Nacional 27

4.1
1731 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
Eat. Drink. Dance. Celebrating 18 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. PLEASE NOTE: There is a 2 hour time limit on all dinner reservations. The last dinner reservation is at 9pm. We have limited seating for our Dinner & Dancing packages. Those times are 9:15pm-10:15 and require a $50 per person minimum. If you would like to keep your table for longer, please inquire about bottle service.


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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, South American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Bar opens every day at 5 pm. Dinner: Monday - Tuesday (Bar Only)6:00pm - 9:30pm; Wednesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: Closed; Nightclub: Friday: 11:00pm - 2:00am; Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am (Proper Attire Required)
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Phone number
(312) 664-2727
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Francisco Vilchez
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Catering
Full Off-premise catering is available through our private events team. Please contact Sara or Allison at 312-664-2727 for more information.
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Cross street
Orleans
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Parking details
Valet costs $13
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Public transit
CTA Brown Line or Purple Line Train to "Chicago and Franklin" stop
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Entertainment
Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more! DJ and dancing Friday: 11:00pm - 2:00am; Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am. Complimentary Salsa lessons on Wednesday at 7:30pm.


Wednesdays: Complimentary Salsa Lessons with a purchase, every Wednesday from 7:30-8:30pm
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Nacional 27 can host private parties in our private dining room, cocktail classes with a master Mixologist in our bar, and large events which require the entire restaurant space! Our spaces can host cocktail parties or full seated dinners!

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What 1731 People Are Saying
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DF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time at Nacional 27. The food, service, and ambiance is great. I highly recommend for a date spot, and we will definitely be returning.

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PP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Salsa dancing lessons on Wednesday night was such a fun way to have a business meeting. The food and service was excellent. The atmosphere is so warm and inviting. Learning to dance is a fun bonus!

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j
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at Nacional 27. The service was excellent and the mojitos were off the chart!

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was a little hit or miss. Some items were great and some were simply okay. We did the big churrascaria and I am glad we did. We were able to sample a lot of food to find out that there are good things on the menu. Thank God they let us take food home because it was a lot. We cooked our gauchos again for leftovers since it had been so rare and it was delicious. Overall though we had a great time and the service was incredible!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Drinks were great! Food could have been a little better.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Havana nights menu no longer available. Website not updated.

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LT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Kids birthday was topped off by mini cupcake with candle and ice cream. Thank you for the hospitality.

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KP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Chicago and saw this on Open Table. I’m glad we chose it. Had a great night.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Went for our daughters 16th birthday, the service was terrible! The bus boys were more attentive than our waitress. She had zero personality. Restaurant was empty so there was no reason not to be attentive or a little bit friendly. Food was so so, not as good as it used to be.

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LQ
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We attended Nacional for a birthday get together. We enjoyed the food, delicious. We ordered the Brazilian course where the whole table had to get the same thing. Great variety! The only problem was that they started to dim the lights too much when it was getting close to 11pm. We still needed to see our food & finish eating. It would have been best if they had let us get seated as our party arrived & not til more than half had arrived. They were getting ready to open up the dance floor, Vida27. The dance floor is too small & the tiles outside are uneven. My friend twished her ankle because of it. The Vida27 staff was rude, telling us to move now! They needed the table, ok, but they were extremely rude. The dining staff was nice, though. I would not return because of the Vida27 staff, they have a terrible way at kicking people out at the end of the night, too. The drinks were ok, I've had better.

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TC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the service was spectacular. The dining space felt very personal and quiet, which was great for wonderful conversation and a relaxing night out to eat.

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Indiana
127 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have not been there in many years but my wife and daughter go there often when we visit, love the creativity of the chef, miss the best crème brûlée on earth from the first time, coconut crème brûlée is not on the menu!

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EG
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue and amazing food. I do not recommend the sangria whatsoever. It was basically over crowded fruit punch. Way way too much ice in the drinks, weakens them. I did shots for the rest of the night.

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was really nice. The waitress was very attentive and checked on our table consistently. The background music was excellent

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CB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food and drinks were very tasty, but a little expensive, especially considering the portions provided.

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SP
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner for my wife's birthday. The service was phenomenal and the drinks had some wonderfully surprising flavors. My only mistake was stopping in for dinner too early. This is definitely a great late night spot with a fun atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome, ambiance just right! The DJ- not so good but we had a good time. Will definitely come back.

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JN
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Great value. Great music & dancing afterwards! Parking was easy!

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MD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good service and a great atmosphere. Enjoyable place to celebrate.

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A
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. A bit noisy towards the end due to a loud party. Still... great experience.

