South of Nick's - Laguna Beach

4.8
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411 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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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Short rib tacos and carnitas are delicious

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vipFoodie4life
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is our Sunday spot!! Before South of Nick’s opened in Laguna Beach, we would take a nice drive along the coast after church and enjoy South of Nick’s down in San Clemente.

Our favorite is the Chimichanga de Mariscos or the Filet Ranchero (steak fajitas) we order a couple traditional margaritas with rocks and salt and we’re happy campers.

The servers and bartenders are friendly and always helpful. We love all of Nick’s restaurants and as locals we know the best places to go and this is #1.

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vipHansi
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make the best margarita's in town, the food is wonderful - especially the carnitas - and Maya is a wonderful server. Tough to beat

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great food! Great service and breathtaking view!

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vipRegrudy
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with chips and guacamole--excellent. Cucumber margaritas were refreshing. Food was delicious! We had the butter cake for dessert--melted in your mouth. Service was excellent. We will return.

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vipLuisSal
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fan of the San Clemente location, but the it’s tough to beat the downtown Laguna Beach vibe. Quality food, great ambiance, & a wonderful waitress (& team) to provide the best possible service. It’s the talented people that enable Nicks to stay ahead of its competition. Needless to say, Nicks never fails to deliver quality. Will be back again in the near future.

- Luis G

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viprxmarilynrx
Phoenix
109 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server Trinidad was over the top; not only did he steer us corrrectly and helped us navigate the menu; he also pointed out the most delicious items on the menu of which he was right on! A very upscale Mexican style restaurant with a very modern vibe!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was great!

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MarkF
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, very accommodating. it was a birthday and they helped to make it special!

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KevinS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience - food, service, ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service!

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vipTonyC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I believe our waiter server name is RJ. He provided excellent perfect service!

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JessicaB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was very good, even our table because we were tucked away. But, being tucked away also I believe led to our server leaving (aka forgetting about us) is alone. No huge deal but it’s worth mentioning.

We will for sure be back as we always enjoy the food, ambiance and getting together!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, not bad for families either. Nice cocktails too.

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vipAPetrossian01
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best few hippest places in South OC.

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vipwlee
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable and food was fantastic as always.

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CamIam
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is really good Mexican food, with interesting options. The butter cake is so delicious, it is worth every calorie! The best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food drinks and service!

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Jeremy
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived about 15 minutes before reservation but was seated promptly! Servers were all very friendly and attentive without being overly so, and food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing and memorable time celebrating my birthday with my closest friends. Our waiter was very nice and helpful! Overall great experience!! Thank you for making my evening special South of Nicks!

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MelissaD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

South of Nick's is my favorite restaurant in Orange County!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great! the food & drinks were delicious. it was my birthday and they gave me a card signed by the staff and some high quality chocolates. would definitely recommend and will be going back!

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OCgirl
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Unpretentious atmosphere. Great service. Beautiful view of the ocean!

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vipSdmmbay
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

I loved this place and am a local. I made reservations and called and explained we would be 15 minute items late. I also said we wouldn’t be long as we had Laguna playhouse tickets.We arrived to be told by Dana that restaurant was Full but one table open at cold draft entrance. Really????? Sooooo..... the front person RUINED a good meal. We insisted on looking around and found a tiny high top hidden around side. I think it was overflow furniture. So do not bother to make reservations or be considerate when Dana is at the door

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vipHansi
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there was a wonderful experience and is now in our rotation of favorite restaurants

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vipScotay72
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit for the friends who accompanied us. Great food, great staff, and spectacular view of the ocean and sunset. Very busy, but staff went out of their way to accommodate us.

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wallyclan
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! Had a 4:30 reservation and got stuck in canyon traffic! Hostess was sooo accommodating and NICE! So bummed I didn’t catch her name but thank you!
Beautiful views😎😎😎

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Gary
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the manager Scott. He's personable, on top of the ball and has the restaurant running perfectly

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RObs
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location and good service. Would dine there again

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing. We had multiple people take care of our table. Very attentive. The food was perfect.

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vipKatherine
Manitoba
28 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and Sierra is amazing - she is so helpful and made vegan suggestions to help me. Sierra is a real assets to your restaurant! !

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Artist
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Beyond helpful and attentive. The food was amazing. I had the carnitas and asked for a different side than rice and beans. The server suggested sautés Veggies...soooo good. Can’t wait to go back.

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ChuckC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the evening. Thank you

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BarbaraO
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Seafood Enchiladas and the Carnitas, as well as The guacamole and filet quesadilla. All of the aforementioned were amazing 😋. We also indulged in an El Dorado and a Coconut Margarita, both were delicious . Scott is an amazing manager and the staff is always friendly, attentive and professional! My favorite place !

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. That is a winning combination.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic! The food was amazing and the toasted coconut margarita was incredible! Will definitely come back if I’m in town again!

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vipBoku
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding service and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance and food. We enjoyed the experience from beginning to end!

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vipjustme
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambulance!

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South of Nick's - Laguna Beach is rated 4.8 stars by 411 OpenTable diners.

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