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Nelson's

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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6610 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-5363
+1 310-265-2800
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11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Los Angeles
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited Nelson's previously...very nice and knew what to expect, price wise. Nothing at Terrana is for the shallow pocketed.

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Thank EMPtyOneMUNICH
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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253 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are here on our first night in Rancho. Arrive before sunset to enjoy the incredible panoramic view! You can just get drinks or go for the whole meal. We weren't that excited about the food though. My salad was a little bland and not that impressive. I was very surprised to see they had butterflied my salmon for temperature.... More 

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Arlington, VA
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nelson's is a shrine to Sea Hunt and actor Lloyd Bridges character, Mike Nelson. Sea Hunt postures adorn the restaurant. Great menu and service with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Tables are available for outside dining also. Go early or make reservations as it is very popular.

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Thank reddoggy
Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a view to take in along with a cocktail in hand! Food, drinks and staff are beyond amazing! Can't wait to come back. I miss the view

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New York City, New York
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67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located near the shore this eatery offered a nice setting. The menu had interesting choices that covered all tastes. Service and dishes were above average.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Expensive, but food was good, service was excellent, the food was delivered rather quickly although Nelson's was very busy..We were able to sit outside at the picnic tables and enjoy a day of good weather, and able to look out across the ocean. On previous visits, we were able to see whales migrating, and dolphins.So, it is a lovely site... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Atmosphere is very good. Informal. Super ocean views. Service was efficient but not great. Food was o.k., pricey, not great, pricey.

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Thank davidkoch2017
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We had snakes and dinner at Nelson's for two different occasions. The view at the back is fantastic, my grandson spotted a couple of dolphins jumping out of the water. The food was pretty good, the price is high though.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Nelson's is one the restaurants located at the 5 star Terranea resort, the former location of Marine Land. Its sits on a bluff right off the pacific ocean and on a clear day you will have unimpeded views of Catalina Island and the surrounding beaches to the north in the distance. The reason for the average rating is mainly, if... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Perfect setting for casual family dinner. Food and service were good. Very flexible with our changing times and party size. Variety of healthy to less healthy choices but all good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6610 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-5363
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Phone Number: +1 310-265-2800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?