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Nickel Diner

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good service, typical breakfast.... the real motivation to come here are the desserts! So for that reason alone its "very good". All of the desserts are prepared by an in house pastry chef and you can tell. The pies, cakes, donuts and pop-tarts have always been fresh and full of sweet flavor. My favorite dessert - the pop-tart, if only... More 

Thank David R
London, ON
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91 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fun, casual place to visit for breakfast or lunch. The staff were great and the food was awesome! Definitely recommend it you're in the area. Note it's closed Mondays.

Thank Pro_CNDTraveler
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't be discouraged by the uninspired menu. There's a creative spark here, but it's not always evident. The house salad, with the citrus dressing option, is truly a dinner salad, with an an expected variety of flavors and texture. Something ordinary becomes extraordinary. The only reason for withholding a fourth star is that the bean soup arrived at room temperature,... More 

Thank Paul G
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the food here was amazing. I got the chilequiles and my partner got the blueberry pancakes. service was quick and quite friendly. There was not a long wait for the food. the portions sizes were great and drinks were great (mimosas). wuld definitely recommend to anyone else staying in DTLA

Thank Michael D
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first time and I had looked on the web to find a nice brunch place DTLA. I was referred to Nickel Diner and this was awesome. Great and cool choices. I have the Duck-Cluck brunch plate. This was WOW. Loved the flavor of the duck sausage with the fried poached eggs on polenta with greens. very cool.... More 

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Thank Eric B
Santa Clarita, California
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133 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had high expectations of the Nickel Diner based on their positive reviews but we were sorely disappointed. We went for breakfast and ordered the French toast ($11.25), Scramble #2 ($12.75 which had bacon, spinach and cheese and came with potatoes) and also a maple bacon donut ($3.50). The French toast was burnt and tasted bitter, and the scramble &... More 

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Scarborough, Maine
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

If you like diners, you should really go here. There are lots of options for comfort food and the prices are fair. If I am ever back in that area I would definitely go again.

Thank Pamela K
Brunswick, Maine
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Hope you're hungry! This place will provide a treat to your senses and provide your money's worth in deliciousness. Servers are delightful. And the ambiance is early 40s with a sound track to match. Breakfast is their specialty. Pancakes served until noon. My recommendation: visit L.A.'s City Hall first (it is FREE!), taking in the great 26th floor view of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

All a round great food and decently priced too. Its a gem and ..... not far from the jewelry mart either. Can Uber or Lyft up to Olvera street in just a few minutes once done.

Thank tlakeusa
Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I had driven by this diner several times and decided to try it out yesterday. Great ambiance and great food. A great place for a hardy breakfast!

Thank Jonathan P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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