Nellie's Southern Kitchen

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New restaurant now open in downtown Belmont. Nellie’s Southern Kitchen features a Southern Style Cuisine. Owned and operated by the Jonas Family.
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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and enjoyed every part of the experience!!!!

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GJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Will definitely come again.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Service, Hospitality and the live music was great! Get the chicken and waffles!

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DM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall we had a great experience. My food was very good. My wife ordered the salmon. The salmon was not cooked to her satisfaction. The salmon was actually cold when she received it. Otherwise our experience was good.

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience overall!

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LS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been here probably ten times. The last two times we have not experienced good service at all. We went there Saturday to celebrate two birthdays with great disappointment. Seated quickly but only with menus. Took about 30 to 45 minutes to get our first round of drinks. The appetizers came before drinks, water and silverware. All the meatloaf was cold, ran out of catfish and missed a side salad. We brought some wine with us and had no issue paying the corkage fee but we were given the wine bottle opener and glasses to serve ourselves. At the end of the night we were left with a dirty table, (dirty dishes were not cleaned off the table) and a hefty bill and much disappointment. Entertainment was a draw for us in the past but last three times has not been very engaging at all. We used to love how the band would get everyone involved. Not anymore . The manager was called over at the end but she was not very hospitable. So sad, I will not be going back .

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E
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious! Down home cooking with a new flair. Nicely decorated. Very friendly staff.

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JO
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We had reservations to celebrate our 26 anniversary. We ordered a medium well steak that came out raw. We ordered hot chicken that was CD and missing the crust. We could not find our waitress after waiting fo 20 minutes we asked someone else for help. After returning the food ,10 minutes later still no entree, we decided to leave. The manager seemed uninterested in her (I'm sorry) spill.

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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 would eat again. Food was good. Great atmosphere. Happy people. Great drinks.

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SC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nellie’s the perfect mix of modern and southern charm! The food was great and the staff was wonderful! It was great to see th owners so involved and you definitely felt the small town charm!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is our second time to Nellie's Southern Kitchen, both times have been for brunch. My overall theme would be "average", which is reflected in my rating. The only standout here is the music during the Sunday brunch. If you looking for that kind of ambiance, it is nice.

As for the food, it's pretty average. There was nothing overly unique or special about the menu, the ingredients, the preparation, or the presentation. The menu is southern basics with little interpretation to make it a little more upscale. The prices are modest and would expect a little higher creativity and presentation. The biscuits are fresh and were pretty good, but the livermush was dried out and thin. Delivery of the food was felt a little long for the basic menu, but that seemed to be the trend across the restaurant. Nothing special with your mimosa, just bubbly and a splash of OJ. No garnish, no inspiration.

The service was a little sub-par, I don't remember this from our first experience, which was good. Things change over time. Overall the presentation of the staff felt a little "unkept" as in the uniform/clothing standards. I guess if I'm paying to dine out, I expect folks to look on point. So, it's definitely more on the casual side for the environment. We had to ask for basics, like silverware and napkins. We were handed a set of dessert plates and forks and asked to pass them out to our guests at the table, I'm the guest, not the server. Did a good job of checking in on the table, but missed the basics in some areas.

Would I go back, ah maybe, but definitely likely to check out some other options first. Have not experienced dinner or rooftop dining, so maybe there is another appeal to the place. Have only been there for brunch twice, once as a couple and this time as a small group.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and great food! Chicken and waffles - amazing.

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great southern style home cooking. Guitarist was playing while there which was a fun addition. Very fun brunch spot!

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Glad we made a reservation as the place was packed! We showed up a little early, had a drink at the bar which had an awesome selection of cocktails. Wait staff seemed a little overwhelmed but the food was INSANE!
Very good, will definitely be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and took my Mother for her birthday dinner and we both savored each bite. The complementary dessert was a nice touch! The cream brulee was perfect! Our waitress was attentive and professional. Can't wait to come back. Thank you!

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h
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I traveled over 2 hours and this was the perfect pit stop. We felt that we definitely got our money’s worth. The atmosphere was so inviting and comfortable. The food was amazing. The hall of fame was also very exciting.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a real nice time. The computer system went down for a couple of hours and we could not put any orders in but it was a nice experience and the food was excellent.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always! Computer glitch slowed everything down, but server was very apologetic and personable even in the middle of chaos. Just love Nellies!

