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Nick's Laguna Beach

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American, Wine Bar
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440 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2404 (Laguna Ave)
(949) 376-8595
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 7:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Nick's indoor/outdoor Laguna Beach venue features Classic American comfort...
Nick's indoor/outdoor Laguna Beach venue features Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list. Located in the heart of Laguna Beach, our intimate 80-seat restaurant features a chic bar and beautiful outdoor patio. Our décor highlights several artistic touches, from inlaid abalone and oyster-shell accents to artistic mosaic tile floors. The Exotic wood-trimmed booths and hand-blown glass lamps along with warm tones of brown, blue and sand complement the exposed brick walls. Our exhibition kitchen showcases the talents of our passionate culinary team. Nick’s Laguna Beach has become a favorite in Orange County to dine, drink and escape.
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  • 160
    Very good
  • 23
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  • 8
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
lunch in laguna

This place is always busy.... brunch, lunch, dinner and latenight.. Stopped by for lunch.. they were on a wait so we ate at the bar .. service was good. Nice salad, fish and chips special was just ok (fish lacked flavor and texture) rib eye melt was one of the best sandwiches i ever tasted. nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
rclayton5615
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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Dana Point, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I was in on Friday night, took uber just to get my favorite steak salad, only to be insulted by what they brought me.. the steak was along side a iceberg wedge! The great field greens salad atop their awesome potato salad was reduced to a sad iceberg wedge, but of course the same $21 charge for it! I had... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This place is always busy.... brunch, lunch, dinner and latenight.. Stopped by for lunch.. they were on a wait so we ate at the bar .. service was good. Nice salad, fish and chips special was just ok (fish lacked flavor and texture) rib eye melt was one of the best sandwiches i ever tasted. nice comfortable atmosphere... overall great... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Tacos are awesome, as is the buttermilk fried chicken. Fries are divine. Burgers excellent too. Great wait staff. Good wine selection and cocktails. Clean and great location.

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Phoenix az
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We have eaten at Nick's a lot in the past year. Lunch and dinner, both great! Asparagus fries are to-die-for, steak salad is amazing, and everyone in our group loves their burgers. Servers are engaging, knowledgeable, and friendly.

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Marina del Rey, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My favorite restaurant in Laguna. Simple yet delicious preparations. Excellent quality. Knowledgeable servers and a great wine selection. We always look forward to dining at Nick's.

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Denver, Colorado
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153 reviews 153 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We came late on a Thursday night for dinner after a flight from Denver, so naturally the first thing we wanted was seafood! My husband had the San Francisco Cioppino, I went with 2 starters for my main which were the Tuna Tartare & Shrimp Taquitos. All the meals were lovely and filling, the SF Cioppino was full of seafood... More 

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Foothill Ranch, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Nick's is a highly rated restaurant in Laguna Beach, but what no one ever says is that there are booths in the back that are practically in the kitchen and right outside the bathrooms. This is NOT a good place to sit. There is no people watching from the back of the restaurant and frankly the service was sooo slow... More 

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Alta Loma, California, Usa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Came to Nick's after two beach dives in Crescent Bay. I was exhausted, and the wait staff could tell. I was served water immediately and the cold beer was not far behind. There were many different orders for brunch, they all looked fresh, and tasted incredible. I had the Chiliquelies, which was fantastic, and the chicken and waffles were my... More 

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California
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19 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

so Nick's isn't right on the beach but it's across the street. It's a great place to people watch if you can get a table on the patio. I had to chilequeles (sp?) and they were excellent. My kids had the waffles which were light and airy so not very filling and they only gave you two in an order... More 

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Sacramento, California
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103 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I couldn't get a reservation but I was taking my goddaughter and her college roommate to dinner to celebrate her birthday so we decided to make it an adventure. We put our names in for a 30-45 minute wait and walked around town to shop and check out the amazing sunset. After a further delay we were given a table.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 440 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2404
    (Laguna Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: (949) 376-8595

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Doing business, Entertaining clients

Description

Nick's indoor/outdoor Laguna Beach venue features Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list. Located in the heart of Laguna Beach, our intimate 80-seat restaurant features a chic bar and beautiful outdoor patio. Our décor highlights several artistic touches, from inlaid abalone and oyster-shell accents to artistic mosaic tile floors. The Exotic wood-trimmed booths and hand-blown glass lamps along with warm tones of brown, blue and sand complement the exposed brick walls. Our exhibition kitchen showcases the talents of our passionate culinary team. Nick’s Laguna Beach has become a favorite in Orange County to dine, drink and escape.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:30 am - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?