Nellcote
Nellcote

Nellcote

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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Nellcote reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)hot spot (77)good for groups (71)romantic (66)special occasion (66)vibrant bar scene (52)neighborhood gem (48)great for outdoor dining (43)great for brunch (36)notable wine list (22)late-night find (16)great for lunch (13)scenic view (7)Show More
  • great place for friends or a date!
    JoeJr2829
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Service, atmosphere, amazing food...wow! I went with our servers recommended choices. Awesome!! Menu offers vegan and Gluten-free options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best experience I have had in a while.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    It was my birthday and the atmosphere was perfect! It was loungey but vibrant, beautiful decor and attentive staff. Seriously, in more up scale places like this, there tends to be some snobbishness, but not at all here. The hostess personally walked us through to RM Champagne which was amazing as well. The food at Nellcote was to die for! Everything we ate was gone in a matter of seconds haha (especially the black truffle mashed potatoes)!! I would definitely come back here again, it would also be a great date spot :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good call!
    MeaghanVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Took friends visiting to Nellcote and everyone loved the dinner! Great ambiance and delicious food. This place is still a hot spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nevercooks
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Great food -- wonderful service. Fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Service was casual, helpful and good. Food was above par, however very small portions. Pricey, not sure if it was good enough to return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get it while the getting's good
    sameguy247
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I was here last weekend for dinner and overall, I had a great experience. First off, the place has a great look to it; it comes off as a large sitting room with the decor and a mix of traditional tables, high-tops, and lounge style chairs. We ended up getting a table on an upper level, providing a nice view of the rest of the space. Although I had a reservation, there was still a 30 minute or so wait for seating. Somewhat understandable given that the place was pretty packed. The manager served complimentary champagne to the folks waiting, which I though was a nice gesture. The food was not off the charts, but pretty good. There were a few things they were out of, due to the crowd. I had a pasta made with short rib which tasted like fancy comfort food - very good. I also had a spicy shrimp pizza; great flavors, but one side of the pizza was definitely spicier than the other. Also, the crust was slightly overdone. Our server was outstanding. We had several questions about the menu and she was very attentive and informed about the menu. We were celebrating a birthday, and she brought out a complementary dessert that was pretty awesome. The coffee was pretty good, too. I'd definitely come back, but I can see how this place could potentially go south. There is definitely a "scene" with this place, and I could imagine that given the crowds, the quality of the food or service could suffer. Again, I didn't have any problems and I would definitely go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average at a generous best
    chicagopeteVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    this is a huge restaurant with very large chandeliers. One would think Nellcote would be French but you would be mistaken. If anything the restaurant is closer to Italian with a pasta dish as well as pizzas. The toppings from the two we had were very good but the crust was soft and soggy. The entree list was quite limited: a hangar steak, salmon, a chicken entree and a pork chop and none of these had an interesting presentation. Service was excellent and from my perusal of the patrons, most seemed under 30. There seemed to be a heavy emphasis on the drinks. There are many better restaurants in Chicago.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful and delicious
    EvaChicagoVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was our second time at Nellcote and once again, we haven't had one bad dish! Everything was both beautifully put together and absolutely delicious. I will be dreaming about the bread, the venison tartar and especially their pasta Bolognese. Totally to die for! We will be back very shortly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Elizabeth7
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    First time to Nellcote- was very impressed by the service. Someone approached the table to explain the idea behind the restaurant, and throughout the evening our server and other staff came by to check on our dining experience. Ambiance and decor were also great. *FYI Noise level was typical- for some reason the above rating would only select the loudest option.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spaghetti
    Forceflow
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My wife and I loved the wall decorations that hearkened to south of France. We enjoyed the spaghetti with Calabrian chilis (they seemed pickled). We wished there were more chilis but the spaghetti was pretty much perfect. We also sampled two other pastas, the Strozzapreti (which is rare to find in the US and was very unique in its sauce and flavor) and the tagliatelle with bolognese. Very good. They clearly know how to make pasta. Each was perfectly cooked with excellent presentation. Overall everything was excellent. Service was solid as well -- a loud, club-like atmosphere for early dinner made for energetic conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • newchiadventurer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Nellcote was a lot of fun. The food was amazing. Great portion sizes for sharing/sampling with a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i ate at NellCote sort of
    farmcook
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The level and choice of music was inappropriate for our early dinner, when we hoped to chat. Vegetable and entree dishes were very good, pizza was mushy and uninspired The room is great...needs some French music for early evening...rock out a bit later
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food. Bad Service.
