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Nick's indoor/outdoor Laguna Beach venue features Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list. Located in the heart of Laguna Beach, our intimate 80-seat restaurant features a chic bar and beautiful outdoor patio. Our décor highlights several artistic touches, from inlaid abalone and oyster-shell accents to artistic mosaic tile floors. The Exotic wood-trimmed booths and hand-blown glass lamps along with warm tones of brown, blue and sand complement the exposed brick walls. Our exhibition kitchen showcases the talents of our passionate culinary team. Nick’s Laguna Beach has become a favorite in Orange County to dine, drink and escape.
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Seafood, American, Bar
Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There were 4 of us and we had 4 different entrees. Each of us liked our food but no raves about it. The service was excellent and attentive to our needs. The prices were average for the area. It was noisy inside so we chose...to sit outside and it was quite comfortable. There are a lot of restaurants in the area and we would probably try others before returning.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was good. The service was good. The noise level was off the charts! My ears were ringing for an hour after. We could barely communicate with the wait staff and forget about any conversation at the table. There are noisy, festive restaurants, but...this was nuts! It was not enjoyable. I’d only eat there again if I knew I was sitting on the patio out front.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I’ve been to Nick’s several times and always enjoy the experience. The food is excellent and the wine is incredibly low priced. Bad service is rare in any nice restaurant, and especially rare iaT Nick!s. Our server appeared very unhappy to be there and took...it out on us. When we asked for water and didn’t get it, she scolded us that they were out of glasses and she would get to it when they got more glasses. When the steak on one of the meals with undercooked and I said “excuse me” to get her attention, she turned around angrily and responded back to me with an irritated “What?” Same as you might say to a small child that keeps asking a lot of questions. I can go on… But you get the drift. Her service the entire evening was unfriendly and unprofessional. In essence, she was not nice and it shows. Worse, though, she was training a new server. The few interactions we had with the new server were excellent. So I am hoping that the new server recognizes bad service and does not emulate her mentor. In retrospect, we should’ve mentioned her service, or lack there of, to the manager. It was the only negative in an otherwise wonderful evening.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 13, 2021 via mobile

Such a great restaurant! We have been here 10 days and this one tops the list for us! The food was great, the staff was awesome and the drinks were spot on! It was a little hot inside but otherwise a great experience!

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 7, 2021 via mobile

Music is a bit high, quite a loud restaurant Beautiful view, mountain from one side and beach from the other. The salty nachos they serve is really good, It took the food more than 30 minutes to be served. Meat was a bit hard the...food was ok not that good. Waitresses r very friendly There is a bar in the middle of the place You can go after to a walk Don’t recommend it for meetings and for families with babiesMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 5, 2021 via mobile

what to say. nicks in laguna is always perfect. things here are always great. food is always superb. service sometimes get a bit overwhelmed and less experienced servers can get a bit annoyed and bitchy but besides that - it’s a place o always go...to at least 3-4 times per month. maybe will come today for lunch. still thinking. thank you guys keep the good job going.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 26, 2021

As is the case with most restaurants in Laguna Beach, the food is expensive, but the quality is worth the visit. I had the filet and it was cooked perfectly. My wife had the sea bass and it was quickly devoured. As a starter we...shared the California salad which was exceptional. Highly recommend and hopefully you can grab one of the patio tables.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 4, 2021 via mobile

Several people recommended it and we are so glad we went. They take a limited number of reservations so they can accommodate walk-in’s.be sure to get butter cake for dessert!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 29, 2021 via mobile

We read the reviews and decided to try Nick’s and it did not disappoint! We started with margaritas and the asparagus fries which were both very tasty! We had the Prime Rib Dip and Baby Back Ribs with the Petite Market Salads, so yummy! The...meat fell off the bone and the Prime Rib was so tender! We finished off our meal with the Butter Cake and it was incredible! We enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant and watching the employees work in the kitchen. Our waitress was either too busy or having a bad day because she barely smiled or talked to us, that was our only complaint. Otherwise it was an awesome experience.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 22, 2021 via mobile

If you’re in the Laguna Beach area, this is a great place for lunch the food is great. The service is pleasant and the area is clean; they’re busy, and they have two restaurants... one that’s Mexican cuisine, and one that’s more American styled.

Date of visit: June 2021
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I am so sorry for the long delay. I've had some computer issues and my iPhone doesn't always show my messages. I believe they did as there were a lot of children there when we were there for breakfast. If they don't, I'm... More
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The place is always very busy with a lot of energy but not so loud that you can not carry on a conversation.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nick's Laguna Beach

Yes, Nick's Laguna Beach offers takeout services.

Nick's Laguna Beach is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5