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524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422 (Central L.A)
213-623-8301
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Ranked #48 of 8,692 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
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
196 helpful votes 196 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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Irvine, California
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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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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