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About Nellcote

Chef Jared Van Camp has crafted an obsessively house-made and locally focused bill of fare. While taking influence from Italy, Spain and France, the ingredients and products are sourced exclusively from the Midwest.

The design is inspired by Villa Nellcôte, the French chateau where the Rolling Stones recorded “Exile on Main Street” in the 1970s. Between recording sessions (and bouts of debauchery), the band and their famous friends would gather over hours-long meals prepared by a chef who sourced each day’s ingredients from the local markets.

Like its namesake chateau, Nellcôte is opulent and approachable, a neighborhood restaurant wrapped in high-energy elegance. It’s where friends convene over food and drinks prepared with fresh, seasonal, house-made ingredients — including hand-milled flour — in a setting that feels special. All accompanied by a killer background soundtrack.

833 Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 5 pm-10 pm
Friday: 5 pm-12 am
Saturday: Brunch 11 am-3 pm, Dinner 5 pm-12 am *Pizza only 3 pm-5 pm
Sunday: Brunch 11 am-3 pm, Dinner 5 pm-10 pm *Pizza only 3 pm-5 pm

Cross Street:
Green

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 432-0500

Website:
http://www.nellcoterestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
$16

Executive Chef:
Jared Van Camp

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We can customize our spaces and menus to fit any style of event. Please email our events team at info@nellcoterestaurant.com.

Private Dining

Chef Jared Van Camp has crafted an “obsessively house made” and locally focused bill of fare - while taking influence from Italy, Spain and France, the ingredients and products are sourced exclusively from the Midwest. The vibe is Rock'n'roll bohemian.

Nellcote Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

3.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
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Good for Anniversaries (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Romantic (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The service received by our waitress was terrible. It was nearly 15 minutes after we were seated before we were even first greeted. At that point we were ready to order and put in our entire food order which was a salad, pasta and pizza. It took over an hour for our food to be served. Throughout our waiting time a bar staff member approached us twice to make sure we had been helped because our water glasses were empty and hadn’t been checked on by our waitress. When the food finally arrived, they were dropped on our table with no silverware or plates which caused us to wait even more.

Nelcote has great ratings and we were referred to this restaurant by friends so we were extremely shocked with the lack of service we received and that a simple order like ours required a 1.5 hour dining experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was great but really disappointed with service. I don't know if they were busy or not. But we had long wait times in between food/drinks/check.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The decor & ambiance in the restaurant is great, but the service was terrible. The staff themselves were fine, but there was no rhyme or reason to which tables the server was assigned to. She was all over the place & overall unable to attend to us in a timely manor. The food was okay, nothing special thats for sure. I wouldn't necessarily recommend the restaurant to anyone besides possibly looking for a place to grab a cocktail. Cocktail menu was small but decent & since the interior is nice it would be fine to get a drink at.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was fantastic and the restaurant is beautiful. However, our waiter this time was not great. He was not personable and seemed to be rushing us to order and to finish even though no one was waiting for the table.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for the Pajama Brunch on New Year's Day... great idea on their behalf and ours. It was great seeing the staff embracing the theme as well. The Bloody Mary was the perfect spicy and the endless Mimosa's were some of the best for sure. The burger with an egg was the highlight after the Mimosa, but hey it's a boozy brunch after all. I think the Sunday PJ Brunch should be their niche. Looking forward to going back for dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

To start off there were about 10 people total in the restaurant. Ordered drinks that came after the apps. Apps showed up 15 min after our dinner was over with. If you want to overspend for mediocre good food then sure. I’d suggest any other place in the west loop. No comp, no apologies; I’d suggest forno rosas for an Italian place.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

An overall pleasant experience. Staff was helpful and kind, and our food was brought to our table in an acceptable amount of time. The dishes were very good, and the overall atmosphere was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great crudo cocktails and pizza. Sat in the bar for an easy supper and had a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Delicious veal ragu pasta. The sides came out with the salads??? Overall a very nice evening.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The bread is incredible. The oil and butter greatly compliments, and it is baked daily.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, People Watching
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

