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Merlo on Maple

16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808 (Near North Side)
+1 312-335-8200
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Ranked #258 of 8,381 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $55
Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Dearborn
Transit: Train stop at Clark/Division only leaves a nice 4 block walk to Maple. Busses throughout Gold Coast are minutes from restaurant.
Description: A meticulous touch went into the building at Merlo on Maple. You may notice when you walk in that it feels like a home in a time capsule, untouched by the surrounding city. We are extremely lucky to have this beautiful space on Maple. Whether you want a private, memorable evening for two or a merry night filled with wine and laughter with a group of friends or business associates, we are at your service.
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English first
West Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
349 reviews 349 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

When you enter this "house" there is a room off the hall to the left that serves as a lovely, cosy bar; a nice place to have a drink i you arrive early or if you are lucky enough to get in just to have a drink in the bar - it's a treat. We were taken upstairs to the... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Beautiful restaurant in an old Chicago house turned restaurant. Food was awesome! We eat here often. Mostly in October when they receive October White Truffles from Italy! Northern Italian.

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dublin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place is a little gem. Fabulous Italian food like you'd get in a really good European restaurant. Normal portions that you can actually finish and enjoy finishing! Even room for dessert. Eggplant parmigiana was top class. Fish, pasta , interesting salads, amazing deserts all wonderful. Great wines great service great atmosphere. Not cheap but you will be guaranteed a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It was a cold and windy night over Halloween when we went to Chicago to see the David Bowie exhibit. We were so thrilled with the great service, wonderful wine, and spectacular food at Merlo on Maple we have it on our list for a return trip next month.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We were looking for Italian and the Merlo on Maple was just around the corner from where we were staying. The Trip Advisor reviews were on target as we enjoyed our dinner and time together. The waiter was very helpful in suggesting dinner specials. With truffles in season we could not go wrong. The menu is Bolognese as the owners... More 

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Wisconsin
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137 reviews 137 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This little gem is a house tucked in between big buildings. The bar is cozy with excellent wines and highballs. Dinner was so special, we enjoyed every bite of food. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. I ordered the OssoBuco my husband had the Seafood special, a stew of seafood. I also ordered a salad and we had appetizers. For... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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144 reviews 144 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

If you're looking for huge potions of mediocre Italian food, don't go here, but if you're looking for truly authentic northern Italian food then do NOT miss this place! I've been to Italy many times and when I ate this food, it transported me right back there. You won't get heaping portions of food, you'll get Italian portions of handcrafted... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Merlo on Maple is in a three story brownstone very well decorated and comfortable. We sat at table on the third floor. Service was outstanding, food was great had nice bottle of wine. All in all a great meal.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I won't pretend to talk as though I'm some kind of expert on Italian restaurants or cuisine, but I have been to hundreds in the US and overseas, including Italy. All I can say is that I enjoy the experience of eating at Merlo more than at any of the others. The atmosphere is quiet, comfortable and friendly. The food... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

Set in an old, charming row house, this is a wonderful restaurant. Portions are somewhat small but absolutely delicious. Service was excellent. Especially with the candles on the tables, you felt you were in someone's home rather than a restaurant.

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Additional Information about Merlo on Maple

Address: 16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808
Phone Number: +1 312-335-8200
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
Open Hours:
Monday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 55
Cuisine: Italian

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