The Nice Guy

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537 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
The NICE GUY is a place where sophisticated meets sexy. Order modern Italian dishes under a staggered wooden interior and dimly lit lanterns. Then settle into the vintage feeling with an elegant cocktail menu and encompassing mobster vibes.

Loved by fashion icons and tastemakers alike, The NICE GUY is a great place to start your night with an elegant bite or take it to the next level with live music.

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Be your best Jenner and head to the Nice Guy in West Hollywood, an Italian restaurant to see and be seen.

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JO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Very intimate ambiance

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MJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing ambiance but super dark! It’s a great experience nonetheless

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 5

Great experience overall. Waiter was fantastic. Food was very good. But hostess was so rude it made for an unenjoyable experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I had made a reservation at 8pm for my birthday to celebrate with some friends. When we arrived, they made us wait and said our table will be ready shortly. After 45 minutes, they escorted us outside to a tiny patio with one table on the coldest night of the year in Los Angeles. We were quite shocked and insulted. There were empty tables inside and we asked to be seated there. They said those tables are for reservations. We said, “we have a reservation!”
We asked to speak to the manager who was of little help. My party wanted to leave and dine elsewhere. We decided to stay as we were told the next table would be for us. At 10pm, a table opened and they gave that table to another group who had just arrived. It was clear that they have favoritism. We felt discriminated against and very disappointed. At that point we left and went someplace to have dinner. It was an awful experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server made us feel so comfortable and it was such a nice private environment. I loved every minute, plus the food was fantastic!

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Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had two 16 year olds with me hoping to see a celebrity. Was very dark inside and no luck with the celebrity but they enjoyed the whole experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Despite having a reservation, we were seated outside, isolated from the main dining room in a tiny space that was poorly lit with rickety tables and none of the ambiance that drew us to the restaurant in the first place.

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SD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

I do not appreciate the time limit placed on you and the food was not good at all. Not going back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Gave away our table with no one at the restaurant

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NS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always great to be at The Nice Guy! Love the margharita pizza and the drink menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Nice Guy is all about the ambiance and experience of feeling exclusivity— the hidden door and reservation only policy creates the illusion of an elite club only you know about. As for the food, the best method is to share EVERYTHING! Portions are moderate sizes, but pack a full punch of flavor. Between two people, 5 dishes and 2 drinks were $170– quite pricey no matter what city you dine in. It is absolutely a special occasion place.

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TR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional and friendly staff. food delicious. A beautiful live singer-piano player.

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HP
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great vibe.
Good drinks.
Very mediocre food which is the big drawback.
Fun, cool hang particularly if you're in your 20's & 30's.

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GK
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had made a reservation here like two weeks before, for my fiancé’s birthday because he’s into that “mob ambiance” and we were left severely disappointed because they seated us in the furthest corner in the dark near the restrooms with a bunch of people standing up in front of us. It was too loud and crazy. Our waitress came by every 30 mins and we asked for a better seat with an atmosphere and she said they’re all booked. We left without ordering anything and we will not be returning. Go to The Poppy instead.

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NM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu was kind of limited, so i had a bit of a hard time going through the menu to order... the cookies and milk was outstanding!! Loved the pinch of salt on the cookies yumm!!!
I guess the desserts are better than the food menu...
The seating was sooo cozy and warm! Loved ittt

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Security guard was a bit cold. For the place to be The Nice Guy, the first person you encounter is not nice. :(. Also, it seemed the guard was only friendly to white patrons.

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H
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We had three different servers who all treated us poorly - and we got there early so it was not even many people in the restaurant. It took ages before we got to order drinks and then just as long before we could order food (you did not have the lobster pasta we both wanted, without telling us in the start, so we had to use even longer time to wait for the food) . No one came with the check either. Asked to change tables when we got there because it was kind of hidden behind a wall. We got no as an answer. Even though the restaurant wasn't full. No one checked in on us or poured wine into our glasses from our bottle. Everyone around us got food and drinks before us - even though they arrived later. I had a friend in town and wanted to take her to a nice place, as I've had good experiences here before, but this night (a Tuesday) was a terrible experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner to celebrate my Birthday. The service was great and accommodating, especially for my Celiac/Gluten Free needs!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Normally I love this restaurant, but this time the service was unbelievably bad in so many ways and turned out to be quite unpleasant. Also the past few times I’ve been here, they have not had any live music, so I assume they no longer do that.

