Nick's South Lake Ave

4.8
1482 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails, an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. 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.

Nick's Pasadena will reopen on April 12, 2021 for dinner starting at 4pm. We look forward to serving you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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
  • Staff temperature check required
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Our Watier was so kind and sweet. Food and drinks were beyond amazing. DESSERT — MUST TRY!

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bistromuse5
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The prime rib sandwich was not as delicious as expected. The meat was cut too finely and had a condiment on it, which created a mushy texture and covered up the taste of the beef. The bistro salad, however, was incredible! Would like the wine to be a little less expensive too. Overall though the ambiance and service was fantasic!

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MelanieG
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I was disappointed, I thought the steaks were going to be really good, they weren't. Only the sides were good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal from beginning to end. Excellent service, wonderful food — had the blackened fish sandwich and the prime rib dip with the lemon cake for dessert — highly rec all three. Our server was so attentive. Everyone’s super friendly and the place has a great vibe. Will definitely return!

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CarolynM
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick’s just never disappoints. And to make it even better they finally put an item back on the menu that was one of my favorites. It was gone for a long time but only from the Pasadena location for some reason. The ribeye gruyere melt! Oh my, it was delicious. And since it was a birthday we had the butter cake which is always wonderful. Service is fantastic, friendly and efficient. Can’t say enough how much I love Nick’s.

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Mahum
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, everyone was very friendly. They even gave a birthday card to my friend and all the staff sign it. Definitely coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience5

We came to celebrate my birthday which was the day of my reservation. I normally do not make a big deal of my birthday nor require the attention. However, this year has been a personal challenge as my mother passed away in early January, and my father (just 2wks ago) was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. So, I needed to force myself to celebrate “me”.

My reservation was @ 11A and my dad was moving slower than normal which delayed our departure to the restaurant. I called ahead to inform the host/staff and appreciated that Grace was given and we extended to the reservation to 1130A. I will be transparent and say that whomever answered my call could have been a bit more upbeat and personable; which sets the tone of one’s dining experience.

When my dad and I arrived, I appreciated that our third guest was seated at the table before our arrival.

Although, I was given a heads up that brunch wasn’t being served however was disappointed at the reduced menu…yet I completely understand the restaurant still navigating its way through the pandemic.

Our meal took some time to be served (maybe a kitchen delay) however the food was delicious as usual. I really enjoyed the Pumpkin Bread Pudding with the Bourbon Sauce.

Our server Gabriel coincidentally had the same birthday as I; and that made it a fun experience. He was extremely sweet and personable which ALWAYS adds bonus points to the experience.

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ToddP
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Took a client there last night so much about it I loved, but I have to say the service was not great. There was a gentleman there I believe was the manager and when he oversaw our table it got better.
These are COVID times I understand we will be back but you sent me the survey so I answered it.

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JoyceH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Nice variety. Upscale wine list

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MckayAnderson
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Overall, an excellent experience and we will definitely be back at Nick's hopefully very soon!

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vipSteve
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as usual, and try as I might I can't ever get my iced tea glass below half full before some helpful staff refills it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food!

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IreneM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good dining experience and Kevin was wonderful!

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Monika
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Lloyd was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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Conejo
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the upstairs table setting. Drinks were awesome. Service by Matt exceptional. Unusual, but incredible appetizer shrimp taquitos. We're coming back.

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vipGamalielC
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary by having dinner at Nick’s South Lake this year. Last year I was in the hospital with Covid-19 but was able to send her flowers. This year, we had a wonderful dinner. The food was excellent and the service was above average. The staff gave us a card signed by the staff on this special occasion.

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Eater
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food was awesome! It was not busy so waiting 20 minutes to get waters for my wife and I was frustrating. Being ignored for the rest of our visit was also unfortunate, we had used plates sitting on the table for 10-15 minutes, I ordered 1 whiskey Old Fashioned and it was wonderful, I wanted to order another but nobody visited our table again for 10-15 minutes so we asked for the check and left.

JB
JaneB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to establishment to celebrate a birthday. The recognition, a card signed by staff. Are you kidding me. Not even a free dessert? Highway robbery! I will not go back because of this "stingy," behavior on part of the restaurant.

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CameronP
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is Amazing amazing ambiance amazing service

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viphealthy1
Los Angeles
119 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server Billy was excellent! Had a lovely lunch!

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Tony
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Just love Nick’s. Simplicity, great service, great concept, pretty restaurant, and just downright good food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Naomi! Great place to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary!

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vipGamalielC
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner with our son and girlfriend celebrating their engagement. The waiter gave them card signed by their staff for celebrating this special moment at Nick’s. We all enjoyed the food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience with excellent as always yo be expected food from Nick’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and attentive service in a cool environment with excellent food. Bravo Nick’s

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CNB1980
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance. We were seated right away and our server was attentive throughout the meal. I was not impressed with the chicken tortilla soup I had as an appetizer, but the blackened fish sandwich made up for it. Based on comments from my friends, the sea bass and the butter cake were also winners. I would definitely come here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very chic and amazing . The food is delicious and worth every penny.

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Chris
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick's is always good for a good meal and tasty drinks. When you get down to it, the food is pretty simple but prepared and presented in an upscale way. The service is always very attentive and friendly. The ambiance is great for Date Night but if you're trying to have an intimate conversation, it won't happen here because this place can get pretty loud but still a great place to be!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic all the way around. Can’t wait to go back. The food and drinks were amazing and the staff were all so accommodating and friendly. Wonderful night celebrating my husband’s birthday.

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JerryG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite go-to place. Afraid to give it the great review it deserves because it will attract even more customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and the staff signed a card for us! Our server was so attentive, making sure everything was going well. The food was so good!

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Patricia
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and a beautiful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, excellent and attentive service, very nice ambiance and definitely thrilled they are located in Pasadena. Must try the butter cake and Thai salad.

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Arteesta
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It truly was lovely and very special as it was my birthday and our serving staff presented me with a birthday card signed by everyone. Very thoughtful!

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CoreyW
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambience, stopped at this location after church. Usually frequent Manhattan Beach & Long Beach locations. Hostess to servers were courteous and as soon as we walked in we were greeted by employees. Men's restroom smelled good and was clean. You can tell a lot about a restaurant by how clean the restroom. The plates were hot from the heat lamp, food was warm but definitely food could have been hotter. Soup was at good a temperature and taste. We love the warm butter cake and lemon cake.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience & food, drinks were exceptional! Thank you for making Ellen Ks birthday so special!

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vipMaria
Los Angeles
158 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent customer service

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. So happy this restaurant is in Pasadena.

TM
vipTheMichiganGourmet
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding. Great servers and managers. Best ribs and beef dip ever.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Nick's South Lake Ave using the Order Online button. Nick's South Lake Ave also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 787-1444.

Nick's South Lake Ave is rated 4.8 stars by 1482 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.