Nellcote
Nellcote

Nellcote

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nellcoterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3124320500
  • 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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Nellcote reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (83)romantic (66)special occasion (66)good for groups (58)great for outdoor dining (57)hot spot (57)neighborhood gem (55)vibrant bar scene (43)great for brunch (30)notable wine list (22)late-night find (16)great for lunch (15)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Better for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Snotty Service
    Andy
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and will go back again
    HarleyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My wife and I took my daughter and her husband there for dinner to celebrate their 1 year anniversary. This was our first time there and the food was unbelievably great!!! When you look at the menu you are uncertain about what you are ordering, so we ordered many plates to share. The pastas were especially good. We ordered all three and we were not disappointed. The only items we didn't meet our taste were the vegeetables of otatoes - too watery- and leeks type vegetable. The waitress should give a recap of the items to help customers understand each dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We only had one night in Chicago and this was a perfect place to dine. The European influenced tapas were delightful and creative. The drinks and desserts were also pretty amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has gone downhill
    ChgoTomVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This place once trendy has become lazy and the food unexciting. On a Labor Day weekend the restaurant didn't get any of the basics right; they never came by to checkin for drinks, they served the sides a full 10 minutes before any meal arrived and the flank steak is chewy grocery store meat that sticks to your teeth. Stay with the pasta, avoid the uninspiring pizza and definitely try the chocolate dessert
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional at some things
    Chicago820
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall, food was very good. Homemade breads were exceptional. Venison tartare and hangar steak were delicious. Potato gnocchi and pork was too rich for our taste. Had a reservation for 8:30pm. Weren't seated until 9 and when we were, we were given a tiny table next to the bar. People's behinds were literally at our face level. Not delightful. Seemed like a happening place filled with beautiful people. Enjoyed our meal and the service was good. Appreciated the birthday dessert of chocolate parfait. Will come back--and would like to try their brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LWFE
    LWFE
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall the evening was good. Good wine and martini. The staff seemed a bit “too casual” for this class of a restaurant….maybe I am old fashion. The food was good and well proportioned. The meals are served like a Tapas Restaurant. The menu needs more Gluten Free offerings. This is a restaurant we look forward to eating at again the next time we are in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very few diners when we were there. Pretty place, but the food delivery did not live up to it. Plates are meant to be shared & were enough for sharing, but the dishes we ordered were not served in a sequence that made sense. The pizza crust was soft & doughy & the pizza was not very flavorful. The chicken & vegetables were good, & the venison tartare was outstanding - the very best of all we tried. To the restaurants credit, they did rectify our complaint & took a dish off our check. Has the possibilities of being a neighborhood gem. Perhaps we hit it on an off night.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great vibe
    AmberVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nellcote never disappoints. I love sitting outside on Randolph in the summer – it's a great vibe and much quieter than inside, which can get clubby on weekends. The best dish we had this time was the roasted peach and farro salad with kale, Marcona almonds and pickled apricots. Service is always spot on and Jay is the best GM.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • restaurants review
    Friday
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It's my second time here I enjoyed it a lot. However the waitress offered very poor service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and Availability
    Notsogreat
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The wine on the menu that we wanted was not available. Getting our second choice took about 20 minutes. We all ordered dishes but only 1 of us received our meal. Had to wait again another 10 min. One of the chicken dishes wasnt cooked all the way and needed to be sent back for further cooking. Service was extremely slow even though we got there at 6pm on a weekday.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the setting, but the service was slow. Our food came out at different times and our waiter barely came to the table to check on us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dining experience!
    elisajoy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been wanting to check this place out for awhile and, boy, am I glad we finally got the chance! The menu is broken out by type of dish and is intended for lots of plate sharing at the table. The highlight dishes of our meal were the beet ravioli and spigarelli; the crudo and squash blossom and burrata pizza were also pretty tasty. The meal, though, delicious was not the showstopper of the experience though -- the outstanding service and cocktail menu are the reasons I can't wait to go back. Our server, Kevin, was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and all-around perfecto...I simply can't say enough nice things about him. The cocktail menu was also great--try Sympathy for the Devil--DELICIOUS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the potatoes
    AbbyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was there with 3 others and we all loved the meal. All the food was amazing - definitely get the truffle potatoes. The only reason I didn't give it a 5th star is because one of the pastas we ordered came out a bit undercooked. I like al dente, but this was pretty under done. Overall our meal was excellent and I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be missed
    ChicagoNewbie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my 4th time dining here. Nothing to complain about. Keep up the great work. Wishing you continued great luck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service could have been better
    funfoodandfriends
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The venue is great and was what I was looking for when selecting an outdoor dinner venue, but the service ended up being less than desirable! It took entirely too much time to receive our first course and then we had to wait 30 minutes (if not longer) between both of our second courses being served. My dinner guest was practically finished with his meal before they served my meal. That was not a good experience. No one likes to watch someone else eat. It created an uncomfortable situation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great al fresco across from Soho
    AmberVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Gorgeous dining room – excellent service. So fun to dine outside overlooking Randolph Street too. Since this restaurant is right across the street from Soho House I expect it to be even busier in coming months. The food is solid and there are plenty of options for lighter, healthy vegetable-based meals as well as a mean pork chop and hearty pizzas and pastas. The venison tartare was the standout of our meal. Dning on the patio was lovely too. When it started raining, the waitstaff swiftly whisked everyone and our food into the spacious dining room. They handled the situation so well and are utmost professionals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting vibe on busy Randolph
    windycityVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I wasn't sure about Nellcote when I first entered. somewhat small but very well done menu. Pizza's - excellent, had a great Gnocchi dish. Loved the in season salad. Bartenders are knowledgeable, make great recommendations and craft a great cocktail. Wait staff are friendly and competent but they really need to work on pacing of dishes and I know they say the dishes come out when they are done but its really up to them to stage them so that you don't have you salad and entree's coming out at the same time. Just put a bit of effort in ok? Good wine list and if you are up for another glass they will walk you over to RM Champagne through their shared kitchen.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded my high expectations
    Cwillis7997
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    While visiting Chicago last weekend, I met up with a few friends that recently moved to the area. A good friend of mine who is a Chicago foodie recommended Nelcote, so my expectations were pretty lofty. As a member of the service industry, I appreciate an attentive server that knows when to be present while still allowing an intimate dining experience. Jenn was fantastic! Not once did our cocktails run dry as she expertly guided us through the menu. She suggested all of the "must haves" and we had a fantastic, relaxed dinner on the patio. The venison tartar, pork chop, and pasta bolognese were my favorites, but you cannot miss out on one of those wood-fired pizzas. The GM personally thanked us for dining at Nelcote=100% class. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music and portions
    Betty
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It was recommended we order 2-3 items per person to share, portions were too small to share for 4. Music level was way too loud to hold a conversation. It's pretty inside but I would not recommend to my friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • daruma
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Suprisingly not crowded for Sunday brunch around 11. Got fuller as time went on.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun spot
    banditaVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Upscale but still casual environment with friendly, knowledgeable servers. Fun with a small group, as most items are meant to be shared. Our standouts were the beet salad and the gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Chris
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was fantastic, service was prompt and attentive, overall great experience and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glam Brunch Spot
    VeniceGlamGirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went here with a group of girls for my friend's bachelorette brunch. Such a cool spot. Great french food and delicious champagne pitchers with St. Germain. Portions are small but the ambiance is incredible. Very glamourous. Would totally go back for a bougie-brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate