Nacional 27

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Latin American
Eat. Drink. Dance. Located in Chicago's River North and celebrating 20 years as a modern Latin restaurant featuring a fusion of flavors from 27 countries from Central and South America and award-winning margaritas, mojitos and signature cocktails. The adjacent Tallboy Taco features creative tacos on hand-made Mexican tortillas and a list of unique tallboy beers, sangria and spirits. Live DJs, dancing and bottle service from 11pm - 2am on Fridays and 11pm - 3am on Saturdays. PLEASE NOTE: There is a 2 hour time limit on all dinner reservations.
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot.

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Johnny and Collin were Awesome. Best time in Chicago.

DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was celebrating my birthday and our waiter Daniel was amazing. The entire staff was friendly and professional. I'll be back with family and friends!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good, however I was a bit disappointed on the service. There was not that many people during the time were were there for dinner and yet our waitress was taking a while. Also the transition from restaurant to club is a bit chaotic. I was not fond of having to get up from the table to move to the bar because we didn't purchase a bottle. It felt like they were quacking us out.

B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food and drinks were certainly good, however service was slow, particularly towards the end where it took a long time to get our bill and return once we paid the bill. The restaurant wasn’t even that busy. Although the food was excellent, it’s still a notch below some of the excellent Rick Bayless restaurants in the city.

M
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took My Wife There For Her Birthday.
Nice Atmosphere Wonderful Staff And Best Of All Delicious Food.
Will Definitely Go back Again.

DL
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our food was very good. The DJ was did a great job, also. The only small complaint that I have is that the dance floor isn’t large enough! I will definitely recommend to others and go back again.

JC
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time trying Nacional 27. The food and service was excellent. My husband I decided to do the $39.95 per person meal plan that allowed us to try the different foods!! The portion sizes are huge. I had leftovers for the next day. The sangria is excellent. For $12 I thought it would be a small glass...nope it the size of a regular beverage glass. I can’t wait to come back!!

GE
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

I never received my points and no one ever contacted me I will not return

CC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food-was mediocre
Service- was ok
Drinks-were close to awful
Were kicked out of a table that was claimed to be reserved and were not, spent 30 min dancing looking at the empty claimed to be reserved tables, which we could of sat there and ordered more of the god awful drinks which in the end it is a reflection of poor management and utilization of space
Music-i think i could have played better music on Sirius xm pit bull utilization station
Overall- place is totally overrated and was a disappointment

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I don’t like how they pretty much kick you out after dinner to close up a table and don’t offer somewhere else to sit. I get they charge a cover for the club it turns into but I spent over $400 with friends and yes they needed to close up our table for eh dance floor but they should have offered us another place to sit and not make me move when I sit in VIP section. Which is basically a booth that they save for VIP but those bottles cost less than what we spent. The manager did not have to be rude and make me get up when I sat for a total of TWO MINUTES. They get the crowd because they’re the only Latin club that’s not ghetto in Chicago... but their food was not the best and so was their overall service. Aside from my actual Waitress and the busboys I wouldn’t really have enjoyed the experience. The manager should learn customer etiquette from the Waitress we had and the Busboys. They’re the real MVP.

s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I was very excited to bring my sister to celebrate her bachelorette party, but the treatment we had from the staff was awful, I couldn’t believe we were asked to either buy ANOTHER bottle or to leave...unbelievable. The food was okey (mediocre) The music was great, the people, I mean the customers were great, but unfortunately the experience overall wasn’t. It is a shame, this place used to be my favorite, but just like others I guess, is loosing what really matters for a place to make you come back. CUSTOMER SERVICE.

GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun!! Food was fantastic and the dancing was high energy!! Great night with family!!

B
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

My boyfriend and I visited for dinner and dancing later. Food was good (steak frites/

Drinks were subpar (weak/too much ice and tasted too much like mixers. Mezcal cocktail wasn't really smoky)

The most memorable part was the poor and rushed service by our host who did not know the menu at all even when we asked multiple questions to prompt him. One interaction he replied to us while walking off. Extremely rude. He would benefit from customer service training and learning the menu.

Dancing later was great...we had a good time.