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome, great selection, super cute decor. The young lady who was singing was sooo good. Loved her

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j
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately I think Nellies is slipping. I’ve been there often and the last three times the food and service where not where they used to be. It’ll be a while before I return. I had to carry my glasses and ask someone else to refill them. Then went to our waiter, having a long chat with the bartender, as ask him to come check on us. The food quality has gone from 9-10 down to 4-6 over the last few visits. Such an opportunity in Belmont shouldn’t be wasted.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! The food and service were very good as well!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

First time I have been here on a Tuesday discount day. Chicken was dry and portion small. Wait staff was in a hurry to take our order..felt rushed. Been here other times though and had a delicious meal. Must have been an off day.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I think that everything was amazing. The Food was great you get a lot for what you pay. Well worth the price. The service was a little slow but our waiter was the only one waiting on everyone in the dining room. He was amazing and well worth the wait. So polite and very cheerful. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone and will for sure be back soon.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love Nellies! The food is amazing, the atmosphere is fantastic and the staff is wonderful! This is our ‘go to’ for special occasions...the fact that our 15 year old is a huge Jonas Brothers fan makes it even better!

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EK
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food, the service, and the atmosphere were great!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was great. The service we had could have been better

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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Disappointing. The food was great and I truly feel the folks we dealt with meant well. Chalking it up to a bad day. But the service was really bad. Twenty minutes from the time we were seated before anyone came over to say hello and offer us water. Ordered drinks for Sunday brunch. Our food came out before our drinks. Mind you, my wife’s drink was a mimosa. Orange juice and sparkling wine. The bartender had to come over to apologize about the ADDITIONAL 20 minute delay. And then the server had to come over to tell us she meant to tell us earlier about our drink delay. The meal was more tailored to making excuses about how so and so didn’t tell us something earlier than they should have. The whole experience was lacking leadership. There was no one there with authority making sure the trains ran on time. We were giggling to ourselves about how many people were working but not working well. There may have been more servers than customers but no one seemed to know what to do or where to be. Again, everyone seemed well meaning and the food was good. But no one was tying it all together. The service was epically bad. 4 stars for the attempt and the hope it was just a bad day.

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

Great! We love Nellies!!

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NP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Food was alright, not great, service somewhat ok. There was live music, a solo musician, way too loud. I don't enjoy music blasting while trying to enjoy dinner, we could not have a conversation without yelling at each other and I was not pleased. I asked the waiter if there was somewhere we could move, another room, to get away from this, there was not. Overall, not a good experience, and will not return, there are much more enjoyable places to enjoy dinner in Belmont than this.

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CI
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome and the music they had that night was very entertaining. That was our first time and we will definitely be going back.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, loved the food, service was great and the ambience was wonderful.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place will definitely be back!

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great! My 2 friends and I all had the chicken and waffles. The Chicken was perfectly fried, tender and boneless. The waffles were also great, just wish they were a little fresher by the time they got to us--they had gotten a little cold and started to get rubbery, though I do believe they were made to order.

The cool thing about this place is it's owned by one of the Jonas Brothers, which we didn't know until after we'd gone there (and explained all the Jonas brothers paraphernalia near the bathrooms).

Service was pretty good overall, but had a waitress who seemed to be rushing us to finish our food for some reason at the end? Even though we hadn't been eating for very long (maybe 10-15 minutes) and had waited at least 20 for our food from the time we ordered. She cleared my friend's plate who had just finished eating, and I expected her to leave and come back later, but instead she stood over me waiting for me to pick up my last bite with my fork, and then took my plate as soon as I did, leaving me to hold my last bit over a napkin on my table. She also tried to stand over my friend who clearly had at least a quarter of her meal to finish and I had to tell her that my friend was still eating so she would let her finish in peace. The restaurant wasn't that crowded and she did say there was no rush to leave, so I'm still not sure why that happened. Maybe they were running out of plates? It was very, very bizarre. If management is reading this, there's definitely a coaching opportunity there.

Overall though, a very good experience and I would definitely go back!

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

This place was amazing ❤️❤️❤️
Jesse and I loved this place for our date night ! The server was very nice and always checked on us ! ❤️

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BM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our sone attends Belmont Abbey College and we surprised him wirh a visit. We wanted to take him to a nice dinner. And not at a chain restaurant. We have heard about Nellies but had never been. Everything was amazing! Food was great. Live music was outstanding. We will be back on our next visit.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and ambiance; loved the live music. Will be back!

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CC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so glad our friends recommended Nellie’s. Everything was perfect from service to good to price. I’ve told all my friends about the fabulous dinner we had. Loved all the food we ordered. Can’t wsit to go back.

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I was visiting Charlotte and used open table for different restaurants. This one was the WORST! The food was bland and tasteless. On the positive the staff was nice and the restaurant was very clean

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have brunch there almost every Sunday. We love it there. The service is excellent! We are greeted warmly the minute we walk in the door. Logan, Gracie and Emily are wonderful hostesses. Once at the table Robin goes above and beyond to make sure we have a wonderful experience! We feel like family. Oh and the food is great too. My Dad says they make the best French Toast. He orders the usual then sits back to listen to Roger sing. Nellies is a full service restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as was the decor. Loved having live music too. We will definitely be back!

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