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Nickel Diner

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524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422
213-623-8301
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8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Coffee and cake in downtown LA

Visited for Sunday brunch, and despite not being able to sit until all of us were back from parking the car, we didn't have to wait long. Once seated, the service was pretty good, and friendly. The menu offers a few fun surprises, including 5 types of egg scrambles and a sinful selection of donuts... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Katiekeen00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Visited for Sunday brunch, and despite not being able to sit until all of us were back from parking the car, we didn't have to wait long. Once seated, the service was pretty good, and friendly. The menu offers a few fun surprises, including 5 types of egg scrambles and a sinful selection of donuts (try a maple bacon to... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

Needed breakfast and as usual when in the US refused to consider the hotel restaurant, checked Tripadvisor and can only confirm the previous great reviews of this establishment. Arrived just after opening on a Sunday morning and 15 mins later the place was full. Great mix of local and tourist guests. Can recommend '5th and Main' together with a chocky... More 

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68 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The diner itself has a really nice atmosphere and looks great the staff is super friendly and the service impeccable The lunch menu is extensive and the price really reasonable. The dessert plate shows the options of the day and is pretty much my idea of heaven combined with a fasttrack to a triple bypass. The bacon doughnut is a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Also had a bowl of Monica's Chicken Pozole. Best soup I've ever had. And soups are some of my favorite foods. Had an assortment of pastries for desert. Not great. Just ok. Homemade Pop Tarts were good. No disrespect to the baker. I'm just not a connoisseur of baked deserts. Although, I have had some delicious pastries at Canters. Place... More 

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Pasadena, California
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37 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The options at Nickel dinner are wonderful whether it be breakfast or lunch. Love the huevos rancheros and the grilled chicken sandwich is wonderful with a bit of heat. Nothing tops their desserts, which are all throwbacks to old time favorites like ding dongs and poptarts... and you just can't get out of there without a bacon maple donut.

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Northern Poland, Poland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

LA downtown is going through visible gentrification, and it is not very easy to find ‘an American place’ there. The Nickle Diner seems to keep it old, charming character with old, charming dishes. Staff is more than friendly, food is traditional and delicious.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This place is a gem. DTLA is full of trendy spots that come and go all the time but this place is solid, just like their food. As a veggie, I have plenty of options but especially dig the Smack & Cheese and the onion rings. Meanwhile my carnivore pals seem to always go for the burgers. And of course... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Called in here on the recommendation of our tour guide. It was very busy and we had a 25 minute wait to get in but the wait was managed well. We went for an interesting walk around the block while waiting. We were after a small snack and one of our daughters was very excited at the prospect of having... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Ate breakfast here. The food was great. I loved the choice of having polenta instead of potatoes with my eggs. Their homemade jam is yummy. The entire staff was very friendly. This is a great place to eat!

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Los Angeles
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89 restaurant reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Been wanting to drop into the joint for years, but parking is such a pain in the heart of Downtown LA .. .. Sure glad we did .. .. Told their REUBEN was off-the-menu, so I ordered it and it was the best ever .. .. Soft, delectable and juicy .. .. With horseradish = YUM!! Split the deserts of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 213-623-8301

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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