South of Nick's - Laguna Beach

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300 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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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Dislike the food

MP
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is absolutely outstanding. The food is delicious. They were amazingly accommodating to my vegan diet and the way they adapted the food to fit my dietary restrictions was impressive and delicious. We’ve spent two birthdays there and we enjoyed every minute of it. I want to keep going back and I absolutely recommend the restaurant to everyone and anyone. The views are also breathtaking. So glad to have found this restaurant! A big thanks to the restaurant for continuing to provide awesome service for a fair price! Also, we love the gesture of providing signed birthday cards from the staff when celebrating a birthday there. Nothing but impressive!

B
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Laguna- always consistent- been there at least 10 times since it has opened.

TT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Very loud.

DJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portobello mushroom tacos (which can be made vegan if you skip the cheese and the sauce) are delicious, as is the toasted coconut cocktail (also vegan).

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re big fans of Nick’s (all locations) but hadn’t tried South Of yet. It exceeded our expectations and made our fun Laguna beach/pageant of the masters day trip something truly special. Thank you so much!!

O
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Terrific energy. Food was really good

l
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another one of the award winning Nick's restaurants. This one cared about our special reservation - 25th anniversary - that we received a Anniversary Card signed by the working staff!! Nice touch instead of cheese cake with some sort of sauce drizzled on it with two forks...

Very good service by the entire staff that seemed to always be taking care of us. Food was very good with a nice twist on the usual Mexican theme menu.

You'll definitely enjoy the casual setting and ocean view.

R
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great looking place with upscale Mexican food. Great location near shopping and with a great view of the ocean. Everyone is very well trained to provide excellent customer service. Highly recommend this place!!

BG
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Busy Sunday- warm for Laguna, but up high at South of Nick’s - light - airy-some breeze- pleasant.
Excellent service & food-tho guacamole $$$$. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner-recommend it as much as San Clemente’s

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’ve been to Nick’s and looking for a great Mexican dining experience, South of Nick’s will not disappoint. From ceviche, to carnitas and there delicious margaritas- you simply can’t go wrong.

RW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, service and ambience!! One of our favorite restaurants in Laguna!

C
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, but just a little to loud, hard to have a conversation.

RR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Disappointed when restaurant called to confirm and the time was totally different than what I requested. The gal blamed on open table and said they would try to accommodate us and would have to wait. Surprised. We showed up and there was no issue thankfully. But later that night I listened to a voice message asking where I was 9 minutes after we had already arrived and been seated.

We have dined here before and food and service was superb. Last Sunday everything was out of sync. Requested water several times, ice several times, guacamole didn’t arrive until second request, entrees at different times, no check back. Not the service we expected.

EW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Laguna! Will definitely be back!

DB
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious. Sat night not the best option. Very crowded & loud

JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only part which was better than the service was the food.

See you all again!

L
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food at South of Nick’s is consistently great! Our server on Tuesday was our Rito - he and the other servers timed everything perfectly and were so friendly and nice the food tasted even better. The food is consistently outstanding as well. South of nicks is now one of our favorite restaurants. It can get loud at times so we tend to dine early.

e
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious dinner in a beautiful setting! Sunset view was gorgeous!

DD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Sunday lunch. Sat at the high tops adjacent to the bar. Service was excellent ambiance was great! Will go back for sure.

JB
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When in the absolutely lovely Laguna Beach resort town, "South at Nick's," is the best place in town to dine, drink and watch the glorious sunsets. Our personal favorites are the Shrimp Diablo and Lobster enchiladas. Amazingly deceiving is the humble "butter cake" desert which is insanely delicious and such a unique set of desert tates. Front door, wait staff and barkeep staff are all friendly, courteous and helpful as are most of the customers, too. You can't go wrong, so we'll see ya there...

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, buzzing atmosphere and excellent service

R
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Now I understand why South of Nicks is held in such high esteem. The food is outstanding. I highly recommend the Lobster & Shrimp Chile Relleno. The only unusual feature was that for my wife's birthday celebration she was given a card signed by the entire staff rather than a special desert, which I thought was customary in the industry, particularly for the prices they charge.

OC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

La Tablita is a copy from Javiers, but does not even come close to comparing. The steak had so much gristle, shrimp and chicken were flavorless. The size of the beans and rice were in a TINY TINY sauce dish. Our churros were complete mush/dough inside. Not crispy at all. Definitely not craveworthy or worth returning for. Disappointing becuase we eat at the regular Nick's just down the block at least once a week.

F
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-pageant dinner. Great food, interesting interpretations of Mexican food. Hubby loved the chips and guac with just enough heat. Very attentive service-water glasses filled often. Seafood relleno was so unique and tasty.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my friend’s birthday and they went over the top when they brought out a birthday card with their names in it. It was a fun evening and I wouldn’t hesitate to come back.

C
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for an after golf lunch. Their service and food are outrageous, unfortunately, also priced like that.
The cocktails are amazing. Salsa some of the best in town just seems really pricey for Mexican food. Having said that we would go back. The seafood enchiladas are superior to the seafood relleno. From an old San Antonio TX girl

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Mediocre and pretty pricey food/cocktails. Was not impressed :(

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Only thing that was a negative is we were seated right by the bar and it was pretty crowded with people waiting around it to find a seat which ended up with our table getting crowded around it. Other than that, cool concept and will definitely be back

TC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Best Mexican food in OC. Great service and reservations team.

TL
Las Vegas
96 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were awesome!!! Had awesome ceviche, short rib tacos and husband had carnitas!! Margaritas and dessert topped off the night. We will be back.

f
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Portobello mushroom tacos 🌮 are to die for! Service was attentive and not disturbing, good acoustics, and thumbs up to the bartender for amazing drinks :)

T
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always perfect! Loved the short rib tacos.

AD
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with our friends. Food was delish and service was great! We got seated next to path to the bathroom so no view to speak of but the restaurant is upstairs across from the street from the ocean.....plenty of good views. Overall had a good experience.

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Took 20 minutes to get our drinks

KM
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the adobo steak. And the service was good. Love the adobo steak

E
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place! First time we have been to the Laguna location. We are regulars at the San Clemente location. The food was excellent, service is always impeccable. This location has an ocean view. We will definitely be going back!

CM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were amazing! Went there a few weeks before and had to go again. The only thing was the music seemed a bit too loud for a sunday evening dinner. Everything else was top notch though!

JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend South of Nick's. The views, the food and the Margaritas (especially the coconut) are beyond fantastic. Loved everything about this restaurant!!

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