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“Good food in pleasant surroundings” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lefty's Grill

Lefty's Grill
101 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959-2501
+1 530-265-5838
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Ranked #9 of 48 Restaurants in Nevada City
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Casual white linen dining. Enjoy our creekside patios, fireplace dining,upper bar and wine tasting room.
Sacramento, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Good food in pleasant surroundings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Lefty's used to be at a different location and a lot of people were concerned when they moved to this one because, as nice as it is, it's been a bad-luck spot for the five restaurants that preceded it here in less than nine years. But Lefty's seems to have broken the mold.

The bar is upstairs. You can eat there at the bar, or a few tall tables, or a couple of standard tables. There's also a small deck outside where you can sit. The main dining-room is downstairs, though.

The downstairs has a fireplace in one corner - a real, wood-burning one - that is often lit in the winter. there are tables both inside and out on the deck, some with umbrellas. Below the deck is the Deer Creek, so it's a very pleasant spot if you're in the shade.

The menu offers a variety of foods - starters, sandwiches, meal salads, burgers, and dinner entrees. All of it is generously portioned and tasty. I especially like the albacore poke starter, which is a decent small meal for me. I also like the Vietnamese seared tuna salad. The cheeseburger salad is very good but is too much food for almost everyone so it's a good one to share.

Bar service is available.

Service is friendly and competent.

Prices are reasonable, although my favorite Vietnamese seared tuna salad is $17, but it's a big meal with a lot of protein.

The place is big enough that we've never had a problem being seated, even without a reservation.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Reno, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“What a fun place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Wait staff was so very nice and helpful! Suggested we go downstairs and talk to the hostess and perhaps she could save us a table on the deck overlooking the creek that runs through town, which she did! Our waitress suggested the special of the day, chicken breast salad with heirloom tomatoes for me and my husband chose a ribeye steak that was perfectly prepared! Very special evening!

Visited June 2014
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Slow Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Food was tasty, but service left a lot to be desired. I'm all for a leisurely meal, but our meal lasted just under 1 1/2 hours....too long.

Visited June 2014
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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very Yummy Food and Great Wine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

I had a Chinese chicken salad and a wonderful New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Really delicious. You can sit outside and over look the river. Inside atmosphere is nice as well.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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80 reviews 80 reviews
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Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Creekside dining on a hot day.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We ate out on the upper deck off the bar overlooking the creek. A lovely spot on a hot day.

The food was excellent and the portions were large. Each of the 4 of us enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere thoroughly.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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