Nick's South Lake Ave

4.8
1611 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 1611 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, nice staff, and great ambiance

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Marilyn
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chic busy popular restaurant. Love that they accept reservations. Very comfortable seating. Easy to park in their lot. The food was pretty good, not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always
From the time to being seated
To having our drinks and food ordered
To always enjoying what we order.
Always a great time!
Thank You

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Mireya
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really appreciated being encouraged to order the Brussel Sprouts and the Prime Rib Dip. But, the Cioppino and Thai Salad were as amazing as was the 8 layer lemon cake.

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dollface
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service was great but I always enjoy the quinoa/kale salad and it was taken off the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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vipTony
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal as always. My place to go to for terrific dinners and drinks. Just love the pizzas.

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serveraswell
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, my guest had the blackened fish sandwich and I had the prime rib dip.
Our server was Maria, took our ordered, checked on us and cleared the table when we were done. We were able to enjoy our lunch and have conversation. Going back for dinner on Sunday January 23rd. Love this place both for lunch and dinner..

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great. Background music was so loud that you had to yell your conversation. ☹️

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vipBikmoma
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nick’s is one of our favorites. The food is wonderful and the service is excellent. We are frequent guests and would recommend Nick’s to everyone!

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vipChristina
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

There were issues with very slow Service and the food came out at different times, but the manager made it all right with us, and we really appreciated that very much!

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MurielK
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the asparagus fries, fisherman's loaf, bistro salad, and burgers. One guest ordered a veggie burger that was filled with fried items so not a big hit. One guest ordered the au jus sandwich and was raving

We will be back

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Kimo
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic, pure culinary awesomeness of the food, restaurant, and staff.

GL
vipGarrettL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good. Excellent service; staff is always attentive.

TK
vipTaisiiaK
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best restaurant in LA! so great service and food! love this place

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vipOneOfTheBest
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit. We'll be back. Keith was a great waiter. Had ribs and chicken. Both were very good. Cocktails were pricey but good. Great for a nice night out which is what we wanted for our special evening.

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ColonyA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner menu satisfied all 3 of us dining at Nick’s. The service was superb, and the for was very delicious.

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vipEstherP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute Heaven. Nicks doesn’t ever disappoint!

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AndrewP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They accommodated my Girlfriend and I upon request. They were knowledgeable of their menu and options. Overall great restaurant for a nice date.

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LisaS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been better! We showed up early and we’re still able to be seated and from start to finish, nothing could have been better. Anthony was absolutely phenomenal. We didn't have to ask for anything, and the food was top-notch, too.
I had only been to the Nick's in San Clemente, which has the same upscale vibe, but more for a beach town. This location is equally as upscale, with very modern, hip décor, and relaxing atmosphere. Come here (to any of their locations) for a guaranteed excellent experience and night out. THANK YOU, NICK'S!

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vipMaria
Los Angeles
165 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent customer service

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ChrisT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch experience at Nick’s!
Every staff member that I encountered was very helpful and upbeat. Obviously the management has their act together.

Three of us attended and we had an ahi sandwich, a chicken sandwich and baby back ribs- all very good.
This is not an inexpensive restaurant but you get what you pay for.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was overall great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate my son’s 36th birthday. I told Nicks in advance because I was asked when I made the reservation. They didn’t do anything special only asked when we were seated if it was a special occasion, then the waitress noticed it was and told my son HB. Again, there was no free drink or dessert. Why ask? Anyways asides from that, the food was absolutely delicious. For appetizer we ordered the shrimp taquitos and for the main course, Me and the birthday boy ordered the sea bass while our other guest got the cheeseburger. We shared the warm butter cake-yummy. Hands down, delicious! We darn near licked our plates. The birthday boy ordered 2 Mai Tai cocktails and raves about how delicious those were. The food came out timely and was hot. This was our first time eating at Nicks and it will not be our last.

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Mandy
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited after seeing great reviews online and are so glad we did. Fantastic ambiance, service, food. Everything was outstanding and we will definitely come back next time we find ourselves in Pasadena.

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Smuggler
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we wonderful…service, food, ambiance. We loved it all!

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KennKristine
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal, great venue, great service…nice way to ring-in the new year…Kenn

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RobertT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were great.

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Nana5
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like I tell my friends, it’s not just a meal it’s an experience

the food is fabulous and the flavors combined are absolutely delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bday lunch

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shanP
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch - excellent food, service and experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid menu. Great food and service.

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Riyogs
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good selection of food. Menu size is just right. Food are cooked perfectly. I always go for Cioppino.

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Ashley
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

It has been awhile since I’ve been there (pre-pandemic), and was so excited to go back. But the quality of the food was not the same. I don’t know what happened, maybe new chef, but everything we ordered from appetisers to main course was mediocre. And they got rid of their one really good appetiser - ahi tuna, which is too bad because it was one of their best. Not sure if I’ll go back any time soon.

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lamshop
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the front area and were able to easily converse. Food and service were great (two salads, two appetizers).

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vipsocaltraveler
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Nicks. Always delicious, great service, great drinks!!

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vipShortStuff
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went twice during our stay in Pasadena. Food is incredible. The best fried chicken we have ever had. The ambience itself is really fascinating. It is a very LONG space, that is quite narrow but they have done a great job of building the kitchen and a 2 floors (with elevator) of tables. We love sitting up next to Lake Street - brick walls, high ceilings - place is fantastic.

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Egurlie
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Took quite a bit of time to get the drinks that were ordered, and it was too much time between waiters coming back to attend the table.

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Greeneyez
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I had not been back since 2019 and I was glad to see Nick’s open again with the same excellence. However , I was really disappointed that the Chicken Pot pie is no longer available. Bring it back!

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 1611 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.