    Comish
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We arrive at 5:04 p.m. for a 5:00 p.m. Saturday night reservation - party of 6.Four of us were there, other two stuck in traffic.We requested to be seated since we wanted drinks and appetizers and were on a time restriction.All tables w/ the exception one in the entire restaurant were open.We did not get seated until 5:18. We were standing waiting looking at our table w/ the menus already placed on it for over ten minutes.We inquired three times to different people, but no on would seat us. Finally one person replied, we are not sure if the table is steady enough for you.Well, we sat and the table was not steady.He did not check on us w/ any regularity. Server was inexperienced or just not trained or just incompetent.We have more examples
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nellcote
    GoodEats8
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I've been here many times before, but always in warmer weather. I've never sat inside, and the noise level made it difficult to hold a conversation. Nonetheless, while the food was good, the service left much to be desired. We waited quiet a long time for our server to initially take our drink menu, and it took equally long for them to arrive. The service was slow and left us disappointed in the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Space; A Few Missteps
    tvchick1VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My husband and I tried Nellcote for a Friday date night. The space is gorgeous, with chandeliers and a lovely room-length bar. My pear and endive salad was tasty, as was my salmon entree. No sides are included--those are ordered separately. One oddity is the $3 charge for bread. It seems nominal and for a dollar a slice, we expected some exceptional bread, or a unique dip/spread. Instead it was three rather pedestrian slices of bread with standard butter and oil. Next time I'd skip it. My husband's hangar steak was awfully chewy; he thinks he got a bad piece of what could be a better dish. The server removed one of the charges for our sides. We appreciated the gesture. We'll go again but order differently.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    TA5413
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Beautiful place, nice vibe. Ambiance was amazing, but the food was mediocre to terrible. There was four of us and we all had the same reaction. Server was not very attentive either, he did not check in on us after the food was brought out until we were done eating. Amish Chicken was brutal, tasted like fake processed chicken. Pizza was solid. Definitely not worth going back. One and done.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great flavors, all around. Butternut Squash Agnolotti was the highlight of our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy small plates
    foodluverchi
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The restaurant had wonderful service and the food was amazing. Very unique and flavorful dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza Party
    LDanoviaVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Hosted a sunday evening book club meeting here for a few of my lady friends. We had a fancy pizza party complete with mocktails and dessert. Everything was fab! Will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Service
    kwal0103
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    When reserving the table, I mention it was for my wife and I's 7 year anniversary. Upon being seated, our waiter brought us two glasses of champagne on the house in order to celebrate the anniversary. The rest of the meal was amazing, every order coming out quick and delicious. The entire wait staff were terrific. The host were also very accommodating as well. We arrived a bit early for our reservation and they said we could drink at the bar until the table was ready. Unlike normal restaurants where you have to keep looking to see if it was ready, they came to the bar and found us to seat us. Overall amazing experience, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nellcote
    simplefoodie
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Like the space and the Rolling Stones theme. The service was very good. We were a party of six and all agreed the food was very mediocre. Overall a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better for dinner
    zla321VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have been to this place twice for dinner and have loved it. Brunch, however, was sub par. The pastries we started with were slightly dry and room temperature; the slice of quiche I ordered was like the size of my finger.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Perfect place for brunch on a late Sunday morning. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprised to find out Tapas Style
    LisaMaya
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was pretty flavorful, but not the best place I have ever eaten. Would I go back with all the great selections in Chicago? Probably not. And, had no idea food was served tapas style until we were seated. Admittedly, I should have read some reviews on this place before making our reservations. Also, was rather noisy and made it difficult to hear our table conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Place!!!
