Nellie's Restaurant

4.3
123 Reviews
$30 and under
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 123 people are saying
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Nakatooshka
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely love Nellie's! Their oatmeal is legendary, and everything else on their menu is classic Puerto Rican deliciousness. It's the ultimate takeout restaurant!

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CharlesW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A lot of complaints about how long the food takes but i think this is a Covid problem. The food is lovely! The averna de coco (coconut oatmeal) is amazing.

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Kati
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Jibarito is a must and the oatmeal cup is delicious.

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Nicole
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I wanted to like it but the food was cold and it took an hour to get it when we were basically the only ones in the restaurant. Disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was extremely slow., food took close to an hour to get to the table.The food had to be sent back twice, and still never right (a simple eggs over easy came back hard both times).

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MoBens773
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious!!! Great food and friendly staff. Food took awhile, but they were busy, and the avena de coco and cafe con leche really kept us going while we waited. Always a favorite!!

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vipanubis72
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Terrible! Waited two hours for food. Many excuses. When food arrived, it was cold. The restaurant credited the total bill but it was a wasted occasion. The only good was sitting outside.

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Enid
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved being able to make a reservation. When I got there my table was ready and I was assisted right away. A great business to support in Humboldt. So grateful for all of you!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Sadly like so many restaurants they are short staffed. We waited 1.5 hours for our food. Our main entrees were good, but the server forgot about the oatmeal and when we did get it the oatmeal was so cold it was hard to eat. We asked for a coffee refill and never got anymore coffee in the whole time we were there. This is one of my favorite breakfast spots, but the service today was not good. I think it would have been best to tell people (even with reservations) that the cook is behind and it will take over an hour. Regardless of the cook being swamped I think the wait staff could have been more transparent and attentive.

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vipSummer
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food is very good but service is not so much…Also they are asking customers to wear facial mask around buffet table while the staff wasn’t all wearing masks… I don’t have a problem about wearing masks but there’s such a double standard there….

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VictorL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s like home, server was great!!!

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vipKyle
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waited 45 minutes for our food to come out in spite of the big rush being over.

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vipcecy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and friendly establishment. Definitely a must!

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LDSRR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delicious food and great spot. If you decide to order a la carte instead of doing the buffet in the weekend, the service can be a little slow, but totally worth it.

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Joanne
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nellie’s is amazing!! Such a friendly staff and the food is so good. I’d recommend carving out a little more time than usual if you plan to eat here. It can take a while for the food to come out, but trust me, well worth the wait!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a brunch date on a beautiful Sunday! Enjoyed the buffet and always come back for the famous coconut oatmeal!

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CarlosR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very very good, service was good too! Unfortunately one of the items that drew us to this place was on a weekly rotation and so we missed it but overall food was still delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is excellent, just takes a little long to get the food out to the table. Employers very welcoming and polite. Servers very nice .

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VictoriaT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nellie's never disappoints.

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DanielleS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat here! Lots of great choices. The best oatmeal anywhere. Great sandwiches. Anything you get here will be amazing. If you love Puerto Rican food, this will most definitely hit the spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was delicious, service was great. I wish there was music that was played or something, way too quiet inside.

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RolandS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipPamW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waiter was superb as well as the food. Brunch was delicious and a great value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good!

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foodE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding brunch! Very flavorful food and so many options at the buffet. Service was excellent! Hidden gem in Chicago for sure...

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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vipVIVALADIVA
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avena De Coco!! my favorite never fails me. Love this place! Puerto Rican Breakfast at its best.

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MelanieG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was amazing!! The food was so good. Dreaming about that oatmeal still.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MK22
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service!

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TheQueenB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MariaC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

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JenniferB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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NadiaO
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

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ForEver23
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

Nellie's Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Nellie's Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 252-5520.

Nellie's Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 123 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.