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Nickel Diner

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524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422
+1 213-623-8301
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08:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 22:30
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Tue - Sun 08:00 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 22:30
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Oakland, California
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711 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Step back into the past, historic downtown Los Angeles where lunch dishes used to cost a nickel. Well they don't anymore but the menu hasn't changed and the food is still the same nourishing and friendly. Cool old fashioned diner interior, impeccable service, low prices. Comfort food. We were very happy here. A gem and an historic treasure.

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Thank Thomas V
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

I went in here before OK. It was really to use ladies room. I bought breakfast so as usual around over priced not that much. Not good not bad mediocre. Waiter gone into calling me ma'am over and over I hate. I should not tip him but polite. I had to remind him coffee refill for $3. He pointed to... More 

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Thank M S
San Diego, California
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117 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

A definite breakfast, lunch or dinner. We stumbled on this place by chance....we googled dinner in LA and this came up with a good review all around. So after an afternoon of exploring the area we chose this place to eat. We were pleasantly surprised to find this little gem in the heart of downtown. Delicious beef stew over mashed... More 

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Thank Kimberly64
Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

solid diner food, (we had breakfast.) Friendly and efficient servers. a little pricey for diner food though so I won't be a regular here, but if I had more money, I guess I would be

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Thank Raymond S
Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

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 

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Thank David R
London, ON
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 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.

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Thank Pro_CNDTraveler
New York City, New York
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

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 

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Thank Paul G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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

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Thank Michael D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 15:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 22:30
Thursday
08:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 22:30
Friday
08:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 22:30
Saturday
08:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1422
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 213-623-8301

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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