Nick's South Lake Ave

4.8
1451 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
What 1451 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and a beautiful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
155 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.

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vipTheMichiganGourmet
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CLBS
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I decided to celebrate my birthday here this year, and we’re glad we did. From the moment we arrived for our 5:30 pm reservation to the moment we left, we were treated extremely well. The hostess seated us immediately at a nice table upstairs. Almost immediately our server, Didno, introduced himself and took our drink and dinner order. Our drinks arrived a few minutes later followed very quickly by our dinners. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Didno checked on us a couple times to make sure everything was to our liking (which it was). Service was efficient and attentive throughout.
The only “downside” was the temperature was a bit chilly upstairs and the music was a bit loud. And since I had advised the restaurant that we were celebrating my birthday, we had expected some acknowledgement of that fact. However, no mention was made of it and we didn’t bring it up.
All in all, it was a lovely evening and we will definitely be back in the future.

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Oaxa
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lots of good choices to dine out on South Lake. Nicks is always an outstanding experience.

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vipSteve
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always great at Nick's. My Old Fashioned was perfect, salmon on California salad scrumptious, and the part of my wife's cheeseburger that I had was tasty too. Great ambiance, great service always!

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StevenU
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service !!!! Kelsey is amazing service like hers is hard to come by !

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vipMikeM
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making my birthday dinner enjoyable and delicious!

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squirrel
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best food and best drinks in pasadena. def favorite to come for a date or just bring mom for lunch. a bit on the energetic noise side so leave hearing impaired older folks at home

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vipMikoC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant!

The asparagus fries was the perfect start to the meal. I ordered the Bistro Plate which was perfect. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly, the salad was tasty, and the soup was filling. With my glass of wine, it was sheer perfection.

The standout of the meal was the dessert. We had the lemon cake and the warm butter cake. Both were good, BUT the warm butter cake definitely was the standout of the two.

Service was excellent as well.

I will definitely be going back!

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Rick
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Good service steady place to go

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DonaldD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wagyu filet was great. No vegetables served with the dinner, but the baked was massive. Thanks to everyone.

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George
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were there at an earlier than normal hour for dinner. We noted that prices were higher than before, but as usual the food and service was excellent. As more guests arrived, it became somewhat noisy and the background music was a part of this. But the overall dining experience was very satisfactory.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place of our trip!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Absolutely love Nick’s. This evening our check was delivered with our dessert which was a bit strange for them and we had stayed a long time and were asked to vacate our table. Little off putting, but won’t stop me from returning!

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Mike
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service, but pricey. Nice abiance.

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GriseldaH
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters were excellent. Attentive without being overbearing. Not rushed. I had the Chilean Sea bass which is fantastic. My husband had their meatloaf (again). Seemed like a different recipe but he was definitely disappointed. We love this place. Wish they were open for brunch but completely understand the shorter hours. So glad they reopened. We will be back soon.

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vipSherryS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was so good, as usual, the service top notch..

Looking forward to next time.

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vipHarryS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely outstanding a 5.

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vipRandiE
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Requested onions but item still came with them so had to send it back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted and ushered to the front of the restaurant to check in.
We were seated quickly due to our reservation.
The waitress was very informative, professional and knowledgeable. She described the drink menu and the food menu. She also informed us of which items she liked which was extremely helpful!
All 4 of us enjoyed our food selections!
We celebrated my friend and my husbands birthday’s with a giant slice of lemon cake! Delicious!
A wonderful evening! We hope to return to Nick’s soon!

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YashC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food only issue is less vegetarian options. Nick’s Mai Tai is my all time favorite cocktail. In general amazing place to. Don’t forget to try Wood Margarita pizza!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious!! I highly recommend Nick’s for a special occasion.

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vipVincentR
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Date night

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JeaneretteL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A splendid restaurant experience!
Amazing food and even better service.
We have now found our neighborhood restaurant 🙂

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ConnieH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Food was great and we will definitely go back.

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MikeM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, very attentive service. We all loved our food. Will definitely go back soon!

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TheresaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This night was especially awesome. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and the night was awesome. The customer service was warm and welcoming. The drinks were great. The food delicious and the dessert scrumptious.

We've been here several times before, but this was the first time since the pandemic. We were very impressed.

We will definitely be back!

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LeeB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Nick's! Can't wait for them to be open at lunch again.

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NormaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious everything! Kind and attentive staff!!!!

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GamalielC
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time since the pandemic lock downs that three brothers and their wives got together to celebrate the brothers birthdays that are a day apart. Great food, service, and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

18th Wedding anniversary

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vipJulieC
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots. We love this restaurant! Always great food. Always great service. The butter cake is AH-MAZE-BALLZ.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I ordered the Asian salad and it tasted and looked like there was like 5 pounds of raw peanuts in it. Expected more. Service was great though

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 1451 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.