Nelsons is located at the northwestern tip of Terranea. The theme of the restaurant is based on an old TV show called “Sea Hunt” starring Lloyd Bridges who played sea detective Mike Nelson…hence the name “Nelsons”. Sea Hunt used to be filmed in this location, so its a pretty cool homage to the Hollywood history of this area. There are posters all over the restaurant representing different episodes of the show which are pretty amusing. We decided to head down there for a mid afternoon drink and snack. When we arrived we were told that there would be a 25 minute wait for an outside table which isnt a big deal considering there are benches to sit on that look out over the ocean, so you can spend your wait time whale/dolphin/bird watching. We were called after less than 5 minutes of waiting so we didnt get to sit and contemplate life for very long.
Because of the restaurants location, there isnt a bad seat in the house, inside or outside, it is all ocean view seating. We were greeted by our server and ordered a margarita and vodka soda water. The drinks came quickly and they were not shy on the alcohol, always a plus in my books. The menu offers pretty laid-back type food. My wife ordered the giant pretzel and I ordered a burger with blue cheese. The pretzel is HUGE and comes with mustard and cheese dipping sauces. My wife said it was greasy and salty, 2 of her favorite qualities for an afternoon snack. The burger was really good, cooked just the way I like it and their french fries are thin and crispy and delicious. While we were there, a band was setting up for a live performance later on, so we will probably head back to check that out later.