Nick's Laguna Beach

4.8
985 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive memorable experiences.
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AF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CONSISTENTLY WONDERFUL FOOD! WE LIVE IN MICHIGAN BUT MAKE SURE TO DINE HERE WHENEVER WE VACATION IN SO CAL. ALWAYS MAKE A RESERVATION. WAIT STAFF IS SUPER HELPFUL IN RECOMMENDING DISHES.

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JB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and cocktails Nicks never disappoint-especially the butter cake dessert! It is a favorite spot for our special occasions and we especially love sitting outside where the noise level is more conducive to conversation.

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MH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. For sure need reservations no matter what day of the week it is, cause it is busy. Loved the grilled artichoke appetizer and fresh Sea Bass entree. Would go back for sure. Parking is tough though because it is in the heart of a beach community.

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KF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Nicks; celebrating our wedding anniversary. The staff was tremendous and even gave us an anniversary card signed by the staff! The food and wine were delicious and the butter cake is amazing! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome restaurant. Service impeccable, food amazing. It was our 35th Anniversary and they signed a card from the staff and gave to us. An amazing restaurant and I highly recommend

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c
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and waiter were great! The food was good. The chicken and waffles -chicken and gravy was delicious, but the waffles tasted like grease (probably soaked up oil from waffle iron or chicken). I enjoyed the chilaquiles crispness, but they could use a little more flavor (I had to add salt) but it was good. I went back to have the butter cake and that was amazing!

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick's was a great experience. We arrived early for our reservation and were seated immediately. The service was quick but patient allowing us to settle in and enjoy our family breakfast on mothers day. The food tasted delicious and the coffee washed it all down nicely. We were never rushed or hurried to leave despite it being a busy day. I appreciated the to go cup of coffee. Everything was excellent and I would recommend Nick's in Laguna.

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HH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant in the centre of Laguna Beach. The menu had a good selection of dishes and portions are generous. We had the grilled artichokes to start which were delicious.
The staff are knowledgable about how the dishes are cooked and were very attentive without being in your face.
Would definitely recommend. Maybe advisable to book as it gets busy at weekends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good.

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JP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a wonderful little gem in a great location..a bit loud but it was a weekend and they were packed so it’s to be expected..also to be expected are ‘Laguna prices’..about $25 per person for lunch without a beverage but everything was delicious and I’d been before so it was not surprising.

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DR
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of my favorites when visiting this area. Food is always fresh and delicious. Their spin on food and drink items is always special and always a treat for this NC based couple. We just can’t get it at home like Nicks serves it up.

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Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved eating here! Service was among the best we have ever had, and the food was excellent! The staff went out of their way to make our meal special, and we would highly recommend!!

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BC
Salt Lake City
19 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A gem in Laguna Beach we make it a point to visit every time we’re in town. Smallish menu, slightly pricey, but it’s LB and they nail every offering. Good vibe with outstanding service. Sister restaurant in Long Beach is equally good. Haven’t tried South of Nick’s Mexican Kitchen, but it’s on the list.

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A
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

For me a surprising low rating for this visit. Our waiter had to leave for a break and the lady who took over was rude int that she never addressed my wife. For some reason she only asked if I needed anything and this was consistent over many visits to our table. I had the chicken. While good it was not nearly as good as the Salmon or ribs. Not sure about what my wife had because she was so irritated at the substitute waitress. But we will continue to be eating at Nick's.

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WH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Excellent jalapeño watermelon Margurita!! Friendly staff parking close by

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MK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite stop when we are in Laguna Beach!

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AF
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to eat and drink in Laguna Beach. Period. Ask for the carajillo

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f
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, huge portions. Normal, well varied menu. Will go bavk

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DM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+++ Delicious food_ Shrimp tacos, deviled eggs are so unique and tasty! Food overall amazing and the margaritas are the so good you can’t stop at one. Service was superb by Michelle, Jordan and the hostess. I’m a foodie this place is on A list can’t wait to go back again.

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A
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I've been to Nick's. First time was in San Clemente when a friend took me. I wish they would open one in the Thousand Oaks area where I live.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nicks as usual is just yummy yummy. Our server was top notch, he was just fantastic. The food was delicious, and we were celebrating so we had the ever perfect butter cake. The restaurant is always catering and thoughtful and on target. Nicks is always a must do for us.

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R
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Four stars because we ate at 4pm and were told the baked potatoes weren’t ready until 530pm? Never heard of that one before.

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MB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken & waffles were out of this world!! Extremely attentive service.

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HB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe! Celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. Server made us feel like vip’s. Food was delicious! Complete cocktail choices. Butter cake for dessert was unbelievable!!!!

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TG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very reliable standby— Grilled artichoke and Thai salad with shrimp. Excellent meal

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N
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here. The service is always top notch and the food is outstanding.

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JK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellence. Enjoy taking friends there.

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants and they never disappoint!!

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BB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is great. Service is good. It is LOUD! We love it anyway.

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Nagoya
59 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a great meal... anytime... service was a little off this morning... thinking server had a rough night... but something like this is rare

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Y
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved breakfast at Nicks! The food is so good. It was worth the money. From the moment we walked in to the moment we left the service was top notch. We will definitely be back

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f
Minneapolis
150 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place. Good food and excellent service.

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food: delicious
Service: excellent

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal, Rachel, our server, was great.

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Nick's Pasadena. We recently dined at Nick's South of the Border in San Clemente,
loved that. Laguna Beach followed suit. Food excellent. Energetic vibe in the restaurant. I would recommend Nick's to anyone who asked.

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Nagoya
59 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Nicks for weekend breakfast all the time... excellent... we have not been for dinner in a few months(make reservations) it was excellent all the way... great food and great fun... simply go and enjoy.
Also servers Chris and Taylor were excellent

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B
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome as always!

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c
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Overall it was a great experience. The only unfortunate part was the food. I ordered the filet and it was terrible.

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MC
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick's is our go to restaurant in Laguna Beach! It's great for a casual dining experience with a fun ambiance. We sat at the bar this time and had the same great service there! I had thetuna poke that was delicious and my husband had the meatloaf! Great comfort food! The wine list is not extensive but it is great value. We ordered a bottle of Willamette valley wine for under $40! We will definitely be back to Nick's and know that the level of service and food will be consistently great!

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SD
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience. The food and service were top notch. Our faves were the grilled artichokes, a must get, the ribs and fried chicken. Well worth the money!

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