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Nickel Diner

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524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422
+1 213-623-8301
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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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great traditional US food.....order a mixture of food to share as portions are big...like the fries a lot. Parking is tougher to find on the the weekend....flat rate parking at the surrounding areas is around US$6-8....you might just need to do that as street parking is few and far between on Sunday (it is free). Expect to wait a little... More 

Thank Adventurer-Ian
Santa Clarita, California
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212 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2015

We eat here often, as it's 2 blocks away, and the food is good, and the prices are fair. It's where most locals go for breakfast, and opens at 8am, and closes after lunch is over. No dinners served here, but still great.

Thank Kent S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

My family was exploring downtown LA, desperate to find someplace good to eat for a late lunch on a Saturday. With the help of TA, we made our way to the Nickel Diner. We loved the look and feel of the place, and quickly found out that the food and service were pretty good, too. While the breakfast options looked... More 

Thank billk723
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2015

Service was fast and friendly and the food really hit the spot. Ideal for brunch, we visited a few times during our short stay, sampling different items on the menu - including the maple-glazed bacon doughnut - and left happy and content each time. Very affordable and very filling!

1 Thank Gareth316
Los Angeles, California
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97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2015

The food at this diner is fabulous. It's traditional diner food, but with a modern twist. The portions are also humongous. The staff is friendly. The owner (I think) kept coming by asking how things were and chatting. They are famous for their macon bacon donuts so we tried them, but I did not like them. They were just too... More 

Thank VitalSpring
San Diego, California
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104 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2015

We arrived right at 8:00am and were seated immediately. The small restaurant was like going back in time. Beautiful decor and fast service. The mimosas are big and the food hearty. You HAVE to order the maple bacon donuts. They are the best that I've ever had. So fresh and with the perfect amount of bacon.

Thank Kathleen F
Los Angeles
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2015

Really a fun place. It's been a while since we've been to downtown L.A., especially in the area where this diner is located. After a 45 minute drive to get there, with found parking easily. Parking lots and curb parking everywhere. We went on a Sunday, so that may have attributed to our luck. Having been born and raised in... More 

Thank tglaffey
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Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

I went to the nickel diner for brunch on a Sunday morning and it was just an overall excellent experience. The service was excellent, the food was awesome and coming from Australia my friend and I where looking for a classic diner experience and we felt we got that. After reading reviews the milkshake where said to be amazing and... More 

Thank Luke E
Los Angeles
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2015

We definitely enjoyed and will be back. We had dinner. Items especially good were the macaroni and cheese, biscuits (a la carte) and stuffed chicken. The bean soup (as an appetizer) was good but unfortunately was served less than hot. Staff super friendly.

1 Thank coluv
Boston, Massachusetts
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52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Visited for Sunday brunch, and despite not being able to sit until all of us were back from parking the car, we didn't have to wait long. Once seated, the service was pretty good, and friendly. The menu offers a few fun surprises, including 5 types of egg scrambles and a sinful selection of donuts (try a maple bacon to... More 

1 Thank Katiekeen00

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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: +1 213-623-8301

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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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