Nick's at the Pier
Nick's at the Pier
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Nick's at the Pier

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicksatthepier.com/
  • Phone: 6192227437
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm, Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Scotty McElroy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Ocean Boogie every Saturday Night in the lounge is OceanBeach's premier dance party hosted by DJ Unite & DJ Peril. Friday nights offer an array of Bands or DJ's rockin the house 'til last call. The rest of the week has promotions and games to keep you entertained and laughing.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Abbott
  • Public Transit: The bus stop is one block away on Newport Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There are 52 spaces located below the building, enter through the alley on the south side off of Abbott Street. There is also two public lots across the street and street parking.
A word from Nick's at the Pier
Thank you for considering Nick's at the Pier. Following the success of Nick's at the Beach in Pacific Beach we opened Nick's at the Pier in May of 2007. Located in the fun little comunitty known as Ocean Beach and feet from the Pacific Ocean we boast the BEST OCEAN VIEW IN SAN DIEGO. We offer some of the best and freshest seafood the Pacific has to offer. Our extensive menu is influenced by our neighbors to the south, and friends across the pacific. Unlike many of the big chains, we are not afraid to put flavor and spice into our dishes. We have also recently (January 2011) added Sushi to our menu with rave reviews. So prepare yourself and your taste buds for a fun and relaxing evening with us. Not a seafood fan? Not to worry, we have you covered too with amazing pastas, steaks and chicken dishes.
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Nick's at the Pier reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Fantastic food, great service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Fantastic food, great service, and an epic view of beautiful Ocean Beach. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have eaten at Nicks more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    We have eaten at Nicks more times than I could count. Came when first opened by prior owner. The menu just did not suit me this time. But we had a group of 9 and I think others were fine with their meal. My crab cakes were overdone and not interesting. I didn't even finish my small spinach salad. The ingredients and dressing did not work together for some reason. VERY disappointed. My Moms steak was very tough! I could barely cut it. Husband who shared crab cakes felt same about them. His fish sandwich was very blah and dull. Tater tots were good. But seasoning on most dishes was missing or off. I have felt that this restaurant was a "please everyone" sort of place, but this experience let me down.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There is a really nice view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    There is a really nice view of the ocean. That's the best part of my dining experience at Nick's. I ordered chowder and mahi mahi & waited & waited & waited until finally my main course was served. I asked about the bowl of chowder I had ordered for an appetizer and the waitress replied "where did it go?" which I hope was meant to be a rhetorical question. The mahi mahi was good; the accompanying mashed potatoes tasted like instant, and the vegetables were over-cooked and mushy. Poor service and so-so food mean no reason for me to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service. Ugly dining
    Amy1VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Terrible service. Ugly dining area, looks like a casino bar.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The view is the best attribute
    fundineVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    The view is the best attribute of this restaurant. Service was painfully slow, food order came out wrong, but we've been waiting for so long at that point we just took it. The food was good, but nothing special.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been to this restaurant
    Iris
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    We've been to this restaurant several times. The view is great, the food is always good, but the service is so slow. The first few times we went there, this was not the case, but the last two times, it was ridiculous. We were there for lunch/brunch. Looked at the menu and considered getting something to nibble on while waiting for the food. It took 20 minutes for them, once again, to come to our table, just yo get drink orders, so we ordered everything art once and it took a ridiculous amount of time to get our food. Not to mention, we had a reservation through open table and they made us wait, while people just walking in we're given tables. Don't let this neighborhood gem go down hill!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was above average, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Food was above average, not very many different dishes for a buffet, but well made. Service and atmosphere were wonderful. The one letdown was dessert - the bread pudding was the worst I've ever had, very dry, even crunchy in some places, shaped like a coffee cake, with chocolate sauce from a bottle.Since we live nearby, we'll probably drop in to check out their regular menu; not fair to judge them on a specialty serving.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • While the view was spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2012
