Nellie's Restaurant

4.4
28 reviews
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$30 and under
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Puerto Rican
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Puerto Rican, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 252-5520
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 28 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.5
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Authentic food, super friendly staff and the weekend buffet is an absolute steal

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Excellent, True Puerto Rican Food!!!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I love the relaxed atmosphere. Its like going to eat at your favorite aunt's after church. The coffee is strong and good. Best thing is the charming gentleman that operates the omelet station- very polite and engaging as well as efficient. Its the kind of place you go to when you miss home.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food at Nellie’s is outstanding! Best Puertorican brunch in Chicago. I always feel like I am back at my grandma’s house. The service is great and it’s a kid friendly place.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This place is a great family run restaurant ! The food is amazing, the selection of Puertorican food is good and the flavors are on point with what you would find on the island

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Entrance door could use more color too it
Brunch buffet was okay food looked like it was there for hours, PR lasagna was cold and salty, sausage links looked burnt, bacon wasn't fully cooked, potatoes could have been seasoned, coconut oatmeal was okay could have had some coconut bites to it, rice needed to be more moist, fried pork was kinda cold, maduros were okay some were still raw inside, french toast and pancakes should be done as ordered not in advance they were dry. The ONLY thing I liked was the omelettes and flan unlimited OJ & cafe serviced at your table.
Table I sat down on was tilted and didn't fix, where the buffet was at was dark could use more lighting.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Our group of 10 enjoyed weekend brunch this past Sunday: Avena de Coco (Coconut Oatmeal) was tasty & hearty start, then terrific buffet stations with fresh & hot Pastelón de Huevo (Puerto Rican style lasagna!), Salchichas (sausages) & bacon, potato wedges, sweet plantains, pancakes, etc. The made-to-order omelettes were great. We reserved tables in advance because of size of our group, and Nellie's was ready for us with great service. Very reasonably priced!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

As always, Nellie's is delicious and full of friendly service. They are so sweet to my daughter. I always look forward to coming here.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter buffet Brunch!
Great selection of food and good ambiance

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My family and I met there for Easter brunch. We were able to make a reservation, so there was no waiting. The main dining room was full, and at first, we thought there would be a wait, however, they let us to an very open, and airy room on the second floor. The room looked like a special events room, and the music was was so lively, I danced with my three year old granddaughter! The food was excellent, and they were even able to accommodate my granddaughters numerous allergies. We took advantage of the buffet with a delightful Caribbean lasagna, where the noodles were replaced by plantains, between the meat and cheese!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I’ve been here several times and just wanted to finally leave a review. I’m big on customer service and this restaurant makes me feel welcomed. It’s inviting the people are very friendly and the food is authentic and amazing. I visit often for their Sunday Brunch. And I can’t get enough of it. I love that I can byob. And just have a good laugh with family and friends when we get together.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Amazing food and friendly staff

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

I came here with my daughter and girlfriend for brunch. I had already visited Nellie's before but I love this place. The food is amazing and delicious. The staff is always friendly and the atmosphere was as if you were visiting a cafe in Puerto Rico. Always a delight eating here.

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Great bargain $16 or $17 for the the buffet and it’s BYOB!!!! Only thing I would ask for the waiter or waitress to come around and make sure my coffee is filled it takes away from the great bargain when you can’t get your caffeine. Other than that great place.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This was out first time at Nellie’s. He food was flavorful and a nice deviation from standard breakfast options.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

It was very delicious and I loved the Sunday Brunch, BYOB all you can eat !!

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1.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Because it sucked. The food was crap. The ambiance was horrible.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food, excellent service and good value on the weekend brunch buffet. Do not pass up a serving of coconut oatmeal or you may regret it. BTW, coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice is added bonus.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Loved everything about it. Picked this place for a different experience.. I am so glad I did ...I love trying new thing... I am from out of town .

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The staff was very friendly and attentive. The brunch buffet was excellent. Everyone needs to try the cinnamon oatmeal! I really liked the fact that the chef was there to make ALL eggs and omelets to order - no mountains of scrambled eggs that have been sitting out for who knows how long. I would absolutely make brunch at Nellie's a regular weekend event.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

I was meeting a friend for brunch early Sunday morning. Division St was blocked off due to a festival, so we had to walk about 4 blocks in order to park. We had made a reservation and called to inform the host that we would be late due to parking. Normally, there is parking on Division St.

The staff at Nellie's was very friendly and accommodating. It's BYOB, so we bought a bottle of Champagne with us. The waitress opened the bottle, brought glasses, and put the bottle on ice. I was quite impressed. There was no corkage fee either. I've paid corkage fees and had to ask several times for an ice bucket.

We had the buffet. The best item was the omelette bar. I ordered an egg white veggie omelette and my friend ordered a regular veggie. They were the best omelettes that we had ever had. The cook was very friendly and even suggested that we come back for a second one.
The second best item was the flan. It was creamy and light. It was cut into very small pieces, so I didn't feel so guilty after the full plate from the buffet. My friend would argue that it was the Puerto Rican oatmeal. However, I passed as I don't like coconut.

The price of the buffet was also very reasonable. $16 per adult.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Great experience good food and service. I will come again

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Nellie's is a great neighborhood joint. The atmosphere is nothing fancy, but the food is phenomenal and the service is friendly and attentive. It was advertised as a great place for brunch, but note there isn't a buffet. The food was delicious -- the coconut oatmeal is especially tasty and surprisingly filling. Overall, it's a very pleasant experience with great food.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2017

Everything was delicious. The coconut oatmeal was amazing! Very intimate and authentic spot.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

More spacious on the inside than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed the weekend brunch buffet and service and quick and polite.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

The food, service and value (check out their amazingly affordable prices) at Nellie' s were fantastic! The place is refreshingly unpretentious and most pleasurable. My partner and I had never been before but we will be back for the coconut oatmeal and the Puerto Rico lasagna. The chef who prepared our made-to-order omelets was extremely helpful and pleasant in explaining all of the unique items that were available. None of the food was spicy but I loved the fact that you could add some hot sauce as desired. There were 3-4 different hot sauces on every table and I preferred what appeared to be Nellie's own creation. I highly recommend Nellie's for anyone seeking an ethnic and enjoyable dining experience!!!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers Day brunch staff was poorly trained. We were never greeted and never got drink orders taken. No one asked if we needed anything, but of course 20% gratuity was added to our tab of 9 people. I could tell the omelet cook was being overworked because line was so long, the rest of the plate got cold waiting for it, but I have no idea who got that $60 gratuity because no one served or helped us.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Cindy the owner came by and made us all feel so welcome. The brunch was bomb. The pastelon was soooo good

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