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Nickel Diner

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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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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 !

Thank craig s
Fresno, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

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!

Thank GroovyBebe
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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 

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 

Thank Daphh_Huang
Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

So what's not to like about a place that had maple glazed bacon donuts!!! Sure, the street scene in the area is a little funky, but hey, this is downtown LA where people sleep in tents across the street from $1,000,000+ condos. Great food. Great people watching. Bring a group and get one of each of their signature donuts to... More 

Thank Cindy A
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

We sought out this diner based on reviews and it was fabulous! Our three kids thought it was the best dinner they had in the USA and us adults really enjoyed our ribs for entree and meatballs for mains. We had the most delicious dessert....smores cake! To die for! Thank you to the wonderful staff for a brilliant last dinner... More 

Thank cooksincrowie
Phoenix, Arizona
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

I can really tell I enjoyed my sandwich when I sit down to write this review and I really wish I was eating it right now. Great atmosphere. Very good service. Unique baked goods and friendly diner vibe.

1 Thank pcmasuedu
Pie Town, NM
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Being owner/operator of my own bakery, I'm jaded. Not just any pastry will make me smile. When I visited this emporium of incredible edibles I tried samples of just about everything available and didn't have the good sense to stop eating. It's that good. The owners are hands-on and ensure customers are happy. The staff hustles. The place bustles. I... More 

1 Thank piepeople
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

For how highly rated this place is I expected a bit more. Our waitress was very miserable and I could barely hear anything she said. Breakfast wasn't bad, I had pancakes, my husband had corned beef hash. Prices weren't bad, but not great either. The decor was good. There weren't many people there either which surprised me.

Thank Mrs_Fer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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