    While the view was spectacular and the bar was hopping, the food was mediocre at best. We all ordered fish. All were served with the same sides--bland rice pilaf and soggy veggies. The restaurant was just adding a sushi menu--we ordered some and it was pretty good. Drinks were good and service was good. Very quiet weeknight in the restaurant. But the bar was lively.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food! Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Fantastic food! Friendly and attentive staff! Beautiful view! We enjoyed our meal very much!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    The food was good, burger was a little overdone,fries were great. My partner's club sandwich was fine too. Trouble was we had to wait more than 15 minutes after being seated to get someone to take our order. The place was not that busy (7 tables were seated and at least 3 servers that we could see). The server that did take our order apparently was not assigned to the section we were sitting in, and the server who was assigned to our section chose to not acknowledge us. When time came to pay the bill, we had to wait 30 minutes to get someone to take the credit card, when the server finally came over he admitted he forgot, since it was not in his area....really.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING food. Steak, chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    AMAZING food. Steak, chicken nachos, fish tacos, sushi, etc... My husband and I couldn't decide what we wanted so we ordered enough for 5 :)
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hard to find a parking spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    Hard to find a parking spot. Very nice waitress. Great prices on bottles of wine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The location is outstanding,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    The location is outstanding, the service was impeccable, the servers were most animated and personable, the overall experience was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Father's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    Lovely Father's Day celebration. Thank you. What a view!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Ocean View and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    Didn't realize this was my 2nd time actually visiting this restaurant - as I walked up the steps I remembered some years ago eating here and immediately remembered how much I liked this place. A party of 4 of us were celebrating a birthday and had a beautiful table overlooking the ocean. Had an awesome Taco salad that was out of this world. Everyone was very attentive and made sure we were always taken care of. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a place down at the beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • View is great. We like to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    View is great. We like to go there for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great wine list with exceptional
    primeribberVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Great wine list with exceptional wine buys. Food is fair, nothing to write home about.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ate mother's day bruch, which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Ate mother's day bruch, which was great! Our reservation allowed for no wait and a table right at the window overlooking the pier/beach. The food was great and mimosas are just 2.50 on Sunday. Fabulous!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been there twice in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    We have been there twice in the last month, food and service consistantly good. Arrive about six the place does not get full until around 7-7:30.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food and reasonably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2012
    Very good food and reasonably affordable. The best part is the sunset view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The view at Nick's is fantastic.
    Annem
    Dined on 4/15/2012
    The view at Nick's is fantastic. It sits across the street from the beach and we were there during sunset..phenominal! The food was excellent as well. We started with the steamers and they were delicious. I had the salmon special which was mouth watering. It may have been the best salmon I've ever had. We had chocolate layer cake for dessert and it was good but nothing special. The service was okay. However, the server was not friendly at all. Though the view is great, the ambiance of the actual restaurant could use some work. It seems somewhat dull and under decorated.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant from views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2012
    Great restaurant from views to menu selection. I have taken my wife on a date, and had a large party for my Mom,s birthday. Service is very efficient and personable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Opentable reservation not received
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/18/2012
    When we arrived they did not have the reservation I made thru Opentable but fortunately were able to accommodate our party This was my first time using Opentable and needless to say, I will not use them again. In the future will simply go the old fashioned route and contact the restaurant directly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I Could Eat Here Every Nite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/29/2012
    At first glance we weren't impressed. But then we were seated at a table overlooking the pier at sunset. WOW. Amazing View, Amazing service and Amazing food! We started with the Cali Roll, made to order and it was perfect. My husband had the stuffed chicken and I had the top sirloin and both were superb. The fresh veggies and mashed potatoes were to die for. I was stuffed beyond belief, but I couldn't resist trying the creme brulee, which was definitely in my top 3 of all time! I would definitely recommend Nicks for a romantic dinner. Be sure to ask for a window table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good spot for Breakfast, Great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    We had a large group & went for a late breakfast, The food was great, a reasonable price, and the service was good too. The view was amazing! we could watch the waves & surfers while eating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, great service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Great view, great service, great view, food was average.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was great except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2012
    Everything was great except they didn't have my reservation from OpenTable! They'd never heard of me. It wasn't a problem since they had plenty of seating, but it made me doubt the effectiveness of OpenTable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in Ocean Beach
    Randi
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    We hadn't been to Nick's at the Pier in a couple of years. In the past it had always been a favorite and a busy place. This time we went on a Saturday night and it felt empty (bad sign). Scanned the menu and couldn't believe how limited it was as compared to the past (second bad sign). Ordered the calamari as an appetizer, chewy and greasy (third bad sign). Overall the food was very poor. Such a disappointment that this restaurant has taken such a slide to the downside. We loved this place when it was Qwig's and when it opened as Nick's. Now we will only go to the Sports Bar side when we want a Sports Bar, but we won't be going to the dining room again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have been a fan of Nick's
    BobK
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    I have been a fan of Nick's for many years. The setting and the view are spectacular, but the food quality & quantity has steadily declined. The lunch menu is now very limited and the quality is average. It is sad to see this decline.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good view, okay food, loud "Musak"
    PathfinderVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    The view of the waves, surfers, pier and beach is ideal. The restaurant's background music is set too loud. Having eaten here numerous times - we live within walking distance - it's clear the chef prefers highly salted foods. The fresh fish is cooked well, very moist, but too heavily seasoned. Bread basket is uninspired. Nick's at the Pier is more of a neighborhood eatery than a destination dining experience.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The kitchen forgot the bacon
    charlieVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    The kitchen forgot the bacon on our $12 burger, the Works. We didn't realize it till later that evening. I contacted the restaurant and the manager credited a few $ to our bill. That's good response. The burger? well I've had better burgers for $12 dollars. The complex has 3 other restaurants and Nick's appears to be the late night and brunch restaurant. the other two were crowded and not sure why Nick's didn't get the crowds. Ive been here at leats 3x but have reached my limit. The view of the ocean and pier are great. For a large group you could definitely get a table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food & service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    Excellent food & service. I love this restaurant. The wait staff is friendly & helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, excellent service.
    BryceN
    Dined on 11/24/2011
    Good food, excellent service. Made for a great Thanksgiving dinner. We weren't able to come during the day, so we didn't get to enjoy the ocean view, but we went out for a walk on the pier afterward. We would recommend Nick's to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Thanksgiving buffet!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/24/2011
    Outstanding buffet for Thanksgiving! Enjoyed the selection of the buffet and the wonderful ambiance and sunset over the ocean!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanksgiving dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2011
    The thanksgiving buffet was less than average. The buffet was empty most of the time, making us wait as they refilled each pot one by one.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had dinner on a rainy Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2011
    We had dinner on a rainy Sunday night. The place was very quiet. Our wait staff was excellent. My spicy pasta with shrimp was wonderful. We will return especially because of the abundance of underground parking in a normally impacted area of the beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The menu changed drastically
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/17/2011
    The menu changed drastically since the last time I was there and I was very disappointed. It used to be a special place but now it is just ordinary. Menu choices were limited unless you wanted sushi. My sea bass dish was bland and the steamer clams had about 5 limes in the broth that made it very odd tasting. Not returning.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved the ceviche appetizer,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2011
    I loved the ceviche appetizer, but the mustard-crusted salmon was just average. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We went there on Friday night around 715 pm and it was not crowded but not empty either.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nick's is a great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2011
    Nick's is a great restaurant for tourists and locals, as well! Nothing can beat the view and lunch was delicious! A complimentary dessert for the "birthday guest" was a special surprise!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were there for happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2011
    We were there for happy hour and dinner. Watched the sunset and surfers in Ocean Beach. absolutely fabulous view. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate