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Durty Nellie's

27 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups

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Durty Nellie's has been a friendly, neighborhood tavern since 1972. The "bigger and better" Durty Nellie's at 180 N. Smith Street opened its doors on December 19, 2003 and has since become the top live music venue in the Chicago Suburban area. Durty Nellie's has welcomed rock legends such as Violent Femmes, Saliva, Cracker, Johnny Winter, David Allan Coe, Firehouse, Filter, Jonas Brothers, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Local H, Poi Dog Pondering, Vertical Horizon and many more. Durty Nellie's is also a home stage to local bands and popular events. In addition to being a noted music venue, Durty Nellie's is a great place to have dinner before a show, host an event or have a casual night out in our Pub. Durty Nellie's is the host of events annually such as our "famous" week long St. Patrick's Day events, 12 Beers of Christmas, Beer Fest and many more. Durty Nellie's is also known for the most extensive beer selection in the area. We serve over 150 beers from all over the world.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Irish, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 358-9150
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Kile
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Private party contact
Bridget Brennan: (847) 358-9150 ext. 24
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Public transit
Metra Palatine Stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GreatPlace (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 30, 2014

Durty Nellie's is a great overall place to go to! Food and drinks are great and there is always something going on.

vipDanG (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on May 19, 2014

Food was good not great, about what you would expect for this setting. Will probably be back given the convenient location to Palatine Metra station & downtown. Next time for outdoor seating which should cut down on noise level too.

vipBarb (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2014

We stopped by for a Mother's Day dinner. We love the food…my personal favorite is the Pot 'O Gold Burger. Had a great time with the family and had a great dinner. Love Nellies…..

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on May 2, 2014

Durty Nellies had a lot of potential, but the food was really, really bad. I could have made frozen food that would have tasted better. The place has a great beer list, awesome venue and overall cool ambiance. I was really disappointed.

slou1124 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2014

Place was buried and short staffed. Didn't really matter as the owner, Mark, kept filling in for our waiter getting us drinks and taking our appetizer order. Wait staff finally got in sync, our waiter very nice and very apologetic took very good care of us after that. Food came quickly, but not rushed, quality was very good. It's pub food so I can't really wax poetic about it but it was very flavorful, warm where it should be warm cool where it should be cool, nothing to complain about at all. As noted above this was our first time to the establishment, it will not be our last. Nice outside seating area which is in the evening shade. Looking forward to sitting there this summer. If this summer ever gets here.

Carrie (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 16, 2014

Durty Nellie's was a great place to go to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with our 2 year old. Still a fun bar atmosphere, but appropriate during the day/early evening for the little ones. He loved the noise and all of the tv's all over. The Shephard's Pie was absolutely FANTASTIC! And the cook was flexible with our little guy's soy allergy, even though they had their limited menu for the holiday. Great time...we'll be back soon.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 9, 2014

Had a great time! the 17-piece band filled the stage! Great way to celebrate a birthday. I reserved a table online and had no problems at the door! Food was outstanding! Lots of vegetable options for those that aren't a fan of meat...
Great staff, great location, great entertainment!! I'll be back soon! Definitely will refer you guys!!

Momlove4 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 22, 2014

We had a GREAT night at Nellie's. The food was awesome (they have great vegetarian options). The service was FANTASTIC too! I have dined here before and will continue to keep coming back!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

I love Durty Nellies for bands but was not at all impressed with the food.I was quite disappointing. For the amount we paid which I feel was very expensive for food that was not very good. Also, it took an extremely long time to even order any food because the waiter was so busy we hardly seen him the entire night. We had a big party and asked the waiter to split the bill which he said was fine but we got one bill at the end of the night anyways which was really aggravating. I was also not happy we had to pay cover at 8:00 for dinner when the band didn't start until almost 11 and most of my party had left by then so they payed for nothing. I was very dissapointed all around.

happydiner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

The food will keep you coming back! Small but great menu with daily specials. Friendly service. Owner always checks on you and
is very good about honoring special requests if he can. Price very reasonable. Great selection of beers. Can be a little noisy on band nights especially on the upper floor. Enjoy!!!!

Doreen (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

We went to this bar for a concert with a teenager. I really like the vibe of this place. Would come back again.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2014

It was a real good time with friends and family my 21st birthday
Everybody was buying me drinks even people I diden't know it was a blast
I will return

Kris (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2014

I had my birthday dinner here with my girls and we stuck around for the show. The food was amazing and the bartenders were extremely attentive. I have always loved Nellie's!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2013

Very Good Lunch and the hot chocolate was very good.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2013

We live in Norridge. I hate driving in to downtown much less paying for parking! And commuting on the bus is terrible....This was a great night out!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 29, 2013

The rudest bar tenders I have ever seen. The staff there is unorganized and seem dumbfounded most of the time

Early2Bed (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2013

Drawn here by a favorite band playing there. Food was great. Generous portions. Thoughtful ingredients. Used "Open Table" for the first time and reservation was overlooked. We arrived and they had only just discovered our reservation. Bit of a wait but not long.

Yummy (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2013

We were on a date. Good service. The buffalo burger was outstanding!

Lisa (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2013

The blue cheese potato salad was phenomenal! The cheeseburger was a good size too (great value for the $). Will definitely go again!

vip24din (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 8, 2013

I ordered a turkey burger and it was very heavy on the oregano.
There was not a wine list but a full side of the menu dedicated to beers.
The live entertainment was great which was the reason we drove the distance!
Pricey.... On top of it all there is a 10.00 cover charge as well!
Thought if you paid to have dinner and for the food that the music would all be included.
An expensive night for a pub.