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Meli Cafe & Juice Bar

Meli Cafe & Juice Bar

Breakfast Spot and Juice Bar$$$$
River North, Chicago
  • The experts at Time Out Chicago and AFAR Media recommend this place
    • Time Out Chicago
    • AFAR Media
  • Jenna F.
    "Many gluten free and vegan choices too - like French toast!"(12 Tips)
    Jonathan W.
    "worth the the wait had the cinnamon apple crepes"(8 Tips)
    Kevin M.
    "Great selection of fresh juices."(4 Tips)
    Meg E.
    "The less crowded version of the greektown brunch favorite."(2 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • brunch food
  • French toast
  • fruit juice
  • crêpes
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Christine
    ChristineMay 27, 2015
    Great juices!! Loved the grapefruit and ginger one, excellent for a hangover!! One the photo is the tropical smoothie
  • 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!
  • David S.
    David SpitzSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Jenna F.
    Jenna FriedmanJune 26, 2016
    Huge menu with great variety of options. Many gluten free and vegan choices too - like French toast!
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine PunktFebruary 21, 2015
    Try the French Toast, but be aware of the might be better to share it with somebody. ;)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubSeptember 5, 2016
    Jalapeño bowl is great. Also can't go wrong with the French toast. Not as long of a wait as far as brunch places go.
  • Mohnish S.
    Mohnish SaniDecember 4, 2013
    Really solid breakfast spot. Great cappuccino, menu of 30 fresh juices, and incredible breakfast food. Def a must
  • 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
  • Emily C.
    Emily ClarkMay 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best breakfast place in River North, hands down! Try the detox wrap and homemade soup of the day! PB smoothie is addicting!
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossMay 24, 2016
    Fantastic omelettes! A great #breakfast #restaurant that's not overly pricey and close to the #Chicago #Goldcoast neighborhood.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LarsonJune 8, 2016
    Healthy scramble was great, fluffy and delicious. Cinnamon roll French toast amazing. We ordered both and shared awesome!
  • 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...
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoOctober 1, 2016
    Long line for brunch, huge brunch menu, vegan and vegetarian-friendly
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserOctober 31, 2015
    Carrot pecan pancakes are great and vegan. (If you eat honey.)
  • 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
  • Mark K.
    Mark KimJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Share a crepe and and an egg dish so you get something both sweet and savory. I'd recommend the symphony and mani mou.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LubeckeSeptember 1, 2014
    Anywhere that has homemade ketchup has good breakfast 👌 Never had a bad meal at melli
  • 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.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferNovember 25, 2014
    So many tasty and healthy options here. Make sure to order a juice!
  • Paul
    PaulOctober 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Breakfast place. Seating is first come first serve in the bar area.
  • Michaela C.
    Michaela ChybowskiNovember 27, 2013
    Delish! Juice & breakfast are good to cure any hangover munchies.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Gyozo N.
    Gyozo NagyApril 27, 2016
    I have had the best cinnamon roll French toast of my life. Orange juice was also good.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KimAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If there's a wait, try sitting at the bar which is usually open. Less wait, faster service!
  • Paul F.
    Paul FavoriteApril 13, 2014
    Great crepes, orange juice would be a lot better if it wasn't room temp
  • Meg E.
    Meg ElzeaFebruary 21, 2011
    The less crowded version of the greektown brunch favorite. Only take two forms of payment FYI.
  • Tonya T.
    Tonya TibbsJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great new restaurant! Fresh seasonal items, expansive menu, delicious frittatas!
  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GuzzettaOctober 8, 2016
    Benedict and avocado toast was a hit this morning.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MahmaljiNovember 26, 2011
    Weekend Benedict is fantastic! Great selection of fresh juices.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WilczakJune 16, 2013
    Get a juice you've never had before. Mmmmmm
  • Ayden J.
    Ayden JonesNovember 18, 2012
    The strawberry waffles are very good nice service
  • Kostya K.
    Kostya KekhaevAugust 7, 2014
    Favorite gluten-free breakfast spot in the city!
  • Emily C.
    Emily ClarkJune 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Always playing great tunes! Soups are always fabulous!
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FalkenthalFebruary 26, 2015
    The French toast is amazing!
  • Rick
    RickJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Jalapeño Skillet is awesome!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Salads and wraps are a great choice for lunch!
  • Marich G.
    Marich GonzalezApril 1, 2016
    French toast- Strawberry Banana! Mmmm Perfect!
  • Angela
    AngelaAugust 9, 2013
    They have Illy coffee here! Enough said...
  • Scott N.
    Scott NeslundSeptember 24, 2015
    Ask for bacon well done
  • Marwan M.
    Marwan MzOctober 10, 2015
    I remember we ordered a French Toast and it was 👍
  • Casey S.
    Casey StutzmanApril 14, 2013
    A must stop in Chicago
  • Jon W.
    Jon WatersDecember 7, 2014
    Breakfast bowls are delicious.
  • Bridget I.
    Bridget IsaiaJune 7, 2014
    Great vegan breakfast and juice!
  • Michael P. H.
    Michael P. HillJune 9, 2013
    Iced tea is sweet without being overly sweet.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GuthDecember 4, 2011
    Try the ginger splash fresh juice.
  • Bradley E.
    Bradley ErnstJune 12, 2011
    Order juice before you sit down. Juice bar takes fooooooreverrr
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ContraveosApril 16, 2013
    The special pork belly crepe is no good. :(
  • Nis H.
    Nis HansenDecember 31, 2013
    Wifi is Meli and password is 1122334455
  • Richa G.
    Richa GuptaAugust 5, 2012
    Get a French toast for the table
  • Mike W.
    Mike WilderOctober 23, 2015
    Service industry discount Monday thru Wednesday - 27% off entire check.
  • Danie B.
    Danie BanksAugust 17, 2014
    carrot coconut pancakes
  • David M.
    David MillerJune 9, 2012
    Way nicer place than the S. Halstead location, but the service wasn't great. Same good food!
  • Ramya V.
    Ramya VPApril 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Say hi to Tammy the hostess! She's amazing!!!!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Looks and taste decent, but not satisfying.
  • Marco M.
    Marco MorelliApril 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Spicy Flamenco, damn good.
  • Kaitlyn
    KaitlynJuly 11, 2015
    Cloud 9 crepes are AMAZING
  • Michael P. H.
    Michael P. HillJune 9, 2013
    Kale is cooked well.
  • Feroze M.
    Feroze MohamoodAugust 25, 2014
    Best brunch place ever!!
  • Paul L.
    Paul LarsonJune 8, 2016
    Cinnamon Roll French Toast
  • Bianca M.
    Bianca MediciJuly 7, 2013
    Feta scrambler is bomb
  • Kit
    KitMay 3, 2014
    Very lovely place))
  • Abha K.
    Abha KhandelwalSeptember 5, 2011
    Food has taken over thirty minutes. Still not out... They are celebrating labor day as well.
  • Armando
    ArmandoOctober 8, 2011
    Beware of the crazy green drink ;)
  • Elly D.
    Elly DeutchNovember 14, 2011
    Pretty sure everything here is deliciously amazing.
  • Aurore L.
    Aurore LabenheimFebruary 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cloud 9 crepes are to die for!
  • 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.
  • jeffrey p.
    jeffrey paulApril 10, 2011
    purple haze smoothie.
  • Nishant P.
    Nishant POctober 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't get our waitress... She sucks!
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