South of Nick's - Laguna Beach

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338 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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DR
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service, what we've learned to expect from the Nick's brand. Here, the Southwestern cuisine is imaginative, fresh fresh fresh, and immensely satisfying.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good drinks. Love the toasted coconut margarita. Ambiance was nice. A large party came in with children after we arrived and were seated. The waiter kindly moved us to a quieter section. Food was good. The lunch portions are large so my husband and I split a two enchilada lunch. It was plenty for both of us and our waitress was very accommodating. Excellent service.

MC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all Good. Got seated right away. Our server was attentive. All the dishes came out on time and the food and drinks hit the mark.

FC
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

South of Nick's is a beautiful restaurant with a wonderful sunset view in Laguna Beach. Excellent service, and the food is outstanding.

M
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was amazing. service was impressive. Food was amazing. Drinks were delicious. First time here and will definitely return!

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was awesome with food to match.

HH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Absolutely incredible meal, service and quality. The seafood dishes were delicious. I had the seafood chili reneno, it was stuffed with huge prawns and lobster pieces. The queso and fresh tortillas are a must and the mezcal margarita was perfect. I highly recommend this place and will be back!

ST
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, and the service is excellent. I highly recommend it .

z
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Usually outstanding, this time so-so for an early Saturday night dinner. Food was disappointing compared to prior experiences, specifically seafood enchiladas seemed to be full of onions and very little seafood. Nice servers, but generally not very attentive (not just ours, we observed the same with others). Hopefully, it was just an off night. We've been very impressed with Nick's in Pasadena, Long Beach and Laguna, and South of Nicks in Laguna as well. Will give it another try.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and consistent. The bartenders are great!

DB
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Too loud. Hard to hear. Food is great

JS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The mini sopes not authentic “not made out of corn dough” believe made out of flour.

NC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Laguna

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T
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is wonderful at South of Nick’s in Laguna Beach! Plus we love the view! We will dine there as often as we can !

DK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant...the food...the tequila margaritas...the views...and the service by Cayleigh!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday cekebration

SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I luv, luv this place! Every item on the menu is excellent! The service is excellent! Drinks to die for! The ambiance is stellar and the ocen view is memorizing!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always try to order something different and I am always impressed. Service was impeccable and our server Norma was amazing. We were celebrating a birthday and the birthday girl was presented with a card from the staff. Love this place!

TR
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

BB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday and we had a wonderful time.

RR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!!! – the atmosphere is fun and friendly, the staff is great, they make you feel like a VIP. Service is well-timed and staff is very helpful and knowledgeable of their menu and popular dishes (especially if you can't decide). The food is GREAT! Every time we go we try something different and we are never disappointed. We highly recommend South of Nick's to friends, and when we have family and friends visiting, we bring them here!

L
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal with great service!

G
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience for a casual networking meeting

SD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party had a great time! The food was great - best part, chips and salsa.

TF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

South of Nicks is a real winner. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. Each member of my party enjoyed there dish. I had th red seafood reallano. It was a roasted Chile topped with large shrimp. The enchiladas were very tasty and presented very well. My son liked the Mexican Sprite. I loved the strawberry jealopino. Marguerite. My wife enjoyed a traditional Marguerite . The banana flan was almost like a cheesecake . What a view

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant. Great food and ambiance.

ZZ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I would recommend the sopas appetizer. That dish was wonderful. Everything else was good, but nothing was exceptional.

RG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Extremely poor service. Waited 15-minutes just to place our order.

OT
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service every time!

LR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely fresh and delicious
The chips and guacamole were delicious! We will be back again! Above and beyond service! Thank you we will be back again ❤️

f
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience1

when i was seated there was a fan blowing on me. i asked the fan to be turned down which the staff did but as i neared the end of my birthday dinner i noticed the fan was returned to high, not good. my wife took me there for a birthday dinner.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great drinks - as always fantastic experience

KW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific, attentive staff. Delicious choices and something for everyone.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We have eaten at the restaurant numerous times and love it - BUT, this time our server was just not up to their normal high standards. It took a long time to order/receive our drinks, his timing was off with the ordering process, and he never asked if we wanted another drink. He had noted I am gluten free, but didn’t make the connection when offering desserts. Other waiters have added to our experience and he took away from our experience. We also were offered a table in the back of the restaurant, but when asked for something else we were give a nice table in the front. Always hate when offered the worst table and then when you “ask”, you are given a better table.

T
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our anniversary lunch here today and loved everything about it!!

MM
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and delicious! My husband had ceviche, which was out of this world! It's not on the menu, but we were told by a local you can ask for it. I had short rib tacos with corn tortillas (GF). So good. The JALAPEñO WATERMELON Margarita is to die for!!! It's sooooo good. Service was excellent! When the bar got busy, management and others jumped behind the bar to help out.

SR
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We can always count on South of Nicks for a great dining experience!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance!!!

Ceviche is a must!!

P
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Dislike the food, it was dry and prepared properly

MP
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went Nick on 9/03/2019 and the service and food was excellent. Had the fired chicken hmmm good. My wife had steak and her was outstanding. So the next day we went to south of Nick's and shrimp Taquitos for an appetizer so good. The Margaritas were to die for. If your every in Laguna must go to either restaurant for dinner or drinks.