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Reviewed 2 days ago

Read the reviews and decided to go for it. Wow was I glad I did! Interesting wine list, was tempted, but opted to try a couple Mai Tais instead. Great choice The Ahi appetizer did not disappoint, nor did a really large portion of baby...back ribs. The star of the night was the Cioppino, which was excellent! Great experience all the way around with superb service to matchMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended this restaurant by a nearby shop owner who said it was amazing. We were traveling with our small dog and thought it would be a great place for dinner. We arrived early and were told we would have to sit out side...and the dog would have to be outside the railing. This is odd since most restaurants are accommodating small dogs in the outside seating areas, but their policy is pretty hostile towards dogs so we got the food to go. In fact the receptionist was borderline snotty and did little to make us feel welcomed. Have to say the food made up for the rather frosty welcome, and both of our meals were really really good. I can see why the place is so popular, they obviously have high quality ingredients that are well prepared and deliver reasonable value. I would definitely go back here again when in town, but I think I would leave the pooch at home so we could dine without any hassles.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic diverse menu and wine list. We liked it so much for dinner we returned for lunch the next day. The tuna tartare and asparagus fries as recommended were excellent. We also tried the Kale salad and shared. You won’t be disappointed. Great patio outside...too.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 1, 2022 via mobile

First timer solo for lunch. I sat at the bar and knew I wanted a salad. The bartender described them to me and I went with the local marker and added salmon. It took awhile to arrive. She even checked on it. But it was...very good with champagne vinaigrette. It was very crowded at lunch so try to make a reservation. -15-30 minutes wait @12:30More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 19, 2022

First visit to Nick's, it was awesome. We enjoyed the lightly fried asparagus, delicious and fresh. For lunch it was the blackened sea bass soft tacos. The fish was delicious but not too spicy and very moist and flavorful. Some of the best fish I...have had in awhile. Excellent and friendly service in a beautiful space. Ample parking across the street and under the building. Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 7, 2021

Busy-busy-busy. If at all possible make a reservation. Outdoor seating option with a beautiful interior. Highly recommend the ribs. Very generous portions. Quite fair prices

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 21, 2021

Traveling for business and looking for a delicious, relaxing dinner outside, we really lucked out. Though the menu isn't endless, it had good choices for a vegetarian and an eat anything diner. I really enjoyed the kale and quinoa salad with the thinnest sliced chicken...I've ever seen. My husband finished every drop of his cioppino and really enjoyed the biggest hot fudge sundae. The children at the next table seemed to really enjoy their butter noodles and chicken fingers from the kids menu. The staff are knowledgeable and attentive. The outside seating, with heaters, was nicer than most.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 8, 2021

First, I want to make it clear that our waiter, DAVID, is the sole reason that this review went from very good to excellent!! Yes, if you can request to sit at one of his tables...do it!!! Our table was outdoors on the side patio...with outdoor heaters and a perfect view of the courtyard fireplace, which had a roaring fire going in it. We started off with one of their house cocktails: Bees Knees and Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita. Both were very good. Kudos to the bartender. Later, with our entrees, we tried a glass from their wines by the glass (their wines by the glass menu is limited). I had the asparagus fries as an appetizer and they lived up to their designation of a house original. My entree selection was the buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes and a biscuit. I am a sucker for a good biscuit and this one was worth the calories. The chicken was moist and not overly breaded. I only tried a little of the mash potatoes and they were a little to creamy for me. My husband tried the baby back ribs and was trying not to lick his fingers. We had absolutely no room for Nick's much praised "Butter Cake," but promised to come back for a slice with coffee. If I lived in this part of California or within a half hour, we would be regulars at Nick's. And great parking is right there, which is a major plus.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed October 1, 2021 via mobile

Stay pretty crowed on the weekend . Recommend to make reservation firstly ! Indoor /outdoor seats are available There are 2-3 parking lots near by. The ambience is pretty relaxing and the service is great ! They are all attentive and friendly. Our waitress Sarah...is nice and informative ! Recommend ⭐️ Togarashi Seared Ahi- everything is refreshing ⭐️ San Francisco Cioppino Mixed seafood included Jumbo mexican shrimp, salmon, sea bass, carlsbad mussels, littleneck clams ⭐️Baby back pork ribs -it’s quiet big and good to share ! Juicy and tender you won’t miss . If you like wine paring. Goes with Grgigh hill state 🍷 . ⭐️Lemon Cake 8 Layers fluffy cake 🍰! It’s really BIG! A bit sweeet ! 5-8 mins walking distance to the beach . Have a walk to beach 🏖More

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

Popular New American spot with comfort food. Came here for dinner on a Monday around 6 as walk-ins and there was about a 20 minute wait. You get a text when your table is ready so you can walk around downtown Manhattan beach while waiting....Street parking. Indoor and outdoor dining is available. Credit cards are accepted. It’s a nicer restaurant but still saw plenty of families with young kids. I would recommend that you share dishes family-style to try multiple things. The seared ahi tuna salad was super yummy (note that there are macadamia nuts). The fried chicken sandwich had a nice sauce and the bread was super soft. You have the choice of a side, and the side salad was made of kale and was hearty. The prime rib dip was decent: the au jus tasted more like a broth, but I liked the sauce on the side. Our waitress was super nice and thoughtful.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 2, 2021 via mobile

The setting, food and service were first rate. Despite Covid-19 requirements, it was flawless. The ahi salad was fresh with a punch. The portion perfect.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 4, 2021 via mobile

We have visited Nicks multiple times and always had a fantastic meal and attentive service which is why we chose to have a large family dinner there for 10 people. It is did not disappoint. The service was amazing, and the food was great -...it all came out at the same time which is hard to do with a large party. With so many great places to eat at in Manhattan Beach Nicks is definitely a great option - the food is delicious, especially the asparagus fries and don't miss out on the butter cake. The prices are very reasonable and the restaurant has an indoor:outdoor feel so you can feel comfortable even during Covid. Highly recommend- enjoy!More

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

Lunch at Nick’s in Manhattan Beach was very good! We ordered the veggie burger with roasted beets and the kale with quinoa salad. The Nick’s pale ale was ok and not anything special. The burger was very moist and tasted like meat. The roasted beets...were very good as was the salad. Definitely a good place fir lunch!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed October 9, 2020

Stopped at Nick's for lunch on October 9th, 2020 at around 2:00 PM. The restaurant was virtually empty with the exception of a few diners spread widely on the patio. We were told to wait because we did not have a reservation. When we were...finally seated we were told to be finished in 90 minutes and that our two small dogs could not stay under the table in the outdoor patio. I understand there are rules that have to be followed to insure all of our safety during the covid crisis but the staff was curt and outright rude. When we told them we had eaten outside before with our dogs under the table they relented and let us in. Don't ask for water for your pets because it will be abruptly refused. When we asked to see the manager he came after we had eaten and told us it was corporate policy and that whatever we had done in the past was wrong. I can go on but I want to get to the bottom line. There are other places to eat in Manhattan Beach. Right across from Nicks is a Greek restaurant and we have eaten there many times. They are dog friendly, people friendly and the food is great. This is much better bet. As for the day manager at Nicks I would say if you are not happy with your job or the company you work for explore making a change. This is what makes American great, you don't have to keep that job.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 18, 2020

Extremely friendly and efficient service. Good food. Tuna Tartare was excellent. Chicken came with two large pieces and home made mashed.

Date of visit: September 2020
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I went to Nick's today and most all of the salads and sandwiches (sans bread) can be made gluten free as well as several of the entrees. Just tell your server that's what you want.
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Nick's Manhattan Beach is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5