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Nickel Diner

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524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422
213-623-8301
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8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Los Angeles
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In terms of breakfast food, THIS IS IT. I am a very tough customer and never gave a restaurant 5 stars before. I've eaten at Nickel for years. Food is consistently delicious and reasonably priced. Don't miss it of you are in the area.

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Thank Lunamax4
Athens, Greece
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196 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great breakfast is served here, expect a waiting line but it is worth it. Prices are fairly high and service is great. In my opinion the place needs a facelift. Menu variety is good.Photos attached

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Thank ZiadNohra
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It may be in downtown L..A. but the retro ambiance and food is great! Lots of funky old stuff to look at, comfort food plus more.

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Thank JEDS24
Mariposa, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a solo diner on a wednesday night. Wednesday night is fried chicken night. Delicious and fairly priced. It was not busy at about 6:30 pm but was starting to pick-up as I was leaving. The owner is very pleasant and made a point to see if I was satisfied. Later this month (August 2016) they will be close... More 

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Thank michaelredearth
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food, especially the donuts. Lovely atmosphere and the staff were friendly. Downtown LA is really getting to be a nice place to spend a weekend and to have brunch.

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Thank chrisanti
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Very small nothing fancy ,but a great and very busy place, very interesting place, must go check out everything on the menu. The bacon & glazed donuts OMG ! Best breakfast in LA, steak &eggs about the best steak in LA ! Great staff and service,very friendly ! Thanks !

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Thank craig s
Fresno, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

My husband and I came here for dinner after a book signing at a a nearby bookstore. We thought the food was delicious, although a little pricey considering the casual atmosphere. Although we were nearly the last customers, we did not feel rushed and even ordered dessert - and yum - definitely treat yourself to one of their house specials!

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Thank cintygreen
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

While visiting LA we asked our hosts to take us to a traditional American style diner. This place rightly belongs on the top 10 diner list! Massive portions, friendly staff + atmosphere. Endless coffees and great pancakes! Highly recommended, we came back again!

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Thank GroovyBebe
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

This was a fairly good place. Not bad but not that good either. Took a burger with fries and was pleased with the food. We also tried the donuts cause of the other reviews which has praised them to the heavens. But i don't know. They were not what i expected and not in the good way. Ended with me... More 

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Thank Niklas L
Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

We went to Nickel Diner as part of a DDD food tour. The food itself was fine - nothing to write home about. I had a pulled pork hash and my boyfriend had a corned beef hash. We both found our meals to be a bit over seasoned (the corned beef was too sour, the pulled pork had a bit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 213-623-8301

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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