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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 127
    Excellent
  • 110
    Very good
  • 51
    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
Enjoy the Sunset while sipping drinks

Best time is near sunset. Best seats are those with a view. Very special, but limited seating is around the firepit. Extraordinary setting. Drinks. Appetizers are good. Service is variable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Los Angeles
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food is great - and the service is outstanding! We were a group of 25 people who initially were on the outside patio near the firepit. It got too cold and the staff moved us to the inside patio where it was warmer. They couldn't have been nicer! I highly recommend this place to relax and have fun!

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Thank 958timothyh
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat outside in the sunny 60 degree California sunshine and enjoyed the Nelson burger, which was wonderful. I enjoyed every last bit. Loved seeing the cave where Sea Hunt was filmed and all the old photos in the restaurant. I grew up watching the show. It was breezy and beautiful. Service was great, the view amazing.

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Thank Anna B
Atlanta, Georgia
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

amazing seafood cobb salad--amazing. excellent guacamole with fresh home made tortilla chips! Heaters were on and it made sitting outside a real adventure. Everyone loved their meal (group of five) and the VIEW WAS PHENONEMAL! must, must, must stop here! saw one whale!

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Thank travelinggal2012
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best time is near sunset. Best seats are those with a view. Very special, but limited seating is around the firepit. Extraordinary setting. Drinks. Appetizers are good. Service is variable.

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Loma Linda, California
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Great indoor/outdoor sports bar style restaurant. Outdoor fire pits with great sunset views. Excellent lobster rolls. Inside it can get noisy.

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Thank James K
Lomita, California
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108 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Nelson's Restaurant is located in the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes which is a very nice resort, Nelson's is more of a bar that serves some food rather than a restaurant. The views are wonderful and most of the seating is outside to take advantage of the views. The day we were there was very windy (gusts of close... More 

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Thank 707clayg
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

In the past year, this restaurant, which is located in a beautiful setting, has improved their food choices. The fare is fresh and the flavors are quite good, though not yet excellent. The service is very good, but not consistently so.

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Thank Stuart-Elayne
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Dinner was great! Was so happy with the lobster bacon grilled cheese, so yummy! The beef stew in a bread bowl was a great treat for a cool evening. Sat outside and the view was AMAZING! Absolutely beautiful place. Service was also very good. Was very disappointed in the smores. Wouldn't have ordered it if we had realized it came... More 

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Thank Heather M
Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

The Terraneau Resort is an awesome resort and Nelson's Restaurant sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean. We had crab cakes, lobster roll and an awesome Fall salad. Everything was great, service was top notch ! We actually ate there 4 times during our stay. Would highly recommend !

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Thank Shirley H
Los Angeles, California
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Had a very memorable dinner with mom, celebrating her Birthday at Nelson’s. So glad I decided on the Poke(poh-key) Salad, I had heard about it and saw the dish on a few menus since moving to Los Angeles, but hadn’t tried. It was so fresh and flavorful, a new fav! My drink was amazing, called “Where there’s smoke…” with mezcal,... 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: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?