Nacional 27
Nacional 27

Nacional 27

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.n27chicago.com/
  • Phone: 3126642727
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar opens every day at 5 pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: Closed; Nightclub: Friday: 11:00pm - 2:00am; Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am (Proper Attire Required)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, South American
  • Executive Chef: Francisco Vilchez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full Off-premise catering is available through our private events team. Please contact Jennifer Kozy at 312-664-2727 for more information.
  • Entertainment: Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more! DJ and dancing Friday: 11:00pm - 2:00am; Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am. Live Latin Music ever other Tuesday and complimentary Salsa lessons on Thursdays at 7:30pm.


    Thursdays: Complimentary Salsa Lessons with a purchase, every Thursday from 7:30-8pm
  • Special Events: Calendar of Events at n27chicago.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Orleans
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line or Purple Line Train to "Chicago and Franklin" stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet costs $10
A word from Nacional 27
Eat. Drink. Dance. Celebrating 10 Years as Chicago's original Modern Latin Restaurant featuring a fusion of flavors from 27 nations and islands from Central and South America and award-winning cocktails. Dancing from 11pm - 2am on Fridays and 11pm - 3am on Saturdays.





Check out n27chicago.com for our action-packed schedule of salsa lessons, live bands and nightly happenings!
PLEASE NOTE: Reservations on Friday & Saturdays at 11:00pm are available for bottle service. Please refer to the restaurant’s website for the full menu. Late night menu is available until midnight, with dancing going to 2:00am on Fridays & 3:00am on Saturdays.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Nacional 27 reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (50)vibrant bar scene (45)hot spot (44)special occasion (44)romantic (40)fit for foodies (36)late-night find (35)neighborhood gem (17)great for outdoor dining (8)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Amazing!
    amay
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I found Nacional 27 on Urbanspoon. From the moment we walked in it was heaven. Our waitress was fabulous and took the time to explain the menu. She was available during our dinner and checked on us but not too much. We had some drinks that were delicious. Then the good came. The tapas style appetizers were excellent. The lamb tacos and cheese empanadas were succulent. We split chicken enchiladas and mahi mahi tacos that were fantastic. The gaucho style meat was perfectly done. I would dine here again in a heart beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was not what I expected. Appetisers were goo dentrees not so much.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Latin lover
    Cvqueen64
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was one of the best recommendations I received in a long time. The food was fabulous the service was fabulous and I will definitely eat there again and go for the night scene
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We came here in 1999 for our first date, my Husband purposed here in 2005 and try to come every year! We were very disappointed! The menu has taken a bad turn and will not be returning. Very American and not Latin anymore!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and friendly staff
    LeoV
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We came to celebrate my better half birthday. We loved the food. Great presentation and suuuuper taste. The ambiance and the music were excelent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservation not guaranteed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Although I enjoyed the food and ambiance, I was disappointed at the excess of time that I had to wait before being seated. My party was not seated until 45 minutes AFTER our scheduled reservation time. Having a reservation was pointless because of how long I had to wait--in addition, I was never acknowledged by the hosts or management about the status of my reservation. I have been to a number of Lettuce Entertain You establishments, and I have never experienced this lack of organization. If I do decide to visit again in the future, I will probably not bother to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • meh
    mexfood311
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was just ok. For the price point there are some better spots in the city. Also Moscow mules in plastic cups is a big turn off.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    Yogamaria5
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Took our son for his 21st birthday. The food & ambience were both great. The music was not too loud, but you knew the place was getting ready to dance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Salsa
    gkonie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful service, Hot tunes, Fantastic Food...What else do you need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, Corny, and Loud
    redred
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was very average for the price and serving sizes. The attempt at entertainment included a very mediocre Brazillian drum show, which was so loud that I literally could not hear a word that my waitor or my date said. It lasted for over 15 minutes and was extremely disruptive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food & Service - The Best
    ForgetitVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We came to celebrate my birthday. Great choice. The skirt steak I ordered was delicious and the snapper my spouse ordered was very good as well. The food here is awesome - fresh and well prepared. The Rum Punch was very good. We had 3 desserts and all of them were so good. Just fantastic. Shane, the manager, was so nice. He was excellent. He was so attentive and friendly. Our server and table busers were good as well, very attentive, filling water glasses, etc. This was the best dining experience we've had in a long time and we will definitely be going back. As far as the dancing - it's okay. Music was not consistently good but that did not take anything away from the experience. Dance floor was very crowded but that's to be expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chicago
    Chicago
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant/Dance hot spot is great and alive! Great food and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DenieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fun place with very unique dishes. Noise level makes it difficult to have conversations since the music is so loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldie, but still a Goodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Every time I dine here, I am always surprised at how good the food really is. Why don't I come here more often?? It might not be a "new kid on the block", but definitely a neighborhood must. The ceviche is still the best around. Enjoy-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as usual!
    OksanaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food and service. The tres leches dessert is unbelievable, you have to try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was still hungry
    luvrestaurants
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I ordered the salmon and I wanted more food. Too expensive for the amount of food but it was good. They need a better dessert selection. We went around 7:45 and it felt like our waiter was rushing us. She was nice tho.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food, good drinks
    ams80
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food we ordered was so tasty and seasoned well. I got the grouper which was amazing and the rice that came with it was so good. My husband's got the gaucha Argentina even though the suggestion is for two people, he ate almost everything. Sangria was perfect and the tacos and empanadas we ordered were so good! Definitely going again! !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    RSG1313
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The manager Carrie was an amazing host and so helpful. Will def go back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grateful to have found you 27!
    bartellkandtracy27
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My wife and I would first like to apologize for not being able to name the two associates who took care of us on our 8th wedding anniversary. It was a Causcasian young woman who was like a host/manager yet served us food. The other was a latino gentleman who was our primary server. Going on a Tuesday was very calm as well as empty, but my wife and I order the sangria and the lamb tocos. We had actually came hoping do dance within a dinner/dancing theme, but found that the weekend was when it was promoted. We found ourselve dancing on the floor alone with the latin music in the background. The dancefloor was so perfect and we were really able to enjoy each other. I recommend this to anyone who wants to have a memerable date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • out of towners loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had 3 friends from Indiana who loved the resturant, food, and the venue. Will return later for Salsa
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tacos!
    mildiners
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food! The small plates were wonderful. The complementary chips and salsa were delicious. The chips were hot and could tell they had just been made. The salsa was very good as well. I would say the empanadas were a little dry but otherwise very tasty. Tacos were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had an early dinner and the restaurant was very quiet. It looks like later in the evening that the restaurant becomes a hot spot. The menu was fun and we enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem
    Woody
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to this place for the first. The service was awesome, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was electric. I'm only upset that it took me this long to visit this establishment. It won't be our last!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    iluvoldtown
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We meet another couple there for dinner. The appetizers were very good along with the chips and salsa. We shared one of the "enough for 2" as did the other couple. There really wasn't enough for 2 people to share, only 4 small pieces of skirt steak, in my opinion is not enough protein for 2 people. The cost of $35.00 seemed fair if there was more food. We were seated near the kitchen door which was very annoying when servers had to pass our table that was wedged near a large pillar. One of the people at our table next to the pillar was always having to push his chair closer to the table. We all feel National 27 could be a great spot with a few changes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Enjoyed return trip ---guest very impressed--outstanding service especially by Mgr Carrie. Looking forward to staying for dancing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice tastes sad service
    MeeTooVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    the food was tasty but high priced for quanity the service was almost non existant the manager was apologetic
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  • Attentive service, creative menu
    MoldyFoodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    In retrospect, I wish they hadn't given us so much taco chips (and taro chips!) and delicious, unique salsa. Not only did we fill up too much, leaving us unable to order dessert, but we spilled salsa all over the nice tablecloth (as we are wont to do in our family). However, the waiter covered the spills with a cloth napkin, which I thought was a very nice touch. The menu was creative and the grouper on a bed of green rice was unique, juicy, tender and flavorful. The potatoes with hot sauce-laced mayonnaise was decadently fatty and delicious. Much of the menu is fried, so you have to look carefully for healthy choices. But the offerings were so out-of-the ordinary for Latino restaurants that it's a place I'd happily revisit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food!!