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IP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday! The food was phenomenal! It's been a while since I've been here and I'm so glad we came. It's seems like this place has innovated their menu. I was impressed with the Ceviche sampler platter and the Raosted corn fundido (melted cheese on sweet roasted corn). The Shrimp Adobo is to die for and and the Brazilian Gauchos is so flavorful and tender; every bite was just delicious! The mango margarita was great but their Mangonada Paloma is a must have if you like the sweeter and fresher side.

Dancing was ok but the DJ keeps mixing the music making a nice reggaeton into electronic, which ruins the beauty of a nice song. It's ok to remix salsa and bachata but to a certain degree. Just my thought.....

Overall, it was a great time and my daughter had a wonderful 21st! She still brags about it. Thank you to all the nice staff. They are very courteous, very professional, and very knowledgeable on their menu.

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N
Chicago
237 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We arrived by 6:30 pm & there were hardly any tables filled in the dinning room (it did fill up after a bit). We started with a variety of cocktails which all tasted good but were mostly ice & took a long time to arrive. We started with empanadas & corn fundito which were both delicious but there was a long wait between the two appetizers. We shared the chimichurri filet & crispy potatoes which was delicious but took a super long time to come. They did apologize for the delay in service (over 2 hours & 45 minutes for dinner) & offered us a complementary dessert. We had the flourless chocolate cake & churros which we both enjoyed. The coffee I ordered to have with my dessert came after the dessert was eaten. The food was very good but the service was terribly slow & inattentive. We probably will not return.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The music on a Saturday night was amazing. The drinks and food were so expensive though! Will come back to dance after I have gone predrinking.

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L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

neighbor hood spot that i’ve passed
by many times and decided to try.
ordered prefix dinner and selection
was good and fairly priced.
best items gauc , chips and salsa.
believe it or not caesar kale salad,
shrimp dish, skirt stake (yummy)
and for sure chocolate mouse is
a winner.
service was terrific.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and music were great

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FA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time, our server was great she helped us with the menu. The mojito was great,we will be back.

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MB
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Hadn’t been for a while. The present menu is extremely limited. The ambiance seems much more casual and the music choice was very strange for a “Latin” restaurant. We were the only people eating in the dinning room for the first 45 minutes of the evening and yet, service was slow, inattentive and it took a long time for the food come out.

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and our server was astounding. Friends and I ordered the pre fix menu ! A lot of food and great for the price!

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LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the ceviche!! And the gaucho shrimp and scallops were grilled to perfection.

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d
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, steaks and entrees were delicious.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Tried 4 speciality cocktails. All weird. Food was mediocre.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Birthday celebration

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moving to Chicago celebration. Food was amazing.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are pretty good. The music was also good.

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ES
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nacional 27 is the place for great food, ambiance and Latin flavor. The place reminds you of vacation. Servers, drinks and music are all on point.

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My experience was horrible from the moment we sat down. The appetizers were good but my entree was not seasoned well. Plus I was forced to order the same meal as the others at my table.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

The service was despicable and most of the food wasn’t good at all. Our orders weren’t taken in a timely manner and the lights were turned off at 11pm for dancing so we had to eat in the dark.

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YE
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Definitely not value for money. Bad drink, nothing special about the food and bad service. Rude staffs. I usually try not to give negative remarks but this is thoroughly disappointing.

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JT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were excellent, especially the corn fundido appetizer, the grilled salmon, and the pork shoulder (spicy!). The drinks are yummy, though the red sangria tasted like fruit juice - any wine that might have been in it was completely undetectable. The atmosphere is noisy and fun, with latin music and a party atmosphere.

However, we were very put off by N27's reservation policy. When they called the day before to confirm our reservation, I was told we could only have the table for 2 hours - strictly enforced. The individual who called was adamant that we would not be able to keep our table for more than 2 hours because of the need to set up the dance floor. Our reservation was at 7:15 pm and dancing does not begin until 11:00 pm, so the pre-emptive enforcement of this policy seemed like overkill - especially since our party continued to order food and drinks the entire time we were there.

We were seated at a built-in booth slightly elevated above the dance floor area, meaning that the table wasn't going anywhere and would not have to be cleared to permit set-up for dancing. There were empty tables the entire time we were there, and our friendly server kept telling us to "stay as long as we liked," so the inconsistency was irritating. While the food was great, I won't be back unless the 2-hr time limitation policy is eliminated.

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was great. Food was delicious. Thank you so much! We was celebrating my sister bachelorette. We were a big group and service was wonderful. Thank you. Location was Perfect. It was our 1st time there.

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