Where to Eat in Ely: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Toi Mattera

Ely (/ˈiːli/, EE-lee) is the largest city and county seat of White Pine County, Nevada, United States. Ely was founded as a stagecoach station along the Pony Express and Central Overland Route. In 1906, copper was discovered and Ely's mining boom came later than the other towns along US 50. The railroads connecting the First Transcontinental Railroad to the mines in Austin, Nevada and Eureka, Nevada have long been removed, but the railroad to Ely is preserved as a heritage railway by the Nevada Northern Railway and known as the Ghost Train of Old Ely. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,255.
Things to do in Ely

1. All Aboard Cafe & Inn

220 11th St E, Ely, NV 89301-2360 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 775-289-3959
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 186 reviews

All Aboard Cafe & Inn

Reviewed By JimSTL1021 - Saint Louis, Missouri

We stopped in here for breakfast on a quiet weekday morning. We were greeted warmly by the staff. We ordered breakfast from their diverse selections. My wife particularly enjoyed their french toast while I stayed with the traditional eggs & meat. The dining area is charming with a tin ceiling. All in all well worth checking out!

2. Economy Drug and Soda Fountain

696 Aultman St, Ely, NV 89301-1555 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Drinks +1 775-289-4929
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Economy Drug and Soda Fountain

Reviewed By Susan K - Beckley, West Virginia

I recently stopped here with my family group of eight while traveling. We arrived about the same time as another group of 8-10 people. The young ladies working did not become flustered, just called for help. Extra workers arrived immediately. Our sandwiches were prepared quickly and the bread was especially delicious. We had a variety of sandwiches and everyone in our group was pleased with their choice.
After sandwiches we of course had to have dessert. Again we had a variety-snow cones, sodas, floats, and cones.
We enjoyed the food, but most importantly the friendliness of the employees. It was a pleasure to listen to their friendly banter among them and the regular customers. We were especially touched as one young lady told another to make sure one of the regulars had not left his wallet. She explained that he sometimes did, and they would chase him to return it.
I highly recommend that anyone visit this wonderful establishment. I will certainly return if I am in the area.

3. Flower Basket & Espresso Depot

445 11th St E, Ely, NV 89301-2453 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Dinner +1 775-289-2828
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Flower Basket & Espresso Depot

Reviewed By AMVee - Elko, Nevada

I was excited to try a cup of coffee after reading the reviews, but I was disappointed. It wasn't more than an outdated gift shop with generic coffee. The young lady working the counter was left making drinks for the entire line while a man who must have been the owner/manager? Stood and watched. It was awkward, and the coffee would have been better from McD's

4. Cell Block Steak House

211 5th St, Jailhouse Casino, Ely, NV 89301-1581 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse Dinner, Late Night SGD 157 +1 775-289-3033
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 255 reviews

Cell Block Steak House

The Cell Block Steak House is open nightly from 5:00 p.m. Until 9:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Reviewed By Devin231 - Verdi, Nevada

A fun and unique place for dinner. You'll have your very own jail cell with a small table and bench chairs. Very flavorful food. Just don't complain or they might lock you in Prime Rib dinner comes with salad & baked potato. Sourdough bread comes early

5. The Cup

566 Aultman St, Ely, NV 89301-1553 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Brunch +1 775-289-3713
Excellent
21%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

The Cup

Reviewed By VelvetPaws - Frisco, California

Stopped in for breakfast after spending a night in Ely. The latte was quite good, the breakfast (egg and cheese bagel) was a little pre-prepared, but hey, it was still tasty.

The biggest bonuses were the beautiful bright setting, the friendly service and the super comfy chairs in the window...instead of getting food to go, we spent a few minutes relaxing and watching life in Ely go by. I also liked that there were a couple of locals at the bar - seemed like they were perhaps friends of the folks running it. Their low-voiced chit chat added a nice touch of friendliness to the place.

It's a little hard to find--it's painted blue and white and there's a big coffee cup painted on one of the side windows, but if you're driving past from the wrong side you might miss it. It's there!

6. MARGARITAS

1501 E Aultman St, Ely, NV 89301-2599 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 5 - SGD 39 +1 775-289-8900
Excellent
42%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 349 reviews

MARGARITAS

The Prospector Restaurant offers a wide range of exceptional cuisine. We are confident every meal will be to your liking.

Reviewed By Raymond Y - Boise, Idaho

Iwe have had our meals here on four different trips and it has always been good. I have some food allergies and they are great to work with me to get a good meal. They have both Mexican and Amercian food.

7. La Fiesta

700 Avenue H, Ely, NV 89301-2601 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 775-289-4114
Excellent
28%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 180 reviews

La Fiesta

775.289.4114

Reviewed By CO719_Traveler - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Good Mexican food in Ely. The salsa was tasty served with nice warm chips along with a cabbage salsa that was also quite good. Both of the meals we had were well prepared and quite tasty. The staff was very friendly and properly attentive.

While the sopapillas were quite tasty sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, a drizzle of strawberry glaze and whipped cream, they are certainly not the 'little pillows' you expect in the southwest. It is possible this is a regional interpretation of sopapillas since we encountered crispy sopapillas once before in Washington state. So if you are looking for sopapillas that are soft and fluffy, skip their version, but if you want to try something that is still delicious, give this a try.

8. Racks Bar and Grill

753 Aultman St, Ely, NV 89301-1558 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 9 - SGD 46 +1 775-289-3131
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 121 reviews

Racks Bar and Grill

Looking for for a fun friendly place for a meal or drink! Racks is Ely's best choice for great food, ice cold beer and spirits. We offer a clean smoke-free environment in our bar and restaurant. Our decor consists of trophy mule deer mounts along with photos of our local hunting enthusiasts and area wildlife. We do allow smoking on our outdoor patio. Well mannered pets are welcome at our outdoor venue. Racks has free WI-fi, Hi-def TV's, Touch Tunes Juke Box, video poker and an outstanding staff to serve you. Make Racks Bar and Grill your first choice when dining out or out for a drink!

Reviewed By BirdNerdMaine - Maine

Good place to grab a bite and a brew if you're into lots of photos of dead animals and the people that killed them, and folks in camouflage. Has outdoor seating.

9. Twin Wok

Park Avenue at Great Basin Boulevard, Ely, NV Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 775-289-3699
Excellent
30%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 139 reviews

Twin Wok

Reviewed By Selway M - Pahrump, Nevada

We came in with a group of eleven people, without a reservation, and everyone was pleased with their order and the service. The food was decent but maybe not great, but for rural Nevada, it was fine.

10. Happy Garden

558 Aultman St, Ely, NV 89301-1553 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 775-289-3313
Excellent
35%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 60 reviews

Happy Garden

Reviewed By 261billh - Port Ludlow, Washington

The place looks uninviting from the outside, but once you enter the bright red green and pink decor draws you in and the pleasant Chinese lady welcomes you. Unfortunately, she ran out of pancakes, so no mushu, but the orange beef was as good as we've had anywhere, and the shrimp fried rice was excellent. We loved it! If we ever come back to Ely, "Happy Garden" will be our choice.

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