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Nick's Laguna Beach

4.5
738 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Hot Spot
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Nick"s is located in the heart of Laguna Beach, on Pacific Coast Highway, across from the historic Hotel Laguna. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and an outdoor patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday; 7:30 am - 11:30 am;
Lunch: Monday - Friday; 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday; 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Thursday - Saturday; 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm;
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Phone number
(949) 376-8595
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party contact
Contact restaurant: (949) 376-8595
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Catering
call us for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pacific Coast Highway & Laguna Ave
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Special events & promotions
www.facebook.com/nickslaguna
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

Nick's was a very nice place to celebrate a Birthday. Everyone in our party enjoyed themselves so much. Appetizers were really good. (tuna tar tar, artichokes) The main course was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

BEST place in Laguna Beach!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2017

Tasty food ,great service , and nice ambience. Our favorite Laguna Beach eatery.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2017

Great service and food. Be sure to get a reservation.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2017

My wife and I had a reservation for a Sunday night dinner. We requested a patio table which we received. It was a little bit chilly despite the heaters being on. The heaters don't distribute the heat very evenly. Some people were sitting in short sleeve shirts while others needed sweaters and jackets. Other than that the food (fried asparagus, salmon, Cioppino) was great and also the wine and drinks. Our server was very attentive and friendly. We had a great dinner and will return the next time we are in the Laguna Beach area.
We made the reservation via Open Table. As always we got a remider from Open Table a day before our dinner. The day of our dinner we got a phone call from the restaurant reminding us of our reservation. It was so loud in the place where the lady called from that we could barely understand a word. Not very customer friendly. As if that was not enough we got a text message a few hours later reminding us of our our reservation. I feel that is way too many reminders and really annoying.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

The food was so good! Get the fruit as a side every time.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2017

Nick's is always a very special place. The food is fantastic. Love all the vegey choices with entrées. My faves are still the blackened fish sandwich and the best cioppino that I have ever had. Divine. That warm butter cake is a must, so save room. The wine choices are fantastic as is the no corkage policy. Fabulous place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Always a treat. Love this place!!! Food is always great and so is the service.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Here's the thing. We eat at Nick's quite often. The food is always great. We don't live in the area, but don't mind making the drive, because we enjoy the good food, and will live in Laguna next year. However, lately, we find ourselves going to other places in Laguna, such as the Coyote Grill or Sapphire's grill, because we know we can always get outside dining, which is important to us. We always make a reservation and request outdoor dining, but most Sunday's, we don't get it. We were there this past Sunday with a reservation and with an outside request. Again, we didn't get it. What was frustrating is that there was a table for 4 available, but was being held for an 11:00 reservation. While we were only a party of 2, we asked if we could have the table, but was denied, because the waiter was holding the table for his party who wasn't even there yet. I don't like writing a negative review, because we really like Nick's and have been great customers for about 8 years, but when we are denied a table outside time and time again, and one is being held for someone that isn't even there for their scheduled time, it's not good customer service. It's disappointing.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

We had a great time!!! The service was great and the food was very fresh and tasty

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Visiting from out of town and saw all the great reviews Nick's got. Had a late reservation on Friday night. The staff was super friendly, the food & drinks were amazing. We had the filet & sea bass - both excellent! I think the best part of all was the butter cake!! It was so good, we went back on Sunday night before leaving town to have cocktails and the butter cake again. The manager was very attentive and the same waitress was there and recognized us. When I'm back in town, I will be sure to stop in at Nick's for a meal!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food. Great service. Value priced. They never disappoint.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Love no corkage fee, love the food! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Early dinner on Valentine's Day. Have walked by many times and it was packed, now o know why. Short menu that covers all the bases. I could have ordered anything on the menu, it all looked fabulous. Will defiantly be returning here. Our server Dindo also did a great job.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We decided to have a Valentine's lunch in Laguna Beach and had never been to Nick's
The amanager swithply cahnged our table to a quieter one after we mentioned we would like something less noisey.
The food was incredible.I had the Sea Bas which was the best i have ever tasted and my husband had the Cioppina ( and ate the whole thing!!!)
For dessert we had thrie Butter Cake which is worth the trip in itself.
Scoped out their other restaurant in San Clemente which is closer to our home in Carlsbad.
Defenitle keepers Will definitely return

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Great lunch with my hubby. We've frequented the Nick's in Belmont Shores but this was our first time at this Laguna location. Nick's Laguna was every bit as good as the Belmont location. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2017

Nice cozy evening on the well heated front patio

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2017

Great service, excellent dinning options. Pan seared sea bass was outstanding. Single barrel margaritas was very good. On time reservation, matrade did was very professional, waitress was charming, and we appreciated the visit from the manager

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2017

Fabulous little restaurant with delicious food and great presentation. MUST TRY THE BUTTER CAKE with ice cream and berries -- unique, yummy little dessert - perfect for two! A friend recommended Nick's, so we gave it a try. Definitely worth the visit. Recommend making a reservation!!!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2017

The Cioppino is excellent! And so is the Fried Asparagus appetizer!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants we frequent as often as we can❤

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Very good experience. We had a lovely server (Kenyan - I know I am misspelling her name).
The only downside was we sat outside and the tables are very close together. Unfortunately, there was a young woman seated (party of 4) at the table next to us who was very loud (planting several obscenities). With every sip of wine she seemed to get louder and more obnoxious. There was nothing that could be done but this woman's behavior definitely impacted our evening.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Very good!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2017

This is my FAVORITE restaurant!
Good is wonderful, service great!
Addicted to the ribeye melt but ordered bistro steak plate for a change . It was very good too!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2017

Starting with the grilled artichoke, then blackened mahi for me, & maple glazed meatloaf for my date, Nicks served one of the best meals we've had in SoCal. Loved the place!! Will be back!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Great service, super delicious food, amazing atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2017

Nicks is one of our favorite spots in the OC. We usually dine in San Clemente but the Laguna Beach location is every bit as great for dining. If you get a good outdoor seat you can even see a slice of the ocean when the sun sets. Asparagus fries, Ribeye melt and Chilean Sea Bass are absolutely amazing and our go to menu choices.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

We arrived a few minutes early for our reservations and offered bar seating until our table was ready. We were comfortably seated by our reservation time. I highly recommend the parmesan-crusted asparagus appetizer! My fish was done perfectly and my request for no garlic in my fresh sautéed spinach was met. My friend's dinner looked terrific and she thoroughly enjoyed it. For some reason our server changed a couple of times but each one was courteous, friendly and efficient. They answered questions about the menu, accepted special requests (no garlic in the spinach) politely, and made sure we were enjoying our meal without hovering. It is a bit pricey but on a par with other Laguna Beach restaurants and the food is great. The bar takes up more room than the tables so a reservation is recommended. By the time we left, the wait was 1.5 hours! And people were waiting. Definitely a hot spot!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. The service was amazing and so was the food. Loved the warm butter cake! Definitely will be back!!🍷🍗

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Always great at Nick's One of the best places to go in Laguna Beach or San Clemente. We like the food and the great service. Please don't tell anyone about this restaurant! We want it all to ourselves!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Nicks is such a great restaurant. We stumbled upon it one night and we are addicted. It is our go to place, we bring friends and family who are not from the OC and this is where we take them. The food is always delicious, hot and totally worth the money. On the upscale side of dining the pricing is very reasonable and the wine, cocktail and coffee lists are great.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Our first time, for my husband's birthday and we loved it. Sat on the patio out front. Inside seemed very loud. Food was very good. We'll go back again.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

A regular go to, everything is excellent we enjoy the out outstanding service - consistently excellent!!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2017

The staff was most accommodating & helpful. We shall definitely return. My friends raved about their fish tacos. My salad was above average, but barely. The bread... only the best!!! Did not like my diet coke from a bottle; much prefer it on tap.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2017

We were seated outside which was a little cool but the heaters were on. Food we ordered was outstanding and the waitstaff is very attentive and take very good care of their customers. Only disappointment was the chicken was a fried option and with girls that refuse to eat pork or beef their only option would be the fish. Do hope they add a grilled or other variety of chicken to the menu that isn't fried. Otherwise the filet I ordered was done to perfection.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2017

First time to Nick's......we were traveling fron SF area, and the folks @ Pacif Edge recommended Nick's. Though we couldn't get a reservation until 9:30 PM, we figured this was a good sign that so many folks had alredy reserved a table. We were not disappointed! I am vegetarian and found plenty of great food. Our waitress was adorable and really fun! We will certainly be back in the future.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Refreshing cocktails paired with savory, flavorful food makes Nick's my go to dinner joint with friends. Save room for the butter cake!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Great spot recommended by our hotel. Everything was delicious! Great service!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2017

Just doesnt get much better than this. Great food, service, moderate price and ambiance

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