Nellie's Restaurant

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Puerto Rican
Nellie’s Puerto Rican Restaurant is a family owned eatery nested in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant Puerto Rican community.

Since opening in March 2006, Nellie’s has become recognized as one of “Chicago’s Best”. Serving a unique blend of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine and American breakfast favorites. Including their famous 'avena de coco' (coconut oatmeal) and the ever popular weekend buffet.

Nellie's prepares every dish with the highest quality ingredients by a talented cooking staff and served with a warm smile.

Nellie’s is not a restaurant; it is an experience. Find out what the excitement is all about!
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MK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!

TQ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the weekend breakfast buffet and the service is always top notch...

MC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We waited over 40 minutes to get our food, then waited another 15 for our sides of tostones and maduros. We had to remind our waiter about our sides twice. Some at the table were finishing up the meal by the time the sides arrived.
We then ordered pastries to go, 6 with guayaba con queso. We we got home we saw that we had the pastries that only had guayaba. We were not told that they ran out of the guayaba con queso so we expected to get what we ordered.

JB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely brunch here. The buffet was great, would have loved a couple more options (something a little on the healthy side) but overall it was a great experience and you can't beat a BYOB brunch.

NO
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was great from the sweet waiter but I was looking forward to the avena de coco and I was disappointed. The avena tasted so sour, but thankfully I got the coqi sandwiche which was great.

FE
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love a restaurant with not only great brunch, but amazing classy young waiters/waitresses! On point!!

HE
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Everyone now very nice and prompt in service.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a new brunch place and stumbled upon this restaurant online. We were amazed by the great menu (and amazing brunch buffet option) and decided to give it a try. We reserved a table (the night before) and were seated promptly. The service was very attentive and friendly and the food was great! The price is unbeatable and we will definitely be back! Highly recommend this place for brunch or any other meal time!

JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love this place so much! I finally tried the buffet. Honestly, fairly decent spread. I would have liked to see more non-red meat options but it’s a Puerto Rican place! In terms of sanitary standards, there were a lot of fruit flies in the fruit case.

RD
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was awesome! Make sure to make a reservation for brunch because they fill up quickly!

CS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting Chicago from NYC and my friend recommended this place. I was skeptical because being Puerto Rican I know what GOOD food taste like! THIS WAS GOOOOOD authentic PUERTO RICAN FOOD!!!!!! Loved it! Felt like I was eating a plate of food directly from my moms kitchen!

A
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding - the service, food, ambiance, pricing, and generosity. I love that it was BYOB and that there were custom omelets too! Be sure to bring some cash to provide a tip for the person making omelets. The flan was also amazing and probably the best flan I have ever had. Cannot recommend this place enough.

DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy coming to Nelilie’s! The food is authentic and flavorful, the service is great and I enjoy the dine in and patio seating. Highly recommend for a great Puerto Rican brunch!

JR
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

THE OATMEAL THO! OMG! The best oatmeal, literally reminds me of my grandmothers but with added coco flavor. I will be back for it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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m
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Food was so tasty.

VR
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is authentic, large servings, helpful servers and the owner is amazing friendly and helpful. The brunch is a great deal and has so many kinds of food it is amazing! Thanks will return in my next trip there!

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nellie’s was great. All the food was delicious, and the service was great.

j
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Don’t bother making a reservation they won’t go by it
And customer service was horrible
Had to call someone really loud to get service
Food was cold and not fresh for buffet
Terrible

VB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant. They have the option of a delicious Puerto Rican buffet or to order off the menu. It was nice that not every guest must choose either/or. Since my dad cannot go up the stairs, they were able to accommodate us on the first floor. My mom does NOT like oatmeal but she absolutely LOVED the coconut oatmeal they are famous for!

CL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing amazing buffet! Unique spot in the city.

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nellie's provided an excellent atmosphere to celebrate Mother's Day with my family. The service was outstanding and the food was great as usual.

MM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice laid back brunch. Sat upstairs with a window view.

MR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our Mothers Day Brunch was awesome! I loved the food. Especially the omelette it was so tasty. The staff were awesome! 1st time going to Nellie's and will be back again. Thank you!

MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. The staff is extremely friendly. I felt as if I were in a resort on vacation, exactly what I wanted!

OT
Chicago
370 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Outdoor patio cute. Staff is super slow and forgetful. I asked for a table outside, and while three tables were available and I was the only person waiting to be seated, he offered me a coffee and forgot that and also forgot to seat me, and forgot who I was when I mentioned to him I had been waiting twenty + min. The second waiter was a little better. The food was ok.. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing bc I heard others saying they loved their dishes.

MG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food and ambiance! I ordered the breakfast jobarito with the veggie sausage...so delish. I also loved the coconut oatmeal that came with the dish. Their orange juice is fresh squeezed which I also loved. I definitely plan to come back and highly recommend.

MA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! It feels like home.

PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great avena (oatmeal). Best egg omelette with the weekend buffet.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food good prices

KG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, the restaurant is clean and very welcoming.

SS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was phenomenal. I definitely recommend the oatmeal and jibaritos. We will keep coming back!

ER
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great especially the guy cooking the omlets he is awesome something different buffet is excellent only issue is parking finally a puerto rican buffet.

EF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My friend and I both got the Nellie's breakfast special - we loved the oatmeal but found the omelette to be pretty bland, unfortunately. Was VERY busy and we had to wait about 15 minutes for our table, even with a reservation.

IL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BYOB is the greatest!! This restaurant just had a great ambience and great food! Great idea the owners had. Will be back soon!

RC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere. Authentic food. Owner is always present. His passion is felt and tasted in the food served! Exceptional service!

MA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Nellie’s is like eating at your grandmother’s house. It’s great, authentic, flavorful, Puerto Rican food. The staff and service never disappoints.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch. AYCE at a great price and it’s all BYOB

AP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time at this restaurant in the heart of Humboldt Park! Good food- good service!

s
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Coconut oatmeal great but omelette with special seasoning was the best

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