Nick's South Lake Ave

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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. 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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RJ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

RB
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the eggs, meat loaf, fried chick and Spicy Thai salad. My wife asked fo =r a change to the Spicy Thai and they did that. The Lemon Cake is crazy big but wonderful. All excellent.

S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere, the people, the food. Every time I go to Nick’s I feel like royalty. Everyone I bring to Nick’s is obsessed. Thank you all for a great experience every single time. My partner Ashleigh and I appreciate you.

- Samiere

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Sole was thin and dry. Not as expected. Certainly not worth price. Service is always good. Atmosphere is fun. Parking is convenient.

c
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Friendly bar tender

J
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and frequently meet friends here for lunch. As always, on our last visit, the food was great, server was very attentive and friendly and the ambiance was wonderful.

LG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food good. Expensive for lunch, and so loud, that my friend and I had to shout at one another.

DB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal with good service!! Bistro plate is my fave!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and yummy desserts

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. From the seating, to the food, to the greeting.

TD
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great. Watch out for the cost of your drinks different from on line prices. Some wine listed on line at $17 was charged $21. Didn't have cell phone to double check.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated in the quiet part of the restaurant as requested. However, the elevator to the upstairs rest rooms was not working. They did not have a sign to that effect posted and this was a hardship for one of us.

Food cooked as requested but their signature salad was not liked by everyone. They should allow a choice of side salad.

SJ
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicks is always great but this waitress was amazing. We had Nicole and she is a pro. Food perfect as always. Always a treat.

JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Nicks! Very comfortable and great food. Love that you don't have a corkage fee for a bottle of wine.

KS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Reservation was not honored, observed the hostess seating customers coming through the door before us. Ended up sitting right next to the front door. It was extremely hot and after conferring with the hostess who agreed it was way too warm, nothing was done. The other host was pacing right behind me which was very odd and distracting. The loaded mashed potatoes had areas that were cold. Only saving point was that the warm bunt cake was delish as was the house champagne.

LS
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I simply love this restaurant. The menu is varied, the food fresh, the service very attentive and it is all around wonderful. A real neighborhood gem.

AM
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails me. Simply the BEST!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great creative space for entertaining clients

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been touring Huntington Gardens and were tired and hungry. We didn’t want to go back to our rental to get changed and were looking for a casual, early evening dining experience. Nick’s was a perfect fit! It exceeded our expectations. We will definitely return on our next visit to Pasadena.

M
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The food was mediocre. The veggie burger was lost inside the huge doughy bun and there was about 4 inches of lettuce on top of the burger. The ricotta and avocado flat bread again was mounded with arugula but pretty tasteless. There was just a thin film of ricotta and avocado. It was mainly arugula on bread. Not much flavor.
Waiter was good. Hostess was good. Ambiance was very good except the bulbs were out in our hanging lantern so we were basically in the dark literally. But the restaurant did have a nice feel.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious - the petit bistro salad was fresh and lightly dressed and the salmon was grilled to perfection. My cocktail was terrific and the waiter was attentive. Great lunch! We’ll be back

BW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attention to service. A regular on our "go-to" list.

CS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming to this restaurant and couldn’t be happier!!!! Everything was top notch and will be back. Highly recommend

NN
Omaha
63 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience at Nick's was excellent! Food, drinks and service were top notch!

S
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food and just the regular menu for NYE which we prefer. Loved it.

r
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, food, location, and better than average service.

SI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth a visit! One of the nicest dining experiences we have had in a long time. These folks know how, and deliver a lovely occasion.

CA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is lovely (a bit loud but not horrible) and the food was delicious. I usually don't finish my meals but I ate every single bit of the meatloaf. And the friend chicken that my husband got was so good!

YY
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Bistro Plate is a great deal for a filet and everything on the menu is delicious. Nick's is a wonderful place for a nice casual meal, a date or a celebration. Since Nick's arrived to Pasadena, it's my "go to" restaurant! I've hosted many group luncheons and celebrated several happy occasions with friends and family. I highly recommend "Nick's on Lake"!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, one of the best meals both of us have ever had. Well done, Nick’s!

SK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and a very attentive staff

OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Best kale salad I have ever had. Six layer lemon cake? Still dreaming about it!! A must-do when in Pasadena

I
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service you can ever imagine! The butter cake is so worth the extra calories.

OS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at that location . Nothing but great service from the hostess to the busboy and the server and management .

AN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Dinner with both sets of parents, sat quickly, staff was friendly. Noise level was a tad much for the party, but overall very enjoyable.

Food was good, sadly out of meatloaf at 7pm, and no brewed coffee ready.

The above won’t keep us away, we enjoy the food, drinks, and the ambiance.

Group favorites: friend chicken, deviled eggs, and Cippino. (Spell Check)

NW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I got together to celebrate a birthday. Nick’s has Great food, service and is at a great location.

FM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food quality was not quite the same this time. And

OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a late lunch. Food and service both excellent. Everyone had something different; all enjoyed the food.

C
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

They have simply got the stop playing awful loud music at this restaurant. Some techno beat track with a loud thumping base is patently inappropriate at this otherwise classy establishment. I won’t be back again.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always quality food and great service. We love the ribs and the famous butter cake.