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Nellcote Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nellcoterestaurant.com/
  • Email: info@nellcoterestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 432-0500
  • Hours of Operation: Mon - Wed 5pm - 11pm
    Thurs - Fri 5pm - 2am
    Sat - Brunch 11am - 3pm, Dinner 3pm-3am
    Sun - Brunch 11am - 3pm, Dinner 3pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Jared Van Camp
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Nellcote
Nellcôte is an impertinent take on fine dining. Chef Jared Van Camp has crafted an “obsessively house made” and locally focused bill of fare - while taking influence from France, Italy and Spain, the ingredients and products are sourced exclusively from the Midwest. The vibe is Rock'n'roll bohemian chic. With a defiant return to glamour...Nellcôte is a sexy and high-energy nightspot with absolutely no pretense.
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Diner Reviews
  • "My boyfriend and I came here for our anniversary. We have a Gilt Voucher, and our server was wonderful in outlining what it included and what our options were. I had the quiche, based on our server's endorsement, and it was excellent. My boyfriend's steak and eggs was equally amazing, and their brunch cocktails are tasty and unique."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We had great food at Nellcote. While things were hopping inside, we enjoyed great food and low key atmosphere while dining in the outside seating area. I had gnocchi with lamb ragu. Delicious!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Loved everything. The food was amazing, great wine list, fantasic service and Dan, the manager, stopped by every table around us to be sure everyone was happy. Exceptional experience!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went there for dinner on a Sunday. The server rarely showed up and did not ask us how the food tasted. The food was subpar considering the pricing."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Was from out of town and booked for brunch. Great experience, food, atmosphere, and service. The starter brunch plate was excellent."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This restaurant has such a beautiful atmosphere. Food is different, but very good. Even items that seem normal, have a unique twist. Drinks are great there as well!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a great night at Nellcote. Food was great. Service was a little "too quick," but they slowed down the courses as soon as we asked."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Beautiful ambiance full of chandeliers and shabby chic decor. Great food, much more interesting brunch menu than most Chicago spots. Drinks were good, the Bloody Mary was tasty, could have been spicier and Nellcote bellini had a cherry in the bottom. Would order the lobster hash, breakfast plate and margherita pizza again. Wish they offered the egg white cocktail at brunch :)"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a group of eight and it was perfect. Great food, great service and didn't feel smashed in a tiny booth. It was a perfect experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It was my second time at Nellcote and I was really disappointed. The food was just ok: the potatoes was too salted and flooded by the sauce, the pasta had no taste. I will not go back."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Really enjoyed drinks before dinner in the lounge area followed by table for two dining. The room is exceptional. If you don't have time for dinner, just stop in for a drink to check it out. Dinner was less formal than I expected - sharable grilled brussel sprouts, beets and cauliflower dishes that were quite tasty. Their known for their pizza but we opted for homemade pasta which did not disappoint. Wish the weather had been nicer to enjoy their indoor/outdoor champagnerie hidden behind the restaurant - - we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great combination of wonderful stand-by items (wood fired pizzas), and some unique toppings (roasted broccoli, fried egg), and interesting appetizers and entrees (all shareable). Even if some members of the group aren't as adventuresome, there are things on the menu to suit them, but overall, there's an opportunity to try some fun and unique items (kale salad and roasted brussell sprouts were fantastic)."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The food was impeccable. House ground wheat flour makes for some delicious food indeed. Service was amazing. Courteous with privacy and food choices that balance between comfort and adventure. A must visit."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Very nice decor, food was just ok and service was average. Overall, decent place but way overhyped."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wonderful ambience, good food, very attentive staff. From the suburbs so wanted a different atmosphere. Went before a musical. Easy walk to the theater district. Like the small plate menu. We tried many of the items on the menu between the 5 of us - 3 of us vegetarians and they we most accommodating in adjusting the dishes for us. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great cocktails which are hard to find a REALLY good cocktail. Food was super average and not worth the price."