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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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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 12 September 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!

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Jackson, Mississippi
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Thanks Jody for a fabulous start to our morning. We sat and were served immediately. The food was good, the Big Daddy burrito in particular is a worthwhile choice. Would definitely make this a regular spot if I lived in town.

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Thank Gymmyball
Costa Mesa, California
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307 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We came with a party of 10 on a Sunday early afternoon, and luckily, they were able to seat us right away. Albeit, 3 separate tables, but they were all close together. This actually helped in the end since they only allow for 2 credit cards transactions per table. The noise level was average, and our service was spectacular with... More 

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Thank buffy0182
Los Angeles
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

In terms of breakfast food, THIS IS IT. I am a very tough customer and never gave a restaurant 5 stars before. I've eaten at Nickel for years. Food is consistently delicious and reasonably priced. Don't miss it of you are in the area.

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Thank Lunamax4
Athens, Greece
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196 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Great breakfast is served here, expect a waiting line but it is worth it. Prices are fairly high and service is great. In my opinion the place needs a facelift. Menu variety is good.Photos attached

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Thank ZiadNohra
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

It may be in downtown L..A. but the retro ambiance and food is great! Lots of funky old stuff to look at, comfort food plus more.

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Thank JEDS24
Mariposa, California
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I was a solo diner on a wednesday night. Wednesday night is fried chicken night. Delicious and fairly priced. It was not busy at about 6:30 pm but was starting to pick-up as I was leaving. The owner is very pleasant and made a point to see if I was satisfied. Later this month (August 2016) they will be close... More 

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Thank michaelredearth
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent food, especially the donuts. Lovely atmosphere and the staff were friendly. Downtown LA is really getting to be a nice place to spend a weekend and to have brunch.

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Thank chrisanti
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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 !

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Thank craig s
Fresno, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 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, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown
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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