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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AL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday lunch. The service was impeccable. The food was delicious - melt in your mouth prime rib, amazing butternut squash soup, healthy side salad, decadent desserts. The ambiance is very nice with low music although at some point the background base beat became a bit heavy. There are few places where everything is perfect - this is one of them! Enjoy!

L
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I have birthdays two-days apart and we decided to have a nice lunch. I have eaten at the Nick’s in DTLA and Nick’s on 2nd in Long Beach. By far the ambiance and service at the Pasadena location were superior to either of the other locations. Besides, the Pasadena location has a great flatbread from a pizza oven inherited from the former restaurant at the same location.
Don’t get me wrong, the food at the other two locations are just as good; it’s just the setting and service in Pasadena were exceptional.

My girlfriend raved about the salad with salmon. She said the salmon was cooked perfectly!!! A little crunch on the outside and moist and delicious inside. My French dip on brioche with salad was extraordinary. The salad was amazing and the French dip with horse radish and au jus was mouth watering...and not because I kept dipping my dip in the au jus.

Oh! Almost forgot. The butter cake with vanilla ice cream and berry compote completed the meal with the best latte I have had in a very long time.

With no hesitation I highly recommend Nick’s in Pasadena.

N
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drink were great. Server Vanessa was helpful and personable. Manager Chris was great, and he promised us Green Chartreuse and Last Word cocktails will be available soon, which will make Nick's even better!

VR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very good as usual. Service started out slow but picked up.

B
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional. The waiter made sure that we had something to drink once we sat down. More importantly, he provided us with enough time to select our dishes. We did not feel rushed. Also, the time between placing our order and getting our food was just right. Once the food arrived, we were all thrilled. The ingredients were fresh and delicious. This is our third time at Nick's South Lake, and we highly recommend this location! It is a beautifully decorated restaurant. Parking is convenient.

OS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our evening celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary. The service, ambiance, and the food was beyond expectations. Thank you for the truly memorable evening and dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience. Great employees and great food. Hands down great experience!!!

OT
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! One of our new favorite restaurants!!!

DL
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Dinner. Great location, can't wait to come back.

NB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and the entire Nick’s team was professional and courteous. Food was delicious! Thank you -

JM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We waited nearly an hour for our food after ordering with no explanation.
Very disappointing all around. We will most likely not go back to Nicks on Lake.

MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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M
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service and excellent food with large portions!

SB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nicks on Lake has a wonderfully vibrant feel with nice modern furnishings. Our service was outstanding and we were allowed to linger and chat without being bothered. My only regret, is that they didn’t have a bit more extensive menu.

A
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and service here. A great addition to the South Lake shopping district.

J
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good ambiance, good food, decent service.

M
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Small food amounts to the ratio of money spent. We picked a smaller ratio portion with spectacular end result shock value.

CJ
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The potato cake was the BEST! I ate most of my friend’s warm potato salad from her fish sandwich; it must have been the white corn and English peas!

d
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another nice evening at Nicks. My friends first visit. He said the butter cake was amazing and equal to the best he’s ever had!

VE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food. Best staff.

LM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the fish sandwich and the mahi mahi they had that day was delicious! You can't go wrong with the picking the pan seared salmon or the fish sandwich if you're unsure what to get. We were celebrating a birthday and they brought over a butter cake that was to die for. The service was amazing and made us feel very elegant. Hot towel service before dessert was provided. Overall great place to eat and celebrate a special occasion.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nick’s is great! I gave ambiance three stars because I find the gigantic potted trees in the front part of the restaurant are annoying to have to navigate around in order to sit at the table. They probably help reduce the noise since that room has such high ceilings but I find them challenging to navigate around.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most unique restaurant I’ve ever been to. Amazing atmosphere, food, service, and a bunch of extra touches that I won’t spoil here!

TP
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around. Prime rib dip is the best

TF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was SO delicious, as well as the drinks and the wine bottle prices were great. Our servers Myra and Rebecca were top notch. Had the best dinner with our friends and will definitely be back.