    rodguillermo
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This place was perfect, I don't recall one single thing I didn't like about it and neither my party. The service was outstanding, the food is out of this world and the desserts are perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • looking4wonderful
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was decent but not specatcular. Good fair for an average meal. Was hoping for more in flavors and creativity on dishes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Jose
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It was our first time in Chicago with my wife (we are Canadians) and we went to Nellcote for a romantic dinner experience. In short, we loved the place with very reasonable prices as opposed to similar places; the decor and setting was amazing and the waitress was extremely polite and informative. We will be going back there for sure next time we are in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu changes aren't great
    compade
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Seems the new chef/management hasn't yet found their footing. The menus are on cheaper paper and the offerings are not as delicious. I had the omelet and it was mediocre at best. My friend had the lobster brunch offering and liked it a lot. I really wanted the smoked trout item but they no longer carry it. I'd give it some time before going again. Oh, and the server was kind of salesy trying to upsell at every corner. That's annoying.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Swanky
    FoodieFamilyTVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Beautiful job of redecorating old Marche space ... Beautiful bar & comfortable seating feels very relaxed. Fun people watching.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice
    wallydr
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had dinner with friends before a concert, Nellcote was great and we love our shared portions dinner. Our waiter was extremely helpful with recommendations it is now one of our favorites. Robuchon potatoes are to die for...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Snotty Service
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We got to the restaurant a few minutes late and the very rude host would not seat us for at least 20 minutes. Even though there were plenty of empty tables, he insisted that they were waiting for people to get up. As it was 6pm on a weekday, I asked him if it was from the 4pm dinner seating. I am not sure if it was incompetence or purposeful on the host's part to make us wait for 20 minutes. I am not sure which is worse. The waiter then proceeded to forget several orders. This was a business dinner and I will never go back to this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service with delucated foods
    Sabrina
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    service is perfect, foods are not over creamed and well balanced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Find another restaurant
    Leonardo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First impressions are we’re in for a fantastic evening. But as we learn from dating, looks aren’t everything. This restaurant lacks depth of personality. A creative selection of signature cocktails gets you started, but there is nowhere to go after that. Almost nonexistent list of appetizers, a decent assortment of pizzas, limited pasta choices, and four non-inventive entrees are all you get to choose from--impossible to construct a gastronomic four course meal. The pizza was soggy—it doesn’t matter that they grind their own flour. Desserts were boring—a butterscotch budino (Italian pudding) was banana pudding with butterscotch syrup on the bottom. Also, caught a member of the staff leaving a bathroom stall without washing his hands.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LaurenC
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    great food, gorgeous decor, fun for a group celebration
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • would not go back
    emeraldqueenVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food OK-would NOT consider this "small Plate" restaurant. pacing of delivery of food was VERY disjointed. We ordered 2 veggies, a pizza and a pasta dish. After a significant wait, the 2 veggies were served(who eats veggies alone?), after another wait the pasta dish was served and after a VERY long wait the pizza served. server she was told "that is the way the chef wants it". I am the customer, they should ask the diner how they want things served. server said the kitchen was slammed.We had a 6 PM reservation.It was not busy when we got there--it did get very busy.FIFO should be the order of the day. We were celebrating a b-day. I put it on my reservation. 2 of us mentioned it upon check in. Dessert was served w/o candle. Comped desserts.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Please, healthier food
    Agnes
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    There were no vegetables on the menu, not so much as a leaf of lettuce, and everything was very heavy and laden with fat. The noise level made conversation close to impossible
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, great fun!
    LoveMyMom
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is our second time at Nellcote and it will definitely not be our last. The decor is trendy and fun, the service is top notch (even though they were very busy we still felt special.) The food is really the star - delicious, and reasonable (a nice surprise) - you feel like you can splurge on the drinks! And I must, mention the apple tartlet for dessert, yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nellcotte
    debv
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The wait staff was very nice although talked a bit too much when we first sat down. Food was good. Wine pour was very light though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pizza and Drinks on the Patio
    hslover728VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Came in at 8:30 on a Sunday night and the restaurant was pretty empty. We sat on the patio because the weather was perfect. I ordered a dirty martini with grey goose and it tasted very odd. I'm not a martini connoisseur but I have had several dirty martinis in several different places and they never tasted like that before. I thought maybe the bartender put gin instead of vodka or maybe the olive juice was bad. Not sure, but I asked if I could have a glass of Bordeaux instead. Luckily, it wasn't a problem. Our table ordered the Spicy Anduja (pronounced andouille...) pizza. The pieces with a lot of cheese were the best but overall, I really enjoyed it. The sausage was pretty mild but had a slight kick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening at Nellcote
    aalb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating her 40th birthday in Chicago and had heard great things about Nellcote. It surpassed expectations. The space is both elegant and energetic. The service was wonderful and warm. Each of our plates, from the cobia crudo to the margherita pizza, was delicious and obviously made with top-quality ingredients. Everyone there made us feel welcome. We will return next time we're in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.