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m
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Our reservation was at 11 and they finally wanted to seat us at midnight - an entire hour later. No apology or anything either. The two hostesses looked tired and not interested.

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Q
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 5

I didn't like that we got served a little late when we first got there and they dont cater to meat eaters for a well done stake. But, other then that brussel sprouts were amazing and the El Chapo drink was #1. Once they found out it was my birthday there service became amazing. I love the photo booth and the friendly servers. I will come again but for pizza and El Chapo drink.

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p
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Waitstaff needs training. The chef is very good but the front of house kills the experience

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Dylan as a waiter and he was great!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michelle was amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had more people than we reserved for and they still accommodated us. Amazing!!

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A
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was not good. Our waitress literally NEVER checked on us the entire time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very excellent, dim setting

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JY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Rude hostess, put us in corner cause they didn’t find person i was with to their standard im a model look, will never go back.everyone in this world should be treated with respect

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For special occasion...dark and intimate

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Nice Guy is one of my favorite restaurants in weho. Good food, good drinks, good music. Always a pleasure coming to dine there.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Small and Crowded inside on weekends. Good place to pregame, not date night.

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OL
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The service wasn't great—we were confused who our server was (As we had three different people help us). The manager hovered over like a hawk, but never actually came to ask how the meal was.

Positive: we bought a bottle of wine, and the waitress did let us sample the ones we were going between.

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TS
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

each time I go to your club a mistake is made on my credit card.. I have to dispute. very time consuming

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

From start to finish the service was horrible and the food wasn’t up to par for prices, honestly it was our night out once a year with friends for our fancy night out we felt Cheesecake Factory could have done better. I felt horrible that I picked this for our group

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, amazing food and great atmosphere.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Too expensive. Food all came at once. Not very tasty. No sense that we were actually welcome when we arrived at the restaurant. We had been before and loved it. But not last night.

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place! Cozy on a cold night. My ribeye was excellent. Nice staff. Definitely going back.

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L
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Over rated!!!! Will never go back or refer anyone else again. Before we even set down we were told we have to leave in 1:30 hrs, mind you I made reservations 2 weeks in advance. We just got the desert and coffee and they approach us asking us to pay and go over to the bar since the next guest has arrived and needed to be seated. They charged us for desert and coffee/tea that we barely touched because we were rushed to pay the bill and free the table. Overall the food was ok, nothing to die for. Not worth it!! There are many nice restaurants in the area with better food and PLEASANT service where they don’t have you shove your food down your throat and get rushed to pay the bill and leave.

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KK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My review of the Nice Guy in a nutshell: Unfortunately it is a very pretentious restaurant scene with uninspiring food, an overpriced menu and terrible service with an attitude. Now for the longer story: I love LA and I wouldn't live anywhere else, but our city sometimes gets a bad wrap as being a place of shallow, fake people without a real sense of art, craft and culture. These accusations about our city are almost always wrong. LA is becoming one of the leading cities for food, art and culture, but a place like the Nice Guy makes our city look hollow, empty and superficial. Everything about the Nice Guy reeks of a place that is desperately trying to be the scene for high roller/celebrity types, but sadly its all just smoke and mirrors. There is no "scene" there yet and nobody truly famous falls for this faux attempt at exclusivity. After trying the Nice Guy out on four separate occasions, I have to say it consistently sucks each time we eat there. The food is seldom on point or even accurate to your order, but the service and attitude that come with it can be unbearable to take at times. I would go as far as to say that the Nice Guy is probably one of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever had in LA. While the food isn't that remarkable, the hardest part to stomach is how they treat customers. Suffice it to say, it feels more like a strip club environment then it does a distinctive restaurant scene. My wife and I both work in the fashion and design industry and we get to eat at places all over the world. We know authenticity when we see it, but this is just a place trying really hard to be something it is not. You don't start out your restaurant day one with an attitude of exclusivity. You have to build that reputation over time through the quality of your food and the unique way you treat your customers. I genuinely wanted this restaurant to succeed, but eating there is an awful experience that will make you feel more like a chump than a celebrity.

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