Nickel Diner

Diner and Bakery · Central City East
524 S Main St (btwn 5th & 6th St), Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States
Open until 10:30 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Sat
    • 8:00 AM–3:30 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–3:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 326 votes

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    "Maple glazed bacon donut is as good as they say!"(21 Tips)
    Los Angeles
    "Indulge in maple bacon and red velvet doughnuts."(15 Tips)
    Michelle A.
    "Strawberry donut is soooo yummy!!! and the poptarts!!!!"(8 Tips)
    Yuri K.
    "Spicy pork hash and homemade pop tart"(4 Tips)
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  • donuts
  • breakfast food
  • cake
  • Pop-Tarts
  • pork hash
  • catfish
  • Southern food
  • pulled pork
  • brunch food
  • lively
  • mint lemonade
  • burgers
  • spicy food
  • biscuits
  • polenta
  • cozy
  • french fries
  • eggs
  • comfort food
  • great value
  • May ..

    This historic restaurant opened well over 50 years. The ambience is definitely a 50's style diner. Food here is beyond delicious and the service is quite courteous and timely. An ideal breakfast spot

    May . · August 3
  • Jan T.

    Bacon donut!

    Jan Tomes · July 31
  • Nayahuari Q.

    Pide un sandwich de puerco...con papas y aros de cebolla pff riquísimo y económicooo

  • Jan T.

    The best place for breakfast I've visited so far in Los Angeles! I love their crumbled eggs with bacon and the selection of donuts is just unbelievable.

    Jan Tomeš · May 16
  • Mystery S.

    Witnessed the owner assault a meter cop. Police units responded. Strong personality. Such a shame. Not a good look on the restaurant.

    Mystery Stopper · May 13
  • Leury H.

    They serve a mean huevos rancheros. Try the bacon donut. It's like heaven in your mouth.

    Leury Hidalgo · April 18
  • Billy A.

    Breakfast or lunch is worth more than Nickels & Dimes here. Great food!

    Billy Amparano · April 15
  • Chris C.

    Home made pop tarts!! Also you might get a sample of their jam while waiting outside in line

    Chris Cookson · March 26
  • Katy S.

    Unbelievably good Arnold Palmer

    Katy Stevens · March 8
  • Drew M.

    Bacon glazed donut

    Drew Markovitch · January 24
  • Peii W.

    Breakfast burrito

    Peii Wang · January 20
  • Amanda R.

    Donut is great the rest is ok

    Amanda Rodriguez · January 5
  • Carmen K.

    Delicious biscuits on the weekend. Get the polenta with your eggs!

    Carmen Khan · December 5, 2014
  • Michelle

    Red velvet donut.

    Michelle · October 26, 2014
  • Ilusha Z.

    The Bacon Maple doughnut is a must have, ask for it warmed. Poached eggs over pulled pork for breakfast

    Ilusha Zaritskiy · October 9, 2014
  • LA Weekly

    Serving up hearty comfort food, like beef stew and catfish with corn cakes, this downtown destination combines amazing flavors with a laid-back atmosphere sure to put any paranoid patron at ease. Read more

    LA Weekly · September 18, 2014
  • Sarah

    Maple glazed bacon donut is as good as they say! Service and music were excellent too.

    Sarah · September 14, 2014
  • Lux L.

    Sunday brunch and The Nickel is kind of mandatory. Make sure you save room for the donuts.

    Lux LaCroix · September 7, 2014
  • Michi M.

    Had steak at 5c diner.

    Michi Mase · September 4, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out The Nickel Diner as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives , Unique Eats Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Chris W.

    This is the place

    Chris Wren · August 23, 2014
  • Chris W.

    Red velvet cake has crunchy chocolate morsels nested inside

    Chris Wren · August 23, 2014
  • Spencer H.

    Everything's great, but breakfast of champions is the hash.

    Spencer Hunt · August 9, 2014
  • Nick C.

    Specials are almost always the best idea when you come here. If the crowd waiting in line is intimidating, head to Semi Sweet Bakery around the corner for a coffee and pastry while you wait.

