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South of Nick's - Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA

South of Nick's - Laguna Beach

4.8
4.8
1744 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
An essential stop in Orange County for Southern California Mexican Cuisine.

South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen Bar features Classic Mexican favorites, prime steaks and seafood with a So Cal twist. Fine Tequilas & Margaritas

Our food and drink meets the highest standards of quality, freshness and seasonality and combines both modern-creative and traditional styles of cooking.

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2 people

23:30


Booked 74 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 16:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 16:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    (949) 715-3717
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Area
    Laguna Beach
  • Cross Street
    Pacific Coast Highway & Legion St. (Just North of Legion)
  • Parking Details
    Valet parking available (entry on Pacific Coast Highway). <br />Additional parking in the public parking lot located behind South of Nick's on Glenneyre Street.<br />Metered parking located throughout the area.
  • Entertainment
    Join us on the 3rd Sunday of every month, from 1:30-5:30 PM, while Mariachis fill our dining room with live music.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,744 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Mexican

  • South Orange County

    Mexican

1,744 Reviews
  1. LaurenR

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seriously SO GOOD! Best Mexican food and service. The butter cake is a MUST

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  2. marcb

    New York City

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and cocktails. Loved the margaritas but stay for the food. Great selections, large portions which are all tasty. Service was spot on. Go there!

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  3. JHSP

    Orange County

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for happy hour - limited special menu - veggie taco was outstanding and so were the macha fries. Got a spicy skinny marg for HH deal was delicious. White wine wasn't great, will order that off menu next time. The Dos Combination for $23 was really filling. HH is in bar area only and limited staff but the views help you wait for service. Looking forward to going back to this location. Wish SC had happy hour like this!

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  4. KeithB

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We live local and go to dinner here alot although the service wasn’t good - from the hostess to the server. Had a reservation but it way past our time and food service took a long time as well. Overall, not a great experience and not what we expect

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food, great drinks! server was attentive and really nice. food came pretty quickly!

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  6. DetwarnB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an 8:30pm reservation, but had to wait well after to be seated, I had to check with the hostess several times to be seated. After this, the rest of the evening was fabulous!!! Great service, great ambience, great views, great food!!!

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  7. twiggs

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the restaurant overall, especially the decor and ambiance. My entree was sub standard, seafood enchiladas with tiny hits of shrimp and one tiny piece of lobster, we started joking about trying to locate any seafood inside the wrap. But my dinner guest/friend’s fish entree was superior in taste and presentation. We would return for sure, but I was disappointed when after mentioning the concern to our server, nothing was done to remedy the situation, even after the manager stopped at our table. The staff never mentioned anything nor apologized for the seafood-less seafood enchiladas!

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  8. Jenny

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My mother and I are in Laguna for the weekend and decided to give this place a try. Everything was great from being greeted when we came in, to our server and our food! we would definitely come back next time we are in town! 

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    South of Nick’s was everything we heard about and more. Our server was outstanding, our cocktails were excellent, our entrees were amazing and the butter cake for dessert was out of this world. And I don’t like dessert! The best new spot (new to us) to try for my birthday!

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  10. PatW

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is very nice. The atmosphere is great. You get a feeling of openness and relaxation with lots of windows. The service is very good.

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FAQs

South of Nick's - Laguna Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 715-3717.

South of Nick's - Laguna Beach is rated 4.8 stars by 1744 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

23:30


Booked 74 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for South of Nick's - Laguna Beach

540 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2463

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Pacific Coast Highway & Legion St. (Just North of Legion)
  • Area
    Laguna Beach
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 16:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 16:00–23:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet parking available (entry on Pacific Coast Highway). <br />Additional parking in the public parking lot located behind South of Nick's on Glenneyre Street.<br />Metered parking located throughout the area.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Join us on the 3rd Sunday of every month, from 1:30-5:30 PM, while Mariachis fill our dining room with live music.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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