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524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422 (Central L.A)
213-623-8301
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Ranked #46 of 8,660 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood:
Downtown
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Los Angeles
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145 reviews 145 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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Irvine, California
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149 reviews 149 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

However, their outstanding pozole soup deserves special mention -- be sure to order it! Their salads (with homemade dressings), hamburgers, french fries, and BLT were all wonderful. We also had their mimosas, and they were a real treat! They are usually very crowded, so expect a wait, but this diner is well worth the wait!

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I had breakfast here on a Saturday morning. There was a queue outside and a waiting list (which I took as a good sign), and it only took 15 minutes to get a seat. The place is busy and noisy, perfect for watching life go by while drinking endless cups of american coffee. I the breakfast burrito and it was... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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104 reviews 104 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A small diner, but table flip fast. The burgers were good turkey and beef). Better than any diner burger. The mac and cheese was the best. Has a nice little kick to it. We tried their specialty donut. It was a maple and bacon donut. Kind of weird. Not for us. The service was excellent. It would have to be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Nickel diner was just lovely and the staff were all so friendly. I have allergies to nuts and they were really helpful answering my questions about menu items. We ate there twice and had to order the pancakes again they were so fluffy and wonderful. Really good menu range and great prices.

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Quito
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Important things first: huge plates, lots of options, everything looks delicious. Go hungry. I can attest to the beef stew with mushrooms, the smack and cheese and the home-made pop tarts. SO had the pork chop and said it was delish! Beef stew melts in your mouth. Smac and cheese completely out of this world. About the sweet potato chips:... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Great place in the DTLA area that has changed dramatically over the last 5 years. I have only enjoyed lunch at Nickel but the food just like the service is great.

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Dubai
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is where the locals eat! We were taken there by one of our local friends ans omg what a Jem of a place. So far the things we tried weren't that impressive and even Santa Monica was a bit if a let down but this...we went in for dinner. The menu was simple one pager, service was good ,... More 

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Bloomington, IN
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64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I visited on a Thursday evening for dinner just after they opened around 6pm. We were seated right away, and the place was nearly empty when we arrived. The server was a lanky guy with tussled, shoulder-length hair complete with tats and a unbothered/disinterested disposition. He was polite enough, even if unenthusiastic. There was literally I think ONE other customer... More 

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Long Beach, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It was a phenomenal comfort food lunch. The Nickel Burger, the onion rings (don't miss out, add blue cheese), and the incredible Oaxacan chocolate dessert. Reminded me of my local diner growing up. Great place. Knowing it was our first visit, the owner came and told us about the place, made food recommendations, and gave us glimpses of their celebrity... More 

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Additional Information about Nickel Diner

Address: 524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422
Phone Number: 213-623-8301
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
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
Cuisine: American

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