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Nelson's

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6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 265-2800
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 115
    Excellent
  • 100
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The food is decent but not spectacular, the service is friendly but regular mishaps with orders etc. - whatever! Once you sit on that cliff, a pod of dolphins or whales swim by, you're just elated! Nice to walk along the trails after lunch or dinner. It's always a special time, even if it's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
S. M
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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Doncaster, Australia
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Exceptional setting overlooking the ocean. Staff very friendly and helpful. Book early or you will miss out on your chosen time to eat dinner

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Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My grandchildren were visiting from Virginia and I wanted to treat them. So along with my other grandson from Manhattan Beach and date we went for lunch this week. the location is a long walk from the Hotel entrance but they have shuttles that take you there. The reception was above nice and we were seated by a young man... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The food is decent but not spectacular, the service is friendly but regular mishaps with orders etc. - whatever! Once you sit on that cliff, a pod of dolphins or whales swim by, you're just elated! Nice to walk along the trails after lunch or dinner. It's always a special time, even if it's probably not a meal you'll remember.

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LA
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

There is an amazing view of this tucked away gem. The food is good but you pay for the cliff side atmosphere. Terranea does offer a shuttle for those who can't walk there from the parking lot.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We came to Nelsons for a light lunch on a Sunday afternoon. The service was painfully slow, the portions were miniscule, and everything was outrageously overpriced. Our waiter left the check and then disappeared. Had to track him down to pay. Disappointing.

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We were lured to the restaurant by the great smell of fresh food. we were not disappointed. All the dishes were perfect and the seafront views are breathtaking too.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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99 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Really, the only reason to come here is for the view. We sat outside at a picnic table, right on the cliff. We went during happy hour which is early for the average happy hour- 2pm-4pm. Between our group we had: 2 ginger ales, 9 well drinks and 3 appetizers (all on the happy hour menu) and our bill was... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Terrable service, average food, super expensive. Hamburgers was $19, wife sent back the lobster roll since it was a lobster said not a lobster roll. Eat off site, you will be happier.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We ate at Nelson's several times during our stay - every time was wonderful. You can't beat the view, and the food is delicious. Wait staff was attentive, friendly, and fast.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I've been to Nelson's several times. The last time was with an old college friend visiting from Boston. I've also eaten at Nelson's with just my wife, or with our your kids, or with friends. Each time the food is amazing and the scenery is awesome. Even if you have to wait for a table, just grab a cocktail and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Phone Number: (310) 265-2800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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