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Nickel Diner

524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422 (Central L.A)
213-623-8301
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Ranked #77 of 8,578 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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Southern California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

When my friend pulled up to what looked like a seedy diner I wasn't so sure. We arrived 7PM and it was empty. That soon changed! Settled into red banquette seating, I took in the authentic decor we ordered (to share) a fantastic steak/wedge salad and catfish with yummy corn cakes. But when we tasted the seasonally fresh peach and... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Nickel Diner has a down home vibe, complete with tuck-and-roll red leather walls and retro dining tables and chairs. But it's the food that is the draw for downtown LA denizens as well as curious visitors like us. Lines form early here for parties of 4 or more, but we were happy to share a large table with another two.... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I saw this place on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and had to try their Maple Bacon Donut and was not disappointed. This place is quite a character diner and next time I'm going to try something else on the menu. There were tons of choices and the food around me looked great. Definitely will be stopping by next time I... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Aug 14 Best pancakes ever! The bacon donut is worth a try. I had the cluck and duck. It was something a little different ( duck sausage, see fried eggs and polenta) but it was superb! Staff are very welcoming and treated us like we were the only family in there. More than just breakfast; a grat experience all round.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

They changed their famous maple bacon donut. How disappointing. Pulled pork dish was okay. Too much sauce. It was a bit disheartening as the first time we went here we raved and raved! We had several friends go down to try it and even brought us back our favorite donuts. But this time- it was tooooo sweet. Something changed.

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Pasadena, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We had breakfast at the 5¢ Diner and it was delicious. The Egg scramble with bacon, spinach and topped with goat cheese was excellent. I had the polenta instead of the potatoes and it made for a great combination. The biscuit was served with house made Peach jam. My husband had the had the Spicy BBQ Pork Hash topped with... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The Nickel Diner was our first breakfast stop after travelling from South Africa. The maple syrup bacon doughnut is worth travelling for. It was my favourite thing that I tasted in 3 weeks in the USA. It's a short walk from the Millenium Biltmore hotel. The staff are friendly and service was great. Their homemade lemonade was truly great.

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Los Angeles, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Saw this on the popular TV show DDD's and wanted to try the famous bacon doughnuts. Please hold on for that review. When I sat down I was hungry so I wanted more than just a doughnut, I asked the waiter "What do I wanna eat" He happily gave me a few options with the "smack and cheese" being one... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Service was average, plain meals but enough to fill one up until lunch time. Result was we were full and satisfied and that's all that matters, great job!

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We found this place quite by accident. A very happy accident. We were leaving the Central market as wed had breakfast there the day before looking for something new. We asked a stranger and he sent us this way. I had the Sunday special of Duck / Bacon sausage, the creamy polenta, smoked greens and soft boiled eggs rolled in... More

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