LOVE the vibe

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We have been to Nell Cote several times before. Mostly for brunch and really liked it. This time we were entertaining guests before a Xmas concert. 5:30 reservation. The place was virtually empty and they sat us way in the back near a bussing station. The buttata appetizer was sour/old. Chicken dish was good as was the salmon entree. The beef was over cooked. Service was OK. Ambiance is always nice. Just not our best experience there. Probably will not rush back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was terrible and overpriced. Beautiful restaurant but wow, was not expecting such terrible food. They have a prime location. Wait staff was nice but slow. Extremely slow getting our drinks to our table. It's a shame because we really wanted to like this place. We truly didn't though.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I used to love this restaurant. I do not understand how a restaurant can go so bad so fast.
The hostess that night was friendly and helpful, the only good part of our night. Our waiter knew absolutely nothing, not about the wine, or the food. Maybe he goes to the better restaurants on the block! The pizza was okay, a bit mushy in the middle. The mushrooms and polenta had a weird smoky taste. The burrata salad just was not good, how can you mess up a salad!? The description of the cauliflower side was not what we were served. Overall a huge disappointment. I will not go back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The table given to us was so dirty! The server was quite unhelpful and we left within 15 mins. Horrible experience. Do not want to visit again nor recommend it

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was very poor and didn't know how to handle a larger party (10). Food was good but all came out at once so got cold quickly and with small eating plates there was no way to hand around the sharing plates.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was mediocre, wouldn't go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was excellent but the service was substandard. Drinks took 15-20 min to arrive. One of the items we ordered never came, waitress brought the wrong kind of wine, and then brought me someone else's bill which created some confusion. Surprised that there were that many issues for a restaurant open this long. Manager was very helpful and comped a round of drinks. I hope it was just an off night for the server.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Such a wonderful restaurant and I cannot day enough about the food and drinks! Brunch was terrific! Great for a party!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was fine. I have been here many times and like it a lot, didn't get service for 20 minutes, not even a drink, after sitting down. It was busy so wait is understandable. They were nice and comped the first drink. Experience was 3/5 due to wait time. Still will go again. There may have not been enough staff for the level of guests at the time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We booked a table at Nellcote for our anniversary. They put us at a great table overlooking the whole restaurant! Food was delicious, cocktails were great. The only downside was our server had our table (at the back of the restaurant) as well as tables out on the patio so it took her forever to do anything (get drinks, get cocktail or dessert menus). Would go back, but they need to sort out their server sections.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I had eaten several delicious meals in Chicago last week - Acadia, Blackbird, Monte Verde and was hoping this would be on par with them. I was disappointed. When we arrived it took too long for our waitress to come to our table initially and the restaurant was almost empty. After placing a drinks order, she returned to take our dinner order. About 15 minutes after that, our salads arrived and when we were done our drinks finally arrived. Not the order I am accustomed to. The drinks were delicious but skimpy. Mine was in a tall glass and looked generous but on closer inspection I saw that the glass was mostly taken up by a giant ice cube, leaving very little room for the actual drink. When our salads were finished, it took a long time to get the plates cleared away. After our appetizers were done, we couldn't even get the table cleared. I ended up putting the app plates on the table next to us when our pizza came and had to ask for new plates. After touting the home made flour, the crust was underdone and the pizza little more than some cheese and vegetables hastily thrown together. In the middle of that - the lights went down to almost darkness. Had to ask them to brighten the place up just so I could see the food. In short, not a great experience and blase food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I have to say the food Wes very good. Every item that we got was good although their service was under par. It seemed like they didn't have enough waiters/waitresses working. Overall it was good though. Food came out on time but the drinks took about 30 mins to get. Emphasis on great food though!

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Small plates--three of us shared a flatbread pizza, beet salad, burratta, and polenta, and that was plenty, despite service staff's recommendation otherwise.

