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
4.5 based on 186 reviews
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!
4.5 based on 86 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 29 reviews
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 It wasn't more than an outdated gift shop with generic coffee.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 based on 255 reviews
The Cell Block Steak House is open nightly from 5:00 p.m. Until 9:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
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
4 based on 14 reviews
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!
4 based on 349 reviews
The Prospector Restaurant offers a wide range of exceptional cuisine. We are confident every meal will be to your liking.
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.
4 based on 180 reviews
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.
4 based on 121 reviews
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!
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.
4 based on 139 reviews
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.
4 based on 60 reviews
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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