    Sbiscuit
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food here was outstanding! It was perfectly cooked, fresh, and nicely seasoned. My mom and I both have dairy allergies and the server and chef could not have been more accommodating of those either, checking on everything and helping us make great selections. Oh and the cocktails are fantastic too. Definitely recommended for a dinner out on the town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dominican Night
    Farrellville
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went here with a group of 6 for their Dominican Night. They had specialized music and Dominican drinks. What a great night of dancing and dining. Best Mojito in the city made with Brugal Rum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly Disappointed
    foodie53015
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I've been wanting to come here for years since it's a LEYE restaurant so I made reservations for my birthday (a monday night) and was disappointed. Food was okay, I've had way better at other locations, our waitress seemed like she didn't want to be there. The other waitress and host were super nice though! The mango mojito was great but when I asked the seasonal flavor she stated it was mango over the wknd but had no idea for the day, took a while to get the drinks and they were no where near busy. I also put in the reservation we were celebrating a birthday and nothing was ever said, I'm not big on birthdays and probably wouldn't have cared if our waitress wasn't so blah and the food was better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner and bottle service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was my boyfriend's 37th birthday. I had been to Nacional 27 before for bottle service and it was a great experience. We came around 8:45 pm for dinner reservations. The manager (I think her name was Sara) was so sweet, accommodating, and helpful. She helped me plan the dinner and the bottle service after. She even gave us (in my opinion) the best seat in the restaurant, a booth right across from the dance floor. My boyfriend loved the culture, environment, and especially the food. We got a few appetizers (one never came out) and the steak skewers, which were fantastic. We also got some cocktails which we really enjoyed. Dinner was amazing. Bottle service, however, was terrible. I paid $200 for no service and just a bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday/anniversary romance
    Aldivelbiss
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The good was amazing. Great late night dancing! It was a wonderful romantic celebration evening. The staff always made sure we had full glasses of water, amazing chips and salsa, and they even brought out a lava cake birthday dessert. We will celebrate at nacional 27 in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    softball05
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I just wanted to say we had a great time and great service from everyone. We were there for a special occasion and could not ask for a better dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and Dancing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The music and dancing lessons were the highlight of the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great time.
    Elepe
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We ordered the shrimp ceviche, plantains and some palm salad. All very tasty. We enjoyed the music and the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much fun!
    LauraK
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 33rd Wedding Anniversary last Friday night. Service, atmosphere, food, and drinks all amazing! Highly recommended for any occasion. Lots of fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We recently revisited the restaurant--only for dinner-- again after many years. What a disappointment! Our drinks--Mojitos--tasted like they had been mixed in a batch hours earlier and were watterey. Our first course a ceviche was good, but our main entree was a skirt steak that was served on a plate everything was luke-warm and must have been cooked hours before. This stringy and tough steak was covered with a bland sauce. We had been here several years ago and were pleased then. I doubt I would come back again.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 65 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 1289 reviews are from the Nacional 27 reviews archive.
  • Good Fun, Good Food, Good Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A good place to dine if you want a little more than just a good meal. The atmosphere is fun and there is dancing right in the dining room later in the evening. The menu is diverse and offers interesting Latin-influenced selections. Our meals were hearty and tasty. I especially enjoyed the ceviche appetizers. Also, the Margaritas were exceptional. Service was attentive and accommodating. Overall, the food was very good and it was a fun place to dine. I will definitely recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun date!
    Raegeometry
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Went on a Thursday night for salsa lessons! Had a blast! Portions are small so be prepared to spend a decent amount. Food was fresh and delicious. Stick with bundling options on tapas.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so great
    Paula
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We went on a Monday and there was one other party there. We sat at the bar as the dining room was closed. Though service was good, food was mediocre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet