Nelson's at Terranea Resorts

4.4
43 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Nelson’s offers one of the most scenic locations in Southern California to enjoy a meal in a casual setting ocean side. Enjoy an abridged menu of Nelson’s favorites including the hot Bavarian pretzel and Nelson’s burger.

The social distancing mandate applies to the Front of House and in the Back of House with our culinary team. Our menus have been reduced in size to limit exposure with multiple members of the staff and to ensure a quality dining experience.

*In accordance with guidelines provided by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Indoor seating is not available at this time. The number of guests at a single table must not exceed 6 and is limited to a household unit. All members of the party must be present and will be seated at one time. Carryout and outdoor seating is available. Dining reservations are currently recommended for resort guests. Outdoor dining for non-resort guests is based on availability. For dining reservations, please call 310.265.2861.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 43 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.6
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was very slow. Food was ok, nothing out of the ordinary, which makes it a little pricy for what you’re getting. I always had to ask for water. They didn’t have a lot of things available from the menu.

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NoemiA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great. The views were the best part. Will definitely be back.

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JohnC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Four of us arrived at Nelson’s @ the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes to enjoy dinner and sunset over Catalina last Thursday evening (5:00 pm reservation). The calamari appetizer was excellent, but the lobster roll was not - turns out it’s really chilled lobster salad between two slices of bread. Swordfish sandwich was very good, and was enough to satisfy one of our hungry guests. Drinks were generous and well prepared. Our server was Clarence, who was friendly and attentive!

The bill for the four of us was $234 (including tip), which seemed a lot for sandwiches and four cocktails; however, the views were breathtaking

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Jammer
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely setting for sunset and celebration for a friend’s landmark Birthday.
The waiter did it inform us of Happy Hour option. I requested it. He took an unexpected amount of time in providing info. He acted distracted.
Food excellent.
Will return and have already recommended it to numerous friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! We absolutely love the view.

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LindaP7
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terranea Resort is like entering another world. Whether you stay at Terranea or go there for dinner, your experience will be memorable. We ate at Nelson's which is right at the edge of the ocean. It's such a beautiful setting. The food and service and Nelson's have always been great!

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vipCalifornianInTexas
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Send off for our son before he left to go abroad for the semester. Cannot beat the open view and setting!

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PickyDiner
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, outstanding service, good food and comfortable atmosphere. Nothing more to ask for in your dinning experience. Love this spot.

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mainly I was disappointed in having to pay for parking, after getting a validation and paying quite a lot of money for a slightly above average meal. The servers were excellent. The ocean view was very fine.

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DennisB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Terrible out of many dishes on the menu and sloppy service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful sunset, all around amazing experience! Thank you Nelson’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall fine .... however I specified we were celebrating an anniversary when I made the OpenTable Reservation AND when hostess was seating us. NOTHING acted upon by Nelson’s staff. Disappointing.

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vipMorewineplease
Los Angeles
151 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We do not go to Nelson's enough. It was a relaxing Saturday afternoon, my wife's cousins were in town and we took them for lunch to Nelson's. The service was really great. The server took pictures of our group, recommended great food and even chased us down to tell us that the tip was included and we had double tipped. Very nice. The food was great. Big portions and the view can't be beat.

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Bobblake1
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow & showed disinterest. Had to pay for bread with lunch & food was just okay. At this price point I will not be eating here again. Use to like it but it is overrated

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vipNyamichi
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The salmon was excellent as was the service!

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vipNyamichi
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for a gathering of friends and colleagues!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Love Nelson’s, windy night and they seated us outside with a 6 months old and two year old. 😩

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed upon our arrival. They said it has been closed for a couple days because of a power outage. It sure would have been nice if your site would have known that and not had me drive for 40 mins to get there and find this out

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viplorrik
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I love the location of this restaurant at Terranea and Amanda our server was wonderful, however, she had the entire patio by herself so service was slow and incomplete. It was not her fault. They are just understaffed. The big disappointment came when the food arrived. We ordered a hamburger and wedge salad to share (they were out of the ceviche). We thought the $25 wedge was the sides for the burger. It had four pieces of lettuce, a little dressing plopped on, a handful of cherry tomatoes cut up, and a thin and uncut (but yummy) breast of chicken. Seriously, $25 for that?

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JohannesE
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was amazing, perfect ambiance, delicious food, and an amazing server. The server was interactive, friendly, and funny. So an amazing server to have at a restaurant.

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SandraM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Can't beat the view. Great place to take visitors. Overlooks the ocean. Food is good. Servers were very friendly and helpful. Have been many times and will be going back.

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JodiD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Steaks were cold.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, service was spectacular and the view was incredible.

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MindyL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Go at sunset and sit outside. There are heat lamps and the ocean views are AMAZING! Food is very good. A bit pricey for some basic things.

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PatH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun! Great service and great food!! Fun drinks!

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JenniferP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I would recommend Nelsons for casual drinks and maybe appetizers, but not dinner.

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vipJosephB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome location, nice sunset, good food

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ChristiannaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing! Went here for my birthday, and was an awesome experience! Salmon was delicious

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DzovickE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Le cadre est magnifique avec une vue sur l’océan juste parfait pour être aux premières loges du coucher du soleil!
Par contre la nourriture n’est vraiment pas bonne! Nous avons juste payé le cadre!

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MeyererP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nelson's is a pleasant place to while away an afternoon with a leisurely lunch over looking the ocean. Definitely do get a table on the patio! The steak salad was amazing. The ceviche was good, but not sure it was worth the price (a lot of chips, not so much seafood). The crab salad was tasty, but because it was chopped, didn't really get much crab flavor, in fact couldn't really find it except for a few chunks that missed the chopper. The service was attentive, and I would definitely go again.

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JeffB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nelson's is a special place. The resort and restaurant sit right on the cliffs in Palos Verdes. Amazing views.
Marineland of the Pacific used to be where the resort is now located. Great history. Sea Hunt, Lloyd Bridges, Mike Nelson. Look it up. Pretty cool.

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PenelopeD
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Can’t recommend at this time. Smash burger was poor - tasted nothing like the excellent ones we had in June. Salad was terrible - drowned in champagne dressing that wilted the lettuce. Lime pie desert was also tasteless & terrible - no trace of key lime at all in the pie! June’s experience brought us back for our anniversary meal but we left very disappointed.

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LorraineC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was as beautiful and as special as I had heard. My first time here, and the view was gorgeous, the resort and landscaping was so beautiful and relaxing, the food was superb, and the service was perfect. Will definitely come back!

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EdgarGA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and even better service with a great view.

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bridgettew
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We watched a perfect sunset while have a yummy cocktail. Our waitress recommended the swordfish sandwich and skirt steak...both were amazing!

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charlesm
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John, with valet was excellent. The waiter was just right. The food was just what we expected, except for the fried green onions. The pinot, from our local winery, was just what I was looking for.

The 2 men who stood out were, John, from valet and our waiter Erick, he was " a keeper".

We felt like we were on a vacation, but only spent 2 hours there. We will come back.

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PattyF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice staff and beautiful setting.

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EmilyO
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wait staff very accommodating. Manager came by many times to check on us. Beautiful setting and food very good. A little expensive, but understandable because of the location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Lazy waiters. No one came to our table more than 10 mins before we ask to order. Outside seats were freezing so we asked heaters and they said they gonna bring, but it went to another table. We tried to order entrees after appetizers came but waiter didn’t come. We asked another staff but she said she is not in charge of my table. WE KNOW THAT!!! They brought other table’s dishes three times. Very disappointed. Will never visit again.

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Yuko
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Nice ocean view! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

FAQs

Nelson's at Terranea Resorts offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (855) 781-6158.

Nelson's at Terranea Resorts is rated 4.4 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.