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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Had the Sunday Brunch and highly recommend it! It's a good value for lots of of delicious food, mixing some Puerto Rican classics with American favorites.
Waiter was superb as well as the food. Brunch was delicious and a great value.
Food was so good!
Outstanding brunch! Very flavorful food and so many options at the buffet. Service was excellent! Hidden gem in Chicago for sure...
Great looking place for a great breakfast. I do not even like oatmeal but the avena de coco is amazing. The staff was very friendly and our breakfast was prepared very quickly. I can’t wait to go back. This will be my new go-to breakfast spot.
Avena De Coco!! my favorite never fails me. Love this place! Puerto Rican Breakfast at its best.
The food here is so good! I also enjoy the casual atmosphere. The wait staff is nice and can provide good recommendations. I highly recommend this establishment!
Table was ready as soon as we arrived.
Waiter was very pleasant and took our order immediately.
Coconut oatmeal was amazing, as usual.
Jibaritos were excellent. All our food was made as ordered and was scrumptious.
Always happy to go there knowing the experience will be a great one!
Brunch was amazing!! The food was so good. Dreaming about that oatmeal still.
Good food and great service.
Great atmosphere, WONDERFUL service and great value. Buffet was full and fresh, had a large party and they accommodated with no problem. It’s BYOB, wish they had champagne glasses but still a great time out. Parking was also easy!
I went there for the coconut oatmeal and girl talk with my best friend and I was not disappointed. Very pleased with the service, ambiance and specially the food.
Great food, excellent service!
Always enjoy the weekend breakfast buffet and the service is always top notch...
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.
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.
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.
Love a restaurant with not only great brunch, but amazing classy young waiters/waitresses! On point!!
Excellent food and service. Everyone now very nice and prompt in service.
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!
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.
The food and service was awesome! Make sure to make a reservation for brunch because they fill up quickly!
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!
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.
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!
THE OATMEAL THO! OMG! The best oatmeal, literally reminds me of my grandmothers but with added coco flavor. I will be back for it.
Service was great. Food was so tasty.
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!
Nellie’s was great. All the food was delicious, and the service was great.
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
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!
Amazing amazing buffet! Unique spot in the city.
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.
Nice laid back brunch. Sat upstairs with a window view.
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!
Great food and service. The staff is extremely friendly. I felt as if I were in a resort on vacation, exactly what I wanted!
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.
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.
Great food! Great service! It feels like home.
Nellie's Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.
Nellie's Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.