    Nick Campbell · August 6, 2014
  • Food Network

    The menu boasts a cozy mix of comfort food from homemade pop tarts to specialty burgers, all of which go best with a side of Smac and Cheese. Read more

    Food Network · August 4, 2014
  • Food Network

    A 1940's restaurant brought back to life by a chef doing mac and cheese, fried catfish and classic donuts. Read more

    Food Network · August 4, 2014
  • Los Angeles Times

    Pancakes and thick-cut bacon, fried catfish and corn cakes, Lowrider burgers and onion rings — that's why you go to the Nickel. Read more

    Los Angeles Times · August 3, 2014
  • LAist

    The dessert platter is the main draw and includes the (rightfully) famous maple bacon donut and home-made versions of junk-food classics, like Pop Tarts and Ding Dongs. Read more

    LAist · August 1, 2014
  • LAist

    Let's talk about the delicious food: we like the pulled pork hash with poached eggs and also the catfish with corn cakes and pecan sauce. Read more

    LAist · August 1, 2014
  • Maya C.

    Even if you make a reservation, you won't be seated until all your party is there.

    Maya Conn · June 20, 2014
  • Greg D.

    Food is good but it's very loud in there.

    Greg Dronen · May 9, 2014
  • Sam F.

    The highly acclaimed bacon donut is great. But the one I personally recommend is the strawberry crumb donut. Absolutely divine!

    Sam Fitz · May 6, 2014
  • Sofija D.

    Not the greasy spoon breakfast I was expecting. Little too "LA", the price and the menu. BUT that means the burgers are AMAZING.

    Sofija Dutcher · April 15, 2014
  • Luke S.

    The waiter who looks like snape is a real piece of work

    Luke Sumner · March 21, 2014
  • Rachel L.

    Get the #5 Scrambled (zucchini, tomato, mozzarella, leeks) with the Italian version of grits (super creamy like cream of wheat) & the 5cent bag (Brioche) and the house made jam. Yum!!

    Rachel Luciano · March 16, 2014
  • Helen M.

    Food is so good and just a fun place to eat. Be prepared for a wait--there's usually a line.

    Helen Mowers · March 14, 2014
  • Albert E.

    the "Ding Dong" dessert is just OKAY, nothing spectacular, try something else.... :(

    Albert Evangelista · March 2, 2014
  • Neil R.

    Maple Bacon Donut w/ Brioche. Yes. That is the answer.

    Neil Rosos · February 21, 2014
  • The Golden S.

    I remember when the food only cost 2 cents!

    The Golden Scallop (Movie) · November 22, 2013
  • Jen S.

    Cute little diner with pretty solid service. The owner made sure we were taken care of. Right before we paid, she gave eat of us one of their Maple Bacon donuts on he house!

    Jen Sanchez · November 21, 2013
  • Los Angeles

    The 5th and Main, named for the diner's address, features spicy BBQ pork hash topped with a pair of poached eggs. Save room for a signature maple bacon donut.

    Los Angeles · November 18, 2013
  • Amanda N.

    Biscuits & Gravy are kind of sweet. Donuts are delicious and dense - get Nutella and strawberry ones!

    Amanda Natividad · October 28, 2013
  • Michelle A.

    Strawberry donut is soooo yummy!!! and the poptarts!!!!

    Michelle Alvarez · October 27, 2013
  • Thom R.

    Great breakfast! Get the Maple Bacon Doughnut.

    Thom Rivera · October 18, 2013
  • Patrick

    Okay so the maple bacon donut -it really is that good! Get one

    Patrick · October 17, 2013
  • Doc J C.

    Maple donut was amazeball

    Doc J Castro · October 3, 2013
  • Larry P.

    Loved the Dutch Baby. Thin and tasty. Gladbit wasn't too heavy. The baked apple on it were delicious.

    Larry Perrault · September 28, 2013
  • Valentino L.

    Smack N' Cheese

    Valentino Lascano · September 11, 2013
  • Jenny T.

    Smac and Cheese is AMAZING. Instead of a dessert menu, they brought out a platter so we could actually look at the selection (but then you have to ask the waitress about prices).

    Jenny Tran · August 17, 2013
  • Lorena C.

    Good place and good food!!!! Nice

    Lorena C. · August 16, 2013

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