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Although a somewhat limited menu, everything (particularly pastas) are flavor and style concentrated. If you want to embellish a dish with any other available ingredient, your server will make that order happen. Lots of nice drinks to choose from. Pizzas are well topped and although they get pretty soggy in the center, the sauces and crust are still really really good to eat. I love the different dining areas--each makes every dining experience different. Since the crowd make up changes as the evening goes on, your specific dining experience changes too. Don't forget to order any pasta--the egg noodles are rich and phenomenoal to the bite!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My friend and I ate at Nellcote on a Thursday evening - the restaurant was about 2/3 full on a rainy evening. The (former Marche) space is lovely evoking a grand french dining room but the music was modern rock and too loud for relaxed conversation. The pear brussel sprout salad featured lovely pears however the brussels sprouts themselves were chunky and sort of raw tasting. The mushroom polenta dish was creamy and lovely. The egg arugula pizza was good but a little too rubbery cheesy. The butternut squash tagliatelle was good but sort of blah. The restaurant emphasizes small plates and sharing but we had to ask for clean plates every time a course was served. The restaurant does feature many vegetarian options."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Creative vegatairan friendly options with a french flair. Open high ceilings with a beautiful bar added an interest.excellent food and service."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Nellcote's claim to fame is that they grind their own flour in the basement using locally(ish) grown wheat. Could I tell a difference in the bread and pasta? Not really--but everything was so delicious, it didn't matter. Three of us shared the bread plate, ham and persimmon salad, roasted cauliflower, a simple pasta with truffles added (at a very reasonable price), the bison ribeye steak (meant for two but more than enough for us), and 2 desserts. All food was outstanding, as were my cocktail and one friend's mocktail. Service was highly accommodating. Only negative was LOUD music, not our style; made conversation difficult. YMMV. Otherwise, we had a great evening."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Nellcote is a gorgeous and romantic restaurant in the West Loop. The service was fantastic and overall the food was good, but not great. We ordered the brussels sprout salad (must miss) and the duck tartare to start (excellent) and the Amish Chicken and Bolognese for main entrees. The golden beets were delicious. I loved the atmosphere but need to review the menu in detail next time before making a selection."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We arrived early for a special birthday dinner; the service was impeccable until the restaurant got crowded and our waiter disappeared, while the busboy kept trying to take plates we weren't finished with. The amish chicken was fantastic, the side of potatoes was magical, as was the mushroom polenta appetizer. The pizza with sunny side up egg was also very good. The only disappointment was the pear and brussel sprouts salad. The brussel sprouts were way undercooked - hard to get the fork through on a couple and the pears were underripe. The dressing was delicious, however, and if they get the cooking right, it should also be a good choice. The room is beautiful and it did feel like a very special evening with a special friend."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The pizza is ok. But the arnish chicken n side of mushrooms with polenta is to die for"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We chose Nellcote for my husband's birthday after reading reviews and hearing about it. It was a nice evening out, but nothing amazing for the price. The atmosphere is slightly pretentious but service was very attentive. Salmon and mushroom polenta were both amazing, pizza was very average."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "If you have plans following brunch here, build in plenty of time. As the 3rd party in the door we waited 30 mins+ for entrees. If you are viewing the wine list online, be advised the outstanding Gruet is no longer offered. The Salmon and kale is outstanding (although the onions can overwhelm) and the wheat pancakes are also good. When full, the dining room can be difficult to navigate to the restroom. If you don't like screaming babies at an upscale brunch, sorry but they are here, fortunately, they were seated far enough away. Service was outstanding but $71 tab for 2 entrees, 2 wines and a coffee (which I was told was weak and can't compare to Julius Meinl). Wine list is underwhelming. Music is too loud. Nice, but better options in town."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Homemade flour, bread, pizza, paste! Amazing venison tartar."