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Nellie's Restaurant

4.1
4.1
157 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Puerto Rican, Breakfast, Café

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 252-5520

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Second floor private space for parties, meetings, or any celebration!

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Cross street

    Campbell

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

What 157 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Great for brunch

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  1. MI

    MIG24

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Breakfast buffet good value with authentic Puerto Rican dishes. My favorites include omelet station and the famous oatmeal.
  2. R

    Roberto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best breakfast buffet in chicago hands down!!! The staff was super friendly, attending, and helpful even though the restaurant was very crowded (obviously because of how good the food and service is!) I have gone before and will continue to do so!
  3. M

    Mia1123

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    It's been a while since my last visit and it will be my last. The food isn't up to par as in the past. I found the dishes with little flavor, the chicken pieces were burnt and dark as in fried in over used oil. The waffles were soffy and bacon was not crispy. I had planned our Annual Family bunch here, but not interested anymore. The service was good, slow at times, but the servers were most friendly.
  4. JB

    JohannaB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Bummer as I live a few blocks away. I know a lot of places are still coming back from Covid but woof.
  5. RR

    RoodyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The people the service and the food was excellent.
  6. G

    Gaby

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation for 5 and 5 carry-on pieces of luggage. We were seated on time with plenty of room for our things. The service was amazing! Staff was attentive and filled our water and coffee regularly as we waited for our food. El Coquis was our absolute favorite!! Wonderful flavour and huge portion. The coconut oatmeal is like dessert. Yummy, yummy, yummy!
  7. f

    foodie84

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is delicious, very well seasoned and flavorful. The service is good. Very small so you may need to wait but it’s worth it if you live Puerto Rican food.
  8. MA

    MARCD

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great buffet. Eggs and omelet cooked perfectly. Coffee was spot on.
  9. AR

    AnnaR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience3
    The only (major) problem was the service - it was terrible. We where asked to wear masks at the buffet but no one else on-staff where wearing masks, even the cooks! A little weird. Also we were seated, brought waters and then the server did not come back. We took our selves to the buffet, and after some time had to stop a random waiter to ask for syrup for the waffles and something else other than water to drink. I had to ask for syrup two more times from a different waiter after the first because they kept forgetting. All that said the food is spectacular and the buffet is the cherry on top. Delicious omelet, potatoes, bacon, oatmeal, maduros, fresh fruit - can't go wrong with the food.
  10. OB

    OscarB

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I’ve been going here for years and the service and food today was absolutely horrible. I’m not sure what’s going on but you guys need to get back to what you used to do.
  11. C

    Chowmamma

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little spot that’ll will take you back to PR!! Great service with expanded menu. Didn’t get a chance to try the coconut oatmeal so I’ll have to return for breakfast!!
  12. FD

    FoodDude

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    I booked an outdoor table and in the notes wrote that we need to be seated outdoors. Showed up and they said they were not seating outdoors because they were short staffed. No call ahead of time or anything to let me know. Poor experience.
  13. MV

    MichelleV

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food. A couple errors in order but they quickly fixed it but still overall delicious, especially the pork jibaritos. Love the PE flag toothpicks. Nice touch.
  14. CD

    CarlaD

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Nellie’s.. it’s so authentic & everything is amazing but my favorite is the coqui breakfast sandwich & of course their oatmeal ! I could eat it daily and I do when in Puerto Rico! I will always support this establishment and it’s best to book a reservation online, they were packed .
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Jibarito is must try. Will surely visit again next time when I am in the city !
  16. CU

    CameronU

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time having Puerto Rican brunch and everything was delicious! Also with how expensive brunch can be, BYOB was a huge plus. We sat out on the patio and had a lovely meal in the shade. Will definitely be back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for the breakfast buffet on Father’s Day. The food was great. The avena de coco is a must have. Service was top notch! The waitstaff was so attentive and friendly. This was our first time here and we will definitely be back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch in the city!!!!
  19. f

    foodie84

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was so tasty, very authentic and good portions. Service struggling to keep up, but that seems to be everywhere.
  20. I

    Iris

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service took forever just take take our order. Once we started to get our food it was cold. The avena was cold. All the food was cold. Very poor service.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great server and table was ready right on time.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The food was good but the service was horrible. We waited 30 minutes just to get coffee. Our reservation was at 1 and we did not get our food till 2 pm.
  23. JA

    JennyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. I highly recommend. We love the brunch and buffet.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Food scraps on the floor, sat us near the bussing cart full of dirty plates. Table wobbly after re-seated in another area. It has changed in service.
  25. c

    cyndi

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Nice place but not as expected for a special occasion.
  26. JF

    JesseF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As far as I know, the only Puerto Rican buffet in the city and it never disappoints. I have been going here for years and the food is always good.
  27. O

    Ofelia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I are long time customers @ Nellie’s! The food, the staff, the service is all wonderful!
  28. J

    Johnson

    Chicago

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Really good Puerto Rican food. We love coming here for their oatmeal and their Jibaritos. The service is casual and friendly. We plan to return.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The food was mediocre and seemed to be both hot and cold almost as if it were microwaved. At one point during my visit, there were “0” employees in the dining area.
  30. FT

    FoodforThought

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing! This will definitely added to my list of favorite brunch spots. I do recommend making a reservation though.
  31. JS

    JesseS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The coconut oatmeal is worth ALL the hype. Service was wonderful. SUCH tasty food and a great selection
  32. I

    Iman

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and excellent customer service. We had a work lunch there and it worked out very well!
  33. BB

    BrianB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s also byob
  34. N

    Nakatooshka

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  35. TS

    TanishaS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love coming here! The Avena de coco is everything!
  36. CW

    CharlesW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  37. K

    Kati

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Jibarito is a must and the oatmeal cup is delicious.
  38. N

    Nicole

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    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).
  40. MB

    MoBens773

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.1 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Nellie's Restaurant

2458 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Campbell

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Puerto Rican, Breakfast, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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