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Meli Cafe & Juice Bar

Meli Cafe & Juice Bar

Breakfast Spot and Juice Bar$$$$
River North, Chicago
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  • Jenna F.
    "Many gluten free and vegan choices too - like French toast!"(11 Tips)
    Jonathan W.
    "worth the the wait had the cinnamon apple crepes"(8 Tips)
    Amy G.
    "Try the ginger splash fresh juice."(4 Tips)
    Meg E.
    "The less crowded version of the greektown brunch favorite."(2 Tips)
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  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Offers more than 50 fresh-squesezed juice combinations. All the usual juice ingredients are available as well as unusual options like oatmeal juice with apples and honey; avocado paired with cabbage. Read more
  • Mohammed H.
    Mohammed Hassan-AliMarch 20, 2015
    Really delicious brunch. If you want a filling meal make sure to get their breakfast quesdillla. The crepes are amazing. Friendly staff and the place is very bright. Music selection is a little odd.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WarnerJuly 14, 2014
    Gets a little busy before 9:00am, no reservations, worth the the wait had the cinnamon apple crepes with the fresh squeezed OJ & Grapefruit wicked morning spot for a hangover
  • David S.
    David SpitzSeptember 16, 2011
    Great breakfast (challah french toast) and lunch items (chx pesto panini), coupled w/ the juice bar and friendly staff makes for the best brunch spot in River North.
  • Eric B.
    Eric B.August 24, 2013
    If you ask for mustard make sure and ask for a bottle. I asked and got 5 small plastic mustard packets even though I could see the mustard bottles lined up. Flipping lazy.
  • Ian
    IanOctober 10, 2014
    Green Envy was good. The lean and mean burrito was good too but I should have added some bacon to it. Fruit salad was actually a melon salad with pineapple.
  • Christine
    ChristineMay 27, 2015
    Great juices!! Loved the grapefruit and ginger one, excellent for a hangover!! One the photo is the tropical smoothie
  • Joely L.
    Joely LaraJanuary 24, 2015
    Food was great!! Some items are spicy so be careful on that before ordering. Service wasn't the best tho (but I'd say go anyway cause it was yummy)
  • Jenna F.
    Huge menu with great variety of options. Many gluten free and vegan choices too - like French toast!
  • Elly D.
    Elly DeutchOctober 19, 2013
    Always busy, but worth the wait. Sit at the juice bar or better yet - walk right up and grab one to go!
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine PunktFebruary 21, 2015
    Try the French Toast, but be aware of the size...it might be better to share it with somebody. ;)
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 19, 2010
    Drop by to sample some artichoke crepes, banana pecan waffles, honey smoked salmon eggs Benedict, and stuffed apple French toast. Read more
  • Christopher F.
    Fantastic omelettes! A great #breakfast #restaurant that's not overly pricey and close to the #Chicago #Goldcoast neighborhood.
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NavarreteDecember 28, 2015
    Almost anything will be a great choice. Breakfast till 3 PM (great if you had a good night out the day before).
  • Emily C.
    Emily ClarkMay 2, 2012
    Best breakfast place in River North, hands down! Try the detox wrap and homemade soup of the day! PB smoothie is addicting!
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    honey cakes!! made of flour & cornmeal, infused with honey & cinnamon. raw buckwheat honey and whipped cream top it all off
  • Mark K.
    Mark KimJuly 23, 2011
    Share a crepe and and an egg dish so you get something both sweet and savory. I'd recommend the symphony and mani mou.
  • Paul L.
    Healthy scramble was great, fluffy and delicious. Cinnamon roll French toast amazing. We ordered both and shared awesome!
  • Mohnish S.
    Mohnish SaniDecember 4, 2013
    Really solid breakfast spot. Great cappuccino, menu of 30 fresh juices, and incredible breakfast food. Def a must
  • Tamika N.
    Tamika N.May 25, 2013
    Food was great and came out fast, but server never came back to table to check on us.
  • Misao J.
    Misao JohnsonDecember 22, 2013
    Great place to have an early breakfast. They open at 6am! The portions are large so you may want to share...
  • Mike R.
    Mike RoNovember 5, 2011
    We handed them 11 cards. They told us we could only split the check 2 ways. Why? Because they wanted us to use their $3.00 fee ATM. Sketch.
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorFebruary 5, 2011
    Great service! Must try any of the omelets; be sure to taste the home made jams with your toast.
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserOctober 31, 2015
    Carrot pecan pancakes are great and vegan. (If you eat honey.)
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LubeckeSeptember 1, 2014
    Anywhere that has homemade ketchup has good breakfast 👌 Never had a bad meal at melli
  • Meg E.
    Meg ElzeaFebruary 21, 2011
    The less crowded version of the greektown brunch favorite. Only take two forms of payment FYI.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KimAugust 28, 2011
    If there's a wait, try sitting at the bar which is usually open. Less wait, faster service!
  • Tonya T.
    Tonya TibbsJanuary 8, 2011
    Great new restaurant! Fresh seasonal items, expansive menu, delicious frittatas!
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferNovember 25, 2014
    So many tasty and healthy options here. Make sure to order a juice!
  • Paul
    PaulOctober 19, 2013
    Great Breakfast place. Seating is first come first serve in the bar area.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The second location of this daytime spot is bigger, sunnier and shinier than the original in Greektown. Read more
  • Gyozo N.
    Gyozo NagyApril 27
    I have had the best cinnamon roll French toast of my life. Orange juice was also good.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FavoriteApril 13, 2014
    Great crepes, orange juice would be a lot better if it wasn't room temp
  • Mario B.
    Mario BabyJanuary 6, 2014
    Try the salmon omelette it's delicious !
  • Carole S.
    Carole SanekSeptember 14, 2013
    If you live here you know this is an amazing place, if you visit grab a cab
  • Emily C.
    Emily ClarkJune 9, 2011
    Always playing great tunes! Soups are always fabulous!
  • Michaela C.
    Michaela ChybowskiNovember 27, 2013
    Delish! Juice & breakfast are good to cure any hangover munchies.
  • David M.
    David MillerJune 9, 2012
    Way nicer place than the S. Halstead location, but the service wasn't great. Same good food!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MahmaljiNovember 26, 2011
    Weekend Benedict is fantastic! Great selection of fresh juices.
  • Ayden J.
    Ayden JonesNovember 18, 2012
    The strawberry waffles are very good nice service
  • Angela
    AngelaAugust 9, 2013
    They have Illy coffee here! Enough said...
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ContraveosApril 16, 2013
    The special pork belly crepe is no good. :(
  • Bradley E.
    Bradley ErnstJune 12, 2011
    Order juice before you sit down. Juice bar takes fooooooreverrr
  • Mike W.
    Mike WilderOctober 23, 2015
    Service industry discount Monday thru Wednesday - 27% off entire check.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WilczakJune 16, 2013
    Get a juice you've never had before. Mmmmmm
  • Abha K.
    Abha KhandelwalSeptember 5, 2011
    Food has taken over thirty minutes. Still not out... They are celebrating labor day as well.
  • Rick
    RickJuly 4, 2012
    Jalapeño Skillet is awesome!
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FalkenthalFebruary 26, 2015
    The French toast is amazing!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Looks and taste decent, but not satisfying.
  • Nis H.
    Nis HansenDecember 31, 2013
    Wifi is Meli and password is 1122334455
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