Nick's South Lake Ave

4.9
1332 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 1332 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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luvdogs
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick's is always good. The staff is very friendly and attentive. We had the best waiter!
The salmon is probably the best in Pasadena. The butter cake is to die for. Just really good food and service. Nick's is a great place for a small party or to meet friends. Very intimate.

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vipJohndred
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Natalie was the best server! Food was unparalleled. Get here!

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vipLindaO
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excited to sit indoors! Love Nicks and the butter cake😊

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RickR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, been coming there for years and will be back again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick’s was great!!! Really great service and food. It was our first time and we were happily surprised with the beautiful interior. They started to bring out our entrees with our appetizers, even before our salads had arrived, which we thought was a little strange, but they agreed to take it back and hold it for us. They had left the side mashed potatoes though, which got cold and hardened as we ate our salads and appetizers, but they were agreeable to replacing it with a new one when asked. The food and drinks were all fantastic. They were also so kind as we sat enjoying our time together for hours! They didn’t ask us to leave and were very patient. We finally noticed the people waiting outside and realized that we had stayed for 4 hrs! We quickly left and marveled that they had let us stay without complaint. We are definitely going back!

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vipChuck108
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. The vibe is great and food was delicious. We will will be back definitely.

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vipSandyB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner once again. The staff was spot on and made great recommendations to enhance our experience. It's always a great treat to have our meals there.

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vipdeater
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service was impeccable and the food delicious. One of my favorite places in Pasadena.

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KalebB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent experience, the only caveat is that an ice cube is not an ingredient in a cocktail, the”king cube” should be removed from the cocktail menu as it does not enhance the drink in the slightest. Thank you for a great dining experience but that should change if you want people to take your cocktails seriously

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JimC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sure glad that Nick's is open for Business again! Now, if they can just get opened back up for Brunch! Awesome place to dine!

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LadyDi
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a nice birthday dinner. The service was excellent as was the food. Everything was perfectly prepared and as described on the menu. The asparagus fries were a delightful appetizer. My husband enjoyed the cioppino and my favorite is always the bistro filet mignon. It is a perfect size for a small appetite and the carrot -ginger soup was to die for.
It is so nice to get out again and have our old places up and running. We will be back again soon.

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Rami
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is extraordinary delicious (thank you chef and kitchen staff) and very well served, restaurant is beautiful, services are excellent. The prices are reasonable. The average guest noise level was high and music was a little bit loud to cover the noise. For sure we recommend this place to our friends and we will be there again.

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MBMurphy
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was great. Especially the deviled eggs. The only complaint was we had reservations and still had to wait 15 minutes and too much salt on the skin of the loaded baked potato. The service was outstanding besides that.

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MomOfThree
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was OUTSTANDING! The Butter Cake is AMAZING... great staff, great food, great ambiance!!! Will definitely be returning.

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PattyL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious! The staff is wonderful. My daughter had her graduation dinner and the staff signed a card for her. Super sweet!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick’s is one of those places that once you eat there, you never want to leave it. It’s like being pulled into a family meal. Service is OUTSTANDING! My family and friends have been going to Nick’s since they opened and nothing has changed. Not service, not food quality, not management…everything is 100% worth the experience. My husband loves the ribs, cioppino and salads and I adore the seafood and EVERYONE loves the lobster taquitos. No dish has ever come to me cold or uninviting looking. Can’t wait until my next visit!

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SharonL
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had received a gift card, just pre-COVID that we needed to use and were waiting for them to re-open. We were finally able to use it last night and had forgotten how GREAT this place is.
The ambiance is nice and the food was delicious. We had the shrimp taquitos, the baby back ribs, the pan seared salmon and topped it off with the butter cake. Every morsel of the meal was delicious!
One of the most impressive things was the service. EVERYONE was so attentive and continuously refilled our water, poured out wine, removed dirty dishes. Not only that but every server was very personable and friendly. GREAT night!

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JohnS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicks was fabulous from the minute we arrived!
Excellent service!
No wait for anything!

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MarkA
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great servers. Great drinks. Great food. The noise was a bit louder than I had anticipated, but it was bustling and fun. Not romantic - so stay clear if you want a quiet place. But other than that, highly recommend it!!!

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Lucia
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy the food & ambiance however the music was too loud We sat at corner table in atrium
It should be pleasant background music !!!
We are customers since you opened !
Hopefully management will take care of this
Thank you

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vipTony
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shrimp taquitos were a hit with our group, but for the first time, the margharita pizza missed its mark. Did not have the traditional NY throwback taste. Wasn’t sure if they changed the oven? Nonetheless since everything else was terrific, I still have it 5 stars. Buttermilk fried chicken and baby back ribs have always been consistently terrific! Natalie was highly attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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alicia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was awesome! Definitely going back soon

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PhilC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great service and the food was outstanding. The staff is very friendly and on top of everything.

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vipGamalielC
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I really enjoyed this new venue. The staff was very friendly and the food was well presented.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent as usual!!
Natalie is the best waitress we’ve had her help us a few times now and she remembered my personal preferences and what I ordered the last time I was there!!

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WilliamL
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST service I’ve ever had at a restaurant. The Nick’s team is incredible and made my anniversary celebration exceed any expectations we had. The food and amazing too :)

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JosephR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I like Nick's and am very glad they have re-opened however last evening I felt like they were trying to rush us. We had 5 different servers keep approaching us to take our order after we had already stated that we wanted to enjoy or a cocktail first. It was odd and not relaxing.

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vipWhittyOne
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. New manager Fred, amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ribs so tender and the lemon cake was amazing

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HMar
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love dining at Nicks! Last 2 times I went we were early but were seated in a timely matter. Their Sea Bass dinner plate is amazing. I personally didn’t care too much for the shrimp taquitos but drinks and other appetizers were great! Nicks is always a top choice for local restaurants for me!

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vipninag
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! So glad they've re-opened!

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LindaH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Loves the complimentary dessert.
Dinner was delicious. Nice to be back at Nicks.

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Edwin
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Classy. Will be coming again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Nick’s, our waiter was so patient with us. He had a great attitude and answered all our questions about the menu.
Food, drinks, and dessert were delicious!

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vipRichardF
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Have the sea bass

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

JM
JonathanM
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was absolutely incredible. We were greeted by everyone start to finish. They constantly checked on us to make sure we were doing well. Excellent all around

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vipMichelle
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and great food, our server was knowledgeable and friendly

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 4.9 stars by 1332 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.