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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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Today
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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Doing business
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 105
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Food, Great Location, Fun Atmosphere, Dog Friendly

A fun place for lunch or an early dinner before the sun sets. Good food with great atmosphere. Dog friendly as well. Generally, there's a wait time of 30 to 45 minutes due to its huge popularity, but the time can be spent walking along (above) the PV coast with drink in hand.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Charles B
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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258 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

A fun place for lunch or an early dinner before the sun sets. Good food with great atmosphere. Dog friendly as well. Generally, there's a wait time of 30 to 45 minutes due to its huge popularity, but the time can be spent walking along (above) the PV coast with drink in hand.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is good, when and IF they seat you. We quit going there becuse they always make you wait in spite of the fact that there are many empty tables, they have never gotten their act together or else it's understaffed. It's usually very windy there, even inside. They do not take reservations either.

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Rolling Hills Estates, California, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nelson's is at the Terranea Resort and sits overlooking the Pacific, where Marineland used to be. The view, from the right tables, is unbeatable and may include whales at this time of year. The food is good, but definitely overpriced, even for a resort. Although it is very casual, you think of it as a special event venue due to... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Nelson's is located on one of Palos Verdes Peninsula's gorgeous rocky bluffs, overlooking the Pacific, with views of Santa Catalina Island on clear days. In the afternoon, with the sun shining and the breeze blowing, it's easy to lose yourself to the moment here and simply enjoy the day. Food and drinks are good, but not inexpensive, and the service... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

What a great place to relax and have a drink. On a clear day you can see Catalina and the coast line up around Malibu. Stop in for a relaxing indoor or outdoor snack and drink, then go for a walk along the bluffs of PV. Nice date site.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is our go-to place for entertaining out-of-town guests. The setting is perfect; the food, excellent, and the ambiance very SoCal.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If your in the area and want to get a bite with a great view this is the place. Restaurant is casual, on the cliffs with a beautiful view of the ocean and wildlife and that's what your paying for. Food is just mediocre and overpriced hotel food. Everyone working there is great and very friendly. They have an outdoor... More 

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Torrance, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We feel fortunate to have Terranea in our “neighborhood” and chose to go to Nelson’s on a recent evening after the arrival of a Portuguese friend, who very much enjoyed a quick tour of the resort. We spent the brief wait for outdoor seating in the Lobby Bar and then were escorted to a patio table. I agree with previous... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Other than having the best view you can find, the food and srink at Nelson's is terrific. The blackened Salmon salad was superb as was the short run sandwich. The margaritas are also very, very good. But let's face it, at a setting like this it is hard to not be impressed!

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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Beautiful coastal spot as you sit and relax while observing migrating whales, dancing dolphins, the crashing of waves, Catalina Island and magnificent Southern California sunsets. While you're in a beautiful scenic spot, the dog friendly, casual restaurant has some tasty dishes and friendly servers. We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh ginormous pretzel served with a mustard and cheese sauce, hamburger, poke... 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, Entertaining clients
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?