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Nelda's Diner

American, Diner
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5128 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-9470
+1 760-379-8448
07:00 - 21:00
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Costa Mesa, California
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like quiet, intimate dining, this is not the place for you. However, if you prefer friendly, popular and well worth the trip, Nelda's Diner is the real meal deal for you. It's been a few years, and I'm pleased to say the place was just as crowded, the service still over the top and the food worth the... More 

Thank Lee D
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What can I say except it is an overpriced diner. Food is typically greasy and tasteless and expensive. It is clean.

Thank Jude S
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Neldas has a very relaxed atmosphere! Always busy...staff is friendly and moving all the time. The food portions here are huge and I seem to always have to take some home. Pies and shakes are wonderful yummy! I suggest eating here anytime of the day!

Thank Tanya B
Lake Isabella, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always open for business (when other eating places might close down for breakfast, lunch or dinner). A local cafe with good food. The waitresses were efficient & friendly. There is nothing fancy or formal about Neldas, but you get big portions of tasty food. Their French fries are terrific - the best, & the bread pudding is always a favorite.

Thank Patricia B
Lake Isabella, California
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I have been here so many times, it is the best diner (to me) in all of KRV, especially for the prices. It is very affordable and they have a very large menu. They also have great desserts and a HUGE milkshake menu. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in Lake Isabella.

Thank cyndt
Ghent, Belgium
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Perhaps the best sandwich of my life. Definitely the best milkshake of my life. On your way from the coast to Sequoia, Death Valley or Las Vegas, be sure to stop at Nelda's Diner and give these lovely people a nice tip.

Thank Tom R
Boca Raton, Florida
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Stepping into Nelda's Diner is like going back in time. Old fashioned diner with huge menu and very reasonable prices. Ordered the hot open turkey which comes with 2 sides. The fruit salad was all fresh ripe fruit. Onion rings were home made - yum! Our waitress Leeann was friendly, attentive and quick to deliver our order. Definitely a great... More 

Thank EMRosenbaum
Kernville, California
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Here is a Classic Locals Always Eat Here location. You simpy will not leave hungry nor disappointed. These folks offer Great Small Town Service at a price you will celebrate. They have great Malts too. So if your looking for a meal that will impress you while not emptying your pocket book, Nelda's has been around for more than 40... More 

Thank Phillip S
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Breakfasts are good, but standard fare at decent prices. Lunch is even better, with a huge burger selection, and they're great! Good fries or onion rings accompany the burgers. Good sandwiches of all types. This restaurant has been here for decades, ans is frequented by the locals, which lets you know it's good. Dinner is also served, along with 100... More 

Thank Bill D
Lake Isabella, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Great shakes of every flavor. Their sandwiches are large & good, but their French fries are the best anywhere. For dessert, try their fresh bread pudding - excellent.

Thank Patricia B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5128 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-9470
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Isabella
  • Phone Number: +1 760-379-8448

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?