Nacional 27
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hey Beminem, we sent you a message to talk further about your visit.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations here for myself and my wife’s anniversary and I will just say that it did not disappoint. Service, Food quality and the ambience set the night off until the rest of our family came to meet us for some dancing and bottle service. We all had an awesome time dancing sipping and enjoying a great crowd and even better music.

Nacional 27
Responded on July 3, 2019

Happy Anniversary to you and your wife! We hope to celebrate many more anniversaries and events in future with you! Join us anytime for more drinks and dancing!

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J
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time for my moms 60th bday. I reserved a table for 5 and last minute added 1 more for a party of 6. The host accommodated us in a booth with no hassle. Around 11pm the restaurant turned into a nightclub. The nightclub manager let us keep the booth and we danced the night away. It got busy really quick and there was a lot of spice on Latin nights!

Nacional 27
Responded on July 3, 2019

Happy Birthday to your mom! We're so glad that she had a wonderful time and so did the rest of your party. Hope to see you all again very soon!

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RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Dinner was good. Only 3 vegan options on the menu. Nevertheless, what we had was good. My biggest disappointment came with the fact that they forgot to celebrate my guest birthday. This was notated In the reservation as well as told to our server. It put a damper on our first time over all experience.

Nacional 27
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hey Ronald, thank you for taking the time to review us. We're happy to hear you had a 4 star experience, and we're so sorry about your friend's birthday. We hope you'll join us again very soon.

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IL
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

El lugar es bonito, pero el servicio deja mucho que desear. En repetidas ocasiones tuve que levantarme a buscar algun garzon, tuvimos que soportar las malas maneras de servir de uno de ellos. Los platos aunque de buen sabor muy pequeños para el precio. La sangria muy mal preparada, con exceso de hielo y sin saber, siendo de un valor no menor (60$). Durante la sesion de musica, la seguridad no era buena, tuvimos que sortear con clientes borrachos que incomodaron a nuestros invitados, sin que apareciera algun seguridad para hacerse cargo a tiempo de esto. Rescatable el lugar que esta bien decorado. Lamentablemente no volveria ni recomendaria por la experiencia en general.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great staff. Delicious food! Highly recommend!

Nacional 27
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you so much for the awesome review! Hope you'll join us again very soon.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was awkward and pretty terrible! We got there at 7 pm and ordered appetizers, within 5 minutes of them bringing our appetizers over they were trying to take our plates away while we still had chips and salsa and our other appetizers on our table! I could kind of understand if it was a busy time but the restaurant was nearly empty! We had multiple people approach us numerous times trying to take our plates. The last time they actually did take our appetizer plates and we asked for them back and got the response that "your dinner is coming". So what?! We still had our uneaten appetizers on the table and were trying to enjoy them. Our dinner was good, but overshadowed by the service we received. Our water, don't remember his name was super awkward and seemed uncomfortable. It was an all around weird dining experience. I can get good latin food elsewhere with better service.

Nacional 27
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hey Stacy, thank you for taking the time to review us. We want to learn more about how we can improve. We sent you a message to chat more.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as always and the staff were very attentive throughout.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

La comida muy mala y cara

Nacional 27
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hola, le enviamos un mensaje para hablar más sobre su experiencia.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

It use to be difficult to get a table and this time it was so easy, now I understand why. Everything tasted amazing but the portion sizes is crazy! We use to be able to share the dishes for the same price range. Now we were barely able to sample each other’s dishes. So many empty tables. Now I understand why. Has gotten too pricey. Wait staff and servers were great. As for the portions, not sure when we’ll return. The night club manager, disliked very much. Before you could stay at your table, now they make you leave. They shouldn’t sit parties that are staying in areas that are later re-reserved. So sad, changed so much.

EH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very please with the overall experience. Food was great, service was outstanding. Highly recommend this place. Only complaint would be portion sizes. But the prices a very reasonable so I guess it is ok.

Nacional 27
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Enrique. It was a pleasure serving you as our guest

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my sister on Saturday evening to celebrate my birthday and the experience overall was amazing. The food was delicious and portions were perfect but our waiter was the one who left the biggest impression on us. The waiters name was Daniel and he was awesome, he really knew the menu and his recommendations did not disappoint (coconut Mojito🤤). He was super nice and checked in on us regularly. By 11 pm the place turned into a club and the ambiance was very energetic, the dj kept everyone dancing. Overall would definitely recommend if your looking for a night full of Latin flavor!