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Live by the Stones, die by the Stones. Beautiful restaurant, but food and service lacking. Not seated for 45 minutes after our reservation. Bartenders too busy to be friendly. Sat upstairs, where the tables and chairs were a definite downgrade from downstairs; the chairs were hard-metal like you'd find at a diner, not the fabric covered, very-comfy looking ones from downstairs. Server very friendly, but took way too long between ordering, drinks, and food courses. Food just OK, so overpriced. Avoid Robuchon potatoes, highly recommended by the server, as they were pureed so much you need a spoon to eat them. Pizza was burned on the bottom, dough not done enough, sauce runny; one slice had no cheese at all."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "As usual Nellcote exceeded expectations again. The service was awesome (almost too good ha) and the food was amazing. Would definitely recommend the pork chop (surprisingly easy to share), venison tartare, roasted brussel sprouts and the flatbread with the organic egg. For dessert my recommendation would be the chocolate partfait. We also had a "cookies and cream" which was different but if you don't like chocolate might be a good choice."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great food. Great service. We arrived late and they could still accommodate us. The service was exceptional."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was just OK. Salad was well prepared but overdressed. Bolognese pasta was almost undercooked, nearly TOO al dente with a lackluster, deconstructed sauce. Egg, arugula pizza was good, as was the pepper semifredo."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Needed a dinner spot prior to a show at City Winery. Perfect after dinner walk distance. Nellecote has a fun interior and the food was very good."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The food, service, and atmosphere were all terrific - you won't be disappointed. Just don't be under the impression that any of those menu items that are presented as entrees are anything but relatively small side dishes. This is tapas-like food, even though the menu looks otherwise. For example, the $15 butternut squash ravioli in the pasta section of the menu (sure looks like they're saying it's an entree) were 8 fingertip-size filled pasta, perhaps 2 tablespoons in size. So, when you consider going, be aware that this is more like a $$$+ restaurant rather than a $$. Suggestion: Order pizzas, too, if you want to make sure you don't leave hungry or broke."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Super cool feel and atmosphere. The food had amazing flavor profiles and combinations. Made for a successful business dinner with my clients. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Most of the plates are sized for sharing so we were able to try many things. However, the dessert menu was a disappointment, not enough options and only chocolate options. Nothing with fruit. And the cappuccino only had one drop of coffee and mostly steamed milk, But the rest of the meal was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Unfortunately, my friends and I did not have the best experience at Nellcote. The positives: the pizza! We ordered the egg pizza and it is well worth it. Delicious! Everything else, however, was "meh". The scallops were small, did not have a lot of flavor, and I would never order them again. We also ordered brussel sprouts. Nothing special about these at all. They lacked flavor. The worst part was the service. The restaurant was not that crowded and we had to order our second glass of wine from a food server. I don't even think it was our waiter who ended up bringing us the wine. We only saw him to order our food and then to pay. For the expense, the service should have been much more on point. Overall, disappointed and will not return."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great food and great experience. Will certainly come back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was our first time and we were not disappointed. First the drinks: Play with Fire was great. The bread is homemade. We enjoyed the roasted cauliflower, the Kale and Brussel Sprouts. The food is actually quite simple, but it's very tasty. The highlight was the Scallops with white beans, which can be tricky to cook. Ours were spot on, creamy and soft, but not mushy! Finally, the pizza was the best, the crust is homemade and the sausage was tasty, but very different from the usual that you get on an American pizza. We were there about 6:30PM; I have read negative comments about staff attitude when it gets busy. Jenny was our food server and she was simply delightful. She checked often but never overbearing. She was friendly."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Nellcore is similar to a club with exciting music and lots of energizing people. Great food, good for romantic occasions or social gatherings."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is a hybrid restaurant/cocktail spot with great music and excellent decor though you have to be prepared for the music to be loud and the scene to be young-and-hip with a few older folk like myself mixed in. Love it though - just be prepared."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great selection of small/big plates for every palate. A variety of seating options for all type of dining options. Great location to continue the evening or move from dining to bar to cocktail lounge within Nellcote. Service was polite, helpful and swift as soon as we walked in the door - just right!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014