Chicago >Food & Dining > Nacional 27
325 W. Huron, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.894746 -87.636625
Dining room Mon-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm. Bar Mon-Thurs 5-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Nacional 27 is one of my favorite LEYE restaurants with great cocktails and pretty darn authentic South American food.
This River North spot's Latin flavors and a festive backdrop make for a decent night out. Try the shrimp/scallop ceviche, the chorizo empanadas, and the seriously delicious blood orange caipirinha (which also comes by the pitcher!).
Best of Chi – Nacional 27 won for best bar service in Chicago. Check out what else won for best of Chi-Town with 1035 Kiss Fm! For more info go to the 1035 Kiss Fm website!
Not goof for parties. – For the check, they would not allow us paying with more than 6 credits cards which was really disappointing for a table of 20 people totaling $1200. Think twice if you are going to this place with a party.
Amazing every time! – I have been here many times and have yet to be disappointed. I love the atmosphere and the food is fantastic. Presentation is great, and there's a good variety of unique drinks. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!
RIP-OFF... AVOID THIS PLACE !! – My friends and I had a BAD experience here and we would NEVER go back. The food was very uneven in quality. Many of the dishes were simply left on their places... we couldn't eat them. I have had tapas many times in good Latin restaurants, but I've never had tapas I simply couldn't eat before. The service was also VERY BAD, and all the wait staff and hosts were rude and had a bad attitude. Finally the prices were WAY MORE than they should have been, especially because the food was not good. And WORST OF ALL, they rushed us out of there so our table could be used by others who were waiting, so we didn't even have a chance to watch the dancing, which we had wanted to do. All in all, this was a VERY BAD restaurant experience for all of us.
Haven't had good food in a while, until N27 – I always feel I can write better reviews when my parents are in town. We end up looking for nice new restaurants and everyone orders different items on the menu, giving us a better chance to truly taste a variety of items on the menu. First off, great setup, great ambience, great lighting. Had a patio which would be nice in the summer. Wine list impressive. I was surprised at how affordable those bottles were. I regret not trying a bottle, because I was eyeing the mojitos already.
Now the food. This is what wins it for this restaurant, original, themed, saucy food. We started with the mojitos (don't be too original, stick to the N27 mojito, it's good). I read good reviews for the ceviche but I felt they weren't anything to rave about. Good, original, fresh is what they need to be at baseline. But I wasn't overly impressed, maybe because my new standard now is this amazing ceviche I had in Costa Rica. It will be hard to beat but I honestly can see how people could like the ceviche here. It was very well presented, first of all, and it tasted good but it's my fault for having had something too good before. So definitely try it yourself. The meats were excellent. Can I say that again? Excellent! The market fish dish was great also but the filet mignon and Australian lambchops were well cooked and well seasoned. The sauce and sides were perfectly complimentary and very flavorful as well. Portions were all the right size. Made for a very enjoyable dinner.
For dessert, we had the flan > guava cake > creme brulee. Disappointing coconut creme brulee. The next time I come here, it will be for the ambiance, the mojitos, and the meats.
Waitstaff... very nice host. Our waiter did his job but didn't add any extra. Which is good because we had not particular requests and he didn't come ask us every 3 minutes.
Viva Nacional27 – 3 of us went on a Wednesday night. Sat at the bar for a few drinks (hard to get service), then went to a table. Good service and recommendations from the friendly staff and the food was excellent! Portions could be a bit larger, it was hard to share some of the tapas choices between three of us. Lots of fun, good atmosphere.
It was a few years since the ast time I was here but I'll definetly be back again.
Amazing Experience - Highly Recommended – My girlfriend took me here for my birthday. She told the staff in advance that it was my birthday and they treated us so well that it was almost overwhelmingly. To start, the food is good - try the calamari. We both ordered from the market menu and were not disappointed. They brought out a dark chocolate creme bru le that was delicious. The service was just the right amount of attentive yet not overbearing. The drinks were tasty and strong - try the mojitos. The wine list was impressive and we were very happy with an inexpensive Argentinian blend unlikely to found in most places.
For those who have not had a good experience here, nothing can be said - it happens to the best restaurants. I would highly recommend Nacional. The atmosphere is very relaxed, not stuffy, elegant and well-thought out. I will now change my pants since they are now moist from the gushing review just written.
Fabulous food and drinks!! – My boyfriend and I went to National 27 for dinner last night...we were a little apprehensive because we saw some bad reviews...but decided to try it anyways. We both love tapas, and me being Hispanic I am very picky! But we loved this place! The grilled lamb tacos and smoked chicken empanadas were amazing. We also got the mojito flight.....best mojitos in the city..hands down! For an entree we selected the Roasted Organic Chicken and Grilled Smoked Pork Tenderloin Adobado....they were delicious! The service was great and very helpful..they even started us off with a mini appetizer on the house! We will definitely come back here!
The worse customer service ever!! – Last night was one of the worse dining experiences of my life. From the rude hostesses, waiter and serving staff. Nacional made it clear that their protocol, is to make it your dining expereince as easy as possible for the staff -- leaving all the burden on the guest.
While the food was decent (nothing to write home to mom about) -- The expereience left me and my 9 other guessed greatly stressed. I would never waste my time or money at a restaurant with a staff that is severely un accomadating, dismissive, rude and down right condescending.
As someone who travels all over the states, as well as the world -- I have to say this was my absolutely worse service I have received in a restaurant !! Don't waste your time!
Disappointing – The first time I had such a great experience that I wanted more. Unfortunately the second time wasn't the same. Please don't get me wrong the food was pretty good. We ordered from the Tapas menu. The dishes were heavenly. The Ceviche is fantastic. Although drinks were sub-par.
Essentially, the service was awful. Since we had tapas, my friend and I accumulated a lot of dishes. I understand it was a friday night but that does not mean you can ignore your guests. I saw very little of our server. The wine glasses still had large food particles. We found an Ant on our table. We told the maitre d' about this. He was apologeticand we were a given a complimentary dessert. The dessert-cinnamon donut with ice cream- was a nice gesture but it was a little too late...and, since the "donut" was far overcooked, it was not a good way to end the evening.
I liked the place otherwise I would not have come back. There were a lot of couples there and it was not too single friendly as from experience. I hope other people have better experiences but I doubt I will patron this place again
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