A step below other neighborhood small plats, but that also means tables are available . . . still good food for value.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This spot is beautiful. Would definitely come here for a drink again. Service was fantastic...just the right amount of checking in, and the timing was perfect. I really just wish the food fit the high standard that the ambience and service set...oddly runny/soupy polenta and potatoes, half our party ordered the short ribs and it was suuuuuuper spicey, the noodles were kinda hard... sort of bleh food. We ended up going to another Italian place for dessert, and there gobbled up 1, then 2, the FIVE plates of pasta at that place because it was so fresh and delicious. Maybe the pizzas at Nellcôte are a safe bet? Again very gorgeous sexy spot, great music and everyone loved their cocktails, so will be popping back in for a drink, but wish there was a little more attention to the food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was incredible. I had the Crab Pasta dish and shared the Antipasti and Burrata with my family. All so yummy. I know my Mom loved the Amish Chicken, my husband enjoyed the Bolognese, and my best friend really liked the Corn Agnolotti.
The restaurant accommodated my step daughter--who wanted Spaghetti--by removing the Calabrian chilis from the dish and it was perfect. She ate the whole thing. They also made her a fun "mocktail" with extra cherries, per her request., which was lovely.

The only thing is that I did kind of feel like the server was pushing us to order more food than we needed. She said that one bread basket, one antipasti and one order of burrata wouldn't be enough for the 8 of us as starters, so she convinced us to get two of each. It was really too much, coupled with the Entrees that each of us ordered. I appreciated that we were well fed, but one of each of those appetizers would have been fine, and we ended up spending more money for a bunch of appetizers left on the plate that we weren't able to finish because we were stuffed.

Overall, though, everything was beyond delicious, and I can't wait to come back.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on September 22, 2017

No acknowledgement that it was a birthday reservation

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was extremely disappointed with my experience. Once seated, we waited 20 minutes before having to find the hostess and let her know we had not been attended too. Once we were finally served, the food was terrible, almost to the point of being inedible.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Such a cool atmosphere. Great music, service and food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service was very slow, and the waitress was not very attentive. The busboy was actually very nice and far more attentive than the wait staff--he needs a promotion to server.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Horrible !!!!!!!!
Server offer coffee at brunch in broken and chipped mug. Did not apologized. This Resteurant does not offer tea at brunch. I guess no tea after dinner either. Ridiculous !!!!!
Absolute joke.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Service was extremely slow, coffee was cold and watered down and food came out cold. Really disappointed as I loved this place.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Slow service. Always use an excuse of short staff. Food takes a long time to come out.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We received an email for a Labor Day special for $16 per person bottomless mimosas. I invited 5 friends and we arrived to be seated, but weren't waited on for FORTY Minutes. When the server finally greeted us, he didn't mention the special, we had to ask.
It took another 15 minutes for us to receive our first mimosa. It was painfully slow most of the couple of hours we were there. The food was ok at best.
It would have been one thing if they were busy, but they weren't. The server had a busser drop our food, and never came back except to be flagged down for more mimosas. We later asked about the promised share plate in the offer, which we were told had to be ordered and wasn't automatic. It too was "ok." When the bill came they charged us for it, and we had to pull up the offer to let them know this was supposed to be complimentary.

The third part of the offer was that if you wore white, you were to receive a gift card in the amount of the food purchase for your next visit. This wasn't given and we didn't even ask for it, bc we won't be returning. Overall disappointing experience and this place has really gone downhill!

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great waitress. Fantastic cocktails

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Such a delicious restaurant Pacing of the meal could have been better because the bread plate came first and then after 15min the sAlad and entrees arrived simultaneously
I would recommend them and next time will ask for better timing

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Such a major disappointment! Such a lovely space and such an ordinary, underwhelming menu. We had heard that it was wonderful when it first opened but has become very ordinary since then. Such a waste of our time and money.
To make matters worse, I had mentioned in my online reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, and then mentioned it again before being seated and we STILL didn't get a candle with even one of our 3 desserts ordered! Shame on them.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 4, 2017

A large, elegant but loud space Nellcote was a great place to share food and talk. The service was good and the wood grilled food was delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Food and Wine were great....love the atmosphere. Can't wait to go back in the summer for the outdoor space.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Gorgeous space, would be great for a intamate date for two. Great wine selection. Our table for for four felt cramped for all the dishes we were trying to share. The food was good, would have been great if it were not for a few of the dishes sent out. The corn agnolotti pasta was very good, so was the crudo and the steak. What fell short was the mushrooms and polenta, the polenta had zero salt, and the mushrooms were over cooked. The burratta dish was not evenly dressed and not salted and the toast was cold. The bread service would have been great if the bread was warm. I'd have to go again to be fair.

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