D
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Was disappointed. Bar area you had to walk through was raucous and not pleasant to have to navigate through. Food was just ok and server unsure of answers to many questions asked about the menu and ingredients of various dishes. Remembered it as being much better but haven't been there in years. Probably would not go back.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The music changed from Latin (which we came there for) to pop music once the dancing started. We were asked to leave our table because it was “reserved” for bottle service after we had paid for dinner and drinks. No one was even sitting at the tables! Disappointing! Felt like las vegas

a
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a pleasant restaurant with good food. I would recommend it. The restaurant wasn't crowded and we were seated right next to a family. While there wasn't really a problem, it seemed odd when there were so many seat choices to be so close to another table. The waiter was enthusiastic, the servers could have done a better job of knowing who ordered what...it's not a hard skill .
Overall, tasty food, nicely presented. Thanks!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I don’t usually write reviews but I have to let others know about this restaurant so they don’t make the same mistake I made. I picked this restaurant based on reviews since I’m not from Chicago. I want to start with the drinks we ordered a pitcher of Margaritas and it was terrible, then we ask the waiter to change for Mojitos and those were also terrible. The food was really salty, then only decent thing was the ceviche and the portion was really small. At around 10:30pm we had everyone at the restaurant come to move us out if our table we told them to give us 2 min to gather our things and this guy pretty much took the chair from us(FYI we had a 9pm reservation and we were sat around 9:15pm). We certainly were not looking to stay for the club given the terrible dinner experience. Please don’t make this same mistake we did. Chicago is a great city with many incredible restaurants don’t waste your money here.

KD
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The food here is mediocre and way overpriced. $8.50 gets you two tablespoons of guacamole that's pretty flavorless. We sent our cocktails back to the bar to be remade because they were so weak and just...wrong (my mom's lemon drop martini didnt taste like a martini at all)The atmosphere almost made up for the small portions and lackluster offerings. They offer a fun salsa class on Wednesday nights! Also, the service was topnotch.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got last minute reservations and had no issues. Great place for a date. Staff is really professional and food is fantastic. Started off with the lamb BBQ Tacos which were delicious. Then had the ceviche sampler which was very unique and taste. For the entree we had the aracherra which was cooked perfectly with the papas bravas which were to die for and the shrimp and scallop scewers. Seafood tasted fresh and was cooked perfectly. For dessert we had the churros which we couldn’t get enough of. Feel free to stay after dinner for some fun Latin music and s night full of dancing.

K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun place! Food was awesome—-we did the daily pre-fixe which was a really good deal—-it included a choice of an alcoholic drink. Then they had salsa lessons which I did not partake in, but was super fun to watch. We had the lamb tacos as part of the meal—-those were the stars of the night. Really good!

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun atmosphere, great music, and the food was quite good. But we were celebrating a birthday and the pitchers of margaritas were expensive and light on the tequila; it was notable.

SB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nacional 27's decor, atmosphere, service and music were all top notch. From the menu, we chose the dinner party which allowed for more variety on our table and everything was great. The tiny lamb tacos were especially savory, the grilled veggies were tasty and I had never tried fried yucca before, but now I'm a fan! I absolutely enjoyed the passion-ginger sangria and look forward to trying other flavors on future visits. I only have one complaint and it's not really a big deal, but after spending over $120 on dinner and drinks for 2, the staff at the bar and hostess stand did not want to accommodate by stashing away our "doggy bags" once the restaurant became a club. Still, we dropped the food off at the car and got out on the dance floor! The dj was amazing, the crowd was lively and friendly and a good time was had by all!
And I must give a shout out to the beautiful lady in coat check, she had a great smile and demeanor, as did the rest of the staff, but she shined! Will definitely spread the word about Nacional 27!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Beautifully presented

TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, and a great atmosphere!

LB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good, but overpriced. The servings of ceviche were tiny!

KW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, the ambiance, and the service. We are looking forward to returning!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had late dinner with a friend, Staff was exceptionally friendly and of great help. Service alone would make me come back.

IW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and awesome music. Will definitely go back.

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