes to receive it. Although the two main courses were fine the mussels for appetizers, loud atmosphere and slow service left a lot to be desired. I would not recommend this place and do not plan on returning there myself.

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★☆☆☆☆

Nicolio's was recommended to me by several people as being great. I went and found that the staff was charming and quite friendly. However, the service was slow and it was so loud that I found myself yelling to my other dining companions. We ordered the mussels and they were horrible, inedible after returning home that evening I was ill and my guess is that it was from the mussels. I ordered the Chicken e risotto is was good. My husband ordered the lasagna and thought it was fine. We ordered desert and coffee and again had to wait over 20 minutes to receive it. Although the two main courses were fine the mussels for appetizers, loud atmosphere and slow service left a lot to be desired. I would not recommend this place and do not plan on returning there myself.

Pros: Espresso

Cons: Loud, slow service

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We've been to Nicolino's quite a few times and have always left planning our next visit. The atmosphere is cozy, the service is great, and the food is the best part! The specials are always something you want to give serious consideration to. From the regular menu try the Fettucine con Salmone - fettucine in a creamy sauce with smoked salmon pieces, lots of them. Yum! For dessert, the sorbet of the day is always a good bet.

2
★★★★★

We've been to Nicolino's quite a few times and have always left planning our next visit. The atmosphere is cozy, the service is great, and the food is the best part! The specials are always something you want to give serious consideration to. From the regular menu try the Fettucine con Salmone - fettucine in a creamy sauce with smoked salmon pieces, lots of them. Yum! For dessert, the sorbet of the day is always a good bet.

Pros: great food, great service, great atmosphere

Cons: the wait can be long, but you get to have a bottle of wine at a little table outside the door

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LOVE this place. We tried it for the first time a couple months ago and just went back for the second time yesterday.

Their olive oil dipping sauce is very flavorful, as is the italian dressing they put on their house green salad. My boyfriend once ordered the gorgonzola pork chop and raved about it (but I will warn some that it is rich in flavor). Oh and since I do have a sweet tooth I will say: I LOVE their spumoni!

Ambience is lovely (although a touch on the crowded side) the down side to this place is the lack of seating which when added to the fact that they don't take reservations - you may be waiting for around an hour on busy (usually weekend) nights to get a table. Service has been very good on both occasions with the staff addressing issues as needed but without bothering you constantly.

Overall, if you arrive before 6:30pm on a weekend night you should be fine with wait time, and the food is certainly worth a bit of a wait.

2
★★★★★

LOVE this place. We tried it for the first time a couple months ago and just went back for the second time yesterday.

Their olive oil dipping sauce is very flavorful, as is the italian dressing they put on their house green salad. My boyfriend once ordered the gorgonzola pork chop and raved about it (but I will warn some that it is rich in flavor). Oh and since I do have a sweet tooth I will say: I LOVE their spumoni!

Ambience is lovely (although a touch on the crowded side) the down side to this place is the lack of seating which when added to the fact that they don't take reservations - you may be waiting for around an hour on busy (usually weekend) nights to get a table. Service has been very good on both occasions with the staff addressing issues as needed but without bothering you constantly.

Overall, if you arrive before 6:30pm on a weekend night you should be fine with wait time, and the food is certainly worth a bit of a wait.

Pros: Food, service, ambience

Cons: Wait times, lack of seating room

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Ive been to Nicolinos several times, and each time has been excellent.
The restaurant is small and quaint with a flair. Though small, the summer time offers out door seating.
The staff is friendly and prompt, the food is excellent and prices are reasonable.
If you enjoy true Italian food, then this is a place you need to try.

2
★★★★☆

Ive been to Nicolinos several times, and each time has been excellent.
The restaurant is small and quaint with a flair. Though small, the summer time offers out door seating.
The staff is friendly and prompt, the food is excellent and prices are reasonable.
If you enjoy true Italian food, then this is a place you need to try.

Pros: I think I said it all above

Cons: Small

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This is definately a popular place in issaquah for italian food. The salad that I had before the meal was excellent; althought it ran me 16 dollars I believe. This place does not have the room to fit everyone who wants great italian food. I would recommend this place only if you have a fat wallet and you're willing to sit in a rather cramp area.

3
★★★☆☆

This is definately a popular place in issaquah for italian food. The salad that I had before the meal was excellent; althought it ran me 16 dollars I believe. This place does not have the room to fit everyone who wants great italian food. I would recommend this place only if you have a fat wallet and you're willing to sit in a rather cramp area.

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Incredible food. Just like Little Italy in NYC. If you think the food is bad then you don't know good food. Or , it was a bad night. I have been 13 times and have yet to be disappointed. Everyone has a bad day.. Ambiance is that of a small Mom and Pop Restaurant in Brooklyn. Decent selection of Wines at all times. You wont be disappointed if you go.. It's a small place as it should be. Manga! Enjoy!

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★★★★★

Incredible food. Just like Little Italy in NYC. If you think the food is bad then you don't know good food. Or , it was a bad night. I have been 13 times and have yet to be disappointed. Everyone has a bad day.. Ambiance is that of a small Mom and Pop Restaurant in Brooklyn. Decent selection of Wines at all times. You wont be disappointed if you go.. It's a small place as it should be. Manga! Enjoy!

Pros: Great taste, Cozy Feel, great tarimisu

Cons: , no reservations

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The specials are always great! Quaint restaurant where the focus is on the food. Nice outside seating available. The desserts are delicious and very large! The only thing I wish they would improve is the bread.

2
★★★★☆

The specials are always great! Quaint restaurant where the focus is on the food. Nice outside seating available. The desserts are delicious and very large! The only thing I wish they would improve is the bread.

Pros: Authentic, Homemade, Great selection

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Romantic Quaint Atmosphere, with waitresses and waiters who remember your name. The food is always consistently excellent. The specials are always unique and exquisite with an original flair. My favorite is the Gorganzola Chicken, sometimes not on the menu but they will always fix it for me on request and is ALWAYS mouthwatering. By far my favorite Italian restaurant on the Eastside.

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★★★★★

Romantic Quaint Atmosphere, with waitresses and waiters who remember your name. The food is always consistently excellent. The specials are always unique and exquisite with an original flair. My favorite is the Gorganzola Chicken, sometimes not on the menu but they will always fix it for me on request and is ALWAYS mouthwatering. By far my favorite Italian restaurant on the Eastside.

Pros: Consistent, Delicious, Quality Ingrediants

Cons: Hard to find, no website

 

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