T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Review after review of consistent 5 star ratings. This time Elizabeth deserves accolades for superb level of service. Marguerita pizza is to die for!

N
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating with my request for a booth. Service was attentive. Food was delicious. I especially loved their warm butter cake - yum!!

JK
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, good service & food. Will definitely return.

a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time at Nicks. The whole dining experience was wonderful. I was by myself. The wait staff was very attentive and helpful.
I had Tuna Tatar and Chiapinno. Wow. The Tuna was fresh. and the Chiapinno was marvellous. The Butter cake was excellent.
I would definitely recommend Nicks to all my friends. Will surely be back..l

MW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great . The food delicious the deviled eggs were tasty never had anything like them. My salmon dish was beautifully prepared and wonderful. My friend was very impressed and loved her entree.

CL
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed dinner here the other evening for our anniversary. From beginning to end, it was the perfect spot.

First of all, we sat in an oversized booth close to the front of the restaurant, that was in a great location. We felt a little secluded and private, which suited us fine. Our servers were knowledgeable, friendly, and professional and always attentive to our every need without being ever-present. Then there was the food. We shared the 5 jumbo shrimp taquito appetizers which were succulent and tasty with a wonderful just-spicy-enough salsa that really enhanced the flavor. I had Cioppino (enough for 3 people)--I ended up taking most of it home) with lots of fish, mussels, clams, shrimp and crab. The broth was other-worldly! My husband ordered the baby back ribs (11 of them!) that were perfectly prepared with a delicious barbecue sauce that was also divine. He asked for mashed potatoes instead of fries (not a problem) and also enjoyed a wonderful slaw salad that accompanied his meal. For dessert (which we don't usually order) we had their signature warm Butter Cake with Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream. Our server added a candle to commemorate our anniversary. And because I had mentioned in my reservation on Open Table that this was an anniversary, our server presented us with a card that had been signed by all the staff.

All in all, this was a perfect spot for a memorable meal and we shall return for another very soon.

MB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always visit one of the Nicks locations when we travel to California. The Warm Butter Cake is one of our most favorite things and is a must-have, so save room!

JR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I've have only been once and the food was not what I expected. I ordered the prime rib sandwich and it was too grizzly. It may have been an off day. However, it is a beautiful restaurant and the service was great. I'd recommend the restaurant to a friend.

RH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous
Waitress was awesome
Great staff
Celebrated friends Birthday

NM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Nick's and it was every bit of good as the first time. I absolutely love this restaurant! They have the best food and drinks, and their service is unparalleled. They are very attentive and are well versed in their menu. We took my in-laws, who live out of town, and they had an amazing experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our lunch was yummy. We shared two burgers. The crispy chicken and the veggie. Both were very tasty. Veggie burger made there with farro, black beans, and cranberries. It was moist and flavorful, served on a lovely wheat bun. Crispy chicken was delightful to bite into with crunchy texture and tender meat. Herb mayo set completed the mouth feel along with the brioche bun.
For dessert their specialty of warm buttered cake with berries and ice cream is a heavenly experience with crunchy sugar that caramelized in the oven with a tender center like a custard. It mustn't be skipped.
Our waiter Daniel made our experience all the more enjoyable sharing his knowledge about the food and his attentiveness but was never obtrusive. High marks for Daniel. He was a gem.

d
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food as usual.

CM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the upbeat environment for a business lunch - it was comfortable and our table lent itself to have a comfortable conversation. The steakhouse salad is amazing - beautifully presented, it was an ample portion. The beef sandwich was good, but a little dry. I would return to enjoy more business lunches.. Service was well-timed and attentive. We were able to get in and out in a timely business fashion.

DW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable lunch. Service was great. Selected the blackened halibut sandwich. Plentiful but probably select something else next time.

LE
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was incredible especially Erika. Food was great but the fried chicken sandwich was lacking some flavor. Not sure what happened this time. But all in all it was a great time!

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